Desert Companion’s Restaurant Awards Announced

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to Andrew Kiraly, Sabin Orr and Christopher Smith for making our prose look so delicious. (Click on the link below to read all of this lip smacking news amongst some of the most luscious photographs imaginable…)


Restaurant of the Year: SAGE

Chef of the Year: Pascal Sanchez (Twist by Pierre Gagnaire)

Pastry Chef of the Year: Kamel Guechida (Joel Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon)

Sommelier of the Year: Willi Sherer (Aureole)

Excellence in Management and Service: SPAGO

Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: ROSEMARY’S

Ethnic Restaurant of the Year: RAKU

Cocktail Bar of the Year: AMERICAN FISH

“Dealicious” Meal of the Year: BOSA 1

Desert Companion (‘zine) – Best Cheap Eats

If you shopped at Whole Foods in the past two months, and let’s face it who hasn’t?, you probably grabbed a Desert Companion magazine as you were leaving. Behind the hot chile pepper cover was an article by you-know-who, on where to find some of our town’s best ethnic (and inexpensive) eats. Here is the PDF of that article for your perusing pleasure.

FYI: You may be hearing big things about RAKU in the coming months…..the national food press has taken notice of our little Japanese gem (thanks to someone who needs no introduction), and universal recognition of its excellence may soon be forthcoming.