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Contemporary Southwest Cooking Classes

Santa Fe's contemporary Southwestern fare is a melding of rich cultural traditions and new ideas. Get an in-depth tour of this unique cuisine, as well as the regional lore surrounding it, from our master chefs.

Contemporary Southwest VII

Santa Fe's unique cuisine melds the region's rich cultural traditions with new ideas to create a contemporary style of Southwestern fare. You can experience this unique cuisine in depth, including the techniques of master chefs, regional lore and fabulous food. In this class you will learn to make Fire Roasted Tomato Soup, Mexican Burrito Bowl, Creamed Poblano Peppers and Margarita Cheesecake. This is a 3-hour long demonstration-style class.

Mexican Cooking Classes

Mexico's diverse palate has had a major influence on traditional and contemporary New Mexican Cuisine. In this class, experience the richness and variety of the foods of our neighbor to the south.

Cuisines of Mexico II

Cuisines of Mexico II

Mexico is country with a very diverse palate. In the long history of cultural assimilation, it has been a major influence on New Mexican food. The Santa Fe School of Cooking is pleased to present classes that allow you to experience the richness and variety of the foods of our Southern neighbor. In this class we will prepare: Chayote-Tomato Salsa with Orange Anise Dressing, Chipotle Rellenos, Chicken Braised in Tomatillo Sauce, Arroz a la Mexicana and Tres Leche Cake. This is a 3-hour, demonstration-class.

Cuisines of Mexico IV

Sopas de Hongas(Mushroom Soup), Jicama & Grapefruit Salad with Avocado, Shrimp Flautas and Shredded Beef Flautas with Salsa Verde and Salsa Roja, Anise Poundcake Demonstration Class, 3-hours.

Tasting Mole

Tasting Mole

A trio of Moles: Mole Verde, Mole Amarillo, Mole Rojo, offered with seared duck and fish, Jicama Salad Flour Tortillas and Mexican Chocolate Meringue Cookies


From a Southwestern style breakfast menu to a classic BBQ menu, these special selections illustrate the SFSC's fun and eclectic offerings!

East Meets Southwest

Hot and sour shrimp soup with chicos, soy braised pork belly tacos, kimchi and tofu rellenos with avocado-cilantro creme, Thai style slaw with green papaya and jicama, coconut sticky rice with mango and red chile-pinon praline

Restaurant Tours

Restaurant Walk I

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The Palace The legendary Palace Restaurant and Saloon is a destination for visitors to Santa Fe and a local hotspot. The very talented duo of Jen and Evan Doughty team up with their staff to offer beautifully layered cuisine that highlights every flavor of your dish. Eat in the elegant Grand Dining Room or the saloon with its red, flocked velet wallpapered walls for a meal you will not forget!

Gruet Santa Fe Tasting Room In 1983, the Gruet Family
was traveling through the southwestern part of the US, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards in Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequences, 170 miles south of the city of Albuquerque. After hearing of vineyards planted there as early as the 1600s, and learning about the specific climate and soil conditions of the region, the Gruet Family knew they had found what they were looking for. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet – whose Champagne house (Gruet et Fils) has produced fine Champagnes in Bethon, France since 1952 – made the decision to plant an experimental vineyard in Engle, NM. The plantings were exclusively Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Two of his four children, Laurent and Nathalie Gruet then relocated to New Mexico to begin their American winemaking adventure.

Anasazi Restaurant Traditional Southwestern cuisine serves as the foundation for the menu of this beautiful restaurant located in the Inn of the Anasazi. Latin influences enrich the time-honored fare and celebrate Santa Fe's vibrant Latin communities. The property welcomes a new Executive Chef, Edgar Beas, who finds inspiration in Santa Fe's rich culinary history as well as seasonal, local ingredients.

IL Piatto During the growing seasons Il Piatto chef/proprietor, Matt Yohalem has the local farmers bring their trucks to the front of Il Piatto early in the morning to provide him with the best selection of the freshest local ingredients available in Santa Fe. Using these ingredients Chef Yoholem will entertain you with the preparation of one of his uniquely delicious regional Italian cuisine. Matt puts on a great show!

Because our wonderful Santa Fe Chefs LOVE to feed you, please reconsider dinner reservations following one of our Restaurant Walking Tours! Tours run Friday afternoon, 2PM to 5PM and begin at The Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 N. Guadalupe St.

Important: Please Read!

