Food festivals allow gastronomes to greatly diversify their palate in just one day, a feat previously attainable only by throwing seven TV dinners in a blender. Savor convenience in solid form with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a special ticket that includes 25 tastes and two glasses of wine at the Taste of Santa Fe on July 17 (a $45 value). As an added bonus, your ticket also includes free admission to the SITE Santa Fe contemporary art museum anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the day of the community taste event.
Now in its 13th year, the two-day Taste of Santa Fe brings together talented chefs and the finest area restaurants to celebrate New Mexico's honored culinary tradition. This year's food festivities are helmed by celebrity chef and Santa Fe native John Rivera Sedlar, whose succulent Latin-influenced cuisine has garnered rave reviews, and whose nachos report being chased by the paparazzi. Strap on a wristband to treat your tongue's starved eyes to 25 tastings from any of 50-plus restaurant booths and at least four dessert booths, then frolic through the wine garden to indulge in two glasses of glorious grapeness. Railyard Park will host activities to engage the young'ns, and three stages will host local musical.
Culinary artists help our mouths taste greatness, but only a painting of a monument of a caveman building the first mammoth sandwich can speak directly to the soul. Since its inception, the Taste of Santa Fe has raised more than $250,000 toward preserving New Mexico's art, culture, and history. Proceeds from this year's event will filter directly to the New Mexico History Museum.
You must be 21 to purchase this ticket, though you're free to tote along the kiddies.