Kitchen Angels   |    1222 Siler Road  Santa Fe, NM  87507   |    505.471.7780
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Thank you for your on-going dedication and support of Kitchen Angels and the community of Santa Fe.

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May and June.  Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year: cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights.  The discussion of philosophy is over; it's time for work to begin.        ~Peter Loewer 

A rendering of our future neighbors to the north - Siler Yard Arts
& Creativity Center

Have you heard . . . Kitchen Angels is going to have new neighbors as early as 2021! The planning has been in the works for quite a few years now, but the funding just came through for the Siler Yard Arts & Creativity Center. The center aims to be the first new zero-energy, income and rent-restricted affordable live/work project in the state. The 65-unit development is slated to include performance, exhibition and "micro-retail" space, a shared workshop and a classroom with programs such as entrepreneurship training to help residents transition to sustainable living and find connections to social services.  Groundbreaking is scheduled to begin in 2020, and space should be available as early as January 2021. Click here to read more about this exciting new development.

A community celebration is scheduled for Thursday, May 9th between 5:30-7:30 pm at Tumbleroot Brewery (2791 Agua Fria St.).

Angels Dine Out was a roaring success this year! As restaurant donation checks begin to trickle in, we're already seeing evidence of a record year. Ambassadors alone brought in over $54,000 in one day. That's a 15% increase over last year. Thanks to everyone who dined out on the occasion. W e feel honored to be part of such a generous, giving community.  Thank you Santa Fe! 
Lauren with Douglas Garcia, the lucky winner of our drawing.
One of the greatest joys of  Angels Dine Out  is awarding the lucky recipient of our drawing. This year we were happy to bestow the $500 gift card to one of the staff at Paper Dosa . Douglas Garcia said that he'd never won anything in his entire life. His wife didn't believe it, but we sent him home with the gift card and a smile on his face. Douglas works hard to provide for his family and says he's blessed to earn a good living at Paper Dosa . He's grateful toward Kitchen Angels for the generous prize and assures us that he will pay it forward.  
It's time to show your support for Kitchen Angels by voting in  the SF Reporter's 2019 Best of Santa Fe contest. We were sad to hear that after about 20 years in the "top three," Kitchen Angels wasn't nominated best non-profit this year. But...guess who has risen to the top of another list...our very own Kitchenality! Please vote Kitchenality best in the following three categories:
  1. Best Thrift Store
  2. Best Cooking & Specialty Cooking Store
  3. Best Siler Road Business
Kitchenality & Kitchen Angels are doing the same good work of providing nutritious meals to homebound Santa Feans facing life-challenging conditions. We really hope everyone takes the time to vote for us. Voting starts in May and continues for the entire month. Thanks Santa Fe!
Are your edges feeling a bit dull? Mike Molinari of Cutting Edge Sharpening Service will be on site at Kitchenality on Saturday, May 25th from 10am - 1pm. Bring your kitchen knives, scissors, garden tools or pruning shears and Mike will sharpen your blades. His regular rates will apply.

Kitchen Angels' first Table 2∙3∙1™ event is right around the corner on June 15 from 6-9pm. What is this new event? It's a benefit dinner for Kitchen Angels, prepared by Hue-Chan Karels and David Sellers. The two chefs will blend 2 cultures and 3 common ingredients into 1 amazing meal! The concept was developed by Open Kitchen's chef-owner Hue-Chan Karels who believes magical things happen when people gather around a table to share a meal. The wine paired dinner will feature dishes using three common ingredients from Italian and Vietnamese food cultures and will conclude with a sweet surprise dessert that unites both cultures. Join us on a journey of the senses that brings together distinct and yet complimentary aromas and flavors. The event will foster a deeper appreciation of Italian and Vietnamese cultures and traditions as well as the stories behind the food. Tickets are $175 and can be purchased here.  
Volunteer OpportunitiesVolunteerOpportunities 

We always welcome new volunteers! Here are our current opportunities:

Delivery Drivers (4:30 - 6:30pm)
  • Monday Driver, Route 6 (Miguel Chavez)
  • Tuesday Driver, Route 16 (Jaguar Dr.)
  • Wednesday Driver, Route 7 (N. Rufina St.)
  • Thursday Driver, Route 4 (Siringo)
  • Thursday Driver, Route 10 (N. St. Francis Dr.)
  • Thursday Driver, Route 11 (S. on Cerrillos Rd.)
  • Friday Driver, Route 1 (S. Rufina St.)
  • Friday Driver, Route 6 (Miguel Chavez)
  • Every other Friday Driver, Route 7 (N. Rufina St.)
  • Friday Driver, Route 10 (N. St. Francis Dr.)
  • Friday Driver, Route 12 (Pacheco)

Kitchen Volunteers

  • Wednesday PM shift (1pm - 3pm)

Substitute Volunteers

  • Delivery Subs M-F (4:30-6:30pm)
  • Delivery Prep M-F (2pm - 3:30pm)
  • Delivery Coordinators (3:30 - 5:30pm)

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations


Monday, May 6th from 11:30 - 1:00

Monday, May 20th from 11:30 - 1:00


Special Volunteer Opportunity...


