LC Bulletin: Local restaurateurs honored; Tom and Jerean Hutchinson

October 4, 2013. Retrieved online October 7, 2013, from David Salcido, Las Cruces Bulletin

La Posta de Mesilla owners Tom and Jerean Hutchinson given award

Tom and Jerean Hutchinson, proprietors of La Posta de Mesilla, display the award for Restaurateurs of the Year they received Monday, Sept. 23, at the New Mexico Restaurant Association awards, held in Albuquerque. Las Cruces Bulletin photo by David Salcido

Tom and Jerean Hutchinson, proprietors of La Posta de Mesilla, display the award for Restaurateurs of the Year they received Monday, Sept. 23, at the New Mexico Restaurant Association awards, held in Albuquerque. Las Cruces Bulletin photo by David Salcido

[Excerpts below reprinted with permission: Read the complete Las Cruces Bulletin article]

It’s already a well-known fact in these parts that Las Cruces has some of the best Mexican food restaurants in the country, if not the entire planet.

So, it should come as no surprise that, for the second year in a row, the owners of a lo­cally owned restaurant have been named Restaurateurs of the Year by the New Mexico Restaurant Association.

On hand to accept their award Monday, Sept. 23, at the 2013 Hospitality Industry Awards in Albuquerque, were Tom and Jerean Hutchinson, owners of La Posta de Mesilla.

In existence since 1946, the NMRA promotes the food service industry in New Mexico and represents more than 1,000 member restaurants, which are also dual members of the National Restaurant Association. The Restaurateur of the Year award is the NMRA’s highest honor.

Boasting legendary patrons such as Billy the Kid, Kit Carson, Pancho Villa, President Ulysses S. Grant, and Gen. Douglas McArthur, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Because of this long-standing tradition of excellence and the Hutcinson’s dedication to preserving both the culture and the history of Mesilla’s most famous landmark, La Posta de Mesilla and its owners have received dozens of community awards, as well as numerous national honors, over the years. It was recently named one of the Top 10 Great Mexican Restaurants Across the USA by USA Today and was listed as one of New Mexico’s culinary treasures, “that have stood the test of time,” by the New Mexico Tourism Department….


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