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Congratulations, James Beard Semi-Finalists!

A huge congratulations to all of the amazing local chefs who were announced as James Beard semi-finalists for Best Chef Southwest! Click on the chef’s name below to view stories we’ve written on them in the past.   Best Chef: Southwest   Andrew Cooper of Terra at the Four Seasons...

SFCC Loves to Cook for Company!

Current and future chefs with Santa Fe Community College’s Culinary Arts Program will present an elaborate Valentine’s feast in the Jemez Rooms on campus Friday, Feb. 13. The event is a benefit for the program’s study abroad fund. “Last year, this event was so popular we sold out completely,” said...

New Mexico Restaurant Week 2015

The tastiest week of the year is almost here! New Mexico Restaurant Week, now in its sixth year, kicks off in Santa Fe on February 22 and continues in mid-March in Albuquerque and Taos. Participating restaurants from each city will put their best dishes forward during this annual culinary celebration,...

Red Light Cameras

“You-ou-ou, you-ou,” a sultry, sassy voice rises over the din of the crowd. “Juu-uuu-uuuice, ooooh,” the haunting melody beckons the audience to the dance floor, a siren song encouraging listeners to cut loose, dance and just live in the moment. Lead vocalist Amanda Machon begins to jump and twirl and...

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The Art Buzz: February 2015

New Mexico Restaurant Week

Our February Local Favorite: NM Restaurant Week
This month in Local Flavor: Our first issue of 2015 features stories on a local musicians, including Albuquerque's very own Red Light Cameras as well as Native American artists in their 20s and 30s who are redefining the image of hip hop; wines and recipes to help you celebrate Valentine's Day; two hotel stories, one is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the other has yet to break ground; and much more!

 

Local Flavor is northern New Mexico’s complimentary food, wine and lifestyle magazine for Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos and Los Alamos. Local Flavor is read avidly by people living in northern New Mexico, as well as by thousands of visitors who travel to our area each year. Since 1994, Local Flavor has published stories about New Mexico chefs, restaurants, farmers, vintners, recipes and wine. In 2001, we added more flavors to the mix, and now include home decor, travel, design, arts and artisans, personal style, gardening, music and events. We offer visitors an insider’s look at local culture, area museums, galleries, restaurants and recreation—the best activities to experience and places to eat during a visit to New Mexico. We celebrate the deep historical roots of our community, the ethnic diversity of our people and the unique character of life in the high desert. We do this through in-depth stories on individuals who we feel embody these ideals. At its best, Local Flavor captures the essence of who we are.

Congratulations, James Beard Semi-Finalists!

A huge congratulations to all of the amazing local chefs who were announced as James Beard semi-finalists for Best Chef Southwest! Click on the chef’s name below to view stories we’ve written on them in the past.
 
Best Chef: Southwest
 
Andrew Cooper of Terra at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe
Photo by Gabriella Marks

Photo by Gabriella Marks

Jennifer James of Jennifer James 101 in Albuquerque
Photo by Gaelen Casey

Photo by Gaelen Casey

 
Jonathan Perno of La Merienda at Los Poblanos in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
Young Chef Perno with his brothers

Young Chef Perno with his brothers

Martín Rios of Restaurant Martín in Santa Fe
Photo by Gabriella Marks

Photo by Gabriella Marks

Inn of the Governors

Photo by Gabriella Marks

Photo by Gabriella Marks

The Inn of the Governors, well placed on the corner of West Alameda and Don Gaspar in Santa Fe, is an exception to the transient nature of life, and is exceptional in that this year it celebrates its 50th anniversary. It’s encouraging to know that every once in a while our endeavors come together, that we can get it so right––it passes the test of time.

Walking into the lobby is like walking into the living room of your dreams, furnished with big cushy chairs and beautiful rugs, and in the colder months there will be a snapping fire in the fireplace. Right around 4 p.m., you’ll find complimentary tea and sherry served. Can it get better than this? Maybe, if you have one of the rooms with its own fireplace. Continue reading

Still Hungry February 2015

Michelle and Leslie Photo by Lerina Winter, Winter Creative

Michelle and Leslie
Photo by Lerina Winter, Winter Creative

February is back and, with it, the season of love. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I asked two of Santa Fe’s finest (and newest!) culinary couples to share the recipes that they won their sweetheart with. Michelle Roetzer and Leslie Chavez, who were married this past fall and work together in the Santa Fe Community College’s culinary arts program, presented me with the very first recipe they developed together as a couple—a recipe that’s perfect for the sweethearts among us to give a try. Chef Andy Barnes and his wife Crystal, also married this past year and the owners of one of Santa Fe’s favorite restaurants, Dinner for Two, chimed in with a recipe that’s perfect for singles to use in seducing our crushes. Continue reading

Hotel Chaco

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 11.44.47 AMOn a summer afternoon in the not-too-distant future, a tourist—or local—might be strolling through the northern chunk of Albuquerque’s Old Town and catch a glimpse of a building that appears new and tall and sharply distinctive amongst the darker adobe all around. The five-story building’s clean exterior masonry lines exude centuries of staying power, the pale stone still feeling natural, despite the urban setting. This is Hotel Chaco, the first new hotel built in Old Town in over 40 years and a from-the-ground up project by Heritage Hotels and Resorts, a New Mexico company founded in 2005. The hotel’s marriage of new building techniques with old cultural sensibilities is like nothing the state has ever seen. Continue reading

Reader’s Picks

We had a blast choosing Santa Fe and Albuquerque’s Top Ten Dishes of 2014, but with so many great dining destinations in each city, we wanted to hear what our readers had to say. Here are a few dishes that missed our list – but not yours!

