If you can help reader Viola please post a comment.
Do you have any suggestions on who could host a corporate event for us. We plan on having 85-100 people. I am thanking you in advance for your help.
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If you can help reader Viola please post a comment.
Do you have any suggestions on who could host a corporate event for us. We plan on having 85-100 people. I am thanking you in advance for your help.
Multiple readers tell me that construction has started at 5934 Calle Real, Goleta (formerly Takenoya Sushi) which will be the future home of Fairview Rusty’s Pizza which is moving from 6025 Calle Real.
Reader Jessica let me know that Summerland Winery experienced a fire and were closed for renovations. I called the winery and was told that the fire happened in early February and that smoke damage has caused the business to close until late April or early May.
Reader Steve tells me that the family-run business Deux Bakery at 824 Reddick Street is now open to the public. An off-shoot of Scarlett Begonia in Victoria Court, Deux Bakery had been wholesale-only, offering artisan bread, desserts and more. Visit deuxbakery.com.
Reader Chris tells me that AAA announced their hotel and restaurant ratings for 2015. Bouchon, Harbor View Inn, Simpson House and Fess Parker each received a 4-diamond rating. Four Seasons Biltmore received the top tier 5-diamond rating.
The Restaurant Gal and I attended last week’s Sips & Sweets event as part of the annual Taste of Solvang in the Santa Ynez Valley. Judges awarded Best Dessert–Professional to Carol and Kim Jensen at Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates, 1679 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, for their Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramel. Best Dessert–Amateur was awarded to Celi Ribit for her Choclate Espresso Pot de Crème. The People’s Choice award went to attorney Lana Clark and her grand daughter MacLaine Watson who cooked up some popular English Toffee.
A new bar/restaurant named 416 State is having a grand opening Friday, March 20th at (you guessed it) 416 State Street, the former long-time home of Sharkeez. Local and partner John Hall tells me that he, along with Kevin Michaels, Paco Buxton and Alfredo Peralta plan to offer street-style taco’s with a flavor reminiscent of Rosie’s Tacos in Cabo San Lucas, in addition to other unique flavored foods cooked up with local fresh greens. 416 State will offer free live music, Rincon Brewery Beers on all taps, Refugio Ranch Winery wines and a full bar. The grand opening will include live music from local bands The Hidden City Band, AFishNSea the Moon, and PLEASURE. Hours are Friday –Saturday 8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
A new restaurant named Dawn Patrol is coming to 324 State Street, the former home of recently-closed Beachbreak Café. A sign on the wall indicates that the eatery will open later this month and will offer breakfast, lunch, coffee, organic juices and a bakery. The cuisine is described as “local, seasonal, fresh.”
Hungry Cat restaurant at 1134 Chapala Street stopped serving lunch last October, with the intention of opening up again in the spring. After the New Year Hungry Cat hired a new chef de cuisine and sous chef and decided to take it slow and offer dinner-only during January, added brunch in February and restarted lunch last week.
The menu includes snapper ceviche (avocado, fresno chili, late winter citrus, spring garlic, puffed rice, shoyu, lime), market lettuces (avocado, sieved egg, pecorino, shallots, extra virgin olive oil & lemon juice), black garlic caesar (romaine, arugula, radicchio, boquerones, toasted nori, croutons), braised mussels (garlic, shallot, fennel, fregola sarda, vermouth, saffron butter, grilled bread), black cod (farro, baby turnip, sugar snap peas, radish, shiso, miso butter), fish tacos (beer batter, jalapeño tartar, avocado, queso fresco, red onion, cilantro), oyster po’ boy (corn meal crusted oysters, remoulade, shredded radicchio, butter-toasted roll), grilled chicken sandwich (harissa aioli, parsley pistou, goat cheese, pickled onions), maine lobster roll (fine herbs, butter toasted roll, aioli, french fries) and the pug burger (blue cheese, bacon, avocado).
The new hours are Monday closed, Tuesday – Thursday noon-10 p.m., Friday noon-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. -10 p.m.
Los Agaves at 2911 De la Vina Street is currently undergoing a remodel and are expanding the front patio that will soon accommodate 40 people. They are also putting in a new parking lot that will be easier to navigate and will include additional spots. The restaurant is still open during construction, and the expanded patio will be finished in approximately 3 weeks. “We’re lucky to live in Santa Barbara where we can enjoy dining outside most days of the year,” says owner Carlos Luna. “I’m excited to offer our customers a more comfortable al fresco experience and easier parking.”
