Don’t taste me, bro! OK, taste me.
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.