As most of you know, Kim and I were in Las Vegas, New Mexico the other day (see previous post On the Road in New Mexico: The OTHER Las Vegas) and I promised to tell you about Estella’s Cafe. It is a fabulous little restaurant that has been open for 62 years and has just been passed down to its fourth generation.
Estella’s serves as much locally produced food as possible, from fresh organic greens to grass fed local beef. They are “conscientious objectors” of all genetically modified products and support the annual San Miguel County seed exchange.
In addition, they are developing Unidos de le Tierra, a non-profit organization which will oversee a community commercial kitchen. What that means is that any community member wishing to develop and market a product using their kitchen can go through a free certification program and begin distributing their products through La Montanita Food Cooperative based in Albuquerque. In other words, Estella’s is doing everything right.
Add to that their fabulous food (I had the best quesadilla of my life, I kid you not—called Maricela’s “Fav” Quesadilla—fresh spinach sauteed with garlic and onion and krispy cheese—YUM!), their friendly service and quaint adobe building, not to mention the heritage that brims from every nook and cranny, and you have a winning combination. I highly recommend it to any of you who find yourselves, happily, in Las Vegas, NM, a truly quaint and comfortable little town.
Love to you all,