April 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

15th Angel’s Night Out Fundraiser and The Cooking Channel Comes to Santa Fe

"Kitchen Angels was founded in 1992 and within the first six months, 2,000 meals were delivered to 80 clients"

By Lynn Cline

Gourmet Girl

Lynn Cline is a former food editor and the author of two books – Romantic Days and Nights in Santa Fe and Literary Pilgrims: The Santa Fe and Taos Writers' Colonies, 1915-1950. She also loves to cook, when not dining out.

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Kitchen Angel's Night Out

For the last 20 years, Kitchen Angels has delivered home-cooked meals for free to the homebound in Santa Fe, enhancing their quality of life and assuring that they get a healthy and delicious meal because they're unable to prepare their own.

You can show your thanks for all that this volunteer-driven agency does for Santa Fe by going out to dinner on Thursday, April 18, when Kitchen Angel's holds its 15th annual fundraiser, Angel's Night Out, at 24 restaurants around the city. Each restaurant will contribute 25% of revenue from food and non-alcoholic beverages to Kitchen Angels.

Angel's Night Out raised $47,000 for the nonprofit last year. "Our goal is to reach $50,000 this year," says Tony McCarty, Kitchen Angels' executive director. The funds are used to purchase food as well as packaging and equipment. The volunteers who deliver the meals use their own vehicles and pay for the gas, too.

Kitchen Angels was founded in 1992 and within the first six months, 2,000 meals were delivered to 80 clients. Today, 136 clients receive an average of 6,000 meals a month, or 77,000 meals a year, according to McCarty.

Since Kitchen Angels began, thousands of volunteers have worked for the group, preparing and delivering the meals, organizing meals so that the right kind of food get to the correct clients, organizing the fundraiser and more.

Let's show our support for Kitchen Angels by dining out on April 18 at the following restaurants: Andiamo!, Café Café, Café Pasqual’s, Café Castro, Café Fina, Counter Culture, Cowgirl BBQ, Crumpacker’s Café & Bake Shop, El Meson, Galisteo Bistro, India Palace Restaurant, India House, Jambo Café, Mariscos Costa Azul, Piccolino, Piccolino Eldorado, Pizzeria Espiritu, Plaza Café Southside, Pranzo Italian Grill, Ristra, Second Street Bar & Grill (Railyard), The Ranch House, Tomme, and Vinaigrette.

For more info, visit www.kitchenangels.org.

Chuck's Day in Santa Fe

Over the years, a select few Santa Fe restaurants and chefs have been featured on the Food Network Channel and on its sister station, The Cooking Channel. These include Harry's Roadhouse on Guy Fieri's show "Diner's, Drive-ins and Dives," La Boca on "Giada's Weekend Getaway" and The ChocolateSmith on "Down Home with the Neelys."

Now, one more eatery has joined this elite group—Rooftop Pizzeria and chef Russell Thornton will be featured on "Chuck's Eat the Street," starring Montreal chef Chuck Hughes, who will try to make the restaurant's No. 3, a Southwest-inspired pizza with grilled chicken, green chile, cotija and asadero cheese, toasted pinon with alfredo sauce on a locally-inspired blue corn crust.

When word got out that The Cooking Channel would be shooting, Rooftop began taking reservations for the afternoon of filming—Tuesday, April 2. I snagged a table and when I arrived, cameramen were moving around the room, filming diners as they enjoyed appetizers and pizza and tried to act natural.

Hughes, unfortunately, wasn't there, which was why all the diners had showed up. He wasn't scheduled to arrive until Friday for a private filming…

But we took a table anyway with some good friends we hadn't seen in a while. We enjoyed the pizza and some wine, and even though we didn't get to see Hughes in action, we were glad to be at Rooftop eating pizza so good that even a chef from Montreal would travel here to enjoy it. But we won't find out why he loves it until we see the show…

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