edible Announces Our 2017 Local Heroes

Edible recognizes this group of amazing individuals and organizations for their work to create healthy, sustainable food systems in New Mexico. We determine these awards through reader nominations and a reader poll. The local food movement is a grassroots effort that often involves late nights, backbreaking work, dirty fingernails, and being a generally good sport. In an effort to showcase these individuals, organizations, and businesses for their work to build a stronger local economy and a robust local food system, each issue this year will spotlight several of the winners with interviews about the work they do.

Here, our readers share words on why they nominated these winning individuals and businesses.

Tia Sophia’s

Tia Sophia’s

Cafe, Santa Fe

“Local institution; family-run business. Great homestyle New Mexican food, reasonably priced, and very consistent.”

www.tiasophias.com

Artichoke Cafe

Artichoke Cafe

Restaurant, Albuquerque

“Twenty-eight plus years in the business—their food and service are always impeccable. Love their commitment to local sourcing.”

www.artichokecafe.com

Rancho de Chimayó

Rancho de Chimayó

Restaurant, New Mexico

“We have been going to Rancho de Chimayó for over twenty-five years. It is still our quintessential destination for out of town visitors. We always find quality food, good service, and a setting that cannot be beat.”

www.ranchodechimayo.com

Loyal Hound

Loyal Hound

Gastropub

“Husband and wife team that delivers consistently upscale ‘gastropub’ food with a gourmet twist. Great food, and owners are always present to ask about your meal and experience. They are always pushing the food envelope by using locally sourced ingredients.”

www.loyalhoundpub.com

Santa Fe Brewing Company

Santa Fe Brewing Company

Beverage Artisan, Alcoholic

“Santa Fe Brewing does an amazing job brewing delicious beers. The staff is always friendly and helpful with selecting beers.”

www.santafebrewing.com

Farm to Table

Farm to Table

Organization

“Farm to Table collaborates with dozens of partners across the state to ensure every man, woman, and child in New Mexico has access to healthy food. They advocate for equity and fairness in our food system with education and policy development.”

www.farmtotablenm.org

The Shop Breakfast & Lunch

The Shop Breakfast & Lunch

Cafe, Albuquerque

“The Shop consistently rises above their humble location by producing delicious and ambitious dishes. They also have made a firm commitment to sourcing local ingredients and to supporting neighborhood activities.”

The Shop Breakfast & Lunch

Colin Shane, Arroyo Vino

Colin Shane, Arroyo Vino

Chef, Santa Fe

“Chef Colin Shane puts forth enticing and consistently spectacular food, often using produce from their garden. Always an exciting dining experience.”

www.arroyovino.com

Heidi’s Raspberry Farm

Heidi’s Raspberry Farm

Food Artisan

“Heidi Eleftheriou is a force of nature. She has set an amazing precedent for what it means to be a local farmer and entrepreneur.”

www.heidisraspberryfarm.com

Santa Fe School of Cooking

Santa Fe School of Cooking

Specialty Retailer

“Both Nicole [Curtis Ammerman] and Susan [Curtis] are such great community collaborators. They draw experience and expertise from a pool of chefs, rather than a single personality. Their shop has a well-rounded offering of all the cooking traditions of New Mexico. The school’s signature strengths are warmth, collaboration, and celebration.”

www.santafeschoolofcooking.com

Natalie Bovis, The Liquid Muse

Natalie Bovis, The Liquid Muse

Mixologist / Cocktail Program

“Wonderful, creative drinks; great books and media columns; and extremely supportive of local businesses and culture.”

www.theliquidmuse.com

Cherie Montoya, Farm & Table

Cherie Montoya, Farm & Table

Olla Award (Local Hero Award)

“Cherie is a New Mexico gem. She embodies the spirit of community. She is dedicated to educating New Mexicans on quality food choices while preserving the past and embracing the future. She has vision and dedication for her customers, community, and family. She is a model for excellence for girls, women, and the farmer in us all. Way to go, Cherie!”

www.farmandtablenm.com

izanami

izanami

Restaurant, Santa Fe

“The most interesting restaurant in Santa Fe with the best sake list within one thousand miles. Since José ‘Kiko’ Rodriguez took over the kitchen at izanami six months ago, the food has been outstanding, and they use a lot of local ingredients.”

www.tenthousandwaves.com/food

Carrie Eagle, Farm & Table

Carrie Eagle, Farm & Table

Chef, Albuquerque

“Chef Eagle consistently provides the freshest, highest-quality food to guests at Farm & Table. She works regularly with over twenty local farmers, ranchers, and food artisans to source the best local and regional food possible. She leads a dynamic team and has been recognized regularly for her culinary achievements.”

www.farmandtablenm.com

My Sweet Basil

My Sweet Basil

Food Truck

“Fresh food, delicious menu, using locally grown organic products. They offer amazing food that is continuously presented beautifully. The best food truck in Albuquerque. Also, they are the sweetest people you will ever come across.”

www.soulaina.com

Verde.

Verde.

Beverage Artisan, Non-Alcoholic

“Awesome commitment to local, sustainable sourcing and to supporting New Mexico and regional growers and producers across their menu! And tasty products to boot!”

www.verdefood.com

Romero Farms

Romero Farms

Farm / Ranch

“Romero Farms is one of the biggest organic farm operations in northern New Mexico and their commitment to serving our community is unmatched. Matt [Romero] and his staff are extremely helpful, friendly, and professional.”

www.mattromerofarms.com