Like casino chips, fancy hors d’oeuvres are designed to let you stuff high-value items in your pockets without looking suspicious. Master the art of theft-worthy servings with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get one cooking demonstration of your choice at the Santa Fe School of Cooking (up to an $80 value).
Recently named one of the top three things to do in Santa Fe by TripAdvisor, the Santa Fe School of Cooking serves up internationally acclaimed culinary instruction with a specialty in Southwestern cuisine. Chef-led demonstration classes pack expert cooking techniques, take-home recipes, and full, freshly prepared meals into lively 2.5- to 3-hour food frenzies. Guests can choose from nearly 30 menu offerings, such as the Native American demonstration, boasting lamb-stuffed rellenos, blue-corn gnocchi arrowheads with guajillo chili sauce, and sweet fry bread with prickly-pear syrup ($80, plus tax). The Contemporary Southwest Light menu satiates health-conscious bean counters with savory turkey fillets topped with roasted-pineapple salsa, lemon-infused southwest rice, and delicate mexican chocolate cake ($74, plus tax). Beef-carnitas-stuffed gorditas take center stage in the Traditional New Mexican IV class, alongside pickled jalapeño cabbage slaw and a fiery green chili soup packed with dry-roasted corn ($70, plus tax). Check the schedule for a full listing of current offerings, all of which can save you from embarrassing Thanksgivings, disastrous dinners with in-laws, and foolhardy tamale-making face-offs.
After class, students can scour the online market for fresh local herbs, salsas, and peppers to complement future sizzling fiestas. The shop's selection of black La Chamba pottery lends an elevated feel to at-home meals, and a variety of regional cookbooks furthers kitchen know-how and lets shorter chefs glimpse the oft-forgotten top shelves of pantries.
Santa Fe School of Cooking
At the Santa Fe School of Cooking, students master the craft of cooking under a team of experienced, James Beard Award-winning chefs from a diverse range of culinary backgrounds, including training in Native American, French, New Mexican, and northern Italian cuisine. Through private events, demonstrations, and hands-on group classes, pupils learn how to create mouthwatering regional and international meals in their own kitchens. When not in class, an attached market offers a variety of cookware, cookbooks, and other products available for purchase.