Tidbits: Some really hot Santa Fe dining news and more…

Mid-November is traditionally a quiet time in Santa Fe. This year the streets are still filled with visitors. It’s a short Tidbits this week because it’s usually the slow season and it’s a bit quiet in venues around town. In coming weeks we’ll have a lot of holiday events to share with you.

Santa Fe Dining news

Hot off the presses:
Carmen Rodriguez, 2012 New Mexico Chef of the Year is gone from Fuego, the restaurant at La Posada de Santa Fe. We hear he’s at the’s Sheraton Rivewalk in Tampa. Florida. We’ve been trying to confirm a rumor that the hotel was sold, but no one is talking. Stay tuned. We’ll miss Chef Carmen, a great culinarian and human being.

Update, Wednesday, November 20, 2013: According to today’s Albuquerque Business First. Richfield Hospitality will manage the property for the two investment groups that bought it for what ABF said was an “undisclosed amount”.

Más at Albuquerque’s Hotel Andaluz, photo/courtesy Hotel Andaluz

Más at Albuquerque’s Hotel Andaluz, photo/courtesy Hotel Andaluz

We don’t typically cover the Albuquerque dining scene in Tidbits, but when popular Santa Fe chef, James Campbell Caruso, is involved we do. The chef/owner of two tapas restaurants in Santa Fe, Campbell Caruso has just added another hat: Executive Chef at the brand new MAS at the Hotel Andaluz in The Duke City. The new restaurant celebrated its grand opening last Friday. Caruso calls the food, “traditional-based, but modern Spanish cuisine”. The dining room and bar have been redone and they’ve added community tables for people who want to mingle. We wish them the best of luck and can’t wait to get down there for dinner.

Santa Fe music

The Santa Fe Concert Association presents the British group The King’s Singers on Friday, December 6th at 7:30pm at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (131 Cathedral Place), The versatile acapella sextet, known for their harmonies, intonations, and wit are equally at home from contemporary to Baroque. Tickets, $15, $30,  $45, and $60 are available at the through  SFCA  at (505) 984.8759 or order online at Tickets Santa Fe 505.988.1234.

Santa Fe art

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, photo/Steve Collins

This week, the International Folk Art Market adopted a new name for it’s expanding umbrella organization, International Folk Art Alliance (IFAA). This new name better reflects the organization’s growth over the past ten years. Their new website, International Folk Art Alliance launched this week. The July market that started it all will still be called the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.

Robert Gaylor’s installation Descanso for the Pine Forest, photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

Robert Gaylor’s installation Descanso for the Pine Forest, photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels, presents Robert Gaylor’s installation Descanso for the Pine Forest on Friday, November 29th from 5 to 7pm at the Railyard Plaza. The exhibit, with sound by David Dunn, will feature acrylic paints, white pencil drawings, and watercolor paintings. The show will run through Sunday, December 29th. Visit Axle’s website for date and location information.

Julia Barello’s “Flotsam”, phorto/courtesy photo-eye Gallery

Julia Barello’s “Flotsam”, phorto/courtesy photo-eye Gallery

photo-eye Gallery has a new group exhibition opening on Friday, December 6th from 5 to 7pm. Photo Objects and Small Prints is a collection of photographic objects and small prints from a wide range of artists working with the photographic medium in a variety of ways. The show runs through January, 2014.

Santa Fe Misc

Ski Santa Fe is scheduled to open on Thanksgiving Day if the snow keeps up at this rate.

Chabad's Ice Menorah on the Plaza from 2011, photo/courtesy Chabad Jewish Center of Santa Fe

Chabad’s Ice Menorah on the Plaza from 2011, photo/courtesy Chabad Jewish Center of Santa Fe

To celebrate the first day of Chanukah, there will be a Giant Menorah Lighting on the Plaza on Sunday, December 1st at 3pm. The new menorah, being unveiled this year was commissioned from local artists.  Entertainment includes music and Too Much Noise, a Jewish folk tale featuring life size animal puppets from Wise Fool, New Mexico. The menorah will be lit by Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and Congressman Ben Ray Luhan. In addition there will be Chanukah music, dreidels, balloons, latkes and other food treats.  For more information on the event sponsored by Chabad Jewish Center of Santa Fe click here. Come join the fun.

The next day join Chabad for their annual Chanukah on Ice at the Chavez Center from 4 to 6pm. The free event will feature more Chanukah music, traditional foods, games and other surprises. The event on Monday, December 2nd, is from 4 to 6pm. If you don’t have skates you can rent them there.

We’ll have lots of great holiday events for you next week. Hasta luego.

If you want to have Santa Fe hanging on your wall next year, check out our 2014 Our New Mexico calendar on sale at The Santa Fe Traveler.

 

 

 

 

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