Tidbits: Santa Fe and NM James Beard Award nominations and more…

We finally got rain in Santa Fe this weekend. Skiing at Ski Santa Fe is great with 23 inches of fresh powder and there is snow for snowshoeing once again. Looking for a place for spring break? Think Santa Fe!

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Food and dining

The kitchen at Los Poblanos ' La Merienda photo/Steve Collins

The kitchen at Los Poblanos’ La Merienda photo/Steve Collins

The nominees for the James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food world, were announced recently and we’re excited to see New Mexico represented. Izanami, opened last fall at Ten Thousand Waves, got a nomination in the Best New Restauran category. The Best Chef in the Southwest nominations included Santa Fe’s James Campbell Caruso of La Boca and Martín Rios of Restaurant Martín. Albuquerque chefs Jennifer James of Jennifer James 101 and Jonathan Perno of La Merienda at Los Poblanos Inn made the list as well as Taos chef Frederick Muller of El Meze and Rob Connoley, The Curious Kumquat in Silver City.

El Meze green room, courtesy El Meze

El Meze green room,  photo/courtesy El Meze

Another Santa Fe/NM connection made the list. Dynamic chef Maricel Presilla of Cucharamama in Hoboken, NJ shared her passion for chocolate and chile at the first annual FUZE SW conference held here last fall.

SITE Santa Fe’s Digest this continues through the month. On Tuesday, March 11th, they will present Digest this: Coffee & Etiquette. Tai Ayers, of Ohori’s Coffee Roasters, will speak about the differences between coffees from various growing regions. Attendees will experience the varied tastes and aromas of the featured coffees. The evening ends with Bizia Greene of the Etiquette School of Santa Fe who will help her audience to understand the ins and outs of hospitality from both a host and diner’s perspective.

On March 18th, Digest this: The History and Hospitality of New Mexico Chile will feature Lynn Walters, the Founder and Executive Director of Cooking with Kids. She will talk about her years cooking with kids and share photos. She shares the evening with Carmella Padilla, author of The Chile Chronicles, whose topic will be the history and hospitality of New Mexico chile.

The series concludes on Tuesday, March 25th with Digest this: Izakaya Dining & Artisanal Sake. Kim Mueller of the Beard Award nominated Izanami (see above) will provide a crash course on Japanese food and drink. She will be joined by sake sommeliers, Deborah Fleig and Linda Tetrault of Santa Fe’s Floating World Sake Imports who will start the evening off with and introduction to sake as well as a tasting. This is a 21 and over event.

All events are held at SITE Santa Fe and begin at 6pm. Tickets are $10 per person per event and can be purchased online from SITE Santa Fe.

Santa Fe hotel news

The Penthouse at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, photo /Steve Collins

A  cozy corner in The Penthouse, a top-floor suite with panoramic views at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, photo/Steve Collins

The Inn and Spa at Loretto has just launched their Loretto Curator Program. They have teamed up with a few experts in various facets of the Santa Fe experience. The “curators” will be offering guests “insider tips to getting the most out of their time in Santa Fe [by] sharing what inspires and excites them about The City Different on the Loretto website, blog and during events in the hotel’s lobby.”  The group includes: art collector and author of Thrill of the Chase, Forrest Fenn; George and Sue Mally of of Santa Fe Walkabouts; Chef Johnny Vee of Las Cosas Cooking School; Susan Weber of Susan’s Christmas Gallery and Karla Winterowd of Canyon Road’s Winterowd Gallery. Their first planned event are is a Ukrainian Egg Decorating Demonstration on Saturday March 8th from 1 to 4pm hosted by Weber.

Santa Fe music

High Desert Harps, photo/courtesy High Desert Harps

High Desert Harps, photo/courtesy High Desert Harps

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with High Desert Harps. The group will give a free concert, Dreaming Spring: A Celebration of Celtic Harp at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo Street, on Saturday, March 15th.  The sets begin at 2:00 and 3:30pm.

The Santa Fe Concert Association will present Curtis On Tour, a chamber music presentation on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:30pm at the St. Francis Auditorium. The evening will feature pianist Di Wu, a Curtis Institute of Music alumna,  and a student wind quintet, performing works by Barber, Mozart, and Poulenc, among others. Tickets are $20 to $50. Student, teacher, and group discounts are are available directly from the SFCA box office at (505) 984-8759.

Clara Jumi-Kang, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Symphony

Clara Jumi-Kang, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Symphony

On March 23rd the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra presents and afternoon of Bruch and Rachmaninov at the Lensic Performing Arts Center at 4pm. Case Scaglione, the current Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, will be at the helm.  Spacial guest, violinist Clara-Jumi Kang, and the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus round out the performance. They will perform Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2. There is a free pre-concert lecture at 3pm. Tickets run from $20 to $76 and are half-priced for children ages 6 to 14 with adult purchase.

