Tidbits: food trucks, Summer of Color and more…

It still feels like spring in Santa Fe. Usually by this time, summer is here. We are enjoying the cool and somewhat wet weather! It’s great to be home after almost two months on the road. We had fun while we were gone but we really missed Santa Fe.

The Great Food Truck Race hits Santa Fe photo Steve Collins

Food trucks competing on Food Network’s 2015 Great American Food Truck Race at the Railyard, photo/Steve Collins

Memorial Weekend kicked off the summer season with a bang. Besides a host of annual activities such as the Native Treasures show at the Santa Fe Convention Center, we got a surprise. On Thursday, Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race rolled into town. The first event was a competition held in the Plaza involving chiles. Local celebrity chef, Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin, was the judge. Saturday morning we caught the trucks in the Railyard selling their wares. We’re told that the show’s 2015 season will start airing in August. Stay tuned.

To accommodate seasonal pedestrian traffic the Santa Fe Plaza will again be closed to traffic for the summer. The only street along the Plaza that’s open is San Francisco Street. The city is installing tables with umbrellas on the closed streets to offer locals and tourists a spot to picnic or hang out for a bit. The street closure is part of what Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales calls his “People to the Plaza” initiative.

Santa Fe Food

Congrats to The Beestro for making Cheap Tickets Most amazing meals for $10 or less list. Just inspired me to think about Santa Fe’s most amazing meals for under $10. It will be a future Food Thoughts.

Hotel restaurants are getting better and better these days, especially in Santa Fe. Last month we reported that Eloisa, Chef John Rivera Sedlar’s long awaited eatery Eloisa opened at the Drury Plaza. This month, Argentinean chef, Juan Bochenski, who’s been at the help at the Anasazi Restaurant at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi since 2011 has introduced a redesigned menu. In addition, the restaurant sports a new design featuring a spacious lounge area and a brand new “tequila table.” Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa announced it has formally appointed a new Executive Chef, Paul Novak. The former Chef de Cuisine at Santa Fe’s Geronimo has been at Ojo since last summer. Novak’s menu will feature organic and sustainable produce from Ojo’s two-acre farm whenever possible.

La Posada de Santa Fe Steve Collins

The entrance to the former Staab Mansion is just outside the new Julia at La Posada de Santa Fe photo/SteveCollins

Lastly, Julia, a Spirited Restaurant and Bar, the long-awaited new restaurant at La Posada de Santa Fe, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, is slated to open in early June. It’s named for one of our favorite Santa Fe ghosts, Julia Staab, whose 19th century mansion is incorporated into the resort’s main building, After a long search, the resort chose award-winning chef, Todd Hall, to head the new kitchen. Hall, who is known for his “Mexican haute cuisine,” was behind the world’s first four-star Mexican restaurant (La Hacienda in Scottsdale, Ariz.) and, most recently at the helm of Boston’s Temazcal Tequila Cantina, known for its upscale Mexican cuisine. According to Chef Hall the new menu is “current, approachable and locally nuanced, but can’t be pigeon-holed as Mexican, Southwestern or even native cuisine,” combining “contemporary favorites accentuated by local signature ingredients.” The restaurant is slated to open in early June.

Bonsai Asian Tacos Santa Fe photo Billie Frank

You can’t miss the bright red Bonsai Asian Tacos, photo/Billie Frank

Speaking of food trucks and meals under $10; we starting hearing lots of good things about Bonsai Asian Tacos, 3668 Cerrillos Road, shortly before we left town but we didn’t have time to try it out. Santa Fe’s latest addition to the “food truck” scene is a winner. (The reason the term is in quotes is there’s currently an ordinance against food trucks. You have to have a stationary location in order to sell food in The City Different.) Mexican Native, Chef Juan Carlos Ruvalcaba has hit a homerun with his bright red trailer mixing the taco from his homeland with the flavors of Asia. Veteran of the Terra kitchen under both Chefs Charles Dale and Andrew Cooper, he is a master of flavors. We’ve been there three times in a bit over a week. That says a lot. We love his regular tacos. We sampled the pulled pork and the beef bulgogi (Korean-style beef). The three taco plate will overwhelm the average appetite. We asked for an extra one and split it. The “Xtrem” tacos offer two HUGE ones with a choice of Korean BBQ beef or duck confit. We tried both. If we had to pick a favorite, we’d go with the beef. Vegans will love this place as it’s easy to get most of the offerings sans animal products. Steve wanted a side salad and the delightful Juan Carlos produced an amazing offering that included arugula, strawberries, watermelon and cotija. Don’t miss the cold, flavorful Man.Avo.Co (mango, avocado and coconut) soup redolent of lemon grass, lemon leaf, garlic and other flavors that will make your taste buds zing and sing. I’ve ordered it every time. Hours are officially 10am to 10pm, but if you’re going after 8pm. call (505) 316-9418 to make sure they are still open.

