Entrepreneur Story Time: Bow Wow Haus
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Story Time: Bow Wow Haus

We’re psyched to have Santa Fe Boomeranger Luca Marino-Baker share the story of Bow Wow Haus, an idea 10+ years in the making that started to come together in 2018 after he gave his dream the attention it needed to develop while going through MIX’s bizMIX accelerator program. The process of pitching his ideas over the course of the accelerator led Luca to hone in on doggy + kitty doors and helped him realize that he could use his hometown connections with realtors, builders, designers, and makers to start the boutique business he had on his brain since college.

As a trained architect, Luca designs and builds all of his high-end Barkitectural products right here in Santa Fe. His commitment to quality materials, craftsmanship, and local production have led Luca to utilize local manufacturing resources Extraordinary Structures and makerspace MAKE Santa Fe.  He even kept it local by taking advantage of a free website-building workshop offered by NM TechWorks to create Bow Wow Haus’s hot new website.

Luca’s background as an architect, love of design, passion for working with clients, and love of doggies (he has three) is why he cares so dang much about Bow Wow Haus’s custom and off-the-shelf Barkitectural products, as well as the local installation coordination and design consultation he delivers. 

And since Luca loves him some Kombucha, but has yet to try HoneyMoon Brewery, we’re going back! It’s been 8+ months since KAESF celebrated the grand opening of HoneyMoon in the Solana Center with owners Ayla Bystrom-Williams and James Hill, so they’ll give us a little update as to what it’s been like brewing and serving up their scrumptious Honeymoon Artisanal Alcoholic Kombucha (as well as other local beers and wine) in the City Different.

As always, arrive on time to grab a drink to enjoy during story time. And don’t plan to rush off after story time, as you’ll get to enjoy live music from Carol Pacey & the Honey Shakers starting at 8 while you schmooze with Santa Feans just as enthused about our entrepreneur community as you are.

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Entrepreneur Story Time: Squash Blossom
Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Story Time: Squash Blossom

Join us on 7.11 to hear Nina Yozell-Epstein share the story of her Santa Fe social enterprise, Squash Blossom. A NM native, Nina has worked in food and farming both in NM and around the globe, including India, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Spain, and Italy. In 2010, Nina was back in NM piloting and pushing to great success a farm-to-restaurant program that blossomed under the umbrella of a few different nonprofits. By 2015, she was ready to stand on her own and test the market to see if this local food business could survive as a part of our food economy without grant support. That's when Squash Blossom was born.

Since going through bizMIX in 2015, an experience she raves about, Nina has expanded beyond chefs to include a local food subscription service for Santa Fe residents. So while serving as Santa Fe's lead distributor of wholesale local produce to about 30 local restaurants, now anyone can shop from her online store composed of 100% local food, harvested fresh per order from 25+ farms in the area, and available for pickup at select locations in town.

With a mission that makes me smile - to provide a dependable income stream for local farmers, bring healthier food to our community, and strengthen our local economy – Squash Blossom has done an incredible job serving farmers of and around Northern NM while connecting other small local businesses with shared values so they can collaborate and help build a strong community. It’s no wonder that in 2016 Squash Blossom received the City of Santa Fe’s Mayoral Award for Sustainability and Food Security. And in 2018, Squash Blossom was named the SBA’s NM Home-Based Business of the Year and the City of Santa Fe’s Small Business of the Year.

Enjoy the 4th of July fireworks, then join us the following Thursday to hear Nina’s story. We’ll gather at Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery, a combined brewery and distillery production space serving a wide variety of beer and spirits as well as a multifaceted taproom (music venue, outdoor space, cozy indoor atmosphere) and community hub since opening their doors back in April 2018. 

