Tidbits: good-bye 2014; hello 2015

Today is bittersweet. It’s the last Tidbits of 2014 and the last weekly one we’ll post. After four years of doing this once a week, except for rare breaks, we came to a decision. We love sharing what’s going on in Santa Fe, but this weekly post is very labor-intensive. We wanted to keep this popular feature and came up with a way that works for us and hopefully works for you. Tidbits will now only be posted on the last Tuesday of the month. It will cover any Santa Fe hospitality news from the current month and upcoming events in the next one.

It was a busy holiday season in Santa Fe with lots of events and lights. January will be a relatively quiet month, a time to look forward to the new year and rest a bit after the festivities that led up to the end of 2014. We wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015!

 Santa Fe food news

Then 2012 Souper Bowl, photo/courtesy The Food Depot

Then 2012 Souper Bowl, photo/courtesy The Food Depot

Santa Fe is getting something new a “modern general store”. Erin Wade, owner of the popular Vinaigrette, Santa Fe’s home-grown salad restaurant, bought the building just in front of the eatery. They’re gutted the building, former home to La Unica Cleaners, and are now refurbishing it. The new emporium will feature a coffee and juice bar, baked goods, household items and other merchandise you’d find in a classic general store, updated to reflect the 21st century. At this 2015 version, shoppers will also find food items such as flour milled at Wade’s Nambe farm. The projected opening date in January 15th, but this is Santa Fe, so quien sabe?

The annual Souper Bowl, a fundraiser for The Food Depot, the local food bank will be held on Saturday, January 17th at noon at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Twenty-nine local chefs will try to wow the crowd and win the titles of Best Soup, Best Savory Soup, Best Cream Soup, Best Seafood Soup and Best Vegetarian soup. Tickets for the event, $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 through 12 can be purchased here.

Santa Fe art and museums

 “Door with a View”, Barbara Bowles, photo/courtesy Sorrel Sky Gallery

“Door with a View”, Barbara Bowles, photo/courtesy Sorrel Sky Gallery

Sorrel Sky Gallery, 125 W. Palace Avenue, presents a show of photographs by Barbara Bowles known as “The Pickup Artist®.” The one-woman show, Another Door Opens, featuring color photos printed on archival watercolor paper, is slated to open on Friday, January 2nd from 5 to 7:30pm. The premise behind the show, according to the artist, is “Doors can represent the choices we have to make in our lives” and that “another door will open when we are ready to walk through it.” Sorrel Sky now represents Bowles so her work will be accessible even when the show closes at the end of January.

The Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts, the only museum of its kind in the world, opens a new show, For The Love of It, on Sunday, January 11th. The show will feature Velarde’s paintings. Many of the works in the show, including rare abstracts, have never been shown publicly. The show runs through March 15th.

The original frong desk at La Fonda dates to the Harvey House days, photo/Steve Collins

The original frong desk at La Fonda dates to the Harvey House days, photo/Steve Collins

Fans of the iconic Harvey Houses will enjoy History and Mystery: Uncovering the Past in Harvey Houses at the New Mexico History Museum on Sunday, January 25th at 2 pm. Allan Affeldt, Jenny Kimball and Barbara Felix in the talk about their experiences restoring La Posada in Winslow, Arizona; the Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas, NM currently under renovation and Santa Fe’s La Fonda, where renovations were completed in the summer of 2013. The talk is part of the current long-term exhibition Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and its Legacy. The event is free with museum admission. New Mexico residents are admitted free on Sundays.

Santa Fe music

The Santa Fe Symphony photo/courtesy fo the Santa Fe Symphony

The Santa Fe Symphony photo/courtesy fo the Santa Fe Symphony

Serenata of Santa Fe presents Zephyrs, a chamber music concert for woodwinds, on Sunday, January 11th at 3pm at the First Presbyterian Church at 208 Grant Avenue. The program will feature works from by Samuel Barber, György Ligeti and Leos Janácek. The performers will Diva Goodfriend-Koven, flute; Pamela Epple, oboe; Keith Lemmons, clarinet; Lori Lovato, bass clarinet; Scott Temple, horn and Toni Lipton, bassoon. Tickets,$30, $20 and $15, are available on Seronata’s website as well as at the Lensic box office and online at Tickets Santa Fe.*

The Santa Fe Symphony will perform a concert featuring toe works of Mahler, Vivaldi, and Mozart on Sunday, January 18th at 4pm. The program features Mahler’s Symphony Number 1, Titan as well as Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos and Mozart’s Ballet Music from Idomeneo, King of Crete. Tickets, $20 to $76 are available at the Lensic Box office as well as online at Tickets Santa Fe.*

*You can purchase tickets for both concerts online at Tickets Santa Fe.

See you in 2015 with more Tidbits. Remember the next one will be on Tuesday, January 27th..

¡Hasta Luego and Happy New Year!

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