October 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

October Food Fun

"New eateries, Oktoberfest, holiday cooking classes 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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New Bakery Coming to Eldorado

Looking forward to the opening of Chez Dre, a new bakery in the The Agora, helmed by Andrea Clover, formerly of the Inn at Loretto's Luminaria and Santa Fe Bite.

Chez Dre offers tantalizing treats that include a pear frangipiane tart with vanilla bean cranberry cotta; a salted caramel torte and raspberry red chile chocolate truffle; and a praline feullantine, a chocolate mousse cake with hazelnut anglaise center and hazelnut ganache. Yum!

Clover studied at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School and worked at the Pinehurst Golf and Country Club, as well Hotel St. Francis and Red Sage at Buffalo Thunder. She's won top awards for her chocolate sculptures at the 2010, 2012, 2013 Chocolate Fantasy event at the New Mexico Natural History Museum and won first prize in the Santa Fe Community Foundation Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Dessert Competition. She's also won the 2008 and 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Caper's People’s Choice Award. She also competed in the Food Network Channel’s Sugar Dome Competition where her team, Sweet Heat, took first place during a Dare Devil-themed competition using chocolate, cake, metal and fire.

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Thai Vegan Opens in Santa Fe

Where one door closes...another opens. And if you love Thai food, you'll be thrilled to learn that Thai Vegan, the popular all-vegan restaurant in Albuquerque, is opening a Santa Fe eatery, in the exact same spot formerly occupied by Dara Thai.

Thai Vegan's enticing menu includes steamed curry dumplings, Tom Ka Kai soup with mushrooms, soy chicken and herbs in coconut broth, green and red curries, stir-fried pumpkin eggplant and tofu with garlic sauce and chili, pineapple fried rice and, to top it all off, banana spring rolls, lychees in light syrup and coconut ice cream with palm seed.

To see the full menu, click here.

Italian Harvest Buffet Benefit

You don't need a reason to attend an Italian Harvest Buffet beneath a canopied tent, featuring a savory mixed Italian grill and pasta and fine wines. But here's a good one: the proceeds from this gala dinner on Sunday, Oct. 13 will benefit Cooking with Kids, the acclaimed program founded by Lynn Walters, who ran the popular Natural Cafe. The program motivates and empowers Santa Fe schoolchildren to make healthy food choices through hands-on learning, incorporating fresh, affordable foods from diverse cultures.

The Italian Harvest Buffet takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. and includes a cash bar. For tickets, click here.

Oktoberfest!

Do you love bratwurst? Enough to enter a fierce brat-earing contest? If so, get yourself over to the 3rd annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 19 at The Santa Fe Brewing Company. You'll sample beer from four breweries and savor the dishes served up by food trucks Dr. Field Goods and Joe Sausage. There's also live music and contests, all to benefit the Santa Fe Humane Society & Animal Shelter, Esperanza Women’s Shelter and Kitchen Angels. 

The fun kicks off at noon with live music, which continues all day. Bands include House Music, Mariachi Diferencia and Hot Honey. In addition to the bratwurst eating contest, there's also a six-pack holding contest, which begins at 3:30 and are limited to the first 10 people to show up at the merchandise table.

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Holiday Cooking Classes

It's the Great Pumpkin time, and Chef Johnny Vee will show you the many delicious ways to celebrate this time of year during his cooking class for adults and kids at Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe and Cooking School.

From pumpkin scones with spiced honey butter to pumpkin soup, pumpkin ravioli with sage brown butter and pumpkin bundt cake, you'll see just how versatile this autumn squash is. This is a family cooking class, so be sure to bring the kids and they'll decorate Jack-O-Lantern and ghost cookies to take home.

The Cooking with the Great Pumpkin class takes place Saturday, October 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. For details, click here.

And speaking of pumpkins and holidays, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you're looking for some inspiration for your Thanksgiving menu, try the Santa Fe School of Cooking's Modern Southwestern Thanksgiving class, held November 15 at 6 p.m.

You'll learn to prepare a feast like the ones the Spanish colonists might have cooked up in New Mexico centuries ago. The menu includes pice-rubbed roasted turkey with maple syrup chipotle butter, corn bread stuffing with pinon, poblano and pecans, green chile garlic mashed potatoes, cumin & lemon-roasted brussels sprouts and flourless chocolate cake with Brunello Sauce.

Find more info, click here.

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