Restaurant Misters & Spritzers at Kitchen 86

Recently, our Koolfog Taste Team found itself checking out the local scene on El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert. As we all know, the desert heat can cause malaise and it’s been brutal this season.  To our delight, we saw our restaurant misters blazing full of fresh air, cooling patio guests at Kitchen 86 + Bar.  Taking this visual note as a sign, we stepped in for a bite…and stayed for a cocktail. 

Even with typical decreased tourism throughout the Coachella Valley in July, there was a wait for a table (another good sign) so we decided to sit at + Bar to see what, all, the buzz was about.

As we tried to decide what to order from their amazing “Modern Eclectic Small Plate” menu, we were intrigued with the colorful cocktails being served in front of us.  We began with one of our favorites, Prosecco with a serving of the Kitchen 86 Bread with wood fired garlic, extra virgin olive oil, herbs and pecorino.

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This mixologist we encountered not only poured superb drinks… he introduced our team to what seems to be the “it” summertime spirit: The Aperol Spritz.

Ultra-refreshing and light, this Italian inspired gift truly is the perfect summer beverage.   Served with equal parts Aperol, Prosecco and a splash of San Pelligrino sparkling water, it blissly bubbles as you sip in its sunshine.  The classic orange citrus garnish hints to the mandarin orange flavor of the Aperol and adds a delicious desert hue to the glass that some have liked to that of a “sunset over the Italian Riviera”. Grazie!

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Speaking of good things Italian, as we enjoyed our cocktails, we found the Kitchen 86 restaurant menu to have many Italian influenced dishes infused with local and organic ingredients.  Feeling well-nourished with our starter and aperitif in hand, we moved to the outdoor patio to dine under the misters.  Sitting under the cool mist, we comfortably ordered our main courses.  We shared an, especially, tasty lasagna as well as a mouth-watering chicken pesto sandwich.  

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The evaporative nature of the misting system gave us a true break from the heat by decreasing the terrace’s ambient temperature, giving us a wonderful opportunity to eat while gazing upon one of the most beautiful streets in the world.  El Pawseo Drive sits within the heart of Palm Desert and features a world class hub for shopping, dining, and culture.  Art galleries as well as public art pieces dot the rue flush with posh designer boutiques, Euro-styled salons, a high-end cannabis dispensary, and a bevy of swanky gourmet experiences to entice the most distinguished epicureans.  The al fresco dining options are plenty and you can be sure to identify them easily by, of course, looking out for those misters!  Prego!

You can check out the ever-changing menu at www.kitchen-86.com . However, we suggest you don’t overlook the + Bar to bring a smile to your lips! Kitchen 86 + Bar is located at 73-130 El Paseo, Suite I, Palm Desert, California.

 

Dining Under the Misters at La Brasserie Bistro & Bar

restaurant mistersAt the corner of one of the busiest intersections in the Coachella Valley, La Quinta’s La Brasserie Bistro & Bar stands out.  Plumes of beautiful mist create a welcome approach to the restaurant by bringing attention to this fabulous foodie find. La Brasserie prepares classic Parisian bistro style fare with an abundance of farm fresh and seasonal menu items in an authentic European setting. Serving up an elegant spread of food, wine and aperitifs, awarding winning French chef and owner, Emmanuel Janin and his wife Kara have blended traditional European influences with modern California cuisine.

 

Koolfog “Taste Team” Favorite:

Escargot de Bourgogne : Baked in Parsley-Garlic Butter this mouthwatering dish delicately delights the palette with authentic French flare.

La Brasserie’s friendly staff and impeccable service compliment the cooking to make for a perfect spot to enjoy good food and friends.  As always, our Koolfog “Taste Team” prefers dining under the misters…in this case, the sun-drenched patio garden area. The terrace is always full of life with an open and airy atmosphere to match its sophisticated yet casual charm.  Shade umbrellas and a robust misting system make dining al fresco comfortable and cool to ensure the lively environment maintains its pulse.  During summer months, La Brasserie celebrates the treasures of the Mediterranean showcasing lighter plates inspired by Spain, Greece, Italy and of course, France.  

Each week during the summer months, Chef Janin offers a special, every-changing prix fixe menu to entice the most discerning gourmands and fans of simply amazing epicurean experience.  The combination of pairings and flavors is a treat for the senses….colorful, fragrant, and sensational to the taste.  Like many desert restaurants, La Brasserie Bistro & Bar will close for vacation Sunday, July 28th.  We encourage you to take advantage of the diner feasts of the week in a fitting send off to Chef Janin, his family, and friends before they reopen for season on Wednesday, August 29th at 4:30pm.  We also suggest reservations for their first evening open to celebrate their return and the joy their kitchen has given to the area. 

