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The Little Vegetable that Conquered the World

Chile peppers are native to South America, where they have been domesticated for more than 6,000 years, but made their way across the world when Christopher Columbus crossed the sea in hopes of finding the “Spice Islands.” The chile pepper spiced up the western world and is now one of the most prominent flavors in cuisine around the globe.

Is it chile or chili? The word “chili” is derived from the Aztec dialect and refers to plans known as capsicum. … Read the entire post >

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Tesoro Cultural Center’s Living History Experience

This summer, The Fort will open its gates to the public as the Tesoro Cultural Center expands its educational programming and cultural events with their new Living History Experience. Using our historic adobe structure as its primary teaching tool, Tesoro will introduce 20 weekends of historic immersion and fun for the whole family. Join us for shopping, art, music, historic demonstrations and more.

Visitors will learn about Bent’s Old Fort and the cultural diversity that inspired the Arnold family to … Read the entire post >

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Artist Spotlight: Antonio Archuleta

If you’ve taken time to stroll the grounds of The Fort, you’ve likely noticed the beautiful woodwork furniture that complements our adobe building. These custom-built pieces were made by Antonio Archuleta of Taos, New Mexico.

 

A dear friend of The Fort, Antonio created our Spanish-colonial style furniture from our opening in 1963 to his unexpected passing in 2011. He was mentored by Elidio Gonzales in the 1950s, when Gonzales spent time teaching him the craft.

Fun fact: Each dining … Read the entire post >

Unique Twists to Celebrate National Margarita Day

Today we celebrate one of the most popular tequila cocktails, the margarita. While the history of the margarita has many differing claims and its official origin is unknown, it is thought that the margarita may have been created in 1938 by Carlos Herrera, a restaurant owner who created the cocktail for a guest who was allergic to most liquors, but not tequila.

The simple drink comes in many different varieties. Whether you’re in the mood for a simple, classic drink … Read the entire post >

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Celebrate the Day of Love with a Sweet Deal at The Fort

Looking to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember? Treat your sweetheart to a night at The Fort and enjoy a romantic atmosphere with dinner for two, accompanied by live music*.

(Photo: John E Poplin Photography)

Enjoy our crackling adobe fires and relish in our three-course Valentine’s dinner special, featuring a Fort salad with freshly baked breads, followed by a six-ounce Buffalo Filet Mignon seasoned with ancho chiles, au gratin potatoes and fresh vegetables. For dessert, delight in a special … Read the entire post >

2016: A Year to Remember

As we enter 2017, we’re taking time to look back on what a great year we had at The Fort in 2016. From eating like frontiersman Hugh Glass in “The Revenant,” to notable awards and more, it was a year to remember. Here are some of our favorite memories!

For a limited time, in honor of the 2016 Oscars and actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s first win, guests were able to eat like his character, Hugh Glass, and delight in raw … Read the entire post >

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Recipes for Your New Year’s Resolutions

Have you committed to clean eating in 2017? The key to sticking to your healthy New Year’s resolutions is to switch things up, rather than getting caught up in a routine that will quickly bore your taste buds. This year, try making new recipes each week to keep your interest peaked and the momentum going. Pair our Minted Trout recipe with a side of our Chayote Squash for a tasty and nutritious dinner.

 

Chayote Squash

This unique squash was … Read the entire post >

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Cookies for Santa – and Your Whole Family!

‘Tis the season for baking holiday treats with family or friends, and rumor has it that jolly old Saint Nick is a big fan of cookies on Christmas Eve. This year, try something other than the traditional frosted sugar cookies or homemade chocolate chip cookies and treat Santa to biscochitos, a special New Mexican Christmas treat.

Biscochitos, or New Mexican shortbread cookies, are anise-flavored cookies rich in flavor, but still light. The cookie was brought to the Southwest by the … Read the entire post >

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Warm Up This Winter with The Fort’s Historic Cocktails

Winter has arrived in Colorado and is here to stay for a while. With forecasts below freezing and snow storms in the near future, keep cozy by enjoying some of our favorite warm cocktails.

Trader’s Whiskey

By the time quality whiskey made its way west in the 1860s, the American Indians resisted it and instead preferred the flavor of the liquor they had become accustomed to. When whiskey was brought to be traded at the camps, the chief would sample … Read the entire post >

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Make The Fort’s Buffalo Vegetable Soup at Home

The winter chill and falling snow makes us crave The Fort’s hearty vegetable soup in the comfort and warmth of our homes. This recipe is not only one of the tastiest cold-weather treats in Holly Kinney’s “Shinin’ Times at The Fort” cookbook, but also one of the healthiest. Full of vegetables and lean buffalo meat, this soup will leave you feeling warm and guilt-free. For a heavier meal, add potatoes and a side of fresh-baked bread for dipping.

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