Aug 9th, 2011

Curbside Cuisine in Albuquerque

Out here in the southwest, we cultivate patience – sometimes we’re on the frontier of innovation, and sometimes, we watch the trends slowly migrate from the coasts like very slow motion waves. I’ve been drooling over my mother’s iPhone snaps of the Los Angeles food truck scene for years. The culmination of craftiness, artistic motor […]

Jul 28th, 2011

Pastry Chefs with Johnny Vee

In July, Chef and author Johnny Vee showcased two of New Mexico’s most prominent pastry chefs, Darci Rochau (formerly of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in Albuquerque) currently with her own dessert consulting service, “

Jun 7th, 2011

Benefit for Kim Müller

I first met Chef Kim Müller at the Compound in 2006, joining my friend Baron Wolman for lunch at the Compound. Kim, who has known Baron for years, came out to greet the table, and wistfully recounted a few precious details about her recent meal at French Laundry. As a little bit of personal background: […]

Jun 7th, 2011

The Vanity 6

You could call this: putting your money where your mouth is. Or…really, maybe it’s closer to putting your mouth where your money is. Just exactly how “local” is local and sustainable food? Is it the 20 minute weekly drive to the farmer’s market? Is it a potato from Colorado? Or is it throwing on your […]

May 28th, 2011


Ginger Mint Naan? Something new, fresh, intriguing from cooking style steeped in tradition? Yep. Chef Paddy Rawal creates an impression much like his carefully crafted Indian fare: colorful, spicy, crisp. He radiates the kind of energy and enthusiasm you might expect from a a veteran of Bollywood producing turned chef dynamo. Paddy arrived in Santa […]

May 28th, 2011

Mouth of Wonder

It’s been years since I woke up San Francisco once a week on KUSF 90.3 fm. I’ve missed being on the radio. So it was a total honor and thrill to be invited to guest host with Stacy Pearl on her weekly radio “Mouth of Wonder” show on KSFR. Stacy and I worked together on […]

Apr 17th, 2011

The Vinaigrette Farm

“Farming is 90 percent fixing things that break,” says Erin Wade. Wade is fascinating because she didn’t grow up on a farm – in fact she migrated to farming from what she calls the shoe-ocracy of the high fashion publishing world. But somewhere between Milan and Nambe, Wade became consumed with the idea of both […]

Apr 11th, 2011

Milagro Winery

I had seen the label in the “New Mexico region” section of local wine stores. I mean: how could you miss the swank pig with the ying/yang nose that dominates the design? A wine marketing expert once told me that statistically, Americans have a penchant for wines with animals on the labels. But the Milagro […]

Dec 18th, 2010

Stacy Pearl’s New Mexico Recipe

If you live in Santa Fe, you have most likely either enjoyed Stacy Pearl’s food, through her position as chef at Walter Burke Catering or enjoyed her voice and culinary panache, via her weekly “Mouth of Wonder” radio show on KSFR. I got to know Stacy over the past year through our combined contributions for the […]

Dec 16th, 2010

315 Restaurant and Bar

My vegetarian friends: I love you dearly. But this one is very much not for you. Click away. Do it quick. My fellow omnivores: have you ever seen the performance of  cooking the perfect steak? Wait – forget the whole “seeing” thing: have you smelled the favorite frites companion in its progression from raw to desperately drool […]