Santa Fe Tidbits: locals on TV and more…

We finally have winter in New Mexico. It’s cold and a bit snowy and a perfect time to visit Santa Fe. It’s quiet. If you love finding a parking space easily and being able to eat in most places at the last minute without worrying about a securing a reservation weeks in advance or waiting for a table at places that don’t take them, come see us.

Santa Fe food news:
You may know Chuck Higgins from CG Higgins Confections (formerly Chuck’s Nuts) a stop on the Santa Fe Chocolate Trail, but did you know the feisty guy has political ambitions? Today, at the opening of the annual legislative session, he announced he’s running for Lieutenant Governor on the Democratic ticket in next year’s gubernatorial election.

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Cafe Pasqual’s at Souper Bowl 2012, photo/courtesy Food Depot

The world of pro football has the Super Bowl and Santa Fe has the Souper Bowl. The annual event is a fund-raiser for The Food Depot, whose mission is ending hunger In Northern New Mexico. Souper Bowl XIX takes place on Saturday, January 26th from noon to 2:30 PM at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.  Come taste the soups and vote for your favorite. Tickets, available in advance by stopping by The Food Depot, or online are $25 for adults and $10 for children 6-12 years of age.  They can also be purchased at the door the day of the event; children’s tickets remain $10, adult tickets will be $30. About 30 local restaurants will do their best to win in the following categories: Best Cream Soup, Best Savory Soup, Best Seafood Soup and Best Vegetarian Soup. All restaurants are eligible in the Best Soup category. Come out and root for your favorite eatery entered.

You may have met Tom and Tracey at their Pollo Real booth at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. The two, who run a successful farm in Socorro, NM a few hours south of Santa Fe, have big things in their future. They will be featured on the PBS show America’s Heartland, the show that celebrates America’s farmers and their work, sometime this month. It’s Episode 819. The show airs locally on Sunday, February 10th at 8:30am. Poll Real will also be opening a shop, Real Chicken, in the Solana Center on West Alameda, hopefully at the beginning of March. Besides selling local meat, poultry, charcuterie, smoked meats, poultry and more, there will also be a small café. Fresh and local- what more could we ask?

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Tom and Tracey of Pollo Real in their booth at the Saturday Santa Fe Farmers Market, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe art:
Sometimes food meets art.  Sometimes, it’s about food as it is in the current show, New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más,  at the Museum of International Folk Art. Sometimes, a local eatery is the venue for a show.  Crossing the Line at the Back Street Bistro, 513 Camino de los Marquez, , is an example of the second instance. Running through March 3rd, it showcases the work of local artists Ricardo Gutierrez and Julianna Poldi.  An opening reception for the show, which opened on January 6th, will take place on Friday January 18th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Or stop by one day, have a bowl of the delicious soup this out of the way spot is known for and enjoy he art while you slurp.

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Martina Shenal “Untitled”, photo/Martina Shenal courtesy New Mexico Museum of Art

Art on the Edge, Friends of Contemporary Art + Photography’s biennial juried show, opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Friday, January, 18th and runs through Sunday, April 14th. The juried show features eight contemporary New Mexican artists.

Santa Fe Music:
The Santa Fe Concert Association presents internationally renowned Canadian pianist,  Louis Lortie performing Franz Liszt transcriptions of Wagner on Thursday, January 24th at 7:30pm. The concert takes place at the St. Francis Auditorium. The pianist will hold a question and answer session after the performance. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $50 can be purchased at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.  As always, student tickets are half-priced.

Santa Fe Concert Association presents Louis Lortie, here with the North Carolina Symphony, playing Liszt’s  Totentanz

Taos news:
More local TV news. Taos Pueblo designer Patricia Michaels appear on the 11th season of Project Runway, beginning on Thursday, January 24th. While most designers apply to be on the show, Michaels was approached by them. She’d never watched the popular show hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum. She’s competing with for a Grand Prize of $100,000, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a Lexus, $50,000 worth of technology and the opportunity to sell their collection at Lord & Taylor department stores. Legends Santa Fe, a gallery at 125 Lincoln Avenue will host a viewing party for the season opener. Michaels will attend the event, which begins at 6:30pm. The public is welcome. Some of the designer’s recent creations will be on display.

That’s it for this week. Stay warm! See you next Tuesday. As always, if you have any Santa Fe tidbits to share, pass them along.




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