“Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is an iconic celebration,” said Pablo Peñalosa, Executive Chef at SkyFire at Bishop’s Lodge. What started as a one-day event over 30 years ago has evolved into a can’t-miss epicurean extravaganza showcasing 60 culinary talents and 90 wineries from around the world (September 27 – October 1, 2023).
All Hail the Chile
Launched in 1991, the festival showcases the region’s culinary landscape through its chile peppers—ingredients Chef Peñalosa knows well. While he honed his culinary skills at the three-Michelin-star restaurants El Celler de Can Roca and Martin Berasategui in Spain, his earliest cooking memories were formed in his grandmother’s kitchen in Mexico City where he learned family recipes that relied on regionally grown chiles.
“The incredible lineup makes the festival a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Chef Peñalosa. Join James Beard Award-winning chefs and cookbook authors, Master Sommeliers, celebrated winemakers and more as they share their talents and unique stories.
Situated on a historic Napa Valley property that has been making wine since 1884, Frank Family Vineyards produces acclaimed Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir aged in French oak barrels. “Each course not only complements but is elevated by its accompanying wine,” said Chef Peñalosa of his special menu for the Frank Family Vineyards Dinner at SkyFire.
The centerpiece of the five-day festival is an epicurean showcase like no other, with tastings from 90 wineries and more than 50 of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants on the grassy lawn of Magers Field in the heart of Santa Fe.