A native of Veracruz, Mexico, Nelly joined the Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine family in 1998 as a hostess. The restaurant business is in her blood; many of her relatives—including maternal and paternal grandparents, aunts, and uncles—are all great cooks. Two of her uncles are chefs, her mother was a restaurateur, and her brother is the owner/chef of the award-winning Roldan 37 in Mexico City, where Nelly also studied hospitality and tourism. Over the years, her bilingual skills, coupled with restaurant management studies, led her to be named general manager of Paloma Blanca. She is committed to making a positive impact on the community and encourages Paloma Blanca’s involvement with area schools, non-profit organizations and children’s charities. On a personal level, Nelly is involved with the San Antonio Food Bank, the Children’s Shelter, her daughter’s school and her church. She and her husband, Blair, are proud parents to their daughter, Bella. She looks forward to hosting you at Paloma Blanca and sharing recipes with you that have been in her family for generations.
Our family, your family table, since 1997.
Our family, your family table, since 1997.
Meet some of the wonderful members of the Paloma Blanca family who help ensure every experience is exceptional.
The core reason for the success of Paloma Blanca isn’t our cuisine or atmosphere – it’s our family of good people. Many of us have been with the company since its inception, and yes, many of us are actually related to one another!
We take pride in providing each guest with an exceptional experience by endeavoring to live up to the sign you’ll find in our restaurant: We will always work to treat our guests as we would want to be treated.
After more than 22 years, Chef Adelfa is incredibly thankful to earn a living doing what she most enjoys: cooking every day to put a smile on customers’ faces. She has been with Paloma Blanca since the day it opened in 1997. She is proud of the consistency of the food that comes out of the Paloma Blanca kitchen daily and her favorite dish on the menu is the Enchiladas Verdes.
Chef Dimas has been serving up the best of Mexico’s cuisine since the day Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine opened its doors in December 1997. While he may be a bit biased, his favorite dish on the menu is one he created: the Enchiladas a la Dimas! Chef Dimas is thankful to be a part of the Paloma Blanca team and takes great pride in ensuring we achieve consistent quality in our food offerings.
Sandra Gonzalez has been a floor manager at Paloma Blanca since 2009. She makes use of her attention to detail and warm personality by ensuring great guest experiences while overseeing the front of house. Sandra most enjoys establishing relationships with the many returning guests and their families. Her favorite dish on the menu is the Enchiladas Verdes.
Since 2014, Laura’s outgoing personality and can-do attitude has helped guests create the most memorable catering events, whether Paloma Blanca is invited to cater in homes, in a business setting, or in-house. Laura’s greatest joy is to make sure each person feels cared for and that each has a great all-around experience with superior food and excellent customer service. When she isn’t busy catering, Laura samples her all-time favorite dish, the Pollo al Cilantro, or sometimes the Enchiladas a la Dimas or the Ensalada Chevalita.
Richard’s beginnings in the restaurant industry began in 1997 when he brought several partners together to open Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine. Over the ensuing years, this initial restaurant investment transformed into a management career and great passion, as evidenced by his purchase in 2017 of a San Antonio Icon, Chris Madrid’s. Along with the Paloma Blanca/Chris Madrid’s family, he is deeply committed to positively impacting the San Antonio community by supporting family and children’s charities, including South Texas Alliance for Orphans, AVANCE, and the Children’s Shelter, to name a few. He is a member of the Texas Cavaliers, where he served as a past president of the Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation. He is a former board member of the Alamo Heights School Foundation and former chairman of the Terrell Hills Planning and Zoning Commission. He and wife, Brooke, are proud parents of twin boys.