Albuquerque Buzz: September 2011

by Christie Chisholm, LocalFlavor Magazine, September 2011

By now, all the locals know that Gruet Winery puts out some of the best wine this side of the equator. No New Mexico New Year’s or birthday party is complete without a glass of its light and sparkly Rose. Now Gruet’s released a brand-new still wine to add to its already stellar selection. But the 2010 Chenin Blanc isn’t just any addition. Made with 100 percent estate-grown fruit from vines a quarter of a century old, it was blessed by perfect ripening conditions and fermented in stainless steel, helping it retain its fresh citrus aromas and bright aromas. With a silky texture, an ever-so-slight cream quality and notes of green apple, pear and lemon peel, the Chenin Blanc is perfectly paired with oyster, seafood or sweet and spicy Thai. Pick up a bottle and see for yourself. www.gruetwinery.com.

Ooh, Mother Road Theatre Company has a new show. This is exciting, because everything I’ve seen by this still relatively new company has been exceptional. This one promises to be no different. Theater veterans Vic Browder and Julia Thudium direct Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, based on a story Miller once overheard in his Brooklyn neighborhood. It goes a little something like this: Eddie the longshoreman is in love with his niece (not by blood). Eddie’s also got two house guests in the form of his dead wife’s Italian relatives. The niece, Catherine, falls in love with the youngest Italian and proposes to him. As you might imagine, chaos ensues. This promises to be a good one, so don’t miss out. It runs Sept. 9 to Oct. 2 at The Filling Station (1024 Fourth Street SW, 505.243.0596). Tickets are $18 general and $12 for students and seniors. For all other relevant information and to buy tickets in advance, visit www.motherroad.org.

A feast of locally farmed and organic meats, fruits, vegetables, grains and spirits, prepared by some of the finest chefs in the 505. A place setting at the incomparable agriculture beauty of Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center. Your hunger for food and philanthropy sated in one foul swoop. That’s what you’ll get at the Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust’s annual Harvest Dinner. RGALT lives with the purpose of protecting New Mexico’s resources and rural quality of life for Bernalillo, Sandoval, Sierra, Socorro and Valencia counties. Comprised of farmers from the Middle Rio Grande Valley, the nonprofit works to save farms, ranches, wildlife and open space. At its yearly fundraising dinner, you can help keep all of that going and get something in return. Until Sept. 4, you can get a ticket for $90 (or two for $160), and after Sept. 4, you can get one for $100 (or $175 respectively). Starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, that ticket will get you gourmet meals from the chefs at Savoy, Seasons Rotisserie, Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro and Los Poblanos. 4803 Rio Grande NW, www.rgalt.org.

In case you needed another reason to go to Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro, here it is. A couple months ago the Albuquerque hotspot started a happy hour-like Intermezzo in the main dining room. What is that? Well, from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, you’ll get European-inspired beer- and wine-friendly snacks with specials on martinis, champagne and other wonderful things like mojitos. Snacks come in the form of spiced amber beer nuts; mussels and frites; fresh grilled naan; and rock shrimp, avocado and corn fritters, to name a few. Want another taste of good Zinc news? The restaurant is now open seven nights a week, having added dinner service on Sunday, and The Cellar Bar’s got live music four nights a week after adding Fridays. So there you go. 3009 Central NE, 505.254.ZINC (9462), www.zincabq.com.

There’s another promising show hitting the stage this month. Tricklock Company unleashes the full performance of Cloud Cover, or Conversations With Harry (an early bit of it was shown at an Excavations performance at last year’s Revolutions International Theatre Festival). As Tricklock’s website says, the piece “began as an ‘experiment in love,’ ” and has evolved into something that captures human connection “through storytelling, French cheeses and the unique properties of a roasted shallot.” Personally, I want to know more about the shallot. Catch it from Sept. 22 through Oct. 9 at the Tricklock space on UNM campus (1705 Mesa Vista NE). Tickets are $15 general and $12 for students and seniors. 505.254.8393, www.tricklock.com.

One out of every three dogs gets cancer. Out of those, half will die. That depressing thought comes courtesy of 2MillionDogs.org, but don’t worry, the organization’s not just going to leave you thinking about sick puppies without also offering you a ray of hope. At the 2MillionDog Puppy Up New Mexico! Walk and Fundraiser, the nonprofit will ask you and your pooch to walk for canine cancer research and comparative oncology funds. Those donated dollars won’t just helps dogs, though. Research has shown that dogs and humans get the same types of cancers, which means the more work done toward curing one group, the more it will benefit the other. On Sunday, Sept. 25, head to Rotary Park in Bernalillo at noon to register for $25 (or register beforehand for only $20). The walk begins at 1 p.m. Other than receiving a nice endorphin glow and a sense of altruism, you’ll get a gift bag, Puppy Up! bracelet and a bandana. There will also be live music, guest speakers, demonstration, vendors, adoptable pets, games, a Memorial Wall and a very fuzzy grand marshall. Pre-register and find out all you need to know at www.2milliondogs.org.

It’s a day for good deeds. Another way you can spend your Sunday on Sept. 25 is at Project Share Inc.’s 17th annual Full Hearts Filling Empty Bowls fundraiser. Project Share is devoted to feeding Albuquerque’s hungry and homeless. For only $25, you get a bowl made by a New Mexico potter, soup from some of the best restaurants in town, breads and desserts from local bakeries, live music, a silent auction and more. It’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1515 Yale SE. 505.452.0585, www.projectshareinc.org.

Downtowners rejoice: a brand-new café has opened up, and its extensive menu center around local cheese and produce and natural, nitrate-free meats. Stop by Café Lush for breakfast and get the lushaladas (stacked enchiladas served with chile, cheese and breakfast potatoes and topped with two eggs), the breakfast pizza or your classic morning time burrito. Lunchtime offers a bevy of sandwiches, wraps, pizzas and salads (such as the sweet potato beet salad—mmm), with house-made dressings and aiolis. And don’t forget about house-made desserts, like the terribly tantalizing fresh blueberry espresso ice cream. Stop by and give this addition to the Downtown scene a hungry welcome. 700 Tijeras NW, 505.508.0164, www.cafelushabq.com.