Summer Food Fun

- July 20, 2011

"Summer in Santa Fe brings a rich harvest of food events for all ages, from cooking classes and culinary tours to the farmers' market and more..."

Summer in Santa Fe brings a rich harvest of food events for all ages, from cooking classes and culinary tours to the farmers' market, vegetable garden tours and the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta.

Here's a partial list of culinary events happening in Santa Fe this summer. Be sure to bring an appetite with you when you go, as you'll be tasting some of Santa Fe's best locally grown and prepared foods. Happy Eating!

Chef Johnny Vee explores the world's best burgers in his cooking class, World Burgers, at The Las Cosas Cooking School. Learn how to make salmon burgers with Thai tartar sauce, lamb burgers with feta and mint, steamed pork bun burgers with hoisin and, of course, green chile cheeseburgers. You'll also whip up some tomato jam, homemade buns, truffle fries and beer batter onion rings. For dessert? Whoopee pie ice cream sandwiches. The class takes place this Friday, July 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 988-3394 or click on http://www.lascosascooking.com/lascosas/text_1.asp

Edible Santa Fe and Homegrown New Mexico host the Edible Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour, which takes you to six Santa Fe gardens where you can discuss growing vegetables and fruit trees, how to use cold frames and container gardens, purchase local products and more. The tour takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, July 24. For more info, and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179847.

At the Artist's Table brings together acclaimed Santa Fe chefs with renowned Santa Fe artists to present an evening devoted to the culinary and fine arts that benefits local education and the arts. The next At the Artist's Table  pairs santera Arlene Cisneros Sena and La Boca owner/chef James Campbell Caruso. The dinner takes place at 6 p.m. this Tuesday, July 26, at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, kicking off Spanish Market festivities.At the Artist's Table brings together acclaimed Santa Fe chefs with renowned Santa Fe artists to present an evening devoted to the culinary and fine arts that benefits local education and the arts. The next At the Artist's Table  pairs santera Arlene Cisneros Sena and La Boca owner/chef James Campbell Caruso. The dinner takes place at 6 p.m. this Tuesday, July 26, at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, kicking off Spanish Market festivities.

Caruso will serve Trucha San Rafael, a seared red trout with salmorejo verde; Ensalada San Isidro, a Santa Fe Farmer's Market salad; a savory Cordero San Pasqual, braised New Mexico lamb with chicos, beans, epazote and Pastel San Francisco, Spanish almond cake with local honey and goat cheese. Both Caruso and Sena will make presentations, and guests can converse with them throughout the dinner. Each guest will receive original art by Sena. For reservations, call the Santa Fe School of Cooking at 983-4511.

The Santa Fe School of Cooking hosts a Restaurant Walking Tour on August 12 and August 26 at 2 p.m. You'll visit five restaurants, including Il Piatto, which serves regional Italian cuisine; The Pink Adobe, a Santa Fe landmark that started out serving French onion soup and apple pie in 1944; Santa Luna, offering authentic Mexican cuisine; and Nostrani Ristorante & Shibumi Ramenya, a Northern Italian restaurant with a Japanese noodle house attached. For tour reservations, call 983-4511 or go to www.santafeschoolofcooking.com.

It's not too early to start thinking about The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, now in its 21st year. This year's fiesta takes place September 21-25 and features wine seminars, cooking demos, wine dinners, a live auction, the Gruet Golf Classic and The Grand Food and Wine Tasting on the grounds of the Santa Fe Opera. Many events sell out early, so be sure to get your tickets before they're all gone. This is one of Santa Fe's biggest food events, and it's a great way to sample the food of our region and classic wines of the world. For information, call 438-8060 or visit www.santafewineandchile.org.

And don't forget the Santa Fe Farmers' Market, held Tuesday and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Railyard. High summer brings a feast to the market, where you can purchase fresh corn, organic produce, ripe tomatoes and melons, organic beef and poultry, delicious breads, fresh eggs, jam, salsas, baked goods, artisanal cheese and much more. This is where the locals gather to do their weekly grocery shop, visit with friends and catch up on the latest news. Every Thursday, the market features Cook with the Chef, where local chefs present food demos and talk about ways to use their favorite locally grown foods. For more info, go to http://www.santafefarmersmarket.com.