Secret Surprise – PS Underground Review

By Karla Silver | Food

Dec 02

Shhhh… This is a PS Underground review.

There’s a new exciting group in town, put together by two fun hosts, David Horgen and Michael Fietsam.  Well, it isn’t new, but it’s new to me and my always-game-for-good-food-experiences husband Don!

PS Underground is a cool, wandering supper-club that holds their events in eclectic venues across the Coachella Valley.

I ran across an article about PS Underground recently while reading our local Palm Springs paper, “The Desert Sun.”  OK… how exclusive can this supper club be, you ask, if there’s an article in the newspaper?

On the assumption that almost no one actually DOES anything, I went immediately to the group’s website, http://www.psunderground.com, and filled out an application.

Here’s what the PS Underground says about themselves:

“PS UNDERGROUND is a wandering supper club!!! We host dinner parties and special events in art galleries, warehouses, shuttered restaurants, private homes and just about anywhere in the Palm Springs area where we can fit our table. We only reveal the location at the last minute and only to those who have reserved a seat. It's all part of the mystique.”

In a couple of hours, my application was accepted and I received a very nice email instructing me on how to take the next step (make a reservation and pay for the event).

PS Underground does not reveal in advance where their events will take place, but they do reveal a theme.  We had reserved a seat at the table at an event with the theme “Craft.”

Hmmm… wonder what that means?

Here’s what they say about their themes:

“Each PS UNDERGROUND event is unique unto itself. It may be a multi-course meal at a lavishly set table, an intimate dinner under the stars or a family style feast of the best elevated comfort food. One thing's for sure, there is always an element of surprise and a twist on what's expected.”

Well, THIS is interesting… and exciting at the same time.

We don’t know these people.  We don’t know where the event will take place.  And, we have no idea what we will be eating.

FUN!

So, the day before the event, we received an email detailing directions on how to get to our “Craft” dinner.

We showed up at the indicated address and, who would have known?  There’s actually a CRAFT brewery right here in the Coachella Valley.  The dinner took place right inside the Coachella Valley Brewing Company’s brewing room.

We were immediately welcomed by both David Horgen and Michael Fietsam, the directors of US Underground.  Michael retrieved my husband and me a beer and started the evening off with a good feeling… like we were amongst friends.

  1. So I have to admit that I was not too excited about a beer-themed dinner.  I was wrong.  Everything was fabulous.

We started off with a first course of Lemongrass Cioppino with Cardamom Killer Bee Honey beer.  The honey for the beer was produced by local Killer Bees.  (Hopefully not too local.)

Second course was Sweet and Hot Sausage, Pear, Apple and Artisan Bread with a Blue Cheese Fondue paired with a Volstead Pilsner.

Third course consisted of Short Ribs, Polenta, Brussels Sprouts and a Double Date Belgium. Dates for the beer were from right here in the valley as well.  Holy moly…

Then… Rosemary Crème Brûlée and Triple Berry Beer.

Lastly, we adjourned to the tasting room for Root Beer Floats.  Of course the Root Beer was produced by the brewery as well.

PS Underground has me.  I’m a lifer.  We’re already RSVP’d for the event in December, which has a theme of “Wanderland.”

I wonder where we’ll wander?

Check out PS Underground at http://www.psunderground.com/

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