Kudos to Hotel Andaluz for hiring Marc Quiñones as its executive chef, overseeing all of the property’s culinary operations: MÁS, Ibiza, room service and catering. He writes on his Facebook page, “My brand new dinner menu will be implemented and rolled out in the coming weeks as well as a fresh new menu for our rooftop restaurant Ibiza. I feel blessed to be cooking on a 4-Diamond platform again and am prepared to perform at my absolute best.” More info at hotelandaluz.com.
Watch Food Network’s Chopped? Then you know that Bocadillos Chef/Owner Marie Yniguez chopped her competition into tiny pieces in February. She took the $10,000 prize with sushi tacos, buffalo top sirloin and a pink Himalayan sea salt polenta cake. Great job, chef! And if you saw Standard Diner’s Chef Mike Perseo make a valiant effort on his episode last year, you can taste a special three-course dinner April 11 featuring all of his dishes. Space is limited so call 505.243.1440 to reserve your seat today!
Pastries, bread loaves, and perfect French macarons delight the North Valley with the addition of Los Ranchos Bakery, at 6920 Fourth St. NW, across from Dan’s Boots and Saddles. In the old L’Amour Bakery location, Albuquerque natives Karen and Frank Shope returned to the Duke City after living in Washington for the past 10 years, where they owned a pie shop. Karen is a baker extraordinaire, a trained chef who delights in quality time with her oven to bring you freshly baked breads, cookies, pies, cupcakes and more. Frank’s a man of the people, chatting with customers and peddling sweet treats to all. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Stop in!
Dear reader, Sahara Middle Eastern Eatery near UNM is one of my favorite holes in the wall—the chicken gyro salad haunts my dreams. Now you ABQ Uptown folks will be able to enjoy Sahara Express later this spring. Owners Tom and Areeg Khalil will serve most of the same dishes as the original, plus sandwiches, salads and kabobs. As if Nordstrom Rack weren’t enough reason to visit ABQ Uptown and Winrock. We can’t wait!
The 3rd Annual Great New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival rolls into town April 8 at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. According to food truck website, Mobile Cuisine, Albuquerque is considered one of the country’s best cities to open a food truck. So it’s no wonder Albuquerque is now home to some of best. And this year, over 25 local trucks will be serving up everything from fall-off-the-bone-BBQ and gooey pizza to gourmet waffles and specialty coffee, as well as local, regional and national craft beers. Participating food trucks include Big Dawg’s BBQ, Curbside Pies, Gourmet Doner Kebab, Karibu Café, My Sweet Basil, Rescue Pizza, Sparky Chicano Dawgs and Street Food Institute. Details at foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com.
Happy birthday AMP Concerts! AMP Concerts is the largest nonprofit music promoter in the state, producing 150 events annually with 50 of them free. In 2016 alone, more than 11,000 people in Albuquerque and Santa Fe attended AMP’s free events. In fact, AMP has produced 250 free community events that were attended by over 65,000 people. As a gift, how about the community sends you $100,000 to continue your ability to present your eclectic mix of folk, world and singer/songwriter music? Especially now, with cuts to the arts looming, this is the community’s chance to support the programs that make this a great place to live. Donate at AMPconcerts.org, where you can also check out their schedule in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
You’ve seen the construction behind Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town, now the new Heritage Hotels & Resorts’ Hotel Chaco is opening in April. Inspired by the architecture and ancient civilization of Chaco Canyon, legendary Chef Mark Miller consulted on the rooftop restaurant and bar, Level 5, and an elite cadre of contemporary Native American artists created original art works to grace the hotel’s public spaces and guest rooms. We’re excited for Level 5 (named for the five levels of Chaco Canyon’s Pueblo Bonito), for its unobstructed views of the Sandias, and what’s sure to be amazing food: Hotelchaco.com.
The Placitas Artists Series 30th season continues with an April 23 reception and concert featuring classical pianist Misuzu Tanaka performing piano sonatas by Mozart and Prokofiev, as well as J.S. Bach’s Italian Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli. Pre-concert, take in the art by Judith Roderick, a retrospective of her early work and hand-painted silk fiber-art quilts, on display until April 28. More at PlacitasArtistsSeries.org.
