Palm Springs Named One of Palm Springs Named One of "Best Places to Live" by Sunset Magazine

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Best of the West

The top cities of the Western U.S. that rank as “Best of the West” include Palm Springs, California in the most recent issue of Sunset Magazine.  A city reimagining its present and future, Palm Springs new downtown is evolving to embrace a new, energetic vibe.

A perennially sunny city nestled at the foot of the majestic San Jacinto mountains, and only two hours from Los Angeles, Palm Springs is drawing more than weekenders and snowbirds. Throw in palm-lined streets, James Beard award-winning restaurants, midcentury architecture, and modern housing communities for the […]

Share on Facebook 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 […]

Share on Facebook 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 […]

Share on Facebook 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 […]

Share on Facebook 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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