April 19, 2015

2015 Luau At The Lanes

kids-sakeBowl For Kid’s Sake is a fun and easy way to positively impact a child’s life in Taos and Colfax Counties.

Visit www.bbbsmountainregion.org/bfks for more information, to become a sponsor or to register your team online.

When: April 18, 2015 at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm

Where: Taos Wii Bowl, El Taoseno

Sign up now! You can also contact Kim Seibert, Regional Director at 575-779-0315 or kim.seibert@bbbsmountainregion.org.

Business After Hours – Affordable Auto Of Angel Fire

affordable-01Join us for food, fun, and drink. Tour Phil’s new facility. Bring your business card for a chance to win door prizes.

When: Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Affordable Auto Of Angel Fire, 23 Agua Road, Units 2 & 3, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Catering will be by Hail’s Holy Smoked BBQ & more.

Wildflower Bed & Breakfast Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

wildflower-01By Jo Mixon

Henrik & Lone Krarup & Jo

Have I told you recently how very much I love my job? I love my job! I get to write these stories. It affords me the luxury to gain the most awesome experiences and meet incredible people. In order to get the full guest treatment and be able to share with you first hand, I was invited over to spend a night at the Wildflower Bed & Breakfast. It was a sleep over deluxe!

Upon arrival, Henrik and Lone Krarup, met me at the door with hugs and smiles as they welcomed me into their home. (This is the distinction between bed and breakfast lodging and a hotel. Travelers are actually invited into someone’s home for their stay. The guests also enjoy homemade breakfast the following morning.) After they took my coat and introduced me to another guest, Meg, we sat down to enjoy an evening of wine and cheese and fruit and crackers and wonderful laughter and conversation!

When I was ready to retire for the night, I was shown to my room. Their home has four upstairs bedrooms for rent. Two on them are on the east side of their home and two are across a catwalk, over the living room, on the west side. All of the bedrooms have queen size beds. On the east side are two spacious bedrooms that share a large bathroom. These would be ideal for people traveling together. The other two bedrooms have their own bathrooms. Each bedroom is named and themed after a wildflower. I stayed in the Wild Iris room. It is a cozy corner room with an amazing view of the mountain. I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort of the bed. I slept peacefully wrapped in luxurious Egyptian linens that felt like satin. It was fit for royalty. Later I found out the freshness is attributed to the fact that Lone line dries them. And there was even a separate recycle container in my room. Pampered!

Awakened by the aroma of coffee and something cooking, I eagerly got ready for the morning. I was not disappointed! A beautiful meal was already set on the table when I came downstairs. The breakfast served consisted of homemade Quiche Lorraine and flaxseed bread (Lone’s own recipe), fresh fruits and cheeses with coffee and juices. It was a delicious way to start my day. All of the meal was prepared with the idea of making me feel special. Even the grapefruit wedges were precut. They do not take shortcuts in the kitchen, they cater to the dietary needs of their guests and are very conscious about serving healthy menus. The Krarup’s definitely go the extra mile!

Henrik and Lone met in Denmark while attending undergraduate school. They dated for five years and have been married for twenty seven years. Early on in their marriage, they decided to come to the United States for a few years, but that turned into the rest of their lives. Having spent most of their time in eastern states, I asked why they moved to Angel Fire. They wanted a business they could work together at this season of their lives, a segway toward retirement. They love the outdoors and skiing. So they were thinking maybe Washington, Oregon, or even Taos, New Mexico. So they had came to check out Taos eight years ago with one of their two sons. During that visit they somehow ended up on the Enchanted Circle Scenic By-way. Lone said when they emerged from the Taos canyon pass and saw the majestic beauty of the Moreno Valley open up before them, they had to pull the car over and get out to experience the breathtaking view and breath in freshness of the mountain air. They knew at that moment, this was the place they would one day call home. Their goal became a reality last fall when they purchased the Wildflower.

