Buffalo Thunder Resort Debuts Salsamole Station

Buffalo Thunder’s Salsamole Masters. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Mixologist Vinnie Sena creates a margarita. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Staff Report:

Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino is putting a new twist on fresh-made guacamoles and salsas with the launch of its Salsamole Station at Iguana Cafe.

Buffalo Thunder hosted a tasting Monday, featuring fresh-made salsas and guacamole, a tequila tasting with food pairings and a mixology margaritas demonstration. The walk-up food bar allows guests to watch as custom blends of guacamole and salsa are created before their eyes. There are dozens of flavor combinations of guacamole and salsas that can be made to suit any guest’s tastes by trained Salsamole masters.

Culinary Supervisor Adan Almanza was the master on tap Monday night. Learning the art of making guacamole at the age of 10, freshly-made guacamoles and salsas were always on the table in his childhood home, Almanza said. His secret to preparing the best guacamole and salsas is using only the freshest ingredients, he said.

“Guacamole is one of our most popular items, so this is really a fun and interactive way for guests to try an almost endless number of variations of this favorite Mexican dip,” Food and Beverage Director Dan Daughtry said. “Guests also can learn a tip or two about ingredients and preparation from our Salsamole Masters that they can use in their own kitchens at home.”

Located inside the resort’s Iguana Cafe restaurant, which features New Mexican and Mexican-inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Salsamole Station is open noon to 9 p.m. daily. Guests also can take advantage of freshly made guacamoles and salsas prepared to go.


Tequila tasting choices. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Guests over the age of 21 also can enjoy pairing their custom guacamole and salsa with one of more than 20 varieties of freshly made margaritas served at the Iguana Cantina bar inside Iguana Café. Signature margaritas include the Buffalo Thunder Margarita made with Patron® “Buffalo Thunder” Reposado Tequila, one-of-a-kind 100 percent agave tequila only found at Iguana Café.

Lead bartender Vinnie Sena showed off his skills Monday. According to Sena, picking his favorite margarita is like picking a favorite a child – you love them all equally.


Executive Chef Thomas Hartwell with his creations. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Executive Chef Thomas Hartwell paired some of the Iguana Café specialties with various tequilas. Learning the art of tequila and food pairing in Mexico, Hartwell looks for unique ways to use spicy Spanish influences to complement the diverse flavor profiles of tequila. Hartwell’s tequila of choice is Gran Centenario.

For more information on Iguana Café and Buffalo Thunder, visit http://www.buffalothunderresort.com.



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