IMG 8549Rob Connoley, Curious Kumquat chef, chops an apple in the kitchen just for the Beat. (Photo by Mary Alice Murphy)

The Curious Kumquat, much to chef Rob Connoley's delight, made the once-a-year Saveur magazine 100 list in the January/February 2013 edition.

Saveur's subtitle is "World of Authentic Cuisine." Connoley explained that about 20 of the list of 100 are restaurants. "The 100 indicates things that the editors are excited about," Connoley said. "Saveur is one of the top three food magazines. It's a foodies' magazine."

He said he is a subscriber to the publication, and he uses it to decide what to cook over the year. "It gives me ideas of things to try."

"A subscriber, who had already received his copy of Saveur, drove over from Phoenix last Friday to have dinner, because he had seen the Curious Kumquat in his magazine," Connoley said.

Connoley said he could not be a chef in a restaurant where the menu is the same every night. "I can't do the same thing night after night. Restaurant work is grueling, but I find it interesting, because I can experiment."


"Once the restaurant became my own, it got me excited," Connoley, who owns the restaurant with his partner, Tyler Connoley, said. "I wake up in the morning with new ideas. Sometimes, I dream about dishes to try."

He said the previous night's (Monday, Dec. 17) dream had him thinking about what he could do with hackberries. "This morning I raced out to pick hackberries. My challenge is that things that I regularly forage, because of the drought and a hard winter this year, the birds have already picked them over."

So Rob Connoley's thinking has switched to cholla fruit. "I find it a pleasant, but slightly dirty, sweet, citrusy flavor. It's not the easiest thing to work with, but I'm thinking sorbet."

'"It's very important to me to convey that the food we serve is very accessible," Rob Connoley said. "For instance, my special this week is pork loin, and I'm cheaper than the other restaurants in town."

He said he was told the reason the magazine had The Curious Kumquat in this year's 100 was that the food was unusual, but accessible.

"I'm not cooking New York," Rob Connoley explained. "I'm cooking Silver City, but with fun, exciting things people here haven't tried before."

He chooses to use locally grown products in his dishes, where he can.

"I would rather have one out of 10 dishes bomb, than to make the food so obvious and easy that it's just mediocre," he continued. "I'm an ego-driven chef. I need to get out and talk to my customers while they are dining, so they tell me they enjoy my food or they give me ideas. That's my paycheck."

His competition, he said: "is me versus me."

Rob Connoley reserves his "really crazy stuff for the tasting dinners and experimental dinners. The rest of the menu is the mainstay of my food offerings, and some of the crazier things make it onto the menu."

Dinner is not the only item to be found at the Curious Kumquat. Rob Connoley is also an accomplished chocolatier, and the huge cookies look scrumptious. The Beat recommends a delightful honey-saffron chocolate treat that is smooth on the tongue.

He will head to a chocolate sculpture competition in Rio Rancho in March. He said he did well last year, but this year he wants to win. The theme is "Enchanted," and he's already developing his idea.

The Curious Kumquat is at 111 E. College Ave. Meals are served Tuesday through Saturday, with lunch beginning at 11 a.m. and dinner later in the afternoon, with the last seating for a full meal at 8:30 p.m. Dinner reservations are encouraged at 575-534-0337.

Live from Silver City

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

For those of my subscribers who may be in the Eurozone, the Beat has updated its Privacy Policy and its Terms of Service to comply with GDPR.

For those of you who don't have a clue what GDPR is, I didn't either until a few days ago. It stands for General Data Protection Regulation, and it unifies data privacy requirements across all members of the Eurozone. 

Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat redership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised. 

The Grant County Beat endeavors to post to the Elections page, under News, at the least, notices of candidates for Grant County races. Some candidates for statewide races have also sent their notices. 

The Beat continues to bring you new columnists.Recent additions  include the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  


All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com, if you notice any problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Note: This is another component that is in progress of going to a different software to make it easier for you to use and find classifieds that interest you. Check Out Classifieds. And look at Sponsors to see who is helping the Beat.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat. Post YOURS for quick results!

Note that if an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

When you click on the blue and orange button on the upper left side of most pages, you will find out how you can help the Beat defray its expenses, which, with increased readership, continue to grow. You will arrive at a page that gives you options of how you can Help the Beat. All help is greatly appreciated and keeps the news you want and need coming into your browser.

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com