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Serving tapas more than a century before they became trendy, this atmospheric Santa Fe, N.M. hot spot (est. 1835) is known for its classic Spanish fare and nightly shows.
What inspires me are the looks and comments from people when they have tasted something I made with my own two hands.
–Executive Chef Nelson Trujillo
Passionate, fiery, sensual, intense In-depth examination of the history and culture of flamenco dance and music.
The Museum of International Folk Art presents Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, the most comprehensive exhibition to celebrate and study this living tradition as an art form. The exhibition opens November 22, 2015 and runs through September 11, 2016. More than 150 objects will be featured. Among them, items once used by renowned artists Encarnación López y Júlvez “La Argentinita”, José Greco, and Vicente Romero and María Benítez (both from New Mexico). In addition to other stunning loans from private collectors will be those from the museum’s expansive permanent collection.
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Santa Fe is very much a living museum, and nowhere is this more obvious than at El Farol on Canyon Road. For the past 180 years — since 1835 — the old adobe building that houses El Farol has been a warm gathering place of great food, outstanding entertainment and warm friendship.
Earlier this year, USA Today compiled a list of the most historic restaurants across America. El Farol was glad but not surprised to find itself on the list. Included with the best of Yankee taverns and historic hotspots, El Farol stands out as a place not only steeped in the past, but also up to date with the present. Beyond the extraordinary menu boasting tapas and entrees made with local ingredients, El Farol also hosts some of the best night life in the City Different.
“I take umbrage when people say there’s no night life in Santa Fe,” says owner David Salazar. “For the past 28 years, we’ve had live music here at El Farol seven days a week. Basically we try to have people come out, have good food, listen to a little bit of music or dance and get home by 10:30 and still be able to function the next day. On the weekends, we let our hair down a little bit more and stay a little bit later.”
December’s holiday lineup includes smooth jazz saxophonist Trey Keepin on December 18, and the Mirabal Dinner Show on December 20, 29 and 30, put on by two-time Grammy award-winner Robert Mirabal. Nacha Mendez graces the night of December 21 with her Latin world music blend.
Ask anyone around town where they might catch a flamenco show, and you will be directed to El Farol. Though the restaurant and cantina features flamenco throughout the year, the special holiday flamenco dinner shows are on December 22, 23, 26, 27 and 31. All the dinner shows are priced at $25, and guests order off the dinner menu. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the shows begin at 8 p.m. Just like Salazar promised, you can get home by 10:30 p.m. and be able to function the next day, all the while spoiling yourself with the best of local food and entertainment. Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds?
A particular holiday treat in Santa Fe is the farolito walk down Canyon Road on Christmas Eve. The little brown paper lanterns light the way through the maze of art galleries, with many putting out cider or warm cocoa for passersby. Of course, it gets a little cold, so why not warm up with dinner beforehand? El Farol’s Christmas Eve dinner has three different seating times: 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Make your reservation today to enjoy a special prefix meal and get out of the cold while still getting into the holiday spirit.
A week later is New Year’s Eve, and what better place to ring in the New Year than at Santa Fe’s premier night life establishment? With dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing and music beginning at 8:30 p.m., the revelry continues at the bar until countdown. Unlike the usual dinner shows, you won’t make it home by 10:30 p.m., but then again, Salazar does say El Farol let’s its hair down on the weekends, especially when it comes to New Year’s Eve.
Essentially, El Farol is a three-in-one establishment. You get the historic feel of dining in a 180-years-old building; you can enjoy tapas and other entrees made with the freshest of local ingredients; and you will find yourself singing and dancing the evening away to some of Santa Fe’s most talented local entertainment.
“When people come out to El Farol, they have an opportunity to enjoy a café society,” describes Salazar. “I remember a long time ago when people would go out they would dress up, eat, dance and listen to music. We’re not in an era of dressing up, especially out here in the west, but we do have good food and great entertainers, and we try to put it all together.” It is not only a place where you can find superb food and talented entertainers, but where you can also find the community essence of Santa Fe, as rich with local flavor as it was 180 years ago and counting.
Life Styles Magazine
This client is certainly happy about the offsite catering in my home this past Saturday. Freda had suggested that the head chef would come, but I was totally surprised that not only did Govanni Paz (head chef) show up, but so did Freda Scott (General Manager) and Stephen Walsh (Sous Chef) and Luis Miramontes (Server) for the entire event. The set up and service was immaculate. They are a wonderful group of people. Then there is the food. The Polenta with chef's own Romesco sauce was the favorite. But the other tapas, shrimp and pork were amazing too. Don't forget to try the flourless chocolate torte. Anyway, my guests loved it and so did I. I will call on Freda again.
-Judie Haines / Client
Although it's considered one of the top art centers of the Western world, Santa Fe has its drawbacks. Like the lack of sidewalks on much of well-known Canyon Road, home to more than 100 galleries. I thought about this when a Pepsi truck driver honked and sternly yelled "Watch out, lady" as I sidestepped a muddy puddle on the cobblestone street.
Still, Canyon Road has its charms. This winding, shaded street, just blocks from Santa Fe's busy plaza, has a picturesque quality and ambience all its own. It's a pretty place to spend a day wandering in and out of galleries that represent some of the best-known artists in America. It's just not very pedestrian-friendly.
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Life is full of special events — weddings, graduations, retirement parties, anniversaries, religious celebrations, etc. — and when you need a helping hand, you want it done right with special care and attention. You want delicious and appealing food with attentive and prompt service, and you don’t want to have to worry about details when you are focused on the special people and moment. This is why you hire top of the line catering like that offered at El Farol.
SANTA FE, NM | OVERALL RATING: 85.861
A FORMER SPANISH COLONY NESTLED IN THE SANGRE DE CRISTO FOOTHILLS, SANTA FE SERVES AS BOTH NEW MEXICO’S POLITICAL AND CREATIVE CAPITAL. WANDER ITS WIDE STREETS FLANKED BY ADOBE HOUSES, AND YOU’LL BEGIN TO SEE WHY ARTISTS LIKE GEORGIA O’KEEFFE WERE SO INSPIRED BY THIS ECLECTIC AND HISTORIC TOWN. CHECK OUT THE COUNTRY’S OLDEST CHURCH, SAN MIGUEL MISSION, AND DIG INTO AFRICAN COMFORT FARE AT JAMBO CAFÉ OR GREEN ENCHILADAS AT THE SHED.
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