Show 342, September 28, 2019: Lucky Callender – Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery, Rancho Mirage

Lucky Callendar pf Babe's BBW in Palm SpringsBabe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery is centrally located in the Greater Palm Springs area at The River in Rancho Mirage. It launched to instant acclaim in 2002, the dream project come true of Founder Don Callender (of Marie Callender’s Restaurants fame.) Today Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewery is under the stewardship of Don’s son, Lucky, who carries on the founder’s vision.

There are bar-b-que styles represented at Babe’s from every part of the United States and abroad, from the great state of Texas to Korea. The secret is perhaps Babe’s smoking process. It differs from the conventional barbecue restaurants that typically rely on heavy sauces or rubs to flavor the meat. All the sauces and rubs are house-made.

New at Babe’s is the release of 3 styles of their award-winning craft beers (Honey Blonde, Palm Springs IPA & Blackfin Lager) in 16 – ounce cans with eye-catching watercolor artwork labels by Lynn Knowles (who had a long history with founder Don Callender.)

Second generation proprietor Lucky Callender taps the keg for us.

 

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Show 337, August 17, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show.

It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Alcazar Palm Springs Boutique HotelWe’re live from Alcazar Palm Springs, a proud member of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels. They are the gracious hosts of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” for the weekend. (“Be authentic. Stay independent”)

Our always on-the -go Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group,” joins us with another installment of “Ask the Chef.” Chef Andrew responds to your questions. Chef Andrew discusses his fondness for fresh Hatch peppers from the Mesilla Valley in New Mexico. The short season is on right now.

Palm Springs resident Tara Lazar is the Founder of Foundation 10 Creative, a prominent, and growing, hospitality group in Palm Springs.

Over the past decade, Tara has created a small empire of iconic restaurants in the ever-growing travel destination of Palm Springs. Under the F10 family is the prominent brunch hotspot Cheeky’s, the handsomely appointed modern steakhouse Mr. Lyons and their classic cocktail hideaway Seymour’s, a lively and al fresco Italian eatery Birba, the sleek and serene hotel Alcazar, and perhaps their most active yet stealth operation – F10 Catering, the go-to service for top-tier brand and celebrity events in the desert area. Tara joins us.

Seasoned hospitality veteran Greg Rowen oversees the restaurants for Foundation 10 Creative as Managing Partner. In San Francisco he was previously General Manager of Traci des Jardins’ acclaimed Jardiniere and later the opening General Manager for Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills. We’ll chat with Greg about the revitalization and repositioning of Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. There is more on the plate than just another premium steakhouse.

For the 3rd time The Olympics is returning to Los Angeles in 2028. Did Los Angeles get a good deal for 2028, or just a deal? The person to now update us with authority is our Olympic Games expert, Richard B. Perelman, a Palm Springs resident. Mr. Perelman was the youngest Vice President of The Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC) from 1980 to 1984 overseeing Press Operations. Rich is the Editor & Publisher of The Sports Examiner Daily, providing independent reporting on the Olympic Games (on a complimentary subscription basis).

Chef Scooter Kanfer is the menu maker (with proprietor Tony Di Lembo) at Palm Springs’ The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge (Comfort Food for a Modern World.) “Every night at Tropicale is a party.” We spirit Chef Scooter away from her busy kitchen for a chat.

Alcazar Palm Springs (established in 2011 and a member of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels) is a serene and peaceful oasis right in the center of the cultural epicenter known as the uptown design district! This lush and relaxing 34- room boutique hotel is warm, modern & sleek, featuring Imported Italian linens, flat screen TV’s, fireplaces, poolside and private patios, salt water purified pool, cooling misters, Jacuzzi and a beautiful garden courtyard to lounge with your favorite book and glass of wine.” The hands-on, welcoming and hospitable General Manager is Robert Hunt. We’ll meet him.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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Show 337, August 17, 2019: Tara Lazar, Founder, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs Part One

Tara Lazar of Founders 10 CreativePalm Springs resident Tara Lazar is the Founder of Foundation 10 Creative, a prominent, and growing, hospitality group in Palm Springs. Over the past decade, Tara has created a small empire of iconic restaurants in the ever-growing travel destination of Palm Springs.

