The tradition began in the 1900's in the culturally rich city of Mazatlan, Mexico, where founder Florencio "Del" Delgado's grandmother prepared sumptuous dishes and perfected classic Mexican recipes to share with and pass down to her children. That tradition lived on when founders Mary and her late husband "Del" decided to open the Original Las Casuelas in 1958 serving family recipes that had been passed from generation to generation.
Her legacy lived on and in 1973, the Delgado Family realized their vision and established the first Spanish colonial hacienda restaurant in the country with the opening of Las Casuelas Nuevas in Rancho Mirage. Now, son, Joaquin, and daughter-in-law, Sharon Delgado, the third generation of restaurateurs, bring in the fourth generation with their son, Andres. They continue to carry on their family tradition with superb food, service and atmosphere.
Recently the new street which runs next to the restaurant was dedicated as Via Florencio, citing his "vision and faith in Rancho Mirage and for starting Restaurant Row." Nuevas is a favorite for the popular Sunday Champagne Brunch, seasonal Monday night Buffet and strolling mariachi.
In 1992, Joaquin and Sharon opened Casuelas Café, located in Palm Desert. Casuelas Café quickly became another favorite of desert residents and is the only Las Casuelas open for breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
In 2006, the city of Palm Springs, CA honored Mary Delgado by shining a star with her name on the city's walk of fame.
The Delgado family has now unveiled yet another dining delight, the Cork Tree. Located on the corner of Country Club and Cook, this California cuisine, wine-pairing restaurant hosts private dining affairs and offers cooking and wine classes. For more information, visit the website: www.corktree.com or call at 760.779.0123.