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Tidbits: Lots of Santa Fe dining news and more…

It’s May already. This year has flown. Santa Fe is brimming with visitors. People are traveling again. We’re off to a busy season and excited about it.

Santa Fe dining news:
The restaurant scene’s been in a lot of flux this year. We have even more news to report this week.

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The Legal Tender, photo/Steve Collins

Legal Tender, in the small hamlet of Lamy, will be closing May 31st. This fun restaurant will be missed especially by the people in the Eldorado/Lamy area. Lots of good food and music were happening here. The building also houses the Lamy Railroad & History Museum (who owns the building). Their board felt that the restaurant wasn’t compatible with the museum.  Politics!

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Pranzo Italian Grill’s Executive Chef Steve Lemon, photo/courtesy Pranzo Italian Grill

Pojoaque’s Ó Eating is no more. Former Chef/owner, Steve Lemon, is no heading the kitchen at Pranzo Italian Grill. We can’t wait to see what he’s done to the menu. Pranzo owner Michael O’Reilly is excited about having Lemon aboard.  There’s a new menu featuring house-made pasta and other Lemon signature touches.

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Dining al fresco on the patio at La Posada, photo/Steve Collins

For years, Fuego was the fine dining restaurant at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa.  Now all of the dining at the hotel falls under the Fuego umbrella. The same items are available in all the hotels’ dining venues.  Chef Carmen Rodriguez’s new menu, featuring his distinctive Global Latin Cuisine, offers diners choices that run the gammed from casual to elegant; Small Plates to Big Plates with a lot in between.

Savor the Flavor, in conjunction with the New World Cuisine exhibit at the Museum Of International Folk Art and Delicious New Mexico, is at the Milner Plaza on Museum Hill Sunday, June 2nd from 10am to 5pm. The free event will feature cooking demonstrations, NM cookbook authors with their books, a wine tasting featuring New World wines,  and, lots of food to taste and buy from New Mexican food purveyors.

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Dr. Pepper baby back ribs from 100 Grilling Recipes You Can’t Live Without, photo/Daniel Barsotti

James Beard Award-winning cookbook authors, Bill and Cheryl Alters Jamison have written yet another new cookbook, 100 Grilling Recipes You Can’t Live Without.  Their latest outdoor cooking book combines recipes, barbecue history and advice.  The Jamisons, long-time Santa Fe residents, highlight southwest dishes along with other grilling favorites. The book ends with a chapter on grilled desserts. Come meet them and get them to sign your book at Savor the Flavor (see above).

A few random food and dining tidbits:
The Santa Fe Farmers Market began Tuesday hours today.

The new restaurant going into Vivre’s spot run by the owners of Peas ‘n’ Pod will be called Terra Cotta. What a great name; evokes  rich visual images.

Rumor has it that Chef Joseph Wrede has found a home for his restaurant.

Santa Fe Art:
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has an exciting new show.. The traveling exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land, opens  on Friday May 17th at 10am. The traveling show, mounted by the GOKM  and last seen  at the Denver Art Museum, runs through September 11th. The exhibition features paintings of New Mexico churches, crosses, folk art and katsina carvings that O’Keeffe made between 1929 and 1953. From Santa Fe the show will travel to the Heard Museum in Phoenix. The museum is currently closed to mount the new show and will reopen on the 17th. On May 18th, the O’Keeffe Museum is offering free admission to New Mexico residents.  The museum is also free to NM residents and their guests  the first Friday of every month from 10am to 7pm.

Santa Fe art

Debby Young’s sculptures, photo/James Hart, courtesy Axle Contermporary

Sculptor, Debbie Young has hit the jackpot.  One of her life-sized pieces can be seen at Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels, from May 17th through June 2nd. There’s an opening on Friday, May 17th from 5 to 7pm in the Railyard Plaza. On May 24th, Red Dot Gallery (operated by Santa Fe Community College) at 826 Canyon Road opens a show called Splinter Group. A few of Young’s smaller pieces will be featured in this group show that runs through June 28th.

Rancho de las Golandrinas

Churro sheep at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, photo/Steve Collins

On Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th, El Rancho de las Golondrinas living history museum, presents the Santa Fe Fiber Arts Festival.  Weavers and other experts will share their knowledge and demonstrate their skills in the world of fiber arts.  There will be demonstrations in churro sheep shearing by hand, herding sheep with border collies, natural dying, carding and spinning  using traditional techniques and tools.  There will also be a fiber arts market featuring wool products and fiber arts supplies. The event is from 10am to 4pm both days. Admission is $8 for adults $5 for Seniors (62+) and teens (13 through 18); children 12 and under are always admitted free.

Santa Fe music

Santa Fe Orchestra Chorus to perform “Carmina Burana”, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra

Santa Fe Music:
The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra closes its 29th season on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19t. The Santa Fe Symphony will conclude its exciting 29th Season with a spectacular performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The Santa Fe Orchestra  Chorus,  directed by Dr. Linda Raney is joined by soloists Mary Wilson, soprano, Sam Shepperson, tenor, and Jeremy Kelly, baritone. Tickets, $20 to $70,are available through The Lensic or Symphony box offices or online at Tickets Santa Fe

That’s it for other Tidbits until next week. If you have any Santa Fe news, let us know,






3 Responses to “Tidbits: Lots of Santa Fe dining news and more…”

  1. Jim O'Donnell
    May 8, 2019 at 7:45 am #

    Good lord those baby back ribs look good. I’ve never been to that place but that photo is making me hungry……


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