2015 December, What's New in Santa FeDecember 15, 2015: The City Different, Santa Fe, has long been home to an innovative culinary scene as well as a thriving arts community. The nation’s oldest and highest state capital has added a full roster of new events, attractions and activities this winter season—to be followed by a citywide Kids’ Free In March Spring Break Celebration. Here’s a small sample of what’s new for travelers to enjoy:
New Culinary Event: Santa Fe Foodie Classic
January 15-17, 2016
On Friday, January 15, the inaugural Santa Fe Foodie Classic kicks off at the historic Eldorado Hotel & Spa with a “7 Deadly Sins” dinner courtesy of acclaimed Head Chef Tony Smith. This special evening will also offer world-class Flamenco, brilliant venue design, and extravagant culinary pairings.
The festival continues the following day with a special New Mexico craft beer and artisan cheese pairing, followed by a “Meet the Wine Maker” educational seminar. That afternoon, the “Grand Tasting” event will include food and beverage experts showcasing the best of Northern New Mexico cuisine. The day concludes with an after party at the Eldorado’s new CAVA Lounge.
On Sunday the 17th, the renowned Santa Fe School of Cooking will host a demonstration in the morning. In the afternoon, three local chefs (selected by food critics) will compete in a three-course “secret basket” competition, and the winner will receive a trip to FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. www.santafefoodieclassic.com.
New Restaurant: La Fogata Grill
Jorge Santos and Chef Luis Geobani De La Rosa Ortiz own and operate this taco truck turned brick-and-mortar eatery, which is now serving up an eclectic menu of pan-Latin-American cuisine to hungry diners. Oaxacan-style banana-leaf-wrapped tamales, slow-cooked Guatemalan-style barbacoa and watermelon agua fresca are just a few of the tasty treats found here. The restaurant has a prime downtown location near the historic Santa Fe Plaza so both travelers and Santa Feans alike are finding their way in droves to La Fogata Grill. www.facebook.com/La-Fogata-Grill-1427595847491686/
New Pop-Up: The Hive Market
Local chef, co-owner of The Beestro and longtime bee enthusiast Greg Menke recently opened this pop-up artisanal foods and crafts market in downtown Santa Fe along with his business partner Paul DeDomenico. The Hive Market sources all of its products directly from local producers, and offers a multitude of scrumptious items including varieties of honey, chile jams, cookies, seasoning mixes, salsas, chocolates and more. www.facebook.com/thehivemarketsantafe
A First For New Mexico: Casa Dragones Tequila
The Anasazi Restaurant, Bar and Lounge at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is now the first restaurant in New Mexico to carry one the world’s most prestigious tequila brands: Casa Dragones. Earlier this year, the restaurant completed an exquisite redesign which included the addition of a dedicated tequila table at which guests can taste the impressive collection of premium tequilas, and enjoy unique food pairings. Both the Casa Dragones Joven and Blanco varieties are now available. www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/inn-of-the-anasazi-santa-fe
Gallery Opening: Gérard Vachez Gallery
Renowned French artist Gérard Vachez opened the doors to his much-anticipated new downtown gallery in late October, offering the public unfettered access to collections of photography, drawing, painting and digital art. Vachez and his wife Cathy have garnered international acclaim throughout the years and the new Santa Fe residents are an impressive addition to the city’s world-famous arts community. www.gerardvachez.com
Gallery Opening: City Of Mud
This exhibit opened in late October and is a collaborative art space that focuses on home décor, vintage artifacts and funky wearables. City Of Mud is located in the city’s “Baca Street” district, the “SoHo of Santa Fe,” and provides a different take on the traditional art gallery. www.cityofmud.com
New Exhibition: Flamenco—From Spain To New Mexico
Santa Fe is rich with Spanish Colonial history as exemplified in its architecture, art, music, and wonderful cuisine. Now The Museum of International Folk Art presents Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, the most comprehensive exhibition to celebrate and study this living tradition as art form. The exhibition just opened and runs through September 11, 2016. More than 150 objects are featured that trace flamenco's journey from fifteenth and sixteenth century Spain to twentieth century Europe's most cultured cities, including costumes both historic and contemporary, musical instruments, costume and set design sketches, playbills, sheet music, posters, and more. www.internationalfolkart.org
New Exhibition: First Folioǃ The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare
February 5-18, 2016
The New Mexico Museum of Art will host one segment of a special national exhibit making its way around the country in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The museum will display the rare book First Folio—also known as Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies—and will be accompanied by a multi-panel exhibition and interactive activities exploring Shakespeare’s enduring impact on literature and society. All 18 plays contained within the pages of First Folio mark the first time each appeared in print, including the world-famous Hamlet. For more information on all the related events, visit www.nmartmuseum.org.
New Art & Cultural Tour: La Fonda on The Plaza
The historic La Fonda on The Plaza hotel is now offering free docent-led tours of the property’s diverse collection of artwork. The tours are offered three times a week, roughly one-hour long, and conducted on a rotating basis by more than 30 specially trained docents. The experience showcases the work of local artists including Gerald Cassidy, Tony Abeyta, and Paul Lantz while it weaves in the rich history behind the iconic hotel and the city of Santa Fe. www.lafondasantafe.com
Health & Wellness
New Wellness Program: BODY: Peace Place For Kids
Starting January 12, 2016, Santa Fe’s premier health and wellness center BODY is launching Peace Place For Kids: classes for parents and young children 3-11 as tools to experience greater peace, joy and connection to the present moment. On Saturday, January 9 from 3 – 4 p.m. there’s a free launch party with a family yoga class ages 5+, warm winter treats & chai, and raffle prizes. www.peaceplaceforkids.com
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