Come with me to eat and drink in Santa Fe!
August 11, 2009 | Comments Off
You are invited to join me in Santa Fe for a unique opportunity to experience the amazing food and culture of Northern New Mexico. Allow me to guide you though a fully-escorted tour of wonderful and unique culinary experiences during this five day, four night trip. I have been traveling to the area for 15 years and have developed many friendships and associations in the culinary world there and would love to share my passion for the region with other food lovers.
The dates of the trip are October 1-5th, 2009 when the chilies are in peak season and the weather is perfect…warm during the day and cool at night.
The tour provides a blend of hands-on cooking experiences as well as top-notch dining at some of Santa Fe’s most respected establishments and with key figures in the New Mexican culinary scene.
These is a small, intimate tour with no more than ten people. We will explore, eat and cook together in relaxed settings where you can participate at the level that you feel most comfortable. I welcome everyone from the novice to the professional. We will have busy days full of interesting experiences, but you will have free time to explore on your own as well. I encourage you stay longer if you can so you can further explore the region and I’d be more than happy to suggest itineraries and help arrange lodging.
Included in the tour price of $1550* (double occupancy) is:
?Luxury lodging in Santa Fe, with a fireplace, kitchen, outdoor patio and jacuzzi tub
?All scheduled gourmet meals during the trip
?All cooking classes, lectures and events
?Transportation for all tour activities
*$400 single supplement
Here is a link with much more information:
Day One (Thursday, October 1):
You will be greeted at the Albuquerque or Santa Fe airports and then we will take you on a picturesque hour-long drive north to Santa Fe. Your arrival by 4pm will allow you to get settled in time for the welcome cocktail reception, where you will meet the other participants and we will discuss the plans for our days together. Afterward, we head to the Plaza for a classic New Mexican dinner at The Shed, which is housed in a historic hacienda-style building that dates back to 1629.
Day Two (Friday, October 2):
Our busy day will begin with breakfast at the renowned Cafe Pasqual, Katherine Kagel’s Santa Fe culinary institution that blends New Mexican, Mexican and Thai influences. We will then head to the Native American Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market. Here we will meet my favorite spice vendor who works with local herbs and chiles to make wonderful spice blends. You will have time to wander and explore the jewelry, rug, and craft vendors. After we leave the market, we arrive at the picturesque Two Dog Trees Orchard for a seasonal and local lunch, apple picking and cider making. Early evening, we will have New Mexican tapas paired with local wine at an artist’s gallery in the Guadalupe District.
Day Three (Saturday, October 3):
A light breakfast of breads, yogurt and fruit will be delivered to your room. Our day begins at the lush Santa Fe Farmers Market where we will meet the local farmers and artisans and buy ingredients for our cooking class and lunch. We then head to the kitchen of Marja Martin, local caterer and culinary goddess. Together we will craft a contemporary New Mexican feast and learn how to handle chiles. In the evening we will have a chef’s tasting dinner and wine pairing at Amavi, one of Santa Fe’s most acclaimed restaurants. This meal which will highlight the Spanish roots of Santa Fe cuisine.
Day Four (Sunday, October 4):
The day starts with a light breakfast delivered to your room and then we take a drive through the stunning New Mexican landscape to the South Mountain Dairy. There we will tour the farm and meet the “girls” and their kids. You will learn about the goat-cheese making process and get to sample their delicious cheeses. We then drive to the Galisteo adobe home of Deborah Madison, acclaimed chef and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author. She will be creating a local ranch and farm-focused lunch which will be paired with the finest New Mexican wines. While we enjoy the meal, Deborah will talk to us about New Mexican ingredients and how to use them well. You have this evening free, but there will transportation provided to 10,000 Waves Japanese Spa if you opt to have treatments.
Day Five (Monday, October 5):
Breakfast is delivered to your room as you pack up your many goodies from our time together. Your departure at Albuquerque or Santa Fe’s airports is our farewell.
Events subject to change without notice, but comparable events would replace any unscheduled changes.
Interested? Contact me at email@example.com or 646-337-6945 for more information or hold your spot for $500. In order to keep the group size small, I will be limiting participation to no more than ten people so call now to reserve your spot! Response deadline by September 1st.