The folks from Le Vallauris had fancy little shot glasses of Vichyssoise arranged on a silver platter.
A little farther down were cheeseburger sliders by the Chop House.
And it would have been pure foolishness to walk past Copley’s table of Tuna Tartare without popping one of those little bites into your mouth.
The late afternoon soiree at the Palm Springs Air Museum Wednesday could have been a Palm Springs food and restaurant show, given all of the restaurants offering up tiny free samples of tasty dishes.
However, it was the annual Show Me Palm Springs, an event designed purely for the service industry in town – folks like hotel front desk staff, waiters, and others who come into regular contact with tourists. It’s important, say officials with the Palm Springs Hospitality Association, that front-line workers be very familiar with all of the attractions in the city and be able to advocate for them.
Which is why there was a lot more to see than simply grazing the food tables. The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies had a display table, as did Palm Springs Modernism Week and other groups. All told, 58 groups from around town participated in the familiarization event, and more than 350 people came out, said Tim Ellis, who heads up the Palm Springs Hospitality Association, the organization sponsoring the event.