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“Incredible place and programs” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Santa Fe Culinary Academy

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Owner description: The Santa Fe Culinary Academy is founded by two of Santa Fe's foremost food educators. We feature fun and educational community classes. For a complete list of our class schedule and descriptions please visit our website
Santa Fe, New Mexico
1 review
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“Incredible place and programs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

Wow! This is really an amazing place. I went to a "pop-up lunch" there in May and it was terrific. The lunch was the final project of a week-long class during which the participants created their own concept for a restaurant from the title (Melange) and the menu through to the creation of an incredible meal for the attendees. (This was a class for "amateurs," in the sense of those who are doing something for the love and enjoyment of it, rather than as a profession.)

Apparently they had instruction not only from the Culinary Academy staff, but also from experts in various areas of restaurant management. There was nothing at all amateurish about the menu or the execution of the dishes or the service, which was impeccable. A few of the menu highlights: a duck bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich; roasted elk loin; pan-seared scallop tostada; berry and lemon curd tart; and a lavender ice cream profiterole. All in all, one of the best lunches I've ever had anywhere, all for the grand sum of $20.

They have a very interesting range of class offerings, from single-session classes on specific subjects to week-long "intensives" such as the class that prepared the pop-up lunch to an accredited professional training program. Absolutely worth a visit (or two!), whether you are a Santa Fean or a visitor.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank MarkT87505
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Denver, Colorado
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“A great time with friends!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

Enjoy an afternoon with Chef Rocky and Chef Tanya immersing yourself in Santa Fe's culinary history. Not only did we learn how to make several regional dishes, Chef also taught us the basics of chopping and several other 'hot' kitchen tips. It's a wonderful way to spend time with your friends.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Sabra K
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Denver, Colorado
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“Amazing Day at SFCA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

We celebrated my husband's 50th birthday in Santa Fe over a long weekend and spent a few hours at SFCA with Rocky and Tanya. We had the BEST time! We were a group of 16, and the cooking class was everyone's favorite activity. Rocky and Tanya were funny and really entertaining. We learned quite a bit about the origins of food and history of native foods to New Mexico. We cooked 6 different items and the facilities are beautiful, super clean and have everything any cook could want. It was all hands on learning, Rocky and Tanya were just super instructors. We are having a party and cooking everything we learned about. Of course, they provided us with the recipes. Don't miss any opportunity to take a class at Santa Fe Culinary Academy, you won't regret it!

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Holly B
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