Tidbits: Santa Fe dining news, Winter Fiesta update and more

It’s always interesting in Santa Fe. That’s one of the reasons we love living here. Even during winter, the down time here, there are plenty of things to do.

Santa Fe Dining and Food News:

There are two restaurant closings to report this week. Max’s closed its doors on Saturday, January 7th. There are rumors it may reopen at a different location. If so, it won’t be with Chef Mark Connell. Owner Max Renteria did not respond to the message left for her.

Amavi, serving Mediterranean food since 2007, is closed for refurbishing. Their answering machine is so full, you can’t leave a message. I called their sister restaurant, Junction, and was told they’d be closed until March. They may be reopening with a new concept. Stay tuned for further developments.

Le Pod one of Santa Fe dinings outdoor options

Le Pod serves French food at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta, photo Steve Collins

There’s a new food stand in town. Le Pod is operating out of an airstream trailer at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta. French transplant, Jean-Luc Salles, who came to Santa Fe via Austin, Texas, one of the original partners in Slurp, has gone out on his own. He is cooking up crepes, sandwiches, Frog dogs (French-style hot dogs) and more. Monday through Friday from 11am to 4pm.

Santa Fe Souper Bowl XVIII will take place Saturday, January 28, 2019 from 11:00am to 1:30pm at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Over thirty restaurants and caterers and food businesses will put forth their best efforts to tempt attendees to vote for them so that they can get bragging rights for the year. Competition categories are: Best Cream Soup, Best Savory Soup, Best Seafood Soup, Best Vegetarian Soup and the big winner, Best Soup.  The event benefits The Food Depot, northern New Mexico’s food bank. To raise additional funds, there will be a silent auction and a cookbook with recipes from Santa Fe chefs will be on sale. An added bonus, everyone attending the popular event will receive a free pass to the Santa Fe Winter Fiesta compliments of Hutton Broadcasting and SantaFe.Com. Tickets to the Souper Bowl are available in advance at The Food Depot, or online. Advance tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for children ages 6 through 12. Tickets are also available at the door; adults /$30 and children/$10. Come out and root for your favorite soup.

Santa Fe's annual Souper Bowl

Enjoying the soup a Santa Fe's annual Souper Bowl, photo/Tom Ramsburg courtesy of The Food Depot


The 11th annual Benchwarmers an evening of short plays will be at The Santa Fe Playhouse from Friday February 3rd through Sunday, February 26th. There’s a “sneak preview” on Thursday, February 2nd. The Gala Opening on Friday February 3rd will be catered by local tapas restaurant, El Meson. The historic Playhouse is the oldest community theater west of the Mississippi River.

Benchwarmers features 8 fifteen minute plays written by local playwrights that were selected from over 60 entries. The unifying factor and the challenge is that each play is set around a single park bench on a bare stage.

The names of the eight winning playwrights and the eight runners-up who will be featured in two on-stage bonus readings Sunday, February 12 and Sunday the 19th, both at 6:00pm can be found on the Playhouse’s website. Complete ticketing information can be found there as well. Performances are Thursdays through Sundays.

Santa Fe Playhouse

The Santa Fe Playhouse, oldest community theater west of the Mississippi photo/Steve Collins

Two must be the magic number. The Second City Touring Company will be the headliners at the Second Annual Santa Fe Winter Fiesta. The august group is bringing its Laugh Out Loud Tour to town. They’ll perform at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion on Sunday, January 27th.at 7 pm. The Chicago-based improv group, The Second City has been around since late 1959. The list of the Chicago troupe’s former members reads like a who’s who of American comedy includes Santa Fean Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Bonnie Hunt, Rick Moranis, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Jane Lynch. Their Toronto branch, an outgrowth of the original launched SCTV and a lot of now-famous names. Many Saturday Night Live alumni were members of either the Chicago or Toronto groups including John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Martin Short, Mike Myers and Tina Fey. Tickets, available at the Lensic Performing Box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe, are $30 or $20 for Santa Fe Winter Fiesta pass holders. Passes are available online.

The Winter Fiesta has a lot of events and offers listed on their website. The Santa Fe Traveler is offering a 10% discount to all Winter Fiesta pass holders for travel-planning for the Fiesta and for tours during the Fiesta.

Museum and Art News:

photo-eye Gallery’s First Wednesday’s February Salon will be held on Wednesday, February 1st from 6:30 to 9pm at the gallery. It will feature local photographer, Toba Tucker, who will show and discuss her recent landscapes shot throughout the southwest and western US. She’ll also discuss her portrait work. Artist Michael Levin, whose work is currently on exhibit at the gallery will present the First Wednesday Salon’s first virtual presentation. He will talk about his work via Skype. There is no admission charge.

White Sands, NM

Tobya Tucker will show her work including "White Sands, NM" at photo-eye Gallery's First Wednesday Salon

A new exhibit, Margarete Bagshaw: Breaking the Rules, opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on Sunday, February 12th. The show is a major retrospective spanning 20 years of the self-taught artist’s work. Bagshaw is the third generation of women painters in her family. Her maternal grandmother, Pablita Velarde (1918 – 2006) was the first Native American woman to study painting under the renowned Dorothy Dunn at the Santa Fe Indian School (now the Institute of American Indian Arts). Her mother, artist Helen Harden (1943 – 1984) followed the painting tradition Velarde established. MIAC says this about Bagshaw’s work, “Bursting with color and activity Bagshaw’s canvases are vibrant combinations of precise shape, texture, translucent layering, and light.” Her paintings according to the museum, “have an abstract, Cubist quality steeped in spirituality - a connection to her Native heritage and to her artistic forbears.” The exhibition runs through December 30, 2019.

Keeping Something Safe from Brad

Margarete Bagshaw's "Keeping Something Safe from Brad" photo courtesy Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

That’s it for this week. If you have a tidbit you want to share with us, we’d love to know about it.


One Response to “Tidbits: Santa Fe dining news, Winter Fiesta update and more”

  1. Traveling Ted
    January 18, 2019 at 9:14 am #

    Wow, the canvas at the bottom sure is bursting with color as you pointed out.

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