Chef Alex Seidel at SFWC Fiesta

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mercantile_alex_chefThe Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is honored to have Chef Alex Seidel of Fruition and Mercantile in Denver attending our event this year. A James Beard Best Chef of the Southwest Finalist, Chef Seidel will host a four-course luncheon on Friday September 23rd at Restaurant Martin.

Born in 1973 in Wisconsin, Seidel began his culinary career at 14, serving as sous chef at Racine’s Main Street Bistro by age 20. He attended culinary school at Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, finishing at the top of his class. After graduation, Seidel moved to California where he worked at Hubert Keller’s Club XIX at Pebble Beach Resort. He later became sous chef at Antoine Michelle, then chef de cuisine at Carmel Valley Ranch.

During a trip to Colorado’s Vail Valley Alex fell in love with the mountains and soon found a home as chef de cuisine in one of Colorado’s most renowned restaurants, Sweet Basil. Chasing his first love and wife, Melissa, Seidel moved to Denver in 2002 and became executive chef at restaurateur Frank Bonanno’s fine-dining flagship, Mizuna. Seidel left Mizuna to launch his own restaurant, Fruition (, which opened its doors on February 5, 2007 and remains one of Denver’s most coveted dinner reservations today.

Upon opening, named Fruition one of the top 10 new restaurants in the U.S.; Zagat soon rated Seidel’s spot the number one restaurant in Colorado, an honor it has held every year since opening; and 5280 magazine has included Fruition in its list of 25 Best Restaurants every year the ranking has run. Seidel himself has been the recipient of even more accolades, earning one of the most celebrated nods in the industry when Food & Wine magazine named him a Best New Chef in 2010.

In addition, Denver Magazine called him Chef of the Year in 2009, 5280 gave him that title in 2008, and he has been a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Southwest” honor numerous times. Seidel cooked at the 20th Anniversary of “Dinners Across America” and was an opening chef of Aspen’s Chefs Club by Food & Wine. When not cooking at Fruition, Seidel is at his farm tending or milking some 60 sheep. The ricotta from Fruition Farms Dairy ( won a first place award from the American Cheese Society in 2011. The chef’s creamery also makes the bloomy-rind, soft-ripened cheese called Shepherd’s Halo, a hard, aged, farmstead cheese called Cacio Pecora and the newest addition, a sheep’s milk yogurt called Skyr. In addition to making cheese, Seidel raises a heritage pork breed called “Large Black” and has planted his 10-acre farm with fruits and vegetables to supply the restaurant kitchens. In fall of 2014 Seidel opened a third endeavor: Mercantile dining & provision, a restaurant and European style market located in Denver’s Historic Union Station. With Mercantile, Seidel and his team further solidify the continuity and sustainable relationships between restaurant, farm and market.


Tickets On Sale July 5th

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Tickets for the 26th Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta go on sale on July 5th at 9:00am. The best food and wine event in the Southwest, still crushing and roasting after 26 years. chile_sedlar

This September 18th through 25th, a special week is scheduled featuring 75 Santa Fe restaurants and 100 world-class wineries partnering in eight days of epicurean pleasure.

New this year is the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Film Fiesta, scheduled for Sunday September 18th thru Tuesday September 20th. Each night, two SFWC restaurants will serve tastes with wine at a reception to a screening of three different films.

As always, the Fiesta includes six guest chef winery luncheons, seven cooking demos at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, eight wine seminars at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 40 nightly wine dinners at Santa Fe restaurants, the Live Auction Guest Chefs Luncheon at the Eldorado Hotel, the Reserve Tasting at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, and the piece de resistance: the Grand Tasting on Saturday afternoon September 24th on the grounds of the Santa Fe Opera facing the Sangre de Cristo Rocky Mountains in all their golden fall color.

Visiting VIP’s
Visiting guest chefs hosting luncheons and cooking demos include Cy Yontz of Rio Grill in Monterey,
 Matthew Accarrino of the popular Michelin one-star restaurant SPQR in San Francisco, John Sedlar of the newly-opened ELOISA in Santa Fe and of Rivera in Los Angeles,  Laura Werlin, the author and cheese authority from San Francisco and Kevin Nashan of Sidney St. Cafe in St. Louis.

We are honored to have Ted Seghesio of Seghesio Family Vineyards as the SFWC Honorary Winery of the Year. Ted will host a retrospective Seghesio seminar and be our host at the Live Auction Luncheon with four of his wines.
Three guest Master Sommeliers will host the eight wine seminars. Master Sommeliers Joseph Spellman and Emily Wines, longtime supporters and moderators of Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiestas wine events, are joined by Master Sommelier Fred Dame.

Local chefs partnering with the visiting chefs for events include Mark Kiffin of the Compound Restaurant, Louis Moskow of 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar, Charles Dale of Bouche Bistro, James Campbell Caruso of La Boca, Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin, Marc Quinones of Luminaria,  Tony Smith of the Eldorado and more.

