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Tales from the Luddite Chef

Founder and Chef Katharine Kagel has been the guiding spirit of Cafe Pasqual's for thirty-five years. Originally from Northern California, she later studied cooking in Japan and Hawaii, and then developed a passion for Chinese cooking. In 1978 she moved to Santa Fe and opened Cafe Pasqual's the following year. She helped to found the international association of prepared and perishable food rescue programs, Foodchain, as well as Santa Fe's local program, The Food Brigade, an all-volunteer organization that picks up excess foods from grocers and restaurants and delivers them to Santa Fe's feeding programs and shelters.


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