Gourmet Girl: March Cuisine Scene

This year, March comes roaring in like a lion on steroids, bearing not just a time change but a supermoon and a Friday the 13th. If all of this has you a little spooked, then it's time to to turn to food, and food-related activities, that can take the edge off these times. Luckily, March in Santa Fe offers plenty of culinary options for relieving stress. Take a look below for some delicious suggestions.

Best Oysters in Santa Fe

Oysters have long been a prized delicacy, and not just because of their iridescent pearls. Their briny flavor isn't for everyone, but those who eat oysters love them with a passion. If you're an oyster-phile then you're in luck as 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar is offering March Madness Oyster Prix Fixe, a four-course dinner that showcases these prized shellfish. This could be your ultimate comfort food. The prix-fixe menu isn't served for just a single night—it's available all month long, which means you could go back, often, for more.

The parade of cold-water classics begins with an amuse bouche composed of three Misty Points and caviar, followed by an appetizer of six oysters, three from the West Coast and three from the East Coast, served raw or grilled. Moving on, your entrée features three crispy Blue Points with spinach, scallions and Pernod. Round off your meal with a slice of lemon-lime pound cake accompanied by blueberries, coconut and cream. Reservations are not required, but highly recommended, as it's never easy finding freshly shucked oysters in the high desert.

The Feast of St. Patrick

All this week and through March 17, you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day with what's become an annual tradition at Joe's Dining—a plateful of tender corned beef served with cabbage, boiled potatoes, and a side of horseradish. This comforting meal draws diners from near and far, and sometimes more than once, during the days leading up to and on March 17. Pair your order with a pint of Guinness on tap and you'll feel as Irish at St. Patrick himself. Sláinte!

Happy Birthday Meow Wolf

You could also celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Meow Wolf, which turns 12 on March 17. Celebrate this fantastical feat at the “House of Eternal Return,” where the party takes off at 8 pm, featuring green drinks, green art and music to dance to, played by Meow Wolf's marvelous DJs— Commodore 256, Wak and DJ Sato. There may even be cake, one of the most comforting foods we know. Happy Birthday to Santa Fe's most unforgettable adolescent. (Note: despite Meow Wolf's age, this party is for adults, age 21-and-older.)

The Flavors of Spain

It may not the best time to travel to Spain, so why not let Spain come to you with a visit to El Flamenco, where you can sit back and savor the cuisine and culture of Southern Spain. This month, El Flamenco hosts Manuel Gago, a renowned singer who will perform with the restaurant's resident flamenco company, Antonio Granjero + Entreflamenco, March 13-14. Born in Cadiz, Gago has sung his way around the world, collaborating with dance companies, performing with celebrated dancers, presenting his own flamenco song recitals and recording albums. To hear him perform with Santa Fe's award-winning Entreflamenco company will be a treat, as will your dinner of authentic tapas from Andalusia, the region where flamenco was born. The menu typically features tortilla Española (Spanish omelet), salmorejo cordobes (cream of tomato soup) and an assortment of chorizo, Manchego, jamón serrano as well as other Spanish delicacies and Spanish wine. The doors open for tapas and drinks at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm.

A Oaxacan Culinary Getaway

You also could get away to Oaxaca this month, in a manner of speaking, at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, which presents a newTaste of Oaxaca class, held March 27 at 10 am. Imagine the flavors you'll savor with a menu that includes such showstoppers as tamales de elote, (corn tamales with corn salsa), and chicken cooked in green mole, a Oaxacan specialty, and served over mixed greens with queso fresco and pumpkin seeds. You'll also learn to make pork carnitas in red mole, another Oaxacan specialty, as well as enfrijoladas, corn tortillas smothered in refried black beans and topped with calabacitas and avocado. Last, but not least, you'll see how to create a Mexican chocolate silk pie with a spiced pecan crust and a prickly pear-agave sauce. This 3-hour demo class includes a full meal and recipes to take home.

Taste of Oaxaca is the first in a series of classes exploring culinary traditions around the globe, offered in a unique partnership between the Santa Fe School of Cooking and the International Folk Art Market. Upcoming classes will take you to Egypt on June 25, Morocco on July 10 and Cuba on November 23, all at 10 am. In addition to discovering delectable comfort foods from around the world, you'll feel good knowing that 20% of the series' proceeds will benefit the International Folk Art Market.