Tidbits: Merry May in Santa Fe

We love May in Santa Fe. The weather is mostly great, though sometimes it snows in early May and temperatures can go below freezing at night. It’s a time of glorious Goldilocks days- not too cold, not too hot; just right. There’s a lot to see and do but it’s not yet crowded with tourists. Come visit!

Congrats to The City Different for making another list. Bustle, a website directed to women and founded by a man, has named Santa Fe as one of their  7 Best Travel Destinations For Singles  They call it a great place for wellness getaways and enjoying the outdoors.

Conde Nast Traveler is doing their annual travel survey again. We’d love to see Santa Fe win. If you agree, click on this link and take the survey. Need an incentive? They’re giving away two trips.


Fernando Olea, photo Steve Collins

Fernando Olea, photo Steve Collins

It feels like we lost an old friend, twice. Epazote, one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe closed their Old Las Vegas Highway location last week. This is the second time the restaurant, owned and run by talented Mexican Chef Fernando Olea, has closed. Olea shared his vision of New World Cuisine with diners. It was flavorful and unique, going way beyond tacos and enchiladas, offering unexpected flavors and food combinations to delight the diner’s palate. The first incarnation on Agua Fria Street closed in 2012. We were so excited when the restaurant reopened at the new location on Valentine’s Day 2014. It was a short run with lots of critical acclaim but with no wine license in sight, it was hard to attract diners interested in fine food. RIP Epazote. You will be missed.

Bert's Burger Bowl, a Santa Fe favorite will close on Wednesday. photo/Steve Collins

Bert’s Burger Bowl, a Santa Fe favorite will close on Wednesday. photo/Steve Collins

And more news, Olea and his wife Debbie have owned and run the iconic Bert’s Burger Bowl for almost 25 years. As of Wednesday, April 29th they are retiring and the restaurant as we know it is closing. Opened in 1954, Bert’s is reported to have served the first green chile cheeseburger ever. The properties lease and right’s to the name Bert’s Burger Bowl was bought by Shake Foundation’s Brian Knox. He has declined to say what he plans for the property, but I think Bert’s has also been laid to rest.

Another change; Café Café at 500 Sandoval Street has become Infierno. The restaurant remains under the same ownership but their concept has changed to wine bar and is open from lunch to late night. The menu we hear is currently a work in progress.

The Santa Fe dining dance continues. Some places close while others open. Coming soon: Radishes and Rye; they’ll be opening, hopefully by the end of May, in the space formerly housed Ristra. Quinn Stephenson, master mixologist and sommelier and one of the owners of Geronimo and Coyote Café partners with Dru Ruebush and Camille Bremer on this new venture.

John Rivera Sedlar's new restaurant, Eloisa, courtesy Eloisa

John Rivera Sedlar’s new restaurant, Eloisa, courtesy Eloisa

The long awaited restaurant Eloisa from celebrity chef John Rivera Sedlar opened at the Drury Plaza Hotel earlier this month. Sedlar, whose roots are in Santa Fe was dubbed the “father of modern Southwest cuisine,” by Gourmet calls on the foods of his youth in Northern New Mexico using family recipes learned from his his grandmother, Eloisa, the restaurant’s namesake and Georgia O’Keeffe’s cook for years.

Taberna La Boca, photo Doug Merriam

Taberna La Boca, photo/Doug Merriam courtesy of Taberna La Boca

Taberna la Boca, which has been serving Spanish Tapas since it opened, introduced a new menu concept last week: Nuevo Latino Cuisine.  Chef/owner, James Campbell Caruso has teamed up with his Head Chef of many years, Vera Cruz native Chef Kiko Rodriguez. Their mission is to use foods and dishes of the Latino cultures throughout the Americas in unexpected ways. The menu will feature both “tapas” and large plates. Diners will Diners will find intriguing dishes such as avocado-sweet pea guacamole with Morita chile; chicharonnes and quinoa corn tostadas; Peruvian style tuna ceviche; Cubanitos: mini open faced Cuban sandwiches; coconut fish stew; Argentine mixed grill and achiote roasted chicken with yucca fries.

Art and museums

The four state-run museums (New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art) begin summer hours on May 1st. They’ll be open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm through the end of October. The history and art museums are open Friday evenings from 5 to 7pm free of charge. NM residents are always admitted free on Sundays and NM Seniors are admitted free on Wednesdays.

Janet Lippincott’s painting “Llano Ridge”, courtesy The Matthews Gallery

Janet Lippincott’s painting “Llano Ridge”, photo courtesy The Matthews Gallery

The Matthews Gallery’s new exhibition NEW LANGUAGE, NEW VISTAS: Women Artists of New Mexico opens on Friday, May 8th. There’s an opening reception from 5-7 pm. The show features women artists who worked in New Mexico including Dorothy Eugenie Brett, Doris Cross, Janet Lippincott, Beatrice Mandelman and Agnes Sims. The exhibit also shares the stories of renowned Santa Fe and Taos women who worked to promote the work of these artists, including Mabel Dodge Lujan, artist and curator Dorothy Morang and arts patron Mary Cabot Wheelwright. The show runs through May 31st.

