Located in enchanting Santa Fe, New Mexico MiSanta is a full service innovative catering company led by Chef Carmen Rodriguez.

Eat the best prepared by the best

Critics rave about his delicious food and creative menus. Whether under the palms in Florida, emerged in the healthy food scene of the west coast, highlighting the cultural flavors of Mexico or the savory spices of the southwest - Chef Carmen blends it all into his tasty culinary creations.  


Our catering will never limit you to boring menu options or stale ideas.  Whether a single meal or a complex event, we will work with you throughout the whole process.  At MiSanta we provide you with the highest level of quality and service.  

 Let Chef Carmen design the right menu for you.    



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Culinary Adventure Began in the Fields

Originally from Chicago Ill, Chef Carmen Rodriguez has traveled the nation as well as the globe

developing menus that genuinely honors the farm-to-table concept. He has a true connection

with the agricultural industry as every summer his migrant family would travel to work the produce

fields in different states around the country. While working in the fields, both Carmen’s

great grandmother and grandmother would take the “seconds” or ugly produce and create delicious

meals. Learning how to cook from his great grandmother and grandmother, Chef Carmen

has taken his humble early learning and has transformed them into a culinary journey that has

developed into an appreciative customer fan base and award winning dishes.


Experiencing New Cuisines, Developing New Skills

Entering the professional kitchen at the tender age of 14, as a dishwasher, he caught the

attention of his soon to be culinary mentor. After several years of working with his mentor,

Carmen went into the military traveling the globe. Chef Carmen would spend his days off in the

kitchens of several of his mentor’s colleagues in the various countries he visited learning the

true flavors and techniques of the different cuisines.


Developing Signature Dishes & Kitchen Personnel

Carmen took on his first Executive Chef opportunity in Santa Barbara, California at the age of

26. He soon began to gain accolades for his distinctive menus and original cuisine. He quickly

began to climb the ladder of elite chefs in California, getting noticed by CHEF magazine, the

California Strawberry Board, Estyo Magazine, Univision Television as well as many of the Chef

celebrities in and around California.


Culinary Opportunities in the Southwest

In 2000, Carmen was tapped by renowned Chef Mark Miller to become chef-de-cuisine for

Miller’s famed Coyote Cafe in Santa, New Mexico. While residing in Santa Fe. he also worked

as Executive Chef at Bishop’s Lodge and La Posada to enhance their current kitchen’s menus.

In 2012 Carmen was named Chef of the Year for the state of New Mexico. He was awarded this

honor not only for his cuisine, but also for his dedication to the development of the city’s culinary

personnel and time given back to his community.


Recruited to Solve / Improve Corporate Kitchens

Chef Carmen was then asked to take on a new culinary challenge. Recruited by a Hospitality

management company, Carmen moved from coast to coast to “fix”, improve or elevate important

resort kitchens from Florida to the West Coast. While returning to California in 2014, Carmen

was asked to appear on Guy’s Grocery Games for the Food Network as well as a yet-to-be

aired television show on A&E’s FYI Channel. While working in the Coachella Valley, Chef Carmen

collaborated with local hotels and 3 Michelin star chefs including Michael Tusk, Curtis Duffy,

Guy Martin, Daniel Burns and Claire Smyth.


Returning to Santa Fe and Delighted Customers

Carmen and his wife Penny currently work together in their catering business, MiSanta, in

the City Different. The response, with just an initial unofficial announcement of their return, has

been tremendous. They are already booking professional lunches and private parties.