In downtown Silver City, Shevek & Co. plans a busy November. On Friday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. is a Halloween- and Day-of-the-Dead-themed Beer Tasting Dinner. Six "scary (but tasty) beers" are paired with six courses of Mediterranean foods. On Nov. 9, it's a "Complete Dinner: France" cooking class, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with a demonstration and hands-on experience preparing six traditional French dishes. (See thekissmethodgourmet.com/classes.html for details. Register by email at email@example.com or call 534-9168.) On Nov. 21, Beaujolais Nouveau arrives, and four-course tasting dinners follow on Nov. 22 and 23. Nov. 25 is the deadline to order Thanksgiving dinners. Then it's Hanukkah, Nov. 27-Dec. 5, with dreidel-spinning specials. Thanksgiving interrupts on Nov. 28, with Shevek & Co.'s special family-style dinner; seatings are on the hour from 12 noon through 6 p.m. 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168, silver-eats.com.
Eat Your Heart Out has reversed course, dropping its foray into barbecue fare and going back to the full menu of takeout meals that's been popular there for so long. 800 W. Market, 313-9005.
The Silver City Masonic Lodge will be sponsoring a Chili Challenge on Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the lodge, 11 Ridge Road. 654-5102.
Little Toad Creek in Lake Roberts is hosting a Distiller's Dinner in the Woods, Nov. 15 by reservation only. The six-course "spirit-paired" dinner will feature the first taste of Little Toad Creek's aged whiskey ($75, dinner only $50). Then on Nov. 28, 12-7 p.m., it's a gourmet Thanksgiving buffet ($27 adults, $15 ages 6-12, $5 ages 3-5). The Inn is closing for the season Dec. 1, but you'll be able to visit Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery's new tasting room in downtown Silver City, location TBA. 1122 Hwy. 35, 536-9649, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new restaurant, Bradley D and William B, has opened in the space at 2540 El Paseo Road in Las Cruces that long housed Lemongrass. American-style comfort food is the fare. Hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. daily. 652–3871.
Chain eateries continue to flock to Las Cruces, with the state's first outpost of the Corner Bakery now open at 2305 E. Lohman Ave. The "fast-casual" menu features breakfast dishes, paninis and other sandwiches, pasta and desserts. 541-5767.
A second Dunkin' Donuts will be firing up the fryer on East Lohman Avenue, next to Pioneer Bank, sometime in December. That will be swiftly followed by a Five Guys Burgers and Fries, aiming for a late 2013 or early 2014 opening on Mall Drive near Buffalo Wild Wings and McAlister's Deli.
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