Rejuvenate your body. Delight your palate. Awaken your spirit.​

Indochine Wine Dinner

In celebration of food & culture

Photo Credit: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, December 2019 © John Karels

Saturday, October 3, 2020
3:30 pm Arrival – Feast on the Magic of La Mesita over Amuse Bouche

5:00 pm Social-Distance Seated Dinner

$175 per person plus tax

We are delighted to host another enchanted escape to the beauty of  La Mesita Ranch Estate for you to enjoy an elevated culinary experience amidst the mesmerizing landscape of northern New Mexico. The autumn colors will be especially magical during this time of year, while the temperature is still warm and inviting for a specular curated al fresco wine pairing dinner surrounded by fire pits.  Every measure will be planned for temperature and changing weather.

Open Kitchen owner and Chef Hue-Chan Karels  has designed a special menu to take you on a journey of taste, history, and culture that tells the story of French influences on Vietnamese cuisine during its almost 100 years colonization of the country. It is a story of the vibrancy and tenacity of the Vietnamese people and culture through food as a vehicle for resiliency and adaptability. Each course has been beautifully paired with wine that has been thoughtfully selected by   Greg O’Byrne (Executive Director of the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta).

Again, we are proud to be a collaborator with La Mesita Ranch Estate! You can make it a weekend retreat and stay overnight at La Mesita. The Grand Hacienda and Barranca Cottage are available. Details below. 


Curated Al Fresco Menu & Wine Pairings

Arrival Reception

Adami Prosecco Garbel Treviso


Bánh Patê Sô (or Pâté Chaud)

Pastry of Ground Pork, Chicken Liver, and Shiitake Mushroom influenced by “Pâté-chaud à la Marinière,” a French seafood pie covered with a puff pastry shell

Alzinger Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, Wachau, 2017


Súp Măng Tây Cua

The French introduced asparagus to Vietnam and this elegant and silky soup is normally served for special celebrations
(gluten free, dairy free)

Gobelsburg Schlosskellerei Riesling, Kamptal, 2016


Bò Lúc Lắc

“Shaking Beef” is French-inspired wok-seared sweet-and-savory beef tenderloin served on a bed of watercress with cucumber, tomatoes, pickled onions, and tangy lime dipping sauce. 
(gluten free, dairy free)

Weingut Robert Weil Riesling Spätlese Tradition, Rheingau, 2013


Vịt Nấu Cam

Vietnamese’s version of “Carnard à l’Orange” with lemongrass, ginger, star anise, cinnamon, fish sauce, chilies and fresh orange juice served with jasmine rice.
(gluten free, dairy free)

Martinelli Pinot Noir Biondi Home Ranch, Russian River, 2016

Sweet Finish

Bánh Flan Cà Phê

Vietnamese coffee flan

Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel, 2015

Dinner seating is limited. Reservations are required through Open Kitchen by Saturday, September 26.

Tables can accommodate parties of up to 6 people who are comfortable and safe sitting together.

Purchased tickets are non-refundable unless related to COVID and health issues.

La Mesita Room Reservations

Room availability is limited. Reservations are required through La Mesita Ranch Estate.

The Grand Hacienda is for a group that is comfortable with close quarters and sharing a space (4 bedrooms, 4 bath).

Barranca Cottage is for a couple (1 bedroom, 1 bath).

Rejuvenate your body. Delight your palate. Awaken your spirit.​

This is a social-distance appropriate event. We adhere to all current regulations and requirements given by the New Mexico State Governor and the Governor of Pojoaque Pueblo. If regulations change prior to the event adjustments may need to be made.

A week prior to the event we will send guests a reminder email with driving directions, parking instructions, and a short survey relating to COVID-19. 

Tables are reserved per guest request. Tables can accommodate up to six people. Tables are separated by six feet or more. We follow strict food handling guidelines. All staff who work with and serve your food will regularly sanitize hands and the work spaces and wear masks and gloves.

Driving directions to La Mesita Ranch Estate and parking details will be provided to confirmed guests.