The Buzz – October 2016


Welcome home, James Krajewski! The new wine curator at Farm & Table brings an extensive knowledge of world wines after an impressive stint in California’s Bay Area. He spent three years as a wine merchant with Paul Marcus Wines and Prima Vini. James received certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. He worked for over 10 years in the food and beverage industry in Albuquerque, which included stints with Tierra Encantada Winery, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill and Synergy Fine Wines. “In New Mexico we have a viticultural history dating back to the 17th century,” shares Krajewski. “I am excited to bring my experience in pairing wines with great food to Farm & Table as I work alongside Chef Carrie Eagle and her team.” Reservations at

Get your cure at The Farmacy, at Seventh and Mountain. The newly opened from-scratch restaurant sources with a mission. Much of its produce comes from farms right here in New Mexico, and its custom-made butcher-block tabletops were made by Fathers Building Futures, a program that teaches struggling fathers life skills. Chef/Owner Jacob Elliot, who sold a restaurant in Portland to pursue music, has returned to Albuquerque with partner Thalia and their kids—and to food. Like the Rail Runner Reuben—house-made corned beef, house fermented sauerkraut and Swiss on marbled rye. And the Duke City Biscuits (green chile, cheddar cheese, egg) fresh from the oven, instant best sellers. Check their Facebook page for hours, etc.

Kaktus Brewing Company seems poised to take over the world—even if you, dear reader, don’t drink beer. Owner Dana Koller and business partner Mark Matheson have turned their Nob Hill taproom into a coffee shop during the hours when imbibing an adult brew might be seen as inappropriate. Called World Traveler Café, the space is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and includes the rooftop deck. Coffee’s not the only menu item: healthy smoothies and medicinal shakes, housemade kombucha can be had with your baked goods, too. Iconik Coffee Roasters in Santa Fe and The Herb Store in Nob Hill are suppliers. Build that empire, boys!

Fresh is the word at Vibrance—so fresh the veg isn’t even cooked! Chef Karen Hammer recently opened Vibrance to offer vegan and live foods, spreading word about her own raw-food lifestyle. After several years teaching others how to prepare healthy foods that also taste good, she’s now welcoming everyone to the former and now renovated Los Equipales space in Nob Hill. Menu items include Asian and kale salads, vegetable wraps, green chile and goat cheese quiche, and of course, dessert. Chocolate turtle cheesecake and lemon bars, anyone? Days and hours are limited right now, but include a Sunday brunch buffet. Check the Facebook page for details, including live music and local artists.

Sugar Crush Sweet Studio expects an Oct. 1 opening of their latest homage to confections. Owners Carissa and Jeffrey Mettling (of Rebel Donut) are ready to blow your minds through their creativity with cookies, cakes and other sweets. On the lower level at San Mateo and Lomas, Sugar Crush has a 3D printer, so that the Mettlings can create custom shapes and molds for whatever your imagination dreams up, as well as the usual pastries, cookies and candies. And no, they’re not pulling attention away from Rebel Donut, they just needed another outlet for their wild designs!

The Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival returns for its 14th year, programming some of the best in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) films. Running Oct. 7-16, this year’s film festival offers audiences a wide cinematic range including more than 70 short and full-length feature comedies, dramas, documentaries and shorts. Tickets and a list of screenings and other events

October means Halloween and other spooky things. Like zombies. Duke City Repertory Theatre presents Night of the Living Dead: from the basement, based on the film by George A. Romero, adapted by DCRT company member Josh Heard and directed by DCRT Artistic Director Amelia Ampuero. Running Oct. 13-23, this version puts the audience in the basement with five strangers facing a catastrophe of unimaginable terror. These strangers find themselves in a fight to survive not only the hungry dead, but the living amongst them as well. What’s scarier: the things lurking in the dark or the darkness lurking in us? You survived the movie. Will you survive the live theatrical experience? Tickets and location at

The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus has an amazing new season planned with their special Choral Colors concert on Oct. 16, a program featuring the music of Bartok, Ginastera, Pinkham, and Effinger. Then head to Artichoke Café for a gourmet gala dinner fundraiser. Special guest at the concert is the honor chorus from Eldorado High School. The season continues in December with Handel’s Messiah at Popejoy Hall with Maestro Roger Melone conducting a Baroque-sized ensemble and renowned soloists from his seat at the harpsichord. Reservations required for the gala dinner, call 505.247.0181 and tickets for the season at

More music with the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists’ 2016-17 season, which begins with a celebration of the music and legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven Oct. 9. Featured musicians include violinists Megan Holland and David Felberg, violist Kimberly Fredenburgh, cellist James Holland, bassist Jean-Luc Matton, clarinetist Emily Erb, bassoonist Alexander Onieal and hornist Nathan Ukens. Tickets and complete season details at

