November 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Santa Fe School of Cooking, Coyote Café and the Film Festival

“Tasty morsels…”

By Tom Maguire

Culture Vulture

Tom Maguire is a musician, arts supporter and a guy who travels the Southwest in a 13’ Scamp trailer, because he couldn’t figure out how the tent poles went together.

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New Cooking School Location

This past weekend, the Santa Fe School of Cooking opened its new digs at the corner of Guadalupe and Johnson streets and what a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. The location, in the space formerly occupied by the Awakening Museum, is ideally suited to this jewel in our culinary crown. The renovation, from an open space dedicated to the art of painter Jean Claude Gaugy, to an expansive kitchen, demonstration and sales location for the many facets of the School of Cooking’s approach to the art of cooking, is sublime. Like a well-prepared meal, the various elements of this endeavor: appetizers (sales area), preparation (a hands-on kitchen), cooking (the demonstration area, with full views via an overhead mirror and video feeds to large flat screens from two camera angles) and the feast itself (in a very comfortable viewing and eating area) give the complete experience a very special flavor. How about dessert? Well of course, the sales area again. I can’t imagine anyone leaving without some of the wonderful cookbooks and kitchen goodies on sale there. 

What a gastronomical treat for our community and the many visitors who make a trip to Santa Fe complete by sampling our many excellent restaurants and honing their own skills at this venerable institution. My hope is that this new space will lure major TV cooking shows to be filmed here. Brava Susan and Nicole!

The Film Festival Goes A-foraging

As a “Festival Eve” Kickoff to the 13th Annual Festival, the Santa Fe Film Festival is partnering with Chef Eric DeStefano and Coyote Café to present a very special event that combines an extraordinary culinary experience with a showing of “Now, Forager: A Film About Love and Fungi.”

The three-course tasting meal inspired by the film and created by Chef DeStefano will be accompanied by fine wine and spirits provided by Domaine Serene, Fiasco Wines and Santa Fe Spirits.

The 2012 Film Festival will kick-off with this special pre-festival screening and dinner on Wednesday, December 5 at the New Mexico History Museum and Coyote Café.

"Now, Forager: A Film About Love and Fungi" will be screened for the public at 5 p.m. on December 5 at the New Mexico History Museum.  Widely acclaimed by critics, like Roger Ebert and publications like The Huffington Post and Los Angeles Times, “Now, Forager” is a creative, heartfelt triumph about food, marriage and love that beautifully depicts the connection between nature and our plates.  Following the screening will be a Q&A with co-director Jason Cortlund at the museum’s theater.

At 7:30 p.m., following the screening, Coyote Café presents a three-course tasting meal inspired by the film at its Water Street location.

Tickets are available for $135 for both the screening and dinner, and $20 for the film only. The Coyote Café will donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to benefit Santa Fe Film Festival programming. Purchase tickets to the dinner and screening now through santafefilmfestival.com or by calling: (505) 988-7414.

With a phenomenal slate of films and events to be announced November 16, “Dream Awake: the 2012 Santa Fe Film Festival” takes place December 6-9 and is anticipated to reflect the best in this year’s independent world cinema.  For more information on passes, volunteering and festival events, visit the website at santafefilmfestival.com.

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