$2,100 Raised for Boys and Girls Club

In between bites of smoked scallops and braised lamb at the Viceroy Palm Springs hotel about 85 diners raised $2,100 Thursday evening for the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs.

Diners bid on a package to have the Viceroy’s Chef Warren Cordoba prepare dinner for six in their home. The  highest bid came in from Bob Helbling for $1,100, followed closely by Chris Tuttobene’s bid of $1,000. The hotel decided to offer the in-home chef package to both men, nearly doubling the gift to the Boys and Girls Club.

“I’ll be a busy guy,” Cordoba laughed as he tossed another skillet of lumpy succulent scallops.

“We got creative, and decided to offer two dinners in order to raise more funds for the Palm Springs Boys & Girls Club,” said Don Devine, director of guest services and public relations for the Viceroy.

The elegant evening under chandeliers on the Presidio Lawn was also a chance for the hotel to feature some of Codoba’s new culinary creations. He arrived on staff about six weeks ago and aims to bring light, simple, elegant fare. And to see the line for tasty little bites of prime rib, lamb, light ribbons of cucumber tossed in olive oil and horseradish – and at least a few takers for seconds – Cordoba seems to be striking the right tone.

Chef Warren Cordoba, of the Viceroy Palm Springs hotel, sauteed smoked scallops Thursday evening in a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs.