The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming! And in addition to gifts and good cheer, that means guests and a great many number of meals to prepare (and clean up!). It’s no wonder that many folks prefer to eat out in December, especially on those four special days and nights: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Thankfully, Rancho Mirage and its deluxe resorts are there for everyone—residents and visitors alike—in the Palm Springs Valley.
Westin Mission Hills www.westionmissionhills.com
At signature restaurant Pinzimini, the Christmas Eve Buffet from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.—featuring special wines, champagne, and holiday libations—is $39 for adults, $18 for children 6-12, and free for those under five. The Merry Holiday Brunch on December 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. is $55 for adults, kids $22, and free under five. In addition to soup, salads, cold platters, entrees like herb-roasted turkey, a carving station, an Eggs Benedict station, a pasta station, and a dessert table, a limited a la carte breakfast menu and children’s breakfast menu will also be available. That evening, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., the 4-course holiday plated dinner is $65 for grownups ($80 with wining pairing), and will include a prosciutto/cucumber appetizer; Wedge Salad or Butternut Squash Soup; Prime Rib, Grilled Salmon, or Mushroom Ravioli; and Chocolate Lava Cake and assorted macaroons. A limited a la carte dinner menu and children’s breakfast menu will also be available.
The 5-course New Year’s Eve dinner at Pinzimini from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. is $95 for adults ($120 with wine pairing), with a child’s menu also on offer. If such items as a Caviar Parfait, a Nantucket Bay Scallops Fritte, a Marina di Choggio Squash Risotto, Wood Charcoal Roasted Brandt Beef, and Red Berry Cake with Poached Pear and Chocolate Pot de Crème hold special appeal, this is the place for you. Oh, and don’t forget the selection of cheeses. Dinner guests will also receive a ticket to the Westin Mission Hills’ New Year’s Eve Party in the Oasis Ballroom from 9:00 p.m. to close. Live entertainment by Debora Galan & Silk will be complemented by snacks/small bites, a ball drop, and champagne toast. From 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., kids can enjoy the Masquerade Party in the Oasis Den. And on New Year’s Day, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pinzimini will host a Breakfast Buffet with a Bloody Mary Bar.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas www.rancholaspalmas.com
On Christmas Day, celebrate with a 3-course dinner alongside live entertainment until 9:00 p.m. at signature restaurant bluEmber. Such favorites as Spinach with Candied Figs, Panko Crusted Seabass, and Chocolate Raspberry Tower will be served. $59 per adult, $20 per child.
New Year’s Eve’s 5-course “choice of” menu with optional wine pairings includes Ahi Tuna Tartare, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, and Gold Dusted Decadence. Adults $80 ($100 with pairing), $45 for children. Also available is the New Year’s Eve Family Buffet in the ballroom for $75 per adult, $35 per child, and free for those under five. Following the feasts, there will be a New Year’s Eve after-party from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. in the ballroom replete with DJ and dancing and a cash bar. The cover charge is $20 for adults, $10 for children.
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage www.ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage
While holiday dining details concerning signature restaurant State Fare Bar & Kitchen are still being worked out at press time, the eatery will be open throughout the holidays, offering an a la carte menu as well as an additional seasonal four-course menu. Also finally open for business—as of December 17—is eagerly awaited steakhouse The Edge, which serves dinner only Wednesday through Sunday. Since many feel that this will be one of the primo spots in which to celebrate this festive time of year and ring in 2015, reservations are recommended. Bon appétit!