Fresh flavors and favorites flank La Plaza’s new menu

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Karen Wilson and Max La Chow

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: October 15, 2015) There’s a new chef and a new menu at La Plaza Inn.

The Walsenburg restaurant welcomed chef Max La Chow and said goodbye to retiring chef Gordon Lucero last week.

La Chow brings a flare to traditional American food from his 16 years experience in upscale dining. He recently relocated from South Dakota where he cooked for the Deadwood Lodge. He’s also trained at a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and worked at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in the Napa Valley, and several country clubs.

“I’m working on a new menu,” La Chow said. “We’re going to keep the favorites the community has supported, and add to that.”

Owner Karen Wilson is excited to have La Chow running the kitchen. “It was a beautiful transition with Gordon,” Wilson said. “They had three weeks together before Gordon’s retirement.”

La Chow plans to buy as much meat and produce locally as he can. “We’ll shop for local specials and create menu items using fresh ingredients.” He’ll use his creativity in dinner specials, appetizers and salads.

Presentation and attention to detail are apparent—from appetizer to dessert.