Mother’s Day Fare - April 24, 2018

A few fun gift ideas for Mother's Day from Gourmet Girl

It may come as no surprise to learn that Mother's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for sending flowers and giving cards and gifts, which are all wonderful gestures. But why not surprise your mother this year with something a little more deliciously unique, along with the tried-and-true tokens of love?

Perhaps she'll savor a creative cooking class to expand her repertoire in the kitchen, or a memorable meal in a world-class restaurant. If she's a connoisseur of food and wine, you might consider gifting her a wine workshop or seminar, where she'll learn about terroir, grapes and other elements that contribute to the making of legendary wines.

This year, Mother's Day falls on May 13, just a few weeks away. It's never too early to make reservations for restaurants, classes, workshops and other events for this special day. Here are a few fun gift ideas from Gourmet Girl that you'll only find in Santa Fe.

Cooking Classes in Santa Fe

Whether your mom is a New Mexico native or happens to be visiting the Land of Enchantment for the first time, take her to Chef Johnny Vee's New Mexico Favorites cooking class at Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School. Johnny Vee is famously known for making people laugh uproariously as he expertly teaches the art of cooking, guiding you through whatever his topic might be. You'll have more fun if you take the class with your mom, as you'll be learning together. You could bring the whole, family, too. On the menu is a line-up of local favorites, including corn tortillas, chile con queso, guacamole, green chile chicken enchiladas and grilled eggplant adovado. You'll flip for the dessert, chocolate peanut tacos, and you'll be getting the recipe for this dish as well as all the others, so you can make everything at home. You'll also get a thorough introduction to chile, spices, corn and other ingredient and learn about the cooking techniques, of Southwest cuisine. This hands-on class takes place on Saturday, May 12, from 10 am to 1 pm.

If your mom's a seafood lover, reserve spaces in Johnny Vee's Lobster Clambake, a hands-on class held Tuesday, May 29, from 6 to 9 pm. This class is the perfect way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend's unofficial start to summer. This traditional New England feast will have you imagining you're on a sandy beach, preparing seafood the way New Englanders have since the Wampanoag Indians did, long before they encountered the pilgrims in what is now Massachusetts. The menu for this clambake will feature lobster, clams, corn, potatoes and sausage. Side dishes include watermelon gazpacho and shrimp po'boys with jalapeno mayo. But leave room for dessert, because nothing says summer like strawberry shortcake.

Give you and your mother a culinary journey through New Mexico history with the Foods of Spain class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. The Spanish brought grapes, stonefruit and domesticated animals with them when they arrived in the region in the 16th century, forever altering New Mexico cuisine. Their own cuisine evolved, too, after contact with the Pueblo people and the New Mexicans. The menu for this class represents authentic Spanish food, before it became part of New Mexico's melting pot. You'll learn to make melon gazpacho, a cucumber salad with Serrano ham and tomato port vinaigrette, traditional paella with chicken, seafood and chorizo and crema catalana. The three-hour demo class takes place on Tuesday, May 22 at 10 am.

Does your mother enjoy outdoor grilling? Then treat her to the Santa Fe School of Cooking's Summer class. Held on the school's private patio, the class is devoted to the foods of summer, all cooked on a grill and an outdoor wood-fired oven. The menu features masa-encrusted pork chops served with with green chile raisin chutney, a salad of grilled sweet potatoes, red lettuce with pears drizzled with a honey-sherry vinaigrette and empanads filled with apples. This hands-on class takes place on Wednesday, May 23 at 10 am.

Mother's Day Brunch

Perhaps you'd rather relax over a delectable meal with your mother instead of having you both work in a kitchen classroom. If so, treat her to a Mother's Day brunch at Luminaria at the Inn & Spa at Loretto. The prix fixe menu offers creative and innovative dishes, including a crab claw cocktail with bourbon-spiked cocktail sauce and jicama slaw for an appetizer and an entrée of diver scallops with lavender corn pudding and salsify. Other main course options include creamed chicken and spinach waffles, eggs Benedict with asparagus and Canadian bacon, and filet with blue cheese, red wine demi, Boursin whipped potatoes and asparagus. Brunch is served from 11 am to 2 pm and if the weather's fine, request a table on the peaceful patio, if the weather cooperates.

The Gift of Grapes

For the mother who enjoys fine wine, the Arroyo Vino Wine Shop carries a vast selection of hand-picked wines and an expert staff to help you choose the right wine for your Mother's Day gift. To enhance your choice, sign you both up for the weekly Tasting Table, where you can sample selections, or for the Seminar, held in the restaurant, which offers a great way to learn about wine.