Sample Bistro 4-Course Menu $42 
Menu Changes WeeklyAperitifGlass of Crémant “Queen Bee Royale”

Soup Choice Of:

Soup du Jour
French Onion Soup Gratinee
With Cave Aged Gruyere Cheese

Salad Choice Of:

Grilled Stuffed Calamari, Arugula Salad
Chopped Hearts of Romaine “Caesar”

Entrée Choice of:

Roasted Jidori Chicken Breast
Buttered Noodles with Pancetta, Riesling-Porcini Veloute
Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon
French Green Lentil Salad, Sauteed Fingerling Potatoes
Whole Grain Mustard Vinaigrette

Dessert Choice of:

Crepes Soufflees
Blood Orange Sorbet

Artisanal Cheese Plate
Citrus Honeycomb

Enjoy a glass of Anjou Cabernet Franc included in your menu
(no substitutions)

 

La Brasserie Bistro & Bar is located on the southwest corner of Highway 111 and Washington Street in the Vons shopping center. 760-771-4400;

www.labrasserielaquinta.com.

 

Dining Under the Misters: Palm Springs Restaurant Week, May 31st- June 9th, 2019

Now in its 13th year, the upcoming Greater Palm Springs Area Restaurant Week shines a sunny spotlight on the delicacies of over 100 participating restaurants as it celebrates the Coachella Valley food scene.   This year’s theme, “’TREAT’ your heart out” brings out the best in foodie finds to indulge, without breaking the bank.  Participating eateries are offering a valued selection included in a 3 Course prix fixe menu for $29 (a $45 value). Don’t miss this opportunity to feast, and feel good too, by making a reservation to give back to our community.

According to the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the organization is Restaurant Week’s producing partner in collaboration with Sysco ™

and Agua Caliente Casinos.  For every reservation booked via the dineGPS.com website, $1 will be donated to the FIND Food Bank, The Desert’s Regional Food Bank.   FIND Food Bank assists approximately 85,000 Coachella Valley individuals each month. A $1 donation will provide 7 meals.

Our Koolfog “Taste Team” thinks you need to “TREAT” yourself at this year’s GPSA Restaurant Week, with an immersive sensory extravaganza at TRIO Restaurant.  Visit TRIO to indulge in a unique experience that delights with aromas from the kitchen, visually stimulating and colorful décor, lively conversation, and amazing flavors designed to satiate.  TRIO is a desert hot spot known for its welcoming atmosphere and top-notch hospitality.   This friendly venue sets the mood with great food, music, and a quintessential Palm Springs vibe.

Want to feel cool, at this local favorite? Dine on the patio under the misters!   Fresh air meets California sidewalk style as Trio serves up dishes infusing traditional Midwest Comfort Food al fresco.  And the patio, well, of course, we are partial to this fun outdoor setting sporting a miraculous misting system.  Koolfog cool water mist provides comfort and cooling to create a relaxing ambiance for customers to enjoy their meal and the view. Sitting under the patio misters at TRIO is the perfect place for people watching while seated along one of the most popular destinations to witness “what’s hip?” in Palm Springs famed Uptown Design District.

 

 TRIO Restaurant offers a diverse and mouth-watering menu. 

 

May We Suggest?

 

First Course

 Coachella Valley Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bleu Cheese Stuffed, Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped

 

Second Course

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Brown Butter, Crispy Sage, Bread Crumbs

 

Third Course

House-made Pudding

This sounds so good, the Koolfog “Taste Team” says, “This!”

 

For complete Restaurant Week menu and details, vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as regular priced menu selections, go to TrioPalmSprings.com.

 

Find your Foodie Fix and “’TREAT’ your heart out” at:

Trio , Where Palm Springs Eats
707 N Palm Canyon, Uptown design district
Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-534-2851

www.triopalmsprings.com

 

 

Johannes Patio Misters Tune Up

Johannes Restaurant in Palm Springs serves European Cuisine from Austrian born Chef/Owner Johannes Bacher. Their patio utilizes a misting system to ensure comfort at all times of the year. The system was tuned up at the beginning of summer ’17 and working perfectly! Our patio misting systems are great for restaurants because they don’t leave any wet residue behind, which means your tables and guests’ food will stay dry.