This just in from reader Peter:
I am hoping that you may help me, and perhaps one of your many contacts in the restaurant trade.
As a local artist and a long time resident of some 45 years, my wife and I have reached the age (I am eighty-five) where we must downsize. A long time ago I painted a three panel painting of a Mexican Plaza. It has hung, much admired, in my house for years. But it requires a large length of wall to display.
I am hoping that with your trade contacts, you could pass on the attached promo page to suitable Mexican Restaurants that might enjoy to have and to show the painting.
This oil painting was created from photographs taken by me during a visit to the Mexican mountain town of Patzcuaro, Michoacán, during 2006.
It depicts the central town square on a typical Sunday afternoon when the townsfolk and street vendors converge to make a colorful scene. The detail images show the ice cream vendor and the balloon and windmill vendor and are typical of the action all over the painting, with over 170 figures (including the heads of distant people) enjoying the afternoon sunshine.
The painting, which consists of three 18 x 36 inch stretched unframed canvas panels, has been hanging in my home for many years. It needs nine feet (plus a couple of inches for the space between the panels) of wall space to hang, preferably at eye height.
We are downsizing and will no longer have space to hang the painting. I would like to donate it, at no cost, to someone, such as a restaurant, where it may be seen by the public. I will even deliver the canvases if they desire.
If you would like to view the painting, or discuss more details, please contact me at:
Update: Mr. Worsley’s painting has found a new home, and a steady-stream of viewers, at Taco Bell. Exact South Coast location to be determined.
Reader Cathy tells me that East Beach Tacos has opened at 226 S Milpas Street, the former home of Norton’s Pastrami and Arturo’s Taqueria. Cathy tells me that many food items include a token for use at the neighboring batting cage. Call 770-2761.
Reader Jim tells me that Steve’s Patio Café at 3007 De la Vina Street has reopened after being closed for a couple of weeks during a remodel.
Sojourner Café at 134 E. Canon Perdido Street is celebrating its 37th anniversary by offering a dinner for two for $37. Choose 2 entrees and share an appetizer and dessert from the special anniversary menu. Offer valid March 17-22 and excludes beverages/gratuity, and cannot be combined with other offers.
This just in from reader Steven:
Big news..I had brunch last Sunday at the Beach Break cafe [324 State St]. I left my credit card there…I just walked over there and the place is closed…most of the inside is gutted and there is a sign saying Dawn Patrol coming soon. Well, I am excited about the new place, but I would love my credit card back. If anyone knows how I can email the old or new owner I would be most appreciative.
Arthur von Wiesenberger, one of Santa Barbara’s premiere restaurant reviewers, has partnered with KEYT, television producers Linda and Ira Distenfield, and the Foley Food & Wine Society to bring “What’s Cooking,” the only thirty-minute cooking show on the central coast where every Saturday night cameras go inside the kitchens of some of the central coast’s best restaurants to learn the recipes and secrets from their top chefs, focused on culinary creations that are easy to do at home.
Airing Saturdays at 7:30pm on KEYT/ABC, in season one, Arthur is cooking side by side with Executive Chefs from the Four Seasons Biltmore, the cozy cuisine of Boochies, Grappolo in Santa Ynez, celebrity favorite Trattoria Mollie, and Bacara to name a few. The audience is enjoying seeing what Lexus he will be driving in each show.
“The Foley Food & Wine Society Presents What’s Cooking with Arthur von Wiesenberger” is going into production for Season Two with some special surprises including Arthur traveling to Palm Desert to discover some special restaurants enjoyed by locals and visitors.
The 23rd-annual Taste of Solvang offers savory flavors and sensations from Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 22. This popular event lures foodies throughout the South Coast with its variety of happenings, including:
The 2015 Taste of Solvang Weekend Passport includes tickets to Sips & Sweets, Grand Tasting and Wine & Beer Walk plus Souvenir Wine Glass, Wine Charm, Taste of Solvang Map, Visitors Guide and Souvenir Tote Bag for $85 per person. 2015 Taste of Solvang ala carte ticket prices per person are: Sips & Sweets-$30, Grand Tasting-$35, Wine & Beer Walk-$40; Larner Winemaker Dinner-$95. To enjoy wine and beer tastings, attendees must be age 21 years or over with valid ID. 2015 Taste of Solvang advance purchase of ticket packages or ala carte tickets is highly recommended at www.SolvangUSA.com/tickets.
