Southwestern dinnerware wasn’t on my radar until I dined at La Posada, the magnificent Fred Harvey hotel on the Santa Fe Railway in Winslow, Arizona.  Every design detail at La Posada, including the dinnerware, provides visitors a unique sense of place, the experience of a history, geography, and culture.  And isn’t that what every traveler seeks when they come to the Southwest?

When La Posada was first envisioned in the 1920s, the Four Corners region wasn’t exactly bustling with tourism.  Fred Harvey, who developed hotels and restaurants along the Santa Fe Railway, was eager to change that.  Winslow, after all, was close to all the natural wonders of Northern Arizona.   Harvey reasoned that tourists would travel to the Wild West, and bring their dollars with them, if they could be assured of fine dining and charming accommodations along the way. 

Architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was selected to design La Posada and attend to all its furnishings.  Colter conjured a romantic, luxurious fantasy of the Southwest by blending Spanish colonial, Navajo, and Mexican design elements.  When the hotel opened in 1930, word spread quickly.  Hollywood film stars and rich industrialists flocked to it.  Guests included John Wayne, Shirley Temple, Amelia Earhart, and Howard Hughes.  The now-legendary dinnerware by HF Coors that served them has stood the test of time and is proudly being used to this day.

Mimbreno / "Fred Harvey" railroad dinnerware pattern
Mimbreno / “Fred Harvey” railroad dinnerware pattern

Inspired by the 1,000 year old black-on-white pottery designs of the ancient Mimbres culture, HF CoorsMimbreño dinnerware has the solid profile of restaurant-quality dishes, yet is elegant enough for even the most formal of Southwestern dinners. 

In terms of quality, HF COORS can’t be beat. They manufacture commercial quality, restaurant grade, extremely durable and highly chip resistant ceramic dinnerware. They are vitrified/completely non porous, lead-free and cadmium-free, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, freezer safe, oven and broiler safe. Each piece has the solid construction and elegant lines that you would have expected to find in great American diners of the early 20th century.

HF Coors has been around since 1925 and, as you can see from the gallery above, offers a wide variety of dinnerware designs, all proudly made in Arizona.  Each pattern blends perfectly with the rugged landscapes and romance of the Southwest.

HF Coors Factory Store / 1600 S. Cherrybell Stravenue / Tucson, AZ 85711