Santa Fe Music

People enjoying Santa Fe's Music on the Hill photo/courtesy St. John's College

People enjoying Santa Fe’s Music on the Hill photo/courtesy St. John’s College

The 10th season of Music on the Hill™ concert series, sponsored by St. John’s College, begins on Wednesday June 10th. It’s held on the college’s athletic field every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. through July 22nd except for July 2nd. This is a popular event attracting a wide variety of Santa Fe including families. Arrive early, parking is limited or better yet, park on Museum Hill and take a shuttle bus. They run every 15 minute from 5 to 9pm. Come early; bring a picnic (or buy food from onsite vendors), your own seating and anything else you need and enjoy the music and the fun. Read more about summer music in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe art

Santa Fe is always rich in color, from the reds and browns of the high desert landscape to the riot of color found in this major art city. This summer The City Different celebrates The Summer of Color with a lot of art markets, exhibitions and art events at throughout the city. The current schedule is available on their website..

Bret Price’s sculpture “More than Enough”, courtesy Karan Ruhlen Gallery

Bret Price’s sculpture “More than Enough” photo/courtesy Karan Ruhlen Gallery

On June 5th Karan Ruhlen Gallery, 225 Canyon Road, opens Recent Works: Abstractions of Color and Line, an exhibition featuring New Mexico abstract painter Kevin Tolman and California sculptor Bret Price. There is an opening reception from 5 to 7pm. The show runs through June 18th .

Fausto Fernandez, “Manipulation of inanimate objects by living things", courtesy Turner Carroll Gallery

Fausto Fernandez, “Manipulation of inanimate objects by living things” photo/ourtesy Turner Carroll Gallery

 

Turner Carroll Gallery, 725 Canyon Road, opens a new exhibition, Glow: Excerpts from Beauty Reigns on Tuesday, June 9th with an opening reception on Friday June 12th from 5 to 7pm. The show features select works from Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, a mixed-media show that was on view at both the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas and The Akron Museum of Art this past year. Two of Turner Carrolls’ artists, Rex Ray and Fausto Fernande, were featured in this show. Glow features these two artists work from the show as well as other of their works. Artist Jamie Brunson’s work will also be on view.

Ruth Tatter’s “Hyacinth Macaw”, courtesy Marigold Arts

Ruth Tatter’s “Hyacinth Macaw” photo/courtesy Marigold Arts

Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Road, opens their new show Disappearing Act: New Watercolors of Endangered Species, featuring a solo exhibition of new animal watercolors by Northern New Mexico painter Ruth Tatter on Friday, June 12th from 5 to 7pm.

"Cat Scratch Ingot Cuff Bracelet" by Cody Sanderson, courtesy Sorrel Sky Gallery

“Cat Scratch Ingot Cuff Bracelet” by Cody Sanderson photo/courtesy Sorrel Sky Gallery

Sorrel Sky Gallery of Santa Fe, 125 W. Palace Avenue, will host a one-night, one-man show featuring the work of renowned, award-winning Navajo jeweler Cody Sanderson. Cody will be at the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 19th to present his jewelry and talk with attendees.

Santa Fe misc.

Mill at Las Golondrinas, photo Steve Collins

Mill at Las Golondrinas, photo/Steve Collins

El Rancho de los Golondrinas’ seasonal weekend event schedule kicks off on Saturday, June 6th and Sunday June 7th with their Spring Festival & Fiber Arts Fair. Saturday and Sunday, June 20th and 21st is the annual Herb & Lavender Fair. Both events run from 10am to 4pm and there is an admission charge.

That’s it for this month. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in June. ¡Hasta Luego!

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