Spanish Colonial Museum Culinary Tour
Private Vault Experience

Offered thru November 30th with advanced reservations | 8 guest min & 20 guest max

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Gather at the Heritage Inspirations Travel Hub located inside the Inn & Spa at Loretto at 4:45PM | Shuttle from Loretto to Museum | Dinner 5PM – 7PM | Return to the same location at 7:15PM

A private culinary experience like no other. Nestled in museum hill, the 1930 Pueblo-Spanish Revival Director’s Residence is the only residential building open to the public that was designed by one of Santa Fe’s most prominent architects, John Gaw Meem. feast and dine in a world-class historic home & museum.

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society collects, preserves, and exhibits the Spanish Colonial art of new mexico and beyond, and educates the public about its related cultures and living traditions.

Vivac Culinary

After gathering at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, we will wind our way up Museum Hill overlooking the historic adobe neighborhoods of Santa Fe. The area’s impressive gardens and museums are an international destination for travelers seeking insight into New Mexico’s colorful history.

Upon arrival at the Museum of Colonial Spanish Art, you will have the place all to yourself. An experienced docent will guide you through the collections of “retablos” (religious paintings on wood,) “Santos” (painted carvings of saints,) copper engravings, furniture, and “Colcha” traditional embroidery.

The docent tour will end at the historic Director’s home and vault designed by John Gaw Meem in the Puebloan Spanish Territorial Style. Meem, originally from Brazil, was known for blending traditional southwestern designs with contemporary functionality in the first half of the twentieth century.

Dinner with Norma

Enjoy a intimate, immersive and bountiful evening of delicious food and drinks, along with some historical storytelling and a guided tour of the Spanish Colonial Museum. Hosted by yours truly Norma Naranjo owner and founder of The Feasting Place and Heritage Inspirations LLC. Go to our website for booking and more info!

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In this historic and magical setting, at a beautifully set dining table with micaceous serving dishes, you will dine on locally sourced, seasonal dishes created by the “Feasting Place” founded by Norma and Hutch Naranjo of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.

Norma’s warm smile and gracious spirit will instantly put you at ease as she joins you at the table and recounts the history and traditions that inspired the menu. You will learn first hand about the development of Puebloan agriculture, and how the Spanish settlers influenced this history with the introduction of livestock and cooking methods such as the Horno Ovens (the bee hived adobe ovens used for baking.)

As the candlelight flickers, wine flows, and delicious courses are presented, you will settle into an evening to remember. The personal relationships formed and the attention to detail are the hallmark of a Heritage Inspirations’ immersive experience. You will leave with a deep connection to the art, stories and cuisine that embody New Mexico’s rich culture.

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Norma & Hutch Naranjo

The Feasting Place was founded 22 years ago by Norma and Hutch Naranjo. They host people from all over the world who want to learn about culture, traditional knowledge, and the sustainability of Pueblo life. You will enjoy the intimacy of their home situated on the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (formerly the San Juan Pueblo) north of Santa Fe, at the confluence of the Rio Grande, Chama, and Ojo Caliente rivers.

Norma, founder and author of the “Four Sisters” has a rich background in social work. After serving in the Navy she continued her higher education on the GI Bill, at the college of Santa Fe, graduating in 1976 with a degree in Social Work. She continued on to earn a Master’s in Social Work from Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1981. Over the course of her career she has worked with US Public Health Corps, Indian Health Services, and Rural Health.

The warmth of this family’s hospitality will give you a feeling of homecoming.


a stunning example of Santa Fe’s Pueblo-Spanish Revival architectural style

The 1930 Pueblo-Spanish Revival Directors Residence is the only residential building open to the public that was designed by one of Santa Fe’s most prominent architects, John Gaw Meem. The structure was built with single and double-wide Penitentiary hollow-tile blocks, not adobe bricks, as a more permanent material that was hand-sculpted to appear to be made of earth. Meem, along with Isaac Hamilton Rapp and Mary Coulter, were instrumental in the definition and development of our unique santa fe style architecture.

Placement of this residence within the landscape is oriented toward Sun Mountain to the east, which is appreciated immediately upon entering the front door with views through the window wall in the east portal. The building with its furnishings has been accessioned into the Society’s permanent collections with catalog number 1999.011.

The Director’s Residence was constructed by the Museum of New Mexico on the Camino Lejo campus to house the director of the Laboratory of Anthropology. Photographs taken in the 1940s show how the house was used. A breakfast area was located at the north end of the east portal and the living room was large enough to accommodate dancing with music played on the grand piano. Later the historic residence was owned by the School of American Research, now known as the School for Advanced Research, where their director lived until the late 1990s. The 1998 gift of the property to the Society was intended for the establishment of a museum with facilities for display and storage of its collections. Fulfilling one of the goals in the 1929 articles of incorporation, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art opened to the public in 2002 with the inaugural exhibition and catalog Conexiones.

Most of the historic residential building was repurposed for display galleries with staff offices in the former maid’s quarters and public restrooms in the former garage. Very little of the structure was altered, maintaining the intimate character of room sizes and retaining beautifully crafted woodwork.

The historic building that houses our display galleries, known as the Director’s Residence, is an outstanding example of Santa Fe’s Pueblo-Spanish Revival architectural style.  Our private tour experience highlights the basic tenets of Santa Fe Style, describes the influential architects and historians who formulated these design efforts that transformed the City, and examines the architectural features of this building, especially those Spanish-derived details that inspired the architect’s draftsmen. This vault houses our retablo (2-D saint painting and bulto (3-D saint sculpture)), tinwork, and precious metals collections. New Mexican wood panel retablos range from the late 18th century to contemporary Spanish Market examples. Mexican tin and copper plate retablos are also represented. The extensive tinwork collection is visible at a glance on wall-mounted screens. Precious metals are used primarily for jewelry and the filigree work is exquisite. Other luxury items and devotional accessories for personal and congregational activities are also represented.