Durango restaurant owner delivers on a promise

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Durango restaurant owner delivers on a promise

Nini’s Taqueria owner shares secret recipe with his mailman
Nini’s Taqueria manager Amy Downing teaches customer Michael Schumann how to make the restaurant’s Southwest fish chowder. Nini’s owner Andy Snow, in back, and Schumann have had a years-long back-and-forth about the secret recipe for the chowder that Snow has perfected in the 32 years since he started making it. About five years ago, Snow promised Schumann he would share the recipe when Schumann turned 50.
Michael Schumann, who works at the Durango Post Office, signs a tongue-in-cheek non-disclosure agreement promising to not share Nini’s Taqueria secret recipe for its Southwest fish chowder.
Andy Snow, who owns Nini’s Taqueria with his wife, Abby, created a tongue-in-cheek non-disclosure agreement for customer Michael Schumann to sign before sharing with him their secret recipe for Southwest fish chowder. Andy says customers often ask for the recipe for the chowder, but after more than three decades of tweaking it to his perfection, he refuses. “I created a myth around it. It just happened. It wasn’t purposeful,” Andy said.
Charlie Dierkop, far right, has been a fan of the Southwest fish chowder at Nini’s Taqueria for several years. The actor, who has appeared in many Western movies, including “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” often comes to Durango to attend the Durango Film Festival. A few years ago, he signed a photo of the him with the movie’s cast and gave it to Nini’s owners Andy and Abby Snow. “Great soup,” Dierkop wrote.

Durango restaurant owner delivers on a promise

Nini’s Taqueria manager Amy Downing teaches customer Michael Schumann how to make the restaurant’s Southwest fish chowder. Nini’s owner Andy Snow, in back, and Schumann have had a years-long back-and-forth about the secret recipe for the chowder that Snow has perfected in the 32 years since he started making it. About five years ago, Snow promised Schumann he would share the recipe when Schumann turned 50.
Michael Schumann, who works at the Durango Post Office, signs a tongue-in-cheek non-disclosure agreement promising to not share Nini’s Taqueria secret recipe for its Southwest fish chowder.
Andy Snow, who owns Nini’s Taqueria with his wife, Abby, created a tongue-in-cheek non-disclosure agreement for customer Michael Schumann to sign before sharing with him their secret recipe for Southwest fish chowder. Andy says customers often ask for the recipe for the chowder, but after more than three decades of tweaking it to his perfection, he refuses. “I created a myth around it. It just happened. It wasn’t purposeful,” Andy said.
Charlie Dierkop, far right, has been a fan of the Southwest fish chowder at Nini’s Taqueria for several years. The actor, who has appeared in many Western movies, including “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” often comes to Durango to attend the Durango Film Festival. A few years ago, he signed a photo of the him with the movie’s cast and gave it to Nini’s owners Andy and Abby Snow. “Great soup,” Dierkop wrote.

Durango restaurant owner delivers on a promise

Andy Snow, owner of Nini’s Taqueria, says customers often ask for the recipe for his Southwest fish chowder, which the restaurant serves only eight months out of the year. Though the recipe is not originally Snow’s, he still does not share it.

Durango restaurant owner delivers on a promise

After almost 16 years of being a loyal customer at Nini’s Taqueria, Michael Schumann, a Durango mailman, learns the secret to making the restaurant’s Southwest fish chowder on Thursday with manager Amy Downing.

Durango restaurant owner delivers on a promise

Amy Downing, Michael Schumann, center, and Andy Snow taste a fresh batch of Nini’s Taqueria’s Southwest fish chowder on Wednesday morning. Downing, the restaurant’s manager, taught Schumann how to make the chowder after Nini’s owner Andy Snow promised the longtime customer he would share his secret recipe once Schumann turned 50 years old.
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