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Entrepreneur Story Time: ITConnect
Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Story Time: ITConnect

Meet ITConnect founder, Kareem Edwards. A local from Chimayo and graduate of Pojoaque High, Kareem studied business and accounting at UNM until ‘97 and learned all about routing cable while crawling around on his hands and knees as an installer/salesman for a small Santa Fe-based IT company. It didn’t take long for Kareem to decide if he was gonna work that hard, he was gonna do it for himself.

 Kareem quickly grew out of the storage unit “office” he started in, took a $20K home equity loan in 2005, set up shop at the Santa Fe Business Incubator, and soon landed his 1st $600K contract. Without the capital to cover the gear and complete the work, Kareem was shocked and thrilled that Los Alamos National Bank loaned his zero-track-record business the cash he needed to complete that project and begin building a reputation that would lead to future contracts with LANL and Santa Fe Public Schools, just to name a couple. (More in the Santa Fe New Mexican article,  ITConnect: Wired for Success.)

Today ITConnect is a multi-million dollar company operating in over 4 states with 50+ employees. Kareem and his wife Mary Jo orchestrate the delivery of innovative tech services, telecommunication network infrastructure (TNI) design, digital learning services, and premise distribution cabling, all while parenting 7 (yes, 7) children. They’re a pretty amazing team and we’re lucky Kareem’s taking time out of his crazy schedule to share his story with us in June.

 And since growing out of the SFBI, ITConnect established their headquarters right next door to where we’ll meet at the Santa Fe Spirits Distillery on the South Side (not to be confused with their downtown tasting room). So be ready to try world-class spirits at the place Esquire Magazine deemed the best whiskey distillery in New Mexico in it’s Best Whiskeys in Every State Right Now February 2019 article.

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Entrepreneur Storytime: Verde Food
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: Verde Food

Since founding Verde Food in 2014, kick-ass entrepreneur Kelly Egolf has grown Verde to recognition as the top-funded investor-backed food and drink startup in the state. She cobbled together the capital to open two Santa Fe-based stores to carry their amazing, all-organic cold-pressed juice blends (as well as products from local partners), and she’s recently executed an exciting change. No more store fronts for Verde. They’re still making juice in the kitchen of their former San Mateo location (and keeping the grab-and-go fridge stocked with their products), but there's a new face in the front – Terra Verde, a coffee house, smoothie bar, and all around cool place to hang out.
 
Why the Switch? Because Verde Food is devoting their efforts to wholesale manufacturing and distribution – spreading their products to more locations and making it easier to find. In the last year, you've probably spotted them at the La Montanita Coop, Kaune's Food Market, Marketplace (the old Albertsons), Ten Thousand Waves, Tesuque Village Market, and so many more. They’re carried by Natural Grocers and independent health food stores from Albuquerque to Boulder. And they're always looking for new partners to carry their delicious, healthy cold-pressed juice creations.
 
Kelly’s pre-Verde career was in fundraising and she'll share with us a plethora of tips for coping with the ups and downs of funding a startup. Till then you can learn more about Verde Food and Terra Verde owner Kevin Iven in this March 2019 SF Reporter article by Julia Goldberg, Green Dreams: Transitions are afoot at Verde
 
And you’re in for a special treat, as Kelly has orchestrated a night of generous giving and receiving and you’re one of the main benefactors. Terra Verde will be kicking in some mouth-watering munchies, Kelly will be donating her tasty juices to try out on their own or as cocktails expertly mixed with OM Spirit’s organic mixology liqueurs donated by OM partner Natalie Bovis (you may know her as The Liquid Muse). Since all that’s FREE for you to enjoy, we’re suggesting a $10 donation which will be given to support the superb work of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute.
 
