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Are You Hungry for a Good Meal at a Great Value?

Posted in Santa Fe Dining on March 9, 2011 by Jenny Kimball

Then look no further than participating in Santa Fe’s Restaurant Week going on in Santa Fe through March 13. Fifty four restaurants are participating, including La Fonda’s own La Plazuela. Follow this link for the menu but since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve given you six thousand words to consider.

I dined with La Fonda’s good friend and supporter, Brooke Dulaney. The entire menu looked fantastic but I chose the spinach salad, the carne asada and enchilada and the Mexican chocolate streusel cake.All were delicious! I know I am biased but I think our enchiladas are the best in town.  My wine choice was a great tasting glass of bubbly made locally by New Mexico’s own Gruet winery.  Brooke had the Caesar salad, the pork shank and the cheesecake. She loved every bite of each dish.

Our server was Stormi, who consistently gets rave reviews by our guests.   I can’t tell you how many emails I get telling me she is one of the best waitresses of all time.  You may remember that I profiled her in my blog on January 18th.  During dinner she gave me an update on her progress in La Fonda’s Biggest Loser contest.  Twenty Pounds!  Very impressive!

Albuquerque is also celebrating its own Restaurant Week March 13-20.  So, call or get on Open Table and make your reservation to check out Santa Fe’s restaurant week. It is a great opportunity to sample various courses at extremely reasonable prices.


Thanksgiving at La Fonda

Posted in Santa Fe Dining with tags , , , on November 26, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

We served over 550 people yesterday at our Thanksgiving buffet. Where else can you see two life-size Canadian Geese flying high overhead, carved completely out of ice, while at the same time, partaking of Chef Lane Warner’s top notch cuisine? The table had a bounteous array of colors and delectable offerings. Despite the size of the crowd, including a large group of long-time attendees, The Roads Scholars, the line moved quickly, keeping one and all satisfied. We even had one intrepid guest, Mr. Pipes, line up at 8:30 am for an 11:00 buffet; just to make sure he got the seat he wanted (sounds like some of the lines for the Black Friday sales!)

Hungry for 1st La Fonda Thanksgiving!

La Fonda also took care of its own by sticking to its long held tradition of giving a turkey to each employee, to make sure all had a bountiful meal. We at La Fonda have much to be thankful for, and I hope each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

La Fonda is Debuting on Chef Johnny Vee’s new Talk Show

Posted in General, Santa Fe Dining, Who's Who with tags , , , on April 30, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

Be sure to tune in to KTRC 1260 AM. Starting this Saturday, May 1 at 5:00pm, Chef Johnny Vee adds one more hat to his rack as he debuts his radio talk show, Bits and Bites. Already acclaimed—the Santa Fean’s dining editor, the head of the Las Cosas Cooking School and published author are just a few of the many other talents and titles he holds.

On Bits and Bites, he will be dishing all the scoop on Santa Fe’s ever-changing food scene. His premier show features La Fonda’s executive chef, Lane Warner, as well as me, talking about what’s happening culinary-wise at La Fonda. For those of you who know Johnny Vee, he is NEVER boring and always is on top of the latest foodie news. Definitely worth a good listen. So, if you have time, tomorrow afternoon at 5, tune into KTRC 1260 AM and be entertained by Johnny Vee.

Health and Human Services Week

Posted in Santa Fe Dining, Santa Fe Non-Profits, Who's Who on April 21, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

This week is Health and Human Services Week in Santa Fe. Fran Mullin, owner of Vanessie, created this event several years ago. The event has become so successful that it has expanded to a full eleven days.

Fran’s goals are to foster communication among Santa Fe’s social service organizations and educate the public and business community about the services that these worthwhile nonprofits provide. Each year, Fran personally selects the local nonprofits that are to be involved in Health and Human Services Week. He challenges these selected organizations to bring in at least 100 reservations to Vanessie. This gives the board members and staff of these nonprofits an opportunity to have some ‘skin in the game’.

Fran generously donates 20% of Vanessie’s receipts during Health and Human Services Week. In addition, he underwrites the entire cost of printing and advertising for this event so 100% of the money raised goes directly to the nonprofits as unrestricted funds.

We are fortunate to have Charlie Wheeler and Shane Muth, local representatives of HUB Insurance, as La Fonda’s insurance agents. Not only are they saving us money in insurance premiums while increasing our coverage, but they are showing their commitment to our community by participating in Health and Human Services Week. HUB sponsors an entire table on four nights during Health and Human Services Week. Customers invited to dinner at HUB’s table learn about the particular nonprofit that HUB is sponsoring each year. I have been lucky enough to have been a guest of HUB’s last year, raising money for the Mountain Center, and this year, for Gerards’ House. This year, Health and Human Services week continues through Sunday, April 25, so if you have time, call Vanessie and make a reservation, enjoy the tasty-good, simply-the-best onion loaf in town and know that 20% of the money spent will go to a very good cause in our community.

Santa Fe’s Restaurant Week

Posted in General, Santa Fe Dining with tags , , , on March 8, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

Santa Fe’s first ever Restaurant Week was a great success! What an amazing opportunity to experience some of our finest restaurants at great prices. I know how marvelous Lane Warner’s food is at La Plazuela since I eat here at La Fonda numerous times each week, but I wanted to test it out on two of my foodie friends. So, what better time than dining with me during Restaurant Week?

Elizabeth Ryan and Adrienne Hertz are both certified executive chefs and even operated their own restaurant here several years ago called Ballyhoo Bistro, which was next to Ristra and had THE best risotto I have ever tasted. Each of us ordered a different starter, entrée and dessert so they could taste and see a variety of our menu options. I must admit to being a bit nervous as to whether or not they would like our food since chefs can tend to be critical and picky of other chefs’ food. But, when Elizabeth took her first bite of the warm spinach salad and remarked, “this is absolutely kick-ass good”, I breathed a sigh of relief. They thoroughly enjoyed their La Plazuela meals.

Several years ago, both Adrienne and Elizabeth cooked for the now very much in vogue, Julia Childs, at Shelburne Farms in VT. They said her voice was even odder than Meryl Streep’s depiction in the current movie and said that Ms. Childs even had more joie de vivre than Streep’s character, which hardly seems possible. Adrienne and Elizabeth currently are producing THE BEST granola I have ever tasted. It is made here in Santa Fe and is organic;  it can be found at Kaunes, Whole Foods and Wild Oats – as well as through their website at: I warn you, it can be addictive and it tastes best on my homemade ice cream.