Black Hollyhock Blue Larkspur, 1930 Georgia O’Keeffe Extended loan, private collection © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Black Hollyhock Blue Larkspur, 1930 Georgia O’Keeffe Extended loan, private collection
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Line, Color, Composition, the new exhibition at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, opens on May 8th.  According to Cody Hartley, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, “The exhibition showcases O’Keeffe’s process, from conceptualization to the finished canvas, revealing how she achieved such remarkable clarity in her work.” The drawings and paintings in the show, spanning her career, were, Hartley says, selected to demonstrate O’Keeffe’s “disciplined drawing technique, dramatic color palette and innovative sense for composition throughout her career…”  The show runs through September 15, 2019.

“Admiration“, Roxanne Swentzell, courtesy Santa Fe Botanical Garden

“Admiration“, Roxanne Swentzell, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Santa Fe Botanical Garden opens a year-long The Power of Place on May 15th. The invitational show will feature the work of celebrated New Mexico sculptors including Allan Houser, Phillip Haozous, Estella Loretto, Roxanne Swentzell, Kevin Box, Tammy Garcia, Tom Joyce, Arlo Namingha, Dan Namingha, Michael Naranjo, and David Pearson. Most of the sculptures are in bronze, steel and stone. Half of the artists in the show are of Native American decent. The year-long exhibition runs through May 1, 2019.

Sue Hayden Von Conta, "Our Lady of Light” was featured in a past Eldorado Studio Tour, photo/courtesy Eldorado Studio Tour

Sue Hayden Von Conta, “Our Lady of Light” from a past Eldorado Studio Tour, photo/courtesy Eldorado Studio Tour

The 24th annual Eldorado Studio Tour (the first of the Northern New Mexico studio tour season) takes place on Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17 from 10am-5pm.  Over 85 artists will be showcasing work in a variety of media including painting, ceramic, drawing, glass, jewelry, oil, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood, fiber, wearable, and recycled art. The weekend kicks off  with an artists’ reception on Friday from 5 to 7pm at the Eldorado Community Center.


Baritone Lester Lynch, courtesy Santa Fe Symphony and Orchestra

Baritone Lester Lynch, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Symphony and Orchestra

The Santa Fe Symphony closes their season with Verdi’s Requiem. There will be two performances: Saturday May 16th at 7:30pm and Sunday May 17th at 4pm. Both are at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. There is a preconcert talk starting an hour before each performance. The orchestra will be led by guest conductor James Feddeck. Soloists are Alexandra Loutsion, soprano; Margaret Mezzacappa, mezzo-soprano; Joshua Guerrero, tenor and Lester Lynch, baritone joined by the Symphony’s chorus.

The final concert of the season for the New Mexico Performing Arts Society will be a Brahms program. Brahms’ Ziegeunerlieder and Liebeslieder Waltzer Solo Songs takes place on Sunday, May 31st at 5:30 pm at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel at 50 Mt Carmel Road. Soloists are Kathlene Ritch, soprano; Sarah Ihlefeld, mezzo soprano; André Garcia-Nuthmann, tenor and Carlos Archuleta, bass with and Debra Ayers and Jacquelyn Helin on piano. Tickets ($28.50 General Admission; $25.50 Senior; $17.50 Student; $21.00 Parent and one child) are available by calling (505) 886-1251or online at Hold My Ticket .


We’ve been watching construction of the new Violet Crown Cinema in the Railyard for months. It’s now complete and due to open on May 1st. Besides an eight screen theater there’s a restaurant. Food can be taken to your seat. They advise arriving about 45 minutes before your film’s starting time to make sure you get your food in time for the film’s start. All seats are reserved; tickets can be purchased at the theater or online. Their website has a lot of helpful information including ticket prices.

Civil War re-enactment at El Rancho de las Golondrinas Santa Fe

Civil War re-enactment at Rancho de las Golondrinas, photo Steve Collins

El Rancho de las Golondrinas begins its festival season on Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd with their annual Battlefields & Homefronts New Mexico: The Civil War and More. The 1st New Mexico Volunteer Infantry meets the Texans of the Sibley Brigade both days from 10am to 4-m. There will be re-enactors from around the state and even beyond. Admission is $8 for Adults, $6 for Seniors (62+) and teens (13-18), children under 13 are free.

That’s all for this month. Have a margarita at your favorite place for Cinco de Mayo! Tidbits will be back the last Tuesday in May. If you have something to share for Tidbits, send us an email by the Friday following the 15th of the month. Please include a horizontal photo with your submission. Hasta Luego!

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