Winter Food Fun

Gourmet Girl - February 19, 2014

"ARTFeast, Restaurant Week, cooking with Deborah Madison and more."

Santa Fe's Annual ARTFeast

In a city that's the second (or third) largest art market in the country, and also renowned for its unique cuisine, it's no surprise that an event like ARTFeast is now in its 17th season. Devoted to “artful living,” ARTFeast, which takes place this weekend, February 21-23,  offers weekend of events that celebrate the city's art galleries and restaurants, area vintners, unique homes and fashion.

ARTFeast's highlight is the Edible Art Tour, held this Friday February 21 from to 5 to 8 p.m. in more than 40 galleries downtown and on Canyon Road.  Each gallery pairs up with a Santa Fe restaurant or caterer to create a theme for art and food. Gaze and graze, and you'll view world-class art as you sample hors d'oeuvres, entrees and desserts.

ARTFeast also includes Art of Home Tour, a tour of six homes on the market staged with art from Santa Fe galleries; a Gourmet Dinner & Auction honoring Santa Fe watercolor artist Phyllis Kapp; an Artist's Champagne Brunch & Auction and the first ever Fashion Feast, a runway extravaganza featuring designs by Mondo Guerra followed by a fashion frenzy and dance party.

Proceeds from ARTFeast support ARTsmart,  nonprofit, that ensures  the youth of Santa Fe and New Mexico can explore, experience, and engage in the visual arts.

For more info, click here.

Hot Stuff with Deborah Madison

You've probably used her cookbooks and read her articles in numerous food publications. You may even have been lucky enough to eat a meal at the late Cafe Escalero, where she once was chef.

Now, meet James Beard award-winning cookbook author and acclaimed chef Deborah Madison in a special event hosted by the Santa Fe School of Cooking on Thursday, March 6 at 6 p.m. She'll share her inspiration and philosophy as she creates a vegetarian feast during "Hot Stuff: An Evening with Deborah Madison," a three-hour cooking demo class that includes dinner and recipes, which come from her recently revised cookbook, “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.” The dinner spotlights seasonal dishes that incorporate produce from the farmers' market as well as heritage varietals, both of which Madison is passionate about.

The menu includes Romesco sauce on crostini; three fennel braise with pine nuts, goats cheese and arugula; January cabbage salad with mustard vinaigrette; lentil soup with walnut marjoram cream; roasted cauliflower and tomato curry with ginger chutney and sauteed bananas with blood oranges and dates.

Find more info here.

Santa Fe Restaurant Week

It's time for Santa Fe Restaurant Week, held February 23 through March 2 and offering world-class cuisine at just a fraction of the cost you would normally pay. This is a time for locals to explore new restaurants and discover longtime restaurants  they've never before visited.

This year, Restaurant Week features more than 50 Santa Fe restaurants offering prix fixe lunches and dinners for as little as $25. Some restaurants charge more, but the discounts always amount to less than what you'd normally spend to eat there.

In addition to meals, Restaurant Week offers an impressive menu of classes, demos and tastings by local chefs and  mixologists. The schedule includes a class with Terra's chef Andrew Cooper on The Art of Braising; Molecular Gastronomy: Cooking with Science with Ka'ainoa Ravey, chef at Buffalo Thunder's Red Sage; and a Chile Relleno Master Class with chef Johnny Vee at Las Cosas Cooking School.

For more info, click here.

Southwest Coffee and Chocolate Festival

It's not too soon to be dreaming about the chocolate and coffee paradise that comes to Albuquerque this time of year. The Fourth Annual Southwest Coffee & Chocolate Fest runs March 22-24 at the Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds, and if you are passionate about chocolate or coffee, don't miss this.

More than 100 chocolatiers, coffee roasters, candy makers, bakers, wineries and breweries participate in this event, which draws a crowd of more than 15,000. In addition to sampling food and drinks from the vendors, visitors can compete in a Chocolate Eating Contest, watch demos by the Santa Fe Culinary Academy, the Southwest Dairy Farmers and others, cheer on professional bakers in a Guittard Chocolate Baking Contest and a Chocolate Sculpture Contest, enjoy live music so much more.

For more info, click here.