Spring Cuisine Scene

Lynn Cline - April 5, 2017

Spring culinary news and events in Santa Fe

It's finally spring, despite the snow, bringing lots to celebrate, from the tulips, crocuses and other early bloomers in the garden to a new crop of food news, events and more. This month in Santa Fe, for instance, you can celebrate an American classic during Burger Week; learn Italian cooking from a chef known for his tapas; and dine out for a worthy cause in the community. But first, some big breaking news...

Loyal Hound Coming to Eldorado

The Eldorado community is celebrating the news that  the folks behind Loyal Hound will open a second eatery, Arable, located in The Agora in the space vacated last year by Chez Dre. Crowds regularly line up at the gastropub's original location on St. Michael's Drive for signature dishes such as braised Kyzer Farm pork in a house-made BBQ sauce on a chive buttermilk waffle topped with green chile slaw and maple syrup,. The Chicken Shortcake—a combo of cheddar-studded buttermilk biscuit, chicken pot pie filling and Hatch green chile—is hands-down an ultimate comfort food. Chef Renée Fox and Dave “Bert” Readyhough take care to use local ingredients and support local farming—Loyal Hound won a 2017 Local Hero award from edible Santa Fe for delivering “consistently upscale ‘gastropub’ food with a gourmet twist... They are always pushing the food envelope by using locally sourced ingredients.” The restaurant also offers a nice menu of craft beers and eclectic wine and hosts the popular supper club. Look for the Eldorado opening of Arable in June, just in time to enjoy the outdoor patio and fragrant, blooming garden. Photo Credit - Loyal Hound

Burger Week is Back!

Roland Richter of Joe's Dining had a great idea a few years back to make tax time more...well, palatable. He launched Burger Week, celebrating America's classic made with a variety of creative toppings and discounted as well (good for people not getting an expected refund),. And thus, a tradition was born. This year, Burger Week takes place April 9 through 13, and if you're a burger buff, you won't want to miss this. Choose a burger made from grass-finished beef, lamb or bison and add two toppings, such as green chile and sharp cheddar, or a bourbon-laced fruit chutney with sauteed onions. Or try a Hawaiian Burger, topped with grilled pineapple and ham. There's a vegetarian version, too, made with portabello, shiitake and oyster mushrooms. Photo Credit - Joe's Dining

Cooking with Caruso

James Campbell Caruso is known for his delectable tapas at La Boca, which have earned him eight nominations for a James Beard award and legions of fans. He's also one of only four chefs who was nominated twice to complete in the Sherry Council of America's Copa Jerez International Food and Sherry Pairing Competition. This month, however, he's returning to his roots with Cooking with Caruso at La Boca Taberna, where he'll celebrate his Italian-American heritage by cooking some classic family dishes he learned to make from his mother and grandmother. This is Caruso's own version of Big Night, and he'll be cooking it on Friday April 21, Saturday, April 22 and Sunday April 23, starting at 5 pm at La Boca Taberna.

Dining that Makes a Difference

The planned budget cuts and priorities of the new administration make it clear that now, more than ever, is the time to pitch in and help out in our community. You can do that on Thursday, April 27 simply by dining out in one of more than 30 Santa Fe restaurants participating in Angels Night Out, Kitchen Angels' 19th annual fundraising event. Some of the city's best-loved restaurants take part in this event every year, donating 25% of diner's bills that day to Kitchen Angels, a volunteer-driven agency that provides free meals delivered to the homes of people facing life-challenging conditions. You could enjoy a hearty breakfast of tea and scones with clotted cream and lemon curd at The Teahouse, for example, or have a BBQ feast for lunch at The Ranch House. For dinner, Bouche Bistro is famous for Black Mussels with White Wine and Red Chile or Wagyu Hanger Steak “Au Poivre” with Pommes Frites. Or, dine out for all of your meals that day....it will make a huge difference!

Bouche Bistro's Cookbook

Speaking of Bouche Bistro, have you seen Bouche: The Cookbook, by chef/owner Charles Dale? With nearly 40 recipes that include the restaurant's signature dishes—from Onion Soup “Les Halles” and Cassoulet de Carcassonne to Beef Short Ribs Pot-au-Feu Style and Profiteroles au Chocolate—it's a tribute to one of Santa Fe's best-loved restaurants, with gorgeous photographs and a wonderful introduction by Dale that covers his culinary career and his philosophy about cooking. You can pick up a personalized autographed copy at Bouche, then get ready to make some extraordinary meals at home. Photo Credit - Bouche Bistro