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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

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

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

Southwestern Thanksgiving

Please join us to help you create a memorable and tasty Thanksgiving meal-Southwest style!

Menu includes: Red chile bacon deviled eggs, quick pickled green beans, salad of shaved fennel, celery, radicchio and dried cranberries, grilled medallions of turkey breast with green chile turkey gravy, roasted brussels sprouts with garlic chips, red chile corn pudding and pumpkin-pinon pie

This is a 3-hour long, demonstration style class including a full meal.

$90.00 See Dates and Register

Southwestern Christmas in Santa Fe!

Christmas is one of the most festive times in Santa Fe! Come get ready to serve a modern Southwest holiday feast for your upcoming season.

Menu includes: Winter vegetable salad with red chile grapefruit vinaigrette, beef short ribs adovada, green chile green bean casserole, herb roasted potatoes, shaved cabbage salad with serrano, chocolate cream pie with red chile whipped cream.

This is a 3-hour long, demonstration class that includes a full meal.

Traditional New Mexican Christmas

Christmas in Santa Fe is a magical time filled with centuries old culinary traditions. Come learn how we do the holidays in New Mexico! The demonstration will include the preparation of shredded pork tamales and poblano & corn tamales both served with red chile sauce, hearty holiday posole with green chile sauce, calabacitas and our famous official state cookie, bizcochitos.

This is a demonstration style class including a full meal.

$85.00 See Dates and Register

Modern Southwestern Christmas

Christmas is one of the most festive times in Santa Fe! Come get ready to serve a modern Southwest holiday feast for your upcoming season.

Menu includes: Winter vegetable salad with red chile grapefruit vinaigrette, beef short ribs adovada, green chile green bean casserole, herb roasted potatoes, shaved cabbage salad with serrano, chocolate cream pie with red chile whipped cream

This is a 3-hour long, demonstration style class including a full meal.

$90.00 See Dates and Register