Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need – Julia Child
As many who have been struck with the “fever” already know, cooking can be a very personal adventure, laden with experimentation and uncertainty, often requiring confident, creative guesswork and improvisation. But no one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at their most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of culinarians past, the advice and menus of cooks present and the wisdom of cookbook writers. Better yet, when visiting the food-lover’s paradise of Santa Fe, there is access to the distinct and internationally-acclaimed Santa Fe School of Cooking. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this famed recreational culinary school and market offers locals and visitors an unmatched experience in getting to know regional food and enjoying the company of a community of food lovers from all over the world.
Located in in the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe, The Santa Fe School of Cooking offers an array of Southwest cooking classes, from three-hour demonstration and hands-on classes, to specialty classes like the unique and famed course based on the cookbook “A Painter’s Kitchen,” featuring Georgia O’Keeffe’s recipes. During this class, author Margaret Wood participates with one of the School’s entertaining chefs in enlightening demonstrations, followed by a fabulous luncheon of O’Keeffe-channeled dishes.
Celebrity chefs and authors are regulars at the School. The three-day intensive “bootcamp” cooking programs provide insights into the intricacies, origins and history of the ingredients and recipes that make Southwestern food a unique world treasure.
The facility, while state-of-the-art with commercial appliances, mirrors and videocasting – just like the demonstrations you see on TV cooking shows – is comfortable and inviting, almost homey. It’s small classes are perfect for special events like birthdays (there was a recent 80th birthday celebration), bridal luncheons, reunions or any gathering that might be elevated by a culinary adventure. Santa Fe School of Cooking is an unsurpassed venue offering an unforgettable experience. Imagine how distinct a corporate retreat would be here – perfect for team building!
Visit the school’s website to view a list of impressive accolades, including nods from both OK! Magazine and TripAdvisor. The website also features the School’s various restaurant walking tours throughout the food haven of Santa Fe. The three-hour tour takes you to various top restaurants to meet the chef, have a cocktail or glass of wine, paired perfectly with signature samples of the restaurant’s fare. You will be well-fed, well-educated and get to know the City Different in a most personal light.
Some of the restaurants and restauranteurs/rock stars you will experience: Agoyo and Chef Jen Doughty, La Boca/La Taberna with Chef and Author James Campbell Caruso and Santa Fe Spirits, Santa Fe’s pre-eminent artisan distillery – and there are many more. Get the details on the schedule of classes and walking tours and don’t miss their latest cookbook celebrating 25 years of Southwest culinary fare.
125 N Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM
Phone : (505) 983-4511
Mon – Sat 9:30 - 5:00 p.m., Sun 12 - 4 p.m.