Sunny Supping: Desert Restaurant Week

The yearly food-special party brings the warmth, good times to Palm Springs and beyond.

DON'T EVER CHANGE... Palm Springs. You either, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert and Indian Wells and all of the Desert Resort cities. We know that some of your biggest events arrive in the winter months -- The Palm Springs International Film Festival and Modernism Week follow each other chockablock, in January and February respectively -- and we know the cooler months see an uptick in touristy traffic (the kind of traffic that says "let me sit by a pool slathered in sunblock ASAP"). With this in mind, we food-loving fans, which makes all of us, really, keep an eye on your annual Restaurant Week. It comes right at the start of the traditional summer season, if not the actual summer season, meaning a Memorial Day Weekend start.

WARM AND WONDERFUL: And it has for over a half decade now, so that timing is clearly working out. So why do we keep an eye on the dates? Because the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week lands at just about the loveliest stretch of the year for the area. For sure, it's already on the far side of warm even at 8 o'clock in the morning, and high noon requires an iced tea and a handfan. But perfect evenings spent on pretty patios, before pretty plates of food made by award-winning chefs, feel just right, and May 29 through June 7 is just the time of year to deliver those. So get prepared for special deals and interesting dishes from...

ALICANTE OF PALM SPRINGS... and Castelli's Ristorante of Palm Desert and Cork & Fork of La Quinta and Jackalope Ranch of Indio. Nope, you don't have to sit on a patio to enjoy -- and it isn't the law that every restaurant in the desert requires an al fresco section, either -- but you should prepare to try a few courses, from a nice array of selected dishes, from every eatery on the list. The list is well-sized and covers a wide swath of DesertResortslandia. So, will you find a pool to sit by after you save some cash at a restaurant you've never tried? It will be late May and/or early June, and the nights, as everyone knows, are perfect 'round the P.S. and just beyond.

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