Bellatrix at Classic Club
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World Cuisine and Mediterranean Luxury in a World-Class Golf Setting
By Pamela Bierri
With a commanding view of the Classic Club's 400-acre Arnold Palmer-designed golf course and the Little San Bernardino Mountains beyond, Bellatrix restaurant offers breathtaking vistas from the second floor of the Mediterranean-style clubhouse and golf shop.
Owned by The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and managed by Troon Golf, the Classic Club specializes in weddings, charitable golf, social, community, and business events, placing itself in the matrix of sought-after locales.
The 180-degree vista encompassed from its covered terrace is arguably the best in the desert. A truly spectacular destination for any event or celebration, the Classic Club has five ceremony and reception options for up to 160 guests.
Executive Chef Gerard Brunett has enjoyed discovering many of Coachella Valley’s locally grown products — from bell peppers, lettuces, corn, and asparagus to citrus, dates, and figs. His strength for Mediterranean culinary regions are reflected in such dishes as the flame-grilled veal Costoletta with basil pesto Dauphinoise potato, Neuske smoked ham, and chive and red wine cream sauce. Brunett enjoys the ability to change menus often to reflect seasonal ingredients available both locally and regionally. The pan-seared Pacific halibut with locally grown corn relish and avocado pancake is a good example.
Classically trained, Brunett has been strongly infl uenced by modernists Hubert Keller and Jacques Pepin “for the sheer fact that food does not need to be complicated or overdone,” Brunett says. “Overall, I would define my cuisine as American continental with a touch of Asian and Mediterranean influences.”
Extensive wines complement the Bellatrix menu with an array of California chardonnays, pinot noir and cabernets from great vintners to elegant boutique wineries. A full selection of specialty cocktails and beers are available, as well as an appetizing bar menu.
Open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. and dinner Tuesday through Saturday at 5 p.m. Call the Classic Club’s catering staff for your next event.
Bellatrix at the Classic Club
Price Range: $$$
Romance is always in the air at Bellatrix as General Manager Greg Rubino and his special lady, Mary Ibalbarriaga, share a champagne toast with Ace of Spades Armand de Brignac, Reims, France, and a taste of house-made desserts: fresh baked Granny Smith apple pie served in an iron skillet topped with Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream, and Strawberry shortcake with buttermilk biscuits, strawberry Chambord sauce, and fresh vanilla whipped cream
With the well-stocked wine cellar as its backdrop, Bellatrix’s Executive Chef Gerard Brunett offers (clockwise, from bottom) the USDA Prime grade barrel-cut filet mignon with Yukon gold smashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables; the Crab Cakes drizzled with Old Bay crème fraiche and served over Meyer lemon marmalade; and Seared Scallops over a crisped potato cake topped with Granny Smith apple and fennel slaw, finished with red grape gastrique. Suggested wine is the Paul Hobbs 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena.
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