Recognized internationally for presenting works of “exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty,” modern dance group MOMIX brings the imaginative Opus Cactus back to the stage of Popejoy Hall on April 23. Inspired by Arizona’s landscape, MOMIX Director Moses Pendleton created Opus Cactus as a means to bring the mystical desert to life. With his signature, illusionistic choreographic style, Pendleton constructs images of cacti, slithering lizards and fire dancers. Originally developed as a 20-minute piece for Ballet Arizona in 2001, the show has transformed into a full-length, two-act production. Tickets at the UNM ticket offices and online at popejoypresents.com.
Spring has sprung! You’re invited to dine with Farmer’s Daughters April 23 among the apple blossoms at a picturesque Corrales orchard estate with breathtaking views of the Sandia Mountains. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Daniel John of Torino’s @ Home according to what is in harvest from Corrales farmers. All proceeds benefit Save The Space farmland preservation initiative. Be among the first to preview the new video by Farmer’s Daughters explaining why preserving farmland for future generations is crucial to education, food sustainability and the local economy. Bring your questions for the farmer, because he will be onsite. Details at wagnerfieldtoplate.com.
The de Profundis a cappella men’s ensemble presents A Spring Pastorale: Of Roses, Robins and Romance, April 8 and 9. The diverse program includes folk and original music in seven languages, from Appalachia to Austria, the Philippines to Finland. While the program is mostly a cappella, the group will be joined on several selections by longtime pianist and collaborator, Amy Woolley. The Sunday concert will be preceded by a silent auction of fine art, collectibles, certificates for dining, massage and more. Details at depro.org.
The 34th Annual Gathering of Nations Powwow, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people, is April 27-29 at various locations this year. But don’t go to The Pit! The Miss Indian World Talent Competition is at the Albuquerque Convention Center, while the powwow on Friday and Saturday happens at Expo New Mexico. The Gathering of Nations Powwow hosts tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from around the world, more than 3,000 traditional Native American singers and dancers competing for prizes, and more than 800 Native American artisans, craftsmen and traders displaying and selling their work, plus contemporary indigenous music groups, and vendors in the Native Food Court tickets at gatheringofnations.com or at the door.
The Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival returns April 28-30 with this year’s theme of Mélodies Françaises, or French Art Song. The Festival includes solo performances from young singers and pianists from around the state, master classes, concerts, lecture demonstrations and choral performances and presentation of over $7,000 in scholarships. The public is invited to attend any of the free events and concerts during this beautiful weekend of art song. A complete schedule of events can be found at vocalartistryartsong.com.
Chatter Cabaret presents Lara Downes: America Again April 30 at the Albuquerque Museum. Inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem “Let America Be America Again,” this recording features music that explores the elusive but essential American dream, written by composers including Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Angélica Negrón, Florence Price and others, expressing different facets of the American dream—its hope, its impossibility and its necessity. Downes last performed at Chatter in 2012, presenting her 13 Was of Looking at the Goldberg, where composers wrote re-imaginings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. More chatterabq.org/boxoffice.
The Adobe Theater presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado April 20-May 14, directed by long-time Adobe directors Cy and Jane Hoffman. The story is simple. A young man named Nanky-Poo has banished himself from the little town of Titipu because he has fallen in love with the beautiful Yum-Yum, who is engaged to be married to her guardian, Ko-Ko. The cast includes Hi Tillary, Jack Litherland, Tim MacAlpine, Christina Nuki Akerson, Warren Asa Wilgus, Brian Lambe, Madi Frost, Kiersten Johnson, Casey Hennigan and more! Tickets at adobetheater.org.
Did you hear? Quinn Stephenson is now the new, sole owner of Coyote Café & Cantina. And he’s got a mid-April reopening planned with a fresh new color scheme, furniture, design and menu at the Cantina. He’s added some New Mexican favorites to the menu and more ceviche choices, as well as some new cocktails. We don’t have a lot of details, but have been assured that your favorites, including the tacos will still be there. And Coyote Café is still under the culinary supervision of Chef Eduardo Rodriguez. Stop in soon to help Coyote celebrate its 30th anniversary this year!
