The 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival: That's a Wrap!

Fabulous, darlings, fabulous! If you attended the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival then you know exactly what I mean. I always enjoy the screenings and soirees, the buzz of film folks and fans adding even more sparkle to an already busy high season, but this year brought an especially fine crop of films and parties. Now, of course, one does not live on films alone…particularly in Palm Springs.

So in addition to film festival-ing, I also stayed busy hiking, dining with friends, shopping, exploring, and spending some gorgeous time relaxing around pools, Jacuzzis, hammocks, and fire pits (as one does […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: A Perfect Palm Springs Weekend Escape!

I woke up last weekend and decided I couldn’t take a second longer of gray skies and socked in skylines at the beach. I was weary from working 16 hour days and craving the peace and expanse of the mountains—yearning for unadulterated sunshine to infiltrate my cells and my soul. And so I booked a room at the charming and historic Villa Royale Inn, a Tuscan-style boutique hotel in the south end of Palm Springs—adjacent to the historic Deepwell neighborhood, right across from the ACE Hotel. Then, Murphy in tow (yes, Villa Royale is dog friendly!), hopped in my car […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Chef/Restaurateur Chad Gardner

Chad Gardner has over 20 years of fine dining hospitality experience and is the Executive Chef and Owner of Dash and a Handful Catering, a full service Catering, Craft Services and Special Event Company in Palm Springs. Known for his use of exotic, bold spices and surprising flavors, most recently Chad closed on the purchase of PHO 533, a Vietnamese restaurant in Palm Springs. 

Kate Buckley: Chad, tell me how you came up with name “Dash and a Handful”?

Chad Gardner: Dash and a Handful is and homage to my mother who was a restaurant owner and cook—and it is how my mother […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Lee Morcus of Kaiser Restaurant Group

A native Coloradan, Lee Morcus graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Morcus has devoted his life to the food and restaurant business on a corporate level, as a franchise owner, developer and entrepreneur, and as an independent restaurateur. He always knew he would be an owner, coming from a family of business-oriented entrepreneurs.

Morcus and his father opened their first restaurant, Kaiser Grille Palm Desert in 1992 and have grown the family business to seven restaurants. The Kaiser Restaurant Group includes several brands: Kaiser Grille, Prime Chop […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Mindy Reed

Mindy Reed

Owner of Zin American Bistro and Zini Cafe Mediterrano, Mindy Reed has made her mark in Palm Springs as a successful entrepreneur and active community member. In May of 2005, Mindy opened Zin American Bistro with Chef Nicolas Klontz. With Chef Klontz’s creative talent in the kitchen and Mindy in the dining room they quickly became popular with locals and tourists.  Her love of wine and her list of over 250 selections has won the restaurant 6 consecutive Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence.  In May of 2009, Reed and Klontz opened Alicante, a Spanish Mediterranean Bistro.    

Hosting frequent […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Eric Morcus

Eric Morcus

Eric Morcus has spent nearly twenty years in corporate sales and marketing and in recent years “came home” to the family business to help run the Kaiser group of fine dining restaurants. He’s received the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention and Visitors Authority “Partners in Progress” and “Restaurateur of the Year” awards. He was President of the Palm Springs Restaurant Association and serves on the board of the Palm Springs Hospitality Association. He lives with his family in La Quinta.

Eric, we met through our mutual involvement with the Palm Springs Hospitality Association–and our mutual friendship with our buddy, […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Annette Bloch

Annette Bloch

Philanthropist and civic leader Annette Modell Bloch was born in Philadelphia where she lived until her marriage to Richard Bloch, founder of H&R Block. She and her late husband have three daughters, seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. A breast cancer survivor and philanthropist, Annette is president of the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation and oversees the Bloch Cancer Hotline. She is a trustee of the Palm Springs Art Museum. Also in Palm Springs, she has received a Meritorious Gold Palm Star for her enduring and selfless contributions to charitable causes. Annette’s has worked tirelessly on behalf of heart […]

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