September 26, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Notes from the Field

Farmers' Market Institute fundraiser dinner, cooking with Johnny Vee, gourmet bike ride, barbecue battles 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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Support the Farmers' Market Institute

If you're a fan of the Farmer's Market—and who isn't?—then be sure to reserve a seat the 2012 Farmers' Market Fall Fiesta & Gala at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Famers' Market Pavilion. The annual fundraiser features delicious, farm fresh food, drinks, silent and live auctions, music and the annual Farmer All Star Awards.

The evening begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by bids in the silent auction and a fall feast prepared by six master chefs and served family style at your table featuring fresh ingredients from the Santa Fe Farmers' Market. KBAC DJ Honey Harris provides entertainment during the harvest dinner, and John Trentacosta and the Straight Up Trio will provide music. Hotel Santa Fe proprietor Paul Margetson will serve as auctioneer for the live auction, with vacation packages, dinner and tasting parties and other packages up for bid.

Dessert will be prepared by three of Santa Fe's finest chefs with food from the Farmers' Market, and guests will honor farmers who help to make the Santa Fe Farmers' Market one of the best in the country. The evening's featured guest is Charles MacKay, general director of the Santa Fe Opera.

For more details, click here.

Cooking with Johnny Vee

One of Santa Fe's favorite chefs, Johnny Vee is a culinary celebrity at Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School. You can find him just about any night of the week leading popular cooking classes at the kitchen boutique inside DeVargas Mall.

He's just released his October schedule of classes, and there's something on it for everyone, from coffee roasting and brewing to north Indian street food, tasty Thai favorites, high altitude baking and using a pressure cooker.

Try the Soups & Stews class in the Julia & Johnny Vee Series and learn to make Beef Bourgignone, Cassoulet with Duck Confit, Soupe Pistou and garlic soup with poached eggs as he spends this fall exploring Child's classic cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."

Or venture to Italy via a night devoted to Parmigiano-Reggano, everyone's favorite Italian ingredient. After sampling a variety of cheeses, you will learn to prepare parmesan-stuffed dates, ricotta-Parmesan zucchini fritters, classic Caesar salad, chicken Parmesan with fava bean risotto & Parmesan rind tomato sauce, and, for dessert a moist olive oil cake with orange lavender syrup.

Green chile addicts won't want to miss the Green Chile Fest, where you'll prepare chile rellenos with three batters and two fillings with red chile Sauce, Johnny Vee's Famous Weenie Relleno, green chile and chicken stew, green chile scalloped potatoes, sautéed spinach and chile, lime ice cream and candied green chile.

For the full schedule, click here.

The Santa Fe Gourmet Classic

Are you a galloping gourmet? Do you like to bike for miles through scenic countryside, stopping for catered gourmet food at each rest stop? If so, then the 3rd annual Santa Fe Gourmet Classic bike ride is just the ticket.

The non-competitive, 65-mile bike ride takes place Saturday, October 6, winding through Santa Fe and the surrounding areas, with gorgeous views of the mountain chains that ring the city.

Start the day with breakfast then make your way to rest stops offering inventive snacks that provide you with extra fuel for your ride. A gourmet Southwest lunch at the Bonanza Creek Movie Studio awaits you further down the road, and after your done, toast your success with dinner at the acclaimed SantaCafe.

For more info, click here.

Barbecue Battles

Thesmokering.com, a professional barbecue team from Santa Fe, has qualified to contend in the 24th Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, Tenn. Oct. 27

The Jack is known as the most prestigious barbecue competition in the world, drawing 25,000 fans to Jack Daniel's Hollow for a competition with teams from around the U.S. as well as Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Estonia, Australia, the U.K., Canada, Poland, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Norway and Denmark. They face off in seven categories—pork ribs, pork shoulder/butts, beef brisket, chicken, cook's choice, Jack Daniel's sauce and dessert.

In order to qualify for the competition, teams must have a won a state championship. The contenders are then chosen during a blind drawing of all eligible teams. 

“Recognized around the globe, the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Barbecue creates a competitive, yet uniquely fun, contest among some of the top culinary experts in their field,” said Lynne Tolley, KCBS-certified barbecue judge and great-grandniece of Jack Daniel. “And, as fans unite in historic Lynchburg to take in the action, and samples, the competition really comes to life.”

Jack Daniels was founded in 1866 in Lynchburg, Tenn., and is the oldest registered distillery in the U.S. It also is on the National Register of Historic Places. Lynchburg is primarily known for its whiskey, but it is also known for some of the best barbecue in the world.

For more details, click here.

Organic Meals on a Budget

Local Organic Meals on a Budget 2012 cooking class series is in full swing, with Salsas, Jams, Chutneys, Pestotaking place today, Sept. 26, at 5:45 p.m. at Kitchen Angels, 1222 Siler Road.

Led by staff members of the group, the class features ways to use tomatoes, apples, herbs and fruits to make delicious sauces, jams, chutneys and pesto, all on a shoestring budget. Amy Hetager and Mary Pat Butler will show you how to make fresh homemade tomato sauce, an oven-roasted tomato and garlic sauce, salsa, a fall-spiced apple chutney with clove, nutmeg and raisins, pestos "beyond basil" and more!

Each 90-minute class includes recipes, tips, tastings, demos and more. You'll learn simple cooking techniques, tips on saving money and also get seasonal recipes and taste the chef's creations. 

To learn more, click here.

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