Juliana packing meals for our rural clients - aka "Route 20s"

One of our programs here at Kitchen Angels is expanding, and we need assistance. Our frozen meal program (aka route 20) serves individuals who live outside of our delivery area. Clients send in a caretaker, friend or neighbor once a week to pick up a week's worth of frozen meals. This helps Kitchen Angels expand our reach into rural communities that have fewer services.  


We're looking for one or two people who can fill the meal orders for our "Route 20" clients once a week. The day/time you come in to do your work is slightly flexible. We prefer Thursday or Friday between 10am - 1pm. After filling the thermal bags with meals, volunteers consolidate our frozen meal stock and prepare an inventory. If you think you might be interested in this position, which starts the week of May 20, 2019, please contact Lauren.                                                   Thank you! 


Please tell people who may be interested to call Lauren at 471-7780   

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Winona, Deborah, and Jacqueline making salads for the day

It's National Salad Month! We know we've probably told you about this special occasion each  May for the past few years, but it's worth repeating! In April, Kitchen Angels celebrated Volunteer Appreciation Week with daily luncheons. Each day there was another salad showcased. Chef Joe loves a good salad, and he's remarkably good at making them delicious. We hope you had an opportunity to enjoy one of the many salads on the menu that week. For those of you who were asking, here's chef Joe's salad dressing base. It's endlessly versatile and customizable!

Sun-dried tomato caesar
Kitchen Angels prepares and delivers fresh salads to our clients on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We thank the "salad crew" on those morning kitchen shifts. With the Monday salad-makers, Joe gives them the basic greens, then lets them add what they like to invent their own special creation. You just can't go wrong with a fresh salad!

If you're looking for some delicious new salad recipes to try out, look no further. It's a good rule of thumb to ask the vegetarians what salads they like. After all, their food choices are more limited than omnivores, so they have to get real creative. Here's a list of 20 Epic Salads from vegetarian food blogger Cookie & Kate. The pictures alone are enough to make us want to eat a salad every day for lunch! What's your favorite salad? 

Continuing EducationContinuingEducation  

You may have heard about our exciting fire emergency that occurred  Tuesday, April 9th at the end of the work day. Luckily, two staff members were still in the building, and only a few volunteers remained. A shelf full of small appliances and cookbooks that were being given away caught fire out on our loading dock. We still don't know how the items were ignited. The fire alarm and sprinkler system functioned perfectly, and the first responders were dispatched.

We want to acknowledge the volunteers for quickly making their way  to the closest exit, and remaining outside until the "all clear" signal. They called 911 and got the firemen on their way to our building. Lauren knocked down the flames with a fire extinguisher while Jeanette provided back-up. Scott, Justin & Jerome from the Food Depot saw the flames, grabbed some fire extinguishers, and ran over to help battle the blaze. By the time the fire fighters arrived, we had the fire doused. It was all very exciting and scary, but everyone handled it well.

Having a 911 situation definitely brought up some good questions. Do we all know where the fire extinguishers are? Do volunteers know what to do? What would we take with us if the entire building was burning? 

One very important question is whether volunteers in the kitchen know the difference between the regular fire extinguisher and the one intended for oil fires? If you don't know the difference, please speak with Joe. The large silver tank is for oil fires, and you should utilize the red one for all other fires. Just pull the pin, point the nozzle, stand back about eight feet, and squeeze the handle. Hopefully you won't be in a situation where you have to use one, but in case you do, know how to handle it!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Thanks 

We are overcome with gratitude for how the Kitchen Angels and Santa Fe community came together for Angels Dine Out. We had 100 ambassadors who greeted people, shared our mission, and stepped outside their comfort zones in support of the event. We know this isn't easy and we know some of you dealt with grumpy diners. Please know that your hard work paid off. Ambassadors brought in over $54,000 and the checks are still rolling in! Restaurants have another week to get us their checks, but this is sure to be a banner year for our flagship event.

Many thanks to the restaurant owners, chefs, and staff for making this a memorable event. The event's success is hinged on the participation and generosity of so many outstanding restaurants in Santa Fe. We're thrilled when new restaurants are eager to take part and honored by so many returning restaurants that donate year after year. Be sure to thank the participating restaurants throughout the year, and let them know you appreciate their generosity to  Kitchen Angels.

More thanks to the team of liaisons who helped retrieve contracts, and who will be spending the next few weeks chasing down donation checks from busy restaurant owners. This is no small task, and we appreciate their tenacity and kind assertiveness. We're grateful for the Angels Dine Out committee: Dwayne Trujillo, Gerry Cerf, Barbara Shoemaker and Lauren LaVail, who have been working on the event since November of last year. It takes a lot of coordination, and we're thrilled to have so many talented people behind the scenes.
Kitchen Angels | 505-471-7780 | |
1222 Siler Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507