4.22.2014

THE REAL BUTCHER SHOP - JUST OPENED






I CAN HONESTLY SAY that I find the rack of French lamb chops above a thing of beauty. Only exceeded by its taste when roasted to perfection and served to waiting and appreciative guests. But part of that beauty begins with the farm that raised this lamb - a farm committed to raising only grass finished, organic, heritage meats.



"I've been talking about opening a farm direct , community based butcher shop for years," explains Tom Delehanty, a sixth generation farmer (since 1846) and owner of POLLO REAL, a prolific pasture poultry farm in Socorro, New Mexico. 

This past February he did just that  - opening THE REAL BUTCHER SHOP -with the support of 240 local and regional farmers  - all part of the CSA - community supported agriculture program. "Over the years I've come to know and support all of these farmers," and now, says Delehanty, he can showcase these hand-picked producers and take them to a higher level.




Tom Delehanty has big plans for this wonderful space, but he's starting slowly "Now it's like a skinny baby that we have to grow and fatten up." In addition to his butchers, he has a chef to   prepare take out or eat in at the long tables that anchor the center of the shop.



The menu is posted on the wall and can change 3-4 times a day, depending on availability of fresh, just-cut meat or poultry. 



I ordered a lamb burger last week and it was beyond good. And I'm waiting until their in-house corned beef appears on the menu of the day.


Maybe with one of these Heritage beauties sliced on the side...


While you're pondering what beautiful cut of meat or plump organic chicken to fix for dinner, you can shop for...







NOW BACK TO THE MEAT AND POULTRY



 Three BUTCHERS are on staff - Billy, Phillip and Zack.


Billy left, Phillip rt (Zack wasn't working that day)

They have a passion for butchery and are well trained. I watched them cutting and finishing and it's truly an art...




The shop has a large cooler with hanging sides of beef. They're brought into a smaller refrigerated cutting room and then the work begins...








Gorgeous ducks...


and perfect POLLO REAL chickens.

SO WHAT WILL THE REAL BUTCHER SHOP
 LOOK LIKE IN SIX MONTHS?

Ask Tom Delehanty this question and he lights up and  talks non- stop about his plans for the shop. Classes in butchery, cooking demos, on-line ordering, fresh tortillas made in-house, amazing pates, gorgeous stocks, rotisserie chicken - they already smoke their own meats - and more delicious take-out food. Well, the list goes on.  Clearly Tom Delehanty is a happy man.



T H E  R E A L   B U T C H E R   S H O P
&  C H A R C U T E R I E

907 W. Alameda - next to the COOP
505.780-8067



Thanks Gina for setting this up!

4.16.2014

THE ARMORY SHOW AT THE CCA






The CCA throws swell parties - lots of people, colorful and ecclectic art, fun music, delicious food - and the THE ARMORY SHOW this past weekend -  in celebration of CCA's thirty-fifth anniversary - was no exception. Guests were greeted by a large outdoor sculpture beckoning everyone towards the tented entrance to CCA's Munoz Waxman Gallery...



Where a charming  young woman gave a more personal greeting and handed everyone a program listing the 100 plus participating artists. 


Then the fun began. 













AND THEN THERE WERE THE ARTFUL PEOPLE






CCA'S THE GALLERY SHOW
April 11 - May 30 - 2014



4.10.2014

WINE ... WINE...SANTA FE


W I N E    T A S T I N G S   W I T H   P I Z Z A Z Z





I'm a snob when it comes to WINE TASTINGS  - I want to have fun
sniffing swirling and tasting. I don't want to be lectured to or
made to feel inadequate if I can't catch a whiff of caramel, dark cherry or oak. I like to know that the wine expert has chosen wisely and that I'm in for a treat.  




So, when I discovered that my favorite Sommelier Mark C. Johnson (pictured above), was offering his splendid WINE 101 classes at IL PIATTO, I made a reservation for the "Grapes of Bordeaux".  Neither the wines - Califonia Merlot, Chilean Carmenere (my favorite) Alexander Valley Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateay D'Arcins, and Gauchezco Malbec - or Mark disappointed.  He is a master showman and storyteller and his tastings are beautifully organized and FUN.








 95 W. Marcy Street - Downtown Santa Fe

WINE 101
EVERY TUESDAY @ 5:30 - UNTIL MAY 6TH
$15 FOR SIX WINES & a discount if you stay for dinner!

FOR RESERVATIONS:  505.984.1091

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And, every Friday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30, SUSAN'S FINE WINE AND SPIRITS  holds a FREE WINE TASTING. They're casual and yes fun.  Check out their FACEBOOK page for current info on each tasting.


An few weeks back I attended a ROCHA & KOPKE PORT tasting this was not a scheduled Friday tasting) presented by Todd Cromwell & Wentworth Imports. 





We sipped a ROCHA DRY WHITE KOPKE COLHEITA (a white port - who knew?) 1983 (MY FAVORITE), ROCHA 20 YR, ROCHA LBV 207, KOPKE 211 VNTAGE AND A ROCHA THREE CENTURY.



SUSAN'S FINE WINE & SPIRITS

1005 S. St. Francis - Santa Fe
505.984.1582
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