May Cuisine Scene

Lynn Cline - May 3, 2017

Bike & Brew returns, Taco FundacĂ­on opens and Cocktail Week is in the wings...

It's May in Santa F and, like spring, the cuisine scene is bursting with new life, from the opening of much-anticipated restaurant to a bike and brw festival that will get you into the great outdoors and a spirited cocktails and culinary festival that celebrates local bars and mixologists.  Check out what's on the menu across the city for foodies this month:

Taco Time

The news broke suddenly on April 24 that Shake Foundation's Brian Knox had opened his long-awaited Taco Fundacíon in the old Bert's Burger location. And then it spread like wildfire on social media as people posted mouth-watering photos of al pastor, chicken mole and other delectable tacos. It was meant to be a soft opening but people were lined up before the doors opened and the restaurant ran out of food and had to close early.

Now, Taco Fundacíon is open for business officially, with a steady flow of diners eager to try Knox's gourmet tacos for lunch and dinner. The chicken mole taco is served with crema and sesame seeds, the al pastor with roasted marinated pork, sweet pineapple, onion and cilantro. The menu includes barbacoa, shrimp and fish tacos as well as vegetarian options such as sweet potato, garlic, kale, pine nuts and cotija cheese and Oaxacan cheese, portobella mushrooms and cilantro sauce. There are specials, too, such as Beef Laguna, and sides of Moriarty pinto beans and guacamole. The menu is small now, but Knox is working on expanding it.

Mother's Day Brunch

It's Mother's Day on May 14, and what better way to celebrate your Mom than by treating her to a gourmet brunch in a fragrant garden. La Casa Sena's enticing menu that features such starters as Champagne-Avocado Bisque with fried yucca chips and white truffle oil and Passion Fruit-Mango Gazpacho with Fruit Relish. Entrees include Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with potato cake, sauteed spinach and roasted serrano chile Hollandaise and Brioche French Toast with red chile-honey bacon, lemon mascarpone mousse, fresh strawberries and lemon-maple syrup. Leave room for dessert, including Butterscotch Semifreddo with walnut-shortbread crumble, Frangelica-chocolate sauce and edible rose petals.

Bike & Brew

Outside Bike & Brew rolls into town this month a cycling and craft beer festival that features guided rides, brewery tours, beer dinners a bike expo and more. For foodies, highlights include a Beer Dinner at Loyal Hound Pub featuring a selection from Albuquerque's Canteen Brewhouse. The five-course menu —paired with an array of craft beer— includes the famous Loyal Hound Deviled Eggs with Caviar; House-Cured Salmon on a Savory Waffle with Creme Fraiche; Kyzer Farms Pork Loin with Mushroom Gravy and Sweet PotatoChips; and a cheese course with fruits, nuts and bread. Other Beer Dinners include the Cowgirl Tap Takeover & Beer Dinner featuring Sierra Nevada on Thursday, May 18 and Joseph's Culinary Pub hosts a Beer Dinner featuring Deschutes Brewery on Sunday, May 21. On Saturday, a Tour de Brewer ride takes bicyclists to Blue Corn Brewery and other popular Santa Fe breweries to speak with brewers and sample beers.

Cocktails in the Limelight

Santa Fe's most spirited festival, Cocktails & Culture, kicks off with New Mexico Cocktail Week May 26 through June 3. This is when bars in Santa Fe and Albuquerque compete for Favorite Cocktail and Bartender of the Year awards, creating a signature cocktail that people can vote for online. Participating Santa Fe venues include Secretto Lounge, Coyote Cafe, Geronimo, La Boca, Eloisa, Bar Alto, La Fiesta Lounge at La Fonda on the Plaza and Low'n'Slow Lowrider Bar. Winners in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque will be revealed during Cocktails & Culture's Craft Collective on Sunday, June 4, from 2 to 5 pm at Skylight.

Cocktails & Cultures takes place June 2-4 with a schedule packed with fun fare, from craft cocktail and food tastings to live entertainmen and seminars on Whiskeys of the World, Bartender Wellness and Behind the Hustle: Finding the Dream Gig. The Chef & Shaker Challenge, features La Boca's James Campbell Caruso, Coyote Cafe & Cantina's Eduardo Rodriguez, Loyal Hound's Renee Fox, Joseph's of Santa Fe's Joseph Wrede, Blue Heron's Rocky Durham, Eloisa's John Sedlar and others. New this year, the Craft Collective is an expo of smaller food and drink brands as well as bar tools, cocktail books and a show spotlighting artists who work in the hospitality industry. The festival is organized by Liquid Muse's Natalie Bovis to promote and develop mixology in New Mexico, tocelebrate and award local bars and bartenders iand to raise funds for the Helen David Relief Fund which supports bartenders with breast cancer; the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico; and Cooking With Kids.

Photos courtesy of Taco Foundation and SantaFe.com