Summer Wine Fest!

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The 2nd Annual Taos Summer Wine Festival

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The 2nd Annual Taos Summer Wine Festival is only a couple of weeks away.  We will be participating again both for the Friday Roaming Dinner and the Saturday Grand Tasting.

For Friday’s Wine Dinner, we will be teaming with Chehalem Winery as one of the three participants in the Roaming Dinner.

On the Menu:
Amuse-bouche: Gravlax Crostino: Dill-cured Salmon Filet on a Crostino | Beet Relish | Crème Fraîche

Main Course: Tournedos Rossini: Medallions of Beef Tenderloin | Seared Foie Gras | Himalayan Black Truffle Sauce | Crispy Squash Blossom

Chehalem Vineyards

Paired with Chehalem Winery Pinot Noir Reserve 2011




For more information, including lodging options and tickets, click here.

Here’s a short clip from Chehalem, one of Oregon’s premiere wineries:


And check out this short clip from last year’s Summer Wine Festival:

It was a great time, and this year will be even better!  Reserve now, tickets are moving fast.


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New Mexico Restaurant Association Announces Award Finalists

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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.


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Now on Instagram: The Blonde Bear Tavern

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



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Café Naranja is Open!

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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.

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5 Reasons to Visit Taos

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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 and OpenTable, part of the Priceline Group.

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The Merryvale Wine Dinner – a Few Photos

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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!

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