The Art of Conversation

A collaboration amongst culinary artists will introduce exotic and local ingredients to inspire conversation and an exciting dining experience. For one night, the Savory Spice Shop will take you on a trip around the world to celebrate the coming of spring and the new year!  Featuring an eight course tasting menu created by Kate Wheeler, Allison Ramirez, Jen DePalo, and Stephanie Cameron.

Featuring a potters collaborative: Maggie Mae Beyeler of Magpie Pottery, Jen DePaolo, Lauren Karle Ceramics, and Betsy Williams. All pieces will be served on and available for purchase at the event.

Additional Partners: Savory Spice Shop, The Liquid MuseOM Liqueurs, Sol Harvest Farms, Milagro Winery, and Artful Tea.



Mushroom, Asadero, and Caramelized Onion Tartlet
with brown butter-fried sage
Cocktail created by The Liquid Muse


Middle-Eastern Beet Soup
with sumac and yogurt


Crispy Fried Wonton with Roasted Carrots and Crunchy Bacon
spicy thai sauce and daikon sprouts


Venison and Ricotta Ravioli
with mushrooms and sweet corn puree


Chicken Mole Taco
with seasonal veggie slaw on a corn tortilla


Fresh Spring Roll
mint, cilantro, seasonal veggies, crispy rice noodles,
chimayo chile dipping sauce


 Lavender, Honey and Toasted Piñon Ice cream Popsicle
with lavender vanilla sugar


Chocolate Cinnamon Torte
and salt and pepper chocolate bark
Artful Tea

The Chefs

Allison Ramirez

Allison Ramirez

Food + Drink

Allison Ramirez has lived and worked at Love Apple Farms in Santa Cruz and Fruition Farms in Denver, worked as a paleo and personal chef, and also served for the past three years as Assistant Culinary Producer for the All-Star Chef Classic, a four-day food festival in Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of Food+Drink, which brings hard-to-find Asian food to the City Different. F+D’s ticketed, one-day pop-ups take place at local businesses, and have offered up delicacies like lemongrass pork banh mi and Chinese char siu bao. When she’s not cooking or playing in her mariachi band, Allison volunteers her time for other food events around New Mexico.

Kate Wheeler

Kate Wheeler

Savory Spice Shop

Kate has a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales and has worked internationally–lastly at McMurdo Station Antarctica. She has been in the spice industry twelve years and has owned her own store, the Savory Spice Shop in Santa Fe, for four years with her husband Drew. Kate also teaches cooking classes at the spice shop and recently started teaching in the culinary program at SFCC. Kate has a passion for farm-to-table, she hunts, fishes, gardens, and does her own canning.

Jen DePaolo

Jen DePaolo


Handmade objects and shared meals have a long lineage in my family and it’s no wonder that I’ve become a potter and a cook, serving meals on hand made pottery both in and out of the gallery. Since my 2008 MFA exhibition, Home Economics, I’ve explored the way traditions, habits of consumption, land-use and material culture shape human lives and the landscapes that bear the burden of industrial production. I’ve come to see small-scale local production as a necessary form of resistance and as the greatest good a community can offer it’s own place and the world at large. Food is love. Beauty is hope. I offer this to my community with my full effort.

Stephanie Cameron

Stephanie Cameron

Edible Santa Fe

Stephanie was raised in Albuquerque and received a degree in fine arts at the University of New Mexico. After photographing, testing, and designing a cookbook in 2011, she and her husband Walt began pursuing Edible Communities and they found edible Santa Fe in their backyard. Today, Stephanie is the art director, head photographer, marketing guru, publisher, and owner of edible Santa Fe. Stephanie tests every recipe that appears in the pages of edible.

About Savory Spice Shop
Located in the historic downtown district, Savory Spice Shop Santa Fe is run by Kate Wheeler. Kate has been a part of the Savory Spice Shop family for many years, starting at the original Denver location in 2005. She has a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University and is excited to share her passion for food and spices with new Savory Spice Shop enthusiasts!


