There’s a lot going on in the Albuquerque food scene this week, not least of which is the Alibi’s own inaugural Burque Burger Week. From June 20 through 27, eight different Albuquerque restaurants are serving up a special burger for the event—check out who’s participating and what their special is over in the feature. We’ve sampled some of them already and boy, we’re pretty stoked on these miracles between buns. When you’re not busy digging into burgers, we recommend checking out a few of these other culinary events this week.
Vintage Albuquerque Food and Wine Fiesta
There are some excellent wineries in New Mexico, and they’re only growing in number. Vintage Albuquerque celebrates those wineries (and the excellent chefs and caterers in the Land of Enchantment as well) over several days during the Wine and Food Fiesta, which begins with the opening night gala dinner at Campo at Los Poblanos on Wednesday, June 20 at 6pm, and ends with a champagne brunch at Farm & Table on Sunday, June 24 at 11am. In between, there are dozens of tastings, pairing dinners, seminars and auctions, all benefitting arts programming for New Mexico students (the beneficiaries this year are Opera Southwest, Working Classroom, New Mexico Jazz Workshop and the National Hispanic Cultural Center). Visit vintagealbuquerque.org to learn more and buy tickets for the individual events.
For the third year in a row, edible New Mexico is hosting its Fermentation Festival at Gutiérrez-Hubbell House on Saturday, June 23 from 10am to 5pm. This popular event features panels and workshops all about fermented food and drink, with plenty of samples to boot. General admission tickets are $20 in advance, or $2.50 for kids under 13. Paying $30 gets you a special ticket that includes a do-it-yourself kit with all the ingredients and instructions to make either cheese or kimchi at home—your choice. The event is all outdoors, so come prepared to sweat a little. Visit nmfermentationfest.com to find out more and buy your ticket.
Field to Food at Greenhouse Bistro
After you’re done fermenting things at the Fermentation Fest, head to Green House Bistro and Bakery, the restaurant at the Center for Ageless Living, for their annual Field to Food dinner. On Saturday, June 23 at 7pm, Green House serves this 5-course dinner with wine featuring ingredients produced within 100 miles of the Center. This year, the focus is on dill grown at Five Leaf Organic, as well as flour and blue cornmeal milled at Valencia Mills in Jarales, N.M. Just to give you a taste, the carnivore entrée is a baked trout fillet dusted with blue cornmeal and served with a dill sauce. Yum. Tickets are $45 per person and available for sale at greenhousebistro.com.