"Red, green or Christmas?" may be New Mexico's official state question, but diners will be facing many more delectable choices than what kind of chile to put on their burrito when the state's first Restaurant Week promotion debuts in Santa Fe Feb. 28 - March 6. It's a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience extraordinary menus from the area's finest restaurants - and enjoy fantastic lodging packages.

To date, some 70 restaurants and hotels will feature three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for $25 per person, $25 for two, or, at a few restaurants, $40 per person. The event is intended to showcase the "extraordinary talent of local restaurants," said a statement from Wings Media Network, a Santa Fe-based firm organizing the event.

"Restaurant Week N.M. entices local diners to get out and explore new dining opportunities," said Wings Media Network president Michele Ostrove. Out-of-town visitors who come into town to ski will be able to take advantage of special rates at several hotels, giving them an opportunity to sample several restaurants and attend one of the many cooking classes, wine tastings, and other activities offered in conjunction with New Mexico Restaurant Week.

You're in for a treat if you have never sampled traditional New Mexican cuisine. The state's unique cuisine melds the region's rich cultural traditions with new ideas to create a contemporary style of Southwestern zing.

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