Don’t taste me, bro! OK, taste me.

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The Taste of Santa Fe, a Mu­seum of New Mex­ico fundraiser, is back af­ter tak­ing a year off, and the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum is this year’s ben­e­fi­ciary. Tra­di­tion­ally held at La Fonda, the pub­lic tast­ing event has moved to the north end of the Santa Fe Rai­l­yard Park and Plaza (Guadalupe Street at Paseo de Per­alta). From 2 to 6 p.m. Satur­day,

July 17, tasters can en­joy food from area restau­rants dish­ing out ev­ery­thing from dry-rub bar­be­cue to au­then­tic African cui­sine. There’s also a wine and beer gar­den, live mu­sic, and kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties.

This year, Taste of Santa Fe or­ga­niz­ers give you a choice re­gard­ing how much you’d like to taste. Adults can sam­ple 12 dishes for $25 or 18 for $35. An adult VIP ticket costs $50 and in­cludes un­lim­ited food, three glasses of wine, early en­trance, free park­ing, and free ad­mis­sion to SITE Santa Fe un­til 5 p.m. Kids 7 and un­der get two tastes and a bev­er­age at no cost, ages 8 to 12 can have four tastes and a bev­er­age for $7, and 13 to 21 can have six tastes plus a bev­er­age for $15.

At 6 p.m. Fri­day, July 16, the Palace of the Gov­er­nors (105 W. Palace Ave.) hosts a gala taste-off and party — a friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween four lo­cal chefs. Guest chef and for­mer Santa Fe res­i­dent John Rivera Sedlar (pic­tured above), owner/pro­pri­etor of L.A.’s Rivera Res­tau­rant and R26, serves as the event’s mas­ter of cer­e­monies. A live auc­tion and gourmet din­ner with cham­pagne and wine tast­ings fol­low at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum (113 Lin­coln Ave.). Ad­mis­sion to the taste-off and din­ner is $200; group pack­ages are avail­able. Tick­ets for the Taste of Santa Fe are avail­able from Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic (988-1234, www.tick­etssantafe.org). Visit www.tas­te­of­santafe.com for in­for­ma­tion.

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