Saturday Aug 18, 2018
Santa Fe, NM 87507
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Gather around the campfire and eat all the "chuck" from an authentic 1890s chuck wagon. Attendance is limited to the first 200 adventurers to purchase tickets.
Howdy folks! Have you had a long day on the Camino Real? No problem! Make sure you make a stop here at the original paraje El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Once you’re settled in, gather around the camp fire and eat your fill of "chuck" from an authentic 1890’s chuck wagon at the Second Annual Chuck Wagon Fundraiser and Hootenanny.
On a cattle drive, the chuck wagon was as important to the drive’s success as a good pair of cowboy boots were to the cowboy. With a Dutch Oven and some sour dough, a chuck wagon cook could feed an entire trail crew. Biscuits and beans made up the majority of what was served on the range, but the occasional dessert did make its way onto the menu when possible. Invented by Charles Goodnight for use on the initial cattle drives out of Texas, the chuck wagon’s tradition is kept alive by Old West enthusiasts who compete and appear at events across the country. -National Cowboy & Western Museum
Carl Hawkins, your host for the evening, had the good fortune to work for a direct descendant of Charles Goodnight, not as a cook, but as a real life cowboy. While Mr. Goodnight taught him how to put together a good herd of cattle and recognize a quality horse for its merits, his career as a chuck wagon cook is due to the encouragement of his well-fed family and friends.
Carl will create for you the atmosphere of a trail camp with a taste of the Old West featuring chopped, smoked beef brisket, cheese enchiladas, sweet/hot baked beans, buttermilk fruit, cabbage slaw, homemade chili biscuits and Dutch Oven fruit cobbler.
Dry and dusty from the journey? No problem! New Mexico Hard Cider will be here to pour some cold beer and hard cider to wash down all that great chuck wagon food.
Join us for a fun and historic dinner adventure here at the Ranch of the Swallows!
*Please note: Attendance is limited to the first 200 adventurers to purchase these limited tickets. Don't get bucked from your horse, please celebrate responsibly at the Hootenanny.