Due to the popularity of our tours, we strictly adhere to our 48-hour cancellation policy. Please be aware you will be walking approximately 1-1/2 miles at an elevation of 7000 ft. Please advise us of any dietary restrictions at the time of your reservation so we can let the restaurants know in a timely manner.

Restaurant Walk II

Restaurant Martin is the restaurant that Chef Martín Rios and his wife Jennifer envisioned: A comfortable, refined and pleasing atmosphere where local people and Santa Fe visitors can enjoy Chef Rios' award-winning progressive American cuisine. He has a long-standing reputation for his innovative combination of flavors, colors and presentation. Using fresh, local produce and organic meats and poultry, Chef Rios creates cuisine that reflects Southwestern and Asian styles influenced by his classical training in French technique. He has multiple nominations for the Best Chef in the Southwest by the James Beard Foundation.

Café Sonder In 1947, Greek immigrant, Dan Razatos, opened the famous Plaza Café in downtown Santa Fe where it remains as busy as ever. The new Razatos’ family venture, Café Sonder, located in the Guadalupe District, offers a simple, quality American Dining menu, craft beers and carefully selected wines. If you are a Plaza Café fan you won’t want to miss this iconic Santa Fe family’s newest restaurant!

Joseph's Culinary Pub Chef Joseph Wrede is a Food & Wine Best New Chef, the winner of several AAA Four Diamond Awards, several DiRoNA Awards and has received both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast distinctions. Joseph’s Culinary Pub is a creation of Chef Wrede and his creative business partners. joseph's is the third incarnation of Wrede’s original Joseph’s Table, conceived in Taos, New Mexico, not quite 20 years ago, for which he is well known and loved within the region and beyond. Joseph’s Culinary Pub is designed to be a platform for Chef Wrede’s unique and uncompromising vision on traditional and contemporary cuisine, both regional and international.

Sazon Originally from Mexico City, Chef Fernando Olea has been enthralling diners in Santa Fe since 1991 with his unique interpretation of contemporary and traditional Mexican dishes. At Sazon Chef Olea creates sophisticated flavors using Old Mexico’s indigenous and culinary traditions alongside ingredients from around the world. His menu is deliberately small, featuring fresh and locally sourced produce and meats when possible.

Because our wonderful Santa Fe Chefs LOVE to feed you, please reconsider dinner reservations following one of our Restaurant Walking Tours! Tours run Friday afternoon, 2PM to 5PM and begin at The Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 N. Guadalupe St.

Important: Please Read!

Due to the popularity of our tours, we strictly adhere to our 48-hour cancellation policy. Please be aware you will be walking approximately 1-1/2 miles at an elevation of 7000 ft. Please advise us of any dietary restrictions at the time of your registration so we can let the restaurants know in a timely manner.

Restaurant Walk III

TerraCotta Wine Bistro is a smart casual food and wine restaurant located in the historic district of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a charming 19th century adobe building near the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Downtown Plaza. This unique Santa Fe restaurant features globally-inspired food, wine and beer, utilizing local and regional foods made from high quality, seasonal ingredients. A fun, inviting and informal ambiance offering moderately priced dishes and a great Sunday Brunch!

Dinner for Two is a family-owned restaurant with an intimate fine dining atmosphere. Owners, Andy, Gregory and Pam Barnes use only grass fed organic beef, the freshest fresh, local products and seasonal foods to create their lively menu all paired with an award winning wine list! We love Dinner for Two !

At Trattoria A Mano our focus is to transport our guests through time and place by providing authentic northern Italian dishes and an atmosphere reminiscent of a cozy, rustic, and romantic trattoria! Combining a well-chosen wine list with draft beers and attentive yet friendly service, A Mano is perfect for a family outing, a get-together with good friends, a date night, or that special celebration!

State Capital Kitchen Chef Mark Connell and co-owner Arthur Martel opened Santa Fe's newest hot spot, State Capital Kitchen, in early 2016. Come see the artisanal American dim sum joint that has a secret ingredient-playfulness!

Because our wonderful Santa Fe Chefs LOVE to feed you, please reconsider dinner reservations after one of our Restaurant Walking Tours! Tours run Friday afternoon, 2PM to 5PM and begin at The Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 N. Guadalupe St.

Important: Please Read!

Due to the popularity of our tours, we strictly adhere to our 48-hour cancellation policy. Please be aware you will be walking approximately 1-1/2 miles at an elevation of 7000 ft. Please advise us of any dietary restrictions at the time of your reservation so we can let the restaurants know in a timely manner.

