La Fonda Hotel
100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501


September 27, 2023


11:30 am - 2:00 pm





Guest Chef Luncheon & Master Sommelier Throwdown

Returning to La Fonda’s La Terraza for the second year in a row, the Throwdown Luncheon is the most competitive and exciting culinary event of the Fiesta! We have gathered a fantastic lineup of talented chefs and sommeliers to engage in a friendly match of food and wine pairings. Witness Cristian Pontiggia from Sassella, Tony Smith from Rio Chama, Kiko Rodriguez from izanami, and Andre Sattler from The Inn of the Anasazi as they showcase their culinary skills up against our Master Sommelier team including Gillian Ballance, Tim Gaiser, Thomas Price, and Joe Spellman. Each of the four chefs and sommeliers will select a wine to pair with their course, while organizers keep this information confidential until the day of the event. With the identities of the wine selectors kept secret, it will be up to the guests to cast their votes and determine the best pairing in each of the courses.

Please Note: Please note, seating will be pre-assigned by the organizer for this event.  For larger parties wishing to sit together, we recommend purchasing your tickets in one transaction.


Joe Spellman, MS
Tony Smith
Cristian Pontiggia
Tim Gaiser, MS
Gillian Ballance, MS

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