Santa Fe’s Fall Cuisine Scene

Gourmet Girl - November 19, 2014

We get a new cheese shop, dinner from Cafe Fine and a rave review from New York Magazine

Lots  o'news in the food world this week, from a new artisan cheese shop and a dinner devoted to gratitude, and first-time ever dinner service from a local favorite!

Say, "Cheese!"

First, it's the grand opening of Cheesemongers, an odyssey of world cheese varietals that spans the globe, 150 cheese types, including many never before available in New Mexico. Cheesemongers also offers daily cheese plates, a daily grilled cheese sandwich, specialty meats, mustards, chutney, honey, pickles and more.  Plans are in the works for cheese classes, tastings, demos and more. Thursday, November 20, 6-8 pm at Marcy St. Cheesemongers also will be serving their cheese fare at freeMIXonry, a monthly MIX event, this Thursday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 8 pm at the Scottish Rite Temple. Try to make both events, if you can, especially if you love cheese!

Good news for Cafe Fina fans! The restaurant,will officially start serving dinner December 5, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 pm. They've been consistently serving up breakfast burritos, omelets, huevos rancheros,cloudcakes and more out on Old Las Vegas Highway in the old Fina gas station. Chef Chris Galvin, who's been involved with many fine Santa Fe restaurant, has teamed up with owner Murphy O'Brien to create the dinner menu. Stay tuned for details.

If you're a regular at Cafe Fina's Dosa Night on Mondays, don't fret. You can still enjoy authentic Indian street fare prepared by chef Paulraj Karuppasamy until his permanent space is up and running.

A New York State of MInd

Santa Fe was just spotlighted in New York Magazine for places to eat and stay, things to do, insider tips and an odd sort of category appropriately called “Oddball Things to Do,” which consists of a tour of O'Keeffe Country, with stops at Bode's General Store in Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch and Georgia, the new restaurant in the old O'Keeffe Cafe space on Johnson Street.

Highlighted restaurants include Bouche Bistro, where you'll “experience the  French side of Santa Fe at a cozy downtown bistro;” Izanami, “a twist on the traditional Japanese drinking tavern” and Cafe Pasqual's, a “downtown mainstay” with dishes like smoked-trout has with tomatillo salsa and griddled polenta with chorizo. The article also recommends The Chocolate Smith, The Santa Fe School of Cooking and Santa Fe Culinary Academy, Terra Cotta, La Boca and the Santa Fe Farmers' Market.

Farm to Table Gratitude Dinner

Celebrate the season of gratitude with a five-course Gratitude Dinner paired with wines on Tuesday, November 25, at 6 pm at Farm & Table an acclaimed restaurant in Albuquerque's North Valley serving seasonally inspired cuisine.

The meal includes a farm-focused dinner of seasonal bounty from local farmers, ranchers and food artisans, from brined turkey breast and smoked turkey legs to house ham, roast beef and stuffed acorn squash. There's also candied yam,  bacon honey mustard brussels sprouts, cranberry ginger sauce | mashed potatoes, savory bread pudding ,vegetable casserole  corn bread and four kinds of pies, from pumpkin to pecan. Seating is limited, so be sure to make your reservation.

Happy Birthday, Santa Fe School of Cooking

The holidays are always a busy time, so mark your calendars now for the Santa Fe School of Cooking's 25th Anniversary Party on Saturday, December 13 from 3 to 5 pm, featuring the debut of “Santa Fe Fe School of Cooking: Celebrating the Foods of New Mexico,” a 120-page cookbook with gorgeous photographs and illustrations of the school’s most beloved recipes. There's Pork Stew with Red Chile , Carne Adovada and Kale, Grilled Mushroom and Roasted Green Chile Salad.

The party includes music, tamale- and bizcochito-making, fun for the kids and more! Mayor Javier Gonzales will be on hand to proclaim the day The Santa Fe School of Cooking Day! Be sure to stop by and wish the Santa Fe School of Cooking a Happy Birthday!