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Blades’ Bistro proprietors Anja and Kevin Bladengroen

Kevin in Paris at 22

Blades’ Bistro—a work in progress

~Shirley C. Erison, member, Jardineros de Placitas

For the better part of eight years, Kevin and Anja Bladergroen have been striving to turn Blades’ Bistro into a Placitas cornerstone, literally. Located in the corner of Homestead Village Shopping Center, with its patio wrapped around its front like an apron, it is becoming a fixture on the cuisine scene in Sandoval County, Bernalillo County, and all of New Mexico.

The name Blades’ is a shortcut for Bladergroen, which soldiers used to call Kevin’s military-career father.

On January 11, while wearing his white chef jacket, Kevin Bladergroen regaled the members of Jardineros de Placitas with interesting and amusing tales of some of the bumps along the way to starting up a successful restaurant, such as finding seafood in the desert and helping his new bartender on the way to becoming a “mixologist.”

He told the group of his early years of training as a 22-year-old student at the La Varenne Cooking School in Paris, France, and he shared a picture of himself during that time in front of the Eiffel Tower to help prove his point. He recounted visiting friends in the Netherlands where he met and wooed his bride, Anja.

Kevin and Anja ran a restaurant in Holland for ten years, where Kevin became known as the “tall American.” Several years after, they came to America to help open a number of restaurants in famous hotels like the Disney Hilton and the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

Blades’ Bistro will celebrate its eighth anniversary in its present location on March 9. Kevin and Anja feel they have found a home for themselves and their restaurant in Placitas and join in the community’s many activities.

They strive to offer consistently excellent food, superior service, and a friendly ambience. Blades’ Bistro ( is a place to go for a creatively casual evening out, as well as a Sunday brunch.

Prescribed burn continue in McKinley and Sandoval Counties

~Todd Richards, New Mexico Bureau of Land Management

Due to lack of moisture in early winter, two prescribed burns originally scheduled for November and December, 2016, are expected to be conducted in February. Weather permitting, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will continue conducting prescribed burns that include approximately twenty acres along the Perea Nature Trail in the Rio Salado Riparian Area and another area approximately three hundred acres within the Ignacio Chavez and Chamisa Wilderness Study Areas (Mesa Chivato). During the burn, for safety reasons, the gate to the Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area will be closed.

The Rio Salado Riparian Area burn will target non-native salt cedar and Russian olive, and is approximately one mile south of San Ysidro, off of Highway 550. The Mesa Chivato burn is comprised of ponderosa pine, piñon, and juniper, and is west of Highway 550, located approximately 15 miles southwest of San Luis, New Mexico.

Historic uses and active fire suppression have interrupted the natural fire regime in this fire dependent ecosystem. This has resulted in hazardous fuel accumulations and increased stand densities, which contribute to the decline of wildlife habitat and the potential of catastrophic wildfire.

For additional information about this prescribed burn, contact Fire Management Officer Todd Richards at 761-8769 or Supervisory Range Technician Pete Rivera at 761-8943.

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