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Dear Friends, 

Drumroll, please. As we do in spring/summer, we’ve changed up La Plazuela’s menu. Now don’t worry, your favorites are still there. We know that whether you’re a visitor from far away or live right around the corner, we know what you like. And we rely on Chef Lane to cook up both the tried and true and new dishes with flair and seasonal ingredients.

Chef Lane Warner

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He’s definitely done it at lunch with our new chilled mango gazpacho and heirloom tomato salad with baby greens and feta. Chef heads to the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market every Tuesday and Saturday to pick those gorgeous ‘maters before they’re gone. What says summer more than that? Maybe the new strawberry, avocado and chickpea salad? It’s light yet delicious and filling. Or try the turkey quesadilla with chipotle barbeque sauce for a perk-me-up.

Chilled Mango Gazpacho

A Bowl Of Soup

Strawberry, Avocado and Chickpea Salad

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Got a bigger appetite? Chef’s reimagined our rainbow trout entrée with red pepper polenta and an aji amarilla-papaya butter sauce. Say that three times fast! Or maybe a chile-rubbed pork tenderloin is more your style? You can always rely on our Northern New Mexican specialties – rellenos de La Fonda, enchiladas, carne asada or fajitas. It’s all amazing.

Chile-rubbed Pork Tenderloin

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At dinner, you must, must, must try the tableside guacamole. We’re famous for it, and you get to customize it to your taste. It’s dinner and a show! We also love making a feast of appetizers, and two of our new ones are perfect for sharing: the meal-sized camarones (jumbo shrimp) rellenos served with jalapeno bacon, and the turkey adobo tamal. The rich turkey meat and creamy goat cheese dance on your tongue.

Tableside Guacamole 

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Turkey Adobo Tamal

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Of course, Chef’s come up with some new mouth-watering dinner entrees, too. Try the pan-seared pork tenderloin medallions with grilled sweet corn-black bean salad and a BBQ-chipotle vinaigrette. Guests can’t stop talking about it! The char-grilled, free range chicken breast with mango cream, green chile chutney and roasted garlic mashed potatoes is also an excellent choice – you’ll feel virtuous enough to order dessert.

There’s news at The Bell Tower Bar too, now open Monday through Friday from 3 to twilight, and weekends from noon to twilight. Welcome new manager Martin Tenorio, who’ll make sure you drink, nibble and relax on Santa Fe’s best rooftop patio, now with additional seating. We’ve added some fresh choices to the Bell Tower offerings: grilled chicken Caesar, mango gazpacho and a shrimp ceviche join the (5!) quesadillas and freshly made guac and salsa. The raspberry sorbet and a caramel brownie will satisfy your sweet tooth, too. Because who doesn’t need a little sugar bump in the afternoon, right?

The Bell Tower

Bell Tower Quesadillas 

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Remember, the Bell Tower swells with sunset seekers, so get there early – its first come, first served.

Here’s to summer,

Jennifer Lea Kimball

Detours at La Fonda  SPECIAL EVENT SATURDAY JUNE 16th, 12PM - 5PM

Stop by Detours at La Fonda on Saturday, June 16th for a special in-store Father's Day event. Experience Los Poblanos new Lavender Simple Syrup in a Lavender Collins featuring Wheeler’s Gin and a Vodka Lavender Gimlet featuring Expedition Vodka, both from Santa Fe Spirits. Two of New Mexico’s best coming together at La Fonda just in time for Father’s Day.

Lavender Collins

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Vodka Lavender Gimlet

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Try Los Poblanos artisan lavender products and learn more about the growing and making of these all natural products. Sample from the Los Poblanos Farm Foods collection to taste the flavors of the Rio Grande River Valley. Then enter to win raffle prizes from both collections. Crafted with care in small batches, Los Poblanos artisan lavender products have a sense of place. Directly from the land of New Mexico, each product carries the story of their family run organic lavender farm and historic inn in Albuquerque. Their lavender fields are tended by hand and harvested at the optimal time each year to yield the highest quality essential oil.

Los Poblanos and La Fonda share the influence of architects and artisans that contributed to both properties. Both are historic and family run. Come enjoy this special event to experience the best of New Mexico.

Los Poblanos Lavender Simple Syrup

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Lavender from Los Poblanos Organic Farm 

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Los Poblanos Lip Salve 

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Recipe For Adventure

Mango Gazpacho - Yields 1/2 Gallon

This recipe is a sweeter variation of gazpacho soup that combines juicy mangoes and red bell pepper, cucumber, orange juice, lime juice and basil. It makes a tasty starter for light summer meals. We are now serving this in La Plazuela and up on the Bell Tower.


