by Christie Chisholm, LocalFlavor Magazine, March 2012
You can now stop in to buy some of your favorite local pastries and other treats anytime you want, or at least anytime Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keegan Crumpacker and his mother Amy Fagan—who are known for their catering business and the baked goods they sell at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market—have now opened their own restaurant. Crumpackers Café and Bakeshop offers everything from classic huevos rancheros and bagel and lox to a breakfast monte cristo (with homemade raspberry rhubarb jam) and a sizable array of paninis, sandwiches and salads. The eatery is also dedicated to using local ingredients wherever possible, says Crumpacker, including the Farmington-grown Valencia flour that goes into all its house-made breads. 5 Bisbee Court, Suite 108, 471.0226. www.crumpackers.com.
Vinaigrette’s monthly wine dinners are a little hush-hush. The gourmet salad-based restaurant doesn’t advertise the events, and so your only chances of finding out about them are if you read its newsletter—or if you’re reading this. Sometime around the third Wednesday of every month, $40 will get you three courses and a flight of five wines. The wines usually highlight a specific grape varietal or growing region (last month’s was wines of Spain). And although the menu is never the same, to give you a taste, February featured ceviche, a spin on the spinach and mushroom salad from the regular menu, and a braised short rib with cauliflower mash. Reservations are required. Also, Vinaigrette only hosts these dinners from November through March, although it’ll likely add one in April this year. Call for the exact date, which had yet to be set at the time we went to press. 709 Don Cubero Alley, 820.9205. www.vinaigretteonline.com.