Unlike a traditional artist in residence program which brings an artist to a place or space to create, the Artists in Residence program is designed to showcase and celebrate the artists already creating in our district. Through an open call and selection process, DLCP and the ACDCC will promote six artists who live and/or work in the Las Cruces Arts and Cultural district ( map found on page 18 of ACD Plan). View our 2020 & 2021 artists below.
Willow & Blaine is a boutique, garden-to-table bistro located in the Mesquite Historic District. They specialize in multi-course meal experiences paired with exceptional wines and pre-prohibition era cocktails. You can find them at 118 N. Mesquite Street.
Downtown Las Cruces has been a focal point for locals and tourists alike. We’re very excited about the outstanding artists that flourish in the downtown district. Today we look at the culinary art of chefs Elijah Maidez and Jermond Talbert from Willow + Blaine.
The boutique bistro is a unique tasting adventure unlike anything else in the city or state. A blend of culinary styles, ingredients, and experiences focuses on locally sourced, fresh ingredients, flavors, and techniques that create a flavorful masterpiece.
The two chefs recently collaborated on a crawfish ravioli, a take on a traditional Italian dish with heavy influences from southern cuisine. Maidez and Talbert discussed their working relationship and new creation. “I really like the flavors that he brings (Jermond Talbert) you know, so the technique and the flavor between the two of us will bring some amazing things,” says Elijah Maidez.
Coming originally from Louisiana, chef Talbert has this to say regarding the fusion of culinary art at Willow + Blaine. “Come on out to Willow + Blaine and I guarantee you’ll get an experience unlike anywhere else in New Mexico. Guaranteed.”
Not only does the food taste absolutely wonderful, but it’s almost too pretty to eat! Willow + Blaine don’t just make delicious food and tasty drink. Willow + Blaine create art.
For more information on Willow + Blaine, visit www.willowandblainelc.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Keep up with DLCP to find news and information about future Artists in Residence spotlights!