“Under the F10 family is the locals’ favorite breakfast, lunch and brunch hotspot Cheeky’s, the handsomely appointed modern steakhouse Mr. Lyons and their classic cocktail hideaway Seymour’s, a lively and al fresco Italian eatery Birba, the sleek and serene hotel Alcazar, and perhaps their most active yet stealth operation – F10 Catering, the go-to service for top-tier brand and celebrity events in the desert area.”

Tara joins us.

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Show 337, August 17, 2019: Tara Lazar, Founder, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs Part Two

Tara Lazar of Founders 10 CreativePalm Springs resident Tara Lazar is the Founder of Foundation 10 Creative, a prominent, and growing, hospitality group in Palm Springs. Tara has created a small empire of iconic restaurants in the ever-growing travel destination of Palm Springs

“Initially started as a personal project to entertain and serve friends, F10 Creative has grown into a tight-knit network of some of the best food and beverage offerings in town, and continues to expand.”

“Tara is a Palm Springs native, and after spending time traveling, sampling flavors around the world, she returned home to build Cheeky’s as the first establishment in the F10 line. Tara has been hands-on in every step of the way for each property, from creating the menu and cooking on the line, to designing the atmosphere and touching tables nightly. She now employs almost 200 residents of Palm Springs, and has been an influential voice across staffing, sourcing and serving in the hospitality industry.”

Tara Lazar continues the conversation with us.

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Show 337, August 17, 2019: Greg Rowen, Managing Partner, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs

Greg Rowen of Foundation 10 CreativeSeasoned hospitality veteran Greg Rowen oversees the restaurants for Foundation 10 Creative as Managing Partner. In San Francisco he was previously General Manager of Traci des Jardins’ acclaimed Jardiniere and later the opening General Manager for Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills.

Mr. Lyons is the newest addition to the F10 family, opened in 2015 as a reimagining of Lyons English Grille. We’ve taken steak and created a “New Classic” giving it a conscientious modern update, with a menu that puts local, small farms first.”

“Our grand dining room is pure old Hollywood glamour with a steak-centered menu boasting infinite sides and the kind of table side service that instantly transports you to a by gone era. Our classic cocktail hideaway, Seymour’s, offers something a little more relaxed, where you can savor a true classic cocktail or something seasonal and new. Mr. Lyons is steak done right!”

We’ll chat with Greg about the revitalization and repositioning of Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. There is more on the plate there than just another premium steakhouse.

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Show 337, August 17, 2019: Chef Scooter Kanfer, The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge, Palm Springs

Scooter Kanfer of the TropicaleChef Scooter Kanfer is the menu maker (with proprietor Tony Di Lembo) at Palm Springs’ The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge (Comfort Food for a Modern World.) “Every night at Tropicale is a party.”

Newly published is The Tropicale Restaurant Cookbook.

“A chic and sophisticated décor provides the setting for our distinctive “world cuisine”, a provocative mix of zesty influences that creates a delightful dining experience in Palm Springs, California. Plush high-backed semicircular banquettes surround our dining room and offer comfortable and private seating. The cuisine has a light, exotic feel with an emphasis on Pacific Rim specialties, from Chilean Sea Bass baked in Banana Leaves or Kahlua-Barbecued Pork Chops to all sorts of tasty tapas, salads, wood-fired pizzas, and desserts.”

“The Coral Seas Lounge, a hip mid-century style bar is lined with sexy black leather bar-stools and is reminiscent of the upbeat lounges of old Palm Springs. It wraps around the dining room and leads outside to a lush, tropical, 2000 square foot dining patio where a variety of specialty cocktails and old-school favorites are mixed – an ideal place where friends gather and martinis are sipped under the starlit desert sky.”

We spirit Chef Scooter away from her busy kitchen at Brunch for a chat.

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Show 337, August 17, 2019: Robert Hunt, General Manager, Alcazar Palm Springs

Robert Hunt of Alcazar Palm SpringsAlcazar Palm Springs (established in 2011 and a member of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels) is a serene and peaceful oasis right in the center of the cultural epicenter known as the uptown design district!”

“This lush and relaxing 34- room boutique hotel is warm, modern & sleek, featuring Imported Italian linens, flat screen TV’s, fireplaces, poolside and private patios, salt water purified pool, cooling misters, Jacuzzi and a beautiful garden courtyard to lounge with your favorite book and glass of wine.”

