2013 Fiesta Event Photos now on FaceBook

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What a great time was had by all! Thank you for attending! Please find yourself in the photos and make a comment or post on your FaceBook page. See you next year! 2013 Fiesta Event Photos


Thank you for Attending the 2013 SFWC Fiesta

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On behalf of 75 fabulous Santa Fe restaurants, 100 world-class wineries and our event’s Board of Directors, it my great honor to thank you for attending our 23rd annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta!

As the event delivers its 23rd rendition, the Santa Fe restaurants are greater than ever and the enthusiastic guests who fill our Rocky Mountain town converge from around the world happier than ever. And for good reason. This year visiting chefs David Tanis, Bruce Aidells, Matthew AccarrObyrneBaroloino, Laura Werlin and Katherine Clapner will host exquisite guest-chef luncheons and tastings. Four Master Sommeliers — Emily Wines, Melissa Monosoff, Tim Gaiser and Joe Spellman — lead eight stimulating and timely wine seminars. Cooking demonstrations at the Santa Fe School of Cooking will highlight 12 of our top Santa Fe chefs. Our 100 visiting wineries will pour their best wines at Reserve Tasting. At our Live Auction Luncheon our visiting chefs network with our local chefs helping raise funds for our local food charities. And wineries partner each night with our Santa Fe restaurants in 40 winemaker dinners.

Still, the centerpiece, our raison d’etre, remains the Grand Tasting — always on the last Saturday of September and now featuring 75 great Santa Fe restaurants serving sumptuous tastes alongside 100 world-class wineries to 3000 food and wine enthusiasts on the grounds of the Santa Fe Opera, in full view of our Sangre de Cristo Mountains sparkling under the bluest sky imaginable  with stands of aspens in golden bloom. Is there a better place to be at this moment?

Santa Fe, the participating wineries, the time of year, our visiting guests all conspire to make a memorable event, but the identity and long-lasting character of the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is the Santa Fe restaurant community. The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta exists simply as a refelction of the strength and unique identity of our restaurant community.  Let us now raise a glass to the 23rd annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta and to the reason it exists: the most remarkable restaurant community in the universe!

Thank you for attending!

Greg O’Byrne

SFWC Executive Director

SFWC 2013 Featured Artist Announced

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Bound for Santa FeSFWC Fiesta 2013 is honored to have Santa Fe artist William Haskell as this year’s Featuread Artist of the Year. For this year’s event, Haskell has painted and generously donated “Bound for Santa Fe” a 30 x 20 drybrush painting that depicts many of the elements that he (and we!) love about our unique New Mexico landscapes — our Sangre de Cristo Mountains, our blue skies with a hint of Summer thunderstorms, historic adobe homes and a vintage red pickup truck loaded with cases of wine.

Nestled in a high desert terrain, the villages of Northern New Mexico inspire artist William Haskell (b. 1963, living in New Mexico) to create exquisite watercolors which reflect his passion for this unique and diversified landscape. Weathered adobe structures are drenched in a crisp white light beneath New Mexico mountain ranges in many of Haskell’s colorful watercolors. His focus on detail in his work goes beyond mere description of subject and draws the viewer into the painting for a more intimate connection with everyday forms and a sense of place.  Haskell began drawing at the early age of four, and was introduced to watercolor by the age of eleven. He apprenticed to award-winning Wisconsin wildlife artist Terrill Knack, originally intending to specialize in painting birds of prey. Working primarily in watercolor, Haskell has become known for the depth and quality of his glazes.

“Drawing is the basis for my painting and it has been essential for me to continuously develop my drafting skills.  With the use of dry brush techniques, I am able to take the watercolor to a different level by working as translucently or opaquely as needed. I use 300-pound watercolor paper with a smooth, hot press finish. I seal, dry-mount and apply an archival varnish to the finished painting. This removes the need for glass, which traditionally protects a watercolor. This allows the user to get closer to the work.”

Haskell continues, “Whether the scene is in the American West or the Eastern Seaboard, I look for a particular element of descriptive history.  The American Landscape is a vanishing land, ever changing and evolving with our progress.  I believe it is important to recall the past as we live in the present and move to the future.  The landscape tells this history and it is important to record and preserve whenever possible.  I find it interesting that there are generations that will never see these lands the way we do today.  That progress and growth in an area often covers up a rich story that is truly the essence of an area.  Across the country we have historic villages and farmscapes that are shadowed by urban growth.  I feel it is important to record these areas that not only document our experience but evoke nostalgia for a simpler time.”

