The Gourmet Girl: Santa Fe Winter Cuisine Scene

Gourmet Girl - January 6, 2015

The holidays may be over but Santa Fe's cuisine scene is hot

The holidays may be over, but there's plenty of festive food events happening this winter, from the annual Souperbowl and Winterbrew  to weekly wine and spirits tastings, creative cooking classes and more. Beat the winter blues with foodie fun, and before you know it, spring will be here!

Viva La France!

Celebrate the gala opening night of the Santa Fe Playhouse's production of Jean Giradoux's play, “The Madwoman of Chaillot” with savory French hors d'oeuvres from 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar on Jan 9, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The story chronicles an eccentric French woman's struggle against authority, and a group of corrupt businessmen who plan to dig up Paris so they can access oil they believe is underground. The play was inspired by French actress Marguerite Moreno, and you'll be inspired by the gala menu, which includes Tater Tots with Sour Cream and Tobiko Caviar ; Duck Confit and Mushroom Strudel; Basil Phyllo-Wrapped Shrimp with Madras Curry Sauce; and Smoked Trout and Caper Profiteroles.

SouperBowl Saturday

Bring your appetite to the 21st annual Santa Fe SouperBowl, where 29 local restaurants will battle to win the people's vote for Best Cream Soup, Best Savory Soup, Best Seafood Soup, Best Vegetarian Soup and, the big prize—Best Soup, won last year by Terra Restaurant with its Winter Squash and Chorizo Soup. There's also a silent auction with lots of great items. The SouperBowl raises funds for The Food Depot to help distribute food to Northern New Mexicans in need. January 1, noon to 2:30 pm at the Santa Fe Convention Center.


If you love craft beer, then Winterbrew is for you! The fourth annual beer bash brings together 16 breweries and eateries to celebrate craft beer in New Mexico. This year,  Red Door Brewing and Ponderosa Brewing join the cast, which also includes Second Street, Santa Fe, Blue Corn, Blue Heron, Marble and other breweries. Food vendors include Second Street Brewery, Blue Corn Cafe and Bambini's food truck. Winterbrew is a beer lover's paradise, and so popular that it sells out every year, so if you want to go, be sure to get your tickets now.  It's a great place to see longtime friends, make new ones and sample award-winning ales made right here in New Mexico. Friday, January 23, 4 to 9 pm at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Hall in the Railyard

Wine & Spirit Specials @ The Living Room at Loretto

Winter is the perfect time to take in the special events at The Living Room at Loretto, the Inn of Loretto's lovely bar.  In addition to a daily Happy Hour from 5 to 6:30 pm, and the Reverse Happy Hour from 9 to 10:30 pm, the bar offers Wine Down Wednesdays  from 5:30 to 7:30, with tasting flights featuring four wines along with a mini table-side Wine 101session with Santa Fe sommelier  Mark Johnson. The Living Room also hosts Third Thursday Spirits Tastings from 5 to 7 pm, featuring a different varietal each month along with a custom crafted specialty cocktail. This is a great place to unwind in front of a crackling fire and enjoy wine and spirits from around the world. And on Fridays and Saturdays, you can catch acclaimed musician Matthew Andrae performing, from 8 to 11 pm.

Cheese, Please!

When it comes to comfort food, there's nothing like a gooey grilled cheese sandwich and a decadent mac'n'cheese. And no one knows cheese like James Beard award-winning author Laura Werlin, who draws big crowds to her events at the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta every year. She'll be at the Santa Fe School of Cooking to present, Say Cheese, Please, a class devoted to four creamy and delicious dishes from her books, paired with signature wines. She'll also offer a tasting of the cheeses used in these recipes, paired with wine. It's up to you to decide which goes better with wine—the cheese in its natural form or the sandwich and the casserole. Or maybe it's both! What a great way to spend a cold winter's night! Friday, January 16, 6 to 9 pm at the Santa Fe School of Cooking

The Soup Whisperer

There's nothing like a cup of warm soup to ward of winter's chill. Not only does it warm you up, but it can help beat the winter blues. In her Soup Secrets class at the Santa Fe Culinary Academy, chef Hillary Ginepra will show you the fundamental basics of creating two delicious soups— classic French Onion soup and Corn Bisque with Trout Fritter—so you can keep the chill off at home when you make them yourselves. January 22, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Dim Sum and then Some

If, you, like me, crave dim sum and are frustrated by the lack of it in Santa Fe, check out Chef Johnny Vee's cooking class, Dining out on Dim Sum in Chinatown. You'll feel as if you're lunching in an authentic Chinatown Dim Sum house, as you learn to make some classics, including Hot and Sour Soup, Hoisin Ribs, Shrimp Dumplings, Mu Shu Duck Scallion Pancakes and more. I'm planning on attending this one as I love these little plates of deliciousness, which are rooted in the teahouse tradition established for travelers of the ancient Silk Road. This one may sell out, so I'm giving a heads-up to all you dim sum lovers. Saturday, February 21, 10 am to 1 pm, Los Cosas Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School