Executive Profile of our Chairman of the Board, Jennifer Kimball in the New Mexico Business Weekly
The many details on Gerald Cassidy’s Four Corners Map, hanging above the banco in the Santa Fe Room, would instigate a lively conversation. The four figures on the lower right of the map reached the Rio Grande in 1535.
Did you know that Breaking Bad’s Mark Margolis spent some time at La Fonda? He mentioned us in this interview for the Hollywood Reporter!
Friends of La Fonda - Cutlery of Santa Fe: Even people who care little for knives get lured in by the teeny tiny pocket knives in the window of Cutlery at Santa Fe. “Ladies describe them as ‘cute’ — an uncommon knife description,” says shop co-owner Alan Van Pelt. Beautifully crafted by the Italian company Maserin, the knives come as small as 3/4 inch closed. Van Pelt says he can hardly keep them in stock because they’re so popular with collectors. “People are really creative with how they’re used,” he notes, such as turning them into bracelet charms, earrings, necklaces, even zipper pulls. “Every time I take them out of the case, people beam with excitement. They sell like crazy.”
Friends of La Fonda: Street Feet - The Pikolinos shoe company from Spain, known for its artisan-crafted leather shoes and sandals, also makes an amazing collection of stylish boots, now available at Street Feet. With their hand-crafted look, supple leathers, and attention to detail, Pikolinos boots are the perfect choice for fall into winter. They are vegetable-dyed in the company’s own tannery, and water-treated for wetter climates. Street Feet co-owner Margaret Hanson notes that the boots come in heel heights from flat to stacked, and lengths from ankle to knee. Get one pair for everyday wear and some dressy heels for winter parties — Street Feet has a large inventory in stock!
There’s probably no better complement (and compliment) to exquisitely prepared food than a fine wine, which is why the Wine & Chile Fiesta draws such enthusiastic crowds: Every event and meal of the five-day extravaganza demonstrates that Santa Fe cooking has gone far beyond burritos washed down with a margarita.
It’s also quite fitting that La Fonda is among the sponsors of this gourmet event, as our restaurant, La Plazuela, is known for elevating New Mexican classics to the kind of fare that commands a celebratory bottle. La Fonda also provides event space for the week’s eight Wine Seminars, on topics from Syrah to Champagne to — yes — pairing wine with your green chile enchiladas. And, don’t miss our Wine Maker’s Dinner, September 27th — enjoy Chef Lane Warner’s exquisite seasonal delights with wine pairings by Merryvale Vineyards.
Autumn is hands-down the favorite season for foodies in New Mexico, with the aroma of chiles roasting under brilliant fall colors and azure skies. What better occasion to break out your best turquoise-and-silver bling and raise a glass to Santa Fe?
Live at La Fonda - Zenobia: “I got so much work in 2011, I had to turn it down,” she laughs. “I had 19 shows!” The three-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter was recently nominated for a 2012 New Mexico Music Award in the blues category for her song “Good Enough.” That single will be on her second CD, Resurrection, named in honor of the move out West that Zenobia says restored her to health.
“The connection to New Mexico has pretty much saved my life,” she says, adding that she does not miss New York. In fact, she rediscovered a friend here from New York, and the two are writing a musical together. The goal, naturally, is Broadway. If you miss Zenobia’s show at La Fonda in early July, she’ll appear with Soulman Sam, another hot new ticket, at the Santa Fe Bandstand on July 24.
Unique pieces by New Mexico artisans are offered at La Fonda Indian Shop. Wood carver Rory Alvarez sculpts humorous pieces that draw on his family roots in wood carving while exhibiting his own contemporary style and trademark palette. Jewelry at the shop includes work by Daniel Coriz of Santa Domingo Pueblo, who is in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian; and Gundi, whose designs inspired by the Southwest draw from the region’s natural beauty.
Among the jewelry artists represented by Rippel and Company, Ray Van Cleve stands out for his elegant, limited edition, one-of-a-kind gold and silver pieces with intricately carved beads. Van Cleve, who learned his craft from a Zuni silversmith, cuts and forms each piece by hand. A jeweler for 40 years with deep roots in the Southwest, he often incorporates semi-precious stones in his work, which includes pendants, earrings, bracelets, small boxes, and sculpture.