Gourmet Girl: February Cuisine Scene

For the shortest month of the year, February sure has a lot going on. The Souper Bowl, Valentine's Day and President's Day Weekend already have come and gone, but the rest of the month will still keep you busy, especially if you're a foodie. Try Dinner and a Movie at the Jean Cocteau Cinema or a pre-concert dinner prepared by a pro. Celebrate the quarter-century birthday of a beloved French restaurant. And don't forget about Restaurant Week , which kicks off February 23. There's still time to make reservations for the city's biggest dining event of the year. February winter doldrums? Definitely not around here!

Dinner & A Movie

With beloved classic films, new releases and live entertainment from magicians, comedians, singers authors and others, eclectic excitement is always on tap at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, owned by George R.R. Martin, one of the world's best-known authors. But did you know this community jewel regularly hosts Dinner and a Movie events, featuring themed dinners that you can feast on before, or during, a film? This month features the 1992 Mexican film “Like Water for Chocolate,” based on Laura Esquivel's novel employing magical realism to tell the story about family, enchanted love and delicious recipes during the Mexican Revolution.

As you watch the story unfold, dine on a fabulous organic feast prepared by chefs Andrea Abedi and Honey Yohalem. Their enticing menu features local grass-fed beef with herb jus natural, truffled whipped potatoes and a trio of wilted greens—collard greens, spinach and Dino kale. A ménage à trois of vegetables brings together butternut squash, sweet potatoes and parsnips, with pistachio chocolate molé. For dessert, savor raw, vegan chocolate bars, chocolate-covered strawberries and other perfect endings. The theater's bar will serve Bleeding Martinis and non-alcoholic Hibiscus Coolers. Enjoy dinner and this movie on Saturday, February 22 starting at 6:15 pm. Or, reserve tickets for the April 25 Dinner and a Movie featuring “Like Water for Chocolate.”

A Meal Fit for The King's Singers

At the Anasazi Restaurant, inside the elegant Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Executive Chef Peter O'Brien has been pairing musical events in Santa Fe with his a symphony of flavors, matching menus with performances so that guests can enjoy a pre-concert dinner before curtain time and get a taste of what the evening will bring. For instance, last summer O'Brien created sumptuous menus for each of the operas presented by the Santa Fe Opera. Now, he's assembled pre-performance menus in partnership with Performance Santa Fe. His menu for the February 22 performance of the Grammy-winning ensemble The King's Singers sounds like the perfect accompaniment to the vocal sextet. The group is made up of two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass singer with “voices spun of gold,” according to “BBC Music Magazine.” Their program, “Love Songs,” will feature 500 years of music by composers and songwriters from around the globe. O'Brien's menu pays tribute to the English a cappella vocal ensemble, which was named after King's College in Cambridge, where six choral scholars established the group in 1968. The dinner will start with English pea soup, followed by deconstructed fish and chips with tartar slaw and malt gastrique. After you've eaten clementine and almond cake with English tea sorbet, you'll be in the very mood for an evening of songs by talented British lads.

Bon Anniversaire to 315!

Sacré bleu, can it really be 25 years since 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar opened its doors at 315 Old Santa Fe Trail, serving Santa Fe the classic and contemporary-inspired flavors of France? Chef/Owner Louis Moskow invites diners to celebrate this anniversary achievement with a delectable three-course meal offered through the end of February at the extraordinary price of only $35. Before the dinner begins, you'll kick things off with an amuse bouche of stuffed portobellini mushroom with goat cheese duxelle. Then, savor some of Moskow's signature dishes, including French onion soup and country pate as well as steak frites, Toulousian cassoulet, bouillabaisse, crème brûlée and lemon crepes. Merci, 315, for 25 years of delicious fare inspired by seasonal, local ingredients and an impressive wine menu. Here's to many more!

Restaurant Week Returns

Restaurant Week returns for seven days of dining decadence, February 23 through March 1. This year, more than 50 restaurants are taking part, offering diners a prix fixe three-course lunch and/or dinner at discounted fares so that you can try new restaurants or those whose costs have been somewhat prohibitive. Restaurant Week also takes place in Los Alamos/Northern New Mexico March 1-8 and in Albuquerque March 8-15. Make your reservations now, as the great deals tend to draw crowds.