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DINNER AND A SHOW, NEW MEXICO-STYLE

From elegant picnics at the Santa Fe Opera to an authentic chuckwagon supper followed by cowboy music, New Mexico delivers ‘dinner and a show’ like no place on earth.

DINNER AND A SHOW, NEW MEXICO-STYLEIt’s summer in the Land of Enchantment, and entertainment choices abound. Whether you crave world-class culture, a sing-along around the piano, a dose of “down-and-dirty” blues, or some pure-camp family fun, you’ll find that and more within just a few hours’ drive. And, this being New Mexico, a great meal is naturally included. Here is just a sampling:

Music under the Stars

From now through August 23, don’t miss the ultimate dinner and a show while watching the spectacular sunset at the Santa Fe Opera. Their Preview Buffet features dinner, including wine and dessert, at their open-air cantina on the beautifully landscaped rehearsal grounds, while you listen to a guest speaker speak about the evening's upcoming opera during the dessert course. Or join your fellow well-dressed patrons in a fancy tailgate picnic: bring your own or pre-order one of Bon Appétit Catering’s offers Sampler and Full-Dinner Tailgate Boxes for $17 and $25. Give them 48 hours’ notice. 301 Opera Drive; 800-280-4654www.santafeopera.org.

Wednesday nights through July 23, head to the campus of St. John’s College for its outdoor Music on the Hill series. For a no-fuss picnic, pack up your favorite adult beverage and purchase dinner onsite from Walter Burke Catering. Their menu features Ancho-Maple-Glazed Salmon with a pineapple spear and orzo salad, Green Chile Chicken Stew with a tortilla, burgers and hot dogs, and a variety of salads and sandwiches – plus desserts like Choco Taco ice cream. 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca; 505-984-6000; www.sjc.edu/events-and-programs/santa-fe/music-on-the-hill-2014/.