If that wasn’t enough, Natalie is donating a door prize worth $180 – 2 tickets to the Chef & Shaker Challenge, which takes place on June 1 and is the cocktail-and-food grand tasting event of her 3-day festival, NM Cocktails & Culture Culinary Festival

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Entrepreneur Storytime: EMR-Bear
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: EMR-Bear

A kick-ass woman in tech, Jay Galvan Heneghan, will share the story of the Software as a Service (SaaS) company she co-founded, EMR-Bear. EMR-Bear’s technology has been revolutionizing the management of behavioral health care services with its Web-based electronic health record, practice management, and medical transportation and billing capabilities, and it was born out of pure need. You see, after discovering that none of the solutions on the market fit all of the needs of her husband, Dr. Jim Heneghan (a trained adult and child psychiatrist who provides services to underserved, rural communities throughout the state of NM through the use of telemedicine), they decided to create a solution of their own with the help of the company's CTO and co-founder, Andres Paglayan.

These days EMR-Bear is utilized by just under 50 healthcare agencies nationwide, with the largest concentration of client agencies in NM, AZ, TX, and ID.  They have 6 full-time employees and call upon a cadre of contractors to fill in the blanks. You can hear a little of what Jay has to say through this video interview as part of NM TechWork’s NM Career Profiles project.

In April we’ll gather at the AGAVE Restaurant & Lounge, located downtown in the beautiful Eldorado Hotel. I discovered the AGAVE Lounge soon after moving here through an article on the best happy hours in SF and it’s (repeatedly) earned my stamp of approval. I also like knowing that the property’s owned by Heritage Hotels & Resorts, a New Mexico-based, minority-owned cultural hospitality company that’s been investing exclusively in NM over the last several years. 

And thanks to Jay, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Start with Story: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Using Story to Grow Your Business, a book by Las Cruces native and founder of Storytelling for Entrepreneurs, Lyn Graft.

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Entrepreneur Storytime: NMCFO
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: NMCFO

Before turning back to tech in April, Jamey Shelton, founder of NMCFO, will take the KAESF stage on 3.7 to share the story of his 5+-year-old business baby. Succeeding as a service business is never easy, yet Jamey’s managed to grow and expand from Sante Fe to Albuquerque through almost 100% word-of-mouth. As a one-stop shop for consulting, bookkeeping, and office management, including payroll, taxes, and all the other stuff you don't wanna do, Jamey and his growing team of exceptional bookkeepers and accountants clean up what others have left behind. Frankly, I’ve never seen someone so ga-ga about helping business owners understand their bookkeeping and accounting systems so they can make smart decisions. And if you’re like me and can’t imagine anyone making financial management fun, then you’ve gotta meet Jamey, because I’ve met him and spoken with several of his clients and he undoubtedly delivers on the fun-front.

And we’ll be gathering at Café Sonder, which opened in late 2016 and is the 3rdrestaurant brought to you by the family that made the Plaza Café downtown and south side staples.  A true family business, Daniel Razatos and his sons see to every aspect of their affordable made-from-scratch food and great service.

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Entrepreneur Storytime: Madre Foods
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: Madre Foods

Katelyn Hilburn, creator of the artisanal broths, stocks, and nourishing foods available through her company, Madre Foods, has been kicking ass since coming out as a bizMIX Big $$ Winner in 2017. In 2018, Madre Foods obtained their wholesale license, gained membership as a vendor at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, and began to provide snacks to their first wholesale client at Railyard Fitness. In October, Katelyn had the joy of cooking side by side with two other amazing female chefs at UNUM Magazine’s first fundraising community dinner. Madre also hosted broth bar pop ups at local gatherings like String of Lights and local businesses like Bittersweet Designs.

Madre Foods kicked off the New Year as a featured vendor for Squash Blossom Local Food in their subscription bags. And in 2019 they’re excited to put their wholesale license to action, show off their new look, continue to lay bricks for building their brand, and introduce ways to make Madre Foods available to you with greater and greater ease. You'll begin seeing them at more events around town and more businesses on a routine basis. To learn more before meeting the woman behind the biz, read 12 Questions with Katelyn Hilburn.
 
