LA BOCA SANTA FE, THE FIRST DECADE
Eight-time James Beard Nominee. La Boca is a modern Spanish tapas restaurant and bar in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. La Boca opened in 2006, and has been full to capacity almost every night since. La Boca has drawn both locals and world travelers that visit Santa Fe. La Boca has earned numerous awards locally and nationally, including the Santa Fe Reporter’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’, and the International Wine and Food Society’s ‘Award of Excellence’.
Chef James reflects on the past ten years bringing us back to that start of La Boca, “I knew I always wanted to have my own restaurant, and the opportunity came up about 10 years ago to open La Boca. It was the perfect spot for tapas; small and intimate where people could see each other, hear each other, and share plates with each other. We wanted to create this room that was conducive to sharing, that’s what the Tapas meal is all about.” Chef James has always been influenced by the flavors of Spain, and the Spanish culture around food. All of his experience and travels have led him to La Boca and brought him to the lead of the tapas revolution in New Mexico.
Chef James is so proud to have a business in such a supportive community, his fans in Santa Fe, and guest that travel to Santa Fe to eat his tapas have kept La Boca going for the past ten years and will be there for many more; “Thank you to the people of Santa Fe and beyond for all of the love and support over the past 10 years. We remain committed to sharing our passions with you!”
He is also extremely grateful to have such a committed staff, that have helped La Boca become what it is today; “La Boca Team members, past and present, you animated and energized this tiny restaurant with your tremendous dedication to the seamless balance and duality, of work and play. You helped shape this restaurant and taught me so much while we redefined the words “possible” and “impossible”, thank you for that!”
To celebrate 10 years of loyal employees, amazing guests, and millions of small plates, Chef James and his team will be hosting a party on September 17, 2016. The party will be held in the patio of La Boca’s newest expansion, there will be a pig roast, paella, beer, wine, tapas, and live music to celebrate 10 years of La Boca!
For reservations, or to attend the event, please call 505-988-7102, or visit their website www.labocasantafe.com. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more information on how they are celebrating their 10 year anniversary!
– Team La Boca