A look around the new Santa Fe School of Cooking

The Santa Fe School of Cooking opened its doors in December, 1989. This spot has moved to new digs and they had a grand opening earlier this month. It seemed like half of Santa Fe turned out to commemorate the occasion. The delicious New Mexican food prepared by some of the school’s teachers and their culinary director, Tracy Ritter included chicken enchiladas, Frito pie, posole, capirotada (New Mexican bread pudding) and bizcochitos, the official State cookie.

Santa Fe School of Cooking, photo Steve Collins

Lois Ellen Frank, Bill Jamison, Cheryl Alters Jamison and Mark Miller photo/Steve Collins

Well-known cookbook and food writers with Santa Fe roots were there to meet and greet and sign their books. Coyote Café founder, Mark Miller;  southwest food historian and cookbook author Lois Ellen Frank; James Beard Award-winners Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison; and former Georgia O’Keeffe personal assistant and cook, Margaret Wood were all there pens in hand.

Santa Fe School of Cooking photo Steve Collins

Los Chileros colorful vintage Bluebird bus, photo/Steve Collins

Besides the school’s buffet, a few companies whose products are sold in SFSC’s bright and welcoming shop were there with food samples. Visitors were greeted by Los Chileros funkily restored vintage Blue Bird bus serving up samples of their soup mixes. Inside, Gayther and Susie Gonzalez from North of the Border, producers of a chile spice mix, cooked up an outstanding carne adovada using their tasty spice blend.

Santa Fe School of Cooking photo Steve Collins

Serving up the eats in the high tech demo kitchen, photo/Steve Collins

The school offers cooking demonstration classes with an emphasis on New Mexican food. Their new facility also has a kitchen for hands-on classes. In warm weather, they’ll offer grilling classes on their enclosed patio.

Santa Fe School of Cooking

Nicole Ammerman Director of the Santa Fe School of Cookingl, having a quiet moment, photo/Steve Collins

Don’t want to take a cooking class but want a remembrance of Santa Fe or a gift for the chef in your life? The shop offers a well-edited selection of cookbooks, cookware, table top accessories and New Mexican foods including their private label herb and spice collection.

Santa Fe School of Cooking photo Steve Collins

Guests enjoyed this local trio as they ate the tasty food, photo/Steve Collins

As we left, a 1949 Packard was pulling out of the lot. It turns out the school’s new building started life as a car dealership. This car was sold off the floor over 60 years ago.

Santa Fe School of Cooking

This Packard was sold from this location when it was a Packard dealership, photo Steve Collins

Whether you want to take a class or want to browse and buy some New Mexican food, cookware or table top accessories, the new Santa Fe School of Cooking is open and waiting for you.

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