When you are lucky enough to be invited for lunch at restaurateur Erin Wade’s farmhouse in Nambe, New Mexico, expect vistas, charming tablescapes and glorious food. Erin owns Vinaigrette, a two-year old Santa Fe restaurant that specializes in salads - amazing, luscious salads that make you wonder why anyone would want to eat anything else. And most of the salad fixn’s are grown on her ten-acre Nambe farm (20-minutes North of S.F.) where members of Slow Food got to have a tour and a memorable lunch on Erin’s lovely portal.
Her gardens are filled with flowers, herbs, scads of tomato varieties, and gorgeous, leafy, succulent greens...
The Portal was filled with charming farm tables and flowers; and even a delightful farm kitty.
Lunch began with Hibiscus water and small bites...
Radishes and cucumbers napped with a beautiful dressing of mint, basil, buttermilk, sour cream and mayonnaise.
We had a choice of chicken or artichoke salad. The chicken was ethereal and the artichokes were pan fried and so full of flavor you wanted to cry they were so amazing. The arugula, just nipped from the garden, was perfect!
And the sweet ending for this lovely day?
Erin's Grandmother's Apple Crisp with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream.