July 23, 2014 at 10:10 AM

July Food Fun

Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, Dosa Pop-Up Dinners, Pre-Opera Dining, Fuze.SW & 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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The Return of the Green Chile Cheese Burger Smackdown

The reigning champs of last year's inaugural Green Chile Cheese Burger Smackdown are back in the running, along with those vying to take the title this year for the best green chile cheeseburger in the city. To date, 15 restaurants have entered the contest, including last year's winners, The Cowgirl which took the People's Choice Award and Real Burger, which won the Judge's Award.

You can vote for your favorite green chile cheeseburger once a day here, now through August 15. Winners will be announced during the 2nd Annual Green Chile Cheese Burger Smackdown on Friday, September 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market.

Paper Dosa Pop-Ups @ Cafe Fina

Good news for fans of chef Paulraj's Pop-up Dosa Dinners! Cafe Fina is hosting Paper Dosa Pop-up Dinners every Monday starting at 5:30 p.m. through Sept 1. The menu includes Spicy Mango Salad and a trio of dosas—Classic Masala, Cilantro Chutney and Lamb Keema—as well as Vegetable Curry with Coconut Rice and Passion Fruit Custard with a tapioca payasam. Drinks include South Indian Chai and Mango Lassi.

Even better news, this pop-up dinner series may be a prelude for the launch of Cafe Fina's dinner service sometime in the near future, according to owner Murphy O'Brien. Watch here for details!

Pre-Opera Dining at Bouche

For an elegant start to your opera evening, head over to Bouche Bistro for the restaurant's new Pre-Opera menu, offered Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m The prix fixe, three-course menu includes Classic Escargots a la Bourguignonne; Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Sweet Pea Emulsion; Black Mussels in White Wine with Green Chile and Pommes Frites and Profiterole au Chocolat. Reserve a table on the outdoor patio in preparation for your opera experience. And if you happen to be seeing this year's production of Mozart's "The Impresario," set in Paris during the 1920s, then the menu is the perfect opera opener!

Marble Summer Classics Beer Dinner @ Los Poblanos

If you're a fan of craft beer, don't miss the Marble Summer Classics Beer Dinner, a four-course feast at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Ranch in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, featuring a Marble Brewery beer paired with each course. The menu includes Cabbage  & Potato Soup with Smoked Onions, Apple & Green Chile served with a Marble Pilsner, ; Braised Beets with BlueCheese, Arugula, Dijon Vinaigrette and Candied Pink Peppercorn matched with a Marble Double White; Red Chile Maple-Glazed Los Poblanos Pork Tenderloin matched with Marble Red and Marble IPA; and Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Float and Marble Oatmeal Stout macarons paired with Marble Barley Wine for dessert. July 30 at 5 pm.

FUZE.SW, Take Two

It's not too early to get your tickets for the 2nd Annual FUZE.SW Food + Folklore Festival, which takes place September 12 through 14 on Museum Hill. More than 60 renowned James Beard Award-winning authors, scholars, poets and Native American chefs gather to cook up a food conference devoted to the folklore and customs that have created New Mexico's unique culinary traditions. This year, FUZE.SW explores Native American foodways and how traditional Native practices can inform our agriculture and culinary traditions today.

Speakers include James Beard award-winning authors Betty Fussell, Bill and Cheryl Alters Jamison, Deborah Madison and Maricel Presilla; chefs Mark Kiffin (The Compound and Zacatecas in Albuquerque) Andrew Cooper (Terra), John Rivera Sedlar (Eloisa at the new Drury Hotel), Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa) and Nephi Craig (White Mountain Apache); Tina Ujaki, executive food editor of Food & Wine; and many others.

The festival will feature a number of food options, including stylish food truck lunches, breakfasts cooked by a team of Pueblo grandmothers, New Mexico wines and brews, and a Grandmother's Lunch, family dishes that have been passed down through generations and prepared by grandmothers.

Events include a Native American buffalo feast, the Food Truck Lunch n' Munch with Bang Bite, Santa Irrational Pies and Street Food Institute, and the FUZE.SW MarketPlace, a free tasting event featuring New  Mexico-grown, produced and prepared food. The festival also offers cooking demos, cookbook signings, horno bread-making, a green chile roast, tours of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Native American music and dance performances and more.

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