Our patio misting systems are designed to enhance your restaurant patio dining areas with a cooler atmosphere during the hotter months of the year, to extend your rushes, to increase your capacity and to enhance your ambiance. Misting can provide even the most distracted person relief and relaxation. Food is meant to be, as it always has, a place for all of us to come and be together.

Empowering your restaurant to maintain a consistent revenue stream throughout the year can be a challenge. The very nature of a restaurant circles around “rush” hours and “dead” times. Utilizing patio misting systems can lengthen or even maintain existing peak periods for optimal table turn-over rates while giving your guests the subtle statement that you have carefully considered every detail of comfort. Smoking areas become welcoming and the passing crowds are drawn to your call of comfort.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make your restaurant a hot spot all year round. Contact us to get started with a patio misting system installation.

Coachella Valley Misting System Winter Maintenance

Coachella Valley Misting System Winter Maintenance

Coachella Valley Misting System Winter MaintenanceYou may be well into your winter mode, enjoying the cooler temperatures and the holiday season. But did you know that while you aren’t using your misting system during this time of year, the components are susceptible to damage in winter temperatures – even in the Coachella Valley? Coachella Valley Misting offers misting system winter maintenance and shut down service to protect your misting system, helping to extend its life and to operate at maximum efficiency when you do need again…in just a few short months.

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Coachella Valley Misting SystemsAlthough we are a national company, Koolfog is locally-owned and operated out of the Coachella Valley, and it’s a particular pleasure to partner with our neighbors here. We know that the continuing heat can have a significant effect on off-season business and we work hard to provide our clients with custom misting systems to help increase their warm weather revenue. Misting systems can cool ambient temperature by about 30°, making a dramatic difference in outdoor comfort and creating much more inviting outdoor seating areas.

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Low Pressure Misting, “No!” High Pressure Misting “Yessssss!”

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In the mid-80’s, Redlands resident John Gura set out to create a wonderful backyard setting, carefully planning the landscape around a beautiful pool and patio area. Once complete, however, he found it difficult to fully enjoy the fruits of his labor because his West facing outdoor living space took a beating under simmering, seasonal, high heat. He says thoughtfully, “The patio is nice. The pool is nice … but on hot summer days, you couldn’t go out there. It’s tough to go out there and relax with 110 degree temperatures.”

To provide some respite from the sizzling sun, Gura purchased a relatively inexpensive low pressure misting kit from a “big box retailer.” He says he thought he knew what he was doing putting it up around the perimeter of his patio by installing it himself.

He explains, “It was an unsatisfactory system. It didn’t work right. It dripped and the mist never lived up to what I was hoping for.” Frustrated with the performance of the low-pressure mist kit, Gura began to investigate more sophisticated misting and outdoor cooling solutions. He says, “We spent so much money on the backyard to not really use it. I rationalized the added expense of installing a high pressure misting system, contacted Koolfog, and installed quickly.”

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It’s often tough to justify a significant investment in your personal outdoor living area. However, if swelling temperatures make you so miserable that you don’t actually utilize your outdoor space to spend time at the BBQ, entertain friends, or simply enjoy the atmosphere … then such a decision may be worth it.

Koolfog takes pride in assessing our customers’ needs. We set out with the intent to exceed customer expectations and make every effort to design the best solution for every situation. Mr. Gura concurs stating, “Since we’ve had Koolfog, it’s the first time we’ve ever had a nice dinner on the patio. The Koolfog misting system made our patio useable. It feels cooler. It’s comfortable. It works like gangbusters … it’s amazing.” Our team at Koolfog, of course, is thrilled with the results at the Gura home.

A Not So Hot Lunch at Panera, Palm Desert

A Not So Hot Lunch at Panera, Palm Desert

It is May and temperatures are rising fast.

My lead misting system designer for the local Desert region, Steve, has some things that he wants to discuss. But I’m hungry. A little early today … it is around 11:15 a.m. but who is going to argue a free lunch while discussing strategy? So we hop in the car and decide on the fly where we are going to hold this impromptu meeting.

Steve braving the heat with his "secret weapon" ... an efficient Koolfog misting system.

Steve braving the heat with his “secret weapon” … an efficient Koolfog misting system.

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There’s nothing better than celebrating with family and friends under blue skies or a night full of stars with an outdoor living space designed for both functionality and fun. A full BBQ, kitchen, bar area, outdoor T.V… the potential to shake it up and accommodate a variety of interests abounds.

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