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Sizzling Southwest Cuisine: What’s Hot in Santa Fe’s Culinary Scene

Program Number: 12308RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/15/2013 - 9/20/2013; 5/20/2015 - 5/25/2015; 6/3/2015 - 6/8/2015; 9/16/2015 - 9/21/2015; 11/2/2015 - 11/7/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,038.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Since ancient Puebloans first cultivated beans, corn and squash in the deserts of the Southwest, this cuisine has nourished and delighted countless generations. Beginning in Santa Fe, regional cuisine that had remained hidden from the rest of the world for generations arrived on national tables. Today Southwestern fare is an integral part of American cuisine. Learn how some restaurants in Santa Fe have preserved traditional styles of food preparation while others have become more creative. Attend New Mexican cooking classes, sample dishes both traditional and contemporary, and return home ready to dazzle your friends with a Santa Fe style feast.




Highlights

• Roll up your sleeves and learn the secrets of the pros in unforgettable cooking classes at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.
• Go right to the source of Santa Fe’s fresh ingredients at a local farm.
• Tuck in to mouthwatering meals at the cooking school and highly-rated restaurants featuring genuine Santa Fe and Southwest cuisine.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles. Standing for up to one hour. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Santa Fe

A cosmopolitan city famous for its world-renowned opera, chamber and choral music and for its art and artists, Santa Fe is situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nearby, eight historic, continuously occupied pueblos and small Hispanic villages divulge a heritage that is impeccably preserved in this multi-cultural state capital.



Accommodations
Full service hotel near historic downtown Santa Fe Plaza.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
David Sundberg

Born and raised in Missouri, David Sundberg graduated from the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He has worked extensively as a chef throughout the U.S., Mexico and Europe, while cultivating his passion for food and food history. David recently relocated to Santa Fe from R.I., where he wrote for local publications, taught cooking classes, and worked for numerous restaurants and caterers. He is a fervent supporter of local growers and producers.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Santa Fe Sage Inn
  Santa Fe 5 nights
 Santa Fe Sage Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Santa Fe Sage Inn is located in the downtown area at the entrance to the historic Plaza, Museum Hill and the Guadalupe, Railyard District, and Canyon Road shopping areas. The hotel is in one of the most exciting parts of Santa Fe.
  Contact info: 725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 866-433-0335
web: www.santafesageinn.com
  Room amenities: Complimentary local calls, wireless Internet access, electronic room key access, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, remote color TV, AM/FM radio/alarm clock, individual climate control, Southwestern decor
  Facility amenities: Business center with complimentary wireless Internet access, free parking for cars and RVs, recently redecorated guest rooms, outdoor heated swimming pool, laundry/dry cleaning service available, safe-deposit box at front desk area, 24-hour front desk, newly renovated exercise room, breakfast and meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Best seasonal rates offered Call in advance to reserve your pre and post program stay
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Best seasonal rates offered Call in advance to reserve your pre and post program stay
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into hotel any time after 3:00 PM. Register with program's group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM. You will be staying at Santa Fe Sage Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast on final day. Hotel check-out time is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Santa Fe Sage Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santa Fe
  Nearest city or town:  Albuquerque
  Nearest highway: I-25
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport and Santa Fe Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Fe
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Albuquerque

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 65 miles

   

Let shuttle service know, when you make reservations, at which hotel you'll need to be dropped off in Santa Fe and when you'll be returning to Albuquerque.

 

Santa Fe

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

From Santa Fe to Albuquerque Airport (Sunport), let shuttle service know which hotel you'll need to be picked up at in Santa Fe and when you'll be returning to Albuquerque.

 
Driving Directions
  Albuquerque International Sunport and I-25 All Directions Exit the airport west onto Sunport Boulevard, which will take you to Interstate 25. Go north on I-25 to Santa Fe exit 272, St. Francis Drive, (approximately 65 miles). Tavel about 3 miles on St. Francis Drive to the intersection of St. Francis Drive and Cerrillos Road. Turn right on Cerrillos Road. The Sage Inn is at the corner of Cerrillos Road and Guadalupe Street on your left, just after the stoplight at that intersection.
  US 84/285 from the north Coming from the north on US 84/285, as you come into Santa Fe; the highway turns into St. Francis Drive. At the "fork in the road," bear left onto North Guadalupe Street. Follow North Guadalupe Street for 1.5 miles. Santa Fe Sage Inn is at the intersection of Guadalupe Street and Cerrillos Road at 725 Cerrillos Road. Cross Cerrillos and turn immediately to your right into the Sage Inn parking lot.
Elevation Note: Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000' above sea level.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival, Check-In, and Orientation
(Sunday, September 15)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive in Santa Fe. Check into hotel any time after 3:00 PM, then register with program's group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM in designated area at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at a nearby restaurant
 Evening: Orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
   
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Santa Fe Scool of Cooking Class; Guided Walking Exploration; State Capitol Visit; Dinner at Selected Restaurant
(Monday, September 16)

Note: Walking up to a few blocks; standing at Cooking School and during capitol visit



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Historical overview of people of New Mexico - learn what they ate and how they grew it.

Then, you'll be transported to the Santa Fe School of Cooking, where you'll start your Southwest cooking adventure with a demonstration breakfast/brunch that combines the richness of local products and traditions.

You'll experience Chilaquiles with Chicken and Green Chile, Tomatillo Sauce, New Mexican Egg Frittata, Chile-glazed Bacon (to DIE for!), Piloncillo Baked Apples with Cajeta Sauce, and a Fruit Liquado.

