Tidbits: October happenings in Santa Fe

October happenings in Santa Fe and more!

A lot’s been going on in our lives. Currently, we’re at a friend’s house in Crestone, Colorado in the San Luis Valley, the northern end of the Sangre de Christos. It’s glorious; we woke up to snow on the mountains on Sunday and the aspens are at their peak.

The first snow on the Sangre de Christos in Crestone, CO photo Steve Collins

The first snow on the Sangre de Christos in Crestone, CO photo/Steve Collins

We owe you a big apology. Last month, for the first time in our almost seven years of blogging we missed a Tidbits. We have a great excuse. The weekend before Tidbits was due to post we were at the Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup. On Sunday on our way to Santa Fe, somewhere between Angel Fire and Taos, our trunk somehow opened and Steve’s computer flew out. We lost years of photos and other vital things. Monday was spent changing all of our Internet passwords and filing an insurance claim. There was no way we were getting Tidbits out on time. We just decided that sometimes you just have to let go so we did. For travel bloggers, losing over eight years of travel photos is HUGE. Every time I thought of the loss, my stomach seized up. The good news: two weeks later I got an email. The computer had been found and turned into the Angel Fire Police. A very enterprising Lieutenant there found business cards Steve had collected during the weekend and emailed each of the people. One of those emailed knew me and forwarded the email to us. We contacted the police officer and went to claim the computer the next day. It was a miracle!

best Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta tips - best Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta tips - More inflating balloons, ones ready to ascend and one in the air photo Steve Collins

Inflating balloons, ones ready to ascend and one in the air at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, photo/Steve Collins

Before we get to Santa Fe news, we want to mention one of the state’s most important annual events, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This event, which started with a handful of balloons in a field in 1972, has grown to be the largest balloon gathering in the world attracting over 500 hot air balloonists each year. The 2017 Balloon Fiesta runs from Saturday, October 7th through Sunday, October 15th. It took us 13 years to get to this amazing event. Don’t wait that long! You can find out why and get helpful info on making the most out of your Balloon Fiesta experience from our post, Our best Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta tips.

Now onto October happenings in Santa Fe and some local dining and food news.

Fall foliage in Santa Fe

October happenings in Santa Fe - Fall foliage viewed from the Ski Santa Fe chairlift, photo Steve Collins

Fall foliage viewed from the Ski Santa Fe chairlift, photo Steve Collins

The first two weeks in October, fall foliage in Santa Fe is at it’s prime. The huge stands of aspen trees turn a beautiful shade of gold and people flock to see this fall phenomena, The best place to view it is from Hyde Park Road. Two of the best views are at Aspen Vista and from the chairlift at Ski Santa Fe. The chairlift runs weekend in September and during Balloon Fiesta Week (October 7th through 15th). Our best tip: go on a weekday if you can. On weekends it can be challenging to find parking.

Food and dining news

There have been a lot of comings and goings on the Santa Fe restaurant scene over the last month or so. Here are some of them:


October happenings in Santa Fe - Chef Paddy Rawal in his Raaga kitchen, photo Jane Rosemont

Chef Paddy Rawal in his Raaga kitchen, photo Jane Rosemont

Raaga, the beloved Indian Restaurant Chef Paddy Rawal opened on Agua Fria in 2011, closed its doors on Saturday, September 23rd. He closed the restaurant on the advice of his doctor, “With deep gratitude and humility I announce that upon the advice of my personal physician regarding my health, I can no longer maintain the pace that Raaga demands.” We’re sad to see this popular restaurant go and wish Rawal well.

October happenings in Santa Fe- New Mexico Specialty items at The Hive Market, photo Steve Collins

New Mexico Specialty items at The Hive Market, photo Steve Collins

We drove past Hive Market, at the corner of Marcy and Lincoln Streets last week and noticed it was gone. Opened as a pop-up market by Beestro owners  Greg Menke and Devon Gilchrist during Christmas season 2015. It was a fun shop offering local honey and made-in-New Mexico packaged and bottled foods as well as other gift products made in the Land of Enchantment. It was such a success they kept it open. Gone, too is The Root Cellar, the tavern and gastropub that was in Hive Market’s basement. We could not reach the owners to get the skinny on this but a reliable source I checked with said that they closed a few months ago saying they were looking for another location. Sure hope they find one.

The Beestro is also shuttered. A call to them got a voicemail message saying they’d be closed for several weeks “while we work through logistical issues.” I left a message but haven’t yet gotten a call back. We love The Beestro. It opened without a brick and mortar location, delivering lunch in October 2011. They wanted us to write about it so Menke delivered lunch to our door. It was fabulous and we’ve been fans ever since. They got their storefront location in 2012. We hope they’re coming back!