Specialty Classes & Events

Summer I

Limited to 12 participants

This will be held on the Santa Fe School of Cooking’s own patio, where everything will be prepared on the grill or in our new outdoor wood fired oven! Celebrate the season with this intimate, hands-on classes and come enjoy summer in Santa Fe! Meal to include: Masa encrusted pork chops with a green chile and raisin chutney, grilled sweet potato salad, red lettuce with pears, walnuts and a honey-sherry vinaigrette, and apple empanadas

Pizza on the Patio

Celebrate the summer season with this intimate, hands-on class on the Santa Fe School of Cooking’s own patio. Everything will be prepared on our grill and our new wood-fired oven!

Grilled Caesar salad, blue corn pizza with crushed tomatoes, carmelized onion and local New Mexico goat cheese, pizza with chorizo and green chile, peach cobbler. This is a hands-on class - Maximum of 12 people.

Farmer's Mkt. Class

Class will meet at 8:00AM under the water tank at the colorful Santa Fe Farmers Market. We will then tour the market, meet the farmers and help pick out the freshest herbs and produce to take back to the school. Back at SFSC, the class will enjoy learning cooking techniques and the history of the foods grown in the region culminating in a magnificent feast highlighting the Farmer's Market fresh ingredients. Menu varies based on the seasonality of ingredients.

Class limited to 16 people, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Spanish Market Class

Celebrate Spanish Market weekend with the foods of Spain!

Featuring the James Beard award nominated (8 times actually!) chef James Campbell Caruso

Come celebrate the flavors of Spain in a specially created menu by local celebrity chef, James Campbell Caruso. James is the chef owner of La Boca and the author of Espana. 20% of the sales of this class will be donated to The Spanish Market. Call for menu details or check our website at

Rosé and Summer Wines!

Bring on summer! Join Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser for a tasting of his favorite summer wines. Tim will take you through a flight of delicious warm weather wines including dry rosé, bubbly prosecco, and vibrant whites and reds. All the wines are guaranteed to please and great values as well. Learn everything there is to know about summer wines; how to serve them, best serving temperatures, the right glassware, and the perfect food
pairings. 2 hours

NM Culture & Cuisine Tour

August 20-24, 2018
Hosted by The Santa Fe School of Cooking
Sign up here for the NM Culture and Cuisine Tour

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Santa Fe has made a big name for itself in the culinary scene. For centuries before Santa Fe was even considered a city, there was an interesting and unique food culture cultivated by the Native American peoples. The trinity of cultures, Native American, Spanish and Anglo, that assembled here give our city the foundation for her exquisite food offerings. Our local chefs embrace the traditions of the ancients and draw off their individual backgrounds to produce one of the most diverse and exciting ‘food scenes’ in North America. This four day event will explore the Native traditions and weave its way through the cultural influences of the region. You will explore the contributions of Georgia O’Keeffe and meet some Santa Fe’s top chefs in the contemporary food scene.

Highlights of this upcoming trip include:

  • Picking produce from one of our famous, fun local farmers north of Santa Fe
  • Visiting a New Mexican winery
  • Outdoor cooking class at a beautiful estate in Chimayo
  • Tour of Puye cliffs
  • Native dancers
  • Bread baking in an horno
  • Shopping/restaurant tour through downtown Santa Fe, where you will meet top chefs, local food artisans and farmers
  • Dinner out at one of our favorite restaurants where the chef will host us!
  • Daily cooking classes, including one taught by James Beard award winning cookbook author, Lois Ellen Frank and cookbook author, Margaret Wood who wrote A Painter’s Kitchen

Monday, August 20

This tour officially kicks off at 5:30 PM with a welcome reception at the Santa Fe School of Cooking hosted by Nicole Curtis Ammerman and her delightful and dedicated staff. After getting acquainted, we’re off to one of the city’s legendary restaurants for a sumptuous dinner. Let the festivities begin!

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Tuesday, August 21

We will meet at the Santa Fe Farmers Market at 8:00 AM under the water tower, where we will explore the seasonal ingredients, meet some farmers and enjoy the hub of activity during the markets peak season. We can expect to find chile, corn, peaches and apples among many other tasty treats. From there, Nicole will lead you on a culinary adventure through downtown Santa Fe where we will visit two restaurants and have private sessions with the chef/owners, tour their property and taste some of their food. We will also visit some culinary hot spots such as a fabulous spice shop. In the afternoon, we will go to the cooking school where you will put on aprons and explore the flavors of New Mexico in a hands-on cooking class. The evening is yours to explore Santa Fe.

