New Mexico Restaurant Association Announces Award Finalists

Share Button

The New Mexico Restaurant Association has just announced that for the second year in a row, they have nominated me as a finalist for their “Restaurateur of the Year” award, the highest honor they present each year. The winner will be announced at the Association’s annual Hospitality Industry Awards Dinner on September 10th at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque.

 

Share Button

Now on Instagram: The Blonde Bear Tavern

Share Button

You can now follow us on Instagram!  Check out or feed on the right side of this blog or click on chef_jon_mudder.

 

 

Share Button

Café Naranja is Open!

Share Button

The summer season has arrived and we are open!  Join us and enjoy the cool mountain breezes.  Our flowers are blooming and for the first time in four years, there is no construction adjacent to the café.

Breakfast Menu (Click to Enlarge)
Lunch Menu (Click to Enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are featuring the same New Mexican breakfast we have during ski season.  Our Mountain Luncheon includes Salads, Sandwiches, Salads, and Specialties.  Escape the heat in your neck of the woods and drink in the view here in Taos Ski Valley.

Lobster Roll

We’re open Friday through Monday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  There are several options for seating:  Our front patio, our café, our dining room, or our beautiful back garden.

Share Button

5 Reasons to Visit Taos

Share Button

Luxury travel website Tripveel released its latest “5 Reasons to Visit . . .” feature today with 5 Reasons to Visit Taos.  We especially love #3: Yes, The Blonde Bear Tavern.

Located within Edelweiss Lodge & Spa—The Blonde Bear Tavern personifies the unique personality of Taos Ski Valley like no other. Chef Jon Mudder has transformed this once-sleepy restaurant into a world-class destination that is now known throughout the Rocky Mountains for its critically-acclaimed food.

Read the whole thing here.  Their Instagram post is here.

Tripveel is powered by Booking.com and OpenTable, part of the Priceline Group.

Share Button

The Merryvale Wine Dinner – a Few Photos

Share Button
Flowers by Taos Floral Designs

Our Sixth Annual Wine Dinner with Merryvale Vineyards was thoroughly enjoyable.  The pairings seemed spot on (if I do say so myself!), the wines were marvelous, and the vibe was perfect:  lively, friendly, family-like.

Here are a few shots of the food as we plated it in the kitchen (photos courtesy Kim Pippinger):

Coriander-Seared Yellowtail Tuna | Citrus Suprême | Fennel
Seared La Belle Farm FoieGras | Fresh Mission Fig Brûlée | Pancetta Crème Anglaise | Gastrique of 1996 Château La Tour Blanche Premier Cru Sauternes
Porcini- and Rosemary-Crusted Tenderloin of Beef Medallions with Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon/Merryvale “Antigua” Sauce | Duchess Potatoes with Smoked Onion Soubise | Winter Vegetable Napoléon
Grilled Bosc Pear | Caramel | Queso de Valdeón Blue Cheese | Piñon Crunch | Elderflower Coulis

A special thanks to René Schlatter, all our guests, and of course to our wonderful staff.  See you next year!

Share Button

Sixth Annual Wine Dinner with Merryvale Vineyards

Share Button

The Blonde Bear Tavern and Merryvale Vineyards will be hosting their sixth annual wine dinner in conjunction with the 32nd Taos Winter Wine Festival on Friday, February 2nd at 6:00 pm. Merryvale proprietor René Schlatter will be on hand to guide guests through his portfolio of estate-bottled wines.

Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery producing small production lots from select vineyard sources. For over 30 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine. The winery is world renowned for rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays, along with its iconic Bordeaux-style red blend, Profile.

Merryvale’s historic building was the first winery built in the Napa Valley after the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and has become a favorite destination for visitors to the Valley.

Merryvale is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through conservation, renewable energy and sustainable farming practices. It has received Napa Green Vineyard, Napa Green Winery and Bay Area Green Business certifications.

The Menu (Subject to Change)

Hors d’œuvre
Crostini
– Wild Mushroom | Hazelnut Pâté
– Gravlax | Beurre Maître d’Hôtel
– Grilled Shrimp | Avocado Pico De Gallo
Arancine | Rumi Afghani Saffron
Merryvale Carneros Chardonnay 2015

First Course
Coriander-Seared Yellowtail Tuna | Citrus Suprême | Fennel
Starmont Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Second Course
Seared La Belle Farm Foie Gras | Fresh Mission Fig Brûlée | Pancetta Crème Anglaise | Gastrique of 1996 Château La Tour Blanche Premier Cru Sauternes
Merryvale Carneros Pinot Noir 2015


Main Course

Porcini- and Rosemary-Crusted 1855 Tenderloin of Beef Medallions with Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon/Merryvale “Antigua” Sauce | Duchess Potatoes with Smoked Onion Soubise | Winter Vegetable Napoléon
“Profile”, Merryvale’s Signature Bordeaux Blend 2013

Dessert
Grilled Bosc Pear | Caramel | Queso de Valdeón Blue Cheese | Piñon Crunch | Elderflower Coulis
Merryvale “Antigua” NV

 

 

 

The Merryvale Vineyards and Blonde Bear Tavern Wine Dinner
Friday, February 2, 2018
6:00 pm
$125 per person plus tax and gratuity

The Blonde Bear Tavern
Located within the Edelweiss Lodge & Spa
106 Sutton Place
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
575.737.6900

Reservations Required

Share Button

Great News! You Can Now Make Reservations on Yelp

Share Button

Hey Blonde Bear Tavern admirers. The rumors are true. This ski season you’ll be able to book tables exclusively on our Yelp page.  #bookonyelp

We’re excited to announce that The Blonde Bear Tavern will be accepting all reservations exclusively on Yelp, our website (coming soon), this blog (see column on the right side) and our Facebook page (Click the BOOK NOW button).

Now when you make reservations at The Blonde Bear Tavern you’ll enjoy a simplified, faster reservation experience and receive confirmations through text and email. Also, on busy nights, you’ll be able to add yourself to the waitlist and receive a notification when a table becomes available.

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

 

Share Button