About Us

Award-winning Chef Laura Crucet is a Texas native whose culinary career spans over 20 years and two continents. She is a graduate of the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, co-author of several cookbooks, an acclaimed cooking instructor and now the owner of a gourmet restaurant.

Before graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Crucet began her culinary career at Brennan’s of Houston in 1998. She worked her way through the traditional brigade system and two years later was promoted to sous chef at the Gulf Coast landmark Zagat calls a “peerless Creole classic.” While there, she helped co-author two cookbooks and was on the opening team for Commander’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Paris in 2001 where she studied cuisine, pastry, bakery, wine and restaurant operations, Chef Crucet worked at Houston’s acclaimed Rainbow Lodge where she was nominated three times for Best Pastry Chef in Houston. During her tenure at Rainbow, Crucet assisted in the successful execution of hundreds of wine dinners, wedding receptions, banquets and special events. 

In 2004, she helped launch the Vic & Anthony’s steakhouse concept, and as Executive Pastry Chef, created another award-winning menu and was once again nominated for Best Pastry Chef in Houston. 

Since 1998, Chef Crucet has taught cooking classes at Sur La Table, as well as at Brennan’s and culinary schools throughout the Southwest. She also taught classes at the Holthouse Boys and Girls Club in Houston where she volunteered with underserved inner city youth, teaching them to cook nutritious meals for themselves using limited resources.

 

After moving to Los Alamos, New Mexico, in 2009, Crucet decided to take a short break to spend time with her young family. Then in 2012, she joined Pajarito Brewpub and Grill where she enjoyed creating both sweet and savory dishes. In January of 2016, Crucet opened Pig + Fig Cafe in White Rock where she is combining her passion for gourmet comfort food with her love and appreciation of wine.

Our Latest News!

"Pig + Fig Café now serving Tapas!"

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

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"Pig + Fig to host wine dinner with Tablas Creek Vineyard Jan 10"

Published in the Los Alamos Monitor

December 28, 2016

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"Letter To The Editor: Thank You From YMCA"

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

July 10, 2017

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"Pig + Fig Hosts Special Wine Dinners"

Published in the Los Alamos Monitor

January 11, 2017

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"The Pig + Fig just might have you dancing a jig"

Albuquerque Journal

April 8, 2016

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"Pig + Fig Café Hosts Fundraiser For Self Help, Inc."

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

August 28, 2017

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"Follow the Flavor"

Published in Local Flavor Magazine

March 2017

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"Beer Dinner at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op with Pig + Fig"

Published in Edible

February 3, 2017

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"Pig + Fig Eatery Open For Business in White Rock"

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

January 20, 2016

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"Pig + Fig Becomes White Rock Institution"

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

February 16, 2017

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"The Perfect Fall Road Trip in New Mexico!"

Published in Best Things New Mexico​

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"Heart To Table Wine Dinner Benefits Self Help, Inc."

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

September 11, 2017

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"Los Alamos Derby Dames Roller Derby Skate School"

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

September 15, 2017

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"LAPS Foundation Presents Taste Of Knowledge Oct. 14"

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

September 16, 2017

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"Pig + Fig, Laura Hamilton's Casual White Rock Café"

By Sophie Putka

Photos by Ashlie Hughes

Published in Edible's annual Travel Issue, April/May 2017

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"Pig + Fig Café Now Serving Tapas!"

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

May 5, 2017

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"Scenes From UWNNM Board Celebration Of Philanthropy With LANL’s Charlie McMillan"

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

September 19, 2017

"On The Job In Los Alamos: At Pig & Fig Cafe"

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

May 21, 2017

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"Be First To Hear About Pig + Fig Wine Dinners"

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

January 7, 2017

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"Pig + Fig Hosts Special Wine Dinners"

Published in the Los Alamos Monitor

January 11, 2017

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"The Wine She’s Been Dying To Try"

Published in the Los Alamos Daily Post

September 19, 2017

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"Pig + Fig Cafe – White Rock, New Mexico"

Published at Gil's Thrilling (And Filling) Blog

September 1, 2017

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For press inquiries, please contact:

Mandy Marksteiner, Marketing manager

505-515-7001

email@mandymarksteiner.com