The Art of Food @ Westbund West

Featuring Chef David Sellers of Street Food Institute

Enjoy a multi-course pop-up dinner amongst Westbund West’s design collaborative; engaging the realms of industrial design, graphic design, furniture design, architecture and landscape architecture. We house a small shop, a gallery, a fabrications lab and workshop. Featuring the the 2015 EKCO poets: Valerie Martinez, Michelle Otero, and Shelle Sanchez. The poets will share excerpts from their poetic performance inspired by “containers.”  In response to an open call, members of the community submitted empty, full, glass, ceramic, plastic, wood, etc. containers–  —that hold special meaning. Chef David Sellers along with the students of Street Food Institute bring you a not to missed pop-up event.


Tray Passed Hors d’oeuvre
Organic Locally Raised Sheppard Lamb Empanaditas Served with a New Mexico Red Chile and Guajillo Chile Heirloom Tomato Sauce

First Course
Pickled Valle Encantado Vegetable Salad featuring Hakurei Turnips, local organic Beets, Heirloom Rainbow Carrots, Spicy Arugula and Served with Coon Ridge Goat Cheese in a Pinon-Honey Vinaigrette

Entrée Course
Roasted Great Plains Bison NY Strip with a Chimichurri Sauce and an Ancho Chile Aioli and Served with Herb Roasted New Mexico Fingerling Potatoes

Dessert Course
A Homemade Pistachio Semifreddo Frozen Dessert Made with a Seasonal Tangerine Coulis and Garnished with a Homemade Biscotti

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*Menu and chefs subject to change.


Date/Time: Tuesday, March 17 from 7 – 9pm
Cost: $75 per person

All sales are final, no refunds available (exchanges for another event may be made based on availability). Do to the limited nature of the venues we cannot provide dietary substitutions.


Westbund West
217 Kinley Avenue NW, Albuquerque, Nm 87102


Chef David Sellers and the Street Food Institute
Program DirectorDave began his culinary career twenty years ago, while living in New Hampshire and completing a B.A in Philosophy from Plymouth State University. Dave started as a baker in an all-organic bakery where he developed a deep appreciation for sustainable, local, from-scratch cooking. These pillars became the basis of his cooking philosophy. Dave moved on to cook in San Francisco and then Santa Fe, where he spent ten years as chef of the venerable Santacafé. Dave then opened his own restaurant, Amavi, to critical acclaim, where both the cuisine and the wine focused on the Mediterranean region. Most recently Dave turned his culinary exploration to New England where he spent four years as the chef of Maxfish, delving deeply into the world of fish and farm-to-table dining. Regional cuisine and teaching have always been a top priority for Dave. He has traveled extensively in both Europe and the Far East researching local cuisines.

About the Poets

EKCO Poets (formerly “Four Poets Respond”) was inspired by a collaboration between poets Valerie Martínez and Maureen Seaton (in New Mexico for her sabbatical) in 2009.  Concerned by the waning public interest in contemporary poetry, Martínez and Seaton engaged fellow women poets in an unusual process that embraced ekphrasis, collaboration, and spoken word performance.  Each year since, Martinez has engaged with a group of women poets to write and co-create an original poetic performance piece in response to works of art, earth, and issues of urgency to women.  EKCO integrates literary poetry with the vitality of performance, bringing new and enthusiastic audiences to contemporary poetry.

In 2015, the EKCO Poets have created a poetic performance inspired by “containers.”  In response to an open call, members of the community submitted containers–empty, full, glass, ceramic, plastic, wood, etc.—that hold special meaning.  Each container was accompanied by a story. The EKCO poets chose 22 containers and their stories as inspiration for their 2015 poetic performance piece.  The containers and stories will be on display for EKCO performances that will premiere during March 2015 as part of Women and Creativity Month.

The Space

Westbund West is a design collaborative in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our space houses a small shop, a gallery, a fabrications lab and workshop. Our collective engages the realms of industrial design, graphic design, furniture design, architecture and landscape architecture. We work our butts off, play hard and seek the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Katya Crawford
Katya Crawford teaches full-time in the Landscape Architecture Program at UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning. In addition to teaching, Katya runs a small design build landscape design firm with her partner Jay Rice. Her research interests lie in the intersection between art and landscape, which she explores through photography, film and ephemeral garden design. Katya’s work has been exhibited internationally and last year she won a place at the prestigious Chaumont Sur Loire International Garden Festival in France.

Kenji Kondo
Kenji Kondo runs a successful fabrications lab in Albuquerque, NewMexico. His work focuses on household objects, from furniture, lighting fixtures and vases to steel fire pits and contemporary chicken coops. His work has been shown
nationally and is currently a featured designer in the show; From The Ground Up: Design Here + Now at 516 Arts Space in Albuquerque. In addition to design and fabrication, Kenji manages manufacturing for various fashion show production companies in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to starting his own studio he co-owned and operated an Interiors and furniture design firm, Muko Design, in New York City and was an associate at Antoine Predock Architect in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mira Woodson
Mira is a graphic and textile designer as well as event planner and curator. She worked for Antoine Predock Architects for 7 years and was chiefly responsible for all graphic design, public relations, book design and exhibition design. Mira’s own mixed-media work uses photography as a base medium to explore notions of narrative and place.