Gourmet Girl: Winter Food Fun

Santa Fe restaurants in the national spotlight, 315's 20th Birthday Bash, Fashion Into Food & more

Two Santa Fe Restaurants Take Top Honors

It's been a red banner week for two longtime Santa Fe restaurants that have received national attention for their acclaimed food.

Congratulations to Tia Sophia's for earning a spot in the Food Network's “Best.Breakfast.Ever” show, hosted by Ted Allen. Tia's Breakfast Burrito is one of just 11 breakfast dishes around the country that made list, along with the Dutch Baby at Dusek's in Chicago, the Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich at Eggslut in LA, the Red Velvet Waffles at Supper in Philadelphia and the Chef's Breakfast at Atlanta's One Eared Stag, a platter heaped with an eight-stack of pancakes with bacon, a biscuit with spiced pate and a quail egg, corned beef and hash  made with beef tongue and mashed potatoes and Georgia shrimp and grits.

Photo: Tia Sophia's Facebook Page

Tia's Breakfast Burrito is lauded for its cheesy tortillas stuffed with fluffy, scrambled eggs, crisp bacon and golden-hast browns and Christmas-style chile. You can catch the segment on The Food Network channel on cable TV this Friday, January 30. Check your local listings for the time.

The Pantry also made big news for being one of The 21 Best Diners in America selected by ThrillList.com, which describes the Santa Fe mainstay as “damn iconic” and the kind of place “where you have a decent shot at running into Cormac McCarthy,” esteemed author of “The Road,” “All the Pretty Horses” and other novels. The writer of The Pantry blurb for this list calls the restaurant's New Mexican breakfasts “impeccable,”and says the “Buenos Dias (pantry fries topped with green chile, cheese, and two eggs) and  carne adovada plate made him "weep with nostalgia just thinking of it.”

Photo: The Pantry's Facebook Page

Congrats to The Pantry, which has been in business since 1948! Check out the other diners that made the list, including Harry's Coffee Shop in La Jolla, Calif., Hayes Hamburgers and Chile in Kansas City, Mo., the Loose Kaboose Diner in Seaview, Wa.

Happy 20th to 315!

315 Restaurant & Wine Bar celebrates 20 years on February 5 with a big Birthday Bash, featuring a two-course prix fixe menu. If you can't make it to the party, drop by anytime for a birthday toast during 315's daily happy hour, Tuesday's half-price on all wine bottles, and Santa Fe Spirits drink specials on Sundays, all year long.

Photo: SantaFe.com

Since 315 opened on Feb. 5, 1995, chef Louis Moskow’s French-inspired menu has showcased his classic training and his study of American regional cuisine. Moskow’s influences come from stints in New Orleans, New England, the Pacific Northwest and abroad in Bavaria, Italy and France. His menu champions seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients and showcases seasonal fresh flavors, wild-caught, sustainable seafood and local, organic meats. Moskow, who is certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, handpicks his315's extensive global wine list and rare and world-class whiskey and other barrel-aged spirits.

La Dolce Vita

For an authentic taste of Italy, check out the 8th Annual New Mexico Italian Film & Culture Festival, which kicks off in Santa Fe on Thursday February 5 at 5:30 pm with a cocktail reception at the Jean Cocteau Cinema followed by a screening of “Happy Family,” a 2010 comedy by Academy Award-winning director, Gabriele Salvatore.

Gabriele Salvatore

The festival continues on Friday with a 6 pm screening of the 2013 crime drama “Salvo,” directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza. On Saturday, enjoy a showing of the 2013 coming-of-age comedy“Bianca come il latte, Rossa come il sangue,” directed  by Giacomo Campiotti, followed by a benefit dinner and silent auction at Osteria d’Assisi.

To honor the event, Mayor Javier Gonzalez has proclaimed February 5, 2015 as Itallian Film and Culture Day.The event raises funds for the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital.

Fashion For Food

Is your closet more stuffed than your pantry? Consider giving your gently used clothes to a worthy cause, Fashion Into Food: Pop-Up for the Pantry. The three-day sale of fine ladies' second-hand clothing benefitsThe Food Depot's Bag'n'Hand Food Pantry which  provides groceries to more than 30,000 people across northern New Mexico every year. The sale takes place Friday, February 6,6 to 9 pm; Saturday; February 7, 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, February 8, 1 to 6 pm at St. John's United Methodist Church.

Courtesy: The Food Depot