Hotel Andaluz Partners With Award-Winning Chef James Campbell Caruso To Bring Tapas Restaurant to Albuquerque's Dining Scene

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Hotel Andaluz has partnered with celebrity chef to develop a full-service restaurant and tapas bar.

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Chef James Campbell Caruso

“I am so excited about this addition to the Albuquerque restaurant community and cannot think of a more fitting backdrop than Hotel Andaluz,” said Gary Goodman, Owner of Hotel Andaluz.

After years of admiring Chef James Campbell Caruso’s creations, Gary Goodman has partnered with the notable chef to bring his talents to Albuquerque residents and visitors.

Located in the historic Hotel Andaluz, MÁS will be a full-service restaurant and tapas bar. Inspired by the bold flavors, rich history and exuberance of Spanish cooking, MÁS will offer fresh reinventions of traditional Spanish cuisine with an emphasis on locally-sourced foods and high-quality imported ingredients and spices.

Chef James Campbell Caruso is a five-time James Beard Award Nominee who is widely known for his two successful restaurant concepts in Santa Fe – La Boca and Taberna. Giada de Laurentis with the Food Network recently described his food as “so good it should be illegal”. Esquire Magazine has also highlighted him as a “Chef to Watch”.

“I am so excited about this addition to the Albuquerque restaurant community and cannot think of a more fitting backdrop than Hotel Andaluz,” said Gary Goodman, Owner of Hotel Andaluz. “Our city has wonderful Spanish influences. My dream since opening the hotel was to have a true Spanish-style dining experience. I have no doubt that is what Chef Caruso will bring.”

Tapas will be available in all service areas including the grand lobby and the rooftop Ibiza bar. The restaurant will feature tapas as well as starters, salads, soups, entrees and desserts. Chef Caruso will run the entire Food & Beverage program for Hotel Andaluz. A musician himself, Chef Caruso will also develop a live music program for the restaurant.

“I have always felt a special connection to the Hotel Andaluz,” said Chef James Campbell Caruso. “It’s a stunning property and I appreciate their commitment to history and sustainability. The hotel has received many national accolades and I am thrilled to lead the charge on a restaurant that is befitting a hotel of this caliber.”

MÁS is set to be complete in October, following a remodel of the current restaurant Lucia.

About James Campbell Caruso:
James Campbell Caruso is the chef and owner of La Boca and Taberna restaurants in Santa Fe, which have been acclaimed by the New York Times, the Food Network, Travel and Leisure and Esquire. He is the author of Espana: Exploring the Flavors of Spain and El Farol: Tapas and Spanish Cuisine. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Leslie Campbell. Leslie is a pastry chef and will also be involved in MAS. A native of Norwood, Massachusetts, James Campbell Caruso was “home-schooled” in cooking and eating Mediterranean foods in his large Italian-American family. Moving to New Mexico in 1988 inspired him to learn more about Latin American and Spanish foods, which he did through experience, research, and cooking tours of Mexico and Spain.

About Hotel Andaluz:
A leader in eco-friendly hotels, Hotel Andaluz has a rich history in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. The fourth hotel ever built by Conrad Hilton, Hotel Andaluz was returned to its former glory in 2009 by current owner and local resident Gary Goodman. Hotel Andaluz is the only Historic Gold LEED Certified hotel in the Southwest and the only AAA Four Diamond Hotel in Downtown Albuquerque. With 107 rooms and suites with a variety of meetings, Hotel Andaluz is the only boutique hotel in the City Center and a popular destination for parties, business meetings and weddings.

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