Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage Celebrates Local Flavors, Helping Local Charities

You know it’s summer in the desert when Taste of Summer returns to Rancho Mirage (July 11 -Aug. 12).  This year’s Taste of Summer sponsors,  the City of Rancho Mirage, KESQ News Channel 3, CBS Local 2, The CW, Fox 11, Telemundo and the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce, team up for this annual event to celebrate local flavors while helping local charities.

Purchase a wristband to take advantage of incredible dining specials all over town for the entire month: July 11 – August 12. Online wristband orders can be picked up from the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce any Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. beginning June 15 or visit one of the many participating charities.  

Dine on deals

Sizzling specials and tantalizing treats are served up across the city. Come hungry, great eats await.

Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse

Save on dinner for two. Dine on two half racks (baby back or St. Louis ribs) with two sides each, and lava cake for dessert. $50

Ben & Jerry’s at The River

Nothing says summer like an ice cream treat. Just $5 will get you a fantastic ice cream package that includes the Sizzling Summer Sundae and a cold bottle of water.

Brandini Toffee

Brandini Toffee is enjoyed by chocolate-lovers and toffee aficionados around the world and is the first toffee company to receive the coveted Gold sofi Award, the “specialty outstanding food innovation” award that honors creativity and great taste. For just $5 you can get a delicious toffee ice cream bar to help you beat the desert heat.

Dringk Eatery & Bar

Dine on $12 flatbread with $5 classic Margarita and $5 house wine specials.

Dragon Lili Boba Bar

Haven’t yet tried this new boba bar? Here’s your chance. Buy one drink at regular price and get a second drink for 50% off. (Not valid for online orders.)

Enzo’s Bistro & Bar

Seeking elegant and authentic Italian food that is carefully prepared in-house? Enjoy the beautiful indoor dining area or sit outside on the cocktail patio. Your wristband gets you a free dessert with a minimum purchase of $20 (Rancho Mirage location only.)

Haus of Poke

Find deals galore when you enter with your wristband. Choose from two spicy tuna hand rolls and a regular size tea for $10 (boba not included); or two crab handrolls and a regular size tea for $10 (boba not included); or one Spam musubi and a regular size tea for $5, (bobo not included); or buy one get one free tea or smoothie (must be equal price).

Krispy Kreme

Get your milk or coffee ready for the buy-one, get one free deal on a dozen glazed donuts. It’s like donutpalozza with 24 delectable donuts.

Las Casuelas Nuevas

Las Casuelas Nuevas is a local culinary institution and a staple of Restaurant Row that has stood the test of time serving great Mexican food in the Coachella Valley for more than 40 years. Pick up a wristband to get one 25% of all entrees for the table. (Deal excludes appetizers and alcohol).

Norma’s Italian Kitchen

This family-owned eatery uses high quality ingredients to create traditional recipes. During Taste of Summer, enjoy the pizza, pasta, salad, seafood, or anything else on the extensive menu. Your wristband gets you 15% off the entire check, excluding wine or beer.

Pinzimini at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

With all the deals at Pinzimini, you’ll want to return many times during the month. Enjoy the calamari and vegetable fritti ($8); Polpette (creamy ricotta, San Marzano tomato sauce, raised green, and preserved lemon) ($12); grilled fennel crusted pork chop ($22); and pan seared Tuscan Skuna Bay salmon (with spinach, sundried tomato, fennel pollen, creamy garlic sauce, parmesan cheese, with roasted fingerling potatoes) ($27). Finish off your meal with a crimson apple tart and vanilla bean gelato ($8) and don’t forget the Caliente Margarita for $9 or a bottle of domestic beer for $4.

State Fare at The Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

Presenting the best of California, what a better way to taste local offerings than the $10 special: lemon strawberry Pavlova dessert.

Shame on the Moon

On Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, the $29.95 wristband special includes your choice of house salad, house soup or gazpacho with one of three entrees: sauteed tilapia, grilled Kobe ground sirloin steak, or chicken parmesan. And yes, of course dessert is included. It’s a tasty brownie delight square.

The Penney at Desert Island Golf & Country Club

Wear your lovely wristband and with every purchase of an entrée, you may enjoy a complimentary dessert.

Willie’s Modern Fare

Willie’s Modern Fare combines the elegance of fine dining with the warmth and conviviality for which its founders are best known. Taste of Summer is a great time to try out one of Rancho Mirage’s newer restaurants. Enjoy a free dessert with the purchase of two entrees.

Who you help

Frequenting Rancho Mirage restaurants helps keep the local workforce going strong. Additionally, local charities benefiting from the campaign, include American Business Women’s Association, Angel View, Animal Samaritans, Boys and Girls Club Cathedral City, Braille Institute, California University of Science & Medicine, Coachella Valley Horse Rescue, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine, CREATE Center for the Arts, Elder Love USA, Friends of the Desert Mountains, Helping You Heal Gardens, inc., The Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild, Pueblo Unido, Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory, Rancho Mirage Women’s Club, Rotary Club of Rancho Mirage, Shay’s Warriors, United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire, Variety of the Desert, and YMCA of the Desert.

Hungry for more?

To find information on where to get wristbands and more food and drink deals in Rancho Mirage, visit the Taste of Summer website: tasteofsummerranchomirage.com