Join Slow Food Santa Fe and Steve & Jane Darland to hear the story of the Darland's journey to create the most authentic balsamic vinegar in the U.S., right here in New Mexico (!) on a small organic farm in the village of Monticello, 160 miles south of Albuquerque. Described as "rare and wonderful” by Ruth Reichl, former editor of Gourmet and NY Times food writer, this Italian-style classic made with estate-grown, organic grapes, aged in rare wood casks from Italy would “rival anything from Modena” according to Brett Ottolenghi, proprietor of Artisanal Foods in Las Vegas NV. In addition to hearing the Darland’s very Slow Food approach to producing outstanding balsamic vinegar, we will have the opportunity to taste and purchase – at cost – these unique products. Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe. Tickets: $25 plus handling fee.
Chef Ray Naranjo, of Santa Clara Pueblo, will prepare a delicious lunch based on the traditional foods and cooking traditions of the Pueblo culture. Roxanne Swentzell, renowned artist and co-author of The Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook: Whole Food of our Ancestors, will present on Pueblo culinary traditions.
Tower Gallery at the Poeh Cultural Center, Pojoaque NM. Tickets: $70 plus handling fee.
Join Slow Food Santa Fe in the Gruet tasting room at the Hotel St. Francis, Santa Fe, for a Grand Reserve Tasting with a Level 1 sommelier! We will each sample a flight of four different champagne-method sparkling wines, and experience a "deep dive" into Gruet's wines, their histories and characteristics. Gruet sparkling wines include Blanc de Noirs, Blanc de Blancs, Rose, Brut and Demi-Sec. $35/person.
Who doesn't love chocolate? Join Slow Food Santa Fe at CACAO, and learn to distinguish craft chocolate from mass market chocolate and why and how to choose it. Learn a little hands-on chocolate history. We will be making chocolate drinks from scratch and everybody can customize their own drink: sweet, spicy or pure chocolate. We will also have a factory tour and learn the entire process from raw beans to chocolate bars, and become acquainted with the products produced and sold by CACAO. And, of course, we will have time to browse the retail selection of chocolates from other high-quality manufacturers and incredibly beautiful chocolate creations produced at CACAO. $49/person
Almaz Tesfamichael is from Ethiopia and is a wonderful, experienced cook who has agreed to share her expertise with us. The menu for the class includes chicken with turmeric, garlic, and onion; leg of lamb Berbere with spices; kale with garlic and onion; injera, freshly roasted Ethiopian green coffee, a surprise dessert and wine. $65/person
When Louis Moskow, Executive Chef and owner of Restaurant & Wine Bar 315, learned about our December selection for Slow Food Santa Fe Dinner and a Book "Bourbon Empire: the Past and Future of America's Whiskey", he immediately offered to cook up a very special Bourbon Dinner for Slow Food Santa Fe members and friends. Join Slow Food Santa Fe for an autumn dinner and the opportunity to try a variety of bourbons. Prix fixe dinner (only) is $35 per person, plus tax and tip. There are three optional bourbon flights at varying prices: $15 flight (Old Forester, Eagle Rare 10 year, Buffalo Trace), $25 flight (Blantons, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, E.H. Taylor Bourbon Bottled in Bond) and $35 flight (Van Winkle 12 year, Eagle Rare 17 year, Buffalo Trace Experimental French Oak 10 year).
Join Slow Food Santa Fe and meet John Gutierrez at Cheesemongers! John will have six stations for us to sample wine and cheese pairings. Don't miss this opportunity to get an up-close introduction to Cheesemongers and John's wonderful selection of over 150 domestic and international cheeses, as well as cut-to-order cured meats, antipasti, and a tailored selection of accompanying grocery products. Cheesemongers specializes in smaller-scale and farmstead produced goods, and works closely with many local and regional producers, from cheesemakers and bakers, to the producers of delicious mustards, chutney, honey and pickles. $25/person
Kate will share recipes for holiday baked goods and other treats like cheese logs and dips. She will have plenty of refreshments available for everyone: wine, mulled wine, spiced cider, cheese and vegetable platters and many of the baked goods we will be learning about. $35/person
Join Slow Food Santa Fe for a very special Sunday Brunch, cooked by Estevan Garcia, at Tom Delahanty's Real Butcher Shop in the Santa Fe Solana Center. You all know Tom, our source of heritage Thanksgiving turkeys and French chicken, from his Pollo Real stand at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, and you know Estevan, formerly of Cafe Estevan. This is a great chance to share Tom's vision for a farm-direct purveyor bringing sustainably and responsibly raised meats, dairy products and baked goods to our community. Tom will be featuring local farm-raised meats and other brunch dishes prepared by Santa Fe chef Estevan. $25/person
Savory Spice Shop owner/operator Kate Wheeler is a Johnson & Wales-trained chef with international culinary experience. Kate will prepare a family-style dinner with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, in her Savory Spice Shop on Galisteo Street. Following dinner, Kate will take us on an exploration of the world of spice (in her own words, Spice 101), and talk about the history, geography, lore, flavor profile and uses of spice, concentrating primarily on salts, peppercorns, chile, and baking spices. $25/person (wine included)