We are incredibly proud of our Head Chef Chris Bethoney for his recognition as a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for the 2024 Best Chef in the Southwest award.
Chris has played an integral role in shaping Campo’s Rio Grande Valley Cuisine alongside a dynamic team of chefs, farmers and gardeners. He is a skilled collaborator, working with our butchery, bakery and craft distillery, artisan product development team, farmers and gardeners, and building relationships with growers and herders across New Mexico – all while leading and mentoring his team on a daily basis to deliver an incredible dining experience.
Chris was the opening Sous Chef of Los Poblanos’ onside restaurant, Campo, in 2017 and has been the Head Chef since 2022. He and his team do things the hard way, the slow way – from cutting handmade pasta with guitar strings to mentoring anyone who wants to grind and nixtamalize corn – sous chefs, line cooks and dishwashers – to committing to an entire harvest of blackberries from a small local farm.
The James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards recognize talent and achievement in the culinary arts, hospitality, media, and broader food system, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive.
We are honored to have our culinary team included on this list of exceptional individuals (including six in New Mexico!) from across the country. Learn more about our culinary team.
The transition to fall has us gearing up for full-on baking season – warming the kitchen with fresh bread and making plans to share festive holiday treats. Our culinary and bakery teams turn to hearty, nutritious heritage grains to bring the flavor of the Rio Grande Valley to our seasonal menus.
We asked our pastry sous chef, Violet Jones, to share some helpful tips for home bakers using heirloom grains.
Los Poblanos is proud to be working with the Southwest Grain Collaborative (SGC) to support a renewed grain infrastructure for New Mexico and revive traditional heirloom grains through regenerative organic farming. We are excited to offer a collection of heritage grains, now online and in our retail spaces.
We are thrilled to share two new gins developed by our team of farmers, gardeners, herbalists, distillers and mixologists expressing the flavors of Los Poblanos’ historic farm and gardens, and the essence of the Rio Grande Valley. Our western-dry style gin was born by studying and sampling the wide variety of flowers, herbs and native plants that thrive on our small organic farm. This unique blend of 16 botanicals includes piñon resin, rose, violet, hawthorn and chamomile.
Fruit trees are integrated throughout the landscape at Los Poblanos. We grow a wide variety, each with a distinct season and individual flavor. The farm team meets regularly with the culinary team, and much of what we plant reflects direct requests from chefs, bakers and others who help us to develop a farm that supports the diversity of Los Poblanos. From the mulberry syrup in your cocktail, to a plum tart in the restaurant and the blossoms and branches that adorn our public spaces, fruit trees enliven every season on the farm. Some are hardy and reliable, while others have challenges that can lead to bounty or failure.
Capturing the taste of summer
Lavender lemonade is a longstanding summer favorite at Los Poblanos. After a hot day in the fields or an afternoon bike ride, there’s nothing more refreshing. For many years we made our lemonade in small batches from a family recipe, cold-steeping culinary lavender in fresh-squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor, serving for special occasions and sharing with lodging and dining guests.
We are excited to announce our collaboration with Ranchlands, an agricultural business focused on the conservation of ranch lands in Southern Colorado that incorporates hospitality, craftsmanship, consulting and ecotourism initiatives. Our two properties share many of the same values around regenerative farming and supporting the local food economy. The team from Zapata Ranch will be visiting Los Poblanos for a conversation on Sustainable Ranching and Land Conservation on August 10th as part of our Dr. Armin Rembe Lecture Series, and a Dinner with Guest Chef Ivan Guillen on August 12th.
Meet Liz Gallery and Chris Bethoney
We are thrilled to announce that Liz Gallery has been appointed Culinary Director and Chris Bethoney has been promoted to Head Chef. Together with the rest of our Culinary Leadership Team, whose members have been at Los Poblanos for between 4 and 14 years, we are grateful to have such a talented and dedicated group of individuals who continue to shape Rio Grande Valley Cuisine at Los Poblanos.
Campo, meaning field in Spanish, reflects our dedication to organic farming, both in our own fields and within our local food shed. As our talented culinary team imagines new menus and sources ingredients, the underlying mission is to stay close to home. On the farm, this means our culinary and farm teams work together each season and create plans to grow heirloom, organic produce.