1.5 pounds Mango, peeled, seeded and medium diced

20 Ounces Orange Juice, fresh

2 Ounces Extra Virgin Olive Oil

5 Ounces Cucumbers, peeled and medium diced

5 Ounces Red Bell Pepper, roasted, peeled and medium diced

5 Ounces Sweet Onion, medium diced

5 Ounces Green Grapes, reserve a few for garnish

1/4 Ounce Garlic Cloves, crushed

1/4 Ounce Serrano pepper, seeded and chopped fine

2 Ounces Lime Juice, fresh

2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil, chopped

To Taste Salt and White Pepper


Combine all ingredients and puree well.

Season the gazpacho with salt and pepper.

Garnish with a little diced mango and sliced green grapes or diced cucumber.

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Live at La Fonda

You all know of our affection for Bill Hearne, who must hold the record for most performances at La Fonda. When he recommends a singer or a band to help us entertain guests, we book ‘em. That’s how Tom Williams Band came to us, fronted by, you guessed it, Tom Williams. Tom’s been playing music all his life, doing it in Santa Fe for 40 years. So it’s surprising that his trio, known for their pure country played by heart, with heart, is making their La Fonda debut only this month. Maybe because Tom, Bob Mowell and Art Maya are now retired and can devote all their energy to getting people up and dancing.

Tom Williams Band

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Tom plays keyboard, bass and guitar. He’s opened for such acts as Mel Street, Ray Price, George Jones and Sue Thompson. Born and raised in Tennessee, his Southern drawl is still as strong and smooth as straight whiskey. But it disappears into the Stevie Ray Vaughn, Merle Haggard and other classic country tunes the band plays. He is known for his strong country vocal and raspy Motown voice. Bob’s strummed guitar with bands that opened for Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill and Randy Travis, among others. Art, also on guitar and signature steel guitar, hails from Texas and has played with various bands throughout the Southwest for many years, favoriting Western swing and the country music of the past. The trio adds bluegrass and country swing, old school rock and even a few Motown favorites to their crowd-pleasing set list. And they love audience requests.

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“We’re real intuitive with the crowd – we recognize what they like and try to make everyone happy,” says Tom. “If we don’t know a song we’ll do another song by that artist. And if you can’t dance to it, we won’t play it. I learned that from my time in Nashville.”

It's a Good Time To...

Discover Santa Fe’s summer! From the incredible variety of festivals, art markets, outdoor adventures, musical performances and more, June kicks off summer in the City Different - our most popular season and an exciting time for locals and visitors from around the world.

New Mexico Cocktails & Culture Festival mixes things up, featuring events for imbibers as well as hospitality professionals. Get your learning on with seminars, enjoy cocktail sampling, and food and spirits pairing sessions (June 1-3). Taco warriors (including La Fonda’s Chef Lane) present their version of creative street tacos on Friday night for the Taco Wars. Tickets to this event will sell out quickly, so get yours now. Wine lovers should head to the 25th Annual Santa Fe Wine Festival (June 30) where the vintner’s art will be available for sipping and sampling.

Taco Wars

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New Mexico Cocktails & Culture Festival

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Santa Fe Wine Festival

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June’s high time at El Rancho de los Golondrinas. They kick off summer with Spring & Fiber Fest (June 2-3): traditional ranch activities like sheep shearing, wool dyeing, spinning and weaving. Plus a fiber arts marketplace, bread baking and crafts for kids! The Herb & Lavender Festival (June 17-18) celebrates lavender and herb products along with lectures and hands-on activities on all things lavender. Then enjoy the 11th Annual ¡Viva México! Fiesta with the music, culture, food and art of Mexico (July 22-23).

Spring & Fiber Fest

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The Herb & Lavender Festival 

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ARTsmart, New Mexico’s incredibly popular Edible Art Tour, is a two-night fest of great art and gastronomical delights. Purchase your wearable ticket that benefits art in Santa Fe schools and walk and eat your way from gallery to gallery tasting food from Santa Fe’s best restaurants and caterers (June 8-9).

Edible Art Tour

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Santa Fe Studio Arts Collective’s 2018 Santa Fe Studio Tour (June 16-17 & 23-24) promises local artists, fine art and open studios on two weekends in June. Free to the public, this is a truly unique opportunity for you to see the artists’ latest work in their creative environments.

ART Santa Fe welcomes collectors, artists and art lovers from around the world for four days of contemporary, global art, special events, and entertainment. It all showcases modern and contemporary work by both acclaimed masters as well as emerging artists (Jul 12-15).

Santa Fe Studio Tour

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William Karp "Sunrise Sunset" 

ART Santa Fe

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Shops at La Fonda


This is the latest archival pigment print by Nicholas Trofimuk featuring the beauty that is Santa Fe in the spring. In spite of little  rain or snow the flowers continue to bloom. The adobe wall and red gate are quintessential Santa Fe and this type of architecture is what has made Santa Fe an art capitol. They are giving a special pricing for this beautiful print during the months of May and June to welcome you all to what spring looks like in northern New Mexico. To order please call 505-989-9540 or email ojoette@cybermesa.com.

