Dear Friends,

We hope you are staying healthy and in good spirit as we experience another COVID lockdown.  Our daily record-setting of new coronavirus cases in New Mexico is certainly very scary and unsettling.  I’m happy to report that our Open Kitchen Team is healthy as we maintain the highest level of COVID precautions to safeguard our wellbeing and that of our clients.

We continue to do what we love despite challenges.  Last week Open Kitchen had a truly gratifying experience to cook, package, and deliver 150 meals for the SOLD OUT Hungry Mouth Festival that benefited St. Elizabeth Shelters and Supportive Housing.  I participated with four other local women chefs to present a 5-course dinner – Open Kitchen’s dish was “Pacific Rim meets Southwest: Filipino-Style Adobo Beef Short Ribs, Red Chile Polenta, Garlic Bok Choy, and Purple Cabbage Slaw”.  We took the “Top Chef” vote by diners as a result of this friendly cook-off!  It was great fun and even greater opportunity to cook for a worthy cause.

Giving Thanks & Counting our Blessings

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week!  While this Thanksgiving will definitely have special difficulties for all of us, we hope each of you will find peace and comfort in your surroundings.  My team and I would love to prepare a beautiful and delicious hand-crafted Thanksgiving feast for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home – all you have to do is set the table!  Tomorrow, November 20th is the deadline to place your order for Open Kitchen’s Thanksgiving Feast curated for pickup or delivery on Wednesday, November 25!  Our Thanksgiving Feast also makes a great gift for friends and loved ones!   

NOTE:  Due to the newly issued NM Health Order, our Open Kitchen’s facility at 112 West San Francisco Street (Plaza Mercado) will be on shut down mode from November 16th until November 30th because it’s in an indoor mall.
HOWEVER, thanks to the leadership at Monte del Sol Charter School, Open Kitchen will be cooking out of the school’s kitchen where we have had a food establishment permit to operate since 2019!  Pickup orders for our Thanksgiving Feast on November 25th between 4 pm and 6 pm will be at Monte del Sol Charter School located at 4157 Walking Rain Road, SF NM 87507.