Santa Fe Artist Darren Vigil Gray In Charity Auction
This year’s featured artist is Santa Fe legend
 Darren Vigil Gray and his commissioned piece of art exclusive for the Fiesta will be one of the 36 live auction lots that include rare wines and unique wine lifestyle events. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Santa Fe’s Cooking with Kids.

Darren_4Web“Earth Song” by Darren Vigil Gray, 22″ x 30″ Mixed Media

The weekend’s penultimate event is the Grand Tasting where 75 of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants serve tastes side by side with 100 world-class wineries under the clear and crisp high desert skies at the Santa Fe Opera. While some national wine events can boast the number of quality wineries participating, none can boast the number of quality restaurants serving food at the Grand Tasting.

Sunday’s events include a Champagne Perrier Jouet Brunch at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, The Gruet Winery Golf Classic at Buffalo Thunder’s Towa Golf Course and the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Gran Fondo bike ride from and to the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe with celebrity chefs and guest sommeliers as your team captains.

At Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, the skies are never bluer, the wines never better, and Santa Fe’s culinary arts collectively never shine so brightly. Plan to be a part of the 26th Celebration the last weekend of September 2016.

Complete schedule and tickets are available at Tickets go on sale July 5th.


For more information please contact:

Greg O’Byrne
SFWC Fiesta Event Director

Santa Fe Wine & Chile in the Wine Enthusiast

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Thank you all for attending our 25th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta in September 2015. We are pleased to see our event in December’s Wine Enthusiast. Please save the dates for next year’s event, September 21st thru 25th, 2016.

Happy New Year!

The SFWCF 2015 Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera

The SFWCF 2015 Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera

2015 Event Photos now posted

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Thank you all for your participation in the 25th annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta! Photos from events are now posted on our Facebook page at

The SFWCF 2015 Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera

The SFWCF 2015 Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera

Farm to Plate Demo with Peter Jacobsen

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Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is honored to have Peter Jacobsen of Jacobsen Orchards, a Culinary Farmer from Napa Valley, attending our event this year. For the last 18 years, Peter’s primary client has been Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Yountville, California.peter_matt

We invite you to sit outside in the garden of Arroyo Vino with a glass of rosé with Jacobsen who will take guests on a visual, olfactory and gustatory culinary journey. This totally unique culinary experience will show how a chef communicates to a farmer on the products they need to produce their culinary creations. He will also entice us to try our imagination to create recipe ideas for the unique products he will taste us on.

For the last 6 years Jacobsen has provided a similar presentation to each incoming Culinary Institute of America chef class, in St Helena, California, on Chefs Working with Farmers. If you love gardening, food, cooking or creativity, this will be one of the most unusual experiences you will ever have. Don’t take our word on it, come and hear his presentation and tasting. You will leave satisfied, to the full extent of your culinary imagination!

2nd Annual SFWC Gran Fondo

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We have the perfect way to end your SFWC Fiesta Weekend. Italians never say you ate too much, they only say you didn’t ride enough!GranFondoLogo

This year’s guest chef lineup on the Second Annual SFWC Fiesta Gran Fondo ride on September 27th is as good (and tasty) as it gets. We will have a maximum of 120 riders on the ride this year, so if you want to sign up, please register immediately at

We have four guest chefs as team captains this year. Each chef will also host a food station along the ride. We have added a fun gift bag for all riders to include a SFWC Gran Fondo logo t-shirt, a water bottle, Clif Bars and Purity Organic Juice.

The Gran Fondo Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta 2014

The Gran Fondo Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta 2014

Fresh off the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado last month, Chef Matthew Accarrino is hitting his stroke big time. Executive Chef at SPQR in San Francisco, where he has earned a Michelin Star and Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef 2014 award, before starting his culinary career more than a dozen years ago, Accarrino was a professional rider. An accident (and building a huge culinary career) kept him off the bike the past fifteen years. It was only last year at the Inaugural SFWC Gran Fondo, which Matthew helped create, that he started pedaling in earnest again.

The Gran Fondo Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta 2014

The Gran Fondo Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta 2014

Chef Kevin Nashan, a Santa Fe native, has made it big time in St. Louis with his restaurants, including Sidney Street Cafe. A James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef of the Midwest, Nashan is a former tri-athlete. Riding the inaugural SFWC Gran Fondo last year was Nashan’s first time back on the bike in many years. Inspired by last year’s ride, Nashan has been logging hundreds of miles per month over the past year and has lost 30 pounds. He is excited for this year’s ride and promises to lead the pace for his team up the climb to Truchas from Cundiyo.

