Tidbits: celebrity chef coming to town and more…

Believe it or not we’re almost in mid-May and we’re having a bit of snow. Temperatures are expected to be back in the 70s by the weekend. In between these cold spells it’s sandal weather and a great time to be outdoors enjoying beautiful Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Need some day-trip ideas? There are lots on this blog.

Santa Fe dining:

Chef John Rivera Sedlar to open Eloisa at the upcoming Drury Plaza Hotel, photo/Steve Collins

Chef John Rivera Sedlar to open Eloisa at the upcoming Drury Plaza Hotel, photo/Steve Collins

We’ve been waiting a long time for the new Drury Plaza Hotel, slated to open in August, to announce who would be running their restaurant. The official announcement came yesterday and we couldn’t be more excited. Santa Fe native, John Rivera Sedlar, owner or the acclaimed Rivera in LA will open Eloisa, named for his grandmother, at the new hotel in the fall. Sedlar, the author of, Modern Southwest Cuisine, the seminal book on southwest cooking, was called the “Father of Modern Southwest Cuisine” by Gourmet magazine and was named the 2011 Chef of the Year by Esquire. In addition, Esquire named Rivera as one of the nation’s top new restaurants of 2011. Sedlar, whose Santa Fe roots run deep, developed a love of cooking in his grandmother’s Alto Street kitchen. Eloisa’s food concept is contemporary southwestern/Latin fusion. We can’t wait to taste Chef Sedlar’s fabulous cuisine. Welcome home. John Sedlar!

Coincidentally, we toured the soon to be completed hotel last week and we’re really excited. We saw the restaurant space and watched workers laying the groundwork for the eatery’s patio. It’s a great space, can’t wait to see it decorated and ready to go. The views from the hotel’s rooftop are amazing. Mountains in all directions: to the east, the Sangre de Christos, the Jemez to the west and the Ortiz, with their distinctive triangle, to the southwest. The year-round sunset views will be amazing. Head to their rooftop bar, grab a drink a prepare to be wowed.

Galisteo Bistro Santa Fe,

Brant Keller and Tomás Allen, Photo/courtesy of Brant Keller

The Santa Fe dining dance continues. Galisteo Bistro’s chef/owners Rob and Marge Chickering, who opened the popular dining spot in 2009, are moving on.  The new owners are another family team. Florida businessman Brant Keller will run the front of the house while his Cordon Bleu-trained grandson, Tómas Allan Keller, mans the kitchen. Brant Keller assured us that the menu will stay mostly the way it i. The Kellers love what the Pickerings have done and it’s mutual. According to Brant, Rob said, “A new energy coming in that’s going to carry the torch forward.”  The new owners will expand the specials offered with a focus on Mediterranean, Greek, and Cajun. They’ll also add more vegetarian options. And, these Floridians love seafood and will be bringing more to town. They will also use organic and locally produced foods whenever possible and have joined Farm to Table to take advantage of this great program. The official changing of the guard is expected to take place on June 3rd.  Meanwhile, the Kellers are working with the Rob and Marge to assure a seamless transition. Stop by soon and say hello/good-bye.

Making a vegetable Uttapam, South Indian style fermented rice and lentil pancake, Photo/ Paulraj Karuppasamy

Making a vegetable Uttapam, South Indian style fermented rice and lentil pancake, Photo/ Paulraj Karuppasamy

Chef, Paulraj Karuppasamy, aka Chef Paul, has been popping up all over the place. It’s fitting as he and his wife, Nellie Tischler, have been doing pop-up dinners in and around Santa Fe for the last year. The next event will be at Café Fina on Old Las Vegas Highway, on Saturday, May 17th from 5:30 to 8:30pm. It’s an order off the menu evening, with a soup and salad, dosas (South Indian crepes), curries and desserts. Chef Paul hails from Tamil Nadu, at the southern tip of India and Tischler is a native Santa Fean. The couple met in San Francisco and moved here recently as it’s a great place to raise a family. In addition to the pop-up dinners, Paper Dosa also does catering.  You can reach them at (505) 310-8019.

Santa Fe hotels

La Posada is now part of Starwood Hotel's Luxury Collection photo/ courtesy La Posada

La Posada is now part of Starwood Hotel’s Luxury Collection photo/courtesy La Posada

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa officially becomes part of Starwood Hotel’s Luxury Collection on Thursday, May 15th.  It will be known as La Posada de Santa Fe, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa. To celebrate, the hotel is having a celebration on Thursday at 2pm. Festivities will include a flag raising, a Native American blessing and Native American dancing. A reception will follow. Local dignitaries, including New Mexico Secretary of Tourism, Monique Jacobson, will be there as well as representatives from Starwood and the hotel. The public is invited.

