July Cuisine Scene

Santafe.com - July 12, 2017

Bastille Day in Santa Fe, Loyal Hound's Arable in Eldorado & more

Arable in Eldorado

The owners of Loyal Hound threw an open house for their new restaurant in Eldorado last Sunday with a 350-pound pig roast. Crowds of people from near and far lined up on the patio in sweltering heat, patiently waiting to fill their plates with complimentary creative and delectable fare created by chef RenéeFox, who owns both restaurants with Dave Bert” Readyhough. (You may have watched Fox competing on The Food Network's “Chopped” show last year.) The new eatery is located in the Eldorado Shopping Center and is named Arable, a word for land that's suitable for growing crops. Considering that the owners are devoted to using locally grown food, the name is fitting.

Arable is located in the spot that formerly housed Chez Dre and the space has undergone a complete renovation. The interior is warm and inviting, with a bar offering ample seating and tables comfortably spaced in the cozy dining room. Outside, the romantic patio is covered with a veranda and surrounded by blooming gardens.

The menu is brand new, too, featuring seasonal, local made-from-scratch food and craft beer, cider and wine on tap. Some of Arable's dishes will call to mind Loyal Hound's acclaimed comfort food with small plates such as Tot Poutine with roasted veggie gravy, green chile and Old Windmill Dairy cheddar curds and curried chicken hand pie with fruit chutney. There's also a Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich served on a house-made pretzel with veggie slaw and cheddar mayo. Big plates include a Grilled Kyzer Bone-in Pork Chop accompanied by warm potato salad and bourbon carrots, which could easily become a signature dish here. Dessert options include olive oil dark chocolate cake carrot cake.

While the restaurant has not opened officially yet, almost everything's in place and the final touches are being applied. Once it's in business, Arable will make an excellent addition to the Eldorado area's vibrant food scene.

Bonjour à Bastille Day!

Santa Fe has old ties with France that stretch back to the French and French-Canadian fur trappers and merchants who came to New Mexico in the early 1800s. (Taos was a main center for the French Canadian fur trade.) Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy, a Frenchman and New Mexico's first Archbishop arrived in Santa Fe in 1851, bringing cuttings of his native lilac plants with him and today, lilac trees abound in the city. Today, you'll find French-speaking social groups in Santa Fe as well as acclaimed French restaurants serving traditional fare. And when it comes to Bastille Day—the French national holiday commemorating the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789—you'll find great ways to celebrate in Santa Fe. Here are just a few suggestions:

Celebrate Bastille Day in true French fashion at Arroyo Vino's Summer Tent Event, featuring French wines with Kermit Lynch. With a focus on small, artisan producers whose wines express their terroir, Kermit Lynch wines are revered around the world. Lynch has won two James Beard awards and was knighted by the French government with the Legion d'Honneur. The event features 40 wines from the Kermit Lynch French portfolio as well as small treats from Arroyo Vino.
July 14, 2 to 4 pm

315 Restaurant & Wine Bar hosts a Bastille Day dinner, offering fresh takes on traditional French fare, such as Ahi Tuna & Pesto Carpaccio with Arugula & Nicoise Olive Salad and Wild Mushroom & Asparagus Crepes with Mornay sauce. For entrées, the Mustard-Crusted Rack of Lamb is a hearty dish, served with potatoes au gratin and sauteed spinach, or try the Lobster-stuffed Sole with sugar snap peas, baby carrots and orange hollandaise. Dessert includes French classics—Plum Galette, served with ginger ice cream and crème brulee. Viva la France!
July 14, 5 to 9:30 pm

Champagne @ La Boca

Continue toasting France during a rare Champagne tasting event at La Boca on Saturday, July 22 from 1 to 3 pm. The spotlight is on organic and bio-dynamic champagnes made by artisan Champagne growers who are part of a DIY movement in a business dominated by Veuve Clicqout, Dom Perignon, Krug and others. Synergy Fine Wine's Dan George, a champagne specialist, will lead the event, which includes champagne and food pairings as well as pourings from a magnum. You'll be tasting Blanc de Blanc Pierre Peters, Blanc de Blanc, Grand Cru, Brut NV Pierre Gimonnet, Blanc de Blanc, Premier Cru, Brut NV and more.

Summer @ Eloisa

In honor of July in New Mexico, Eloisa at the Drury Plaza Hotel is serving a luscious special—Lamb Cutlets with Verdolagas and Apricot Salad. Made in the style of acclaimed chef John Rivera Sedlar's grandmother, and the restaurant's namesake, the dish features succulent verdoglas, or purslane, that grows wild along the banks of the Chama River and in the acequias in Abiquiú. Also in a starring role, halved apricots stuffed with goat cheese. (Apricots , which originated in central Asia, were brought to northern New Mexico by Spanish explorers who arrived here from Mexico.) Other summer dishes at Eloisa include small plates such as Cochiti Pueblo Gazpacho with cantaloup and honeydew; crispy blue cornmeal-crusted fresh oysters on the half shell with tropical salsa; and Tortillas Florales, heirloom white corn tortillas with avocado butter.

Photo courtesy of Eloisa