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20 May 2014

Food and More: Restaurant Week 2014 Includes Extras—Including Eco Tours

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This year's Restaurant Week events include tours of the Indian Canyons, plus lunch. This year's Restaurant Week events include tours of the Indian Canyons, plus lunch. Photo courtesy of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

Desert Adventures is well known for eco-tours of locations including the San Andreas Fault and Joshua Tree—and during Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, the company will be offering something special for foodies.

On a regular basis, Desert Adventures does a tour of the Palm Springs Indian Canyons for $125. However, during Restaurant Week, the tour will also include lunch at a downtown Palm Springs restaurant such as Trio, Las Casuelas Terraza, Grind Brgr Bar or Kaiser Grille.

Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week takes place this year from Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 8. The week began in 2007 with less than 30 participating businesses; this year, more than 100 are participating. Restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe meals for either $26 or $38, and a number of other businesses—such as Desert Adventures—offer special deals as well.

“You can take the tour, and we’ll give you a voucher good for a free lunch at any one of those locations,” said Bob Schneider, president and CEO of Desert Adventures. “So you have the opportunity to sample some of their food during the lunch hour, and figure out whether or not you want to go back at dinner time.”

As for how the restaurants were selected, Schneider it had to do with the relationships he has with the restaurants’ owners and their willingness to partner with him. He said he’s proud of the diversity of food offered.

“I think from a luncheon perspective, there’s really a broad array there,” Schneider said. “… You really have something for everybody there. You can’t go wrong, and it just depends on what your palate is like, and what you have a taste for on a particular day.”

Desert Adventures is also offering tours during Restaurant Week of the San Andreas Fault, with a meal included at either the Crab Pot or Jackalope Ranch.

Restaurant Week gives foodies a chance to try food at restaurants they may never have considered at a discount, and Schneider thinks more locals need to get in on the action.

“One of the things we’re trying to stress this year with Restaurant Week is we’re really going to zero in on people in the valley and people who live here,” Schneider said. “As I go around the valley and meet with my friends, I’m amazed at how many people don’t know about Restaurant Week and the value that’s represented there.”

Schneider said he loves to try new restaurants himself during the summer months.

“My wife and I make a point of it every year. We’ve done this for the last two years where we get groups of people together; we pick different restaurants; and we go as a group. So the six to 10 of us will go out and try a restaurant, and it’s really been kind of fun. You don’t have a hard time getting a reservation. … It gives you a great opportunity to get out there and experience the restaurants that are available to us in the valley.” 

For more information on Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, visit www.palmspringsrestaurantweek.com.

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