Giveaway! $75 Gift Card to El Pinto Restaurant

Thank You To El Pinto for sponsoring this giveaway.

Iconic El Pinto Restaurant Names Marc Quinones as their new Executive Chef

Iconic El Pinto Restaurant & Cantina is announcing Marc Quiñones as its Executive Chef. Chef Marc brings more than a decade of top-flight culinary expertise to his new role at El Pinto, having previously shaped menus at popular hotel and resort restaurants in some of the New Mexico’s favorite tourist destinations.

“Chef Marc is very talented and we are excited to pair his talent with El Pinto’s heritage,” said Jim Thomas, co-owner of El Pinto. “His wealth of experience, understanding of New Mexican tradition, as well as his commitment to sourcing the best in seasonal ingredients makes him the perfect fit.”

Co-owner John Thomas continues, “Marc will be our front man leading El Pinto’s journey to provide healthy and clean New Mexican cuisine.”

When it comes to pleasing the palates of El Pinto diners, Chef Marc stated, “It is an honor to go back to my roots in Albuquerque at El Pinto where I began my career to lead this historic establishment into the future. There is great opportunity here to introduce some new ideas using high-quality seasonal produce and creative nightly specials. We are poised at El Pinto to put a twist on the traditional.”

Marc enters the Albuquerque food scene from Santa Fe, New Mexico, where his fresh approach to local flavor delighted diners at the Four Diamond Luminaria, at The Inn and Spa at Loretto. Prior to his tenure there, Marc lead the Four Diamond Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chef Marc has more than 12 years of experience in the restaurant and food industry and is a graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona. He was a finalist on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” and a New Mexico Chef of the Year finalist.

Check out El Pinto’s YouTube Channel for a behind-the-scenes look at what goes in to making their delicious food.

El Pinto is located at 10500 4th St. NW • Albuquerque, New Mexico • 87114 | (505) 898-1771

The Giveaway!

One lucky person will win a $75 Gift Card to El Pinto. This giveaway starts today and ends September 1st.

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  1. Allison Ruth (@somethewiser) August 25, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    I love El Pinto – there’s no restaurant in all of ABQ with a better or more beautiful atmosphere. I’m excited about Chef Marc and this giveaway!

  2. Trinna August 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I love El Pinto!

  3. Tiffany August 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Hope I win! I love the ambience of El Pinto.

  4. Val Odle August 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Always wanted to try this place! Would love a date night there! Thanks!

  5. Hannah Stephens August 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I love El Pinto too!! And I love Rio Rancho!!! ♥️♥️♥️

  6. Natasha Olver August 25, 2016 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Mmm red chile enchiladas @ El Pinto! 🙂

  7. Aleta August 26, 2016 at 7:45 am - Reply

    El Pinto is a unique restaurant! Great place for a date night 🙂

  8. paulrhien August 26, 2016 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Yum… Now you have me hungry for El Pinto…

  9. Christie August 27, 2016 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    This prego mama needs her chile fix!

  10. Robert P Jernigan Jr August 27, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    El Pinto you have ultimately earned my respect and honor for being the best place to eat in Albuquerque and for that matter, New Mexico. I look forward to dining with you soon. GRACIAS….

  11. Brenda August 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    El Pinto…beautiful place and great food!

  12. Christine Roybal August 28, 2016 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Wonderful memories of my little sister’s wedding reception there in 19 years ago! Also, Christmas parties with my job too~

  13. lavona linson August 29, 2016 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I have always loved El Pinto

  14. Carole Kress August 30, 2016 at 5:32 am - Reply

    El Pinto is the place you want to be! The food is fantastic, the people are great and, just being there makes you feel good!

  15. Linda August 31, 2016 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I’ve been to ElPinto one time we had a great time there hope to win thank you

  16. Louana September 12, 2016 at 9:13 am - Reply

    We absolutely LOVE El Pinto!!!

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