Tidbits: Santa Fe dining, Halloween happenings and more….

It’s definitely fall weather. There was even a little bit of snow reported last week. Predictions for the winter vary from dry to snowy. We’re hoping the snow predictors are right. ! white Christmas in Santa Fe is magical- but, I’m getting too far ahead.

Santa Fe's Palace of the Governors is the oldest seat of government in the US, photo Steve Collins

Santa Fe’s Palace of the Governors is the oldest seat of government in the US, photo Steve Collins

Santa Fe keeps racking up the travel honors. Last week Conde Nast Traveler named The City Different as the #2 their Top 10 Cities in the United States. Some local hotels and resorts also made their respective lists in the 2013 reader survey. And Santa Fe also made USA Today’s America’s Top Mountain Biking Towns.

Casa Chimayó Reataurante, photo Steve Collins

Casa Chimayó Reataurante, photo Steve Collins

We enjoyed watching Diners, Dive-ins and Dives last night. We’ve eaten in two out of three restaurants featured on the episode. Host Guy Fieri called the food at Casa Chimayó, named after the town eatery Roberto Cordova was raised, “Mexican”. Words escape me. Here’s their authentic posole recipe, an old New Mexican tradition that you can cook at home.

And we had a wonderful lunch just about a year ago at Albuquerque’s Torinos @ Home and chatted with chef/owner Maxim Bouneou as we sampled his inspired cooking. The beef-cheek manicotti they cooked on the show made my mouth water. Made me realize we need to go back!

Joseph's, photo Steve Collins

Joseph’s, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe dining

Joseph Wrede, well-known to Taoseños and Northern New Mexico foodies for his long-shuttered Taos eatery, Joseph’s Table, has opened Joseph’s in the location formerly occupied by Azur, at 428 Agua Fria Street. The concept for the restaurant according to Joseph’s wife, Kristin, is “culinary pub”. They have been open a little over a week and Santa Feans have been flocking through the door to check it out. For reservations call (505) 982-1272.

Speaking of Taos, we were shocked to hear that Graham’s Grille, a popular Taos dining spot, is closed. They had some sewer line back-ups and the cost to fix the problem reportedly exceeds $10,000. Owners Lesley and Peter Fay say they don’t have to funds to do the needed work.

The Deck at 221, courtesy Tanti Luce

The Deck at 221, photo/ourtesy Tanti Luce

Tanti Luce (221 Shelby Street) has a bit of early Halloween fun planned. Join them on Saturday, October 26th for A Night to Scare Away Hunger. The event, at their Deck at 221 from8pm to midnight, is a fund-raiser. Net proceeds will go to the Food Depot’s Food 4 Kids Program. The money is earmarked for Santa Fe’s Agua Fria Elementary School. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume. There is music from DJ Your Boy Reflex, and an open bar from 8 to 11pm and light food from the restaurant’s kitchen. Tickets, $60 ($45 for members of MIX Santa Fe, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and the Aqua Fria school community) can be purchased online.

The Four Seasons Taste Truck is coming to Santa Fe, courtesy Four Seasons

The taste of Four Seasons food Truck is coming to Santa Fe, photo/courtesy Four Seasons

Sadly, we don’t get a lot of food trucks in Santa Fe. I recently discovered why: there’s a city ordinance that says that except for special events, food locations must be permanent. That’s why you see a bunch of stands around town. November is bringing a special food truck event. The first official Four Seasons Food Truck, sponsored by the hotel company, has hit the road this fall. The FS Taste Truck has already been to six Four Seasons’ destinations in California. It’s heading to Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe after a stop at their Scottsdale Troon North property. The truck arrives in town on Monday November 4th. The following day, Terra Chef Andrew Cooper will be joined by Scottsdale chef Mei Mecinas for a chile cook-off at the Santa Fe Plaza from 11am to 4pm. The two chefs are also teaming up for a special dinner at Terra, the resort’s restaurant, that evening. The truck departs town after breakfast at the first annual FUZE SW at the Museum of International Folk Art on Sunday, November 10th. Click here for more information about FUZE.  For more information about the food truck or the dinner; contact the Encantado at (505) 946-5700.

Ristra's Xavier Grenet to open a restaurant here, photo Steve Collins

Ristra’s Xavier Grenet to open L’Olieir here in January, photo/Steve Collins

Just before we went to “press” we heard the latest Santa Fe dining news: Chef Xaviet Grenet of Ristra is going out on his own. He and his wife, Nathalie Bonnard-Grenet will be opening L’Olivier where Tomme used to be in early January. And we’ve come full circle in this week’s dining news. Joseph Wrede was the chef at Tomme for a short while earlier this year. The dining scene in town if often like a game of musical chairs.

Museum of International Folk Art, photo Steve Collins

Museum of International Folk Art, will host Halloween festivities photo/Steve Collins

Halloween happenings

It’s time for Halloween and of course there are special events coming up. Here are a few:

Sunday October 27th from 1 to 4pm: Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Museum of International Folk Art. Come in your favorite costume. They will have sugar skulls for you to decorate, music from Los Niños de Santa Fe y Compañía and more. The event is free with museum admission (New Mexico residents are always admitted free on Sundays. Children 16 and under and museum members are always admitted free.

Jean Cocteau Cinema, photo Steve Collins

Jean Cocteau Cinema, photo/Steve Collins

Thursday, October 31st at 6:30pm: The Santa Fe Film Festival presents the first annual Halloween Night of Horror on at the Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma Avenue). The evening, a benefit for the film festival, begins with the cult-movie classic, House of Wax (starring Vincent Price) in 3D.  Following the film, there will be an open forum with Price’s daughter, Santa Fean Victoria Price and filmmaker Constantine Nasr. Come in costume; there are prizes for the best ones. Tickets, $15 (for students) to $30, are available online or in person at the Jean Cocteau box office.

Santa Fe Children's Museum, photo Steve Collins

Santa Fe Children’s Museum, photo/Steve Collins

Thursday, October 31st from 4 - 7pm: Come to the Santa Fe Children’s Museum for their Weird Science Carnival.  Among the many events planned are a bouncy house, Capture the Zombie, photo booth and much more. Free snacks will be served. There will also be a costume parade with prizes will be awarded. Admission is free.

Santa Fe music

Santa Fe Pro Musica presents The Jasper String Quartet in concert on Sunday, November 10th at 3pm at the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art. The concert by the award-winning group will feature the music of Haydn, Kernis, and Beethoven. Tickets ($20, $35, $45, $65), are available on the Pro Musica website, by calling their box office at (505) 988-4640, ext. 1000, at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Shiprock, photo Don Strel, courtesy High Desert Field Guides

Shiprock, photo/Don Strel, courtesy High Desert Field Guides

Santa Fe misc

High Desert Field Guides, a local company that produces colorful, detailed, and informative guide maps for exploring New Mexico is a finalist in the 2013 NM-Arizona Book Awards for their Tony Hillerman’s Landscapes Southwest Map and Guide. The colorful publication was done in collaboration with author Anne Hillerman and her photographer husband Don Strel, based on their 2009 book, Tony Hillerman’s Landscapes. The awards will be presented at a banquet at Hotel Albuquerque on November 15th. We’ll let you know if High Desert snags the top honor.

Santa Fe misc.

Creative Santa Fe recently launched Walk Santa Fe, a month-long project offering simple, affordable, and practical solutions to increase walkability in the city. Running from Thursday, October 31st until Saturday, November 30th, the project will feature a clearly defined path, a printed map, and temporary street signs pointing the way to museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, and parks. Walk the trail and let Creative Santa Fe know what you think about it. You can email them at [email protected]. Walk Santa Fe is being done in collaboration with the national initiative Walk [Your City], the largest project of its kind in the United States.

That’s it for this week. See you next week!

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2 Responses to “Tidbits: Santa Fe dining, Halloween happenings and more….”

  1. Agness
    October 23, 2019 at 5:45 pm #

    I love the entire design and color of Casa Chimayo Reataurante. What’s the inside like?
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    • Billie Frank
      October 25, 2019 at 7:14 am #

      We have a post coming soon that will have inside photos. There are two dining rooms that are from the original part of the house. One is a sun-room. another may have been the original portal enclosed and they there is a terraced patio area out back. It’s very New Mexican and welcoming. And octogenarian owner Florence Jaramillo is almost always there during the day.You’ll meet her in our post.

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