Santa Fe’s Cuisine Scene

Gourmet Girl - January 23, 2013

Culinary adventures in Santa Fe

Cooking for Cash

Okay all you foodies, here's a chance to win $25,000! The National Beef Council is holding a cook-off for the best beef-focused recipe. This is a national contest aimed at showcasing the versatility of beef and its health benefits.

This year's theme, "Making the Most of Your Plate," highlights healthy recipes that include ingredients from the fruit and vegetable, dairy and grain categories. The contest offers four recipe categories: Belt-Tightening Beef Recipes that are healthy and affordable; Semi-Homemade Beef Recipes that combine beef and other fresh ingredients with packaged food products; Real-Worldly, Real Simple Beef & Potato Recipes that are simple and contain international ingredients; and Craveable Fresh Beef and Avocado Recipes (The California Avocado Commission is one of the contest's sponsors).

The contest runs through April through April 15. In June, 21 winners will be selected and among those, seven will be chosen as regional winners of $1,500 each, and one grand prize winner of $25,000 will be chosen among the remaining 14 contests.  For more info, click here.

Movies for Thought

The Santa Fe Farmers' Market Institute continues its  Wednesday Movie Series with a screening of "Climate Refugees," which documents the urgent plight of millions of people currently being forced to flee their homelands due to environmental changes and extreme weather events. 

Through personal stories from Bangladesh, New Orleans and Tuvalu, the film reveals the human face of climate change through personal stories. The effects of hurricanes, floods, desertification, sea level rise, droughts and fires are causing mass global migration and border conflicts caused by too little or too much water across the planet.

The Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the term climate wars is being talked about in Washington D.C.

The Wednesday Movie Series offers entertaining, educational and state-of-the-art feature documentaries on current issues related to food, sustainable communities, "green" growth, the environment, and the political and health implications of all!

The monthly event includes speakers, discussions, exhibits, and opportunities to meet, greet, and collaborate while enjoying locally grown foods specifically chosen and prepared for the theme of the night.

The Wednesday Movie Series supports the work of the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Institute to maintain and enhance local sustainable food production and the preservation of small farms in northern New Mexico.

"Climate Refugees" screens today (January 23) at 7 p.m. at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Pavilion in the Railyard. Click here for more info.

Greek Night

Take an armchair trip to Constantinople and sample the delicacies of the region at The Plaza Café Southside's Greek Night,  January 29 from 5 to 9 p.m.

In addition to the selection of Constantinople dishes brought back to Greece by Greeks who lived in the region now known as Turkey, you can also dine on traditional Greek favorites.

The event benefits St. Elias The Prophet Orthodox Church and includes a prix fix menu of classic Greek and contemporary Constantinople cuisine, including vegetarian options. The evening also includes live music.

The Plaza Café Southside is located at 3446 Zafarano Dr. For more info, visit

Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen

Santa Fe has a new restaurant in this New Year, and it's called Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen. Its mission? "To serve the community, nourishing you through natural food.

The menu features ingredients made with organic flour that is milled on site daily, and also regional and sustainable wines on tap. "We believe there are strong connections among plate, planet, people and culture—and honoring them is our joy and responsibility."

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering dishes like Lemon Ricotta Spelt Pancakes, Mediterranean Breakfast Quinoa with dates, apricots and honey, Butternut Bacon Sandwich, Shrimp and Grits, Red Chile Posole Pork Stew and much, much more. Dinner also features small plates and the desserts sound particularly tempting—coconut sticky rice with bananas and rum caramel and housemade cheesecake. The menu also includes smoothies, mead and craft brews on tap.

Okay, I'm down. Who wants to meet here for lunch? To see the full menu, click here.

Weekend Food Festivities

This is a big weekend in Santa Fe for foodies. The fun kicks off on Friday with Winterbrew from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Pavilion. Sample a dozen craft brews from across New Mexico and dishes from a dozen Santa Fe chefs. I attended this event last year, and it was a blast. Hope to see you there! For more info, click here.

Then on Saturday, it's kick off time for Souper Bowl XIX, the Food Depot's annual fundraising competition for the best soup in Santa Fe. The event takes place Saturday, January 26 from  noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and includes a silent auction.

Santa Fe's finest chefs battle it out for the Souper Bowl title of  Best Savory Soup, Best Cream Soup, Best Seafood Soup, Best Vegetarian Soup and Overall Best Soup. But it's the crowd that will choose the winners, armed with spoons and taste buds as they sip their way through the entries and then cast their votes for the winning bowls. May the best bowls win!

This is one of Santa Fe's big food events and it offers a great way to support a worthy cause as the Food Depot provides meals for New Mexico's hungry.

For more info, click here.