This word just in from Elaine’s in Nob Hill: “Hello Elaine’s Family. It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Elaine Blanco. Elaine has been with our owner, Steve Paternoster, for over 12 years and has been such an amazing person to work with. Her inspiring ideas and hard work will be missed. We wish her the absolute best in her new endeavors! Elaine’s will remain open for usual business hours and we hope to see everyone again soon!” We, too, wish Elaine well, and will be sure to stop in to enjoy the refined New American plates and cozy vibe.
Good news for The Grove Cafe & Market, named to the Good Food 100 list. This list comprises some of the most distinguished and accomplished restaurants in the country, all of which do the hard work of transparent food purchasing while making a positive impact on the environment. The Good Food 100 Restaurants list and ratings are based on percentage of total food purchases spent to support local/state, regional and national Good Food producers and purveyors versus same-category restaurants in the same region. Since 2006, The Grove Cafe & Market has served local, all-natural, artisan foods to their guests because “good food tastes better,” say Lauren and Jason Greene, owners and operators of The Grove. Congrats!
And good news for the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which will soon have a restaurant again. Stefani Mangrum and Treats Parties will run La Fonda del Bosque, re-opening soon. Stefani ran the cafe inside the Albuquerque Museum for five years, and says La Fonda will start with lunch and Sunday brunch, with the goal of serving dinner, too. The menu will include New Mexican comfort food with Latin American and Mexican influences, and will source from local, organic farmers. Hurrah!
More delicious Bocadillos coming your way, too, Downtown. Marie Yniguez, a Chopped winner, will open her newest location on the first floor of 200 Lomas, otherwise known as the Wells Fargo building. Look for a mid-August opening featuring her signature sandwiches, salads and breakfast options. Mmm….Bocadillos!
Downtown’s already grateful for the new Brixens, brainchild of co-owner and general manager Tanya Sanchez, at Fourth and Central avenues. After an extensive remodel that joined two spaces, Brixens features handmade tables with ice coolers in the middle, gorgeous brick accents and a handcrafted bar. Brixens serves American bar fare “with a creative spin.” Buzz us your experience!
And speaking of new, the Pueblo Harvest Cafe at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has debuted its new seasonal menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Enjoy more than a dozen new dishes, like the Three Sisters Sammy at lunch and shrimp linguine for dinner. “Our summer menu is all about taking the freshest ingredients possible and crafting everything from scratch in-house,” says Boris Revilla, food and beverage director. “There’s just nothing like the bright, juicy flavors of the season: ripe red tomatoes, roasted corn, lime—even a new gluten-free avocado bun for our legume burger.” You can still enjoy your favorites, like the Pueblo Feast to Share, the Tewa Taco and the Bison Poyha Sandwich.
Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico presents its first Summer Sunday Sing event Aug. 27, an open rehearsal where the audience becomes participant. Attendees will have the opportunity to read through, alongside a core of professional singers from Polyphony, one of the great choral masterworks: Requiem Mass in C minor (celebrating its 200th anniversary this year) by Luigi Cherubini, conducted by Artistic Director Maxine Thévenot. Conductor, venue, piano accompanist and music scores provided! Preceding and following the event will be social time (drinks, snacks and a wine raffle). Details at polyphonynm.com.
The third Annual Macaroni & Cheese Festival serves up the gooey comfort food at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum on Aug. 19. But don’t bring the kids—it’s a 21-and-over event. Now you won’t have to fight the young ones for gourmet mac and cheese from 30-plus vendors, with wine and beer tastings, live music, entertainment and games. What does gourmet mean? How about the chefs of Fork & Fig, The Range Café, Standard Diner, Backstreet Grill, Jambo, Freight House and Forque, among others? More at themacandcheesefest.com.
Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust’s annual Harvest Dinner fundraiser is Sept. 17, so mark your calendars. The nonprofit has spent the last 20 years protecting privately owned working farms and ranches, wildlife habitat and open spaces through public/private partnerships in Central New Mexico. Guests will enjoy a meal of local fruits, vegetables, meats and spirits prepared by the chefs of Seasons Rotisserie & Grill, Savoy Wine Bar & Grill, and Zinc Wine Bar and Bistro. Enjoy live music, a silent and live auction, and the company of our diverse supporters. Early bird tickets are on sale now at rgalt.org.