About Sol Harvest
Sol Harvest Farm is an urban farm growing organic vegetables, herbs and flowers in the beautiful North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Farmer Ric Murphy follows sustainable growing practices and offers the freshest seasonal produce, year-round. Sol Harvest is proud to be the on-site farm for Farm & Table Restaurant, and sister store La Parada Mercantile, providing fresh produce to the restaurant and an on-site farm stand.

Farmer Ric and his wife Aimee are committed to being stewards of the land and building community around food. More than just a farm, Sol Harvest supports the community in many ways; selling fresh produce at area farmer’s markets, teaching local school groups about how food grows, offering workshops and yoga classes at the farm and providing Farm & Table with produce that travels only 200 feet from field to kitchen!

Eating fresh, seasonal produce is good for your health and buying local is good for the community. Look for Sol Harvest vegetables, herbs, and flowers at the Downtown Grower’s Market, our on-site Sunday Farm Stand and featured at Farm & Table Restaurant!

SHOP local at La Parada Mercantile. DINE local at Farm & Table Restaurant. GROW local with Sol Harvest Farm. Together we are building a community around family, food and a farm. Join us!

Natalie Bovis
The Liquid Muse and OM Organic Mixology Liqueurs

With 20+ years in the hospitality industry, and founder of The Liquid Muse LLC, Natalie Bovis was named one of four women leading the liquor industry. USA Today hailed her third cocktail book, Edible Cocktails: Garden To Glass, among their “Top Ten Cookbooks” in 2012, Bovis is a spirits consultant and the Co-Founder of OM Organic Mixology Liqueurs whose signature cocktails have been featured from the Playboy Mansion to President Obama’s Green Inaugural Ball. Bovis has trained bartenders, distributor sales teams and consumer, nationwide, and taught mixology seminars at Tales of the Cocktail, Arizona Cocktail Week, Apres Ski Classic, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Portland Cocktail Week, Nightclub & Bar Show, and judged cocktail and spirits competitions around the world. She has been a Brand Ambassador and Spokesperson for spirit and wine brands, and has a decade of media appearances under her belt. The Vice President of USBG New Mexico, and founder of New Mexico Cocktails & Culture Festival (June 2- 4, 2017 in Santa Fe) she strives to develop cocktail culture in her home state. See full bio at and see festival schedule at

The Liquid Muse Consulting guides food and beverage brands looking to re-launch existing products or create new ones. Natalie co-developed OM Organic Mixology Liqueurs, a line of certified organic liqueurs that is now found at high-end bars and retailers in 7 states – and still expanding! Find OM Liqueurs on cocktail menus at Nobu in New York, the Four Seasons in Las Vegas, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, or the Ritz Carlton in Miami, to name a few.

Jennifer DePaolo
Artist Statement

Jen DePaolo is a ceramic artist and community organizer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her work celebrates identity, connection and survival. Jen believes in the power of hand made pottery and a crowded table to draw us together and call forward the best we have to offer. Food traditions and hand made objects have a long lineage in her family, as they do in many others; her work attempts to honor and continue this lineage.

Jen DePaolo integrates food and pottery in partnership with Edible Magazine and local growers, chefs and other artists through Gathered, a series of pop-up celebrations of food and art. She co-founded the What Becomes Project in collaboration with ceramic artist Jane Gordon and recently received an award from the Fulcrum Fund of 516 Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation to promote community engagement through the ceramic arts. Learn more about these and other projects by following her on instagram @JenDePaolo or by visiting

Lauren Karle
Artist Statement

My ultimate mission is to facilitate connections between cultures and within communities. Through shared experiences, such as eating a meal together or sipping tea, people can find commonalities amongst their unique backgrounds. I have seen that a small amount of appreciation and awareness can lead to respect and cooperation.

Art both reflects our experiences and shapes them. Ceramic art has always bridged both of these responsibilities of art in society. Art objects are imbued with identity, culture, and environment, reflecting people and place. Utilitarian ceramics are inherently linked to the history of food and beverages, shaping how we interact. Used in special ceremonies, daily rituals, and community events, vessels mediate and define human interaction. I approach the making of my work knowing that it has the potential to be the interface between people and relationships.