For our 1st KAESF of 2019 we’ll gather at La Reina at El Rey Court, a modern take on the traditional New Mexican cantina. Literally meaning “the queen,” (to match El Rey’s meaning of “the king”), La Reina is a laid back, come-as-you are type of place where out-of-towners and locals alike are welcome. Have a drink or two from their agave focused cocktail menu or try one of their carefully selected tequilas or mezcals. If agave isn't your thing, they’ve got you covered with a great selection of wines, craft beers, sake and spirits.

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Entrepreneur Storytime: HoneyMoon Brewery
Dec
6
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: HoneyMoon Brewery

It’s been a long time coming and we couldn’t be more thrilled to hear Ayla Bystrom-Williams and co-owners James Hill and Amberley Pyles share the story of HoneyMoon Brewery. As citizens of The City Different, they were inspired and compelled to make The Beer Different. They’re introducing a new category of alcoholic beverage to the world by using Kombucha as a foundation to brew their beer, as well as a hybridized production process unique to their brewery. Through a dynamic balance of very traditional and very non-traditional brewing styles, they’ve been able to achieve a tasty, gluten-free, probiotic alcoholic beverage that is wonderfully different from any beverage you've probably enjoyed before.
 
As a client of the Santa Fe Business Incubator (SFBI), a Venture Accelerator Fund (VAF) 2018 winner, and a user of Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL) facilities and folks to help develop the first Kombucha Beer produced in the Southwest, Ayla and the HoneyMoon team are experts at capitalizing on local and state resources. They’ve also done a kick-ass job at securing additional sources to fund their dream, like award money from the Amber Grant for Women and the whopper of all wins, $200,000 as the MillerCoors National Grand Prize Winner as part of the 2016 Miller Lite Tap The Future Business Plan Competition.
 
Join us in celebrating the marriage of kombucha and beer at the brand spankin’ new home of HoneyMoon Brewery! Nestled in between La Montanita Co-op and The Betterday Coffee Shop in the Solana Center sits a quaint 1,700 square foot space that’s been transformed into Santa Fe's newest taproom and Kombuchería. They’ll brew and serve us up their famous Honeymoon Artisanal Alcoholic Kombucha (as well as other local beers and wine) – you don’t want to miss this!

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Entrepreneur Storytime: DeployHub
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: DeployHub

We’re gathering on a different day this month so that the KAESF and DeployHub can be a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and the plethora of Santa Fe-based events the City of Santa Fe’s Office of Economic Development (OED) has been organizing for November 12-18.


A kick-ass woman in tech, Tracy Ragan began her odyssey in the area of DevOps long before the term was coined. In the late 1980’s she consulted Wall Street firms on ways to improve the software build and deploy process through automation. In 1995, Tracy co-founded OpenMake Software, a private software company specializing in the automation of cross platform and accelerated software builds. In 2014, Tracy recognized a gap in open source tooling around Application Release Automation (ARA) for performing continuous deployments. This led to the formation of DeployHub, a product focused on bringing open source ARA to the agile project team. DeployHub OSS was launched as an open source solution in the spring of 2017. Tracy and her team followed up the open source offering with the creation of DeployHub.com, a company that provides both support and professional upgrades to DeployHub OSS. She was recently recognized by the New Mexico Technology Council as a Women In Technology (WIT) Honoree for her work in DevOps and took 3rd place in ABQid’s October 2018 Balloon Pitch Contest. Pretty cool, huh?
 
And this month we’ll gather at Hervé Wine Bar, a completely renovated space that once held the Skylight nightclub. Opened in May 2018 and named in honor of their father, Hervé Lescombes, the location provides a unique way to celebrate and share their family legacy with folks like us. Their Winemaker and Executive Chef collaborated to create a special menu that features appetizers, salads, and desserts paired with their award-winning D.H. Lescombes New Mexico wines.

