Bison, wild boar, and NM wines set to highlight a tasting party and lecture by restaurateur/author Holly Arnold Kinney
A Mountain Man Week event
Santa Fe – Rocky Mountain oysters? Red-chile and wild-boar tamales? Bison tongue with caper aioli? Here’s your chance to eat like a Mountain Man – with a decidedly upscale twist.
Join Holly Arnold Kinney, proprietress of The Fort, Denver’s landmark Western restaurant modeled on Bent’s Fort, and author of the upcoming book, Shinin’ Times at The Fort, for a lecture on traditional fur-trapping fare, “New Foods from the Early West,” following by a second-floor tasting party prepared by the Plaza Café, operators of the museum’s Cowden Cafe. The event begins at 4 pm on Saturday, Aug. 14. The lecture will be held in the museum Auditorium. The tasting party will be on the second-floor Phyllis and Eddie Gladden Terrace and the Frost Foundation Gathering Space.
Tickets cost $50 and are available at the Lensic Box Office, 505-988-5070, or www.TicketsSantaFe.org.
The event is part of the museum’s Mountain Man Week, including the Santa Fe Mountain Man Trade Fair and a book signing by Eric Jay Dolin, author of Fur Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America (Norton, 2010).
Among the earliest Anglos to reach America’s West, Mountain Men were hunters and fur trappers whose rugged lives left Rocky Mountain legends from roughly 1820-1840. Their survival skills, including trading with Native Americans (and sometimes evading them), built a foundation of knowledge for the settlers who followed on the Santa Fe Trail. Among the 1,000 who roamed the West during the fur trade’s heyday were folks like Kit Carson and Jedediah Smith.
Much of Kinney’s knowledge of the Mountain Man’s contribution to culinary heritage is gleaned from her late father, Sam Arnold, a food historian, restaurateur and genuine Western icon. Kinney will discuss the foods that sustained (and, sometimes, inebriated) Mountain Men and how they played a pivotal role in her very modern life. For more on The Fort restaurant, log onto http://www.thefort.com/.
Kinney’s talk is followed by a tasting party including a sampling of New Mexico wines, graciously provided by the New Mexico Winegrowers Association. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is sourcing New Mexico-grown ingredients to be whipped into delicacies by Andy and Daniel Razatos, owners of the Plaza Café.
Among the ideas they’re mulling over for a menu:
Tamales, including red chile-wild boar, green chile-bison, and vegetarian with green chile, potatoes, corn, and squash.
Arnold Family Green Corn Fritters
Fried Rocky Mountain Oysters
Bison Tongue with Caper Aioli on Toast
Dried Fruit and Piñon Empanadas
Prickly Pear Lemonade
New Mexico wines
Other Mountain Man Week activities:
Aug. 12-15, 10 am-4pm: Santa Fe Mountain Man Trade Fair. An annual favorite, this event turns the Palace Courtyard into a recreation of a traditional Mountain Man Rendezvous, with traders in authentic clothing selling wares and demonstrating their know-how on making fire, moccasins, beads, and implements and some basic blacksmithing.
Enter for free through the Blue Gate just south of the museum’s main entrance at 113 Lincoln Avenue.
Aug. 18, noon: Lecture and book signing. Join Eric Jay Dolin for a discussion on his new book, Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America (Norton, 2010). Dolin previously earned kudos for his took Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America. His latest book follows the fur trade from Henry Hudson’s 1609 voyage to America, through the virtual extinction of the buffalo in the late 1800s. Dolin trace the economic boom-and-bust of fur-bearing mammals and its colorful band of characters, including Capt. James Cook, Thomas Jefferson, and John Jacob Astor.
Presented in partnership with the Santa Fe Public Library, Dolin’s event will be in the John Gaw Meem Community Room. Enter for free through the museum’s West entrance on Washington Avenue.
The “New Foods from the Early West” lecture and tasting party is presented with the support of the Friends of the Palace, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, New Mexico Department of Tourism, New Mexico Winegrowers’ Association, the O’Shaughnessy Foundation, and the Cowden Café.
Phone number for publication: 505-476-5200
Media contact: Kate Nelson
New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors
(505) 476-1141 or (505) 554-5722 (cell)
The New Mexico History Museum is the newest addition to a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. A division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Visit www.nmhistorymuseum.org.