La Posada’s annual themed “legacy event” will highlight the unique, local food of New Mexico, designed to celebrate the state’s community of farms and sustainable food sourcing options.

The menu items featured on Oct. 18, from 5 – 8 p.m., will be made from ingredients purchased from local providers, La Montanita Co-op and Bueno Foods:


  • Pulled Pork
  • Green Chile Cheeseburgers
  • Roasted Green Chile
  • Smothered Grilled Chicken
  • Grilled Corn
  • Calabacitas
  • Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice, Pecan, & Cranberry Stuffing
  • Frito Pie
  • Tortillas
  • Pinto Beans
  • Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
  • Caramel Apple Slices
  • Mini Pumpkin Pies
  • Cider

“We know that buying local is important to our students, our economy and our environment. We are so proud to show off the bounty of amazing food available to us in our own back yard,” said Amanda Gerard, manager of Sales and Events for UNM’s Institutional Support Services division.

The University of New Mexico food service provider, Chartwells, is committed to have at least 10 percent of the ingredients served on campus sourced locally. Currently, Chartwells at UNM purchases 27 percent of their weekly food supplies from local sources, according to Paul Wilson-Scott, resident district manager for Chartwells.

The top local providers are:

  • Bueno Foods (distributed by Sysco Foods)
  • Bimbo Bakery
  • Dean Food – Creamland
  • F & A Cheese
  • Akins Farms
  • Kyzer Farms

Chartwells’ UNM Chef, Hassan Abassary, will grill for students at LaPo Goes Local, while green chile roasts and live music fills the plaza. Students will also be able to participate in a photo booth with a fill-in-the-blank sign that reads “I buy local because…”

UNM Meal Plan holders can “swipe at the door” for entry (1 Meal Swipe), and all others will be asked to pay $6.50 (if payment is made with Dining Dollars) or $9.75 (if payment is made with cash, credit card, or debit).