Grill & Chill, Wine & Dine

- July 25, 2012

Get your tickets now for a summer feast and a fall fiesta...

Grill & Chill

Get your tickets early for the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute's first ever Grill & Chill, a summer fundraising event on Thursday, August 16 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Some of Santa Fe's top chefs and farmers will prepare a grilled feast you can pair with beer from local New Mexico brewers, including Santa Fe Brewing, Second Street Brewery, La Cumbre Brewery, Marble Brewery, Tractor, Brewing Blue Corn Brewery, Chama River Brewing Co., Turtle Mountain Brewing Co., Monk's Ale and Rio Gralnde and Sierra Blanca Brewing Co.

Participating restaurants and farmer's market vendors include Slurp, Second Street Brewery, Dr. Field Goods, Blue Corn Café, Red Mesa Meats, Crumpacker's Café and Bakery.

"We decided to host this summer fundraiser because it's a more affordable option than our fall fundraiser," says Sarah Nott, the institute's executive director. ""I'm looking forward to it because I'm hoping that people from all walks of life will come down and the enjoy the afternoon,"

The event includes live music and a chance to celebrate the bounty of summer, along with a cool glass of New Mexico-brewed ale. All that's missing is a beach...

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Wine & Dine

It's not too soon to reserve tickets for the 22nd Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta September 26-30, one of the country's premier wine and food festivals.

This year's events include a wine pairing throwdown with Santa Fe chefs Eric DiStefano (Coyote Cafe), Louis Moskow (315), Joe Wrede and visiting chef Daniel Orr (FARMbloomington), going palate to palate against master sommeliers Melissa Monosoff, Joe Spellman and Tim Gaiser. Each ochef will pair a wine with their food, and each sommerlier will do the same. The guests get to choose the best pairing for each of the four rounds. September 26, noon to 2 p.m., Coyote Cafe

James Beard Best Chef of the Southwest nominee James Campbell Caruso of La Boca will demonstrate how to prepare traditional Spanish tapas from his new cookbook España, Exploring the Flavors of Spain. Each tapas will be paired with traditional Spanish wines introduced by Gerry Dawes. September 26, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe School of Cooking

John Sedler, a Santa Fe native, and winner of the Best Chef 2011 award from Esquire Magazine, prepares a four-course meal inspired by his Los Angeles restaurant, Rivera, which earned Esquire's Best New Restaurant accolade in 2009. Sedler will pair the meal with Brunello wines from Conti Costanti in Montalcino. September 27, noon to 2 p.m., The Compound

Other events include a guest luncheon with Bravo Top Chef contestant Dakota Weiss, chef of the W Los Angeles at Coyote Café, where she once cooked. She'll prepare a four-course lunch with wines from Trimbach Wintery in Alsace, presented by Jean Trimbach.

Of course, the much-loved Great Tasting event takes place on the Santa Fe Opera grounds on September 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., and tickets usually sell out for this. There's also the Gruet Golf Classic, the Live Auction, culinary walking tours led by the Santa Fe School of Cooking,more than 40  winemaker dinners at restaurants across the city, guest chef demos and much, much more.

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