Santa Fe hotels share restaurant hirings, renovations

Inn and Spa at Loretto
Inn and Spa at Loretto

Several hotels in Santa Fe, N.M., have unveiled updated food-and-beverage outlets as well as announced new faces in some of the city’s hottest kitchens.  

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Executive Chef Edgar Beas joins Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi following his most recent position as a chef de cuisine at Madera, the Michelin-starred signature restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, Calif. During Beas’ tenure at Madera, he was in charge of developing new dishes that elevated vegan and gluten-free dining while artfully integrating the seasonal produce from Northern California. Beas previously held the position of executive chef at San Francisco’s Chez Papa Resto following his international training in Spain. He is a graduate of the San Diego Culinary Institute.

La Posada de Santa Fe

The culinary scene at La Posada de Santa Fe, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, is even hotter with the recent appointment of James Hollenbach as chef de cuisine. Hollenbach, an award-winning chef with international experience and accolades, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and trained with Wolfgang Puck at Spago in Chicago. While he comes to La Posada after recent successes in international locales such as Colombia, Latvia, the Caribbean and Thailand, Hollenbach began his career in Santa Fe working for celebrity chef Mark Miller at Coyote Café.

La Posada de Santa Fe
La Posada de Santa Fe

Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa

Mary Brophy joined Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa as the director of catering and conference services. Brophy brings her years of experience and an extensive background in high-end event planning, having served as the director of catering at Santa Fe’s Eldorado Hotel, the mansion director for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, as well as the Governor’s personal assistant. In her new role, she will oversee the property’s banquet staff in addition to in-house and off-site events and catering. Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda and Spa is the city’s only Native American-owned hotel and the first property in the country to power all of its guestrooms with solar energy. 

Inn and Spa at Loretto

James Buckley has joined Santa Fe’s Inn and Spa at Loretto as the dining and outlets manager. Buckley is a certified sommelier, winemaker and brew-master who will curate unique dining experiences for hotel guests. He has an array of food and beverage experience including previously held positions as manager at Radish and Rye in Santa Fe and captain at The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif. Buckley is a foodie who has also developed real estate on three continents.

La Fonda on the Plaza

La Fonda on the Plaza has completed its refresh of the historic property which began in December 2015. In the new La Fiesta Lounge, visitors have a sleek and sophisticated spot to enjoy the tempting creations of La Fonda’s mixologists and Chef Lane Warner. Food options range from a flight of salsas and chips to deconstructed nachos to heartier fare such as La Fonda’s iconic green chile cheeseburger all the way to crispy dessert churros with Mexican chocolate dipping sauce.  The lounge also boasts a new coffee bar and dedicated barista.