May 3, 2024

Chamber Matters: A note from youCEO

Red River Chamber Welcomes New Board Nominees

The Red River Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the conclusion of our Board of Director nomination period. We received a great response from enthusiastic members interested in serving our business community.

Today, we'd like to recognize two outstanding Chamber members who have applied for a three-year term on the Board:

  • Lindsey Casali of Mountain Peak Properties and Casali Real Estate brings expertise in the local real estate market and a commitment to fostering business growth.
  • Tra Venaglia of The Vault offers valuable experience in our community and a strong desire to contribute to the Chamber's mission.

And to welcome back two members of the Board of Directors who have dutifully filled in partial terms for other members of the Board:

Terrie Bowen, manager of Capos Corner Restaurant, currently serves as the Treasurer and has volunteered with the Chamber for over 20 years.

Wes Black, owner of Red River Candy Crate and event volunteer extraordinaire.

What Our Board Members Do

Chamber Board Members play a vital role in shaping our organization's success. They are dedicated volunteers who contribute their time, talent, and expertise in several key areas:

  • Strategic Leadership: Board Members help set the Chamber's strategic direction, oversee its implementation, and collaborate with the CEO to achieve shared goals.
  • Active Participation: Regular attendance at monthly Board meetings, annual training sessions, and critical events is essential. Active participation in discussions and decision-making is highly valued.
  • Commitment to the Chamber: Upholding the Chamber's mission and values is paramount. This includes financial support through membership and sponsorships, volunteering time and expertise at Chamber events, and adhering to the Chamber's Bylaws and policies.

Your Vote Matters!

The Chamber Board of Directors is vital in shaping our organization's success.  By casting your vote, you have a say in who will guide the Chamber's future direction. To vote today, please visit our secure voting form here: ___.

Congratulations to Lindsey, Terrie, Tra, and Wes for their nominations! We look forward to their contributions and the continued success of the Red River Chamber of Commerce.

With a Steady Heart,

Naoma STaley




Chamber Matters

We'd like to welcome our new members! Please click on their link below to learn more and to support them.


Networking Nights Social

Expand your network and catch up with colleagues at the Red River Chamber's Member Socials! These events are a casual and fun way to make new connections and reconnect with familiar faces in the community. Our next social is being planned, so stay tuned!


Board of Director Elections

Our annual Chamber board of director elections are nearly upon us.

  • March 19 - Nominating Committee selected
  • April 16 - Nominations for board submitted
  • May 26 - Board elections
  • June 25 - Executive Committee appointments




A Toast to Tradition: The Rich History of New Mexican Wine and Cuisine

Did you know that New Mexico was the very first place in the country to cultivate wine? Did you know that there are seven distinct culinary regions in our state, each with its own unique flavors and traditions?

If you knew neither or both, you are invited to experience the past, present, and future of New Mexican wine and food with us at the 2024 Vino in the Valley: the Red River Valley's Premier Art & Wine Festival.


A Legacy of Wine: New Mexico's Resilient SpiritNew Mexico's wine-making heritage boasts a rich and enduring history, tracing its roots back to the early 1600s. In fact, New Mexico is the oldest wine-producing region in the United States. The credit for introducing viticulture to the New World goes to Spanish settlers* who saw the immense potential of this land for cultivating vineyards and crafting exceptional wines.The history of New Mexico's wine production, however, is not as widely celebrated as it deserves to be. This hidden gem of American wine making endured significant challenges, which, in turn, contributed to its relative obscurity on the national stage. Two pivotal events in the early 1900s, both metaphorical and literal, took a toll on the wine-making community, temporarily halting its progress.Prohibition, a nationwide ban on the production and sale of alcoholic beverages, drove alcohol production underground and cast a shadow on the wine industry. Simultaneously, massive and destructive flooding wreaked havoc throughout the state, literally ripping vineyards out of the ground and delivering a blow to an industry that was still finding its footing.Despite these setbacks, the resilient spirit of New Mexicans prevailed. Over the decades, families across the state tenaciously retained their wine making skills and kept the flame of this ancient tradition alive. Around two decades ago, a renaissance in grape growing and wine production emerged, breathing new life into this time-honored craft. Just as the people of New Mexico have persevered through challenges, so too has the art of wine making.Today, this enduring legacy lives on in the local vineyards that continue to produce wines with a distinct and captivating character. The unique influences of history, terroir, and culture converge to create vintages that are not only delicious but also a testament to the spirit of resilience that defines New Mexico.At Vino in the Valley, we invite you to savor these historic influences and celebrate the indomitable spirit of New Mexico as you sample some of the state's finest and most unique vintages and peer into the future of wine making in our incredible state.


A Tapestry of Flavors: New Mexican Cuisine

New Mexican cuisine is a vibrant tapestry woven from a diverse range of culinary influences, including Spanish, Native American, Mexican, and American frontier traditions. It's a cuisine known for its bold and flavorful ingredients, with red and green chiles often taking center stage. Each dish tells a story of New Mexico's history and cultural fusion. At the festival, you can embark on a culinary journey through our state's seven distinct regions, sampling everything from hearty red chile enchiladas to savory green chile stew.

