This year has flown by! June, the cusp of summer, is upon us. Days continue to get light earlier and stay light later. After the Solstice, June 20th, the process subtly reverses. With warmer weather, Santa Feans and visitors are drawn outside. Restaurant patios are full, people hang out on benches in the Plaza and outdoor events are numerous. It’s a great time of year to be in Santa Fe.
If you live in or near Austin, Texas or Las Vegas, Nevada it just got easier and perhaps cheaper to fly to Santa Fe. Allegiant Air starts service from those to cities to Albuquerque in June. The fares look great but read the fine print- they charge $50 for a carry-on bag and another $50 for the first checked bag. Your $29 fare just became $79 if you travel with a carry-on only and $129 if you bring a checked bag. But, it’s one more way to get here.
For a business 25 years is a big milestone especially in Santa Fe where businesses come and go with great rapidity. Two businesses have upcoming 25th anniversaries. Turner Carroll Gallery opened its doors at 725 Canyon Road on June 1, 1991. The other celebrant is Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi which opened its doors on July 1, 1996.
Santa Fe food, drinks and dining
One of our favorite Santa Fe chefs, Andrew Cooper of Terra at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado is leaving town heading to California. Not only is he a great chef, he has an infectious up-beat attitude, a love of food that runs deep and a commitment to sustainability. He’s so committed he created an organic raised bed garden adjacent to his kitchen. Touring it with him was a joy. His departure will leave a big hole in the Santa Fe culinary community. We will miss him!
New Mexico Cocktails & Culture
The second annual New Mexico Cocktails & Culture (NMCC) takes place at various venues around Santa Fe starting Friday, June 3rd running through Monday, June 6th. The event kicks off with the first annual Santa Fe Cocktail Week which started on Memorial Day Weekend and runs through Friday, June 3rd. Santa Fe Cocktail Week features a host of restaurants and bars who are entering their signature cocktails into competition. You can find the participating venues on the NMCC website. Sample these signature cocktails and then cast your votes for your favorite on teh NMCC website. Winners will be announced at The Liquid Muse Awards ceremony during the NMCC Closing Party at La Fonda on the Plaza on Monday, June 6th.
The weekend festival is packed with events including Chef & Shaker Challenge involving chefs creating ideal food-and-cocktail pairings, a seminar called The Historic Journey From Daisy To Margarita—The World’s Most Popular Cocktail, in conjunction with the new Santa Fe Margarita Trail; Mixology Made Easy, covering fundamentals of making a great cocktail; Perfect Pairings: Honey Varietals and a whole lot more. Check NMCC website for a complete schedule of events and parties.
Celebrate with Cheryl
It’s been a big week for local food celebrity and cookbook author, Cheryl Alters Jamison and she’s celebrating. Not only did she turn in her new cookbook on slow-cooking to the publisher, she’s launching her new Excited About Food brand and website, recipe videos and more. She also has a new radio show; Heating It Up: Exciting Food Talk airs on Fridays from 11am to Noon on KVSF (101.5). Cheryl who is really plugged into the food world has some great guests already, both local and national. She’s having a celebration at the Santa Fe School of Cooking on Saturday, June 4th from 3 to 5pm and you’re all invited. Join her for some food and fun.
EAT (the Edible Art Tour) part of Santa Fe’s annual ARTfeast is one of our favorite events of the year. Galleries pair with restaurants to offer art and eats. The event, now in its 19th year was originally held in February with the other ARTfeast events, last year. The event was great fun but walking cold, dark winter streets and trying to cover downtown and Canyon Road in one evening was daunting. Last year, ARTsmart, the event promoters wisely moved it to a June weekend. Even smarter, it’s now held on two nights. The 2016 event takes place on Friday June 10th and Saturday June 11th. Friday evening Canyon Road galleries will welcome EAT attendees and on Saturday downtown galleries open their doors to button holders.
Tickets for the Edible Art Tour which runs from 5 to 8pm both nights are $35 a person. They can be purchased online at ARTSmart, at all participating galleries and the Lensic Performing Arts Center box office. Funds raised from ARTfeast events support art programs in Santa Fe public schools.
Food lovers take note. 401, located at 401 South Guadalupe opened today. The eatery, according to Executive Chef/partner Laura Licona, is serving “really high end food at affordable prices.” Nambè-born Licona, calls 401’s cuisine “Global American.” She trained at the Cordon Blu and honed her culinary skills in kitchens in Emilia-Romagna. Before returning to Santa Fe she lived in Seattle where she was working towards a PhD in food anthropology and later owmed a pasta restaurant. The enthusiastic chef said she’ll be doing everything in-house. As she reeled off a list of dishes my mouth watered. “I’m a nose to tail chef,” shared Licona who feels she’s bringing “a fresh take on food” to Santa Fe. “This is something bright and lovely and I think it will be very exciting.” Her partner, Jack Shaab, who has a long background on the Santa Fe culinary scene, is running the front of the house. They started out serving lunch but have decided to serve dinner only. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30pm. We can’t wait to try 401!
The Burger Stand
A new burger joint is coming to town. The Burger Stand plans to open in early June at 207 West San Francisco Street on the corner of Burro Alley, home to several restaurants over the years. The small chain, which serves burgers and small batch brews as well as hot dogs which they dub “Hawt Doggz” and a few other menu items, has two branches in Kansas (Lawrence and Topeka) and one in Taos. The big Santa Fe question: how’s their green chile cheeseburger?
