Santa Fe’s Cuisine Scene

Gourmet Girl - June 12, 2013

SummerBrew, cooking classes, Wine &Chile and more

SummerBrew at the Railyard

Who didn't love WinterBrew, the annual celebration of New Mexico food and locally brewed beers held inside the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Pavilion? Now there's SummerBrew: Frosted Brews and Fiery Foods, the seasonal opposite, held outdoors at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market this Friday, June 14 from 4 to 9 p.m.

The summer version features cold and crisp craft beers made by more than a dozen New Mexican breweries paired with spicy food served by some of Santa Fe's finest chefs. The event includes live music and food trucks. Admission includes a commemorative glass for sampling beer and tokens for food and beer. SummerBrew is brought to you by the New Mexico Brewers Guild. For more info, click here.

Cooking 101

Need to bone up on your grilling skills this summer or learn to perfect baking at high altitude? You've got a lot of choices, thanks to the diversity of cooking schools in Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe School of Cooking is the granddaddy of them, the oldest culinary school in Santa Fe. Classes in traditional New Mexican cooking as well as the famous Culinary Boot Camp, an intensive three-day cooking program, provide insight into the intricacies, tips and history of Southwestern food. You'll learn everything from honing your knife skills to cooking techniques and the ingredients and historical building blocks of Southwest cuisine. This month alone, you can take classes on making mole, Southwest brunch, Native American foods, the recipes of artist Georgia O'Keeffe, the cuisine of Mexico and more. Click here for details.

Chefs Rocky Durham and Tanya Story recently opened the Santa Fe Culinary Academy to prepare students for a future in the food service industry. The SFCA also hosts distinctive pop-up restaurants, a student restaurant and a one-of-a-kind event space available for ue by locals and visitors.  Monthly classes focus on baking, butchery, fish mongering, charcuterie, modernist techniques and more. The academy operates a state-of- the-art, 5000-square foot facility, a studio kitchen and three laboratory kitchens To learn more, click here.

Over in the DeVargas Mall, Johnny Vee has been offering wildly popular cooking classes for more than a decade, covering everything from traditional New Mexico cuisine to a Dickens' Christmas menu, a Julia Child-inspired feast, high-altitude baking and more. This month, he's teaching us how to make summer salads, easy Thai street food, a world of vegetarian cuisine and much more. Check out the June schedule here.

Food Brawl

Kudos to Santa Fe author Douglas Preston, whose daughter Selene Richholt is the cinematographer for a new show on Destination America, "Last Call Food Brawl," in which four chefs in a single city compete for best late-night food bites. Preston is the acclaimed author of nearly 20 books, including "Monster of Florence," "Cities of Gold" and "The Relic."

The new series is hosted by Adam Gertler, a runner-up for Next Food Network Star and all-around food enthusiast. Each episode features a different American city and four competing chefs, working at 24-hour diners as well as 4-star establishments. The winner is crowned the king of late night bites. The food brawls includes dishes that are salty and sweet, like deep fried bacon chili cheeseburger rolls and peanut butter s'more french toast balls.

"Last Call" will visit some of the biggest party cities in the U.S. to indulge in each town’s local flavor, including New Orleans, Austin, Memphis, Nashville and Atlanta. Each week, one chef will win the coveted Golden Fry Basket and the title of King of Late Night! The series premiered June 10. For more info, click here.

Days of Wine & Chile

It's not too early to start thinking about getting your tickets for the 23rd Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, five days of events spotlighting the culinary artistry of Santa Fe's finest chefs and more than 90 acclaimed wines.

This year's fiesta takes place September 25-29 in venues around the city, culminating with the Grand Tasting. You'll enjoy wine dinners, cooking demos, wine seminars, guest chef luncheons and tours, the Grand Tasting, the Reserve Tasting & Wine Auction and the Gruet Golf Classic. Tickets go on sale July 5. Click here for more info.