Central New Mexico Food Truck Doubles as a Classroom

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Central New Mexico’s Culinary Arts program wants to keep up with how the industry is evolving, and food trucks are the “next big thing.” As it turns out, the newest truck serving Albuquerque is actually a classroom for some students.

“The reality of a brick and mortar building, it’s a huge investment for students to overtake…the food truck industry is a great way for students to get their foot in the door, try it out and see,” CNM dean Donna Diller said.

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New Board Members Bring Years of Experience

February 9, 2014 | Posted in Board Members | By

New Board Members Steven Sneed and Joe Leong bring years of experience to STEPS.

Steven Sneed

Steven Sneed

Steven Sneed has been involved in the commercial real estate market for over thirty years. He has assisted many businesses get development projects financed and now is focusing on assisting New Mexico’s non-profit organization.

Joe Leong

Joe Leong

Joe Leong has over 25 years experience in the newspaper industry. His experience and unique perspective will be invaluable to the STEPS clientele.

STEPS Elects New Board of Directors

February 7, 2014 | Posted in Board Members | By

STEPs recently elected a New Board of Directors. This board helps guide STEPS and provides invaluable information and resources to the STEPS Clients.



STEPS Hires a New Executive Director

January 16, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

John C. Moore

John C. Moore

April, 2013 STEPS hired a new Executive Director, John C. Moore, with the responsibility to:

  1. Expand and work the STEPS stated “Mission”.
  2. Expand the Board of Directors.
  3. Increase community involvement and exposure.
  4. Develop additional funding sources.
  5. Update the STEPS Website and online presence.    

South San Pedro Neighborhood Association Take Over ABQIF

January 16, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

IMG_0225 In 2009 STEPS organized the first Albuquerque International Festival, the event has grown and matured.  This annual fun, food and entertainment fest spotlights local small businesses, the culture and creativity of Albuquerque’s International District. In 2013 STEPS handed over this unique culturally diverse event to the South San Pedro Neighborhood Association.



Entertainment Lineup for 2013 ABQIF!

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Albuquerque International Festival | By

P1010487P1020025P1010470The entertainment for the 2013 ABQIF is set!  Don’t miss this terrific lineup of old favorites and new faces.  We’ve got African, Irish, Scottish, Chcano, Native American and Thai musicians; Chinese, Thai, Korean and American Ballroom Dance – and new this year, Polynesian Hula and Tahitian Dance.

Plus we have Jazzercise demonstration, the Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus, comedy and more.

You can vote for your favorite classic/antique car and shake hands with Orbit.

We’ll be looking for you under the big tent!

Fifth Annual ABQIF Showcases Southeast Albuquerque – Saturday, September 28, 2013

August 6, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

LogoThe Albuquerque International Festival – ABQIF – is a daylong multicultural event that celebrates the International District of Southeast Albuquerque, bringing in diverse entertainment, food and crafts.  This year’s ABQIF – the Fifth annual festival – will be held on September 28th at the Talin Market, Louisiana and Central Avenue from 10 am – 5 pm.

The purpose of the FREE event is to highlight the International District and provide a showcase for local International items from throughout the metro area. As a benefit to potential small businesses and neighborhood residents, economic development organizations, health organizations and personal and business services offer information at booths located throughout the festival site. South San Pedro Neighborhood Association and Elder Homestead Neighborhood Association, with help from the Southeast Heights community, organize this FREE event.

The City of Albuquerque is the festival’s major sponsor, providing most of the funding with other funding coming from Bernalillo County.  The City and County agencies are also participating in health & wellness information.  Family oriented entertainment with an international flavor occupies center stage.  This year’s event is shaping up to be even better than years past, so don’t miss it.

Entertainment will range from Lion/Ribbon Dancer, Karate Demos to Asian dance to poetry, to Native American rock to Thai Dancer/Musicians, to New Mexico music.  Ethnic food and a variety of jewelry, baskets, food items and other crafts will be available for

For more information about STEPS, become a fan on face book, www.facebook.com/abqsteps or visit our web site, www.stepsabq.org

For more information on the ABQ International Festival, become a fan on face book, www.facebook.com/S-San-Pedro-Neighborhood-Association-in-Albuquerque-NM; visit our web site, www.stepsabq.org or Donna  Orozco-Geist (505) 265-2511 or Reyna Luz Juarez

Food Truck Holiday Extravaganza

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Curbside Cuisine at the Talin Market will be home to a special holiday culinary extravaganza featuring your favorite food trucks.  Each truck will be serving holiday food and their own signature holiday drink.  Please join the delicious festivities on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 11am to 4pm.  Tented seating will be provided – so no worries about the weather.

Bring family and friends and join the food truck community for this unique event – and support local businesses!

Featured food trucks will be:

  • The Seasonal Palate
  • The Supper Truck
  • The Boiler Monkey
  • Oz Patisserie
  • Rustic Food Truck
  • Big Juicy’s BBQ


What a Great Saturday – ABQIF 2012 Officially a Success!

September 30, 2012 | Posted in Albuquerque International Festival, Uncategorized | By

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The weather was perfect, the food amazing, the talent incredible.  The selection of jewelry, beauty products, handmade items and more was extraordinary. All kinds of information about our community was available. All ages came out to enjoy the day.

Thank you to our platinum sponsors – the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and Mesa del Sol.

Thanks to the vendors, entertainers, organizations and everyone who came.  Thanks especially to the event organizers who did such a great job putting ABQIF 2012 together.

And thank you to the Talin Market, which once again provided the space for ABQIF.

ABQIF 2012 Saturday, September 29 at the Talin Market

September 19, 2012 | Posted in Albuquerque International Festival | By

The 2012 Albuquerque International Festival will be held on Saturday, September 29 at the Talin Market, Louisiana and Central SE in Albuquerque.  This is the fourth annual day-long celebration of arts and culture in Albuquerque’s International District.  As always, this family friendly event has something to offer everyone.

From 10 am until 5 pm, the festival will feature an eclectic lineup of international and local entertainment, a wide variety of international and American foods (including several of Albuquerque’s favorite food trucks!), a Kid Zone, and hand crafted jewelry, natural beauty products, art and more.

The South San Pedro Neighborhood Association and STEPS are this year’s organizers.

For more information about the event, contact jdgeist@santafecenterstudios.com, 505-265-2511 or info@stepsabq.org, 505-508-9225.

For more information, go to the ABQIF web site.

Thank you to our sponsors: