Santa Fe’s Cuisine Scene: New Mexico James Beard Award Nominees Edition

Gourmet Girl - February 21, 2013

2013 James Beard Nominees and Santa Fe ARTFeast...

James Beard Award Nominations

The 2013 James Beard Foundation Award nominees were announced yesterday and New Mexico has a whopping six candidates for the culinary world's most prestigious honors.

James Campbell Caruso of La Boca and the new Taberna Boca is nominated for Best Chef Southwest, along with Martin Rios of Martin's Restaurant, who once vied for The Food Network's "Iron Chef" award but lost to Bobby Flay. The Compound on Canyon Road, a Santa Fe mainstay for decades now, is up for the Best Service Award.

In Albuquerque, Jennifer James of Jennifer James 101 is in the running for Best Chef Southwest and Mark Kiffin's Zacatecas is nominated for Best New Restaurant.

In Taos, Ron Cooper of Del Maguery Single Village Mezcal, is up for the Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional Award.

Congratulations to all of our nominees! The awards will be announced on May 3 and May 6 in New York City. For a complete list of nominees, click here.

Annual Santa Fe ARTFeast

The 16th annual ARTFeast takes place this weekend, three days devoted to fine art, food, wine, fashion and homes to benefit art programs for the youth of Santa Fe.

The weekend kicks off on Friday with Art of Fashion: Runway Show & Luncheon at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Designers showcasing the latest jewelry and fashions include Cicada Collection, Back at the Ranch, Queen's Ransom, Handwoven Originals, Rippel, Atelier Danielle & Robin's Jewelry, Golden Eye and Tsosie Gaussoin.

The Eldorado Hotel and Spa caters the lunch, paired with fine wine, and live and silent auctions feature designer items and art by local students, including a dozen plates with animal themes. Santa Fe fashion designer Laura Shepherd will be the first Honorary ARTFeast Fashion Celebrity, honored during the event.

ARTFeast's gala event, the Edible Art Tour, takes place Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. on Canyon Road and in downtown Santa Fe. Tour-goers can visit 35 galleries to graze on fabulous fare made by Santa Fe restaurants and caterers and gaze at world-famous art exhibited in galleries.

Feast or Famine, the tour's after party, takes place from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Eldorado Hotel & Spa's Anasazi Ballroom, with music by, DJs Joe Ray Sandoval and Dynamite Sol and finger food by Café Café.

Saturday starts with the Art of Home Tour, from noon to 4 p.m., showcasing Santa Fe residences filled with artwork from local galleries.  The tour also takes place Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday evening, the Gourmet Dinner and Auction at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado honors artist Star York. The dinner begins at 6 p.m., and will be prepared by Rancho Encantado Executive Chef Andrew Cooper in collaboration with Santa Fe chefs Matt Yohalem of Il Piatto, Lino Pertusini of Osteria d'Assisi The evening includes a silent auction and dance music by Russell Scharf and Jazz Explosion.

On Sunday, enjoy an Artists' Champagne Brunch and Auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hotel Santa Fe. This finale to the weekend includes live and silent auctions and lunch prepared by Hotel Santa Fe.

For more info, click here.