July 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Paella Party, Thai Cuisine, Bollywood Pop-Up Dinner & more…

July Culinary Round-up

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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Photo: Sweetwater Kitchen

Paella Party

The Spanish Table—that wonderful shop where you can pick up imported cheese, fish, sausages and ham,  spices and other food as well as wine and tableware from Spain and Portugal —is celebrating its 12th anniversary in Santa Fe  Saturday, July 26 (during Spanish Market) with an Outdoor Paella Party. The annual event features a demo of how to make paella outside on the grill, followed by a tasting, which you don't want to miss.

The Spanish Table—also located in Seattle, Berkeley and Mill Valley, Calif.—sells many of the ingredients used in its paella recipe, from saffron and Spanish-style soft chorizo to Valencia rice, red piquillo peppers, garrofon beans and more, so you can make their paella at home, paired with a classic Spanish wine or sangria.

Thai Nights @ Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen

Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen continues its weekly Wednesday Thai Nights this summer, featuring the foods of Cambodia and Thailand crafted with traditional spices and fresh, organic meats and vegetables by chef Nou Kimnath. Try her Thai Tom Yum soup, Pho, South East Asian curries and Pad Thai, made with a garbanzo bean and lentil paste instead of the traditional peanut sauce Her Thai-Cambodian curry blends Mussaman and red curry paste with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves,  turmeric, blue ginger and coconut milk.

The chef draws from her Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese heritages to create the menu, which includes Cambodian Green Mango Salad, with shaved raw mango, tomato, cashew, nut, cilantro and mint in a lime fish-sauce dressing; Cambodian Rice Crepes, a thin, rice-flour pancake made with egg and coconut milk and served with Thai herbs, bean sprouts and a tamarind-peanut sauce; and Lamb Curry, cooked in in coconut cream and ginger and tamarind juice and served with potatoes and spinach with chick peas and steamed Jasmine rice.

Thai Night takes place every Wednesday from 5 to 9 pm. Reservations are required. Call (505) 795-9383.

If you're into Thai food, sign up for Johnny Vee's Tasty Summer Thai Class, and learn to make the fresh flavors of Thai cuisine. The menu is perfect for warm weather, featuring , Pad Thai, Thai Beef Salad, Steamed Tamarind Salmon, Grilled Baby Bok Choy, Thai -Style Barbecued Chicken with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce and Fresh Ginger Sorbet.  On August 8 from 6 to 9 pm at Las Cosas Cooking School.

And in other exotic food news, the Bollywood Blossom Pop-Up Dinner hosted by chefs Rocky Durham and Tanya Story of the Santa Fe Culinary Academy and local chef Shibana Singh celebrates Indian cuisine, along with music, dance and clothing. Take a cultural journey to an exotic country through its unique flavors and dishes. August 7 from 6:15 to 8:30 pm at the Santa Fe Culinary Academy.

Ice Cream Social

If you love ice cream—and who doesn't?—check out The Old Wind Mill Dairy Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 20 from noon to 4 pm in Moriarty. Celebrate summer with all kinds of farm fun, including water balloon games, hanging out with cows and goats, a pie contest and, of course, ice cream. Because who doesn't love ice cream? Enter your pie to win a great prize!

Lavender Season

Celebrate all things lavender at the Lavender in the Valley Festival in Abiquiu at the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, July 12 and 13 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Spend the day strolling through fields abloom with lavender, create lavender crafts, explore the labyrinth, relax with a cup of lavender tea, enjoy live music and shop local arts and crafts . You can also enjoy scones, chocolates and lunch at the new Lavender House.

Then drive through the valley, stopping at local businesses that are participating in the festival, including Ghost Ranch, Rising Moon Gallery, Mamacitas and the Abiquiu Inn, where you can savor lavender fare, from chocolate chunk lavender pancakes to lemon corn cake with raspberries and lavender syrup. Click here for more info.

For more lavender experiences, visit The Farm Shop at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm in Ranchos de Albuquerque and sample an array of treats featuring culinary lavender during Sweet Tastings, held July 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Savor lavender chocolate and lavender raspberry champagne truffles, and the inn's speial blend of lavender raspberry jam. 

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