Caffe Greco
Santa Fe Frito Pie

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SFCC Loves to Cook for Company!

SFCC-culinary artsCurrent and future chefs with Santa Fe Community College’s Culinary Arts Program will present an elaborate Valentine’s feast in the Jemez Rooms on campus Friday, Feb. 13. The event is a benefit for the program’s study abroad fund.

“Last year, this event was so popular we sold out completely,” said Deborah Boldt, Executive Director of the SFCC Foundation which sponsors the benefit event. “Thanks to terrific support of our primary sponsor – the Simon Charitable Foundation, our student-chefs enriched their culinary expertise on an extraordinary trip to Italy, visiting cooking schools and chefs and learning new skills first hand.”

The sumptuous four-course dinner will feature special wine pairings with each course. Mouth-watering and creative, the menu includes extravagant mussels sautéed with jalapenos, a two-color buffalo short rib ravioli and grilled beef tenderloin with a chocolate red wine demi sauce. Dessert is baked Alaska, caramel ice cream and chocolate cake with torched meringue and blood orange pomegranate sauce.

Tickets are $80 single; $150 per couple, including wine. Only 100 tickets are available. Reservations must be made by telephone. Please call the SFCC Foundation at 505-428-1855.

The Santa Fe Community College Foundation supports the mission of SFCC to empower students and strengthen community through advocacy and fundraising.

New Mexico Restaurant Week 2015

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 10.13.08 AMThe tastiest week of the year is almost here! New Mexico Restaurant Week, now in its sixth year, kicks off in Santa Fe on February 22 and continues in mid-March in Albuquerque and Taos. Participating restaurants from each city will put their best dishes forward during this annual culinary celebration, offering prix fixe menus at delicious prices—so start loosening your belts, planning your dining destinations and looking forward to the foodie adventure that awaits you!

That adventure is better than ever this year in the Land of Enchantment. Restaurant Week, which originated in Continue reading

Red Light Cameras

Photo by Kitty Leaken

Photo by Kitty Leaken

“You-ou-ou, you-ou,” a sultry, sassy voice rises over the din of the crowd. “Juu-uuu-uuuice, ooooh,” the haunting melody beckons the audience to the dance floor, a siren song encouraging listeners to cut loose, dance and just live in the moment. Lead vocalist Amanda Machon begins to jump and twirl and the audience gladly follows her lead. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the performance powerhouse known as the Red Light Cameras.

This is a band that loves to perform live, and their enthusiasm is infectious. One head begins to bob. Then another, and another. People begin to make their way onto the dance floor and soon the crowd is dancing full-on to the indie/garage/pop sound of Albuquerque’s Red Light Cameras. Continue reading

Native Pulse

imageThis is a love letter to hip hop. Not the cringe-worthy version: an assault of obscenities, misogyny and violence. These are new kids in town. Native American artists in their 20s and 30s, from local New Mexico pueblos as well as reservations all over the country, are reclaiming what started out as an inspiring format and returning to that original spark. Hip hop under their watch is having an extreme makeover. It’s a movement, one whose time has come and whose numbers are growing. And at the heart of it is not cynicism but love. Continue reading

Curious Pleasures

There’s an old poem about a wallflower growing in a crevice of stone. Unheeded by men of wealth, by vagabonds, shopkeepers and swiftly passing lovers, “its perfumes reach into the heart of each.” Is it not one of the more compelling notions to glance at the shy figure alone at the punch bowl, see a unique beauty that no one has beheld and become awakened to an enduring passion? Herein lies a lesson of opening minds and proclivities to the allure of overlooked wines. We want to pull focus from entitled, faddish varieties found on every by-the-glass list and hijacking store shelves. Not denying your Malbec, your tired, your poor, your masses of Cabernet Sauvignon—our intention is to liberate your huddled palates yearning to breathe free.

Merlot

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 11.55.28 AMThe movie “Sideways” is a freshly charming comedy featuring a sexy, desirable and memorable character. While the same could be said of Virginia Madsen as Maya, the scene stealer in this instance was Pinot Noir, one of the world’s noble grapes, typecast as the mysterious femme fatale. Pinot Noir producers saw their bottles fly off shelves and get 86’d on wine lists, while consumers saw prices increase. The spotlight is deserved (the prices, ehh, in some cases). Pinot Noir is hardly an overnight success. But did the filmmakers have to cast Merlot as the villain? “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving,” says Miles, the film’s quixotic wine aficionado. Merlot was sidelined and sales went in the tank. Plenty of folks still drank Merlot, some for the reasons Miles didn’t want to: it can be a crowdpleaser, soft, fruity, lacking in structure and complexity. However, we threw the baby out with the bathtub plonk. Delve into quality Merlots like Star Lane Vineyard Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($28), complexly structured with dark fruit and long finish; Swanson from Napa Valley, rich, ripe and concentrated, touched with mocha ($36); or Northstar, Columbia Valley, Washington ($30), elegantly finessed with red currant and black fruits. Continue reading