A Herd Of Sheep Walking Through A Cloudy Sky

Copyright Nicholas Trofimuk

Things Finer 

Things Finer has been Santa Fe's premier source for fine antique and contemporary jewelry for over 25 years. Rosebud, the mini-bear, loves the pearls and gems at Things Finer! You will, too. Stop by or call us for more information.  Call 505-983-5552 or visit the website, ThingsFiner.com.

Things Finer

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Out & About

The Georgia O’Keeffe Welcome Center in Abiquiú is open! Last year, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Home and Studio (an easy drive from town and exceptional experience) had record-breaking attendance of over 13,000 visitors. But until now, they had no place of their own that was on site to greet and educate visitors. Now they do!

Georgia O'Keeffe Welcome Center

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Love exploring art and architecture? Every Wednesday and Friday through fall, make reservations to tour the historic campus of School for Advanced Research, formerly known as “El Delirio” (The Madness), or their outstanding 12,000 piece collection of Native American art, jewelry, textiles, basketry and drums.

El Delirio     

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School for Advanced Research - Native American Art Collection                      

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Combine the thought-provoking aspects of science with the experiential pleasures of a summer festival at Santa Fe Institute’s first annual InterPlanetary Festival (June 7-8). Seeking to change the world one planet at a time, with the hope that every earthling can more readily understand whole, living planets. Sounds like a gas (planet)!

And don’t forget the 69th Annual Rodeo de Santa Fe (June 20-23) and The Rodeo Clown Reunion – a colorful and hilarious occasion for all ages when these characters of yesterday don their familiar make-up and costumes. Parents, this is your child’s chance to try their riding skills aboard a sheep or mutton bustin’. Head downtown for Saturday’s parade, too.

InterPlanetary Festival

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Rodeo de Santa Fe

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Mutton Bustin'

Santa Fe Fashion Week is a can’t miss for fashionistas and design mavens (June 21-23) with runway shows, mix and mingles with Project Runway designers, including Ava Capra from America's Top Model, and other industry men and women.

The City Different flies its rainbow colors with the annual Pride Parade and festival (June 30). And we get up early July 4th for the 43rd annual Pancakes on the Plaza, the most fun you can have eating carbs surrounded by thousands of your closest friends and neighbors. Wander the vintage and classic car show, listen to Santa Fe Performance Band, Manzanares and Westin McPowell and Friends, support the arts and crafts vendors, or simply soak in the local color.

Santa Fe Fashion Week

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Pancakes on the Plaza

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Music & Dance

Kick up your heels and dance, dance, dance when Santa Fe Bandstand’s free summer music festival on the Santa Fe Plaza kicks off with Chuck Profit & The Mission Express and Felix y Los Gatos (June 21) and continues weeknights through mid-August. The line up (if we listed them all we’d never finish!) includes Album Hour with Joe West (June 27), Boris McCutcheon (June 28) and Bill Hearne Trio (July 5).

Santa Fe Bandstand

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Joe West

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The Lensic always wows us with its eclectic offerings. Catch the 90s darlings, Big Head Todd & The Monsters (June 5), Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s contemporary dance magic (July 14) and local favorite Juan Siddi Flamenco (July 20). Dance is back with Pilobolus (July 24).

The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company spices up their outdoor stage with hip hop’s Flatbush Zombies (June 11), Calexico with opening act Julia Jacklin (June 13) and rapper Snow Tha Product (June 27). Meanwhile, Meow Wolf continues its always-intriguing line up of shows: A Place to Bury Strangers (June 5), Max Cooper at the InterPlanetary Festival (June 8), Itchy-O (June 9-11), Mitski (June 14), and Dirty Projectors (June 28).


Big Head Todd & the Monsters

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A Woman Jumping Up In The Air

Aspen Santa Fe

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The Railyard is where Santa Fe comes to meet friends and neighbors, to gather with family, and experience free live performances. Free music in June includes Las Cafeteras and Making Movies (June 2), Ozomatli, (June 7), world music remixer HAT (June 9), Americana darlings Birds of Chicago (June 16), Bright Light Social Hour (June 23) and Peruvian groovesters La Chamba (June 30).


