The Art of Food @ Santa Fe Art Institute

Featuring James Beard Award Winning Chef, Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D.

During our pop-up dinner at the Santa Fe Art Institute we will explore SFAI’s inaugural residency theme: Food Justice. Residents will share their work and illustrate food justice for us while we dine on a multi-course menu.


Ancestral New Mexico Food with a Contemporary Twist
A Culinary Tour of New Mexico History

Dinner Prepared by James Beard Award Winning Chef:
Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D. of Red Mesa Cuisine

Organic Locally Grown
Tri-Color Posole (Red, White & Blue)
Hominy Harvest Vegetable Stew
seasoned with Local New Mexico Red Chile
& Azafrán (Native American Saffron)
Served with
Locally Baked Farm Bread
sweet cream butter

Farmer’s Market Local Organic Baby Mixed Greens & Arugula with
Locally Raised Microgreens, Blueberries,
and homemade New Mexico Chile Spiced Pecans
in a Lemon and Fresh Herb Salad Dressing

Locally Raised Organic Ground Lamb
Stuffed inside a Roasted Green Chile
And Served with an Organic Garden Tomato Sauce
And Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Vegetarian Option:
Sautéed Farmer’s Market Mushrooms, Organic Yellow Sweet Corn,
Red and White Quinoa, Local Sweet Onions & Local Goat Cheese,
Stuffed inside a Roasted Green Chile
And Served with an Organic Garden Tomato Sauce
And Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Baked Mixed Berry Crisp
with A Locally Hand-Harvested Prickly Pear Syrup
and Topped with
Homemade Canela Whipped Cream

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*Menu and chefs subject to change. Please note menu has been updated as of 3/13/15.


Date/Time: Tuesday, March 24 from 7 – 9pm
Cost: $75 per person


Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michaels Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505

SFAI located on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, on the corner of Cerillos Road and Saint Michaels Drive, at 1600 Saint Michaels Drive. Google Maps will lead you to the main entrance. When you come through the main entrance, turn right and continue to follow the signs to SFAI. Go through a stop sign, over a few speed bumps, and the entire way to the back of the campus. At the round about, you must turn left. Park after the round about, in front of the modern building with glass pyramids on the roof. Our front entrance is labeled “Santa Fe Art Institute”. Attached is an image of the front entrance, so you can recognize it when you arrive.

Chef Lois Ellen Frank

A Santa Fe, New Mexico based award winning chef, author, Native foods historian, culinary anthropologist, and photographer Lois Ellen Frank was born and raised on Long Island, New York with her father’s side of the family and her first career experiences were as a professional cook in the Hamptons and organic gardener helping to grow produce for local restaurants.

Lois has spent over 25 years documenting foods and lifeways of Native American tribes from the Southwest and regions throughout the Americas. This lengthy immersion in Native American communities culminated in her book, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, featuring traditional and contemporary recipes, which won the James Beard Award in the Americana category. She has worked with world-renowned chefs, scientists and academicians and collaborated with them to publish more than 15 culinary posters and 18 cookbooks.  She has worked with National and International advertising agencies as well as many editorial clients over the many years she has been photographing food.

Lois received her Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from University of New Mexico in May of 2000 where she focused on the importance of corn as a common thread to all Indigenous tribes throughout the Americas. She received her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico, in July 2011. Her dissertation is entitled, The Discourse and Practice of Native American Cuisine; Native and Non-Native Chefs in contemporary Southwest kitchens, which she plans to make her next book, tentatively entitled, The Turquoise Plate; and an academic book on the Southwest chefs in Contemporary kitchens whom she studied.

About Santa Fe Art Institute

Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is a cultural organization that seeks to address a critical question: how can SFAI cultivate creative practices (from fine art to design to urban planning and beyond), engage with diverse communities, and address the most pressing social issues of our time?

Founded in 1985, the Santa Fe Art Institute SFAI is an independent cultural organization, whose leaders believe that creative minds need an intentional, cultivated, environment to evolve their own practice, and that practice, if given the opportunity can have tremendous social impact. SFAI facilitates meaningful social change through: residencies; public programs featuring interactions with a wide array of creative practitioners; exhibitions; community art actions; educational outreach for adults and young people; and its website. SFAI is committed to supporting creative practices that offer fresh insight and innovative strategies in response to critical national, global and local problems.

In 2014, SFAI implemented yearlong thematic programming that addresses pertinent questions facing diverse regional and global communities. By hosting residencies for creative practitioners, fostering partnerships with cultural and educational organizations, and integrating social entrepreneurship incubators and critical community engagement, SFAI aspires to transform Santa Fe into a hub for positive social change that reflects the most pressing needs of our times.

Because of its local relevance with global impact, SFAI selected Food Justice as its inaugural theme.  From July 2014 through May 2015, SFAI is encouraging creative minds to come together and examine the territory of food justice.  Together, we ask how can we use diverse creative practices to confront inherent social, cultural and economic problems in our food system?  Further, how can we bring together insights from creative fields, environmental sciences, sustainable agriculture, critical theory, and food studies to have a local, national, and international impact?