Our Story

The kitchen is the heart and soul of community.

Open Kitchen brings community together in celebration of global flavors and local food

Our Passion

Open Kitchen, led by Chef-Owner Hue-Chan Karels, crafts inspired culinary events that gather people for shared experiences and meaningful connections.

We are passionate about creating, eating, and sharing. Food nourishes our bodies, our spirits, and our connections with others. Every meal is an opportunity to celebrate the kitchen as the center of sensory pleasure, healthy living, learning, creativity, and community.

Our Story

For over a decade, Open Kitchen has been bringing people together through exceptional, thoughtfully crafted food and drink events. 


Launched in 2009 by Hue-Chan Karels, Open Kitchen’s unique, multi-purpose space was hailed as one of the best new eateries in the Washington DC Metro area, featuring a farm-to-table bistro, private event space, cooking school, and commercial kitchen rental facility. In 2014, Hue-Chan and her husband brought Open Kitchen to Santa Fe, when they found their dream home.


Today, Open Kitchen has been reimagined to offer inspired culinary events and services, passionately crafted in Santa Fe, including curated, interactive dining experiences, creative food and drink pairing events, hands-on specialty cooking experiences, impactful cooking team building and corporate retreats, boutique event planning and catering, and a healthy chef-prepared meal delivery service.


Throughout our journey, we have always believed that fresh, delicious, healthy foods come from the earth and the kitchen. Our cuisine is globally inspired, locally sourced, and handcrafted with seasonal ingredients.

Open Kitchen in Washington DC Metro Area
Open Kitchen in the Washington DC Metro Area
Celebrating global flavors and local food with Open Kitchen Santa Fe
Celebrating global flavors and local food
Open Kitchen Winemaker Dinner at Noisy Water Winery

We are so happy to welcome you to our Open Kitchen.

Quality & Safety are our priorities!

Open Kitchen events in Santa Fe gives you food that is hand-made with love using fresh ingredients
Open Kitchen in Santa Fe uses local organic and seasonal ingredients
Open Kitchen events in Santa Fe maintains a strict high standard for food safety