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Birds of Chicago

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La Chamba

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The Santa Fe Opera opens with Candide (June 29 – August 25) and Madame Butterfly (June 30 – August 24) and continues through August with classics The Italian Girl in Algiers (July 21 - August 17) and Ariadne Auf Naxos (July 28 - August 23). This year’s Opera debut, Doctor Atomic (July 14 – August 16) by John Adams, directed by Peter Sellars is the perfect fusion of venue and subject. Learn more about Doctor Atomic in a conversation with Sellars, moderated by Sam Donaldson at the Lensic (July 8), and see the film Wonders Are Many: The Making Of Doctor Atomic at the CCA, with Sellars and Adams in person (July 12). The Trinity Test, a presentation by Jim Hopkins, John Hopkins and Ellen Bradbury, will take place June 14th from 6pm-8pm at La Fonda. $10 at the door, in the Lumpkin’s ballroom.

The Italian Girl

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Doctor Atomic

The Trinity Test

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Since the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1972, it has become one of the world’s preeminent music festivals, guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation. Here’s a sneak peek of this season’s schedule (July 15 – Aug. 20).

July is also the time for the 13th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival. This year’s more than 2 weeks of impressive performers in Santa Fe and Albuquerque include Eric Bibb (July 15), a film screening and concert with Dave Grusin (July 22), NEA Jazz Masters AB Spellman and Dee Dee Bridgewater (July 27), and Chucho Valdes & Gonzalo Rubalcaba (July 28).

New Mexico Jazz Fest

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Dave Grusin

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Film & Performance

The Railyard’s free movie series starts with a roar from The Lion King (June 1), continuing the fun with The Jerk (June 15). Bring your (well-behaved) dogs to Lady & The Tramp (June 29), but not to Cry Baby (July 13). The shows continue through August, so check back for more.

Lion King

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Lady & The Tramp

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New Mexico Actors Lab takes on the timely topic of women’s equality in Rapture, Blister, Burn (June 7-24), then turns to one of Jenny Kimball’s friends, the late Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon (July 7-22). Meanwhile, see what happens when a resilient young woman turns the tables on her attacker in Extremities at Adobe Rose Theatre (June 7-10). A musical cult classic that will rock your fishnet stockings off, Rocky Horror Picture show promises extraterrestrial camp at Santa Fe Playhouse (June 16-July 1). Stick with this same venue for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (July 19-Aug. 5). Head to Studio Center (formerly Warehouse 21) for The Sweetest Swing in Baseball a new black comedy by Rebecca Gilman that has (almost) nothing to do with sports (July 14-29).

Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Sweetest Swing in Baseball

A Woman Brushing Her Teeth With A Toothbrush In Her Mouth

At the Museums

El Museo Cultural welcomes back CURRENTS New Media Festival (June 8-24), a spectacular showcase of interactive and non-interactive installations, multimedia performances, virtual reality environments, video, animation, experimental documentary, web based/app art forms, robotics and 3D printing.

The NM Museum of History complements the Opera’s Doctor Atomic with its own journey into New Mexico’s nuclear past. Atomic Histories opens June 3, exploring the most famous events, sometimes little-known stories, and inventions born here which impact our lives, and helps to recognize the remarkable contributions of thousands of people involved in writing New Mexico’s Atomic Histories for the last 75 years.

Center for Contemporary Arts presents Ricardo Mazal: A 15 Year Survey (June 8-Sept. 23), an exploration of the work of this extraordinary artist over the past two decades. While you’re there, check out A Clip of Petals, a visual commentary on the pressing issue of gun control, mass shootings and the environment from artist Joerael Elliott (through Aug. 5).

Currents New Media Festival 

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Joerael Elliot: A Clip of Petals

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Tickets will be going fast for the 2018 International Folk Art Market (July 13-15), the largest event of its kind, voted the Best Art Festival by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards, where 162 master folk artists representing 53 countries and Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus as Honorary Chair, mix with thousands of visitors for the largest folk art event in the world. Put on your own folk art and support these international entrepreneurs! The annual One World Dinner will be held at La Fonda on Saturday July 12th.

Action/Abstraction Redefined opens July 27 with paintings and works on paper from the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) permanent collection created in the 1960s and 1970s, one of Santa Fe’s hidden treasures.

2018 International Folk Art Market

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Action/Abstraction Redefined

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The Fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, according to Pulitzer Prize winner and journalist, Elizabeth Kolbert (June 1). That’s the subject of her talk, presented by School for Advanced Research and The Nature Conservancy of New Mexico.

Santa Fe Art Institute presents their premier event, The Art of Change, with Ira Glass of This American Life and Storycatchers Theatre of Chicago (June 9) at the Lensic. This evening of storytelling, artist presentations and more can’t be missed!

Want to be on TV? Be part of the Ageless Living live conference, being recorded at the Lensic for a 2019 PBS national series. Launched in March at the KiMo Theater in Albuquerque, Ageless Living presents an engaging, informative celebration of life and wisdom (June 16-17, Sept. 7-8) at the Lensic.

Elizabeth Kolbert

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Ira Glass

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Ageless Living Live

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