Personally Dine and Sip Wine with Iron Chef Jose Garces at The Saguaro

Posted By: Matt Link Monday, October 22, 2012

Forty year-old Jose Garces is a culinary star who will soon be a household name (if he isn’t already to many). Born to Ecuadorian parents in Chicago, he received the best training possible - in the kitchen of his paternal grandmother. In 2005, Graces opened his first restaurant and then quickly expanded to 15 nationwide, including the early 2012 opening of Tinto at The Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs.

Jose Garces is the 2010 winner of the Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, and he also won the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious title “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic 2009.” Garces authored his first cookbook, Latin Evolution, in 2008, and Palm Springs will soon be graced with his presence for the launch of his second cookbook, The Latin Road Home.

For two nights, October 26th and 27th, Garces will be on hand at The Saguaro to mingle with guests at an intimate wine reception and personally sign copies of The Latin Road Home cookbook. The hotel’s special weekend package includes a special five-course tasting dinner of Garces’ award-winning Latin-inspired cuisine (representing five of the countries that have contributed to his culinary and personal development) at Tinto - his Spanish tapas restaurant and bar at The Saguaro. There will also be an interactive mixology class with tequila and tapas, where guests will learn how to make signature cocktails from his new cookbook.

“This VIP two-night package will enable our hotel guests to spend time and break bread with a Food Network Iron Chef – a truly unique experience not available anywhere else in such an intimate setting,” said Michael von Wittenau, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Saguaro.

Chef Garces will be available to guests of the five-course meal to discuss the significance of the dishes from his cookbook. “This is a special meal for me and I’m excited to share this book that chronicles my journey to where I am today,” says Garces. “The Latin Road Home is deeply personal for me, and I look forward to telling the story to my guests through this dinner.”

The Tinto restaurant (above) is named after the local word for red wine served in pintxos (tapas) bars in Basque Northern Spain. It’s a cozy and elegantly dark space, with deep black and browns highlighted with lavender upholstered banquettes, wood block tables and chairs, tiled tabletops, custom-crafted wooden wine racks, and a cozy, heated patio lounge. Beyond its extensive selection of wines, sangrias and ciders, its breathtaking tapas menu is overflowing with all kinds of interesting plates, like Duck Montadito (with duck confit, Serrano ham, black cherry and La Peral spread), Short Rib Bocadillos (braised short ribs with bacon, asparagus and celery root aioli), or Prawn Brochetas (shrimp and chorizo brochettes with grape tomato and espelette chile).

You can’t miss Tinto’s home: The exterior of the rainbow-colored Saguaro Palm Springs, which opened in February 2012 at the corner of North Palm Canyon and Sunrise Way, is insistently cheerful. The 245-room property is managed by the innovative Joie de Vivre Hotels, and the hotel’s renovations were carried out by renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat, of New York-based Stamberg Aferiat Architecture. Despite the size of three-story structure, it retains the feel of a boutique hotel with a private courtyard pool, an intimate spa, and complimentary yoga classes, bicycles, parking, and internet.

Availability is limited for this special Iron Chef Weekend package, and rates start from $315 per night for this two-night room and food package. For more information, call (760) 323-1711 or go to


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