In just the latest example of how New Mexico chefs are slaying the national competition, Fernando Ruiz of Chama Land & Cattle Co. (575-756-2133, lodgeatchama.com) appeared on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay in mid-March — and he won. The sweetest part of his victory? He bested Flay with his traditional take on one of the state’s most treasured recipes: a classic chile en nogada, a poblano stuffed with ground meat in a walnut cream sauce and dotted with pomegranate seeds. The dish’s bright presentation is meant to honor the colors of the Mexican flag. It’s the third time Ruiz has killed on the network: He won Chopped in 2016 and Guy’s Grocery Games in 2015.
Congrats to Rowley Farmhouse Ales (1405 Maclovia St., 505-428-0719, rowleyfarmhouse.com) for their recent national shout-out from CraftBeer.com, the Brewers Association’s website for beer aficionados. For the second year in a row, they made it into CraftBeer’s annual list of Great American Beer Bars, in which readers choose the best bar in each state. This honor follows Rowley’s silver-medal win last fall at the Great American Beer Festival for their Germophile Weisse.
On Saturday, April 7, drink beer for a great cause. At all three Second Street Brewery locations in Santa Fe (secondstreetbrewery.com),15 percent of beer sales will go to Pints for Parkinson’s New Mexico. The proceeds benefit research projects at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. To donate online, go to p4pnm.org.
The nonprofit Kitchen Angels, which delivers free nutritious meals to homebound Northern New Mexicans, holds its annual fundraiser, Angels Dine Out, on April 25. It’s a big one: Grab dinner at any of 40 restaurants that day, and 25 percent of your check goes into the Kitchen Angels coffers. Diners may also enter to win a $500 gift card. Participating eateries run the gamut from bakeries to fine dining, including Café Fina, Dolina Café & Bakery, Joe’s Dining, Izanami, La Casa Sena, Piccolino Italian Restaurant, and Second Street Brewery’s Rufina Taproom. For a complete list of where to go for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the 25th, go to kitchenangels.org.
Keep your eyes peeled at the Lamy train station. Chefs Murphy and Rory O’Brien are gearing up to reopen The Legal Tender Saloon and Eating House (151 Old Lamy Trail, Lamy, 505-466-1650) in early May. The website promises “simple, elegant and beautifully executed dishes in an amazing environment.” For more, go to thelegaltendersaloon.com.
Meanwhile, the Rye Bar at the recently relocated Radish & Rye (505 Cerrillos Road, 505-930-5325, radishandrye.com) is now open, offering nine cocktails made with a specially selected barrel of Buffalo Trace and two rotating seasonal drinks.
In the second week of May, throngs of chefs, restaurant critics, and other food folk descend on Santa Fe for this year’s International Association of Culinary Professionals conference. Local luminaries, such as Deborah Madison and Lois Ellen Frank, join the likes of Danny Meyer and Nathan Myhrvold for four days of workshops, forums, panels, and presentations, many of them with a focus on Native and New Mexico culinary traditions. The 2019 theme follows three tracks: Eat, Engage, and Empower. Register at conference.iacp.com.
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