Santa Fe Culinary Tour

Two- or Three-Night Culinary Tour of Santa Fe from Epitourean

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Comprehensive Sampling of Santa Fe's Fiery Southwestern Fare

As any chef in Santa Fe can tell you, ristra—a decorative bundle of fiery chili peppers—is fundamental to the preparation of the regional cuisine. The peppers are chopped and roasted when green, dried and ground when red; they're used to flavor practically any dish, from Santa Fe–style stacked enchiladas to loaded cheeseburgers. You can taste this area's zesty cuisine for yourself on a two- or three-night culinary tour of Santa Fe from Epitourean.

Click here for the complete two-night itinerary for A Southwestern Foodie Fiesta and here for the complete three-night itinerary for Flavors of Santa Fe Culinary Getaway tour.

Two-Night Tour: First, a docent will lead you on a foodie tour that chronicles Santa Fe’s 300-year-old culinary tradition, which has been influenced by Spanish, Native American, Mexican and, recently, Asian and Indochinese residents. You'll make multiple stops to snack along the way.

Next, you'll learn to cook fiery southwestern fare at home during a hands-on cooking class taught by a top regional instructor. The trip concludes with a gourmet dinner at award-winning restaurant Luminaria, where talented chefs use local, organic ingredients for dishes such as blackened Atlantic salmon a la plancha and a pekin duck breast served with mole and caramelized bananas.

Three-Night Tour: A three-hour foodie tour led by a docent will jump-start the three-day culinary experience. Next, you'll join a hands-on southwestern cooking class, where you can ask a master chef about how to do anything from glazing spare ribs to stuffing chili rellenos with valuable family heirlooms.

The trip is capped by a multicourse dinner at the AAA Four Diamond Geronimo. Executive Chef Eric DiStefano has curated an international menu that emphasizes French and Asian cuisines. You'll find entrees such as fiery sweet-chili- and honey-grilled Mexican white prawns as well as brown-butter roasted chicken breast, served alongside parmesan soft polenta and black trumpet mushrooms. If you've opted for the three-night tour, you'll receive a cookbook signed personally by celebrity chef Johnny Vee.

Accommodations in Santa Fe: During your tour, you’ll settle in for the night at Fort Marcy Hotel Suites. The hotel sits on 9 acres of manicured and rugged grounds and gardens amid the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Indoor and outdoor pools are available to guests. The recently remodeled suites feature wood-burning kiva fireplaces and stocked kitchens.

It's also worth it to take short walk from Fort Marcy to the perpetually sun-soaked downtown area, a historical center, where you can see how fragments from the Native American, Latino, and western traditions make Santa Fe the vibrant mosaic that it is today. The 400-year-old site of the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica has fancy stained-glass windows that throw rainbow sparkles onto the stone floor. A cowboy-boot shop in the city offers custom leather wares made by hand.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

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Santa Fe culinary tours; choose from four options:

Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required)

  • $449 per traveler for a two-night tour
  • $595 per traveler for a three-night tour

Packages for two (priced for two people)

  • $898 for a two-night tour
  • $1,190 for a three-night tour

The two-night tour includes:

  • Accommodations at Fort Marcy Condo Suites
  • Southwestern Foodie Tour with a Cultural Kick
  • Flavors of New Mexico cooking class with gourmet meal
  • Gourmet dinner at Luminaria

The three-night tour includes:

  • Accommodations at Fort Marcy Condo Suites
  • Southwestern Foodie Tour
  • Hands-on southwestern cooking class
  • Multicourse dinner at Geronimo
  • Personally signed glossy cookbook by Chef John Vollertsen (Johnny Vee)

Book by: 6/28/12
Travel by: 12/13/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Four blocks from downtown
  • 9 acres of landscaped grounds and gardens
  • Indoor pool and hot tub
  • Complimentary local shuttle service
  • Laundry facilities

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 6/28/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 12/13/12
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $75 fee
  • 21-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Valid only for premium condo suites
  • Airfare and 15.6% tax not included
  • $299 2-night or $399 3-night supplement fee required for solo travelers.

Other Details

Room Details

  • One king or one queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Wood-burning kiva fireplace
  • Cable TV and WiFi

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Santa Fe culinary tours; choose from four options:

Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required)

  • $449 per traveler for a two-night tour (up to a $745 value)
  • $595 per traveler for a three-night tour (up to a $995 value)

Packages for two (priced for two people)

  • $898 for a two-night tour (up to a $1,490 value)
  • $1,190 for a three-night tour (up to a $1,986 value)

The two-night tour includes:

  • Accommodations at Fort Marcy Condo Suites
  • Southwestern Foodie Tour with a Cultural Kick
  • Flavors of New Mexico cooking class with gourmet meal
  • Gourmet dinner at Luminaria

The three-night tour includes:

  • Accommodations at Fort Marcy Condo Suites
  • Southwestern Foodie Tour
  • Hands-on southwestern cooking class
  • Multicourse dinner at Geronimo
  • Personally signed glossy cookbook by Chef John Vollertsen (Johnny Vee)

Getting There

  • By plane: 15 miles from Santa Fe County Airport (SAF); 68 miles from Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
  • By cab: about $35 from SAF
  • By car: 64 miles northeast of Albuquerque
  • By shuttle: $27 one-way per person on Sandia Shuttle

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