The Insiders’ Culinary Adventure with The Santa Fe School of Cooking

Santa Fe has made a big name for itself in the global restaurant scene. For centuries before Santa Fe was even considered a city, there was an interesting and unique food culture cultivated by the Native American peoples. The trinity of cultures, Native American, Spanish and Anglo, that assembled here give our city the foundation for her exquisite food offerings. Our local chefs embrace the traditions of the ancients and draw off their individual backgrounds to produce one of the most diverse and exciting ‘food scenes’ in North America.

Where does an out-of-towner, a new transplant or an interested native begin to investigate this eclectic mix of old and new, traditional and contemporary? At The Santa Fe School of Cooking, of course. The Insiders’ Culinary Adventure begins at  the school in downtown Santa Fe for a taste of the traditional New Mexican chile then heads off on an intimate walking tour of restaurants and a museum that illustrate the diversity of our capitol’s offerings. The tour will be led by one of the fabulous chef/instructors from the schools  staff.

On tour, meet the owner of Los Mayas, a traditional Mexican restaurant and discuss the differences between Mexican and New Mexican while sampling the unique and scrumptious food. Followed by a visit to Amavi, the just opened and much anticipated restaurant of local celebrity chef David Sellers, famous for his many years heading up the kitchen at SantaCafe. Dave will dazzle participants palates with his finely tuned cooking style that has earned him a great reputation.  

Lois Ellen Frank, a James Beard award winning author, will be waiting for the tour in the courtyard of the Institute of the American Indian Arts where you will taste some Native food and learn the Native influence on food and culture-not to mention a peek at some great art. (A pass is included with the tour so you can return the next day for a more in depth viewing.) Finally, raise a glass of Spanish sherry with chef/owner James Campbell Caruso of Santa Fe’s new tapas hot spot, La Boca, the big winner at this years Taste of Santa Fe, taking home the Best In Show!

Participants can look forward to meeting some of Santa Fe’s top chefs and a one-of-a-kind introduction to Santa Fe's diverse culinary scene.

The Insiders’ Culinary Adventure is being offered July 9, 16, 26, 30, Aug 13, 20 and 27. The tour begins at 1:00 and will run about three hours. Cost is $105.00 per person.

Call (505) 983-4511 for more info, or visit


Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".