16 Nov Thanksgiving in Santa Fe: A Culinary Cornucopia
Santa Fe is widely recognized as one of the States’ most beloved culinary destinations, and owing to the city’s cultural vibrancy, reflected in the distinctly flavorful and ambitious cuisine, it may just be the perfect place to experience a truly exceptional and authentically American Thanksgiving meal.
We sampled some holiday-inspired fare from Santa Fe’s preeminent chefs. Whether you use our menu to motivate your efforts in the kitchen or to ditch the idea of DIY altogether in favor of a plane ticket to New Mexico and a dinner reservation, it’s officially that time of year again for your stomach to growl and your waistline to expand indefinitely.
Best Catering Experience: Custom Thanksgiving Menu at Casa Nova Custom Catering
After years in service, regulatory and project management industries, Eduardo Ramirez changed gears in 2015 along with his partner Joaquin Alvarado to bring a Custom Catering experience to Santa Fe like no other. Casa Nova Custom Catering was born with a fresh perspective on personal service, custom presentation and creating food and drink pleasant to the senses. Casa Nova Custom Catering is a full-service catering company offering event planning and rental services in addition to providing outstanding food and beverage. If you’ve booked your Thanksgiving getaway with Casas de Santa Fe, you’ll have access to an exclusive offer of a full custom Thanksgiving dinner by the acclaimed Santa Fe catering company.
– Casa Nova Custom Catering, 1314 Rufina Circle, Suite A7, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Best Hors D’Oeuvre: Blue Corn Blinis at Maize
From Santa Fe’s resident restaurateur, Charles Dale, and Executive Chef LeRoy Alvarado, Maize makes no excuse for its muse – the Southwest. The menu celebrates the culinary traditions of the region without sacrificing innovation, which is why you won’t be able to get enough of this one of a kind amuse-bouche. Topped with smoked trout, crème fraiche and of course, caviar, the Blue Corn Blini will have you singing the praises of the restaurant’s namesake long after Thanksgiving ends.
– Maize, 225 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Best Holiday Cocktail: Santa Fe 66 at Inn of the Anasazi
You can’t visit Santa Fe without kicking off your boots and ordering a drink at the Inn of the Anasazi, located a block from the plaza. World-renowned designer Jim Rimelspach reimagined the inn’s interior in 2013 and the modern, inviting aesthetic lends itself to an atmosphere ideal for spending time with friends and family over the holidays. You can’t go wrong ordering the classic Silver Coin Margarita (the bar offers its own curated tequila menu) but our choice for a post-turkey nightcap is the Santa Fe 66. Mixing Santa Fe Apple Brandy, lemon, sugar, and Gruet NV, this libation will keep
you warm on those chilly mountain nights.
– Inn of the Anasazi, 113 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Best Non-Turkey Option: Berenjena at Sazon
You can’t talk about Chef Fernando Olea without talking about mole. His authentic preparations of this Mexican staple are legendary. At Sazon, Olea chose to keep the menu small in order to highlight the fresh, locally sourced ingredients that go into his signature dishes, which will make vegetarians quite happy on the one day of the year they are typically alienated. Olea’s Berenjena is made by stuffing eggplant with zucchini, corn, tomato and gruyere cheese. The entrée is so wonderfully satisfying you won’t even miss those indulgent holiday side dishes.
– Sazon, 221 Shelby Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Best Dessert: Carrot Halwa at Paper Dosa
Chef Paulraj Karuppasamy and his wife and business partner, Nellie Tischler made locals ecstatic when the couple opened their first brick and mortar eatery, Paper Dosa, in 2015. Prior to opening, fans flocked to get a taste of their South Indian cuisine at various pop ups and social events. The reasonably priced three-course tasting menu, along with wine pairing, is the best way to sample the authentic fare, including Karuppasamy’s take on Indian classics like curry, dosa and uttapam. Our pick for the finale to the biggest meal of the year is the Carrot Halwat, which captures the holiday season perfectly. This Halwa combines fresh carrots cooked down with raisins, cashew nuts and cardamom served atop vermicelli payasam. The dish may just pack more of a delightful flavor punch than anything you’ll taste this Thanksgiving.
– Paper Dosa, 551 West Cordova Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Best Overall Feast: Thanksgiving Dinner Menu at Geronimo
If you’re familiar with fine dining in Santa Fe, you’ve been to Geronimo. Perched at the top of Canyon Road, The ‘Boreggo House’, originally built by Geronimo Lopez in 1756, is quintessential New Mexico. The setting is only matched by the food, orchestrated by Executive Chef Sllin Cruz. You’ll find a bit of everything on the menu, not by chance but by design, as the food is often described as ‘global eclectic’. The food can also be described with this term – delicious. The three-course Thanksgiving menu boasts some of Geronimo’s classic hits like the Wasabi Caesar Salad and our personal favorite, the Green Miso Sea Bass. But if you’re looking for an elevated traditional Thanksgiving meal, you’re in luck. The Roasted Brown Butter, Sage and Maple Basted Amish Turkey is accompanied by a plethora of sides, including an upgraded take on green been casserole that will put all of your past, home cooked holiday meals to shame.
– Geronimo, 724 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501