What a great find in a little NM town. Starting off, the waitress was very helpful in choosing a wine that would pair well with my entree (Thai Duck). You pick your entree and the chef makes the remaining choices - appetizers and dessert. There were 3 appetizers.. starting with a very small one to begin waking up your senses, then a slightly larger one (I can't recall exactly what each was, even though they provide you a printed menu to take with you). The best appetizer was the one in a sealed jar out of which cherry wood smoke came out smelling great when you opened the jar. The chef said this dish was created out of homage to the forest fires in the area.
My husband and I both had the Thai duck. My only suggestion is that we should have ordered different dishes so that we could have tasted more. The duck was the most tender one could ever imagine!
The chef served the dessert (amazing tasting lemon dessert that even had gluten free layer on bottom). He then talked with us about how he made the different items, his inspiration and experiments that worked well in theory but not in daily life :-) Perhaps most fascinating was the source of his food - besides growing himself and locally gathered - was what he gets from the 4-H members. Great local source of food, and giving kids an opportunity. Worth a visit!
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