My work is inspired by people with whom I have interacted. The work reflects each person – their character, aesthetic, passions, culture, and environment – through my lens. I carefully layer the forms and surfaces with meaning, and through their use they have the ability to influence experiences. Made from earthenware and patterned with slip-transferred designs, each piece is food safe. As my work conveys nourishment to our bodies, I hope that relationships and connections will continue to grow. Art and handicrafts have the potential to unite people, preserve culture, help us understand each other, and safeguard the beauty of history. I hope to touch the lives of as many people as possible through my craft, community, and passion for humanity.

Betsy Willams
Artist Statement

Calm and simplicity are the hallmarks of my work.  I make bowls, cups and plates – the basics.  The essentials.  If you take notice of these very ‘ordinary’ things, these simple, slightly imperfect, unobtrusive things, you see that it matters that they are handmade, subtle, distinct.  They have the potential to communicate something essential and ineffable about the human spirit, bringing an element of the sublime into the everyday.

I was born and raised in rural Georgia, the youngest of three children. My father had a wholesale tire business, and he gave me the leftover price sheets to draw on.  The backs were blank.  I was always drawing on those price sheets.  We lived in a remote area.  Books were my best friends, and they showed me a bigger world, where I fit in better.  My love of books took me to St. John’s College, the “Great Books School.”  I graduated from St. John’s in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1987. St. John’s is the model for ‘active learning.’ I was shy, and St. John’s was tremendously challenging, but at St. John’s I was deeply influenced by the writings of Dostoevsky.  I went on to study the Russian language for three years following my graduation. After a summer at the University of Leningrad in 1989, I moved to New York City on a whim, where I got a job at a Japanese bank to pay the rent and try something new. I was trained as a money market trader and worked for Gunma Bank for five years.  My co-workers were awesome, and taught me so much about doing one’s best, among other things.

Maggie Mae Beyeler
Artist Statement

I have been making ceramic art since 1987, when I chose to focus my life’s work on making beautiful objects for every day use. From 1990-1993 I studied ceramics formally at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I received a Masters Degree in ceramic art. Since that time I have migrated from the high country of the Rocky Mountains to the desert outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. For the past 16 years I have operated Magpie Pottery out of my home studio and taught numerous classes and workshops at colleges and community clay centers in the area.

The focus of my work highlights a continuing interest in the textural/surface possibilities of clay, along with forms and imagery that refer to the natural world. I utilize both slabs and wheel-thrown forms to construct work which I hope is loose, lively, and visually interesting. It has always been important to me to let the clay speak; to allow for it’s fluidity, sensuousness, and spontaneity. In the last 5 years I have investigated the use of laser-toner transferred images to enhance the surface quality of my porcelain tableware  while  engaging  my continual love of  collage. All of my work is made from a white stoneware/porcelain clay body and then electric-fired to a mid-range cone 6 temperature.

Magpie Pottery  can be seen at various art shows and fairs throughout the Southwest and at the bi-annual Contemporary Clay Fair in Santa Fe, as well as  featured in numerous publications including Sunset Magazine, Ceramic Review, and  Lark Publication’s  ever-popular 500 series.

About Milagro Vineyards

Milagro Vineyards and Winery create wines in Northern New Mexico from vineyards located in and around the picturesque village of Corrales. Believing that wine is made mostly in the vineyard, Milagro raises all the grapes used to make its wines. Wines are handcrafted in an old world style using time honored techniques including aging in fine French Oak barrels to honor the land/place the grapes come from. The wines are truly “Handcrafted from Vine to Wine”

Milagro has produced wines from vinifera grapes since the vineyards were planted in 1985 and currently produces red & white table wines – Corrales White and Corrales Red – and varietal wines of Chardonnay, Semillon, Riesling, Rose, Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

About Artful Tea

At ArtfulTea we offer over 80 loose leaf teas, many of which are hand-blended by us in our Santa Fe, New Mexico retail shop. We also carry a range of fine tea ware to help you prepare tea easily. Whether you’re just beginning to enjoy what tea has to offer, or you have been devoted to the tea lifestyle for years, at ArtfulTea you’ll find the ordinary experience of drinking tea becomes extraordinary. Begin exploring our tea collection now.