El Farol’s got a new owner, too, and he’s no stranger to Canyon Road. Rich Freedman, who owns The Teahouse across the street, purchased the establishment from David Salazar, who owned El Farol for nearly 32 years. El Farol will close on April 1 for an extensive renovation with an expected reopening of July 1. Legend has it that El Farol has been a saloon or restaurant for more than 175 years, and the remodel will maintain the historic integrity of the building, as well as live music and flamenco. We can’t wait to see the new El Farol very soon!
And speaking of remodels, Bodega Prime underwent one that included a refreshed look, and a new weekend brunch only menu. Grab a quiet spot on their comfy new bancos, or join the fray at the busy lunch counter. Either way, Bodega Prime will spoil you with their all-organic, locally sourced, seasonal menu. Follow them on Facebook or hit bodegaprime.com for details.
Gastropub Loyal Hound recently announced they’d be opening a second location in Eldorado, in the space most recently occupied by Chez Dre. Co-Owner Renee Fox says the timeline is to have the place ready for business in June. The original on St. Mike’s is a down-home treasure––Eldorado folks are mighty lucky to land this gem.
And before that, The Coffee Wheel, a new coffee shop, should open in April in the La Tienda space recently vacated by Eclectics Art Galley. An Eldorado-area couple, Chris and Jennifer Warren, will be the proprietors, providing the neighborhood with a combination coffee place and import emporium. Expect a comfortable community gathering place with a great selection of coffees, teas and unique items from around the world.
The James Beard Foundation revealed the finalists for its 2017 awards, and Martín Riosof Restaurant Martín is again up for an award in the best chef Southwest category. Crossing our fingers for the late April announcement, Chef!
Santa Fe wins! National Geographic chose the City Different a World Legacy City in the “Sense Of Place” category, “Recognizing excellence in enhancing cultural authenticity, including using vernacular architecture and design, support for the protection of historic monuments, archeological sites, indigenous heritage, and artistic traditions.” This award is the Big Leagues. Hurrah for us!
Local nonprofit organization Kitchen Angels is holding its 19th annual fundraising event, Angel’s Night Out, at 35 restaurants in Santa Fe, April 27. Participating eateries will contribute 25 percent of their revenue that day to Kitchen Angels, and you can contribute to this special community event by dining out for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Invite your friends and fill the restaurants for a good cause. Kitchen Angels is a community-based, volunteer-driven agency that provides free, home-delivered meals to people in Santa Fe who are living with life-challenging health conditions. A complete list of restaurants at kitchenangels.org.
The Cooking with Kids Cookbook, by Santa Fean Lynn Walters and Jane Stacey, with Gabrielle Gonzales’ photos, is the national winner in the children category for the 2017 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The book will now compete in its category alongside winners from other countries for the honor of best in the world, announced in May. For over 20 years, the nonprofit organization Cooking with Kids has educated thousands of children to make healthy eating choices through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods from diverse cultures. Go buy it!
Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey has been named one of five American whiskeys to watch. Made by Santa Fe Spirits, this single malt has two interesting facets that make it stand out, according to Paste Magazine. First, some of the malt used to make the whiskey was smoked with mesquite, a particularly Southwestern answer to Scotland’s peat. Second, it was aged in the high-desert climate of New Mexico. The use of mesquite smoking is not unique to Santa Fe Spirits, but Colkegan is one of the best examples of it to come out thus far. We agree. Try some at their Read Street tasting room.
The coffee revolution has finally come home. Santa Fean Jakub Svec spent a year and a half in development and testing, tinkering with 3D printers and won Santa Fe’s BizMix 2016 for PERK, a groundbreakingly simple, fully automatic coffee machine that is challenging the high-quality cups of coffee produced by the best Third Wave coffee shops. Translation: A 3D printed, automatic pour-over coffee maker, made by a local. Get in on the Kickstarter ground floor, here: facebook.com/perkbrew.