One of our favorite Taos restaurants also closed this month. El Meze featuring Chef Fred Muller’s Mediterranean and North African inspired food since 2007 closed its doors on September 21st. We have fond memories of wonderful dinners on their back patio with the view of Taos Mountain.


The dining room at Maize, photo courtesy New Mexico Fine Dining

The dining room at Maize, photo courtesy New Mexico Fine Dining

A few months ago, we wrote about the arrival of New Mexico Fine Dining, a new player on the robust Santa Fe dining scene. Maize, 225 Johnson Street, in the historic former military barracks that was most recently home to Georgia, opened on opened Friday, September 15th. An email from Chef Charles Dale describes the new eatery, “Combining centuries-old traditions with modern cooking techniques, Maize evokes the soul of Santa Fe regional cuisine. A spacious patio, cozy bar and inviting dining room offer three distinct settings for your enjoyment. Signature cocktails, a varied and well-priced wine list, and exciting fare combined with attentive service provide our guests with all the elements for a delightful evening.” We can’t wait to try it. Dale. Who opened Bouche Bistro in 2103 is now overseeing the four restaurants that will make up the NM Dining brand.In addition to Maize, there’s Bouche Bistro and coming soon, A Mano featuring handcrafted Italian food opening in the spot that formerly was  Galisteo Bistro . The resurrected Bobcat Bite on Old Las Vegas Highway will open sometime in 2018.

October happenings in Santa Fe - Chef/owner Alex Hadidi with front of the house manager, photo courtesy Mimosa

Chef/owner Alex Hadidi with front of the house manager,  Alcyone Greenling, photo/courtesy Mimosa

Mimosa513 Camino De Los Marquez, a new brunch restaurant in digs that once housed the much-missed Backstreet Bistro, plans a mid-October opening. A press release we received notes “We intend to deliver the same leisure and pleasure of weekend brunch experience every day of the week.” Chef/owner, Alex Hadidi, a graduate of New York City’s French Culinary Institute is excited to share what he calls “global eccentric cuisine” in a “laid back cool environment.” Besides brunch, they plan to hold pop-up dinners offering authentic Thai cuisine. They are committed to offering a healthy menu using locally sourced organic foods when possible. They will also offer vegetarian and gluten free options.

Speaking of Backstreet Bistro, fans who’ve been missing former owner David Jacoby’s soups are in luck. Since early August he’s been the manager of the Match Point Café at the Santa Fe Tennis and Swim club at 1755 Camino Corrales. On the menu: some his famous soups such as the Hungarian Mushroom and Southwest Chicken. You will also find old Backstreet favorites such as New York-style corned beef or pastrami and his popular Reuben. Other items include burgers, Nathan’s hot dogs, and nachos. The café is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30as to 4:30pm.

October happenings in Santa Fe - B&B's Strawberry, Green Tea, Red Velvet and Chocolate gluten-free chiffon cakes, photo courtesy B&B Bakery

B&B’s Strawberry, Green Tea, Red Velvet and Chocolate gluten-free chiffon cakes, photo/courtesy B&B Bakery

Santa Fe just got another bakery, but this one has a twist. It’s offering a range of baked goods including South Korean and Asian breads and pastries. B&B Bakery (the B&B stands for Bread and Butter) opened in August at 38 Burro Alley. Owners Sky and Amanda Yang relocated from Las Angeles to Los Alamos in January and opened the bakery’s doors in August. Besides traditional American and Korean breads, they are committed to offering gluten-free and vegan offerings. Gluten-free options include red velvet chiffon cake made with rice flour, and macaroons. Vegans can choose from three kids of dairy free muffins as well as other baked goods. B & B Bakery is open from Monday through Friday 8am to 5pn and on Saturdays from 8am to 6pm. Stop by and check them out.

Santa Fe nightlife is getting a new addition. Tonic, a bar which will offer food and entertainment, is opening in the Water Street location that used to be home to Atomic Grill and, most recently home to Elevations Bistro. Twenty-something owner Winston Greene is no stranger to the local bar scene. He’s been behind the bar at Rouge Cat, Eloisa and Bar Alto at the Drury Plaza Hotel and Low ’n Slow. Décor is deco and the ambiance: sophisticated. In a departure from night life as usual in The City Different, Greene is encouraging patrons to dress up. They plan to be open Monday through Saturday from 5pm to 3am. The kitchen, open until 1am, will offer small plates. Greene is designing retro cocktails that will reflect a bygone era. Put on your finest duds and check them out when they open their doors, hopefully soon.

