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Café Pasqual's Creates Art with Their Food Using Only the Freshest Ingredients

By Elisha Neubauer

Sitting in a beautiful historic pueblo-style adobe, just a block southwest of the Santa Fe Plaza in downtown, is Café Pasqual's, a quaint, but unique café with a twist.

The small eatery was named after the Mexican Saint of kitchens and cooks. Diminutive in size, the café seats only 50 patrons at a time, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in flavor. The shop bakes dozens of loaves of bread, churns gallons of ice cream, creates chile sauces by the potfull, hand-chops each of the ingredients for crocks of salsas, and performs countless other operations daily.

"We are devoted to food quality, and currently offer organic and naturally raised beef, pork, eggs, dairy, produce, sugars, flours, maple syrup, flavorings and spices," says Katharine Kagel, founding chef/owner of Café Pasqual's. Having taken home a James Beard award of their very own, the flavors crafted within the café clearly surpass the amount of seating available to enjoy it.

The Café places a stern focus on utilizing organic ingredients in each and every meal. Currently, as Kagel informed us, Café Pasqual is averaging 95% organic! The fruits, vegetables, in-house baked goods, pastured meats, and eggs are all topping the list of organic ingredients used to create the Pasqual menu.

"We've been serving Santa Feans and visitors since 1979," Kagel exclaims. "We believe in using ONLY the best ingredients available -- we are all about farm fresh and ranch right." It is because of their devotion to season farm-to-table options that many vegetarians and vegans always find several options suitable to their dietary requirements.

Next to the Café, located just upstairs is the Café Pasqual's Art Gallery. The Art Gallery features many different styles of art by various artists. Local artists comprise the holdings of the gallery and include such names as David Parsons, Lisa Wederquist, Michelle Goodman, Zoe Viles, Katharine Kagel, and many, many more.

"You will find mica stove cook pots in the Jicarilla Apache tradition, unique artisan jewelry, paintings, lithographs, paper Mache, and ceramics from many different artists' hands," details Kagel. "We are all about handmade from our cuisine to the art for your home."

Upon popular demand, the eatery has also released two published and available cookbooks, which are available for purchase through the restaurant's website or at their cafe. These beautifully crafted books allow you to take the flavors of the Café Pasqual right into your own kitchen. Each book is filled with stunning color photos and detailed instructions on how to recreate some of the most spectacular dishes from freshly baked cookies, to dried red and green chile packages.

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