Since opening December 26, 2014, they have already hosted 48 room days! Together this lovely personable couple are the perfect host and hostess for a bed and breakfast. They have a genuine care and respect for people. Servant hearted, is the word I choose. They served as local chairs of AFS for ten years. Second only to the Red Cross, this organization engages the largest worldwide volunteer pool. It is an organization that promotes world peace and healing between nations by a student exchange program. “Diplomacy at work”, Henrik said with a smile. Working from home with a little travel, Henrik is still Vice President of an engineering company in Moorestown, Pa.

I highly recommend the Wildflower Bed & Breakfast. It is a non-smoking, no pet facility. With two live-in dogs and one cat, they feel it best. Expect free Wi-Fi and spectacular views and children over twelve are welcome.

Visit their website at www.wildflowernm.com for more information and photos of the other rooms. Or call them at 575-377-6869.

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Spring Cleanup 2015

cleanupIt’s that time of year again for the Spring cleanup! Roll up your sleeves for Angel Fire’s village-wide cleanup. The Village of Angel Fire & Angel Fire Proud are hosting the Annual Spring Cleanup Day.

When: May 16, 2015 from 8:30 am 11:30 am (Rain or shine)

Meet at the Village Hall located at 3388 Mountain View Blvd. for supplies, including gloves, bags and t-shirts.

Every volunteer will get free coffee and donuts plus lunch afterward starting at 11:30 am. Food and beverage donations from area businesses are welcome.

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Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital – 50% Off Vaccines During April

50-off-vaccinesAngel Fire Small Animal Hospital presents 50% off vaccines during the month of April. We are located in the Hasford Professional Building behind Bank of American in Angel Fire, NM. Call 575-377-3165 for an appointment.

Susan Gaffney, DVM
Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital

Appointment Hours

Monday – 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Tuesday – 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday – 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday – Closed
Friday – 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (Call first)
Sunday – Closed

Mud Ball Game Show @ Zebs

mud-ballTickets are $20 to benefit Casting for Recovery. There will be a silent auction throughout the evening.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at Coldwell Banker at 3375 Mountain View Blvd or by calling 575-377-1192.

When: April 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Where: Zebs Restaurant

Sponsored by TimberRidge Electric, Pizza Stop, Sunset Grill, Sutton Construction, Coldwell Banker Headin’ Home Realty

Help Wanted

help-wantedThe Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce wants to say congratulations to Tommy & Amy Newkirk, they are expecting a baby! But this means, as much as we hate to lose her, Amy is going to stay at home.

We are looking to fill her position as Administrative Assistant. Are you a friendly people person with who can multi-task? Must have computer skills in Excel, Word, and Publisher. Must be able to work and/or put together a spreadsheet and database. The position is part time. Please send your resume to manager@angelfirechamber.org or call for an appointment at 575-377-6353.

Cooking Studio Taos Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

cooking-taos-01By Jo Mixon

Jo & Chef Christopher Maher

I recently had the privilege of taking another cooking class at Cooking Studio of Taos (I have taken several to date) owned and operated by Christopher and Valerie Maher. Make no mistake Chef Christopher Maher is a Rock Star! He shuffles through the lifestyle he has carefully chiseled for himself with natural charisma and ease. The motto at Cooking Studio Taos is, COOK * EAT * LAUGH * LEARN and I guarantee when taking a class, you will participate in all four! First you are invited into their home to learn to cook in their personal kitchen. It becomes obvious from the very beginning of class that Chef Maher has a genuine love for sharing his culinary skills and for bringing people together. His desire is that every student walk away from this experience having learned about the recipes, feeling good about a new technique or two, have the ability to share these acquired skills at home and to have had loads of fun while learning.

Class began with a group chat. Chef Maher encouraged us to enjoy ourselves as we learned the art of cooking, even if we had never cooked before this class. He gave a quick blurb on his background, then went over the recipes he had prepared. He then allowed each of us to choose which recipes we wanted to cook. Next we headed into the kitchen. Each of us took a station, he turned on the music, poured us a glass of wine and the cooking began.

For the next two to three hours we cooked! The class I took this time was an Indian Curry class. I never thought I would be able to capture the essence of this cuisine. I learned how to cook Samosas, Dal Soup, Chick Pea Masala, Raita, and Vindaloo! Yum, yum, yum, yum, YUM! When all of our dishes were ready, the best part was yet to come. We sat down as a group to eat the fabulous food we had just cooked. The entire experience was incredible, we were so proud of our meal. I will do this again!