Georgia now offers cooking classes! Santa Fean Nick Peña and his company, Food Tour New Mexico, lets you inside Georgia’s kitchen for some hands-on culinary experience. And you get to eat the results. Under the tutelage of Chef Leroy Alvarado, the classes at Georgia have three themes: new American, contemporary New Mexican and world fusion. For details and to sign up, visit foodtournewmexico.com.
Experience the classic arts of Japan and the excitement of Japan today with a flavor of Santa Fe, April 29, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The Japan Festival is a family day featuring stage performances and activities in the courtyard reminiscent of the festivals of Japan. Kamishibai, the art of storytelling using original art prints will be presented as well as the art of the bow, the traditional art of tea to calm the mind and soothe the spirit, classic and contemporary Japanese dance, a dynamic karate demonstration, creative taiko performances and more! Visit many specialty vendors and taste festival street food and bento. The festival is presented by the nonprofit Santa Fe JIN (Japan Intercultural Network), details at santafejin.org.
Santa Fe Master Gardeners Association has two free events in April: a rose-pruning workshop April 8 and building a native bee house and selecting native plants that attract bees on April 22. The hands-on rose pruning session is at 1315 Galisteo Parkway. Bring your handheld pruners, gloves and long-sleeved clothing. The bee event is at the Randall Davey Audubon Center, led by Audubon Project Co-leader Ann Caudell. Santa Fe Native Plants Project will showcase the greenery that attracts bees. Details and sign up at sfmga.org.
Theater Grottesco presents: PIE, a New Theatrical Creation, at Adobe Rose Theatre April 13-30. “If youwant to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe,” said Carl Sagan, which is the jumping-off point for PIE, a layman’s exploration of how we got to where we are. Grottesco’s take is a complete (very abridged) history of the planet, from moments before the Big Bang to the electronic baroque of today, exploding with madcap humor as the mundane collides with the celestial. The cast includes theater, music, dance, and circus artists Apollo Garcia, Danielle Reddick, John Flax, and Tara Khozein. Find more information at theatergrottesco.org.
Opera Storytellers, kids entering grades 3 through 6 create original opera, activate their voices, bodies and imaginations, expand their individual potential through creative exploration and discovery for a week in June. Sponsored by the Santa Fe Opera, the camp is accepting registrations now. Visit santafeopera.org for more.
Mark your calendars for April 1 for Theater: Bantering With The Bard, at the Harwood Museum, featuring timely speeches from Shakespeare, performed by David Garver and narrated by William Byas. Taken from Richard III, Julius Caesar, Henry V, Hamlet and The Tempest, seven profound speeches have been chosen to resonate with the world we live in, right here, right now. Says Paula Bernett, author, the evening will “combine an immense theatrical talent with an abiding love of Shakespeare.” Add in deep concern and connectedness with our human lives, and you have the essence of David Garver’s performance. David has the uncanny ability to wholly inhabit his characters and bring them to dynamic life. Produced in association with Working Class Theater of Taos. More at harwoodmuseum.org.
Taos Chamber Music Group presents Play It Forward April 15 and 16. This year’s program featuring young composers and musicians also addresses the idea of music as a transformative force. Eddie Pogossian will be featured in a Bach cello suite and join TCMG members for Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor and David Lang’s Shortfall for piccolo, violin, cello and piano, a piece that Lang says expends a large amount of effort to go a very small distance. Robert Bradshaw’s Concerto for Catherine for flute, violin and piano, written for a flutist with cerebral palsy, is based on the idea of uneven gait being a kind of dance, and Conrad Tao’s A Walk for solo piano aims to capture an imagined memory of his first teacher. Eilzabeth Baker, violin, Eddie Pogossian, cello, Nancy Laupheimer, flute, Robert Tweten, piano. Tickets at taoschambermusicgroup.org.
April 22, HEART of Taos presents a special one-night-only LUNAFEST, short films by, about and for women, free to the public, to highlight the needs of and raise funds for the homeless mothers of Taos. Nine selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling by, for and about women. Visit lunafest.org/the-films to view trailers and read about each film.
by Kelly Koepke