Santa Fe tidbits: food news, a musuem opening and a house tour

If you regularly read this post, you know we love food and there’s some great food news to share this week.

The Pink Adobe, photo/Steve Collins

In last week’s Tidbits, we mentioned Texas businessman, David Bigby, leased the vacant site on Palace Avenue last home to Señor Lucky’s and for years before that, the home of the popular Palace Restaurant. He was searching for the right chef and he found him. We applaud his choice; local legend Joseph Wrede. The owner of the popular and now-closed, Joseph’s Table in Taos, Wrede was named Best New Chef by Food and Wine Magazine in 2000. He was most recently in the kitchen at the Edelweiss Lodge and Spa in the Taos Ski Valley. He’s a welcome addition to the Santa Fe dining scene/

There’s a new, or should we say, returning Executive Chef, at Rio Chama? Russell Thornton, the original chef when the restaurant opened ten years ago, is back in the kitchen as Executive Chef. Rumor has it, he’s having a good time. In the interim years he’s been the corporate chef for Santa Fe Dining the company that owns Rio Chama and a lot of other restaurants in town.

Michael Meisel, former Sous Chef at Mark Miller’s Red Sage restaurant at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino has been named their new Chef de Cuisine. We know Mike from his days at The Pink Adobe and wish him well in his new post. He’s been in the Red Sage kitchen for several years. Look for locally sourced foods on his new menu debuting soon.

The Food Network continues its love affair with Santa Fe. We were a stop on last year’s series, The Great Food Truck Race, a few local places have been on Triple D and two series have recently shot in town. Santa Fe Native Rahm Fama, host of the network’s Meat and Potatoes tout’s The Pink Adobe’s famous Steak Dunigan on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, airing sometime in May. Also on tap later this year, Cowgirl BBQ will be featured on Chef Aarón Sánchez’s new show Extreme Heat. Chef Patrick Lambert’s Salsa Diablo will be warming Sánchez’s palate. Word has it  Sánchez is cuter in person than he is on the screen.

Cedric and Merdest Bradford, proprietors for 42 years UToteEm Grocery, Las Cruces, NM, photo/ courtesy New Mexico History Museum

The New Mexico History Museum’s Home Lands: How Women Made the West is a summer-long celebration of the role of women in the settlement of the American West. New Mexico has been home to African Americans since the 1860s. On Sunday, May 15th, New Mexico’s African American Legacy: Visible, Vital, Valuable, opens at the museum and runs through October 9th. The exhibit, done in cooperation with the African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico, focuses on Blackdom, Las Cruces and Albuquerque. Opening day festivities, held from 2 to 4pm include speakers, dancers and an appearance by poet Doris Fields. The admission charge is waived opening day.

Looking for something to do on Mother’s Day? Take the Historic Santa Fe Foundation’s Annual Mother’s Day Historic House Tour, scheduled from 1:00 to 4:00pm. The tour is held each May as part of Heritage Preservation Month.
The four houses featured are:

Donanciano Vigil House, photo/ Hope Curtissmall

El Zaguán (The James L. Johnson House), 545 Canyon Road
Francis C. Wilson Garden, 316 East Buena Vista
Roque Tudesqui House & Garden, 135 East De Vargas Street
The Donaciano Vigil House, 518 Alto Street

Tickets, available at each location, are $5. Docents will be present at each property to tell visitors about its history. Except for El Zaguán, these properties are not open to the public except for this tour. Start anywhere you want on the circuit. The Foundation encourages people to walk or ride their bikes as parking is limited. Elaine Bergman, Executive Director of the preservation group says, “This popular event has become a tradition for many families. It is so delightful to see the streets populated with pedestrians, just like the old days.” The Foundation is also holding an open-house at the Gustave Baumann House on June 18th and 19th from 10am to 4pm. Baumann was an artist and puppeteer. Contact them for ticket info.

Let us know if you have any Santa Fe news or happenings to share with us.





Authors’ note: As a former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of business or services mentioned in posts on this site. While these experiences have not influenced us in any way, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure.

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