Taste of Downtown returns to Silver City on Saturday, Sept. 6, to benefit Silver City Mainstreet. The sampling from a wide variety of downtown eateries begins at 11 a.m. on Broadway between Bullard and Texas streets. Books of tickets for 20 tastings are available in advance for $18 at the Visitor Center and Alotta Gelato, or you can buy single tasting tickets for $1 at the Mainstreet booth the day of the event. www.silvercitymainstreet.com.
On Sept. 1, Tre Rosat Café will be rolling out a new wine menu, created with the help of local sommelier Ron Dalton to better pair with their seasonal menu changes. The selection of wines will be from regions from around the world. The downtown Silver City eatery will also introduce new happy hour and dinner menus. Pizza will no longer be featured at dinner, but will still be available for lunch and happy hour. Those "happy hours" are Saturday-Thursday from 3-5 p.m., and Friday from 3-6 p.m., with $1 off appetizers and the menu beers and wines. New features for the autumn menu will include duck confit, rabbit blanquette and Elk osso buco, all regionally sourced. Favorites such as bacon-wrapped dates, fried green tomatoes (seasonally), confit pork belly tacos and fresh fish tacos will still be available. 304 N. Bullard St., 654-4919.
Sunset magazine is the latest to recognize Silver City's rising culinary star. In its Southwest regional edition for September, the magazine featured "A Perfect Day in Silver City, NM," with lunch at Little Toad Creek and dinner at the Curious Kumquat. Those meals bookended recommended visits to the Silver City and WNMU museums, Seedboat Gallery, O'Keefe's Bookshop (that's owner Dennis O'Keefe's photo on our cover this month) and the Gila National Forest.
On Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m., Shevek & Co. in downtown Silver City will feature a wine-tasting dinner pairing six courses of Sephardic food with appropriate international wines. Reservations highly recommended; $85 per person ($45 food without wines). 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168, www.silver-eats.com.
Masa y Mas Restaurant and Tortilleria in the Hub in downtown Silver City will be closing at the end of September.
In Las Cruces, the flood of chain restaurants continues, with work underway for a new Church's Chicken on Mesa Grande, next to McDonald's and near Oñate High School. It will be the city's second Church's location, joining the eatery at 300 E. Lohman.
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