Notes from the Field - October 12, 2016

A fall feast of culinary events

Fall is in high gear in Santa Fe. The brilliant gold of aspens is peaking, the scent of pinon is in the air and a thin layer of frost ices my car windows in the early mornings. It's a beautiful, busy time of year in the City Different, with autumnal culinary events you won't want to miss. Here are a few highlights.

Cooking with Kids

Join Bouche Bistro's chef/owner Charles Dale, Cheryl Jamison host of KSVF's radio show “Heating Things Up” and Ahmed Obo of Jambo Cafe for a spirited conversation during the launch of Cooking with Kids new cookbook at Collected Works Bookstore this Sunday,October 16 at 3 pm. The benefit book signing also features cookbook authors Lynn Walters, founder of Cooking with Kids, and Jane Stacey, the nonprofit's program director. Written for families to use together, the cookbook includes more than 65 kid-tested recipes, from North African Tagine to Black Bean Tostadas with Salsa Fresca and Rainforest Macaroons, along with gardening activities and illustrations by kids.

Then, on Thursday, November 3 at 6 pm, the Santa Fe School of Cooking hosts the 2nd Annual Super Chef Dinner, a multi-course feast with stellar wines that supports Cooking with Kids classes for Santa Fe Public School students. The Cooking with Kids Super Chefs help fulfill the non-profit’s mission to empower children and their families to make healthy food choices by donating their time and talent leading cooking classes in 13 Santa Fe public schools. With the help of these Santa Fe celebrity chefs, Cooking with Kids has flourished over two decades and now impacts 5,000 students annually—from pre-kindergarten through 6th grade—with unique, hands-on food and nutrition education programs that are also used in other New Mexico schools as well as by educators in other countries. The Super Chefs program includes La Boca's James Campbell Caruso, Bouche Bistro's Charles Dale, Blue Corn Cafe's David Sundberg, Joseph's of Santa Fe's Joseph Wrede and many others. Click here to see the full list:

Holiday Prep

The holidays are just around the corner, and the Santa Fe School of Cooking has some great classes to get you ready. If you're planning on hosting a party,, don't miss the Southwest Party Fare class, where you'll learn to make some show-stopping dishes that will wow your guests, including crab and corn fitters, goat cheese and mushroom rellenos with red chile sauce, mini shredded pork tacos, corn tortillas and apple pie tamale. This three-hour demo class takes place on Saturday, October 22 starting at 10 am.

If you're tired of serving the same old turkey dish at Thanksgiving, check out Santa Fe Cooking School's Southwestern Thanksgiving class, which focuses on food as well as decorating and planning. Learn how to create contemporary dishes with Southwestern flavors that you can serve either in courses or as an elegant buffet. The menu for this class includes autumn squash salad; turkey roulade with bacon and green chile cornbread stuffing; buttermilk mashed potatoes; spicy cranberry relish with glazed shallots; and a red chile chocolate pecan torte paired vanilla scented whipped cream. Most of the dishes can be prepared in advance of your feast, requiring just a few final touches before serving. You'll also get great ideas for setting your holiday table, including ideas for place gifts and table decorations. Once you've learned how to make this menu, you'll sit down with your classmates and enjoy a pre-holiday feast so you'll know just how delicious this meal will be for your own Thanksgiving guests.The three-hour demo class takes place on Saturday, November 5 starting at 10 am.

Culinary Walking Tour

Get out and enjoy this spectacular fall weather with The Maverick Cookbook Walking Tour, hosted by the Santa Fe School of Cooking and led by the cookbook's author, who happens to be yours truly. You'll learn fascinating facts about New Mexico's culinary past as you visit historic haunts that include the Palace Restaurant & Saloon, where Dona Tules played a mean game of monte in her legendary 19th-century gambling saloon, and La Fonda, a former Harvey House designed by Mary Coulter and known for its cuisine. The tour takes place Thursday, October 13, from 2 to 4 pm.

The Sweetness of Fall

And last but not least, did you see the delicious seasonal dessert that popped up at Loyal Hound? Scratch-made Gingerbread Cookies & Bourbon Caramel paired with Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream.. If autumn hasn't won you over yet, head on over to this sweet little spot for the full-on flavor of fall.