The Coyote Cafe was filled with the sound of clinking glasses and foodie chatter as 100 wine and fine dining enthusiasts gathered for the guest chef luncheon and master sommelier throwdown on Wednesday afternoon, the first day of the 23rd annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta.
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival opened its 41st season at St. Francis Auditorium this past Sunday evening, July 14, with a well-played program that offered two classics of Russian chamber music, one by Tchaikovsky (very famous) the other by Anton Arensky (not so much).
Charles Dale’s Bouche bistro takes to heart revered chef Richard Olney’s declaration that “good and honest cooking and good and honest French cooking are the same thing.” At Bouche, honesty is reflected in what comes out of the kitchen — nothing is hidden under sauces or extreme seasoning — and goodness comes of attentive preparation.
Bouche owner Charles Dale says his new restaurant is hybrid of ‘old school’ and modern bistros found in France. The downtown bistro opened to the public Tuesday. ‘It’s kind of a tour of the greatest hits of classic bistro cooking but with a slight twist,’ Dale says of the menu at Bouche.
The menu at Bouche features four salads, including Dale’s favorite, the tuna carpaccio niçoise, above, made with sashimi-grade tuna, wild arugula and lemon vinaigrette. ‘We have four salads because I want people to feel like they can come here and have an appetizer and salad and a glass of wine,’ Dale says.
Every time chef Charles Dale opens a restaurant, it becomes a full-scale theater production. And for the past four months, the French-born chef has been deep in rehearsal mode, fine-tuning his latest act, Bouche, a bistro on West Alameda Street modeled after Parisian brasseries.
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