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Palm Springs favorite dining tips

Posted by Paul Kaplan on Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 1:07pm

I want you to know what Pho is!  At The Paul Kaplan Group, we start talking about where we are going to have lunch in Palm Springs, almost as soon as we turn on the lights every morning. 

One of our favorite Palm Springs lunch spots,  is Pho 533 in Smoke Tree Village. (Equally delish for dinner too)  This week, in our #pkgLocal sweepstakes, you can win a gift certificate for $25 to Pho 533, generously donated by Chad Gardner, the new owner of our favorite spot for delicious Vietnamese food.

 Pho 533

And Its not just Pho. (click here to learn how to pronounce PHO) 

This summer Chad and Chef Gabriel Woo are dishing out Mango Summer Rolls and pouring housemade Thai Basil Lemonade (ask for it spiked as a spritzer!)

 Palm Springs business owner Chad Gardner, the Culinary Artist and Executive Chef behind the incredibly successful Dash and a Handful Catering company acquired Pho 533, a popular Palm Springs Vietnamese restaurant located in the Smoke Tree Village shopping center, on April 1, 2015.

 Pho 533 dish

As a long-time fan and patron, Gardner is continuing Pho 533’s success and is taking it to another level. Together Gardner and Chef Gabriel Woo, his lead Culinary Artist for both Pho 533 and Dash and a Handful, is helping Gardner to put their stamp on the restaurant. “We’ve kept the majority of the menu, but are introducing more dishes that are more on the Viet-Fusion side to go along with the traditional authentic Vietnamese cuisine people have come to expect from Pho 533. A renovation to the restaurant itself will occur during a few weeks beginning in mid-August. The new look of the restaurant will reflect the fresh, vibrant updates to the menu. 

Gardner founded Dash and a Handful Catering, a full service Catering, Craft Services and Special Event Company in Palm Springs in 2011. Since then, the company’s business has skyrocketed, allowing him to achieve one of his personal goals of having a Vietnamese restaurant. “I started my career in restaurants, and I love all types of Asian food, but since I was trained as a French Chef, I particularly love Vietnamese food,” said Gardner, referring to a significant French influence attributed to France’s former long-time occupation of Vietnam.   

 For more information on these two culinary treasures, visit and 

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