“I believe having ones own recognizable style is critical to your future as an artist.  Not just for sales but for your place in the world of art.  Like every artist, I have artists from the past that influence my work; the important thing is not to imitate them.  I am drawn to the sense of isolation, the mood of the work, the soul of the painting.  That can’t come from anyone but the artist themselves.  You can’t replicate this for easy translation.  It dwells within the commitment of the artist to their muse.  I also feel you must master the basics of drawing and painting to evolve into your style, and not simply be in a hurry to put paint on surface.”

“Bound for Santa Fe” will be on display at Haskell’s July 5th show at Manitou Gallery in Santa Fe. The painting will be auctioned off at this year’s SFWC Fiesta Live Auction Luncheon on Friday September 27th. Posters and featured art t-shirts will also be available for sale at all SFWC events.

2013 Grand Tasting is SOLD OUT

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BoardSFWC2011No more tickets remain to our 23rd Annual Grand Tasting on Saturday September 28th at the Santa Fe Opera. Each year we sell only 2500 tickets to our showcase event. It has sold out in each of our previous 22 years. With 75 of Santa Fe’s top restaurants serving sumptuous tastes alongside 100 wineries pouring their best wines, it’s the most fun you can have with a wine glass! Don’t miss out. Come join the show!


SOMM – New Mexico premiere of film at CCA 9/25/2013

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sommSanta Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta and Champagne Ruinart Present
The New Mexico Premiere Of:

10:30pm Wednesday 9/25
A one-time event at CCA cinematheque

Extraordinary -
If you dream of becoming a
sommelier, or just have a love of
wine, this movie is a MUST-SEE.”
Mary Orlin — The Huffington Post

Four men will do anything to pass the most difficult test you’ve never heard of: the massively
intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the world’s most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive organizations, with just 200 inductees over the past 40 years. All are experts in every nuance of wine, spirits and cigars, and passage means the ultimate dedication. Jason Wise unveils the secrets of a society that has never before allowed cameras. Free popcorn and an introduction by Master Sommeliers.
(U.S., 93m, 2013).

Master Sommeliers Emily Wines, Melissa Monosoff, Tim Gaiser and Joe Spellman will introduce the movie with Champagne Ruinart and truffled popcorn. You won’t want to miss this exclusive premiere. A perfect way to wind down after your Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta winery dinner.

Tickets $20
Reservations Highly Recommended
Call CCA at 505-982-1338 or buy tickets at ccasantafe.org

2013 Grand Tasting Tent Map PDF

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2013 Grand Tasting Tent Map (500 KB PDF)

2013 Live Auction Lots Guide PDF

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2013 Live Auction Lots Guide (200 KB PDF)

Ticket Sales Open July 5th

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Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is pleased to announce their 2013 schedule of events, featuring an amazing 5 days of food and wine events highlighting the culinary arts of Santa Fe. Tickets go on sale July 5th at 9:00am Mountain Time.The 2012 SFWC Fiesta

The 23rd edition of the SFWC Fiesta features 75 great Santa Fe restaurants and 100 world class wineries partnering in 5 guest chef luncheons, 6 cooking demosat the Santa Fe School of Cooking, 8 wine and food pairing seminars at La Fonda Hotel, 40 nightly wine dinners, the Reserve Tasting, the Gruet Golf Classic and the piece de resistance, the Grand Tasting on Saturday afternoon September 28th at the Santa Fe Opera.

Visiting guests chefs hosting luncheons and cooking demos this year include Matthew Accarrino of the immensely popular Michelan one-star restaurant SPQR in San Francisco, David Tanis chef and New York Times “City Kitchen” weekly columnist, Bruce Aidells founder of Aidells Sausage Company, Susana Trilling chef and owner of the Mexican cooking school Seasons of my Heart in Oaxaca, Laura Werlin cheese authority and author and Katherine Clapner pastry chef and owner of Dude Sweet Chocolate.

