All the Fests

It's Memorial Day Weekend, y'all. Summer is upon us, and most importantly, this weekend is a time to remember those who have sacrificed their lives in military service. Take a moment to remember those that have died while serving and those that serve every day.

A few statistics for you: The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans says that 11 percent of the homeless population are veterans. They number around 40,000. The highest number of them are Vietnam-era vets, but the numbers of younger homeless is rising. Around 1.4 million other vets are considered at risk for homelessness. The NCHV is a wealth of information on the issue and is a good place to start if you want to find out more.

Let's FORK!

The New Mexico Cocktail & Culture Festival is here! Bars and restaurants in Santa Fe and Albuquerque participate in events and by featuring a signature cocktail that goes head-to-head with the signatures from other restaurants to win "Cocktail of the Year." Winners are announced and presented with a trophy at the Craft Collective and Awards on June 4. HERE is a list of the participating establishments.

As part of the festival there are a bunch of events happening as well.

Thursday, June 1
— 6:30-9:30 pm: Cocktails & Culture Festival Pairing Dinner at Coyote Cafe (132 W Water St., 983-1615)

Friday, June 2
1-2:15 pm: "The Hustle: From Behind Bars to Dream Gig" seminar with Eric ET Tecosky at Skylight (139 W San Francisco St., 982-0775)
— 6-9 pm: Margarita Trail Taco Wars! presented by Tourism Santa Fe, El Tesoro, Patron and Sauza tequilas at the Santa Fe Convention Center (201 W Marcy St., 955-6200)

Saturday, June 3
— 8:30-noon:
Fundraising bike ride supporting bartenders with breast cancer led by Tony Abou Ganim. Starts and ends at Skylight (139 W San Francisco St.)
— 2 and 3:15 pm: Hendrick's Gin Academy with brand ambassador Mattias Horseman, two 45-minute sessions starting at Skylight (139 W San Francisco St., 982-0775)
— 5:15-7 pm: Dale DeGroff's VIP cocktail reception and show "On The Town" (monologue, music and mixology!) at the Scottish Rite Temple (463 Paseo de Peralta, 982-4414)
— 7-10 pm: Chef & Shaker Challenge featuring 12 of our area's most-loved chefs at the Scottish Rite Temple (463 Paseo de Peralta, 982-4414)

Sunday, June 4 
— Noon-1:15 pm: Whiskeys of the World seminar with Bobby G Gleason at Skylight (139 W San Francisco St., 982-0775)
— 2-5 pm: Craft Collective tasting and Cocktail Week Bar Awards at  Skylight (139 W San Francisco St., 982-0775)

Unless you live under a rock, chances are you ate at the Santa Fe Baking Company at least once. When it closed its doors last year many were distraught. Rightfully. The place had a little bit of everything on their ludicrously large menu and you could hang out in the expansive space for hours reading or working on your laptop.

Well, it's back.

The New Baking Company (504 W Cordova Road) is the labor of love of former Baking Co. employee Filiberto Rodriguez and his wife Norma. With the help of Norma's aunt and uncle, Maria and Mark Fehey, Baking Company 2.0 will open in June in the same location with most of the same menu and staff. Read the New Mexican's story about it here. We wish them great luck in the endeavor.

A reminder for that the Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival is this Friday-Sunday May 26-28 at the Santa Fe Convention Center (201 W Marcy St.). SFR has partnered with the festival to bring a food truck event to life on that Sunday. From 11 am-2 pm you can get your eat on in the Lincoln Plaza parking lot across from the Convention Center.

Trucks participating include: Dr. Field Goods, Served Santa Fe, Señor Rabbits, SantaFamous Street Eats, Taqueria Gracias Madre, Jambo Cafe, Bonsai Asian Tacos, The S'more Pit and more!

A busy week in Santa Fe! Pick your poison.

See you next week,

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