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Wednesday, August 22

We begin touring through northern New Mexico with a trip to the northern New Mexico countryside. Meet at SFSC at 8:00, where we will load up and head out to the farm of Matt Romero. Matt Romero spent many years as an executive chef before giving it up to start farming eight years ago. He started by caretaking a ten-acre farm before getting access to his uncle’s 3-acre tract, a tractor and tools. Matt raises chile, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, cabbages, herbs and many other types of produce on his small farms. We will pick our own produce to take with us to our next stop. Next up is a stop to the beautiful, Rancho Manzana in the heart of Chimayo. It was the Ortega family residence and housed the original post office and mercantile store, serving the Chimayo community until the 1950's. Great care has been taken in the on-going restoration process, insuring a relaxing, hospitable retreat. One of the SFSC chefs will be waiting for our arrival where we will use the produce we picked earlier to create our own lunch which will be enjoyed in the glorious gardens of Rancho Manzana. We will also squeeze in a trip to Black Mesa Winery, where we will tour the facility and taste some of their award winning wines! Once again, the evening is yours to explore the town!

Thursday, August 23

At 8:00, a van will pick us up at the cooking school, where we head out to the ancient ancestral home of the Santa Clara pueblo people atop the breathtaking Pajarito Plateau, where we will explore the incredible beauty and cultural significance of the Puye Cliff Dwellings, ‘a place between earth & sky’. Journey back in time approximately two thousand years and you will find the ancestors of Santa Clara Pueblo thriving at Puye. Using material found at this site, they sculpted their homes from the soft volcanic rock. We will have a guided tour of these cliff dwellings. We will also help prepare the horno and learn the technique of baking bread in these ovens. The final part of the adventure are native dances from a Santa Clara family. They will dance and share stories of the importance of this tradition to their family. We will head back to Santa Fe and have a few hours of rest before returning to SFSC for a special hands-on Native cooking class with Lois Ellen Frank. Their long history of farming, and plant usage qualify Native Americans to be considered as America's first great cooks. Lois Ellen Frank, a James Beard award winning author and PhD in culinary culture, presents a fascinating look into Native American food and culture. We are lucky that the Harvier family, from Santa Clara, will be joining the group for dinner, dancing for us and sharing stories of the importance of this tradition to their family!

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Friday, August 24

Our last morning together will be unforgettable as we explore the influence that Georgia O’Keeffe played in New Mexico art and food. We will start with a private, docent led tour through the O’Keeffe Museum. Then back to The Santa Fe School of Cooking to discover and explore some of Georgia O'Keeffe's ideas about food and cooking. One of our chefs will guide you through some of Ms. O'Keeffe's recipes featured in the book, A Painters Kitchen: Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O'Keeffe by Margaret Wood. Ms. O'Keeffe had a unique perspective on food for the time, really appreciating simple foods that were in season and grown and handled with care. Margaret will also be on hand to share personal stories and insights to into Georgia O'Keeffe's life, perspective on food and of course art, as she was her assistant for many years. This class will weave the recipes and their context to create the texture of Ms. O'Keeffe. After our lunch together we will say our goodbyes.

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This tour is offered at $1975 plus tax per person. It includes all cooking classes and events at The Santa Fe School of Cooking, dinner out on the first night, our field trips and entry fees and transportation on our touring days. Not included is transportation to Santa Fe and accommodations while in Santa Fe.

Itinerary or Program Modifications: The itineraries listed are subject to modification and change by The Santa Fe School of Cooking.

Sign up here for the NM Culture and Cuisine Tour

Southwest Culinary Boot Camp

Southwest Culinary Boot Camp

Join us for an intensive 3-day cooking program we call the Southwest Culinary Boot Camp! This program is three full days gaining insight into the intricacies, tips and history of Southwestern food that make it so unique. We will cover material from knife skills, flavor labs, cooking techniques, ingredients and historical building blocks of the food. We will meet some of Santa Fe's top chefs who will share their thoughts on important cooking techniques. This is HANDS-ON and very interactive with each day ending with a meal. The class culminates in a final exam where you will design and prepare a final meal for some Santa Fe's best palates!

Upcoming Bootcamp is November 5-7, 2018.

Please call Nicole at 1-800-982-4688 to obtain more information about this special 3-day excursion into Southwestern cuisine.

$1325.00 See Dates and Register