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January 22, 2014
Fill Your Heart In Support Of Education and the Arts in Santa Fe

The Second Annual Valentine’s Day “At the Artist’s Table”

An Intimate Evening of Fine Art, Cuisine, and Conversation

Featuring Artist Susan Contreras tnd Chef Michelle Roetzer

Share your love this Valentine’s Day and join The Partners in Education Foundation for the Santa Fe Public Schools, City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and Santa Fe School of Cooking for the second annual Valentine’s Day “At the Artist’s Table” event. Celebrate fine art, outstanding cuisine and great conversation during an intimate evening in support of Santa Fe’s youth and the arts on Friday, February 14, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 North Guadalupe St.

Hosted at the renowned Santa Fe School of Cooking, do not miss this Valentine’s Day event which features the work of local painter Susan Contreras and a one-of-a-kind meal prepared especially for the evening by Master Chef Michelle Roetzer. Contreras and Roetzer will lead an evening of creative conversation where visual arts and fine dining converge to fill your heart and senses. Contreras will speak about her creative process. Each guest will receive a signed Contreras’ print created exclusively for the event, featuring her unique imagery of clowns and masks. Roetzer will personally guide the evening’s meal, course-by-course, explaining how Contreras vivid colors and signature style inspired the menu.  The menu includes green chile and goat cheese stuffed chalupas, red tortilla soup, chile en nogada, seabass al la Veracruzana and saffron poached pears, along with wine pairings from Arroyo Vino. “At the Artist’s Table” ticket holders also receive a very special 10% discount on rooms at La Fonda on the Plaza.

This exclusive dinner is limited to 60 guests, ensuring outstanding food, quality service, and an intimate evening of conversation. Proceeds benefit the Partners in Education Foundation for the Santa Fe Public Schools, which raises funds to support Santa Fe public school teachers and students, and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Artist Exhibit and Education Program, which nurtures and supports Santa Fe’s unique artistic and cultural heritage. Learn more at

Tickets for this special “At the Artist’s Table,” event are $300 per couple or $175 per person. Call 505-474-0240 or visit the website to make your reservations.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Partners in Education at 505-474-0240.

“At the Artist Table” Exclusive Valentine’s Dinner Menu


Chaplupas stuffed with green chile and goat cheese; butternut squash empanadas

First Course

Red tortilla soup with savory pepita biscotti

Second Course

Chile en Nogada


Seabass Veracruzana served with green rice and baby vegetables


Saffron poached pears with salted caramel and almond cookies


Painter Susan Contreras uses masked characters as the focus of her narrative canvases. Their inherent transformative magical quality adds an unknown sense of strangeness and unpredictability in the work. Masks are the catalyst of her celebratory and often humorous work.

Born in Mexico City in 1952, Contreras received a degree in Photography from Brooks Institute and a BFA and an MFA Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Fine Art. A month-long workshop with Nathan Oliveira propelled her into a full-time career as a painter. She has lived and worked as an artist in Santa Fe since 1982 with fellow painter and husband, Elias Rivera.

Chef Michelle Roetzer brings 26 years of experience to the stoves of the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Her experience began in the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of 14 rolling pasta for a family friend. She eventually rose to the position of Sous Chef in an upscale Northern Italian Ristorante at the age of 21.

In 1996, she returned to her hometown of El Paso, TX and became Executive Chef of Café Central for 7 years. In 2003, she was the Chef De Cuisine for the Professional Golf Association Champions Dinner in Rochester, NY and has cooked for numerous notables including presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Vicente Fox of Mexico. She moved to Santa Fe in 2003 and is currently the lead instructor for Santa Fe Community College's Culinary Arts program and a freelance caterer for several local catering companies. In her spare time, she is a student of Political Science at College of Santa Fe, windsurfs, snow skis, mountain bikes, gardens and mentors young chefs.

Susan Contreras Susan Contreras

Painter Susan Contreras uses masked characters as the focus of her narrative canvases.




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