Santa Fe may be a 400-year old city, but this beautiful and unique travel destination always has new and exciting offerings. Santa Fe was named “Best Food Town in America” in this summer’s Best of the Road competition. Here are a few latest happenings in restaurants, business and recreation. Photo credit (above) Daniel Nadelbach.
La Casa Sena, located in a historic building and romantic courtyard, has made several changes this summer. There is a new outdoor bar on the shady patio and the informal La Cantina has opened for lunch. The indoor restaurant has an updated, more contemporary look and chef Patrick Gharrity redesigned the menu to feature new American West cuisine. www.lacasasena.com
Evan Doughty is the newly appointed Chef de Cuisine at The Old House, the signature restaurant at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa. Evan is a CIA grad who was chef and co-owner of Feast in Florence and worked throughout California. He is sure to bring his own touch to the Contemporary Global Cuisine this posh restaurant is known for.www.eldoradohotel.com.
Galisteo Bistro offers wine tastings from Oregon vineyards on August 9. Owner/chef Robertt Chickering will prepare special menus on both evenings and the tastings are complimentary. www.galisteobistro.com
Casa Fina – named for the Fina gas station that was in the same location – is a new casual café serving contemporary comfort food for breakfast and lunch. The out of town location is just off I-25, the main highway to Santa Fe. Owners Murphy and Annamaria O’Brien bring years of Santa Fe restaurant experience to their new enterprise. The outdoor kids play area is especially popular. www.cafefinasantafe.com
Santa Fe Spirits has released its first premium sipping vodka, Expedition American West Vodka. The new spirit is made from 100% maize and Sangre de Cristo Mountain water and is hand bottled. Santa Fe Spirits makes limited release specialty products that are available through distributors and at their distillery and tasting room.www.santafespirits.com
The Santa Fe School of Cooking has begun the transition to its new and much larger location at 125 N. Guadalupe Street. The popular Market, featuring all kinds of ingredients and cooking tools is already open. Classes are being taught at a variety of venues until the renovation is complete this fall.www.santafeschoolofcooking.com
The La Tierra Trail system just got much easier to use for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders. The 25 miles of trails have new signs, a detailed map, and more parking. The trails are a big draw for the International Mountain Bicycling Association which holds its annual summit in Santa Fe this October. www.imba.com
For further information about visiting Santa Fe and for a complimentary Santa Fe Visitors Guide, call the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-777-2489 or visit www.santafe.org Photo Credit (above) Chris Corrie