New Mexico’s Independent Culinary Authority

Issue Two: The Movie Issue

Cover Art by Levi Eleven

Levi  Eleven attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and the San Francisco Art Institute. He has been doing freelance design for more than twenty years and traditional collage for ten. Find his portfolio on Instagram @makechamber.

editor’s note

Truffle oil popcorn at Vara. Film crews unloading gear on Central. An entire block cordoned off in Barelas. Recurring notes in our mailbox, expressing interest in using our house for a movie. Discarded film crew signs along the Bosque trail. Crowds of extras at the convenience store across from Smith’s on Yale. Trailers parked at the Kmart lot in Santa Fe. Evergreen anecdotes about the epic quantities of booze consumed at Dennis Hopper’s parties outside Taos.

“The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life,” says the flaneur who narrates Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer. The novel’s eponymous moviegoer resides in New Orleans, Louisiana—a city and state, like New Mexico, with a long history of being on film.

New Mexico has played Iraq, the future, the end of the world, and, perhaps most frequently, Texas. Even when it plays itself, as in Young Guns, one town is sometimes cast as another. But that is what makes a movie a movie: nothing and no one plays itself.

Our search is not the eponymous moviegoer’s search, but it has in common an interest in the ordinary. Beyond stumbling across film crews while running out to pick up a container of half-and-half and some red chile potato chips, how does life’s greatest throughline—food—intersect with the moviemaking and the movie viewing that is the backdrop of our lives?

What I Am Eating: Violet Crown

Crown Fries with finely grated pecorino, truffle salt, peppers, and apple cider vinegar. Ava Dog with peppers, sweet relish, and shredded cheese. Fried brussels sprouts with garlic, red onion, and apple cider gastrique. Sandia Watermelon Hard Cider.

A Night at the Drive-In

Briana Olson takes in the festive (and windy) atmosphere at the Motorama’s Native film experience.

Arts and Craft Services

How Hollywood Runs on Snacks: Candolin Cook reports on eating (and cooking) behind the scenes.

Popcorn

Ungelbah Dávila-Shivers traces popcorn from the Bat Cave to the movie theater to kitchens near you.

New Mexico Whiskeys

The Gut Shot Department in our movie issue showcases over a dozen whiskeys produced right here in New Mexico.

What I Am Eating: Violet Crown

Crown Fries with finely grated pecorino, truffle salt, peppers, and apple cider vinegar. Ava Dog with peppers, sweet relish, and shredded cheese. Fried brussels sprouts with garlic, red onion, and apple cider gastrique. Sandia Watermelon Hard Cider.

A Night at the Drive-In

Briana Olson takes in the festive (and windy) atmosphere at the Motorama’s Native film experience.

Arts and Craft Services

How Hollywood Runs on Snacks: Candolin Cook reports on eating (and cooking) behind the scenes.

Popcorn

Ungelbah Dávila-Shivers traces popcorn from the Bat Cave to the movie theater to kitchens near you.

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