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Entrepreneur Storytime: Dashing Delivery
Oct
4
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: Dashing Delivery

We’ve seen their ads and cars around town, and on 10.4 Justin Greene will share how he’s grown Dashing Delivery into Santa Fe’s favorite restaurant delivery service. Not only has Justin partnered with 16+ locally-owned restaurants to deliver mouthwatering meals to homes, offices, and hotels around Santa Fe, he also knows a thing or two about championing a governmental solution to a business problem. You see, Justin helped get a bill passed in the 2015 Legislature – a bill that would allow delivery services like his to deliver wine and beer with a food order of $20 or more. Get the scoop in “How one businessperson got a bill through the NM Legislature on his first try.” And if you’re wondering why you still can’t add wine or beer to your Dashing Delivery order, Justin will fill you in on the 2015 bill’s fate and how he hopes to change that in 2019.
 
And we’ll gather at the site where Barry Secular opened Santa Fe staple, Cowgirl, 25 years ago. So, as always, arrive on time to grab a drink and a bite to enjoy during storytime. And don’t plan to rush off afterwards, as you’ll want to take some time to schmooze and get to know like-minded Santa Feans just as enthused about supporting our entrepreneur community as you are.

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Entrepreneur Storytime: Woodruff Scientific & SciVista
Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: Woodruff Scientific & SciVista

So how does a Santa Fe-based physicist accelerate the development of commercial fusion? By building Woodruff Scientific, where he and his team provide assistance with all stages of scientific innovation: concept design, engineering design, procurement, fabrication, installation, testing, and operations. What they’ve built, they now offer as products and what they’ve learned to do, they offer as services. Founder Dr. Simon Woodruff is going to tell us all about it, including how the scientific computing boot camps he runs each year led to the founding of another one of his ventures, SciVista, which provides virtual room sharing so that data scientists can share their ideas in real-time.
 
And LiAnn Morales and her husband Raul will welcome the KAESF back to their authentic family restaurant, where they’ve been serving up some of the best and freshest tacos in Santa Fe since opening El Callejón in 2016.

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Entrepreneur Storytime: Tall Foods
Aug
2
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: Tall Foods

Andrea Romero, a kick-ass entrepreneur who’s well known in this town for her dedication to entrepreneurship (we’ve all heard of MIX Santa Fe, right?) also founded and runs an award-winning ostrich ranch, Tall Foods. Andrea will shed some light on the business of raising big birds, but for a sneak peek check out her TEDxABQ talk, “Flightless and fearless: Ostriches can save the world.”
 
We’ll also get a taste of what making world-class spirits are all about from Whiskey Aficionado and Owner of Santa Fe Spirits, Colin Keegan (or one of his exceptional employees), as we gather at SFS's south side distillery (not to be confused with their downtown tasting room).

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Entrepreneur Storytime: Fab Lab Hub
Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: Fab Lab Hub

We’re super fortunate that after 30 years spending time in New Mexico with family part time, Sarah Boisvert finally brought her extensive background building and using tools of digital fabrication to Santa Fe full time – and that she’ll share her kick-ass entrepreneur story with us in July. Not only does her company, Fab Lab Hub, operate Fab Labs in the Santa Fe Business Incubator and the Santa Fe Community College Innovation Center, where the focus is on training people for new collar jobs in manufacturing, but she also wrote the book on it – a book titled "The New Collar Workforce: An Insider's Guide to Making Impactful Changes to Manufacturing and Training." For an introduction to Sarah, check out the Santa Fe-based, but globally-focused UNUM Magazine interview with Sarah and watch the short-but-sweet YouTube video that breaks down what her new book is all about.
 
And if you haven’t had time to check out the new-ish Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery on Agua Fria, now’s your chance. Co-Founder Jason Fitzpatrick (also known as Fitz) will wow us with snippets of his story, like how a biking tour of Denver breweries and distilleries with co-founder Jason Kirkman led to the Tumbleroot we get to enjoy today.