Guess who made Business Insider’s Top Tacos in the US? El Callejon Taqueria and Grill in little old downtown Santa Fe did. But you already knew that the three-taco plate from the downtown eatery was the bomb, right? Congrats to El Callejon!
More news from Mark Connell and State Capital Kitchen. He now has a food truck! Catch them at HIPICO, the summer’s equestrian events at the world-class facility near the racetrack. Events run through mid-August, so head out, see some horses and eat some food. More at hipicosantafe.com.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado’s Executive Chef Kai Autenrieth has debuted the Chef’s Garden Table, an intimate dining experience for groups of four to 12 at the resort’s gorgeous outdoor garden. Chef Kai will guide guests through a six-course menu that will change throughout the season depending on the day’s bounty, along with wine or cocktail pairings. A Chefs Kitchen Table experience is also available for groups of two to eight that want to be in the center of the action at Terra Restaurant and Bar. Make your reservations at 855.900.3789.
Bienvenidos Jon Jerman, the new executive chef at La Posada de Santa Fe. Over the past two decades, Jon has sharpened his award-winning skills at some of the most prestigious resorts in the country, including the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga., the Harbor View Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and the Sonnenalp Resort & Spa in Vail, Colo. Jon’s vision incorporates upscale dining with regionally inspired fare and unique menus, using locally sourced products including beef from a coop of small Native American ranches and produce from family-owned local farms. Welcome to town, Chef!
La Fonda on the Plaza has a new general manager, too. Rik Blyth comes to Santa Fe from the Hyatt Regency Newport Resort and Spa in Newport, R.I., and has also worked in the Caribbean, notably Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands and the U.S Virgin Islands. Good to meet you, Rik!
On Your Feet! has reopened in their new location at 328 S. Guadalupe St. across from the Jean Cocteau Cinema and steps from Café Sonder, just yards from the old location. It may be smaller, but the selection of shoes, bags and sock wear is just as amazing. My dogs have been barking at me to get in there, and I always listen to my dogs. You should listen to my dogs, too. Visit onyourfeetsf.com.
And if you’ve noticed activity right around the corner from there, at 401 Guadalupe, you’ve noticed Paloma, a restaurant and bar focusing on the vibrant foods, mescal and warm hospitality of Mexico. Long-time industry professionals Marja Martin (owner and designer), Nathan Mayes (partner and chef) and Joseph Haggard (partner and general manager), look forward to welcoming the Santa Fe community and visitors to its colorful patio and dining room for drinks and homemade tortillas made from imported landrace, organic white corn that they cook, nixtamalize and press. Watch the website, palomasantafe.com for details on the opening and hours.
Been to the city’s newest food truck yet? Palate in the Artisan parking lot on Cerrillos Road serves up elevated New Mexican and Southern food. Owners Chase and Angelica “Heli” Reed were mentored by none other than Mark Miller, legendary chef and original mind behind Coyote Café. The Reeds recently returned from the Farmington area with their adorable toddler Layla, and along with Chase’s father Charles, decided a food truck was the way to go. Plus, Chase went to culinary school, so there’s that. Stop by for tacos, po boys and grilled cheese at lunch, and burritos, coffee and a morning version of a po boy for breakfast. Don’t forget the sweets, either! Follow them on Facebook for Monday through Saturday hours.
Aug. 3 at La Mesita Ranch, enjoy a special benefit dinner with guest chefs Dakota Weiss (Bravo’s Top Chef), Martin Rios of Restaurant Martín, Kevin Nashan (Sidney Street Café, St. Louis) and Rocky Durham (Sunrise Springs Spa Resort) to end child hunger in Northern New Mexico, where 33 percent of the population lives below the poverty line (compared to 13.5 percent nationally). This multi-course dinner and reception includes a harvested heritage buffalo from the Pueblo of Pojoaque. More at Feedthechildren.org/Pueblo or call 917.834.5335.