Cookbook event

Cookbook author and Santa Fe food personality Cheryl Alters Jamison will be at Collected Works, photo/ Marianne Tenenbaum courtesy of Cheryl Alters Jamison

Cheryl Alters Jamison, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, New Mexico Magazine’s food editor and radio food talk show host, will be discussing (and signing) her newest cookbook, Texas Slow Cooker at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse,  202 Galisteo Street, on Sunday, October 8th at 6pm. She will be talking with KTRC Radio’s Richard Eeds. The book’s official release date is October 9th so be one of the first to get a signed copy of this possible future James Beard Award winner. Jamison (along with her late husband and cookbook-writing partner Bill Jamison) is considered to be one of the preeminent authorities on American regional cuisine. Arrive early; this is sure to be a packed event.

Santa Fe Art

October happenings in Santa Fe - Detail from “Like a Hammer” by artist Jeffrey Gibson from SITElines 2016 much wider than a line, summer 2016 at SITE, photo Steve Collins

Detail from “Like a Hammer” by artist Jeffrey Gibson from SITElines 2016 much wider than a line, summer 2016 at SITE, photo/Steve Collins

SITE Santa Fe, the city’s cutting-edge art house, closed for expansion over a year ago. The project is now completed; their first exhibition, Future Shock (named for Alvin Toffler’s seminal  1970s book), opens on Saturday, October 7th. Their press release says, “With Toffler’s predictions and warnings as a backdrop, Future Shock will bring together the work of 10 artists, including new commissions by Regina Silviera, Alexis Rockman, and Lynn Hershman Leeson,” SITE’s exhibitions are always provocative and this looks like it will follow suit. Works in the show include large scale videos, installations, paintings and sculptures which “explore: the role of technology and science in society, the effects of financial markets and globalism, the impact of migration and population growth, and issues of surveillance and privacy whose works imagine a range of visions of our present and future.” The show runs through January 10, 2018.

October happenings in Santa Fe - Martha Kellar, Jewels Of Light, phptp courtesy Sorrel Sky Gallery

Martha Kellar, Jewels Of Light, phptp courtesy Sorrel Sky Gallery

Sorrel Sky Gallery opens Light and Shadow, a two-person show of work from painters David Knowlton and Martha Kellar, on Friday, October 6th from 5 to 7:30pm. The exhibition features Knowlton’s stylized paintings of iconic structures, trains, bridges, and machinery inspired by his travels as well as Kellar’s still lifes, figurative works and landscapes. The show runs through October.

October happenings in Santa Fe - Bloom, Andrew Fisher, 2016, plastic tarp, archival paper, oil paint, 24K gold leaf, thread, 72”x60” photo Patina Gallery.

Bloom, Andrew Fisher, 2016, plastic tarp, archival paper, oil paint, 24K gold leaf, thread, 72”x60”, photo/Patina Gallery.

A Friendship Forged in Gold opens at Patina Gallery. The exhibition, opening on Friday, October 13th from 5 to 7pm, features the work of Bay Area painter and sculptor Andrew Fisher and Santa Fe jewelry maker Claire Kahn. Fisher’s new collection of gilded tapestries and Kahn’s luxurious bead-crochet necklaces and bracelets will be on view. The exhibition runs through Sunday, November 12th.

October happenings in Santa Fe - Judy Kramer bracelets, photo courtesy Eldorado Studio Tour

Judy Kramer bracelets, photo/courtesy Eldorado Studio Tour

Eldorado Arts & Crafts Association is holding its 16th Annual Eldorado Arts and Crafts Fall Show on Friday, October 20th from 3 to 7pm and Saturday, October 21st from 9am to 5pm at St. John’s United Methodist Church at 1200 Old Pecos Trail. Over 40 Eldorado artists are bringing their art to Santa Fe. The genres on sale include painting, jewelry, ceramics, glass, photography, sculpture, fiber art, wearable art and folk art.

October happenings in Santa Fe- The Canyon Road Paintout Santa Fe NM photo Steve Collins

Artists at the 2013 Canyon Road Paintout, photo Steve Collins

Canyon Road Merchants Association holds the 10th Historic Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out all day on Saturday, October 21st from 9am to 4pm. Over 100 artists including painters, sculptors, potters, photographers and weavers will participate. The event is a day-long artist demonstration, with the artists showcasing their talents, sharing their creative processes and discussing their techniques with visitors. Artists will create new works of art in sculpture gardens along Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road as well as inside the intimate adobe buildings that lime this historic byway. The event, which is free and open to the public, is a fundraiser for the Santa Fe Public Schools.

