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Galician Culture and Gastronomy Subject of Special Evening Event

In celebration of an upcoming Carlos Núñez concert scheduled for February 26, 2014, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, AMP concerts has declared February as Galician appreciation month.

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To help support this effort, the LAII is partnering with AMP, along with a number of other local organizations, to provide some extra cultural experiences to give local residents both a taste and insight into Galician culture in the weeks leading up to the concert.

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, this outreach reaches a culinary and gastronomic apex with a special gourmey dinner of Galician cuisine. Located in the historic Hotel Andaluz, MÁS, by Chef James Campbell Caruso, is a full-service restaurant and tapas bar. Inspired by the bold flavors, rich history and exuberance of Spanish cooking, MÁS offers fresh reinventions of traditional Spanish cuisine with an emphasis on locally-sourced foods and high quality imported ingredients and spices. James Campbell Caruso has been nominated 5 times for the prestigious James Beard Award for "Best Chef of the Southwest." He is the chef and owner of La Boca and Taberna restaurants in Santa Fe, which have been acclaimed by the New York Times, the Food Network, Travel & Leisure and Esquire. He is the author of Espana: Exploring the Flavors of Spain and El Farol: Tapas and Spanish Cuisine. For this evening, we asked Chef Caruso to create a special Galician menu. He really outdid himself, creating a 5-course dinner that will provide you a magnificent culinary tour of northern Spain.

  • Course 1: Grilled octopus with potatoes and pimenton (Polbo á fiera, practically the national dish of the region.)
  • Course 2: Seared sea scallops in saffron broth with Jamon Serrano and blistered green peppers
  • Course 3: Slow braised pork shoulder empanada, sweet peppers, chorizo and kale
  • Course 4: Queso tetilla with pears
  • Course 5: Almond cake with oranges and fig syrup

Joining us for the evening will be Anthony Cárdenas, Chair of the UNM Spanish & Portuguese Department, to share some insights and background on Galicia.

Tickets are $75.00 per person, plus tax & gratuity. A $40 wine pairing option will be available. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling MÁS at 505.923.9080.

Other events relating to Galician appreciation month include an extended conversation and interview on KUNM's Raíces program hosted by Cristinna Baccin on Saturday, February 15 (to air at 2:30 p.m.), and a cooking class offered by Instituto Cervantes at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Friday, February 21. The cooking class is $25 per person and is limited to 25 participants; early registration is advised and can be made by contacting 505.724.4777.

Image: Photo of Finisterre, Galicia, provided courtesy of LAII staff.

--Posted Monday, February 10, 2014.