No less than 4 guest Master Sommeliers will host the 8 wine seminars. Longtime supporters and introducers of SFWC events Joe Spellman and Tim Gaiser are joined by Master Sommeliers Emily Wines and Melissa Monosoff. Georg Riedel returns to SFWC to host a tasting in honor of his 40th Anniversary of the Riedel Sommeliers glass. Seth Box from Moet Hennessy leads a tasting of older vintages of Champagne Krug, Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot. Owner of SPQR and A16 in San Francisco, Shelley Lindgren joins the team and takes guests on a tantalizing Giro d’Italia tasting of wines from 6 of Italy’s wine regions.

Local chefs partnering with the visiting chefs and hosting luncheons include Mark Kiffin of the Compound Restaurant, Eric diStefano of Coyote Cafe, Louis Moskow of 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar, Tom Kerpon of Tanti Luce 221, Charles Dale of Bouche Bistro, Juan Bochenski of the Anasazi and Fernando Olea. Great Santa Fe chefs hosting cooking demonstrations include James Campbell Caruso of La Boca, Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin, Erin Wade of Vinaigrette, Patrick Garrity of La Casa Sena and Matt Yohalem of Il Piatto.

Chefs Kiffin, Aidells, Accarinno, Clapner and Tony Smith of Eldorado Hotel parter on Friday September 27th at the Live Auction Luncheon presented by LANB where this year’s Honorary Winery of the Year, Plumpjack, with be honored. This year’s Champagne of the Year, Ruinart, will host the auction preview. Five courses from five guest chefs paired with Champagne Ruinart and four Plumpjack wines will be one of the events you won’t want to miss. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Santa Fe’s Cooking with Kids.

The skies are never bluer, the wines never better and Santa Fe’s culinary arts collectively shine never brighter so plan on joining us the last weekend of September for the 23rd Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta!

James Beard Foundation Awards Semi-Finalists

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The semi-finalists for this year’s James Beard Foundation culinary awards — known as the Oscars of the food world — have been announced. Three Santa Fe Chefs are notably on the short lists for top honors in their respective categories._MG_2757-5x7james campbell jpeg

Each year, the James Beard Foundation awards recognize the country’s best chefs with regional Best Chef awards. In the Best Chef of the Southwest award, both Martín Rios of Santa Fe’s Restaurant Martín and James Campbell Caruso of Santa Fe’s La Boca have been nominated. Rios says, “I am honored and excited to be a semi-finalist for a James Beard award for the fourth year in a row.  Maybe this will be my year to bring one of these most prestigious awards home to Santa Fe and New Mexico!”KiffinSFWC2012

The 2005 James Beard Best Chef of the Southwest, Mark Kiffin, Chef/Owner of Santa Fe’s The Compound Restaurant, has his Zacatecas restaurant in Albuquerque nominated for Best New Restaurant of the Year. Also, Kiffin’s Compound Restaurant has been nominated for this year’s James Beard Outstanding Service award.  The Compound Restaurant joins an illustrious list of nominees in this category including Del Posto in NYC, Michael Mina in San Francisco, Quince in San Francisco, The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena and Topolobampo in Chicago.

One of Beard’s annual top honors is the Outstanding Chef award, recognizing the country’s top chef. Six of the 20 nominees in this year’s category are SFWC Fiesta guest chef alumni: Suzanne Goin of Lucques West Hollywood, Paul Kahan of Blackbird in Chicago, Stephan Pyles of Stephan Pyles Restaurant in Dallas, Julian Serrano of Picasso in Las Vegas, Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles and Michael Tusk of Quince in San Francisco.

The finalists for the James Beard Foundation awards will be announced at the annual gala event in New York on May 6th.

1995 Bordeaux Versus Napa Tasting

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The 1995 growing season was superlative for Cabernet Sauvignon production both in Bordeaux and the Napa Valley. With ripeness being a primary winemaking decision the past few decades, it has been increasingly harder to differentiate the best wines from these two leading wine regions. Six of the best 1995 Cabernet-based wines from each region were pitted against one another in a Bordeaux versus Napa tasting held this winter in Santa Fe.

95WinesThe impetus for the tasting was a 2011 Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Live Auction Wine Lot, purchased by Carl and Marilyn Thoma of Van Duzer Vineyards and their friends. The tasting took place at the Thoma’s Santa Fe home with 8 guests taking part. Proceeds from the $12,500 auction lot went to Santa Fe’s public school program, Cooking with Kids.

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