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A Taste of Anderson. Creative Kitchen: A Culinary Event. OCT 1.

September 10, 2015


(Albuquerque, NM) A Taste of Anderson presented by the UNM Anderson School of Management will celebrate its 5th anniversary on Thursday, October 1 at Hotel Albuquerque from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

The unique event brings foodies together with expert culinary chefs from our community's finest restaurants to experience an exceptional array of delicious and gourmet treats and intriguing beverages.

Top chefs from 21 of the city's premier restaurants will take over the ballroom at Hotel Albuquerque on October 1 presenting small portions of their innovative cuisine. Guests will enjoy culinary creations from Artichoke Café, Casa Rondeña, Elaine's, Farina, Farina Alto, Garduños, Kellys Liquor, Marcello's Chophouse, Mykonos, Nick and Jimmy's, El Patron, Nob Hill Bar and Grill, Ranchers Club, Savoy, Scalo, Slate Street, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill, The Daily Grind, Yanni's, Zinc Wine Bar and Bistro, and UNMfood powered by Chartwells.

The vision for this popular event came from a room that Anderson benefactor Debbie Johnson and her late husband Rick had at their ad agency called the creative kitchen where they "cooked up" creative ideas. Now she's cooking up funds to support marketing students and the Johnson Marketing Lab that was established in 2010 as a tribute to the memory of UNM alum and great community leader, Rick Johnson.

"I am very grateful to Albuquerque's finest restaurants and all our generous sponsors," says Johnson. "They keep Rick's dreams alive by helping Anderson students learn the communication, negotiation and motivation skills necessary to succeed in business."

The Johnson Marketing Lab at UNM Anderson is the perfect pairing of outstanding education with real-world excellence, and its success is made possible by the community partners who add to the recipe with their continued support.

A special thank you goes out to Chef de Cuisine Sponsors DMC Logistics and Nusenda Credit Union. Master Chef Sponsors include CBRE, Sandia Peak Tramway, and Los Alamos National Bank and Sous Chef Sponsors are Bank of the West, French Funerals, Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union and Jaynes Corp. In-kind services were provided by Collaboration$ Consulting and Clear Channel Outdoor.

Tickets to A Taste of Anderson are available now and can be purchased online at or by calling Felicia Rodriquez at (505) 277-1504.


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.