Are you a fine food artisan? If so, the Curious Kumquat wants to reward you. The restaurant is offering a $500 cash prize for the best food artisan in Grant County. According to Kumquat's Rob Connoley, "A food artisan is any person (hobbyist or professional) who produces items that may include but are not limited to: confections, flavored vinegars, pickles and chutneys, salsas, preserves and jams, wines and beers." Submissions will be accepted up until 5 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the restaurant. There is no entry fee; judging will be based on flavor and use of local ingredients. For more information contact info@CuriousKumquat.com.
Curious Kumquat will also be offering a vegetarian Indian cooking class, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m., with instructor Farzana Curmally. Registration is required at $35 per person, which includes a full Indian meal. Call 534-0337 or stop by the restaurant to register. 111 E. College.
Café Oso Azul at Bear Mountain Lodge plans a "New Mexico Christmas Eve Dinner," Dec. 24 from 5-8 p.m., featuring traditional fare including pork or vegetarian posole with all the fixings ($25). Reservations are required, as they are for the Lodge's special dinners for Christmas, Dec. 25 from 12-5 p.m. ($38), and New Year's Eve, Dec. 31 from 5-8 p.m. ($42). 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, 538-2538, www.bearmountainlodge.com.
Shevek & Co. in downtown Silver City will be celebrating the holidays with traditional holiday fare on Christmas Eve, a buffet on Christmas Day, and dinner and champagne on New Year's Eve. Reservations are recommended. 602 N. Bullard, 534-9168, silver-eats.com.
Eat Your Heart Out catering is closing as of Dec. 20, with owner Veralee Berg retiring. 800 W. Market, 313-9005.
Three Dogs Coffeehouse & Eatery is featuring seasonal latte flavors for the holidays. Note Three Dogs' new fall hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 503 N. Bullard.
As promised in these pages, Arabella's restaurant is now open in Mesilla, serving "Cuban and Italian immigrant cuisine." Initially open for dinner only, the restaurant will eventually also serve lunch. 1750 Calle de Mercado, 526-1313.
The former Dickey's Barbecue at 1660 S. Valley Dr. in Las Cruces is being transformed into a K-Bob's Steakhouse. The regional chain currently has a half-dozen locations in New Mexico as well as restaurants in Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma.
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