Tidbits: Dining, Santa Fe Restaurant Week and more

We’re having topsy-turvy weather in Santa Fe. The deepest part of winter is coming to an end, We get spring-like days and cold bleak ones. This morning we woke up to a sprinkling of snow on the ground.

Valentine’s Day is this week. Besides being a time to celebrate love, it’s become a time to support women. Eve Ensler, the author of the Vagina Monologues, started One Billion Rising, a movement of women and those who support them, working to end violence towards women around the world. With the gang rape in Dehli, India and the murder of a solo woman traveler in Turkey recently, it’s been more in the news. There is a series of events planned for Santa Fe on February 14th to support and participate in the worldwide event. Complete information is here.

Santa Fe restaurant week

La Boca will be participating in Restaurant Week, photo/Chico Goler, courtesy La Boca

Dining news:
Like to try new restaurants and save a bit of money at the same time? Check out the 3rd annual Santa Fe Restaurant Week. From Sunday, February 24th through Sunday, March 3rd, diners can enjoy dinner at a variety of restaurants for reduced prices. Participating eateries are offering price fixed menus from $25.00 for two to $40 per person. Some places will also be offering “value-priced” lunches.  There is also a series of culinary events scheduled. Make your reservations early, places tend to fill up during Restaurant Week. After Santa Fe, both Taos and Albuquerque have their own Restaurant Week. They are all under the umbrella of New Mexico Restaurant Week produced by Wings Media.

Santa Fe art

A plate from 2011 ARTFeast, photo/Steve Collins

ARTFeast, now in its 16th year, is an annual event that benefits art in Santa Fe Schools. It always takes place the last weekend in February. The popular event brings art and food together. One of the highlights of the event is the hand-painted plates created by children in ARTSmart funded programs in local schools. For complete details of the weekend, read our updated post, Santa Fe art: it’s time for ARTFeast.

Santa Fe dining

The colorful and cozy interior Caffe Greco, photo/Lance Bell, courtesy Cafe Greco

There’s a new eatery on Canyon Road. Caffe Greco shares a space at 223 Canyon Road with Jacqueline’s Place, an upscale clothing and jewelry emporium.  The cozy eatery, highlighting farm to table food, serves breakfast and lunch daily. Chef Cindy Barerras, a fourth generation Santa Fean, is cooking up traditional New Mexican foods, house-baked pastries and more. This summer, Barrerras will be grilling green chile cheeseburgers on their secluded patio. For more information, call (505) 820-7996

Dr. Field Good’s, a popular food truck, is opening a brick and mortar location out on Cerrillos Road. It should be opening within the next week or so. Chef Josh is committed to fresh and local. Can’t wait to see what he does with a real kitchen. The food he’s turning out in his truck is great.

Santa Fe dining

Lamy’s Legal Tender is reopening after a short break, photo/Steve Collins

Further afield:
Legal Tender, in the historic building in Lamy across from the Amtrak station, reopens on Valentine’s Day after a month-plus hiatus to rest and refurbish. If you don’t have a reservation for this special night, you’ll have to go another time; they’re fully booked. The locals love it there. Chef Michal Gintert, who lovingly restored and operated the now-closed Lamy Station Café in a ‘50s era railroad car that sits across the road is at the stove. They are serving lunch and dinner Thursday through Saturday, as well as Sunday brunch.

There are whispers of a new restaurant opening in Abiquiu. We’re told it will feature New Mexican cuisine. We’ll have more news as we get it.

Santa Fe music

Santa Fe Symphony to present Birds and Brahms, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Symphony

Santa Fe music:
The Santa Fe Symphony  presents Birds & Brahms on Sunday, February 17th at 4pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. They will perform Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending,  Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra, Smetana’s haunting  Moldau and Brahm’s Symphony No. 2.  The orchestra’s concertmaster, David Felberg , is the soloist. There’s a pre-concert lecture at 3:00pm. Tickets are available at the Lensic box office or at Tickets Santa Fe.

San Ildephonso pottery

A San Ilsephonso pot at Than Povi Gallery, courtesy Tan Povi Gallery

Santa Fe art:
The official opening of Than Povi Fine Art Gallery at Gabriel’s  Restaurant adjacent to US  84/285 south of Pojoaque, is scheduled for Saturday, February 16th from 10am to 4pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30pm. The space, formerly Gabriel’s Gallery, is across the driveway from the restaurant. Owners Deborah and Elmer Torres are members of the San Ildefonso Pueblo where they own and operate the original Than Povi Gallery. They will offer traditional Native American pottery and other Native American items.

That’s it for the week’s Tidbits. If you have any Santa Fe news to share, let us know.

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