Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer. Mother Nature must know this. Although the days have been unseasonably warm. A hint of coolness is in the night air. Things have slowed down a bit, but there’s still plenty to do. One of the most popular events of the year, the Burning of Zozobra is Thursday night, followed by Fiestas de Santa Fe, now in its 300th year. Enjoy the transitional weather and the soon to be changing landscape.
Santa Fe dining news:
That Santa Fe revolving door, aka the Chef Shuffle, is rotating again. Joseph Wrede, owner of the defunct and popular Joseph’s Table in Taos and a popular chef there came to Santa Fe almost a year ago to preside over the kitchen at the latest incarnation of the Palace Restaurant. He departed there earlier this summer and Sous Chef Ryan Gabel has taken over that Exec position. As of this week, Wrede is at Tomme. Whew, my head is spinning!
Another Beer Social is planned at Blue Corn Café & Brewery . Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 13th at 6:30. Chef David Sundberg says that Brewer John is brewing a special Cask Stout for the occasion that Sundberg says, “promises to be dessert all on its own”. The TUSCANY IN A NEW MEXICO FIELD menu looks great. There may be a few special guests. For more information or to make reservations call (505) 438-1800.
It’s almost time for the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta. The annual event featuring five days of food and wine, runs from Wednesday, September 26th through Sunday, September 30th. Besides the annual Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera, there are a gaggle of wine dinners and other events.
The LITTLE Gala for a BIG Cause, a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico, will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 starting at 6pm. at The Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder. The theme for this year’s dinner, Sharing Family Traditions has area chefs, who donate both their time, sharing family recipes for the family-style dinner. Participating chefs, coordinated by Carmen Rodriguez, Executive Chef at La Posada de Santa Fe, include Ahmed Obo of Jambo Café, David Sundberg of Blue Corn Brewery & Café, Eric DiStefano of Coyote Café and Geronimo, Patrick Klein of Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe, Penny Sandoval and Ignacio Dominguez of Saffron of Santa Fe, Tom Kerpon of Tanti Luce 221, Antonio Mendoza of Pranzo Italian Grill, Andy Barnes of Dinner For Two, and Martin Rios of Restaurant Martín. Food is donated by generous local purveyors. Besides the dinner, there is entertainment and a silent auction. The auction highlight is Embracing Flight, a sculpture by internationally renowned Native American Artist and Governor of the Pueblo of Pojoaque, George Rivera. The work depicts a man with a young boy on his shoulders, a fitting theme for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tickets for the dinner are $150 per person, all proceeds from the evening benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico. To order tickets or for more information, call (505) 983-8360.
Santa Fe art happenings:
Axle Contemporary’s new show We Are Experiencing Some Turbulence runs from Sunday, September 16th through Sunday, September 20th in their gallery on wheels. The opening at the Santa Fe Railyard is from 11am to 3pm in conjunction with the one-day AHA Festival. Axle describes the exhibit as “a site specific installation by Santa Fe bricoleur Michael Schippling in our mobile gallery. It comprises a truck full of small objects which move in what might, or might not, be random patterns. Proximity sensors allow the viewer to exercise some control over the motion so it becomes a meditation on our ability to distinguish the random from the regular.” Other locations to view the movable show are posted on Axle’s website.
The 19th Annual Pojoaque River Art Tour will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th from 10am to 5pm both days. Promoters call it “a uniquely Northern New Mexico tri-cultural art experience.” The 37 participating artists, showing in 18 studios, represent Northern New Mexico’s three prevalent cultures, Native American, Hispanic and Anglo. The geographic area for the tour encompasses the communities of Pojoaque, Nambe, Jacona, Jaconita and El Rancho. Casa del Rancho (off Hwy 502 opposite the El Rancho Community Center), the Artisan’s Art Expo at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Estrella del Norte Winery off NM 503 will all feature work from participating studios. If you want to stop for a bite to eat while on tour, Casa del Rabncho will also have food for sale. You can download a tour map, or follow the yellow and black highway signs. Maps are available at the artists’ studios.
Odds and ends:
The Santa Fe Film Festival presents a free screening of Whale Rider, a Film by Niki Caro on Friday, September 14th at the Santa Fe Railyard Performance Green. The event runs from 7 to 10pm, the film starts just after sunset.
Put the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair on your calendar. It takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd from 10am to 6pm at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. The event, now in its fifth year, is according to John Berkenfield, Ececutive Director at the living history museum, the largest annual event both at Las Golondrinas and in Santa Fe County. ClanTynker, a local family group will be on hand to amaze and amuse. They juggle, stilt-walk, swallow swords, eat fire and more. There will be other entertainment including dancers and musicians. While there, check out the vendors and food sellers. Games and activities specifically for kids are planned. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (62 up) and teens from 13 to 17. Children under 13 are admitted free.
New Line Cinema’s action comedy We’re The Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis will be filming in and around Santa Fe and Albuquerque the last two weeks of September. Keep your eagle eyes peeled.
Enjoy your week! Tidbits will be back next Tuesday. If you have any Santa Fe news to share with us, let us know.