January 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Winter Food Fun

A winter smorgasbord in Santa Fe...

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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Winter Brews

Get your share of winter fun during the second annual Winter Brew: A Craft Beer and Comfort Food Festival, January 25 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion. This is a wonderful way to sample the libations created by artisan beer crafters we are lucky to have here in New Mexico as well as creative comfort food that's sure to warm your stomach and heart on a cold winter's night.

The $15 entry fee gets you a commemorative souvenir glass and $5 worth of food and beer from a dozen New Mexico craft breweries and a dozen Santa Fe chefs. The event is presented by New Mexico Brewers Guild, a nonprofit association of craft brewers in New Mexico.
For more info, click here.

The Santa Fe Souper Bowl

It's almost kick-off time for Souper Bowl XIX, the Food Depot's annual fundraising competition for the best soup in Santa Fe. The event takes place Saturday, January 26 from  noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and includes a silent auction.

Santa Fe's finest chefs battle it out for the Souper Bowl title of  Best Savory Soup, Best Cream Soup, Best Seafood Soup, Best Vegetarian Soup and Overall Best Soup. But it's the crowd that will choose the winners, armed with spoons and taste buds as they sip their way through the entries and then cast their votes for the winning bowls. May the best bowls win!

This is one of Santa Fe's favorite foood events and it offers a great way to support a worthy cause as the Food Depot provides meals for New Mexico's hungry.

For more info, click here.

Gardening in Winter

Summer may seem eons away right now, but there are things you can be doing to keep your garden healthy throughout winter so  it will thrive and produce all kinds of delicious, edible ingredients all summer long.

To help you keep your garden healthy this winter, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden hosts The Winter Garden Workshop on January 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa. You'll learn about winter maintenance, pruning trees, watering, opportunities for planting and other ways to keep busy in your winter garden. Click here for more info.

Taos Wine Festival

Taos hosts the 25th Annual Taos Wine Festival January 30-February 2, featuring seminars devoted to wines from around the world, as well as wine dinners, reserve tastings, après ski wine tastings and the Grand Tasting, held on Saturday at the foot of chairlift #1, featuring more than 155 wines paired with food from 12 Taos restaurants.

The Grand Tasting includes a silent auction of rare wines to benefit Taos Community Foundation while the Taste of Taos & Reserve Tasting, held opening night at El Monte Sagrado, includes a silent wine auction that benefits a local nonprofit program. This is a great way to savor the food of Taos as well as wines from around the world, and enjoy some of the best ski slopes in the Southwest. For more info, go to www.taoswinterwinefest.com.

Restaurant Week is Around the Corner

Mark your calendars now for the third annual Santa Fe Restaurant Week, coming up February 24 through March 3. This event offers locals a great chance to dine at some of their favorite restaurants, as well as try new ones, at affordable prices.

Dinners will be priced at $25 for 2 or $20, $30 or $50 per person. Many restaurants also offer specially priced lunches during Restaurant Week. The week includes daytime events and lodging specials as well.

I've had some amazing dinners during Restaurant Weeks past, and it really is an ideal way to try some places you yet because the prices have been out of your range. And participating restaurants don't skimp simply because they are offering lower prices. This is  a chance for local chefs to shine, and for you to experience the incredible range of dining in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Restaurant Week is followed by Taos Restaurant Week, held March 3-10, and Albuquerque Restaurant Week, held March 10-17. Click here for more info.

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