August 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

August Cuisine Scene

Food truck cooking class, vineyard dining, Georgia O'Keeffe's menus and more

By Lynn Cline

Gourmet Girl

Lynn Cline is a former food editor and the author of two books – Romantic Days and Nights in Santa Fe and Literary Pilgrims: The Santa Fe and Taos Writers' Colonies, 1915-1950. She also loves to cook, when not dining out.

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Bell Tower Bar Makes List of Top Rooftop Bars

Congrats to La Fonda's Bell Tower Bar, which just made Fodors Travel's list of the Best 15 Rooftop Bars in America. Here's what they had to say:”Watch the sun setting over the Jemez Mountains at Santa Fe's at La Fonda's Bell Tower Located at the top of La Fonda on the Plaza hotel, the bar dishes out light fare with a Southwestern twist, and offers an extensive beverage menu with signature margaritas. Visitors who finish a bracing "Bell Ringer" margarita (Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila, jalapeno juice, and Patron Citronge) get to ring the bell. Check out the other rooftop bars that made the list.

The Cuisine of Carmen

The tragic story of the fiery gypsy in “Carmen” is the focus of this demo cooking class, part of the Santa Fe Culinary Academy's Foods of the Classic Operas series. Popular opera lecturer Mark Tiarks will explore the opera's backstory and share food-related anecdotes as guests dine on chef Rocky Durham's Basque-themed meal, inspired by the little-known origins of the tempestuous title character and her lover, Don Jose. The menu includes Basque Pinxtos (traditional tapas), Basque Grilled Shrimp, Croquettes of Cod and Cherry Soup. Wednesday, August 6, 4 to 6 p.m.

At Georgia's Table

Georgia O'Keeffe kept a garden at her Abiquiu home and had a unique perspective on food for her era, dining on simple seasonal foods, often from her garden. Margaret Wood, who was once an assistant and companion to the artist and is the author of “A Painter's Kitchen: Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O'Keeffe,“ will share stories about O'Keeffe as chefs at the Santa Fe School of Cooking demonstrate how to make some of the recipes featured in the book during a culinary class  devoted to O'Keeffe's ideas about food and cooking. The menu includes Arugula Salad with Herb Dressing, Corn Soup, Baked Chicken with Lemon, Fried Potatoes and Norweigian Apple Pie Cake with Rum Sauce. Santa Fe School of Cooking, Friday, August 15, 10 a.m.

Vineyard Dining

Celebrate summer at this Estrella Del Norte Vineyard culinary event, where chefs from the Santa Fe School of Cooking will prepare a meal for guests with the very freshest of ingredients outside, in the middle of the vineyard, using a wood-burning oven or charcoal grill. Following the meal, you'll hear about the history of wine-making in New Mexico and sample the vineyard's wines. Saturday, August 16, 10 a.m. Because this class is limited to 24 people, the event is offered again on Saturday, September 13 at 10 a.m.

Food Truck Cooking Class

America's food truck scene is thriving, offering a huge array of regional foods as well as items from around the world. What better time to take a whirlwind food truck tour across the country with chef Johnny Vee in this cooking class devoted to hand-held foods you'll find at some of the country's hottest food trucks. The menu includes Korean Pork Tacos, Sweet Crab Rolls, Buffalo Sliders, French Canadian Poutine, Mexican Gorditas, Shrimp Po-Boys with Jalapeno Mayo, Truffle Fries, Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches and more. You'll get to sample all the foods you make, as well as take home the recipes. And who knows, you might just be inspired you to open up your own roaming restaurant! Saturday, August 23, 10 to 1 p.m.

Vote for Your Favorite Green Chile Cheeseburger

Don't forget to vote for your favorite version of the green chile cheeseburger to help decide the finalists for the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, held at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Friday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.  You can vote once a day at SantaFe.org.

Currently, 16 restaurants are in the running, including Second Street Brewery, Cafe Grecco, Terra at Rancho Encantado, Del Charro at Inn of the Governors, Las Fuentes Restaurant Bar & Grill at La Posada, Body Cafe, Blue Corn Brewery, Rio Chama, La Casa Sena, Luminaria Restaurant and Patio at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, Fuego Restaurant at La Posada Santa Fe, Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe, Agave Lounge at Eldorado Hotel & Spa, the Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid and last year's People's Choice Award winner The Cowgirl. Restaurants can still enter the contest on SantaFe.org.

May the best burger win!

Wine Down Wednesday

Did you know that, every Wednesday, the Living Room at the Inn and Spa at Loretto hosts Wine Down Wednesday, where you'll explore varietals from around the world with a sommelier? Discover a new region or varietal each month.  You'll sample four different wines and enjoy an appetizer paired with the featured flight. It's a great way to wind down in the middle of the week and discover new wines.

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