Ladies Social Group Meets at Sancho Panza

The ladies' social and networking organization of Los Cabos Tomatoes met on March 12 at Sancho Panza Kitchen & Lounge with 95 in attendance.

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For those curious minds, Sancho Panza was the name of a fictional character in the novel Don Quixote, written by Spanish author Cervantes in 1605, who acts as the rustic squire to Don Quixote and provides comments throughout the novel that are a combination of broad humor, ironic Spanish proverbs, and earthy wit. Kind of a quirky guy.

The meeting on this date took place in the quirky "new" Sancho Panza Kitchen & Lounge, the "old" known as Sancho Panza Wine Bistro Restaurant and Jazz Club having closed in April 2008. It was located behind what is now the Tesoro Hotel and was a melting pot for the locals to meet and enjoy art displayed by Picasso, Dali Miro, and art from Cuba, along with listening to jazz.

This was one of the first gigs of member Daline Jones, a popular professional jazz vocalist who was then fresh from San Francisco, who has entertained throughout Los Cabos since then.

Now we have the "new" Sancho Panza, located on the Transpeninsular Highway at Km 8 Cabo San Lucas, in what used to be La Europea liquors and wines. The "new" Sancho Panza is eclectic, funky and fun. An arched entry with a whimsical chandelier made of plates and flatware leads to a large bar/lounge/restaurant/open kitchen with a gorgeous multi-faceted chandelier of different colors hanging in the center. It was designed  to enjoy music, art and wine with friends and family with a menu created by Jeremiah Tower, an American celebrity chef, born in Stamford, Connecticut, who has been credited with pioneering the culinary style known as "California cuisine."

Tower never had any formal culinary education before beginning his career as a chef, yet was called "The Last Magnificent," a documentary about Tower produced by the late Anthony Bourdain with the same title.

Pam Tellier moderated the formal meeting, first introducing owner, Zuki Page who gave a short, heartfelt talk about how the coronavirus is affecting business owners, especially restaurants; she asked for support for all restaurants. Also introduced was Armida Castro, in charge of Operations, who was instrumental in working with Julie Anderson, Director of Locations, in securing the venue. Chef Dany Reyes was recognized and the charismatic Jeremiah Tower was introduced as the advisor/consultant chef for Sancho Panza and currently in residence in Los Cabos looking spiffy in his white chef coat... and red tennis shoes! He is the author of ten books and a copy of his piece of history was offered as a drawing, won by Noreen Steinke. The books were for sale with part of the proceeds going to the Los Cabos Children's Foundation.

The restaurant specializes in Mediterranean fare. The group was served delicious appetizers: a mini campache taco in blue corn shell cone, salmon on flatbread, and the famous twice-risen cheese soufflé in a cup. Powdered marshmallows were on hand upon leaving as dessert. The hours are daily 5 - 11 p.m., closed Monday. Call 624-122-0824 for reservations.

Guests in attendance were Heather Walker from Great Britain and more recently from Houston, Texas, guest of Cathie Smith; Pam Lygren from Sacramento, California, guest of Pam Tellier; Carol Clark, also from the Sacramento area of California, guest of Marcia Paquette; Karen Morgan, guest of Leigh Ann Huff; Alesha Brown, from Maui, Hawaii, guest of Samantha Solomon, Debbie Strother from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada, guest of Kathy Dougall; Bobbi Jo Davidson, from Vancouver, BC, daughter of Sandy Davidson; and Alice Stewart from Pound Ridge, New York, now a resident of San Jose del Cabo, who heard about the ladies group via the Gringo Gazette. Those joining on this day were Karen Morgan, Heather Walker, Alice Stuart and Alesha Brown. Those manning the Welcome Table were Marilyn Plank in charge of memberships and Gayle Olson.

Announcements are made at each meeting that are of interest to the group as a whole. Stacey Tonita of Baja Critters is looking for foster homes for puppies and adult dogs, whether for one week, one month or more. Also looking for cooks to make homemade dog food. She will provide recipes. "Just cook and freeze in baggies." 624-129-1605. Email: staceywwo@gmail.com.

Future bi-monthly scheduled meetings have been temporarily postponed due to the coronavirus. Los Cabos Tomatoes was formed in 1991 and currently has over 600 members on the membership roster. Contact loscabostomatoes@gmail.com for information.