Each November we pause and reflect on the life and legacy of one of the most influential figures in the storied history of Los Poblanos: John Gaw Meem, the renowned architect behind Los Poblanos Ranch and the La Quinta Cultural Center. Meem, born on November 17, 1894, is widely considered New Mexico's greatest architect of the 20th century. Throughout his long, successful career, Meem worked on countless projects and collaborated with many leading figures in the Southwest including Ruth and Albert Simms, the owners of Los Poblanos in the 1930s.
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.
We are thrilled to introduce the Dr. Armin Rembe Lecture Series at La Quinta, occurring monthly beginning on October 20. Named in honor of Dr. Rembe, who passed away this spring, and inspired by his love of Los Poblanos, his curiosity, intelligence and community relations, this series aims to celebrate his legacy by promoting stimulating conversations rooted in the core values and mission of Los Poblanos. The lecture series is also a nod to the rich history of La Quinta Cultural Center of the 1930s and 1940s, when the Simms family held lectures and events that promoted the arts.
We are delighted to share that Campo has been awarded the 2021 Wine Spectator "Best of Award of Excellence." Making its debut in 1981, the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards Program has been championing excellence in restaurant wine lists for decades. The "Best of Award of Excellence" recognizes wine lists that display a significant vertical depth of top producers or substantial breadth across multiple wine growing regions. Typically offering 350 or more selections, Best of Award restaurants are destinations for serious wine lovers, and show a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team. Campo is one of only two restaurants in our state to be awarded this honor!
Today marks the feast day of San Ysidro, the patron saint of farmers, gardeners and laborers. An important figure around the farm, his remarkable story has been told for centuries. Ysidro and his wife, Maria, were poor farm laborers who went to mass every morning before going to work. Yet despite the hours of lost labor, the fields and plants were as well cared for as those of other laborers. When other farm workers became envious and told the landowner, it was discovered that while Ysidro and Maria were praying at mass, an angel was plowing their fields for them.
Dr. Armin Rembe - Doctor, Collector, Farmer, Preservationist, Master Beekeeper and beloved patriarch of the Rembe family, died peacefully at age 86 on Sunday, April 25, surrounded by his loving family at their home, the historic Los Poblanos Ranch.
Welcome Our New Rooms Manager, Beo Afantodji
It is our great pleasure to welcome new, dynamic personalities to the farm. With a complex and growing business model, we know that the success of Los Poblanos truly lies in the strength of the team. Searching high and low, we aspire to employ the best in the industry, whether they're coming from down the street or across the country. Today, we're thrilled to introduce Beo Afantodji, our new Rooms Manager, who moved cross-country from New England to join the Los Poblanos family.
As the historic Los Poblanos gardens burst into bloom, we are thrilled to announce tea season at La Quinta this May. The season will begin with Mother's Day Tea, followed by Afternoon Tea served each Wednesday and Sunday afternoon from May 12 through October 10. As our previous guests can attest, there's something transportive about spending an afternoon at La Quinta, and we can't wait to welcome you back for tea.
Meet Teresa Curl, Director of Retail & Brand Strategy
It is our great pleasure to welcome new, dynamic personalities to the farm. With a complex and growing business model, we know that the success of Los Poblanos truly lies in the strength of the team. Searching high and low, we aspire to employ the best in the industry, whether they're coming from down the street or across the country. Recently, we've discovered talent in our own backyard, and we're thrilled to introduce a new member of the Los Poblanos family to you.
We continue looking around the property to celebrate more of the talented, dedicated women here at Los Poblanos. If you've stayed with us, there's no doubt you've engaged with this wonderful team, from a warm welcome at check in to a crisply made bed.