Sure, summer in the desert is sizzling. But slow? Think again! Because the Rancho Mirage Restaurant Association, the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Rancho Mirage have joined forces to kick off the inaugural inception of “Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage,” an event whereby our home town’s participating resorts and restaurants have cooked up super summer specials to showcase their drinks and desserts. Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage Cocktail Week will be held July 8 through 17 andTaste of Summer Rancho Mirage Sweets Week is taking place August 5 to 14.

“We wanted to create a little buzz around the summer months and offer residents and visitors something more,” says Jack Srebnik, President of the Rancho Mirage Restaurant Association. “A lot of us stick around in the summer and want to enjoy our local favorites, so why not offer a little more value for our patrons while giving back to our local charities?”

Charities? Yep, that’s right. In order to get in on all the fun, patrons purchase a $10 wristband, which can be used all week (for both weeks!). That entitles its wearer to enjoy discounted $4 cocktails, appetizers, or desserts at participating establishments. All proceeds from the wristband sale will benefit local charities. Wristbands can be purchased at the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce located at 71905 Highway 111, Suite H, Rancho Mirage.

Just a smattering of participating restaurants and resorts include Burgers and Beer, Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse, bb’s at The River, Brandini Toffee, Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Gioia, Johnny Rockets, Las Casuelas Nuevas, Maracas, Norma’s Italian Kitchen, The Slice, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, and The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. Sponsors include Crater Lake, Marker Broadcasting, RumChata, and Lyft (which will be offering a $20 credit for rides to and from Rancho Mirage restaurants and hotels involved in the promotion).

I don’t know about you, but I plan on partaking mucho! How about joining me at the launch party? The launch party will be held at PIRCH located at 71905 Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage on Thursday, July 7, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Complimentary appetizers and cocktails will be served with each wristband purchased. Entertainment will be provided by Marker Broadcasting. Wristbands will be available for purchase that evening with all proceeds going to the Riverside County Firefighters Benevolent Fund.

To be placed on this exclusive invite list, please RSVP to Samantha Tweddell, Executive Director of the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce via email at info@ranchomirage.org. And for more information, please visit www.tasteofsummerranchomirage.com. Summer in Rancho Mirage? Call it super cool!

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