Tickets for both concerts are available at the Lensic box office and online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Santa Fe theater and dance

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, photo/ Eric Swanson courtesy Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, photo/Eric Swanson courtesy Santa Fe University of Art and Design

The Santa Fe University of Art and Design presents a student production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, written by Christopher Hampton, directed by Jon Jory. The play will run two weekends: Friday, March 7th through Sunday March 9th and Friday, March 14th though Sunday, March 16th at the school’s Greer Garson Theater. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7pm and Sunday matinees are at 2pm. Tickets, $12 or $15, (student and senior admissions are $5) can be purchased through at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe (see the link in the concert section above).

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the award-winning Belisama Irish Dancers. They will present a community Irish Dance workshop on Saturday, March 15th from 4 to 6pm at the Railyard Performance Center. They will teach traditional Irish Ceili dancing. These dances are done at social events also called Ceilis. Tickets to the all ages event are $5 per person. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle, and wear socks or dance shoes. Street shoes are not allowed in the studio.

Santa Fe Art

From the Laurie Ann Larimer Exhibit, photo/Laurie Ann Larimer, courtesy Axle Contemporary

Found objects from “Excavations”at Axle Contemporary, photo/Laurie Ann Larimer, courtesy Axle Contemporary

Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe’s gallery on wheels, opens Excavations, a collection of found or made objects, on Friday, March 14th from 5 to 7pm. The van will be parked in front of The Ellsworth Galleryon East Palace Avenue. Artist Laurie Ann Larimer has been photographing and collecting glass, metal and other objects for 15 years.  Her aim is to evoke  a sense of place and history through the items in her collection. The exhibition will be open until Sunday, April 6th. Check Axle’s website for locations.

 NM misc

Georgia O'Keeffe House, Abiquiu - Exterior, photo Herb Lotz, © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Georgia O’Keeffe House, Abiquiu - Exterior, photo Herb Lotz, © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Abiquiu is Georgia O’Keeffe Country. Two local tours open for the season in March. The Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio, owned and operated by the museum, will open on Tuesday, March 18th and remains open through November 25th. Two special tours, Behind the Scene Tour and a tour with the museum’s Director of Historic Properties, begin in June. Check their website for tour descriptions, days and rates as they change during the season.

Juniper on the Ghost Ranch Landscape Tour photo/Steve Collins

Juniper and stone hills on the Ghost Ranch Landscape Tour photo/Steve Collins

Ghost Ranch, the former dude ranch that O’Keeffe discovered in the mid 1930s was her first New Mexico home. Their Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape Tours start for the season on Tuesday, March 11th. A highlight of the tour is a glimpse of the artist’s Ghost Ranch house. Owned by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, it is not open to the public. With a bit of planning you can see both sites in one day. Advanced reservations are needed for these tours.

Taos Pueblo, aUNESCO World Heritage site photo/Steve Collins

Taos Pueblo, aUNESCO World Heritage site photo/Steve Collins

The Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage is on a lot of New Mexico visit itineraries. They close around this time every year. They will be closed from March 5th through April 27th.

That’s it for this week’s Tidbits. We will be off next Tuesday; we’re doing a bit of traveling. Tidbits will return on the 18th.

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10 Responses to “Tidbits: Santa Fe and NM James Beard Award nominations and more…”

  1. Patti
    March 4, 2019 at 7:11 pm #

    We spent the better part of a summer day at the Taos Pueblo and found it fascinating, so much culture, history and lovely people. I would always encourage anyone visiting the area to spend a few hours at the Pueblo.

  2. Agness
    March 5, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

    I’m already in love with Ghost Ranch Landscape! I would go there and meditate for hours!

  3. Karen
    March 6, 2019 at 11:51 am #

    Thank you for inviting Outspire to appear on your new business partner page!

  4. Miranda Farley
    March 12, 2019 at 9:13 pm #

    Mexican food has always been my favorite and I might try El Meze when I get the chance to swing by Sta. Fe. The Ghost Ranch also looks promising, but I’m still enjoying my time here in Asia though.

    • Billie Frank
      August 4, 2019 at 8:05 am #

      We don’t have much Mexican food here- and El Meze is Mediterranean fused with New Mexican.

  5. MightyTravels
    March 17, 2019 at 10:05 am #

    Santa Fe is still on my list! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Billie Frank
      March 17, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

      It should be on everyone’s list! It’s a very special place.

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