Mature, well-maintained landscaping with an abundance of shade trees, plants and flowers is an attraction of the property with wings built around the interior courtyard and pool. Some rooms have comfortable patios with mature Meyer lemon trees providing shade. A busy, full-time gardener tends to the botanicals.

The hands-on, welcoming and hospitable General Manager is Robert Hunt. We’ll meet him.

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August 17: Live from Alcazar Palm Springs

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Three: Tara Lazar, Founder, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs Part One
Segment Four: Tara Lazar, Founder, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs Part Two
Segment Five: Greg Rowen, Managing Partner, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs
Segment Six: Richard B. Perelman, Editor & Publisher, The Sports Examiner. Olympics Authority
Segment Seven: Chef Scooter Kanfer, The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge, Palm Springs
Segment Eight: Robert Hunt, General Manager, Alcazar Palm Springs

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s scrumptious show.

It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will hopefully leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Truly couldn’t do it without you.

Alcazar Palm Springs Boutique HotelWe’re live from Alcazar Palm Springs, a proud member of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels. (“Be authentic. Stay independent”)

Our always on-the -go Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group,” joins us with another installment of “Ask the Chef.” Chef Andrew responds to your questions. Chef Andrew discusses his fondness for fresh Hatch peppers from the Mesilla Valley in New Mexico. The short season is on right now.

Palm Springs resident Tara Lazar is the Founder of Foundation 10 Creative, a prominent, and growing, hospitality group in Palm Springs. Over the past decade, Tara has created a small empire of iconic restaurants in the ever-growing travel destination of Palm Springs. Under the F10 family is the prominent brunch hotspot Cheeky’s, the handsomely appointed modern steakhouse Mr. Lyons and their classic cocktail hideaway Seymour’s, a lively and al fresco Italian eatery Birba, the sleek and serene hotel Alcazar, and perhaps their most active yet stealth operation – F10 Catering, the go-to service for top-tier brand and celebrity events in the desert area. Tara joins us.

Seasoned hospitality veteran Greg Rowen oversees the restaurants for Foundation 10 Creative as Managing Partner. In San Francisco he was previously General Manager of Traci des Jardins’ acclaimed Jardiniere and later the opening General Manager for Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills. We’ll chat with Greg about the revitalization and repositioning of Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. There is more on the plate than just another premium steakhouse.

For the 3rd time The Olympics is returning to Los Angeles in 2028. Did Los Angeles get a good deal for 2028, or just a deal ? The person to now update us with authority is our Olympic Games expert, Richard B. Perelman, a Palm Springs resident. Mr. Perelman was the youngest Vice President of The Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC) from 1980 to 1984 overseeing Press Operations. Rich is the Editor & Publisher of The Sports Examiner Daily, providing independent reporting on the Olympic Games.

Chef Scooter Kanfer is the menu maker (with proprietor Tony Di Lembo) at Palm Springs’ The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge (Comfort Food for a Modern World.) “Every night at Tropicale is a party.” We spirit Chef Scooter away from her busy kitchen for a chat.

Alcazar Palm Springs (established in 2011 and a member of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels) is a serene and peaceful oasis right in the center of the cultural epicenter known as the uptown design district! This lush and relaxing 34- room boutique hotel is warm, modern & sleek, featuring Imported Italian linens, flat screen TV’s, fireplaces, poolside and private patios, salt water purified pool, cooling misters, Jacuzzi and a beautiful garden courtyard to lounge with your favorite book and glass of wine.” The hands-on, welcoming and hospitable General Manager is Robert Hunt. We’ll meet him.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and CasinoOur always on the go Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel of The Slapfish Restaurant Group,” joins us with another installment of “Ask the Chef.” Chef Andrew responds to your questions.

Chef Andrew discusses his fondness for fresh Hatch peppers from the Mesilla Valley in New Mexico. The short season is on right now.

These peppers are bound to the land and simply won’t grow correctly anywhere else. Hatch are thick, meaty and rich. They are often noted as the world’s tastiest peppers.

Tara Lazar of Founders 10 CreativePalm Springs resident Tara Lazar is the Founder of Foundation 10 Creative, a prominent, and growing, hospitality group in Palm Springs.

Over the past decade, Tara has created a small empire of iconic restaurants in the ever-growing travel destination of Palm Springs.

