New Perennial Favorites, Part One—It should be enough that chefs work punishing, 80-hour weeks and still manage to create beautiful plates of food. If they can come home and, still reeking of garlic and grease traps, find the romance—and energy—to produce a brood of their own, so much the better for the human race. (That's survival of the fittest in action, folks.) In the event these chefs survive that lethal combination and can create another fine restaurant to preside over, it's a near-miracle. And that's the sweet spot some of Albuquerque's brightest chefs are working themselves into right now. This multi-part edition of "The Dish" is devoted to Albuquerque chefs who are burning the candle at both ends, stepping up to the range at old favorites and new projects alike. If our beloved chefs don't keel over from heatstroke, we'll be eating well this year.
Doña Pepa Mexican Restaurant
Whip it good
“What do you put in this stuff, crack?!” I asked restaurant co-owner Hector Alcarez while peering at the ice left at the bottom of my glass.
Taste the History of Chocolate IV
Farm & Table hosts their Taste the History of Chocolate IV on Monday, Jan. 20 from 6 to 9pm. Tickets for this event are $93, though you can splurge and pay $118 to take it with wine pairings, and leads you through the rich, decadent history of everyone’s favorite snack. This time around, be treated to some fascinating information about the heavy travel cacao went through to get to Chaco Canyon over 1,000 years ago. The guest chocolate maker Steve Prickett, from Eldora Chocolate, and Dr. Patricia Crown, who led the team that learned so much about the history of cacao at Chaco Canyon, are the guests of honor. For more info on how to get your hands on these sweet treats, email firstname.lastname@example.org and guarantee a spot before it's gone.
Get Out There
It’s summer in Burque and myriad patios await your presence. Snap the kids out of their bought air-and-video game trance for an outing that culminates in the joyful consumption of healthful and delicious paletas—no, really!—or invite some colleagues and comrades out to smash the swanky local rooftop bar scene with you. If you’re looking for a more pastoral vibe, get your farm-to-table on in Albuquerque’s resplendent North Valley. Here are a handful of our favorite patios in The Duke City. Don’t neglect to slather on some sunscreen and install a rideshare app (such as Uber, Lyft or zTrip) on your smartphone ... in case you over-hydrate.