Santa Fe in the Culinary Spotlight

Santa Fe's cuisine in the national news...

Santa Fe's cuisine scene has been featured in publications across the country, from The New York Times and USA Today to The Food Network, acclaimed magazines and more. Here's a look at some of the stories that have recently made national news.

Courtesy Four Seasons Rancho Encantado 

Cooking Class Bucket List

USA Today put together a Bucket List of Cooking Classes Around the World, and included the Culinary Adventure Cooking Class taught by Andrew Cooper, executive chef of Rancho Encantado's Terra. The hands-on, behind-the-scenes class includes a trip to the Santa Fe Farmers' Market and the preparation of a meal with Cooper.  The bucket list also includes classes taught by chef Charlie Palmer at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas and classes at the The School of Artisan Food in North Nottinghamshire, England; Cakebread Cellar in Napa; Los Dos cooking school in the Yucatan; the Hanoi Cooking Centre in Vietnam; and the Culinary Institute of America.

Courtesy Santa Fe Spirits

Denver Life's Culinary Journey in Santa Fe

Denver Life featured Santa Fe as a culinary destination in a recent article that explores the city's unique flavors at La Boca, Cafe Pasqual's, Santa Fe Spirits, Kakawa, Museum Hill Cafe and a guided excursion with Food Tour New Mexico. It's a fun read that celebrates one of the reasons Santa Fe is world famous, for its food: “On my last morning in Santa Fe, at Café Pasqual’s, I quizzed my communal table of tourists from Texas, Alabama and Colorado. “What brings you to Santa Fe?” The unanimous answer was food. Over plates of smoked trout hash, papas fritas and pancakes, everyone recounted their favorites. By the end of the meal, we were typing recommendations in our cell phones. After spending three days, six meals and four small tastings in Santa Fe, I thought I knew where to eat, but I had only scratched the surface.

Courtesy Travelin' Girl via Inn at Loretto

Magical Margaritas

Who knew that February 22 is National Margarita Day? Travlin' Girl, that's who, and she chose to spend it in Santa Fe and write about in her blog, with gorgeous photos and recipes for the El Ancho Margarita at SantaCafe, the Silver Coin Margarita at the Anasazi Restaurant, the Ancho Blueberry Margarita at the Inn of Loretto's Living Room, La Posada's Signature Margarita and the Chimayo Chile Cucumber Margarita at the MineShaft in Madrid. There's also the Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita from El Colegio Bar in San Antonio, thrown in for good measure.

Couretsy Santa Fe Selection

A Texan Take on Santa Fe

Texas Lifestyle spotlit Santa Fe as a ski destination in a recent article, and mentioned Santa Fe's  diverse culinary scene, from the Cowgirl’s famous Mother of All Green Chile Cheeseburgers to the craft beer at the unique offerings at Santa Fe Spirits.
Courtesy Kate Russell Photography for Geronimo

Business Insider's Best Restaurant in New Mexico

When Business Insider considered a number of stats, including James Beard award-nominated chefs, the magazine chose Geronimo as the best overall restaurant in New Mexico. "Noted for its impeccable service and complex dishes, Geronimo was named best overall, best ambiance, and best food in New Mexico by OpenTable, among other honors. It is also the only New Mexico restaurant to win a AAA Four Diamond award, as well as a Forbes Four Star award," Business Insider said. In Colorado, the winner was Frasco Food & Wine in Boulder and in Texas, the award went to Uchi, a Japanese restaurant in Austin.

Video Poster Photo from The New York TImes

36 Hours in Santa Fe with The New York Times

In case you missed it, The New York Times spent 36 hours in Santa Fe with Zora O'Neill reporting on things to do in Santa Fe, including dining. She visited Kakawa Chocolate House, Secreto Lounge and Santa Fe Spirits for, Josephs for a “killer lamb burger” and caramel duck fat ice cream. She also savors meals at the Plaza Cafe, izanami, O'Hori's, Shake Foundation and Santa Fe Bite.

Courtesy Tia Sophia's

Best.Breakfast.Ever: Tia Sophia's

The Food Network chose Tia Sophia's Breakfast Burrito as one of the Best. Breakfast.Ever winners on the show hosted by Ted Allen. The restaurant was praised for taking the time to cook every component separately and for serving a cheese-topped wrapped tortilla crammed with fluffy scrambled eggs, hash browns and bacon. And of course, order yours Christmas...