Tidbits: Santa Fe food, art, music and more…

We’re having an early spring in Santa Fe. Yesterday, I spent part of my afternoon at an outdoor café visiting with a friend and soaking up the sun. It was heavenly, I can’t wait for winter to come back and bring some rain and snow. We need it.

Our big news this week is that we’re featured in the current issue of Latitudes, the magazine found in the seat backs on every American Eagle flight. We’ll be flying with you until the end of the month. We are thrilled that they discovered us and mentioned us in their Find Out MORE in Publisher’s Picks at the front of the magazine. Also in the issue:  an article some of Santa Fe’s cozy inns. If you’re flying with AE this month, we’re pleased to join you. If not, you can view the digital edition of Latitudes here.

Taproom at Santa Fe Spirits, photo Steve Collins

The Taproom at Colin Keegan’s Santa Fe Spirits, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe food

I’ve always thought that food is art. The innovative SITE Santa Fe, has turned its sights on food for Digest This, a series of food talks throughout March. Each evening features two twenty-minute presentations related to the themes and concepts in Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, their current exhibit. The first event is Digest this: Spirits & Poetry on Tuesday, March 4th 6pm. Colin Keegan will open the evening speaking about his local distillery, Santa Fe Spirits and offer tastings of his vodka, gin, whiskey and apple brandy. He will be followed by Hakim Bellamy, the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque reading favorite food poems that he’s written as well as those by others. We’ll tell you about upcoming events in the series in upcoming Tidbits. Admission is $10. Do to the presence of alcohol, you must be over 21 to attend. Information on this and the other talks in the series can be found on SITE’s website.

Student chefs in the ketichen at the Santa Fe Culinary Academy, photo/Kate Russell courtesy Santa Fe Culinary Academy

Student chefs in the ketichen at the Santa Fe Culinary Academy, photo/Kate Russell courtesy Santa Fe Culinary Academy

We lived in New York’s Hudson Valley for many years. It was a foodie’s paradise. One of the reasons was the proximity to the prestigious CIA (Culinary Institute of America). They turned out a who’s who of American chefs over the years. We loved going to their student restaurants, training ground for future culinary professionals. We were excited to learn that our local professional cooking school, Santa Fe Culinary Academy has just opened The Guesthouse, a student run “workshop and showcase”. Here students will work with guest chefs from around the world to learn and create. Diners get to eat the fruits of their labors. The Guesthouse dining concept will be constantly evolving because of the changing roster of guest chefs and what they will be teaching. The school also offers pop-up dinners on the first Thursday of the month and as well as special culinary events.

The Guesthouse, on the third floor of the Mercado Building at 112 West San Francisco Street, will be open for on a limited basis. They are serving lunch only on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am to 1pm. The current session runs through March 13th. Reservations are recommended.

Peter Mulvey Road to Mallow

Santa Fe music

The folks at the Santa Fe Performance Exchange are bringing another great concert to town. They will present singer/songwriter, Peter Mulvey on Sunday, Sunday, February 23rd at 7:30pm at GiG Performance Space, 1808 Second Street. If you haven’t heard of him, here’s a bit from the promoters: “Peter Mulvey is a walking secret handshake. He has been the street-singing kid in Dublin, the man fronting the storming electric band, the conspiratorial spoken-word craftsman, the Tin Pan Alley delver, an instigator in the occasional Redbird collective, and all through it he has remained the traveler out on the road, bringing his music to audiences from Fairbanks to Bilbao, Santa Monica to Montreal, in clubs, theaters, coffee shops, the Kennedy Center, and old barns.” Rolling Stone said this about Mulvey “A voice lush and hushed that occasionally sinks into a whisper…surrealistic beauty…gorgeous.”  Tickets, $20 advance/$23 at the door, can be purchased in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door on the day of the performance. The box office opens at 6:30 pm Doors open at 7pm

The Scottish Rite Center is the venue for the next Seronata of Santa Fe Concert, photo/Steve Collins

The Scottish Rite Center is the venue for the next Seronata of Santa Fe Concert, photo/Steve Collins

Serenata of Santa Fe presents an evening of chamber music, on Friday, March 7th at 7pm at the Scottish Rite Center.  The program titted HERE and NOW features the new works of Ron Strauss and Kelvin McNeal, as well as what promoters are calling an  “unusual composition” for horn and strings by Kenji Bunch. Tickets, $25, are available at the Serenata website or the Lensic Box Office. You can also purchase tickets at the door; cash or checks only.. Senior and student discounts are available at the door only. For more information call 989-7988.

Grammy award winning Classical Guitarist David Russell

The Santa Fe Concert Association will present Grammy Award winning guitarist David Russell on Friday, March 7th at 7:30pm. The performance will take place in the Great Hall at St. John’s College. The program includes compositions by composers D. Scarlatti, E. Granados, and Bach. Tickets, available at the SFCA and Lensic box office, are $40. Student, teacher, and group discounts are available directly through the SFCA by calling (505) 984-8759.

You can order tickets for the last two concerts listed online at Tickets Santa Fe

A pond at Las Vegas National Wildlife Sanctuary, photo Steve Collins

A pond at Las Vegas National Wildlife Sanctuary, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe Miscellaneous

The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge in Las Vegas, NM is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act on Friday March 7th at 5:30pm with two talks followed by a posole dinner.  Photographer Erv Nichols will speak on taking outstanding photos with simple equipment like smart phones. He will be followed by naturalist Sandra Noll speaking on the need for wilderness. Arrive early; seating is on a first come first served basis. For more information, call Jan Arrott at 454-6115. Read more about LV, NM.

The New Mexico Film Foundation in partnership with New Mexico Tourism has launched Life in New Mexico, a video project using video contributions from NM residents. You can submit your 3-minute video from Saturday, March 15th through Monday, March 31st. The purpose of this project is to highlight the work of post-production professionals based in the state. They will edit and do their magic on all entries. They are interested in short clips about all aspects of life in NM answering the question: “What does living in NM mean to you?” When the films are edited they will be submitted for online voting to pick the viewer favorite. Complete details can be found here.

Judie Fein and her guide join Minkowitz locals in a toast to ancestors photo/Paul Ross

Judie Fein and her guide join Minkowitz locals in a toast to ancestors photo/Paul Ross

Local travel writer and author Judie Fein went looking for her roots. The result: her latest book, THE SPOON FROM MINKOWITZ: A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Land. On February 23rd, Fein will present Calling in the Ancestors, an interfaith event at Temple Beth Shalom, 205 East Barcelona Road, from 2 to 5pn. Fein will talk about “the how/what/why of my lifelong ancestral detective story [and] share what I found out about emotional genealogy and how that impacts our lives.” She invites attendees to bring a photo or object from a grandparent, great grandparent, or any other ancestor, and a dish that was special in their family. Admission is $15.00. Fein will also sign copies of her book.

That’s all for this week, see you next week. ¡Hasta Luego!


2 Responses to “Tidbits: Santa Fe food, art, music and more…”

  1. Agness
    February 19, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    I really can’t wait to dig into some of these delicacies local bakeries make in Santa Fe. It seems like a lovely place to dine out. What local food would you recommend to eat?

    • Billie Frank
      February 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

      If you want truly local food- my favorites are breakfast burritos smothered in green chile, stuffed sopaipillas- I love shredded beef in them- and smothered in green. Some people love red chile- I’m mostly a green fan. Also carne advado and posole.

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