Under the F10 family is the locals’ favorite breakfast, lunch and brunch hotspot Cheeky’s, the handsomely appointed modern steakhouse Mr. Lyons and their classic cocktail hideaway Seymour’s, a lively and al fresco Italian eatery Birba, the sleek and serene hotel Alcazar, and perhaps their most active yet stealth operation – F10 Catering, the go-to service for top-tier brand and celebrity events in the desert area.

Initially started as a personal project to entertain and serve friends, F10 Creative has grown into a tight-knit network of some of the best food and beverage offerings in town, and continues to expand.

Tara is a Palm Springs native, and after spending time traveling, sampling flavors around the world, she returned home to build Cheeky’s as the first establishment in the F10 line. Tara has been hands-on in every step of the way for each property, from creating the menu and cooking on the line, to designing the atmosphere and touching tables nightly. She now employs almost 200 residents of Palm Springs, and has been an influential voice across staffing, sourcing and serving in the hospitality industry.

Tara joins us.

Seymours Bar at Mr Lyons Steakhouse in Palm SpringsSeasoned hospitality veteran Greg Rowen oversees the restaurants for Foundation 10 Creative as Managing Partner. In San Francisco he was previously General Manager of Traci des Jardins’ acclaimed Jardiniere and later the opening General Manager for Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills.

Mr. Lyons is the newest addition to the F10 family, opened in 2015 as a reimagining of Lyons English Grille. We’ve taken steak and created a “New Classic” giving it a conscientious modern update, with a menu that puts local, small farms first. Our grand dining room is pure old Hollywood glamour with a steak-centered menu boasting infinite sides and the kind of table side service that instantly transports you to a by gone era. Our classic cocktail hideaway, Seymour’s, offers something a little more relaxed, where you can savor a true classic cocktail or something seasonal and new. Mr. Lyons is steak done right!”

We’ll chat with Greg about the revitalization and repositioning of Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. There is more on the plate there than just another premium steakhouse.

Rich PerelmanFor the 3rd time The Olympics is returning to Los Angeles in 2028. Did Los Angeles get a good deal for 2028, or just a deal? The person to ask for an update is our Olympic Games expert, Richard B. Perelman, a Palm Springs resident. Mr. Perelman was the youngest Vice President of The Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC) from 1980 to 1984 overseeing Press Operations. Thereafter he was the Editor of The Final Report, a massive 2-volume tome officially documenting the Games of the 23rd Olympiad (the 1984 Summer Olympics).

Rich is the Editor & Publisher of The Sports Examiner Daily. The goal of The Sports Examiner is to provide comprehensive, independent coverage of the Olympic Games, the events and sports that are featured within it and the greater Olympic Movement, with special focus on United States athletes and teams. In order to serve the widest-possible readership, the site is free to view.

Scooter Kanfer of the TropicaleChef Scooter Kanfer is the menu maker (with proprietor Tony Di Lembo) at Palm Springs’ The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge (Comfort Food for a Modern World.) “Every night at Tropicale is a party.”

Newly published is The Tropicale Restaurant Cookbook.

“A chic and sophisticated décor provides the setting for our distinctive “world cuisine”, a provocative mix of zesty influences that creates a delightful dining experience in Palm Springs, California. Plush high-backed semicircular banquettes surround our dining room and offer comfortable and private seating. The cuisine has a light, exotic feel with an emphasis on Pacific Rim specialties, from Chilean Sea Bass baked in Banana Leaves or Kahlua-Barbecued Pork Chops to all sorts of tasty tapas, salads, wood-fired pizzas, and desserts.”

“The Coral Seas Lounge, a hip mid-century style bar is lined with sexy black leather bar-stools and is reminiscent of the upbeat lounges of old Palm Springs. It wraps around the dining room and leads outside to a lush, tropical, 2000 square foot dining patio where a variety of specialty cocktails and old-school favorites are mixed – an ideal place where friends gather and martinis are sipped under the starlit desert sky.”

We spirit Chef Scooter away from her busy kitchen at Brunch for a chat.

Robert Hunt of Alcazar Palm SpringsAlcazar Palm Springs (established in 2011 and a member of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels) is a serene and peaceful oasis right in the center of the cultural epicenter known as the uptown design district! This lush and relaxing 34- room boutique hotel is warm, modern & sleek, featuring Imported Italian linens, flat screen TV’s, fireplaces, poolside and private patios, salt water purified pool, cooling misters, Jacuzzi and a beautiful garden courtyard to lounge with your favorite book and glass of wine.”

