November Cuisine Scene

Lynn Cline - October 31, 2017

It's time to put away those Halloween decorations and turn your thoughts from carving pumpkins to making pumpkin pies

Hard to believe November's already here, ushering in the biggest holiday season of the year. It's time to put away those Halloween decorations and turn your thoughts from carving pumpkins to making pumpkin pies. And yes, it's not too early to think about making Thanksgiving reservations if you plan on dining out. But before all the holiday havoc begins, let's just take some time to pause and savor the last of the fall foliage, the warm golden days and the light-filled evenings that soon will turn dark (don't forget to turn your clocks back this Sunday!). Here are a few fun ways to celebrate November in Santa Fe.

Day of the Dead Desserts

If you're a devotee of the Day of the Dead, head on over to the Museum of International Folk Art for the Post-Noche After Party (following the Noche de Muertos Gala) on Saturday, November 4. The fun kicks off at 8:30 pm and lasts until the witching hour (12 am), with a costume contest, entertainment, dancing and more. Don't miss the devilishly decadent dessert buffet, which includes pumpkin chocolate bread pudding, created by Restaurant's Martín's Martín Rios. You'll swoon for the biscochito with mini pumpkin cheesecake and sesame seed pepitoria, from Coyote Cafe's Eduardo Rodriquez. And Walter Dominguez of Hotel Santa Fe's Amaya Restaurant will dazzle with his miniature apple tarts. These are but a few of the delectable sweets on tap at this gala after hours party, which benefits the museum.

Cookin' Up Holiday Hits

Want to impress your guests with a Santa Fe-style Turkey Day feast? Sign right up for the Santa Fe School of Cooking's Southwestern Thanksgiving class, held Saturday, November 4 at 10 am. You'll learn how to whip up a meal to remember, from rosemary, red chile-spiced nuts and quick seasonal pickles to the star of the show—braised turkey with mole poblano. You'll also focus on fresh corn tortillas, black beans with chicos and green chile and roasted poblano buttermilk biscuits with honey butter. For dessert, the warm pumpkin fritters with red chile icing will have all your guests asking for more.

If it's appetizers you want to wow your guests with this holiday season, try the cooking school's Southwest Appetizers class, held November 25 at 10 am. The creative menu includes avocado soup, chipotle-marinated shrimp wrapped with bacon skewers, duck confit, mango and brie quesadillas, mini chicken tacos and churro bites, too.

And if you have a thing for mole, don't miss the cooking school's Mole and More class on November 28 at 10 am. Devoted to the sublime sauce that originated in Mexico's states of Puebla and Oaxaca, the class explores the many ways that mole has evolved. The sauce can be black, red, yellow, green and pipian, all made with chile peppers, and it can include chocolate, pine nuts, pepitas, sesame seeds, cilantro and many other ingredients, each enhancing the flavor of mole. This class will focus on preparing smoked chicken with mole, perfect protein salad, arroz verde, chile glazed carrots and onions and a Mexican chocolate torte with raspberry glaze.

All of these demo classes last three hours and require reservations.

Flamenco + Tapas

There's a brand new tapas spot in town, the El Flamenco Restaurant, and it's a great venue for watching some of the hottest flamenco performances around. It's run by Entreflamenco Company, which was founded by Antonio Granjero in 1998 and made its way to Santa Fe from Madrid, Spain. (The group just picked up a coveted Mayor's Arts Award.) Occupying nearly 2, 300 square feet on the second floor of a building that once upon a time housed Swig, then Koi and numerous other businesses, Entreflamenco also uses the space for its flamenco school, lectures, exhibits and more. The cabaret space/ restaurant offers a full menu of authentic tapas from Andalucía, including Spain's most exquisite Iberian products such as Serrano ham, chorizo, Salchichón, Manchego cheeses, Salmorejo and the famous La Tortilla Español, or Spanish omelet. You'll find many other tapas as well, which change with the season. Beer and wine will be available soon. Stop by in November to hear  “Enchanted Sounds of the Southwest” with Ronald Roybal who performs his Native Flute and Spanish Guitar Concert Series on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm