Take in the new VUE Grille and Bar in Indian Wells - Dec. 5, 2013

Loretta Vlach

It’s official. There is now a new VUE in Indian Wells.

VUE Grille and Bar debuted Dec. 5 at the Indian Wells Golf Resort and now offers an updated seasonal farm-to-table menu designed by Executive Chef Cale Falk, and new craft cocktails and beers in the bar, along with spectacular views of the surrounding desert and Santa Rosa Mountains.

Over 600 guests braved a cold desert evening to attend the Grand Opening party that introduced the restaurant and the Pavilion to the who’s-who of the Coachella Valley.

Included in the guest list were Indian Wells Mayor Ted J. Mertens and Mayor Pro-Tem Ty Peabody along with members of the Indian Wells City Council.  Many well-know desert personalities such as Dan and Regina McGrath,Jeff Michaels, Don and Diane Adolph, Manny dela Rosa, Tracy Dietlin, Marshall Gilbert, Mary Jo Ginther, Kristen Kelly, Casey Dolan, Craig Marrs, Glenn and Stephanie Miller, Dick and Stacy Shahloub and more who all came out to sample the food and drinks at the new restaurant.

VUE Grille and Bar occupies the space that was previously known as the IW Club and has undergone a multi-million dollar makeover that includes privacy glass etched with the restaurant logo, a space for live nightly entertainment in the bar area and a sushi bar with its own private patio.

Still to come are retractable sunshades for the patios that will offer comfortable outside seating for most year and a privacy screen for the sushi patio.

Also previewed at the party was the Indian Well’s Golf Resort Pavilion, a 5,700 square feet one-of-a-kind structure with a capacity to seat 400. Across the bridge and between the first tees of the Celebrity and Players Courses, the Pavilion offers unparalleled views of the nearby mountains and the golf courses.

“There is nothing like it in the desert,” said Michael Tebbetts director of sales and marketing for the Indian Wells Golf Resort. “It’s like being in the middle of a desert oasis.”

According to Tebbetts, the new name was chosen because what the restaurant represents. “Everywhere you look you see a different view of the desert,” he said. “It also reflects the way we see the food and drinks we offer to our guests.”

Fresh stocks, soups, sauces, jams, preserves, desserts, things pickled and preserved and pastas are now all created in house in VUE’s kitchen by Chef Cale Falk, who has created a menu that changes with the seasons.

Since the fall menu was previewed last month, “We’ve had to change a few things based on what we were finding available at the local farmers markets and what our purveyors had for us,” Falk said. “As a chef, I love that challenge of having to adapt to what comes into my kitchen.”

Vue also features a new sushi bar that offers Chef Akio Naito’s take on rolls, sushi and sashimi, again using the fresh fish from purveyors who believe in sustainable fishing methods.

In the bar, classic cocktails have been reinvented, craft beers and a wine cellar that is stocked with a wide array of red, white and sparkling wines to appeal to any palate.

VUE Grille and Bar at the Indian Wells Golf Resort is open daily for lunch and dinner, with happy hour daily in the bar from 3 to 6 p.m.  The Indian Wells Golf Resort is at 44500 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells. Hours of operation are until 10 pm live music nightly.

About the Indian Wells Golf Resort: The Indian Wells Golf Resort is open to the public and a premiere destination for golf and dining. The property is nestled amongst the Santa Rosa Mountains, towering palm trees and flowering landscape of Indian Wells, Calif. VUE Grille and Bar features a new menu that puts the focus on handcrafted cocktails, beers and locally grown seasonal ingredients to create a farm-to-table fresh dining experience. The IWGR offers 53,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space to hold private events, weddings and much more. For more information, please  contact 760-834-3800 or www.vuegrilleandbar.com. On Facebook, follow VUE Grille and Bar.

Indian Wells Golf Resort
44500 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA  92210

Photography by: Loretta Vlach

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