The hands-on, welcoming and hospitable General Manager is Robert Hunt. We’ll meet him.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”
Segment Three: Tara Lazar, Founder, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs Part One
Segment Four: Tara Lazar, Founder, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs Part Two
Segment Five: Greg Rowen, Managing Partner, Foundation 10 Creative, Palm Springs
Segment Six: Richard B. Perelman, Editor & Publisher, The Sports Examiner. Olympics Authority
Segment Seven: Chef Scooter Kanfer, The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge, Palm Springs
Segment Eight: Robert Hunt, General Manager, Alcazar Palm Springs

Show 326, June 1, 2019: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s tantalizing show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s probably a pretty good thing… As always, we greatly appreciate you being a part of our loyal listening audience. Couldn’t do it without you.

The 13th Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week (GPSRW) is a 10-day dining event which began Friday, May 31st and continues through Sunday, June 9th. GPSRW is a special opportunity to treat the dining guest to a new restaurant, a new menu or an old favorite at a special value. Joining us with all the salivating details is Chef Albert Gonzalez of Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge (a participating restaurant) and Joyce Kiehl the Director of Communications for Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.

We were intrigued with the nifty Spin Label technology on a 12 oz. plastic water bottle we saw at their booth at the recent Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. SpinLabel™ Technologies, Inc. is a Florida based company dedicated to building and licensing its unique labeling technology that grows brand value by engaging current and prospective customers in the shopping corridor and at home. Principal Mike Neubauer is our guest providing all the details.

Chef Jet Tila and his accomplished pastry chef wife, Ali, are back with us to chat about their exciting, practical 2nd cookbook, 101 Epic Dishes: Recipes That Teach You How to Make the Classics Even More Delicious. 101 Epic Dishes teaches you the most important cooking skills you need to kick your kitchen game up a few notches – all the while whipping up some delicious dishes.

Acclaimed mixologist/bar chef Matthew Biancaniello creates adventurous cocktail experiences. He formulates cocktails based on farm-fresh and unique, organic ingredients. Never working off a set cocktail menu, Biancaniello visits at least five different local farmers markets a week to source his ingredients, which inspire his imaginative cocktails. This is the Art of Omakase, honoring how the customer and bartender create a special experience together. We’re artfully shaking the cocktail shaker with bar chef Matthew.

The Underground at Downtown Las Vegas’ The Mob Museum, is an extensive, interactive Prohibition history exhibition featuring a working distillery, brewery and speakeasy. Entirely re-envisioning the typical museum exhibition experience, The Underground takes visitors on an uncommonly vivid journey back in time. Situated discreetly in the basement of the Museum, The Underground encompasses 2,814 square feet appointed with luxurious, Art Deco design motifs. Our spirited guide is The Underground’s Head Distiller, Cole Miller.

Our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us from the road (Arlington, VA) where he is in the process of opening new Slapfish restaurants. We’re continuing “Ask the Chef” responding to your questions about all things culinary. To our benefit Chef Andrew is a real, working chef.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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Show 326, June 1, 2019: Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Preview with Eight4Nine Restaurant

Joyce Kiehl of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors BureauThe 13th Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week (GPSRW) is a 10-day dining event beginning Friday, May 31st and continuing through Sunday, June 9th. GPSRW is a special opportunity to treat the guest to a new restaurant, a new menu or an old favorite at a special value.

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in all the unique local cuisine that this foodie oasis has to offer. Unlike many food and wine festivals, no passes or tickets are required to dine out during Restaurant Week, making it accessible to everyone wanting to attend.

The set-up goes like this: there will be over 100 restaurants from all over the oasis (ranging from Palm Springs to Indio) that will be providing special fixed prices for lunch and dinner. There is no set venue, as diners simply select their favorite participating restaurant and dine out for a day (or more).

Reservations can be made online on the Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week website. For every online reservation made, a donation will be made to FIND Food Bank in Indio. The special prices that participating restaurants are offering for Restaurant Week diners are two-plus lunch items for fixed prices of $15, $20, and $25 and gourmet dining options of three-plus items for $29, $39, and $49.

Joining us with all the salivating details is Chef Albert Gonzalez of Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge (a participating restaurant) and Joyce Kiehl the Director of Communications for Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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