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Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage chef Bruno Lopez cultivates the desert
Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage chef Bruno Lopez cultivates the desert

The Coachella Valley is a magnet for those who seek luxurious accommodations in the winter months. Snowbirds, hipsters and devotees of all things Midcentury Modern flock to sleek new hotels and second homes in pursuit of sun, spas and sports. Fine dining, however, is rarely at the top of anyone's checklist. Bruno Lopez is the latest in a long line of chefs and restaurateurs who have attempted to change that. The towering former French marine from Paris is the force behind the dining venues at the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, a solitary crop of low-lying contemporary buildings perched 650 feet above the valley. Opened in May, the luxury resort features the farm-to-table State Fare...

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