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Helmed by a seasoned faculty of chefs with diverse kitchen experiences, Santa Fe School of Cooking serves up internationally acclaimed culinary instruction with a specialty of 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 Southwest Tapas, which picks apart traditional finger foods and constructs modernized classics in the form of sautéed shrimp glazed with an orange-chipotle honey mustard and apricot empanaditas. The Southwest Brunch menu harvests a bounty of local ingredients while toeing the line between dawn and noon, tossing up blue-corn pecan pancakes, huevos rancheros, and quiche brimming with chipotle spinach and goat cheese. Drawing heavily from the innovation that distinguishes Santa Fe cuisine, Contemporary Southwest VI demonstrations delve into regional classics, including smoked pork tenderloin basted in a red-chili cider glaze and Mexican chocolate bistro cake—a scrumptious dessert crowned with freshly whipped cream and almonds toasted atop phoenix feathers. Check the schedule for a full listing of current offerings, all of which can save students 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.
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