Chef Mark Kiffin has been an avid cyclist almost all his life. As a chef at Spanish Bay in Carmel more than 20 years ago, Kiffin rode his bike to work at dawn and home after midnight every shift. As the executive chef/owner of the Compound Restaurant in Santa Fe the past 15 years, Kiffin has re-envisioned this historic restaurant while maintaining it’s unique identity. Along the way, Kiffin earned a James Beard Best Chef of the Southwest award in 2005. Excited to lead a team of riders this year, Kiffin has traded in two of his older bikes for a new bike that meets his long and tall frame.

The Gran Fondo Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta 2014

The Gran Fondo Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta 2014

Before you start your ride at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, you will be in good hands for breakfast before you start your ride with a gourmet feast from Executive Chef Andrew Cooper. Cooper is also having his culinary team prepare the Champagne Ruinart Brunch for other SFWC attendees that starts at Noon at Four Seasons.


Along the ride, Nashan and Accarrino will have food stops that you won’t want to miss. Also, on the ride there will be plenty of Fiji Water, Clif Bars and Purity Organic juices. All riders will be treated to a Champagne Ruinart toast at the finish of the ride along with traditional tacos from Chef Kiffin’s Zacatecas.


Ticket Exchange 2015

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Looking for tickets to a sold out event? Keep reading…

What To Do

1. If you are looking to buy tickets to sold out events, please scroll down below this article to see what is being offered in the comments below. Note that you may need to click the “Older Comments” link.

2. If you wish to sell tickets you have already purchased, but cannot use, please post a comment in the “Leave A Reply” area below this article for any extra tickets you have that you will offer at face value or lower. (no scalping).  Please be SURE to include in the text of your COMMENT a form of contact by text or email (the email box below will not appear as part of your comment) as well as indicate if you are IN Northern New Mexico for a face-to-face exchange, or if shipping of the tickets will be needed.

  • Once your tickets have been exchanged, please post a new comment below requesting that the tickets on offer be removed.
  • Comments will not appear below until first approved by an administrator. We reserve the right to edit or remove any posting.
  • This is a communication convenience only. Your ticket exchange will be your own private transaction and is not guaranteed by The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta.
  • There is a physical, in-person bulletin board for ticket exchange at the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Hospitality Desk at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center beginning Monday the week of The Fiesta from 9am to 5pm.
  • Tickets for events with availability on our website will not be approved until that event is sold out.
  • In order to keep comments list reasonably short and readable, only tickets for sale will be posted.

2015 Grand Tasting Handout/Map PDF

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Click here for map of Grand Tasting restaurant and winery tent locations (PDF 430 KB)

Electronic Tickets for the Grand Tasting 2015

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Hold-My-Ticket---eTicket-300wNEW THIS YEAR: Electronic Tickets!

Grand Tasting tickets and parking passes will be print-at-home eTickets. Please print your ticket in advance and have it ready to scan. Aspen Vista Terrace tickets may be picked up at Will Call.

Please pick up your non-Grand Tasting tickets at Will Call at our hospitality desk NEW LOCATION in the lobby of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 West Marcy Street, Monday through Friday, the week of the Fiesta, between 9 am – 5 pm.

All 2015 Wine Seminars and the Reserve Tasting/Silent Auction will also be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

See our FAQ/Map page for more NEW FOR 2015 information. Locations and procedures have changed.

Dan Namingha Featured Artist 2015

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For our 25th Anniversary, the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is extremely excited and honored to have Dan Namingha as our Featured Artist. Dan has painted and delivered a beautiful New Mexico landscape titled “Desert Vista” that will be used as the featured art poster 2015.SFWCPoster2015_small

The original 20″ x 26″ Acrylic on canvas painting can be viewed at the Niman Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe. The value of “Desert Vista” is $9.000 and proceeds from teh sale will benefit Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta’s educational programs, including Santa Fe’s Cooking with Kids.

Dan is from the Tewa-Hopi tribe. He has been showing professionally as an artist for over forty years. His works command unwavering respect for the earth and spirit of his ancestry, the beautiful heritage that is the heart of his creativity. He is constantly drawn to his roots so deeply embedded in ceremony yet allows us only a guarded glimpse of his sacred traditions; the spirit messengers, the kachinas representing blessings, ancestors and cloud people … all of these forming the interim of visage between the physical and the spirit world.

Dan paints and sculpts the imagery of his homeland and his peoples, always with the integrity instilled in him by that depth of belief and love of spirit. Drawing and paintings was a natural part of Hopi childhood.

It gave him a way to express his strong feelings about the culture andenvironment leading to a path of creative freedom. Dan feels that change and evolution are a continuum; socially, politically, and spiritually and that the future of our planet and membership of the human race must be monitored to insure survival in the spirit of cultural and technology diversity. He says that only then can we merge the positive and negative polarization and balance so necessary to the communal spirit of the universe.

On May 15th, 2009, Dan Namingha was selected to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of American Indian Arts. The ceremony took place at the Institute of American Indian Arts College Campus.