It’s out! The second annual issue of R/M The Magazine of Rancho Mirage was unveiled to a jam-packed crowd at Wally’s Desert Turtle last Thursday, January 8. And, of course, I was among the lucky invitees hosted by Palm Springs Life Magazine’s Frank Jones (who publishes R/M), City of Rancho Mirage Mayor Iris Smotrich, and other civil and editorial notables. Together we toasted the release with the generous flowing of libations and hors-d’oeuvres courtesy of Wally’s owner Michael Botello and executive chef Richard Pelz.
As for the book itself, counting the front and back covers, it’s full 108 pages of erudite editorial and glorious color. Sean and Diana Cranor, owners of Camera West (a welcome outlet for every amateur and professional photographer in the Palm Springs Valley) adorn the cover, with newly retired, award-winning Broadway vet Kaye Ballard, celebrated architect Narendra Patel, Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse brewmaster Scot Grabbe, and art curator and jewelry designer Denise Roberge among the stellar roster of interior subjects.
There are also illuminating stories about Sunnylands and its philanthropist founder Water Annenberg’s relationship with the American painter Andrew Wyeth, and a feature on every deluxe resort within city walls. My favorite portion of the publication, the Dining section, offers profiles of executive chefs Bruno Lopez of The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, Mike Mulligan of Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Joel Delmond of The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Robert Nyerick of Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Richard Pelz of Wally’s Desert Turtle, and Drew Davis of Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine, and Roy’s Restaurant head bartender Dariush Farzaneh.
If reading these stories whets your appetite, simply turn to the Where to Eat section and find an utterly comprehensive listing of Rancho Mirage restaurants classified by cuisine. The book closes on a sporty note, with a short story on venerated celebrity Dinah Shore, who in 1972 founded what has become the city’s signature event, the ANA Inspiration (formerly the Kraft Nabisco Championship, renamed in honor of new title sponsor All Nippon Airways, and still the first major of the LPGA).
If you haven’t been able to get your hands on your copy of R/M, don’t fret. A copy will be mailed to each Rancho Mirage household soon. Not a resident of my fair home town? Copies are also available at City Hall. Happy reading!