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2014, June What's New - Summer

June 12, 2014: There is no better, more exciting time in Santa Fe than the summer. And this season ushers in even more reasons then ever to make ‘The City Different’ a summer stop. From the expansion of the world-class Indian Market to ribbon cuttings at several brand new restaurants under the tutelage of star chefs, to the launch of several one-of-a-kind festivals and exhibitions. Here’s a quick peek:

Drury Hotel Plaza Santa Fe will open its doors on August 4th to the first new hotel in downtown Santa Fe in more than 18 years. The property incorporates two historic buildings–one of which is the previous St. Vincent Hospital–that were thoroughly remodeled while maintaining their architectural significance. With 182 guestrooms the Drury will be the second largest hotel in the downtown area. A rooftop pool and bar, more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space, a new restaurant headed by award-winning chef John Rivera Sedlar (see below) and five acres of space located in the heart of the city make the Drury a remarkable addition to Santa Fe’s luxurious hotel scene.

Inn and Spa at Loretto welcomes Chef Marc Quinones as the new executive chef at the hotel’s Luminaria restaurant. Marc was raised in the South Bronx and cooked at several restaurants in Manhattan before moving to Scottsdale to attend Le Codon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. After graduation he cooked throughout Hawaii, Arizona, Napa, New Orleans and even aboard Air Force One. He settled in New Mexico where he was named “Best Chef in the City” by Albuquerque The Magazine in 2012 & 2013 for his work at Bien Shur at Sandia Resort.

La Posada de Santa Fe, one of the city’s most historic hotels, has become the first in New Mexico to be part of the Starwood Hotels prestigious Luxury Collection group. Starwood is known for its many loyal followers worldwide and the Luxury Collection designation is expected to bring new visitors to Santa Fe. La Posada de Santa Fe is on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and features a full-service spa and an award-winning restaurant and bar. A curated collection of the works of prominent artists is showcased throughout the resort.

Terra at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado now offers a new Chef’s Table for up to 10 diners. An eight to twelve-course meal is prepared just for the lucky few at the table located in the restaurant kitchen. Diners will not only enjoy the food but could be pressed into service helping out around the kitchen. During the summer opera season the resort will cater an exclusive gourmet tailgate dinner on the opera grounds–a beloved Santa Fe tradition–served by Chef Andrew Cooper. The outdoor meal, set against the nearby mountains, is part of a package that includes a chauffeured drive to and from the opera, behind the scenes tour and Après Opera nightcaps and pastries at the resort’s Terra Bar.

Skylight, a new nightclub and performance venue, is coming soon to downtown Santa Fe. The large space, with its central courtyard and namesake skylight will host events from concerts and performances to private parties and receptions. Nightly entertainment will include live music and DJs from happy hour to close and there will be a lively schedule of special events including wine, beer, and liquor tastings, non-profit galas, CD release parties, big-screen sports viewing parties, and corporate gatherings. Skylight will offer a full bar and dinner menu and expects to open in mid to late July. 139 West San Francisco Street,

Georgia, a new restaurant next to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, opened in the space that was formerly occupied by the O’Keeffe Café. Chef Brett Sparman’s menu features modern American food with clean, simple flavors. The restaurant space has been extensively renovated and has a full bar and three dining spaces; the dining room reminiscent of a Victorian mansion, The Tavern and a lovely, shaded patio. The main focus is dinner, but small plates during an Après Lunch service are available in the afternoon. 217 Johnson Street.

Drury Hotel Plaza Santa Fe announced the property’s restaurant will be a creation of award-winning chef John Rivera Sedlar, one of Los Angeles’ best-loved chefs. Sedlar grew up in Santa Fe and will bring his passion for traditional and modern Southwestern Cuisine to the new restaurant, ELOISA, named after his grandmother who was a professional chef. "Santa Fe has long been, and still is, the epicenter of the most flavorful, vibrant Southwestern foods found anywhere in the United States," says Chef Sedlar. "I'm so looking forward to returning to the Santa Fe cocina to cook once again my own contemporary versions of the wonderful foods I first ate as a child in my grandmother's kitchen on Alto Street."

The Palace Restaurant and Saloon just introduced Santa Fe native Joshua Ortiz as Executive Chef. Ortiz has cooked his way around Santa Fe and plans to bring back the Italian flair the historic Palace was known for, like cicchette or Italian Tapas. As he says, “A few bites for a reasonable price. “

Galisteo Bistro, a popular downtown restaurant, has changed hands. The new owners are Brant Keller and his son, chef Tomas Allan Keller, who come to Santa Fe from Naples, Florida. Tomas is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu who plans to make some additions and tweaks to the menu without changing the restaurant too much for its established clientele. 227 Galisteo Street,

The Loyal Hound, a new Southside gastropub expects to open in early June in the space that was formerly occupied by the Hidden Chicken café. Specialties will include craft beers, an eclectic wine selection, and an interesting menu of comfort foods with a twist—such as spicy fried chicken n’ biscuits. Owners are Renee Fox and Dave Readyhough, both of whom have worked in the Santa Fe restaurant scene for years. 730 St. Michael’s Drive,

Fire & Hops, another gastropub, is being planned by one of Santa Fe’s favorite chefs, Joel Coleman who owned Koi and Mauka in the city. The new restaurant will feature Coleman’s creative take on gastro-fare and include a selection of beers on tap, a wine list and outdoor seating. 222 Galisteo. No website yet.
Marble Brewery has re-opened to the cheers of its many fans in a new space in the Luna complex. Marble had been closed for several months after losing its lease downtown. The new brewery has an outdoor balcony for people watching and was open in time to be part of the inaugural Outside Bike n’ Brew Festival, May 15-18. Marble plans to move to an even bigger space in the same location in about a year. 505 Cerrillos Road,

Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta announces that tickets to the 2014 event will go on sale on their website,, at 9 a.m. MST on July 7. This year’s Wine and Chile Fiesta is September 24 through 28, featuring wine seminars, special lunches and dinners, chef tours, a golf tournament, and much more. The event is hugely popular and tickets are limited, so mark the calendar.

Dr. Field Goods Kitchen chef Josh Gerwin took top prize on Chow Masters (Travel Channel) in the show’s search for creative comfort food in America. Josh won for his smoked leg of goat chimichanga stuffed with refried beans and fresh cabbage finished with Oaxacan mole and garnished with guacamole and cotija cheese.

Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 opened at the New Mexico Museum of Art on June 6, marking the artist’s 75th birthday and 30 years of living and working in New Mexico. The exhibition features large-scale public projects, smaller scale personal art and recent works drawn from the artist’s studio, private collections and the museum’s collection.

SITE Santa Fe begins its reimagined signature biennial series, SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas with the first exhibition, Unsettled Landscapes. The show includes important new and existing works, 13 new commissions and several off¬site installations. In addition, key works of art are included from previous decades that further expand the ideas of the show. The exhibition runs from July 20, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

Inaugural Santa Fe Yoga Festival will include more than 108 classes and workshops and be led by well-known instructors and local favorites. There will be daily meditations, dharma talks, hikes, a farm-to-table dinner, a marketplace, and DJ-hosted pool parties. Many of the yoga classes will have live or DJ music. The festival takes place at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch and Resort, a rural setting with fantastic mountain views and spacious grounds. August 28-31.

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