post Balloon Fiesta Food Prices Up – But You Won’t Go Hungry

October 4th, 2012

Filed under: announcement,balloon fiesta,food events,fried food,local media — Andrea Lin @ 9:17 am

Special Shapes at the Balloon Fiesta

According to KRQE, the vendor prices for food during the Balloon Fiesta 2012 will be up quite a bit, thanks to a change in the vendors’ contracts. Instead of a fixed rate to allow them to serve food, each vendor must now pay 30% of profits as their fee. Ouch.

That means that an average food item cost could be up about $1.50 – that already kind of crazy hot dog for $7.50? That’s now $9.

But with 18 new vendors, at least you won’t go hungry. If you don’t get skinny in the waist, you might get skinnier in the wallet.My recommendation? Don’t eat at anything you recognize to be a chain. Eat Sadie’s. Eat Road Runner Foods. But don’t eat

Don’t forget to read the VENUE in the Friday Albuquerque Journal to find other options for your dining experience once you leave the Balloon Fiesta Park.


post 3 Reasons to Go To the Chocolate Big Top Event near the Balloon Fiesta

October 1st, 2012

Filed under: balloon fiesta,chocolate,food events,food festivals — Andrea Lin @ 2:27 pm

Big Top Chocolate Festival

1. It’s right next to the Balloon Fiesta, easy strolling distance to start preemptively working off those chocolate calories.

2. It is cheap: $10 for tons of chocolate samples and mingling with other sugaraholics.

3. C’mon! The name is AWESOME. Chocolate Big Top!

Here’s their own description of what’s happening:

Come enjoy over 30 of New Mexico’s finest chocolatiers, candy makers, cake bakers, coffee roasters, caramel queens as well as entertainment from incredible circus performers, free face painting, balloon sculptures and….see the World’s Largest Chocolate Hot Air Balloon in the making!
A short walk or free shuttle from the International Balloon Fiesta. 

WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 7am – 4pm, Sunday, October 7, 7am – 4pm
WHERE: Albuquerque Balloon Museum

post 2012 Local Food Festival & Field Day – Get Your Farm On!

September 27th, 2012

Filed under: announcement,food events,food festivals — Andrea Lin @ 8:11 am

Local Food Festival 2012It’s the 5th year for this awesome festival, and it is coming up soon – October 14th, to be precise. The theme is “A Celebration of History, Culture and Farming” to align with New Mexico’s Centennial.

There will be pie. And judgement.

There will be bicycles making the trip to the site at the Hubbell House.

There will be kids’ entertainment like cooking, sack racing and planting. I hope there are farmy kids that are entertained by that. :-)

There will be cooking demos by tried-and-true guys like Jason Greene of The Grove, and “new talent” like Cherie Austin of Farm & Table.

There’s even a fermentation demonstration. Woooo to fermented food!


post Back From Vacation With Albuquerque Food Gossip!

September 15th, 2012

Filed under: announcement,downtown,food events,new restaurant,restaurant events — Andrea Lin @ 3:55 pm

It seems like just yesterday that Julia Child turned 100. Oh yeah, that was last month. Sorry.

But now I’m back and have all the latest news and gossip that my ears and googlers have turned up. First up, minimum wage hits a stall? Looks like a new minimum wage act might either be stalled by restaurant owners who are reluctant to have someone else dictating when they give raises to staff, or it could be stalled by something as simple as a typo. Not just any typo, mind you – a typo that says that restaurant owners have to pay themselves more but not necessarily their employees. Weird. Here’s the story from HuffPo and referencing an Albuquerque Journal article (if you have access):

NM Gastronome's photo of Vinaigrette

Next, great news for foo-foo salad lovers – You’d better veg out, you’d better not cry. You’d be foolish to pout – I’m tellin’ you why: Vinaigrette is coming to town! It’s like Santa Claus but with lettuce and beets, nearby in Old Town. I’m excited and hope that the quality is the same as in Santa Fe, regardless the price point Erin needs to hit to make a go of it here in the Duke City. Read the scoop on the NM Business Weekly:

Want to know which restaurants did OK on their inspections and which ones had complaints? The city is making things even more transparent (though not by going to a letter grading system like many cities use) by putting all historical inspection data online. It is not pretty, yet, but the full spreadsheet of data is yours to download, right here (look for restaurant inspections):

Finally, your local restaurant association is holding a hospitality banquet to honor those that kick ass in their field of providing excellent service and giving back to the community. On September 24th, the event takes place in Old Town at the Hotel Albuquerque. It’s not cheap but is a chance to meet and greet the players in the local food scene.

post Julia Child is 100 and Jennifer James 101 has you covered

August 7th, 2012

Filed under: food events,holiday,nob hill,restaurant events — Andrea Lin @ 3:37 pm

Holy wow – this year Julia Child would have been 100 years old. Her contribution cannot be taken lightly, so Jennifer James and her able crew at Jennifer James 101 are taking charge and holding a bunch of events guaranteed to put a happy purr in your tummy.

This is the basic lineup: Saturday the 11th will be a special Community Table (normally these are only on Tuesdays!).

On Sunday, August 12: cocktail party   5-7pm   $50pp

Here’s what they are serving:
cured salmon, meatballs, oysters, stuffed eggs, puffy things, peanuts…and more…

And finally, the big party:

august 15    birthday party     6pm   $100pp 
hors d’oeuvres | champagne
wild dungeness crab | bourgogne blanc
roast duck & parsnip boats | bourgogne rouge
los gatos gâteau cake | sauternes
mignardise | coffee

Find all the rest of the details and more importantly, make a reservation, at Jennifer James 101′s website.

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