The Placitas Artists Series 30th season continues in October with Joseph Johnson performing cello works by J.S. Bach, Benjamin Britten and Manuel de Elias. As always, concertgoers experience a juried fine art exhibit of different, talented, diverse artists in the spacious gallery at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Plan to arrive early to relax, enjoy refreshments, and meet the artists. In October, that’s glass artist Lisa Chernoff, photographer Helen Johnson, oil and pastel artist Carol Ordogne and mixed media artist Denise Weaver Ross. Details at

Through Oct. 16, catch Siembra, Latino Theatre Season: Woman on Fire, by Marisela Treviño Orta at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Woman on Fire is a re-imagining of Sophocles’ Antigone set along the Arizona/Mexico border. The ghost of a woman who died while crossing the border haunts the unwilling heroine Juanita, the wife of a U.S. border patrolman. Juanita finds herself torn between the law of man and a higher law when she must decide whether or not to put her husband’s career and their marriage at risk in order to give the restless spirit the proper burial it demands. This world premiere is part of the Latina/o Theatre Commons’ El Fuego Initiative, presented in partnership with Camino Real Productions. Tickets at

Santa Fe

Welcome to Luminaria Restaurant at Inn and Spa at Loretto, new Executive Chef Anthony Smith. The name should be familiar, as Chef Tony spent years at Eldorado Hotel & Spa’s Old House, Agave Lounge and CAVA Santa Fe Lounge. “Santa Fe is a wonderful place for me to continue to build a great community in my kitchen and with those dining at Luminaria,” said Smith, a London native who has embraced his inner New Mexican. “I am honored to be working with a fine team in a beautiful location where we can focus on presentation, innovation and regional flavors in the future.”

And welcome to town and the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Kai Autenrieth! As executive chef, Autenreich will oversee Terra restaurant, one of Santa Fe’s premier dining destinations, along with the in-room dining menu for the 65-casita resort and the resort’s popular Chef’s Table. He brings a distinct global perspective: he’s lived and cooked in Tanzania, Saint Lucia, Australia, St. Maarten, Bermuda and the U.K. Most recently Chef Autenrieth was executive sous chef at Four Seasons Resort Nevis in the West Indies, where he spent three and a half years honing his skills in fine dining with a special focus on locally sourced seafood and hands-on guest experiences like diving for lobsters, followed by interactive cooking classes. Quite the change!

Now Santa Feans can taste Gruet Winery’s extraordinary wines right here at home. Gruet Winery opened its new Santa Fe tasting room at the Hotel St. Francis! Share Gruet Winery’s passion for premium American sparkling wines without driving south to its Albuquerque winery (under renovations in time for the Balloon Fiesta). At the new tasting room, you can learn about the Gruet story, sip on its internationally acclaimed sparkling wines and relax with cocktails on the outdoor patio. For more than 30 years, winemaker Laurent Gruet has been producing premium sparkling wines in the Land of Enchantment using the same methods his father, Gilbert, used at their family’s champagne house in Bethon, France. Magnifique!

You may have noticed a new name in an old location. El Callejon recently opened where El Paseo Bar used to be. The Morales siblings, Raul, Alfredo and LiAnne, are now serving up tacos by the plate or a la carte, in addition to a full menu of appetizers, salads, traditional Mexican entrees, hot sandwiches, and burgers of all varieties. But the tacos are really the attraction at lunch and dinner, including the carne barbacoa. Check them out and buzz us back!

Legal Tender Restaurant & Saloon has returned! The restaurant in a 19th century building with the history of the West lining the walls at the Lamy train depot serves up New Mexican and American favorites at lunch and dinner, Wednesday through Saturday, and until 3 p.m. on Sunday. We hear it’s worth the drive to Lamy to satisfy your palate with a wide selection of desserts, too. Plus, the building’s a cool stop. Head to their Facebook page for hours, live musical guests and more.

Missing Revolutions Bakery? How about Bodega Prime? Owner Noela Figueroa (late of Café Pasquale and Tesuque Village Market) has turned Bodega Prime into a caterer, deli and prepared-foods grocery, working with farmers in our local community to bring you the best food to take out, take home or eat in. Stop by for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or pre-made goodness from the retail shop, Tuesday through Saturday. And don’t miss the full story on Bodega in this issue!

Have you checked out La Containerista? This unique artisan retailer in the Baca Street Railyard District can’t be missed—it’s in a re-purposed, colorful, green and artistic shipping container! Owner Rebecca Warner, inspired by living in Oaxaca and Mexican arte popular, sells a distinctive and eclectic collection of flowchart, decorative and functional art from Oaxaca and from local artists. You’ll find ceramics for your kitchen, pine needle baskets, recycled plastic vessels, textiles, jewelry, pillows and more. La Containerista is fun and funky, the perfect City Different artsy experience.

