Epicure Alert: Morgan’s in the desert at La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Launches Seasonal Peak Harvest Festival
Culinary Spotlight Includes Soft Shell Crab, Sweet Corn, Wagyu Beef & Artichokes
LA QUINTA, Calif. - As the seasons change, La Quinta Resort & Club's signature restaurant - Morgan's in the desert - uncorks a culinary celebration focused on the season's peak harvests. From farm-fresh California strawberries to marvelously-marbled Wagyu beef and Castroville artichokes, this spring and summer Peak Harvest Festival delivers a delectable round-up of repasts offered as a three-course prix fixe with optional wine pairing. Menus range from $45.00 to $55.00/person, excluding tax and gratuity, $19/person wine pairing. Info: 760.564.7600; www.morgansinthedesert.com.
With an eye to purity of ingredients presented at their zenith, triple James Beard recipient Jimmy Schmidt and Chef du Cuisine Brian Recor usher in the season with a vibrant line-up. Saluting the California's coveted crop of artichokes, the season kicks off with a flavorful repast including Parmesan Crusted Globe Artichoke Salad, Fire Grilled Spring Lamb Tenderloin and a Cynar Infused Hibiscus Brulee followed by a Memorial Day menu stoked with fire and smoke. Cold smoked Heirloom Tomato and Flint Corn Bread Salad, Fire Grilled Filet of JD Wagyu Chuck Short Rib and Warm Wood Roasted Wild Mushroom, Sweet Corn & Arugula Salad set the stage for the start of summer, paired with a Spiced Peanut Mousse and Nocturn Chocolate Ice Cream Parfait.
Other spotlights include a seasonal salute to the ethereal cherry, stinking rose and sweet corn paired with lobster as well as a sinful twist on Everything Bacon surrounding father's day.
Spring Peak Harvest Festival 2015
All menus are tree course prix fixe with optional wine pairing. Items are also available a la carte and exclude tax and gratuity.
May 12-21: Artichoke & Soft Shell Crab Festival
Straight from the ranch with a prime Pacific view, Castroville artichokes are world-renowned for their flavor and ability to dance with a variety of food partners, including seasonal soft shell crab.
May 22-31: Memorial Day Festival
It's fire and smoke with a delectable repast focused on cold smoked and barbeque items.
June 4-15: Strawberry Festival
Ripened to perfection, the season's strawberry haul is always a culinary sensation given their alluring scent and ability to cross the lines from sweet to savory.
June 18-29: Wagyu Bacon Festival - Everything Bacon!
Pull up a chair, the Wagyu celebration hits full tilt late June with a crash course in all things bacon. A special menu will also be served father's day, June 21.
July 1-13: Sweet & Tart Cherry Festival
It's a cross cultural celebration coaxing all the sweet and tart flavors from the ubiquitous cherry.
July 16-27: Stinky Rose Garlic Festival
Mr. Garlic mounts an annual comeback paired with a delectable repast.
July 30-August 9: Sweet Corn & Lobster Festival
The season's sweet corn is paired with Main lobster for a feast worthy of a king.
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About La Quinta Resort & Club
La Quinta Resort & Club is a renowned desert destination in the greater Palm Springs area featuring 620 elegantly-appointed casitas and suites and 98 villas; the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta®; 41 swimming pools and 53 hot spas; the Mountain and Dunes resort golf courses, 23 tennis courts and exceptional cuisine at Morgan's in the desert; TWENTY6; Adobe Grill; Ernie's at PGA WEST® and elsewhere throughout the resort. www.laquintaresort.com; 760.564.4111.
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Known as The Western Home of Golf in America®, PGA WEST® is home to the new PGA WEST® Golf Academy, three award-winning public golf courses including the famed TPC Stadium Course and three private courses designed by legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Tom Weiskopf. www.pgawest.com.
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