Published January/February 2014

A Taste of Table 10

The Inn at Castle Rock, circa 1895, serves the charm of a bygone era in the historic town of Bisbee

BYJackie Dishner
Chef Hazel Hunter, an interior designer from Nicaragua who took a sabbatical only to wind up in Bisbee, Ariz., is now cooking her way into a second career, hosting guests at a farm table at the Inn at Castle Rock that seats 10 — hence her restaurant’s name: Table 10. The self-taught chef prepares each Latin fusion–inspired meal from the freshest meats, fruits, vegetables, and herbs she can find, which means frequenting farmers’ markets in Tucson or Sierra Vista, and even getting quince paste from a woman in Douglas.
 
“I make the recipes up as I go and build my dinners around what’s in season,” Hunter says, with an intensity that matches the strength of her Central American accent. A few of her favorites: yucca mash instead of potatoes, chilled prickly pear and cucumber soup, and a meaty-textured eggplant dish. Hunter also serves spicy or saucy chicken, pork, and lamb. Corn pudding is always available on request. With no menu, no two meals are ever the same. 
 
Be Her Guest 
Guests join each other for what Hunter calls an “experiential feast” by first gathering in the inn’s parlor room, mixing and mingling over whatever wine or beverage each decided to bring. Dinner is served on linens and fine china with period lighting, wall sconces, and candles to set the mood. The prix-fixe experience has been called “inventive,” and the cost is certainly affordable at $40 per person. And Hunter promises no one leaves hungry.
 
Around Town
If you plan to stay for a weekend, bring your walking shoes and spend a day in Bisbee (a former copper mining camp-turned-artist’s enclave) gallery hopping and boutique shopping on Main Street. The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum in the center of town is a good place to learn about the town’s Victorian and mining history. Around the corner is Brewery Gulch, where the saloons and brothels once stood. Or don a hard hat, head lamp, and yellow slicker, and take the popular Queen Mine Tour and descend into the mine by rail car. 
JACKIE DISHNER, author of Backroads & Byways of Arizona, writes from Phoenix.
For More Information
Call your local AAA Travel professional at 1-888-870-9392 or visit AAA.com.
Chef Hazel Hunter
Chef Hazel Hunter
If You Go
Reservations are required at Table 10. Cash or check only (no credit cards). And don’t forget to bring your own bottle of wine or beer — there’s no corkage fee.
 
112 Tombstone Canyon Road
Bisbee, Ariz.
520-366-1921
 
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