Celebrate the Fifth Annual Fred Harvey weekend, Oct. 28-30. The New Mexico Museum of History’s weekend is rich in fun events, including museum lectures and discussions on collecting and collections from a Harvey heir and experts tied to the Harvey legacy. The Santa Fe School of Cooking joins the festivities with a Fred Harvey cooking class Oct. 28. Guests will discover Fred Harvey’s impact on this region with a talk by special guest, Stephen Fried, author of Appetite for America. Chef Michelle Chavez has created a delicious Harvey-inspired meal featuring albondigas, Chicken Lucrecio and a hot strawberry sundae on sour milk biscuits part of the proceeds of which support the Museum’s programs and exhibits. Register at 505.983.4655.

Performance Santa Fe has announced that Artistic Director Joe Illick will step down at the end of the 2016-17 season. Illick brought new life to Performance Santa Fe in 2007 with creative energy, a broader range of offerings and greatly increased community recognition. During this time, Performance Santa Fe expanded its education programs to serve over 5,000 local students annually, winning awards and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. “It’s the right time for a change for Gina and me, and for the organization,” Illick says. “Performance Santa Fe has a strong Board and leadership. And, in our new Executive Director Jonathan Winkle, the organization has a highly skilled executive to manage the growth.” Check for the season’s offerings.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) continues its fall reading series with noted authors in October with Kate O’Neill, MFA student; Eric Davis, the Marketing and Communications Director; Anne Haven McDonnell, an associate faculty member; and Kim Parko, associate professor. These readings highlight the diversity and quality of both the students and faculty at IAIA, and are free and open to the public. Visit for details, times and locations.

A reading of a different kind takes place Oct. 18 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. Blackshirt Reads Presents: Across The Amazons is a live screenplay reading. This historical adventure set in the 1700s is based on the true story of aristocrat Isabel Grameson Godin, a native of Andean Colonial Peru (now Ecuador). After losing her fourth child to smallpox, she receives news that her long-absent French husband has arranged to meet her in French Guiana. She decides to cross the Amazon to reconnect with him. Joined by relatives, a crew of personal servants, a doctor, his traveling companion and his manservant, and a host of Indian guides, Isabel sets off on the months-long trek. Disaster escalates. Go to for times and tickets.

The Jean Cocteau is also one of the venues for the Oct. 19 – 23 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, with more than 40 full line-up of short films, educational events and parties. Albuquerque native Jay Roach will receive the American Filmmaker Award for his successful career as a director. Widely known for the cult-classic spy action movie Austin Powers, Roach has directed and produced box-office hits ranging from Meet the Parents to Borat, the Emmy Award-winning film Game Change, and Trumbo and All the Way, both starring Bryan Cranston. A complete schedule at

And get your tickets now for the Nov. 5 Mollie O’Brien show at GiG Performance Space. For three decades the Grammy winner and her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, have made themselves at home in numerous genres. Rich, known for his hilarious onstage banter, is a powerhouse guitar player who can keep up with O’Brien’s twists and turns: from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. Veterans of the Colorado folk and blues scene, in the late 1980s Mollie earned fame when she and her brother Tim released three critically acclaimed albums. Mollie recorded five equally well-received solo albums and was a regular on Prairie Home Companion. More at

Congrats to local actor/musician and Meow Wolf co-founder Megan Burns, named executive artistic director of Santa Fe Performing Arts. Longtime artistic director W. Nicholas Sabato is leaving the company housed at the Armory for the Arts Theater. Burns has directed the youth program at SFPA for some 15 years, part of the mission to create educational and professional theater, using performing arts as a powerful tool for educating the youth in our community. Congrats!

Up & Down Theatre Company presents their satirical musical cabaret Winning the Future at The Adobe Rose Theatre October 20- November 6. Written by and starring Kate Chavez and Lindsey Hope Pearlman alongside Santa Fe jazz piano favorite Robin Holloway, Winning the Future is equal parts political satire, sketch comedy, and musical theater. A playful, eclectic evening of original sketches and songs about America – where we are, and where we’re headed. examining the political, economic and social circumstances of our times in a hilarious take on what it means to be American in 2016. How timely! More at


Everybody likes free. And when it’s educational, it’s even better. Mark your calendar for October when Ladies Of The Canyons heads to The Taos County Historical Society. Lesley Poling-Kempes will share her experiences researching and writing the aforementioned book, and the stories she uncovered about these extraordinary women—Natalie Curtis, Alice Klauber, Carol Stanley and Mary Cabot Wheelwright—and their impact upon New Mexico. The talk will also share the personal and professional adventure a writer undertakes when she seeks to find and piece together the stories of people who have gone missing in history. “If we are very lucky we unearth a marvelous narrative that enlarges and enhances our sense of time, place and story,” she says. More at

And everybody likes chocolate, right? So have you been to Chokolá Bean To Bar? This new confectionary specializes in small-batch, organic, crafted, bean-to-bar chocolate. Owners Javier and Debbie Abad Etxaniz roast the beans fresh, ethically sourcing them and crafting small, select batches. They’ve created an artisanal, single-original chocolate that brings out each cacao bean’s unique, nuanced flavors. They are on Juan Largo Lane near the Plaza, and at

by Kelly Koepke

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