Local Flavor Honors Joy Harjo & Partners With New Mexico True

Local Flavor’s August issue is on the stands and online.

As always, this mid- summer offering from Northern New Mexico’s “ culinary and cultural arts magazine,” is filled cover to cover with everything you could hope to discover in the Land of Enchantment; from the best restaurants to the people who make our state so great, Local Flavor has its fingers firmly on the pulse of what’s happening in High Country.

It’s always a pleasure to share these monthly missives from Patty and Cullen, and this month is extra special for a few reasons: Joy Harjo, the new Poet Laureate of the United States is of course a part of this issue, along with Todd Christensen, the recently appointed director of the New Mexico Film Office. Todd is no stranger to Taos (his son Joshua Concha ties him forever to this valley), has a new show up at taoStyle fave, the magpie gallery, called Trees Talk. I’ll have more on Todd and his trees on the blog early next week!

But the best news that arrives with this issue of Local Flavor Magazine, is its partnership with the New Mexico True Certified Program, beginning with this August 2019 issue.

For 22 years, Local Flavor Magazine has been sharing stories about the people, food, wine, Arts and  crafts that give the region its unique flavor. 

“We’re excited for the New Mexico True and the Tourism Department partnership. It’s just brilliant to reward and celebrate those who are 100% Made in New Mexico as we are,” says Patty Karlovitz, the magazine’s editor and co-publisher with her husband Peter. “Our name tells you everything. We are local flavor, right down to our relationship with the Santa Fe New Mexican, where we’ve been printing our monthly magazines since 2007.”

The New Mexico True Certified program brings national attention to the quality, care and craftsmanship behind products that are uniquely New Mexican. Local Flavor Magazine joins “300 other businesses that are producing thousands of NM True Certified products,” according to Andrea M. Lawrence, Brand Development & Marketing Specialist for the New Mexico Tourism Department.

Over the last year, Local Flavor has noted that more and more people visit New Mexico, many of them for the first time, and have moved to provide even more resources for both visitors and locals alike. Sharon Niederman, author of Explorer’s Guide New Mexico, pens a monthly column titled “On the Road,” highlighting little-known, yet well-deserving destinations throughout the four corners of New Mexico.

Local Flavor also devotes a two-page spread titled “Road Trip” to statewide advertisers such as Las Vegas and Silver City who desire to be seen by Local Flavor’s 100,000-plus monthly print and digital readers. And recently, the magazine has adopted a column written by New Mexico Wine Executive Director Chris Goblet, in which he features the state’s burgeoning grape-growing and wine-making locales.

“Through our partnership with New Mexico True, Local Flavor is excited to continue to be acknowledged as an important destination for advertisers seeking to reach an expansive statewide audience, and for the stories told about the passionate, authentic people who live and work here,” says Karlovitz. “We feel that the True program recognizes the uniqueness in all of the partners and we appreciate the honor of the collaboration.”

taoStyle is is equally honored to have Local Flavor as a partner and Sponsor in our shared, concerted effort to continue bringing The land of Enchantment to the world at large.

This month Cullen Curtiss, the magazine’s Editor informs us that : “Our August issue celebrates a rebirth and a birth in Santa Fe’s culinary scene, and honors Native women, in particular, a teacher, a songstress, and a poet whose respective work sets out to preserve Indigenous languages.”

August of course being Indian Market month, this issue is both timely and relevant!

SOUL TALK with JOY HARJO, Poet Laureate of the United States. New Mexico claims Joy Harjo (Creek) for her time spent at IAIA and our University, but the United States now appoints her Poet Laureate because her soulful words universally resonate.

THE VOICE OF OUR ANCESTORS.Writer Lynn Cline shares Tewa language teacher Laura Kaye Jagles’ (Tesuque Pueblo) work helping youth appreciate, deepen, and embrace their native tongue.

ALL OF ONE CLOTH. Writer Stephanie Hainsfurther speaks with Kansas Begaye (Diné), singer, composer, and founder of Changing Woman Initiative, a health collective that brings Native ceremony to childbirth.

SANTACAFÉ. Editor Patty Karlovitz writes about santacafé’s new owner, “Quinn and his team of professionals are dedicated to preserving the culinary traditions and integrity of Santa Fe’s dining scene. You are in for a marvelous unveiling.”

SASSELLA, SHOOTING FOR THE STARS. An exquisite partnership among Chef Cristian Pontiggia, Chef Fernando Olea, and Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra assumes residence at the refurbished, early 1900s’ brick building on Santa Fe’s Johnson Street. Chef Cristian helms the kitchen, and by design, hails from the town in Italy that bears the restaurant’s name.

ON THE LINE, Coyote Café & Cantina.Writer Mark Johnson delves into the story behind Benjamin Esperanza’s rise through Santa Fe restaurant kitchens to his spot running Coyote Café’s Cantina.

STILL HUNGRY FOR TRADITION. Thank you to High Noon Restaurant and Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante for preserving the traditions in food, service, and family that continue to make us love them.

ON THE ROAD. Author of Exploring New Mexico, Sharon Niederman is back this month with more road trip recommendations for your summer adventures, including the Colfax County Fair & Rodeo at the Springer Fairgrounds.

CHEF’S BUZZ. Writer Lynn Cline is all over our Northern New Mexico region to give you the top hospitality news, including Flying Star Cafe’s 32nd birthday and an imminent remodel.

TOP TIX. What would we do without Top Tix columnist Stephanie Hainsfurther’s tips on the hottest performing arts tix in town, including Aspen Santa Fe Ballet?

ART BEAT. Writer Mia Rose Poris’ picks for your August gallery-hopping, including recently appointed director of the New Mexico Film Office Todd Christensen’s exhibit at Taos’ magpie gallery called Trees Talk.

Pick up a copy of Local Flavor at more that 500 locations statewide, including Cid’s aqui en Taos, or visit them online at their site linked below.



All photographs thanks to Local Flavor