Dining for Good: Angels Dine Out, April 21, 2022
Kitchen Angels, by the Numbers
30 years. 1,800,000 meals delivered. 7,693 clients served. 4,000 volunteers. Wow! This is noble work done for three decades by one of Santa Fe’s beloved nonprofits, Kitchen Angels. The organization started in 1992. Three friends, Tony D’Agostino, Anna Huerik, and Aleise Sargent, realized that many homebound neighbors had no source for regular nourishing meals when they needed them most. The concerned threesome’s idea was fully embraced by the community, succeeding far beyond anyone’s expectations. The need for Kitchen Angels’ services, though, has continued to grow exponentially.
The meals, prepared by teams of volunteers, are commendable. These are dishes any of us would be happy to have shared with us. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner come loaded with fresh produce and breads baked in house, and are always packaged beautifully. Delivery comes with a smile and kind word.
The Big Event!
Thursday, April 21, is Kitchen Angels’ 23rd annual Angels Dine Out fundraiser. Participation’s dead simple. You go out to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner — or maybe all three — at one of the 30+ participating restaurants. That’s it. You pay your bill as you normally would. Then the restaurants generously give a whopping 25% of the meal’s sales to Kitchen Angels. This is major, folks.
I’ve found a delightful sense of camaraderie among diners at the meals I’ve booked in previous years. Each restaurant has a host from Kitchen Angels to thank you for your role in helping out folks much less fortunate.
Some families, or groups of friends, make an annual tradition out of picking where they’re going to eat. There’s truly something for every taste and budget. Restaurants like 315 and Café Pasqual’s have participated nearly every one of the nearly two dozen years of the Dine Out.
Others like Horno, Rustica, and Le Pommier are jumping in during their first year of business. Posa’s Tamale Factory and Restaurant, Pecos Trail Café, and Plaza Café Southside are all donating proceeds from breakfast through dinner. Santa Fe Dining has upped its participation for 2022. La Casa Seña has been involved before, but Rio Chama Steakhouse and Hidden Mountain Brewery have both opted in this year, too.
You can pick between a couple of Santa Fe’s most creative women chefs, Arable’s Renee Fox out in Eldorado or Arroyo Vino’s Allison Jenkins in Las Campanas. Think barbecue at Cowgirl, green chile cheeseburgers at Santa Fe Bite, or maybe steak tacos at Bourbon Grill. Don’t forget a side of their spinach cheese balls. Speaking of sides, you can get one of Santa Fe’s legendary views along with lunch at Museum Hill Café. Windows play a big part of the experience at the glass jewel box, Cafecito, where Argentinian specialties will transport you to South America.
You might go New Mexican green and red at Café Castro. There’s Mexican seafood at Mariscos Costa Azul, Japanese izakaya at Izanami, and Afro-Caribbean at Jambo Cafe. How about Indian, with more southern specialties at Paper Dosa, or northern featured at India House? You can opt for Italian at Andiamo!, Piccolino, Pranzo Italian Grill, and the previously mentioned Rustica.
Other big-hearted restaurants helping out on this big day are Café Fina, Herve Wine Bar, Joe’s Dining, and TerraCotta Wine Bistro.
Please check the list on the Kitchen Angels website, kitchenangels.org, to see what meal or meals are designated as Angels Dine Out. Also, if your chosen restaurant(s) take reservations, make them as early as possible, so you don’t get disappointed. Those details are on the website too, with links to click through to them directly.
Kitchen Angels has several other culinary-related fundraising projects too, among them their retail resale shop, Kitchenality. Have you discovered it yet, in the same Siler Road building as the organization’s offices and kitchen? I’m always looking for kitchen and tableware. I entertain a lot. Also, I’m forever organizing photo shoots for cookbooks, magazine articles, and social media. This is my go-to source before buying anything new. The volunteers go to great lengths to organize and arrange the merchandise artfully. You might find old silver, a cool cookbook, or a new juicer or pasta maker that never even made it out of the box before being re-homed. I especially like stopping in before holidays. It’s easy to pick out a few items to jazz up my existing seasonal décor.
Other Ways to be an Angel
You can make a direct financial contribution on the website or bring gently used kitchenware or tableware to the Kitchenality shop. The organization welcomes donations of produce from local growers, and can make use of other pro bono services like advertising and computer support. They can always use volunteers willing to work in the kitchen — prepping, cooking, packaging — or drivers, or retail staff for Kitchenality.
Here’s to the next 30 years!
1222 Siler Road, Santa Fe
2022 Angels Dine Out, Thursday, April 21
Story and photos by Cheryl Alters Jamison.
Four-time James Beard Foundation Book Award-winning author Cheryl Alters Jamison is the host of Heating It Up on KTRC and is now the “queen of culinary content” for SantaFe.com. Find new stories about the Santa Fe food scene each week on SantaFe.com.