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Chef David Meador Opens Noble House Hotels and
Resorts Signature Restaurant Concept, BALEEN,
at The Inn and Spa at Loretto
SANTA FE, NM – (May 24, 2004) – The Inn and Spa at Loretto, located in the heart of Santa Fe, announces the arrival of BALEENsantafe.  BALEEN is the highly acclaimed signature restaurant concept by Noble House Hotels and Resorts, owner and operator of Inn and Spa at Loretto.

BALEEN (pronounced Bah-leen) with locations in Miami and Naples, Florida and in San Diego, California has been consistently recognized in those markets as one of the best dining experiences.  The BALEEN concept promotes a “whimsical mood” and “serious food,” serving ocean-inspired cuisine using local and regional flavors.

“Santa Fe has long been regarded as one of the best dining destinations in the country, and we’re excited to bring BALEENsantafe to the Inn and Spa at Loretto,” said Marc Pujalet, president and chief marketing officer of Noble House Hotels and Resorts.  “The great local flavors and culture of this area will add a unique element to the BALEEN concept, one which we hope both locals and tourists will call a favorite,” added Pujalet.

At the helm of BALEENsantafe is executive chef David Meador.  With over 14 years of culinary experience, Meador was on the opening team as chef de cuisine at the original BALEEN, located at Grove Isle Resort in Coconut Grove, Florida.  In addition to his experience with Noble House, Meador served as executive chef and as sous chef at The Cheeky Monkey restaurants in Miami Beach and Newport, Rhode Island respectively.  Chef Meador rejoins Noble House after serving as executive catering chef for Gatehouse Catering Company in Providence.

Chef Meador is a Dean’s List graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, where he received his A.A.S. degree in Culinary Arts. 

Aesthetic changes to the restaurant space include new staff uniforms, new chairs and linens and statuesque monkey lanterns adorning the tables.  The restaurant structure and patio areas were renovated in 2002, creating a stunning al fresco dining area. 

Classic Entrees
  • Grilled Huge Shrimp with Black and Green Linguini and Blackened Tomato Saffron Broth
  • River-Rock Roasted Rainbow Trout with Apple-Smoked Bacon, Sweet Corn Broth and Porcini Mushrooms
  • Roasted Black Grouper, Bacon Artichoke Mash and Lemon Caper Garlic Sauce
  • Herbed Sea Bass with Fennel Leek Stew and Carrot Nage
  • Seared “Sushi Grade” Tuna with Crispy Rice Cake, Baby Bok Choy and Honey Wasabi
  • Goat Cheese & Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Cuitlacoche Truffle Tamale, Cippolini Onions and Pomegranate Demi 
  • Free-Range Chicken with Wild Mushroom Sauce and Goat Cheese Dumplings
  • Roquefort-Crusted Filet Mignon with Potato Puree, Asparagus and Red Wine Sauce
  • Cowboy-Cut Bone-In Ribeye with Truffle Pomme Frites and Herb Butter

The 135-room Inn and Spa at Loretto reflects the art and soul of Santa Fe.  The hotel shares grounds with the celebrated Loretto Chapel. A full-service hotel, the Inn and Spa at Loretto features SpaTerre with cross-cultural experiences that blend east and Southwest traditions incorporating Indonesian and Thai rituals with signature indigenous treatments; dining at the new BALEENsantafe restaurant, featuring ocean-inspired, wood-roasted cuisine with regional and indigenous influences; a year-round heated outdoor swimming pool; outdoor sculpture garden; fitness center; concierge; the Columbine Gallery; Three Ravens Fine Art and a collection of boutiques.

Inn and Spa at Loretto is located at 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

Noble House Hotels and Resorts is a privately-held hotel management and development company based in Seattle, Washington.  The company owns and manages 12 boutique hotels and resorts located in seven states and spanning the four coastal corners of the U.S.  Founded in 1980, the Noble House collection includes such renowned properties as The Adolphus in Dallas, Texas; Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys and The Edgewater in Seattle, Washington. 


Brad Packer
Noble House Hotels and Resorts
P: (305) 860-4385

Also See: Chef Robbin Haas Developing High End Restaurant - Baleen - at Noble House Hotels San Diego Paradise Point Resort / May 2000 
Noble House Hotels and Resorts Appoints Raluca Leibowitz General Manager of Grove Isle Resort & Club in Coconut Grove, Florida / March 2004
The Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe, N.M. Set to Open Spa; Names Mike Dimas Chef / June 2002

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