About

TerraCotta Wine Bistro – a tasty vibrant dining concept in charming, historic Santa Fe, NM! (add reasonably priced)

TerraCotta Wine Bistro is a smart casual food and wine restaurant located in the historic district of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a charming 19th century adobe building located just down the block from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, a short stroll from the plaza and Lensic Theater and a quick drive to the Santa Fe Opera. In addition to the cozy interior, Terracotta offers a popular outdoor garden and dog-friendly front portal in season.

Our unique Santa Fe restaurant features globally -inspired food, wine and beer, utilizing local and regional foods. At TerraCotta Wine Bistro we pride ourselves on using high quality ingredients, in creative combinations that change seasonally. The ambiance is inviting, informal, up-beat, and just plain fun, great for intimate or small group dining.

History

TerraCotta is the inspiration of Catherine O’Brien and Glenda Griswold, the owners of Santa Fe’s premier catering company since 1996, Peas ‘n’ Pod Catering. Catherine O’Brien and Glenda Griswold had often been encouraged by their many catering customers to open a restaurant so that more people could enjoy their unique style of food and presentation. In true Santa Fe tradition, the ‘stars aligned’ and the timing, location and concept for TerraCotta Wine Bistro all came together. Given their collective and successful 75+ years in the food service business, along with their passion for traveling around the world enjoying interesting foods, good local wines and fun people, they created this vibrant dining concept in charming, historic Santa Fe, NM!

Chef Bio

Catherine O’Brien began her love of food at a young age watching her house keeper “Miss Virginia” making biscuits and fried chicken at her family’s Virginia Beach home. When not surfing at the beach she spent hours watching Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet on TV. Catherine’s parents decided to enroll her at Johnson & Wales University to study Culinary Arts and save her from a life as a beach bum. Her culinary positions ranged from Garde Manger at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Chef at The University Club in Baltimore and Corporate Chef for the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C. One of the high points of her career was appearing on the Food Network’s series “Chopped” (Sweet Heat, 3118). Chef Catie is pleased to share the longer version of her life story with anyone that asks.