 Brunch: Enjoy a brunch featuring the foods prepared at the Cooking School.
 Afternoon: Participate in a guided walking and bus exploration of downtown Santa Fe, including a visit to the Roundhouse, New Mexico's capitol building, which has a wonderful collection of art works representing some of the state's most famous artists.

Return to the hotel for a brief rest before dinner.

 Dinner: If it seems like all you do is eat, you're right! Dinner tonight will be at a popular New Mexican restaurant in Santa Fe.
 Evening: Return to the hotel
   
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Day 3: Santa Fe Farmer's Market; Santa Fe School of Cooking's Hands-On "Chile Amor" Class; Lunch and Dinner on Your Own
(Tuesday, September 17)

Note: Walking up to a few blocks; standing at Cooking School



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Walk across the street from the hotel for a visit to Santa Fe's Farmers' Market.

Located in the new Santa Fe Railyard Park, the market features fresh greens in season, sprouts, herbs, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, teas, dried chile, original crafts, body care products and more.

With over 100 small growers participating, the Santa Fe Farmers' Market is the largest in New Mexico and one of the best known in the country.

You'll have free time for the rest of the morning to explore the Railyard Park and other parts of Guadalupe Street (galleries, shops, more) on your own.

 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: At 1:45 pm, meet at the Santa Fe School of Cooking for their hands-on "Chile Amor" class.

This experience will delight you if you're familiar with New Mexico's official "state vegetable," and will "light the fires" for those yet uninitiated.

You'll explore chile's unique culinary and medicinal qualities, learn the different varieties, don aprons and prepare red and green chile sauces and homemade tortillas to taste.

The rest of the afternoon is free.

 Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. We'll provide a brochure with lots of options for your dining pleasure and information about evening activities around town.
 Evening: Free evening tonight to enjoy Santa Fe nightlife or rest
   
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Traditional New Mexican Foods Cooking Class; Winery Visit and Tasting; Organic Farm Visit; Dinner at Rancho de Chimayó
(Wednesday, September 18)

Note: Walking over unpaved and uneven terrain at vineyard and farm



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning you'll have a hands-on Traditional New Mexican foods cooking class.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the Cooking School, where you'll dine on the traditional New Mexican foods you've prepared.
 Afternoon: This afternoon there will be a field trip to Estrella del Norte Vineyard, where you'll taste some of their wines and some from other vineyards as well.

Then stop at the Santa Cruz Farm. You'll have a walk around the farm and learn about farming, vegetarian lifestyles of the area, and the Santa Fe Farmers' Market with Santa Cruz Farm owner, Don Bustos.

Much of Mr. Bustos' produce is used at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

Later, the bus will depart for Chimayó, New Mexico, a charming little town that retains many of its old-world traditions.

 Dinner: Dine at historic Rancho de Chimayó Restaurant.

This is one of northern New Mexico's oldest and best-loved dining spots.

Dinner will start with salsa and chips.You'll have several entree choices and a dessert.

 Evening: Return to Sage Inn and free evening
   
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Contemporary New Mexican Food Class; New Mexico's Wines and Wineries Class; Free Afternoon; Dinner at Santacafé
(Thursday, September 19)

Note: Some walking (if you choose) during free afternoon



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Meet in hotel classroom for a discussion on Contemporary New Mexican foods.

Then, meet one of New Mexico's best-known wine critics and educators, who will talk about our state's terrific wines and wineries.

You'll learn what comes from which wineries, and you'll get to taste several of the best wines.

 Lunch: Lunch at a nearby restaurant
 Afternoon: Free afternoon
 Dinner: Dinner from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the well-known contemporary restaurant, Santacafe, in the downtown area.

You'll have a choice of several beautifully-prepared main courses, an appetizer or salad, and a specially selected dessert.

 Evening: Program closing at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast, Check-Out and Departure
(Friday, September 20)
   
 Depart From: Check out of hotel no later than 12:00 pm. Departure any time after breakfast at the hotel.
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:30 - 8:30 AM
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Santa Fe General Overview
Museums and galleries, e.g., Palace of the Governors Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Art and Culture, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Spanish Colonial Museum, Laboratory of Anthropology, Rancho de los Golondrinas (recreation of a Spanish Colonial village), Gerald Peters Gallery, Nedra Matteucchi (Fenn) Gallery, Alan Houser Sculpture Garden, Houshang's Gallery, Alene Lapides Gallery, Laurel Seth Gallery and many more. Historic buildings and churches include Sena Plaza, El Santuario de Guadalupe, the Oldest House, San Miguel Mission, St. Francis Cathedral, the Chapel of Loretto (with its miraculous staircase!) and Cristo Rey Church. During late June, July and August, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Santa Fe Opera are in full swing and there are many theatre productions and concerts going on in the city year round. The Santa Fe Visitors' Guide provides seasonal listings of events, as does New Mexico Magazine. A link to Santa Fe's calendar of events, web sites and telephone numbers is listed below. For additional information, visit www.santafe.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Taco Table


Author: Lois Ellen Frank


Description: A handbook for creating these Southwestern staples with easy to prepare recipes, from homemade tortillas to meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian fillings, to salsas that top them off.



The Santa Fe School of Cooking Cookbook


Author: Susan D. Curtis


Description: Contains some of the very best recipes from Santa Fe School of Cooking and features glorious photography.



The Pink Adobe Cookbook


Author: Rosalea Murphy


Description: From the long-time owner and creator of one of Santa Fe's most famous restaurants, The Pink Adobe, this cookbook features many of the unique and delicious recipes created by Rosalea Murphy and some of her top chefs.



Cooking With the Santa Fe Opera


Author: Santa Fe Opera Guild


The Wines of New Mexico


Author: Sandersier, Andy




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