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Tidbits: Santa Fe dining, Snow Poems and more…

It’s been really spring-like for the last week or so. It’s glorious, but we really wish it would snow. We treasure every drop of moisture we get here.

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Poem by Jessica Lawless,photo/courtesy Snow Poems 2013

If you’re wondering why there are huge print poems on white background in store windows around town, wonder no more. They are all part of Snow Poetry 2013. The Cut + Paste Society and The Santa Fe Art Institute teamed up for this project.  Windows were first sprayed temporary snow then original poems were stenciled on to them. Besides stores, they poems also grace windows of schools, and independent businesses. On Friday, February 22nd they are holding the Night of Illumination, from 6-8pm at the City of Santa Fe Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy Street. There will be a walking tour of downtown poems locations and a musical performance.

Santa Fe dining:

Hot off the presses. If you’re planning on going to dinner at the Ore House at Milagro, change your plans. I just got an email saying they closed yesterday. All I know if when I tried to verify it, I got that famous message, “you have reached a number that has been disconnected or is no longer in service.” Hmmm.

Santa Fe food

Jarochos Taqueria is set ip at Jackalope) on Cerrillos Road, photo/Steve Collins

While driving down Cerrillos Road the last week, we noticed that one of our favorite food stands, Jarochos Taqueria, has reopened for the season. The family-run stand, sitting in front of Jackalope, serves up wonderful Veracruz-style Mexican food at great prices.

Santa Fe food

James Campbell of La Boca is a semi-finalist for Beard Award Best Chef in the SW photo/courtesy La Boca

It’s time for the James Beard Awards. Semi-finalists have been named for the prestigious awards that will be announced in NYC in early May. Congrats to Santa Fe chefs James Campbell Caruso of La Boca and Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin were nominated in the Best Chef of the Southwest category.  Albuquerque Chef Jennifer James of Jennifer James 101 was also nominated.  Zacatecas, the ABQ eatery opened by Santa Fe chef, Mark Kiffin ot the Compound, winner of Beard’s Best Chef of the Southwest in 2005, is a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant. We had a great dinner there last fall. Good luck to all the local nominees.

Santa Fe dining

Tia’s Cocina at the Hotel Chimayo, photo/Jeff Caven courtesy Heritage Hotels and Resorts

There’s a new Executive Chef at Heritage Hotels and Resort’s Santa Fe properties.  Santa Fe native, Charles Thompson, will oversee Tabla de los Santos at The Hotel Saint Francis and Tia’s Cocina at Hotel Chimayó. He’s worked in kitchens all around town including Geronimo, La Plazuela at La Fonda and Legal Tender in Lamy. Thompson’s menu for Tia’s is Northern New Mexican while Tabla offers what the restaurant icalls “New Mexican cuisine with French influence.” I can’t wait to try it.

New Mexico food

Always someone interesting at the Fiery Foods Show, photo/Steve Collins

One of our favorite culinary events is coming up. The 25th annual National Fiery Foods and BBQ Show at Sandia Resort and Casino north of Albuquerque, will run from Friday March 1st through Sunday March 3rd. We have a warm spot for this hot food show. Our first year in New Mexico, Steve was a guest chef along with Dr. BBQ, Ray Lampe. Steve has hung up his chef coat, but Lampe, who’s appeared on the Food Network’s Chopped, is back as a guest chef this year. If you like spice, this is the show for you.  There will be lots of palate-singeing foods to sample, cooking demos to watch, great vendors to chat with and a lot of fun to be had. If you’re a wuss when it comes to heat, taste with care! Advance tickets, $10, can be purchased from Ticketmaster. You can also buy them at the show for $!5 ($5 ages 6 to 18) at the hotel’s Ticketmaster booth (where you can pay with a check or credit card) or at the door (cash only).

Santa Fe music:
Santa Fe Pro Musica presents the  Brentano String Quartet on Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm at  the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts. The program includes Franz Josef Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Béla Bartók’s Quartet No. 4 and Johannes Brahms’ String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2. Tickets, $20 to $65, are available from at the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box or the Lensic. (See ticketing information at the end of the Santa Fe theater section below.)

Santa Fe Concert Association has a busy few days coming up.

The National Touring Company of that perennial favorite, Fiddler on the Roof is coming to Santa Fe.  They will be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 10th at 7:30. The Tony Award® winning musical, almost a half-century old, based on the stories of Shalom Aleichem, will make you laugh, cry and want to sing along.  Share the joys and woes of Tevye and his family living in a 19th century Russian shtetl . Tickets are $20 to $55.

Santa Fe music

The Black Watch Pipers are coming to the Lensic, photo/courtesy The Lensic

There’s something haunting about the sound of bagpipes. If you’re as big a fan of them as I am, you’re in luck. The Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion of the Royal Scottish Regiment is coming to town. They’ll be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Monday, March 11th at 7:30pm. The group dates to the War of Austrian Succession in 1745 and were at American Revolutionary Battle of Ticonderoga. Over 250 years later, they are still piping and drumming.  Tickets are $20 to $75. (Tticket purchasing information can be found at the end of the theater tidbit below.)

Santa Fe theater:
We all know Shylock, the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Now he’s the subject of a one-man play that bears his name. Shylock , written and directed by Gareth Armstrong and starring Guy Masterson will be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 3rd. The “witty drama “explores the ways Shakespeare’s famous Jewish character has been portrayed over the years. It’s a poignant, funny look at theater history and society’s perception of Jews through the ages.” You don’t meet Shylock. Instead, he is revealed to the audience by his friend, Tubal, a minor character in the Shakespeare play. Tickets for this Lensic presentation are $15-$35; discounts  are available for students and Lensic members.

Tickets to all Lensic events are available at the Lensic box office or through Tickets Santa Fe. Student tickets for both SFCA events are half-price.

Santa Fe art

“Bowties” c. 1930, gift of Stuart and Cindy Hodosh, courtesy Museum of International Folk Art from the exhibition Plain Geometry: Amish Quilts

Santa Fe art:
The Amish are master quilt-makers.  Plain Geometry: Amish Quilts, an exhibition of these beautiful hand-crafted quilts opens at the Museum of International Folk Art on Sunday, March 3rd. The show, featuring 34 quilts from both the museum’s collection and from local collectors, runs through September 2nd. The quilting, which dates to the late 1800s, changed as the Amish moved west to start communities in Ohio, Indiana and other mid-west states. Colors and borders varied by regions, specific communities and time period. Quilts on view will go from whole cloth to pieced quilts. The Amish quilts are known for their colors, simplicity and fine quilting.

That’s it for this week’s Tidbits. If you have any Santa Fe news or events to share with us, we’d love to hear from you.






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