As you explore Vino in the Valley, you'll discover that New Mexico boasts several distinct culinary regions. Each region showcases its unique flavors and ingredients. From the pueblos of the North to the borderlands of the South, from the fertile Rio Grande Valley to the rustic heartland of the East, New Mexico's diverse landscapes inspire equally diverse cuisines. Our festival celebrates this rich tapestry by featuring food vendors representing these regions.


Vino in the Valley: Where History and Flavor Meet

At the 2024 Vino in the Valley, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating history and diverse flavors of New Mexican wine and cuisine. From the wine cellars to the tasting tables, from the farm-to-table dishes to the spicy salsas, you'll experience the essence of a state steeped in an incredibly rich, and sometimes even ancient, culinary tradition.

Join us in raising a glass to the enduring legacy of wine and the mouthwatering wonders of New Mexican cuisine. Vino in the Valley is more than a festival; it's a celebration of our past, a toast to our present, and a glimpse into the flavorful future of New Mexico.

Don't miss out on this extraordinary event in the heart of the Red River Valley. And we’ll see you at Vino in the Valley, where history and flavor meet in a fusion of wine and cuisine!


- Naoma Staley 




As a member, you can use your Wild Apricot login to post and manage job vacancies on the Red River Jobs Board. Job announcements can be posted for 30, 60, or 90 days.

The job board is also open to non-Chamber members, so if you get to the payment page and it is not $0.00, you forgot to log in. Job postings are free for Chamber members.

To access the RR Jobs Board, go to our website at and click on Work > RR Jobs. Alternatively, you can click here:

If you have trouble logging in, please email us at




Artist INC Express Workshops

Multiple Dates | In Person - Artist INC Express Workshops for Taos, Questa and Peñasco

The Taos Arts Council will be hosting three Artist INC Express workshops this spring, in Questa, Peñasco and Taos. Open to artists and makers of all disciplines, all three workshops are free and open to Taos County residents. To register, follow the link above.





Volunteer Training Schedule

Apr 24 5:30 - 7:00 P Volunteer Training: What You Need To Know About Working Security At An Event

May 22 5:30 - 7:00 P Volunteer Training: What You Need To Know About Working A Gate At An Event

Jun 5 4:30 - 5:00 P Volunteer Training: What You Need To Know About Working A Gate At An Event

Jun 5 5:30 - 7:00 P Volunteer Training: What You Need To Know About Working Security At An Event

Aug 28 5:30 - 7:00 P Volunteer Training: What You Need To Know About Working Security At An Event

Sep 25 5:30 - 7:00 P Volunteer Training: What You Need To Know About Working A Gate At An Event

Oct 2 4:30 - 5:00 P Volunteer Training: What You Need To Know About Working A Gate At An Event

Oct 2 5:30 - 7:00 P Volunteer Training: What You Need To Know About Working Security At An Event



Visitation Data

Jan 1 to Apr 22, 2024

Estimated visits: 199.8K

Average length of visits:  9 Hours




May 1 4:00 - 5:00 P Membership Commitee Meeting at Chamber

May 3-17 Voting Period for Chamber Board of Directors

May 13 4:00 - 5:30 P Vino Planning Committee Meeting at TBA

May 14 1:00 – 2:00 P Finance Committee Meeting

May 17 9:00 – 11:00 A Volunteer Opportunity: Roadside Cleanup (Orientation given on-site)

May 21 10:00 – 11:00 A Monthly Board of Directors Meeting: Board Elections

May 22 5:30 - 7:00 P Volunteer Training: What You Need To Know About Working a Gate at an Event

May 27 4:00 - 5:30 P Vino Planning Committee Meeting at TBA



Jun 5 4:30 - 5:00 P Volunteer Training: What You Need To Know About Working A Gate At An Event

Jun 5 5:30 - 7:00 P Volunteer Training: What You Need To Know About Working Security At An Event

Jun 11 1:00 – 2:00 P Finance Committee Meeting

Jun 13 7:00 - 9:00 P Vino in the Valley: VIP Reception

Jun 14 10:00A - 7:00 P Vino in the Valley

Jun 15 10:00A - 7:00 P Vino in the Valley

Jun 16 10:00A - 7:00 P Vino in the Valley

Jun 25 10:00 – 11:00 A Monthly Board of Directors Meeting



Jul 4 8:00 – 9:30 A Parade Lineup

Jul 4 10:00 – 11:00 A 4th of July Parade

Jul 4 11:00 A – 4:00 P Celebration in Brandenburg Park

Jul 12 9:00 – 11:00 A Volunteer Opportunity: Roadside Cleanup (Orientation given on-site)

Jul 16 10:00 - 11:00 A Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

July 16 4:00P Networking Night Social at the Conference Center


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