Save a place for yourself Aug. 15, At the Artist’s Table – A Taste of Chaco, a fundraiser for the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Youth Arts Program, which ensures young people benefit from Santa Fe’s cultural abundance, and the Partners in Education Foundation for the Santa Fe Public Schools, which raises funds to support Santa Fe’s public school teachers and students. Chef Kai Autenrieth and artist Lorraine Gala Lewis collaborate on an exquisite multi-course menu, discuss their inspirations and present each guest with a signed original limited-edition work of art by Lewis, whose work has received numerous awards at the prestigious SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market. Details and tickets at attheartiststable.org.
Visvim is a high-end Japanese menswear brand founded by Hiroki Nakamura and wife Kelsi. Santa Fe now has Visvim’s first women’s store at 222 Shelby St., featuring unique clothing that uses natural dyes, like hand-painted washi skirts, as well as antique furniture and Japanese art. If you’re a Vogue reader (I’m not, but isn’t social media grand?), you know that Nakamura said there that they like to do things differently, Santa Fe’s the City Different, and that’s why they chose our humble burg. It doesn’t hurt that their friend Jed Foutz owns Shiprock Santa Fe just down the way, and that the Nakamuras attend the International Folk Art Market. Stop in and check it out!
Learn more about Native pottery at a book signing on Aug. 16 at El Museo Cultural. Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery of the Southwest is the new book by Eric Dobkin and co-author Charles King, showcasing nearly 300 pottery vessels from the Dobkin collection, covering a wide range of contemporary and traditional Native artists and pieces. “Combining the strength of tradition with the adventure of a changing art form is the essence of the collection,” says Eric, a philanthropist who’s called the father of the modern initial public offering of stock. His interest in Native pottery began two decades ago when he joined the board of the School for Advanced Research, a 110-year-old local institution advancing innovative social science and promoting Native American creativity. Details at nmai.si.edu.
Courtesy of The Santa Fe Opera, soprano Anna Christy continues the Performance Santa Fe Festival of Song with an intimate recital Aug. 4, accompanied by Joe Illick. The New York Times has praised the “agile, clear voice and manic energy” of Anna, who plays Morgana in this summer’s production of Alcina. Then on Aug. 20, another SFO star, Paula Murrihy, who sings the role of Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, will be accompanied by Tanya Blaich on piano. Her program will include works by Brahms, Grieg, Debussy and Mahler, as well as a selection of Irish Songs. Details on both at performancesantafe.org.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will return to Santa Fe this year for the 17th annual Native Cinema Showcase, Aug. 15–20. See more than 50 films of both short- and feature-length. Among the many noteworthy screenings, this year includes Mankiller, Dolores, Angry Inuk, Through the Repellent Fence and Disney’s Moana, which will be screened at the Santa Fe Railyard. All other screenings will take place at the New Mexico History Museum. Along with the showcase, be sure to catch the Future Voices program, highlighting young filmmakers and the awards ceremony for the winners of the Santa Fe Indian Market Class X. Schedule at nmai.si.edu.
The Angel Fire Food & Wine Roundup returns for its four-day Western-themed food, wine, spirits and craft beer festival in Angel Fire, sponsored by Texas-based A Bar N Ranch. Head up to the mountains Aug. 24 through 27 for Wagyu beef, fine wines, craft brews, artisanal spirits and Western hospitality with famous chefs, winemakers, brewers and distillers. The event includes a boot scootin’ BBQ and Western dance at the Angel Fire Resort Country Club, a benefit golf tournament and a bloody good bacon brunch and chuck-wagon breakfast event. Chicago’s, Meathead Goldwyn; Texan Cowboy Gourmet Chefs, Tom and Lisa Perini; and Harry Soo, Head Chef at L.A.-based Slap Yo Daddy BBQ are just a few of the attending chefs who will lead cooking demos. Tickets, etc. at angelfirefoodandwine.com.
Taos Ski Valley’s joining the summer wine festival fun with a, you guessed it, Summer Wine Festival. August 18-20, enjoy wine tastings, food, hiking, live music and more. The more includes yoga (pre-tasting, of course), wine maker lectures and an exhibition by ARTAOS mobile gallery of 24 lithographs from Egon Schiele, the somewhat controversial protege of Gustav Klimt. You’ll have the opportunity to buy one, too. So head on up to the Ski Valley! More at taosskivalley.com