We regret that due to precautions around the Coronavirus pandemic, that this event has been postponed until a later date. We are currently working with the staff at Restaurant Martín to select a new date, and will communicate that to ticket holders as soon as possible. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lindsay Taylor, lindsay@santafebotanicalgarden.org

Food for Thought explores our relationship with the natural world and how plants can impact our tastes, our thoughts, and our stewardship of the planet. Each event in the series combines a vibrant presentation and discussion paired with delectable food and wine. Proceeds from Food for Thought benefit the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s mission and programs.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 6:30pm | Restaurant Martín

This year’s Food for Thought event features a four course dinner and wine pairing by James Beard finalist Chef Martin J. Rios.

$175 Members ($90 tax-deductible), $200 Not-Yet-Members ($115 tax-deductible)


Amuse Bouche

1st Course
Blue Lump Crab and Gulf Shrimp Salad
Tobiko Caviar | Avocado | Watercress | Jicama
Asian Pear | Lemon-Ginger Emulsion

2nd Course
Black Angus Beef Bavette
Slow Braised Short Rib | Potato Aligot | Sesame Broccolini
Gorgonzola Custard | Black Pepper-Red Wine Reduction

3rd Course
Spiced Roasted Apple Pudding Cake
Warm Almond-Brown Butter Cake | Gala Apples | Date-Cider Purée
Local Honey Ice Cream | Salted Praline Syrup

Martin J. Rios and the restaurant
Executive Chef /Owner
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Opened in 2009, Restaurant Martin is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Rios attended the CIA Hyde Park and Ewald Notter’s Pastry School in Chicago for his formal training. Featuring the award-winning cuisine of Chef Martin Rios, Restaurant Martin offers an outstanding dining experience in one of Santa Fe’s historic adobe homes. Restaurant Martin and Chef Martin’s reputation are well established in the world of fine dining. The restaurant has received many accolades, including nine James Beard Award finalist and semi-finalist nominations for the Best New Restaurant in the US award and the Best Chef of the Southwest award. Chef and the restaurant have been featured in the following television shows: “Moveable Feast,” “Iron Chef America,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “The Great Food Truck Race,” and “United Tastes of America.” Prior to opening his own restaurant Chef Martin held a number of executive chef positions including Geronimo Restaurant, Inn of The Anasazi, a Rosewood Hotel, and The Old House Restaurant, all in Santa Fe. Chef Rios and his cuisine have been featured at multiple James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinners, The James Beard Award ceremony, Puerta Vallarta Culinary Festival, Epcot Culinary Festival, Taste of Vail, The James Beard House, Ocean Reef Club, and The Lanesborough Hotel in London. The “Restaurant Martin” Cookbook was released in 2016.