As the son of parents dedicated to operating their independent restaurant, Eli’s the Place for Steak, and Eli’s Stage Delicatessen before it for almost 60 years, I have tremendous respect for those operators who create and perpetuate one of a kind restaurants. It is particularly rewarding when one of those restaurants is an Eli’s Cneesecake company.
It was therefore a special treat to visit and dine at Rancho de Chimayo on the High Road to Taos in New Mexico. We were fortunate to meet Florence Jaramillo, the Proprietor and Visionary to create the restaurant and
nearby guest house. Florence is also a leader in the restaurant industry being recognized by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation with its highest award.
History of Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante
The Chimayó valley is a verdant oasis extending from the foothills of the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains to the expanse of the Rio
Grande valley.The name Chimayó itself is from the Tewá Indian language meaning superior red flaking stone.
In October 1965, the home of Hermenegildo and Trinidad Jaramillo became Restauranté Rancho de Chimayó. Arturo, Hermenegildo’s grandson, and his wife Florence had an idealistic vision in their plans for the house and land. Their restaurant would preserve the rich traditions of their family and its proud culture.
The setting is comfortable and romantic. Fireplaces radiate warmth into cozy rooms and family photographs hang on the white washed adobe walls. The lovely terraced patio beckons you to exquisite outdoor dining.
In August 1984, the Jaramillo family completed restoration of Hacienda Rancho de Chimayó, Epifanio and Adelaida Jaramillo’s home. Their home has been lovingly renovated into seven guest rooms. Each room opens onto an enclosed courtyard and within each room one finds turn of the century antiques, a private bath, a quiet sitting area and fireplace.
In October 2005, Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante celebrated their 40 year anniversary
Marc Schulman and Florence Jaramillo, the Proprietor of Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante, in front of the entrance to the elegant restaurant.
Marc Schulman and his daughter enjoying Eli’s Dulce De Leche and White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake at Rancho de Chimayo.