Filed under the “Where are they now?” category, former history museum director Connie Nice and family are teaming up this summer with former Nora’s Table chef Kathy Watson (yes, my wife) for a monthly thematic supper club series.
Weather should be good for dining under the stars on the nights of July 7-8.
If you’ve driven the station wagon through the American Southwest on an Arizona Highways quest, you have certainly forked into Mexico-inspired cuisines, from the barbacoa of Texas to the chimichangas of Arizona.
“The best?” according to Watson. “The magical, inventive food of New Mexico.”
As she wrote in a recent newsletter, “Under those amazing turquoise skies cooks have blended the foods of three cultures – Native American, Mexican and European – and created something that is greater than the sum of the parts. New Mexican chefs embrace farm-to-table ethics, luring local fruits and vegetables in season into their dishes with a hand-made passion. Rules get thrown out the window. Instead of limiting red chili sauce to beef and green chili sauce to chicken, the melting-pot mind of the New Mexico cook says, let’s put them BOTH on the plate at once and call it ‘Christmas chili.’ ”
For this monthly series, diners do not see a detailed menu beforehand — just hints of a few ingredients: scallops, blueberries, smoked sweet corn, avocados, peaches, goat’s milk.
Final note. If you love wine with your meal, each event features a different Gorge winery. For July, it will be Cor Cellars. Its owner and winemaker Luke Bradford is one of the “young guns of the old highway” as this brash and creative group of winemakers along Old Highway 8 have jokingly called themselves. Diners can choose a flight paired with each course, or wine by the glass or bottle.
(Check back for updates on other new entrants into the local dining scene, as the Buzz plays catch-up following a spring off-site job that took energy away from biz news.)