2012 seems to be the Year of the Fig here in Palm Springs. Our ficus carica, can you say common fig tree, is bursting with the fruits of her branches.
Ours are green figs, not the dark swarthy, mission figs, brought to San Diego, California in 1768 by Francisican missionaries and made popular by Alice Waters when she took to stuffing them with goats cheese, poaching them in port or daringly slicing them raw and then topping a melange of field greens with them drizzled with a balsamic viniagrette.
Our figs are summer chartreuse on the outside and creamy white laced with golden cognac on the inside.
I know you must think that all we do around our fair city is to go to cocktail parties. Well, you’re partially right. We like to celebrate. This is how one ends the day here in the white-hot epicenter of mid-century modern design.
Tonight’s soiree, graced with another stunning sunset, was hosted by Paul Kaplan at the Herbert W. Burns House. Designed in 1949, it is an early example of mid century modern architecture.
For visitors who may not recognize Mr Burns name, you may recognize his work. He was the architect of the well-loved Palm Springs hotel, the Orbit In.
Modernism Week has home tours, bus tours, lectures and movies, but the most anticipated of all the events are surely the swinging cocktail parties.
If it’s 5 o’clock - it must be cocktail time somewhere.
The Desert Star Hotel supplied the cocktail locale last night. It was hip and well swell. Specially-infused libations by Workshop Kitchen + Bar provided new twists on old favorites.
The signature cocktails were Singapore Sling #2 and Ironwood Fizz. Crave provided a curated collection of modern nibbles. Tricia from Sweet Bite Creamery was a big hit with her ice cream sandwich parting gifts.
All was pulled together with effortless aplomb. I applaud the Desert Star team for nothing short of a stellar evening. Thank you for including me!