Taos cuisine is going national on the fifth season of Moveable Feast, when host Curtis Stone visits with Taos Pueblo farmer Christopher Lujan and takes a tour of Matt Romero Farms.
KNME-TV/ NM PBS obtained special permission to premiere the two New Mexico episodes ahead of the national schedule. The Taos episode airs Saturday (Nov. 4) and the episode featuring Santa Fe airs Nov. 11. Both shows will air at 3:30 p.m. on Channel 5.1
Lujan grows heirloom blue corn and teaches Stone about the plant's significance to indigenous cultures. Stone then checks out the fresh produce at Matt Romero Farms in Dixon, where they grow everything from oats to heirloom varietal chiles.
Stone cooks up the ingredients with the help of chef Andrew Horton, who believes in simple dishes and rustic cooking, and chef Chris Maher, who owns Cooking Studio Taos, where the feast is held. The chefs prepare a meal of blue corn cakes followed by local lamb tacos and green chile stew.
The Taos episode is followed a week later with a trek to cook up Santa Fe cuisine. Stone is joined by chef Martin Rios, co-owner of the award-winning Restaurant Martin in Santa Fe, and chef Leslie Chavez, who shares her strong background in catering and pastry in New Mexico. Together, they visit The Rooted Leaf and Celestial Bee, a farm that produces honey and highly cared-for produce. They also visit a local chile farmer to see how Chimayo chile, a local heritage pepper, is dried and ground.