July 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Tapas to Love, Food Truck Throwdown, Santa Fe Bite & More

Updates from the Santa Fe Cuisine Scene

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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James Campbell Caruoso's Tapas Class

One of Santa Fe's favorite chefs, James Campbell Caruso, will teach the art of his craft during a Spanish Tapas Class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27 during the annual Spanish Market.

Caruso, who's been nominated five times for the prestigious James Beard Award and is one of only four chefs nominated to compete in the Sherry Council of America's Copa Jerez  International Food and Sherry Competition,owns La Boca and Taberna La Boca, which always draw crowds as well as praise from food critics.

He will create dishes from La Boca's new tapas menu, including shrimp paella nigiri, beet and morcilla pancakes, potato chip tortilla with crab and Moroccan carrot salad with date leather.  The demonstration class  includes recipes as well as a full meal.  The Santa Fe School of Cooking will donate 20% of the proceeds from the class to the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. For more info, click here.

Albuquerque's Food Truck Throwdown

Albuquerque's first ever Food Truck Beef Throwdown takes place this Saturday, July 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Marble Brewery, 1111 Marble Ave. NW .

The event, sponsored by the New Mexico Beef Council, features seven popular food trucks serving  innovative beef dishes and guests can also enjoy salsa and chips, watermelon and ice cream. In addition, Marble Brewery will sell its microbrews. The throwdown also includes live bluegrass by Felonius Groove Foundation and jazz by Cali Shaw. Celebrity judges will select first, second, and third place winners.The public will choose the “Fan Fave.”

Participating food trucks include Pupper Truck, Soo Bak Foods Korean Seoul Food, Conchita’s Creations, Streetfoodblvd., Rustic, The Melting Truck.

For more info, click here.

Santa Fe Bite

In the news this week, the owners of the late Bobcat Bite plan to open a new restaurant, Santa Fe Bite, in mid-August at the Garrett's Desert Inn, with an expanded menu more space, longer hours and...thankfully....the famous green chile cheeseburgers.

John and Bonnie Eckre closed Bobcat Bite, an iconic eater on Old Las Vegas highway, after a dispute with the landlord.

Bite's menu will include Big Bite, a 16-ounce burger, as well as fish and chips, enchiladas and tacos.
New on the menu is breakfast, which will include French toast, huevos rancheros and steak and eggs. In addition, the restaurant will offer local microbrews and wine.

The new space will seat 80 people inside and 36 outside a big expansion from Bobcat Bite's 26 seats. And, in one of the biggest changes, customers will now be able to pay with credit cards.

How Duel You Do

Santa Fe has a brand new addition to the microbrewery scene, Duel, a Belgian style brewery and taproom,

The menu ncludes Marcel, a beer “that contracts itself in order to avoid conforming...a truly surreal wit and Dark Ryder, “where dark meets light...a free all into an estuary of flavor,” according to the menu notes. Stranger Than Fiction is a “very drinkable pale ale...and that's not fictitious. The flagship Titian (11% AVB) is a golden ale, “an age old classic...tempted by the colors of Gloria.”

A tasting menu includes Brussels-style waffles with a choice of toppings that include chocolate habanero sauce or powdered sugar and a cherry, authentic white German bratwurst on a baguette with beer mustard, sauerkrat, curry ketchup, cornichons and chips, and a hot and cold plate of spicy sausage, salami, aged cheese, cornichons, and bread served with beer mustard and blueberry preserve.

Duel Brewing is located at 1228 Parkway Drive in Unit D. Find more info here.

Blue Ribbon Baking

Have you always yearned to bake up a cake so good that it won the blue ribbon at the state fair? Well, here's your chance to take  home the prize. Regina Harris, who has won more than 75 prizes at the New Mexico State Fair, will show you how to Bake Like a State Prize Winner in a hands-on class at Los Cosas Kitchen School from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

Harris has honed her skills as one of the best pie bakers in our fair state, and she will show you how to turn an ordinary recipe into one extraordinary Blue Ribbon treat.  You'll learn to bake sour cream banana bread, French brioche, ciabatta, dill dinner rolls, chocolate swirl pumpkin bread and blueberry buttermilk coffee cake. For more info, click here.

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