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Entrepreneur Storytime: VIZZIA Technologies
May
3
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: VIZZIA Technologies

Get ready to hear Andy Halasz, co-founder and CEO of VIZZIA Technologies,share how he took his 2005 startup to a leading provider of technology solutions for healthcare organizations nationwide. We’ll hear what it’s like to stick it out with a slow startup, what drew Andy and VIZZIA from its original home in Atlanta to Santa Fe, and what it’s like to nearly double revenue over two years and grow from a one-man show to 30-ish employees. For a sneak peek at how Andy and VIZZIA utilized local funding sources to help bring internship and job opportunities to NM, check out the article, “Venture Accelerator Fund (VAF) Funding Helped to Fuel VIZZIA Technology’s ‘Internet of Things’ Laboratory.”
 
To hear Andy’s story, we’ll gather at family-owned Evangelo’s Cocktail Lounge,my personal favorite place in SF to grab an adult beverage (or 5) and shake it to some live music ‘til the band goes home. If we’re lucky, we’ll get to hear Evangelo’s son (Nick) or granddaughter (Kiki) share some of the bar’s history and shed light on the meaning of the old photos and memorabilia that make up its unique décor. Teasers: Photos taken by an iconic photographer during World War II led to the USPS putting Evangelo’s face on a stamp in 2002. And if you’ve ever watched the movies “Crazy Heart” or “Only the Brave,” then you’ve already seen the inside of Evangelo’s (which opened its doors back in 1971).

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Entrepreneur Storytime: Hangtime
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: Hangtime

  • Second Street Brewery - Rufina Taproom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Get ready to hear Haj Khalsa, founder of Hangtime and inventor of KOALA, the smartphone leash for life on the go, share his story. We’ll get the inside scoop on what it’s like to design, test, manufacture, capitalize, and bring to market an ingenious product from right here in sunny Santa Fe. Haj will also share some of what he's learned while exploring and testing possible avenues for funding, from tapping into local resources to launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and strutting his stuff at a recent startup competition (more on that at “Smartphone tether inventor pitches for $10K.)”

If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also hear snippets of the story of the Rufina Tap Room, Second Street Brewery’s third Santa Fe location. Since opening in 2017, the Rufina taproom has been offering an ever-changing rotation of their unique beers, featured beer from other NM breweries, unique food, super service, and live music within a rapidly evolving Santa Fe area formerly considered an industrial zone.

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Entrepreneur Storytime: Xerb
Mar
1
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: Xerb

  • The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Millennials Eric Streeper and his co-founder, Dan Hathorn, will have officially launched Xerb.tv by the time we gather to hear Eric share their story. We’ll get the inside scoop on the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of creating a software startup in Santa Fe. We’ll also gain insight into how Eric balanced seemingly endless coding with generating customer interest and buzz through articles, such as “New Santa Fe-based streaming service caters to kids.”

And come thirsty, because the owner of the Santa Fe Brewing Company, Brian Lock, will share snippets of his story, which includes buying the Santa Fe Brewing Company from his partners in 2003, expanding operations to 40K sq ft, growing distribution to 9 states, and the upcoming opening of a new location to savor their high-quality beers in downtown Santa Fe.

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Entrepreneur Storytime: Wander New Mexico
Feb
1
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneur Storytime: Wander New Mexico

Come join us at our inaugural event to hear the story of a stellar Santa Fe startup launched in 2016, Joe Griffith’s top rated food and wine tour company, Wander New Mexico. They were even named by USA Today as one of the top ten "must-try" food tours in North America in 2018!

 

Joe will share some of his highs and lows about starting, growing, marketing, and maintaining a business in the Land of Enchantment. You’ll also get to hear a short story delivered by of one of El Callejon’s owners, LiAnn Morales. LiAnn and her husband Raul opened their authentic family restaurant in late 2016 and are proud to be one of the fresh and flavorful stops on Wander New Mexico’s most popular tour, the Sip & Savor (Santa Fe Historic Plaza area) Food Tour.

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