Santa Fe Music

Serenata of Santa Fe, courtesy The Serenata of Santa Fe

Serenata of Santa Fe presents String Influx, a chamber music program, on Sunday, October 1st at 3pm at the First Presbyterian Church. Works of Frank Bridge, Bohuslav Martinu and Richard Strauss will be featured. Performers are David Felberg and Ruxandra Marquardt (violin); Shanti Randall and Laura Manko (viola); and Sally Guenther and Dana Winograd (cello). Tickets, $20 to $40, are available at the Serenata website and at the door (cash or check only). Senior and student discounts are available at the door only.

Performance Santa Fe presents music legends Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:30 pm at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. The Soul Queen of New Orleans, blues vocalist Irma Thomashas become one of the Crescent City’s most beloved and honored musical ambassadors. The Blind Boys of Alabama have provided spiritually uplifting vocals since the 1930s. Collectively they have six GRAMMY Awards under their collective belts. Tickets, $29 to $110, are available on Performance Santa Fe’s website or at the Lensic box office as well as online at Tickets Santa Fe*.

The Santa Fe Symphony presents virtuoso violinist Alexi Kenney in two programs. The first concert is on Sunday, October 15th at 4pm at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. The Avery Fisher Career Grant–winner will perform with the full Symphony Orchestra. On the program: Haydn’s Violin Concerto in C Major and Dvorák’s Romance in F Minor, among other selections.

On Sunday, October 22nd at 4pm he’ll perform and Bach’s E Major Partita and Crumb’s Four Nocturnes accompanied by pianist Renana Gutman. Tickets to that performance, also at the Lensic are $22 to $80 (half-priced tickets available for children 6 to 14 with adult purchase). You can purchase tickets for both concerts at The Lensic Box Office the Symphony Box Office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.*

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Santa Fe Misc

A mural by Hopi artist Fred Kaboti at Mary Colter’s fabulous Desert View Watchtower at Grand Canyon, photo/Steve Collins

The Sixth Annual Fred Harvey Weekend takes place from Friday, October 20th through Sunday, October 22nd. The New Mexico History Museum, where you’ll find Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, a permanent exhibition devoted to Fred Harvey and the company he started, will host many of the weekend’s events. Talks on Saturday and Sunday include one on the state’s collection of Spanish Colonial materials from the Fred Harvey Fine Arts Collection which is housed at the Museum of International Folk Art; a talk by Dr. Charles Harvey one of Fred Harvey’s descendants; a presentation of the Mary Colter jewelry and library collection housed at Mesa Verde National Park as well as a talk on Harvey’s impact on New Mexico given by Stephen Fried, author of Appetite for America, perhaps the definitive book on the Fred Harvey empire. Check their website for a schedule. Admission is free but these events are popular so we suggest reserving seats in advance (the site requires a Google account to sign up).

The fireplace designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter at Santa Fe’s La Fonda in Santa Fe, photo/Steve Collins

La Fonda, a former Harvey hotel, will host the Fred Harvey Food Happening  a dinner of classic Fred Harvey dishes interpreted by a roster of Santa Fe’s star chefs: Chef Lane Warner from La Fonda, Louis Moscow from 315 Restaurant, Greg Menke from The Beestro & Root Cellar and Rocky Durham from Sunrise Springs Blue Heron restaurant. They will be joined in the kitchen by Chef Johnny Vee of La Cosa School of Cooking.

October happenings in Santa Fe - Trackside view of the Castaneda, Las Vegas, NM, photo Steve Collins

Trackside view of the Castaneda, Las Vegas, NM, photo/Steve Collins

On Sunday the Harvey Weekend moves to Las Vegas, NM, once home to two Harvey House hotels (Montezuma Castle and the Castaneda Hotel). Events include a talk by hotel owner Allan Affeldt about his Castaneda Hotel renovation, a Harvey-themed cooking demo by Chef Johnny Vee and tours of both Montezuma Castle and the Castaneda. All events are free except for the tours which are $10 per person. If you don’t know about Fred Harvey, the man and company and his impact on tourism in the Southwest, read this comprehensive post I wrote for Bid on Travel Blog.

And a quick note: The New Mexico Museum of Art is celebrating its 100th is closed for renovations and reopens on birthday  on October 25th with a big birthday celebrations open to the public from 10am to 5pm.

That’s it for this October happenings in Santa Fe. Tidbits be back on the last Tuesday in October to fill you in on November’s happenings. ¡Hasta Luego!

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