For years, while the food truck scene was heating up around the country, food trucks in Santa Fe were few and far between due to city ordinances. Last summer downtown became a little more food truck-friendly so you’ll see trucks at night on the Plaza as well as other places around town. Some creative food truck owners have struck up agreements with commercial property owners around the city and have set up shop. The latest exciting food truck news: Meow Wolf, Santa Fe’s new cutting-edge interactive art space is welcoming food trucks to its parking lot. With over 100,000 people flocking there since its mid-March opening, it seems likely to be a lucrative spot to sell food. It’s a win/win/win. Meow Wolf gets on-site food, the vendors get a good spot to sell food and attendees can enjoy a food break without having to leave the area. We hear that currently there are one or two trucks during the week and more on weekends.
Speaking of food trucks, Dr. Field Goods, who’s had a brick and mortar location for a few years, started life as a food truck. Since opening the restaurant, the truck has been going to special events. Recently, Patrick Gharrity, former executive chef at La Casa Sena has taken over the food truck and plans to do special events and catering. It will be at Meow Wolf during concerts and special events. They and other food trucks are out at the Santa Fe Brewing Company for Pint Night on Wednesdays from around 5 to 8pm. Two dollar pints are offered each Wednesday from 11am to 10pm.
Santa Fe Music
The Santa Fe Community Orchestra presents The SFCO Season Finale with guest conductor and violinist David Felberg on Sunday, June 5th at 2:30pm at the St. Francis Auditorium. The concert features works by Bach, Barber, and Dvorak. For more information, call 505-466-4879 or visit their website. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
Music on the Hill™
Summer is an exciting time for music in Santa Fe bringing annual musical events including the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music on the Hill™, Santa Fe Bandstand and the New Mexico Jazz Festival. The season kicks off in June with Music on the Hill™. Other events start in July. We’ll cover them in next month’s Tidbits. You can read about the Santa Fe summer music scene here.
Music on the Hill™ has been offering free jazz concerts on Wednesday evenings since 2006. This summer, the series which starts on Wednesday, June 15th and continues through Wednesday, July 27th (no concert on July 6th) has expanded to include other musical genres including blues, soul and folk. Concerts, from 6 to 8pm, are free. Arrive early, bring a picnic and stake out your spot on the grass at the St. John’s College athletic field. Parking is limited; free shuttle service from Museum Hill runs every 15 minutes from 5:30 to 8:30pm.
The Santa Fe Opera
Want to know what goes on backstage at the Santa Fe Opera? They offer their hour-long behind-the-scenes-tour Monday through Friday at 9am. Tours are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. Children from age 6 to 22 are free. The tours run through the end of August. On Saturday mornings starting June 4th the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera sponsor Opera Insiders Days. The morning starts off with refreshments and entertainment at 8:30 on the theater patio followed by a talk by an “opera insider” and then a backstage tour. These events are free of charge. Tours are every Saturday through August.
Santa Fe Art
One of our favorite events of the year is EAT (the Edible Art Tour), a benefit event put on by ARTsmart, an organization that offers art programs in Santa Fe schools. EAT pairs galleries with food purveyors allowing attendees to walk from gallery to gallery gazing and grazing. For years, the event was part of ARTfeast, held the last weekend in February. Last year the event promoters made two improvements to an already great event: they moved to June and spread it over two nights. No longer are attendees trudging cold dark streets to get from one art space to the next. They can enjoy strolling from venue to venue on a warm pre-summer evening. This year the event takes place on Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th, from 5 to 8pm. On Friday evening Canyon Road galleries will welcome EAT button holders and on Saturday Purchase buttons ($35 each) directly from ARTsmart, the ARTsmart’s website, at participating galleries and at the Lensic Performing Arts Center box office.
Turner Carroll, celebrating their 25th anniversary (see the beginning of this post) has two new exhibitions opening. Reconstruction, exhibiting the work of New Mexico artist Holly Roberts and Chinese sculptor Wanxin Zhang opens on Tuesday, May 31st with an opening reception on Friday, June 3rd. The theme: reconstructing reality with their art. Roberts’ medium is photography and Zhang works in clay. The exhibit runs through Sunday, June 19th. On Tuesday, June 24th the gallery opens ROY G BIV, an exhibition celebrating color. The gallery will hold an artists’ reception on Friday June 27th.from 5 The artists featured in this show (Fausto Fernandez, Jamie Brunson and Robert Townsend) “all use color as the visual language of artistic ecstasy.” The show runs through July 10th. Both artists’ receptions are from 5 to 7pm.
Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe’s gallery on wheels opens Talkos: red or green, a 3-day exhibition of sculptural tacos and their contents, by Jerry Wellman. The artist’s hybrid performance/installation will be displayed at three different locations. The Axle van will be parked at Ernesto Mayans Gallery 601 Canyon Road on Friday, June 3rd from 5 to 7pm; in front of SITE Santa Fe/Farmers Market on Saturday, June 4th from 9am to 1pm and at the Meow Wolf Food Truck Corral on Sunday, June 5th from 12 noon to 6pm.
That’s it for this month. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in July. ¡Hasta Luego!
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