Fuze SW | Food + Folklore Festival

Explore the past and present, the folklore and customs that created a uniquely New Mexican culinary tradition in a series of keynotes, talks, panel discussions, breakout sessions, creative interludes, and—of course—food!

Join us for Santa Fe's first ever food conference, bringing together our very own James Beard award winning chefs, nationally recognized chefs, authors, historians, scholars, and poet laureates, all coming together to celebrate the best of New Mexico food and folklore. Admission includes two lunches and one breakfast, and serves as your all access pass to an exclusive opening night reception at the Santa Fe School of Cooking with entertainment by Nacha Mendez, plus two days of talks, tastings, and the opportunity to get to know New Mexico's food and folklore like you've never known it before.

Try some traditional mate, make your own Mexican papel picado decorations, dig in at the burrito bar, sip some gin made right here with local ingredients, and get a taste of the flavors of New Mexico. Sit in on the debate about northern and southern New Mexico chile, the flavors and merits of frito pies, and learn the stories cookbooks tell. Our restaurant partners Taberna, La Boca, Anasazi, and Restaurant Martín will make your evening dining experiences memorable, too.


  • Estevan Arellano (NM historian)
  • Gustavo Arellano (syndicated columnist, author Taco USA)
  • Hakim Bellamy (Poet Laureate of Albuquerque)
  • Tony Bennett (proprietor, Kakawa Chocolate House)
  • Juan José Bochenski (Chef, Anasazi)
  • Thomas C’de Baca (nephew of Fabiola Cabezza de Baca)
  • James Campbell Caruso (Chef, La Boca and Taberna)
  • Nicolasa Chávez (Curator of New World Cuisine)
  • Patricia Crown, PhD (UNM professor of archaeology)
  • Susan Curtis & Nicole Curtis Ammerman (proprietors, Santa Fe School of Cooking)
  • Rob DeWalt (Senior Editor, New Mexico Magazine)
  • Dave DeWitt (chile expert and historian)
  • Rocky Durham (Chef, Santa Fe Culinary Academy)
  • Bill and Cheryl Alters Jamison (authors of numerous award-winning cookbooks)
  • Damian Flores (poet)
  • Nasario Garcia, PhD (NM folklorist)
  • Tracy Ryder, President/CEO of Edible Communities
  • Judith Hill (Poet Laureate)
  • Colin Keegan (proprietor/founder, Santa Fe Spirits)
  • Joan Logghe (former Poet Laureate of Santa Fe)
  • Deborah Madison (author)
  • Valerie Martinez (former Poet Laureate of Santa Fe)
  • Nacha Mendez (entertainer/singer)
  • Carmella Padilla (historian, author)
  • Jeffrey Pilcher, PhD (Professor of history, U of Minnesota)
  • Maricel Presilla, PhD (author, chef)
  • Martín Rios (restaurateur)
  • Lois Rudnick, PhD (historian, scholar)
  • John Sedlar (Chef)
  • Cordelia Thomas Snow (Historic Sites Archaeologist, NM Historic Preservation Division)
  • Elizabeth Titus, PhD (Librarian/cookbook archivist, NMSU)
  • Catalina Delgado Trunk (paper artist)
  • Don Usner (storyteller, author, photographer)
  • Earl Potter, co-owner the Five & Dime

$250 / $200 Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members

For tickets call (505) 476-1126 or email Shirley.Lujan@state.nm.us

FUZE.SW 2013 Hotels

Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe Hilton, Sage Inn

FUZE hotel partners are pleased to offer special rates to our out-of-town guests. Contact shirley.lujan@state.nm.us for more information.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más, on exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art through January 5, 2014.

Sponsored by the Santa Fe School of Cooking, Santa Fe Culinary Academy, Santa Fe Spirits, Kakawa Chocolate House, Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, Sage Inn, Museum Hill Café, Museum of International Folk Art, International Folk Art Foundation, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of New Mexico Foundation.