Santa Fe Art

Futurefarmers, photo/ourtesy Site Santa Fe

Futurefarmers, photo/ourtesy Site Santa Fe

Futurefarmers, a San Francisco artists collective will be at SITE Santa Fe from Tuesday, May 20th through Saturday, June 7th .The group creates art that is socially, politically, and environmentally relevant. The 20-year old group, started by Amy Franceschini, will hold a casting call, have live storyboarding, produce a set, and shoot a new video. All activities arel open for the public to see. Their Santa Fe project, which will be part of SITE’s 2014 Biennial show, explores New Mexico’s complex nuclear history and Robert Oppenheimer, “father of the atomic bomb”.

Santa Fe music

The New Mexico Bach Chorale, photo/courtesy New Mexico Bach Society

The New Mexico Bach Chorale, photo/courtesy New Mexico Bach Society

The New Mexico Bach Society presents An All-Bach Program of Arias and Sonatas on Sunday, June 1st at 6:30pm at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, 50 Mount Carmel Road. Franz Vote will conduct. Vocal soloists are Jennifer Perez, soprano; Sarah Weiler, mezzo soprano; Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, tenor; and Tim Willson, bass. Instrumentalists are Ruxandra Marquardt, violin; Linda Marianiello, flute; Elaine Heltman, oboe; and Franz Vote, piano. Tickets, $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, and students $15 (also ask about their parent/child discount), are available at (505) 474-4513. They also offer a special. You can also buy tickets at the door. They don’t accept credit cards. ..

Santa Fe misc.

Spinning demo, photo/courtesy El Rancho de las Golandrinas

Spinning demo, photo/courtesy El Rancho de las Golandrinas

On Saturday May 24th and Sunday, May 25th El Rancho de los Golondrinas presents their annual Fiber Arts Fair from10am to 4pm. The living history village raises churro sheep as part of what they call their “sheep to blanket” weaving program. Meet weavers and other fiber art experts who will share their knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Activities at the fair include hand sheep shearing, washing and dying wool with natural ingredients, carding and spinning using traditional techniques, weaving on beam and upright (“Navajo”) looms, and New Mexican colcha embroidery. There will also be a vendors selling wool products, fiber arts supplies and hand-made clothing and art, as well as demonstrations by Navajo weavers, hands-on crafts activities for kids and adults including weaving, felting, and making your own drop spindle. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for senior and teens. Children 12 and under: are admitted free of charge.

The Country Blues Revue and Joe Hayes at Hillside Market, photo/Regina Ress

The Country Blues Revue and Joe Hayes at Hillside Market, photo/Regina Ress

On May 24th Hillside (formerly Hillside Marketplace), 86B Old Las Vegas Highway, will celebrate their 2nd Annual Community Day from 10am to 4pm. Hillside, dedicated to sustainability and bringing the community together, is home to the work of over 85 local artists and to Chef Fernando Olea’s new restaurant, Epazote on the Hillside. The eclectic day will offer storytelling, art making, cooking demonstrations, the opportunity to adopt a pet from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, safety tips (and a fire truck) from the Hondo Fire Department and more. Come by and meet your neighbors and join the fun. Admission is free.

Santa Fe costume designer, Cathy Smith, has a new project. The Emmy Award-winning designer who consulted on Dances with Wolves, is reopening the Nambe Trading Post, in Nambe, NM, on the first leg of the High Road to Taos. The grand opening, on Sunday, May 25th, will feature a barbecue and a prize drawing for a framed piece of Plains Indian-style ledger art. The shop, open Thursday through Monday from 10am to 5pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment, will offer Native American hand crafted items including Navajo rugs, pueblo pottery, Zuni katsinas, and old pawn jewelry, as well as jewelry, paintings, and pottery made by local contemporary artists. Smith’s collection of costumes from the more than 35 westerns she’s designed costumers for will also be on display. The shop will offer classes in beadwork, moccasin making, pueblo pottery, and bow making. For more information or directions call Smith at 505-470-6650.

That’s it for this week’s Tidbits. See you next week. ¡Hasta Luego!


2 Responses to “Tidbits: celebrity chef coming to town and more…”

  1. Agness
    May 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    I am impressed by a number of music events in Santa Fe!

    • Billie Frank
      May 18, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      We always are, too. Summer here is amazing with the Opera and the Chamber Music Festival and more.

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