Diversify that Seed Supply

At 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 29, the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion in the Railyard (1607 Paseo de Peralta) hosts "The Art of Seed Stewardship," a talk by Hudson Valley Seed Library founder Ken Greene—and just in time for spring planting! As more and more organic heirloom seeds disappear in the face of big agriculture, folks like Greene are bringing people together to teach them how to preserve, store, cultivate and share heirloom seeds. The talk is $10 at the door. Call 983-7726 for more information.

Life, and Food, in Wartime

On Friday, April 1, as part of the Santa Fe Culinary Academy's History of Food Series of classes, Chef Rocky Durham presents an intriguing demonstration class at the academy titled "In the Line of Fire." The demo, which includes tastes of the dishes being prepared, is offered in conjunction with the Center for Contemporary Arts exhibit Allison Smith: Source Materiel, which explores (through sculpture and other objects) the trinkets and souvenirs created by soldiers on the battlefield, POW encampments and elsewhere. Besides the demo, chef Durham will discuss the cooking culture during World War I, trench warfare and other topics.

Welcome to the Purim Jungle, Baby!

The Santa Fe Jewish Center is throwing an African jungle-themed party on Thursday, March 24, with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live African music and more to mark the Jewish holiday of Purim. RSVP is required for this popular annual event, whose theme changes every year.

Eat Italian for a Good Cause

Tomorrow, March 11, at 5:30 pm, students and instructors from Santa Fe Community College's Culinary Arts Program invite you to "A Taste of Italy II," a benefit dinner in the campus's Jemez Rooms to help fund the culinary program's study-abroad activities. Diners can look forward grilled calamari and shrimp with lemon aioli, pizza Margherita, eggplant rolls stuffed with basil and smoked provolone, and pork loin stuffed with garlic, pine nuts, spinach, artichokes and ricotta cheese. For dessert? Baba rum cake! Tickets are $75 per person, $125 per couple, and the price includes wine. Reservations are required by calling the Santa Fe Community College Foundation at 428-1855.

SOLD! (But Not Closed)

Well, this one flew under The Fork's radar last week, and he holds his head in shame. The building that houses Coyote Café has been purchased by Secured Debt Investments, a Miami-based company. But don't panic! There are no plans to oust the restaurant, which continues to thrive, despite chef Eric DiStefano's sudden passing in early February.

Verde Reaches Downtown

For those those love Verde Food Co.'s awesome juices and other locally sourced, organic goodies at the shop's location on W San Mateo Road, some good news: Verde is set to open a downtown location at 105 E. Marcy St. before the end of March. The company will also be rolling out a menu of grab 'n' go food items and made-to-order cold-pressed juice blends. Congrats on the expansion!

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