Celebrate Santa Fe’s Culinary Scene with Santa Fe Harvest Festival

Editor | SantaFe.com - October 4, 2011

"Santa Fe’s exceptional chefs and cuisine..."

Santa Fe’s exceptional chefs and cuisine will be the centerpiece of the premier Santa Fe Harvest Festival, November 1st-23, a culinary extravaganza to benefit Cooking with Kids, a Santa Fe-based non-profit that motivates and empowers elementary school students to develop healthy eating habits through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods from diverse cultural traditions.

“The Santa Fe Harvest Festival is designed to spotlight our talented chefs, incredible cuisine and local foods, as well as give cooking enthusiasts of all ages a chance to learn from the pros and showcase their skills,” said Michele Ostrove, co-organizer of the event. “It is also about getting people out to have some serious fun before the holiday season – and helping kids discover the joy of cooking healthy, locally sourced foods.”

Along with substantial discounts at participating restaurants, the Santa Fe Harvest Festival will feature cooking classes, a chef competition for professional and amateur chefs, a mixology challenge, a food and wine tasting expo, a gala dinner and more. I know what you’re thinking, me too: “what is mixology?” Turns out it’s about mixing yummy cocktails – think pomegranate martini or just a regular ‘ole martini, perfectly chilled and dry with a twist or olive. 

Restaurant Discounts, Cooking Classes, Culinary Competitions, Food & Wine Expo & More
The festival’s events kick off with a Restaurant Relay Race around the Plaza by professional restaurant servers. This might give you a sense of whether the requests from your table at your favorite restaurant are reasonable or not and whether your waitperson (I don’t like the term server) is up to the challenge. Most of us have no idea how many people are involved in getting food to our table, especially when we are absolutely starving.

A “Best of the Fest” gala dinner and silent auction at the Eldorado Hotel Pavilion is the finale of the three-round Chef Showdown. For the Showdown, four of Santa Fe’s top chefs will prepare a meal for celebrity chef judges, as spectators enjoy a delicious dinner of their own.  Amateur chefs and bartenders also will compete in exciting, two-round challenges. Throughout the three-week festival, pass holders can take unlimited cooking classes taught by local chefs for both adults and kids, taste delectable food and wine at the Grand Gourmet event and save hundreds of dollars on dining, lodging and more.  For dates, times, venues, ticket prices and details on all events and cooking classes and to sign up for the amateur chef competition, visit www.santafeharvestfestival.com.