This week’s edition of Tidbits is crammed full of upcoming events. Discover Santa Fe holiday music, markets and more.
Food and restaurant news:
If you’ve been keeping up with Santa Fe Travelers, you’ve been reading about the Santa Fe Harvest Festival, a three-week long food extravaganza. Both the Chef Showdown and Bar Wars finals were on Sunday, here are the winners:
The top chef, according to celebrity judges, Sara Moulton, Bradley Ogden and John Sedlar is Rocky Durham, a popular local chef and faculty member at Santa Fe Community College’s Culinary Arts Program.
The winner of the Bar Wars was Todd Walker of Secreto Bar and Loggia at the Hotel St. Francis. His after dinner drink, Tea and Cookies was a witty take on, well, tea and cookies. It was concocted from Absolut Wild Tea, lemon juice and bergamot honey. The whipped cream topping was infused with Kahlua French Vanilla Liqueur and hazelnuts. It was served with a cookie.
The Festival continues until November 23rd. Pass holders get discounts at participating restaurants and there are cooking classes scheduled this week.
A big shout out to the winners and to all the restaurants, chefs and bartenders who participated in these contests and helped to make them so much fun.
If you live or work within the Paseo de Peralta beltway we have great news for you; you can order lunch from The Beestro, a new delivery service, Monday through Friday. Chef Greg Menke, whose credentials include local kitchens, private jet catering and running a private chef service in Hawaii is at the helm of this venture. Order on the website by midnight and get lunch delivered the next day between 10:30am and noon. If you’re outside the delivery area, the enterprising Menke will arrange a rendezvous spot. He posts a new menu for the following week every Friday. It usually features three fresh salads, a soup and a sandwich or wrap. Delivery is free. By the way, the food is great. We got lunch on the house, delivered to the house. It’s one of the perks of writing. We sampled the Vietnamese Noodle Salad, Vegetarian Thai Coconut Milk Soup and the Chicken Vindaloo Soup. We love that Menke shops at the Santa Fe Farmers Market and uses fresh and local whenever he can.
On the drawing board: The Bee Shop. This brick and mortar store will house The Beestro and offer artisanal bee related products sourced from sustainable beekeepers in New Mexico and around the world. Their goal, is to “support local and global sustainable beekeeping, farming and agriculture and to spread the word about the serious plight of the honey bee, how it affects our food supply and what can be done to help.” If you want to know more about the plight of the bees, buy or rent the moving documentary film, Vanishing of the Bees.
The Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern discovered Epazote, one of our favorite restaurants while he was here and filmed it for his show Bizarre Foods last weekend. The restaurant features Chef Fernando Ole’s “Inspired New World Cuisine”. Epazote has been #1 Santa Fe restaurant on Trip Advisor for over eight months.
There’s another new restaurant in town. Le Chantilly Café opened in Garrett’s Desert Inn at 311 Old Santa Fe Trail. Laura Shirley, owner of Le Chantilly Fine Pastries in Albuquerque for 25 years is at the helm. The menu, offering breakfast and lunch, features the baked goods Le Chantilly is known for such as whole wheat croissants, cinnamon pecan bowties, muffins, and strudel. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 7am to 3pm. For information, call (505) 984-8500.
Santa Fe is known for its summer artisan and art markets. Two of the biggest are Indian Market in August (the largest event of its kind in the country) and Spanish Market in July. Both have added Winter Markets for holiday shopping.
SWAIA’s Winter Indian Market is over Thanksgiving Weekend. The event at the Santa Fe Convention Center.
The Winter Spanish Market has a gala weekend planned. The event opens with a party, WinterNite on Friday, December 2nd from 6 to 9pm. Attendees will have an opportunity to do early shopping from the shows’ artisans and to enjoy food and music. Tickets are $25 for Spanish Colonial Arts Society members and $40 for non-members.
On Saturday, the Market is offering a Holiday Home Tour featuring four Santa Fe homes decorated for the Holidays. It takes place from 10am to 4pm. There will be shuttle service from/to the Convention Center at ticketed times. Tickets for the tour are $40 per person. For more information, contact the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.
Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels, had great success with their $.99 to $99 exhibit so they are bringing the concept back. Ye Olde Axle Holiday Shoppe, will be open weekend from November 25th through December 11th. Promoters are calling it “a wondrous selection of small, affordable art and artist-made objects from over 30 local artists”. Participating artists, locations and times are on their website.
Theater, music and dance
The holiday season always brings great music and other performances to town. Here are a few upcoming events.
The Santa Fe Playhouse is the oldest continuously running theater west of the Mississippi (if you’re a trivia buff, the oldest east of the mighty river are the Winneshiek Players in Freeport, Illinois). Their next production Moonlight and Magnolias runs from Thursday, December 1st through Sunday the 18th. The gala, benefit opening is Friday, December 2nd. The play is written by Ron Hutchinson and directed by Janet Davidson. The cast: Tom Romero, Lori Romero, Dan Gerrity, and Adam Harvey. The zany plot of this retro comedy has legendary producer, David O. Selznick, trying to get his most expensive film ever up on the screen, and it’s not Gone with the Wind. Check out their website for show times and ticket prices. Reservations can be made on the website or via phone or email. Their number is (505) 988-4262 and the email address is [email protected].
The Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe has been performing sacred music masterpieces in The City Different for over twenty years. The group has a number of concerts during the holiday season. Their concert season begins Thursday, December 1st at the historic Loretto Chapel. On December 4th, they will be at the Museum of New Mexico, sharing the stage with the monks from Abiquiu’s Christ in the Desert Monastery. The concert is free with museum admission. Admission is free on Sundays for New Mexico residents. Their full concert schedule is on their website.
The Santa Fe Concert Association presents the Anonymous 4 at the Basilica of Saint Francis de Assisi Fe on Monday, December 5th.at 7:30pm. The all-woman acapella group, celebrating their 25th year, will present ANTHOLOGY 25, an anniversary program featuring ancient, traditional and modern works from each of their 19 CDs. Three of the four quartet members have been there since the beginning. Looking forward to the next 25 years, they will present a new work composed especially for them by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. The Santa Fe Concert Association was a co-commissioner of this new work. Tickets are available at the Lensic Performing Arts Center box office, the Santa Fe Concert Association (505) 984 8759 or Tickets Santa Fe.
I grew up going to the New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. It was a magnificent spectacle. For years I resisted going to see other productions fearing disappointment. A few years ago, I decided to be brave and went to the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s production of this classical work in Santa Fe. I was delighted. Their version of beloved ballet is for the most part, a classical presentation. The second act adds an unexpected twist with circus-like performances that enchant. The costumes and sets are wonderful; the dancing world-class. The young dancers in the production were terrific. The audience was filled with children and they were spellbound. The fast-paced performance kept them entranced. There was not a sound in the house beside the music. You can see the magic for yourself. Performances are on Saturday December 3rd at 2 and 7:30pm and Sunday, December 4th at 1 and 5pm. All performances are at The Lensic, Santa Fe Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the Lensic box office or Tickets Santa Fe.
Odds and ends:
If you love Sandhill cranes as much as we do, they are passing through the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge north of Santa Fe on their way to points south. Sundays in November, bring the Las Vegas Fall Flight Festival. The site opens back roads through wetlands for this event. Friends saw a bald eagle up there recently. More information is on the Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge website.
Acoma Sky City, one of two historic New Mexican pueblos still occupied, will be closed until February 15, 2012. (The other is Taos Pueblo) They reopen for with their regular tour schedule on Thursday, February 16th. The site, an hour and a half southwest of Albuquerque was named to The National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2007. Pueblo members who on the mesa, live for the most part, as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago, without electricity or running water. If you are visiting New Mexico when they reopen, put them on your itinerary.
If you have any Santa Fe tidbits to share, let us know.
Authors’ note: As former hotel concierges, owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business and in Santa Fe, the writers may have at some time been guests of business or services mentioned in this post or may be guests in the future. These experiences do not influence this post in any way.