Today I celebrate the life and passing of a friend. To me and to many, many more. Rene Orduna, co-owner of Dixie Quicks has slipped the surly bonds and is now whupping up some Tex-Cajun-American cuisine for a more heavenly host.
I’ve known Rene for many years, pitching a 5K over in Council Bluffs, thanks to our buddies Agustin & Dan. Not an overstatement at all to say one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. Model of decency. Great chef. Pioneer in sourcing local produce for his kitchen. Years ahead of his time.
The RNG Art Gallery is adjacent to and part of Dixie Quicks. A couple years ago Linda and I had stopped in for a bite before the grand opening of the Freddie Rincon exhibit. I noticed collard greens on the menu, unappreciated southern super food. Asked our waiter to let Rene know I was growing a nice size plot. Met the next Monday and we’ve been sourcing fresh collards, eggplant, peppers, leeks and more for them since.
You lived well Rene, your recipes will remain tribute to culinary mastery. Your easy smile and sparkling eyes will be sorely missed. Adios my friend.