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Chis Maher developed his affection for cooking at an early age. It has stayed with him his entire life. He is not only a chef but also an actor, entrepreneur, teacher, husband and father. As I have gotten to know him better, I can tell you he wears each of these hats with sincere enthusiasm.

His acting career began in New York in 1978, when he became a regular on the television series Another World. In 1982, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue motion-picture roles. He has appeared in feature films and television. A few of his film credits are Mannequin (1987), Executive Decision (1996) Enough (2002), The Men Who Stared at Goats (2009) and Olive (2011) in which he stars with Gena Rollins. He has appeared in television episodes from Taxi and Hill Street Blues to Law and Order, 24, and NCIS. You can see him now in episodes of newer series like State of Affairs, Legends and Burn Notice. I got very excited a few months ago when I was watching past episodes of The West Wing and there he was on my television screen!

I tell you all of this to introduce you to the man behind the apron. As a Chef he is a past recipient of six 4-Diamond Culinary Awards and is a James Beard Recipient, recognized as one of the great regional chefs of America. He has cooked at the Beard House in New York City, and for many world figures including the Dali Lama and President Bill Clinton… and of course now he knows Jo! (A little humor!)

Chris is available for private cooking classes at his home or yours. He will cater for your next dinner party or event. Plus he has developed an event called the “Secret Supper’s”. I have attended a few of these pop-up five course dinner parties in Taos. They are awesome! Seating is limited for each supper planned. Chef Maher and his wife Valerie, choose a venue for each Secret Supper. Dinner participants do not know the location until the morning of the event when they sends out an email. It adds to the fun!

Having gotten to know the Maher’s over the past year, out of all his successes, what I truly admire and respect most about Chris is his obvious love and devotion for his family. His entire being exudes a father’s pride when discussing his sons, Caleb and Milo and his eyes light up when his wife Valerie walks into the room. This quality speaks volumes for a man who is talented, blessed and hospitable!

For more information on booking a cooking class, attending a secret supper or inviting Cooking Studio Taos to cater or cook at your next dinner party visit them online at www.cookingstudiotaos.com or call 575-776-COOK.

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Quarterly Chamber Member Breakfast Meeting

breakfast-meetingWe will be having a short membership meeting plus we will be seating the 2015/2016 board members. Also, breakfast burritos and coffee will be served!

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: In the foyer of the Chamber at 3407 Mountain View Blvd

Sponsored by Choice Wireless.

Hatcha’s Grill Announcement

hatchas-01Hatcha’s Grill of Angel Fire’s last day of serving at 3453 Mountain view blvd was Friday, March 27th. But not to worry! We are only closing a location and consolidating two of our restaurants.

The people and guests of Angel Fire will still have Hatchas sopaipillas at their finger tips at H2 Uptown on featured nights. H2 Uptown has added enchilada plates, chile rellenos, Kathy’s tamales and many other local favorites.

You will also experience some menu changes at Cafe Expresso to accommodate the working people by offering variety and quicker service!

Hatcha’s Grill is changing it’s name to “HATCHA’S CATERING” so you will be seeing lots of this posted around. What this means is, we want to deliver all of Hatcha’s great recipes to your door or event.

Whether it be for 4 or 4,000 we can deliver! Soon we will be delivering to local businesses. We appreciate all the support over the years! Thank you Angel Fire!

H2 Uptown Hours

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – Open 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Happy Hour 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – Closed
  • Thursday, April 2, 2015 – Open 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Happy Hour 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Friday, April 3, 2015 – Open 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Happy Hour 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 4, 2015 – Open 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Happy Hour 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 5, 2015 – Easter Brunch 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Easter Egg Hunts 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm, Open 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Happy Hour 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Monday, April 6, 2015 – H2 Uptown will be on break performing some spring cleaning and repairs. We will reopen Monday, April 13, 2015.

Cafe Expresso Hours

Open Daily 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • Sunday, April 5, 2015 – Closed