February Cuisine Scene

Santafe.com - January 30, 2018

Fun February food events in Santa Fe

Restaurant Events in Santa Fe

February officially starts tomorrow but so many culinary events are taking place during this shortest month of the year that it makes sense to start thinking aboout them now. In addition to the upcoming holidays and festive days that feature food—the Superbowl, Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day—February also brings a flurry of National Food Holidays that resonate with foodies in New Mexico. February 22, for instance, marks National Margarita Day, followed closely by National Tortilla Chip Day on February 24. And, thanks to the holiday devoted to love, February is National Chocolate Lover's Month, too.

If you're now feeling hungry for February food events in Santa Fe, you're in the right place. A word to the wise, though—book your reservations now for anything below that whets your appetite. These happenings are hot and they'll likely sell out.

Chocolat and Wine: A Perfect Pairing

For more than a year, Master Chocolatier Melanie Boudar has been melting the hearts of those who shop artisan chocolate and savor chocolate tours at Cacao Santa Fe, which she co-owns. She'll share her passion for chocolate during “Love is in the Air: An Artisanal Chocolate and Wine Tasting,” a perfect pairing of Boudar's chocolate with fine wine, curated by David Enright, Arroyo Vino Wine Shop 's wine aficionado.

Boudar will talk all about chocolate, starting with where the cacao tree is grown and how it's harvested to the obstacles the farmers must overcome when growing cacao. Then she'll explore the steps that go into creating the texture and taste of chocolate—fermentation, drying of the cocoa beans and roasting.

Next, you'll savor a guided tasting of five chocolates, each from a different place, paired with five wines curated by Enright and introduced by Julian Martinez, manager of Arroyo Vino Wine Shop. They'll both explain why the chocolate and wine in each pairing perfectly highlights the traits in their partners.

“Love is in the Air” is the first of a three-part educational series, “Food for Thought,” from the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. It takes place at Niman Gallery on February 11 from 3 to 5 pm. The series examines our relationship with the natural world, honing in how plants impact our tastes, thoughts and stewardship of the world. Upcoming events in March and April will include seated dinners at Santa Fe venues.

A Madrid Mardi Gras

Laissez les bons temps rouler, as the saying goes in N'Orleans at Mardi Gras time. But say you can't get to Bourbon Street for one of the biggest parties on the planet. You can most likely make it to The Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid for the Fat Tuesday Celebration, and you should. You'll revel in a Hurricane (or two, if you're not the designated driver) and then dig into some authentic, tasty Louisiana cuisine. Try the gumbo, rich in flavor and dark roux. Enjoy the etouffee, a hearty staple of New Orleans cuisine, along with succulent shrimp. If you think you came just for the food, you'd be wrong. The evening's live music schedule kicks off with the Partizani Brass Band followed by the Stewart Welles Band. It all takes place on Tuesday, February 13, starting at 5 pm.

Lucious Lobster

Have you always wanted to learn how to cook a lobster? Then sign right up for Chef Johnny Vee's “Luscious Lobster Cookery with Your Valentine” cooking class at Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School. There's a good reason why this annual event has become a classic. You'll celebrate America's favorite crustacean with all of its rich, sensual flavors as you crack the code to timeless dishes such as lobster au gratin, with truffle mashed potatoes and old-fashioned lobster rolls. You'll also make lobster pot pies with sweet corn and Vermouth and smoked lobster salad. End the class with flourless chocolate torte and chocolate truffles. As Chef Johnny says, it's love—lobster style, and who could argue with that? The class takes place on Wednesday, February 14 from 6 to 9 pm.

Vinaigrette Wine Dinners

Gourmet Girl will offer a full Valentine's Day menu in February, but here's a head's-up, if you can still grab a reservation. Vinaigrette now offers some monthly wine dinners and the February 14 date will focus on sparkling wines, which of course, are perfect for Valentine's Day. If you miss the February event, you might still be able to catch the March 14 feast, which celebrates the foods of Portugal.