The brand-new academy—brainchild of native son turned British food
sensation Rocky Durham and former Santa Fe Community College culinary
instructor and pastry expert Tanya Story—offers a new kind of food
education for Santa Fe locals.
Here’s how you know you live in Santa Fe: On a recent Sunday evening,
the man-friend and I decided to go out to eat. We left the house around
8:15 pm and were seated at the restaurant of our choice by 8:45. It was,
as you’ve probably figured out by now, Taberna La Boca.
Inside the bright space, Murphy and Annamaria O’Brien, with their two
adorable children skipping in, out and around their legs, serve a simple
daytime menu, heavy on comfortable egg-based dishes that best define
the café as a brunch spot.
Choosing a table inside Carmelita’s Cocina feels a little bit like dining in a crowded bazaar. It’s Santa Fe’s scaled-down answer to eating in the marketplace—ordering New Mexican classics in the shadow of a dizzying array of goods for sale, much of it from the estate of Carmelita’s late mother or made by Carmelita herself.