Happy spring everyone. Town starts to pick up this time of year. Brace yourselves for tourists, events, warm weather, and lots of outdoor activities.

Let's FORK!

This weekend is the Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest. Vendors of chocolate, coffee, baked goods, wine and spirits—140 of 'em!—will descend upon Albuquerque for two days to give out free samples and talk about artisanal awesomeness. There are great events as well—a latte art competition, discussions on chocolate beans from farm to bar, music, eating contests and more. This year the expo attempts to get the record for the largest hot chocolate party! I've gone the last few years; this is one of the best events in the region.

Santa Fe vendors include: Caveman Coffee, 35 North Coffee, Aroma Coffee, American Pie Bakery and CG Higgins, plus a ton of others from around the state. You can find a full list of vendors HERE..

  • WHEN:
  •  10 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26
  • WHERE:
  •  NM State Fairgrounds, Manual Lujan Buildings A, B, C, 300 San Pedro Northeast, Albuquerque
  • COST:
  • Adults $10, Seniors/Students $8, Military $8, 4-12 $3, 3 & under FREE. Special events cost extra. Buy on the festival's website
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March 25 is International Happiness Day. I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with cocktails. The folks at La Cienega's Sunrise Springs Spa Resort (242 Los Pinos Road, 780-8145) agrees, so they have partnered with Santa Fe Spirits mixologist James Reis to create a unique class where guests can create their own garden-to-glass cocktails. The class will use herbs grown at the spa. Lemon verbena and rosemary vodka will feature. There will be appetizers.

This is to be the first of hopeful monthly events between the spa and Santa Fe Spirits. The spa has also announced their new Moon House Lounge to open in May.

  • WHEN:
  •  3:30-5:30 pm Saturday, March 25
  • COST:
  • $35 single; $50 couple
  • RSVP:
  • 877-977-8212

Last Thursday, La Montañita Co-op Food Market awarded its first Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarships to UNM Sustainability Students. Four students each received $1,000 to continue their education.

Huge congrats to Carly Anderson, Christina Hoberg, Pam Quintana and Amy Sedillo, who were selected due to their outstanding academic records and essays submitted and reviewed by the Sustainability Studies Program faculty and La Montañita's Marketing and Communications Director.

"These students are playing a major role in contributing to a sustainable future for all of us," said Karolyn Cannata-Winge, La Montañita Co-op's marketing and communications director. "We are excited to assist them achieve their educational goals." The award is named for founding member of the Co-op, Marshall Kovitz.

A few readers pointed out that Biadora Bakery (1807 Second St., Ste. 9) has—temporarily?—closed its doors. A slightly ominous sign on the front door refers to owner/baker Sal Biadora having a "life journey." I reached out to Sal but haven't heard anything. If anyone knows more let us know!

See you next week,

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