Bellingham, Washington-based Haggen Food & Pharmacy has purchased several Albertsons and Vons grocery stores in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria, as part of a 146-store acquisition in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Each purchased grocery store plans to change their name to Haggen. The affected local stores include Albertsons at 2010 Cliff Drive and 3943 State Street, and Vons at 163 South Turnpike Road, Goleta, 175 North Fairview Avenue, Goleta, and 850 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria. These stores are being sold to secure Federal Trade Commission clearance for the merger of Albertsons and Safeway. Safeway is also the owner of Vons stores.
“We’re pleased to have found strong buyers for these stores and to have completed this important step toward combining Albertsons and Safeway,” said Safeway President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Edwards, who will serve as the combined company’s President and CEO. “We look forward now to the transaction’s close, so we can begin working together to enhance the loyalty of grocery shoppers by delivering high quality products, great service and lower prices to become the favorite local supermarket in every neighborhood we serve.”
This just in from the Wine Cask at 813 Anacapa Street:
Santa Barbara, CA. March, 2015 – This March, treat yourself to lunch in Wine Cask’s sunny courtyard and enjoy seasonal favorites while supporting Junior League of Santa Barbara (JLSB). Throughout the month of March, Wine Cask is partnering with Junior League through their Charity Lunch Promotion, and will donate 10% of all guest checks during lunch when they mention this local nonprofit organization, committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the leadership of trained volunteers.
The JLSB is passionate about improving the welfare of the Santa Barbara community and strives to make a lasting difference. Their current focus is to improve youth literacy in Santa Barbara County. They partner with the Santa Barbara Public Library, the Santa Barbara public schools, Girls Inc., and a variety of other organizations in our community. Wine Cask is proud to contribute to the Junior League’s important work surrounding youth literacy in Santa Barbara, and invites guests to give back while enjoying a delicious meal this spring.
For the duration of March, all guests need to do is mention Junior League of Santa Barbara during their lunch, and Wine Cask will make sure 10% of their bill goes to the nonprofit. You know about Wine Cask’s fabulous flatbreads and gourmet burgers but how about trying the Heirloom Carrot Salad; Duck Confit Salad; Littleneck Clams in a Thai curry broth, and of course the famous Filet Mignon Enchiladas! Dine on Chef David Rosner’s new spring menu items, and help support Junior League’s wonderful community efforts!
Wine Cask is located in downtown Santa Barbara in the historic El Paseo complex, and offers the best of all worlds to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner in a stylishly relaxed setting. Our passion is serving great food, providing the highest caliber of service and bringing back the comfort and nostalgia of one of Santa Barbara’s favorite restaurants to our patrons. Wine Cask is located at 813 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805.966.9463. www.winecask.com www.intermezzosb.com
This just in from reader Rodney:
Fresh Market 222 N Milpas Street is shutting down. In fact, it was in the news today the company is shutting down all the remaining California stores. The store was closed early today (Thursday) and will reopen tomorrow with a big 30% off everything to the public as they liquidate inventory.
Fresh Market, Inc. put out a press release about it. Fresh Market opened in Santa Barbara in November, 2013 and plans to close at the end of March.
UPDATE: Reader Peter says as of Friday morning there is no liquidation sale but reader Art said he received the following notice Friday morning:
Readers Michael, Jim and Maureen tell me that a For Lease sign has appeared at Denny’s restaurant at 5677 Calle Real in Goleta. Reader Jim added that a waitress told him that their lease is up soon.
Takenoya restaurant on Calle Real in Goleta closed in late 2013 but the ownership and most of the staff have returned with the opening of Yume Sushi at 428 Chapala Street, the former home of Adama and Casa de Sevilla. Yume Sushi will be very different than Takenoya, offering more of a relaxed, western-style Japanese restaurant experience. Co-owner Denise Hsueh tells me that offerings from the extensive menu include Japanese-style pizza also known a “seafood pancake” which is a pan-fried mixture of flour, egg, onion, shredded cabbage, scallop, shrimp, squid and bacon, topped with okonomuyaki sauce. Hsueh also recommends a noodle dish called Seafood Nabe which includes assorted fish, clam, crab, mussel, scallop, shrimp and vegetables. Hours are Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5 – 10 p.m, Saturday – Sunday 4-10 p.m. For more information call 965-8873.
Farmer Boy Restaurant, which opened in 1958 at 3427 State Street, closed late last year when the original owner, Ralph Karleskint, decided to sell the business. New owner John Bennett, whose family operates several restaurants in town including Brophy Bros. and Benchmark Eatery, says that the new Farmer Boy will be “A fresh take on a classic diner.” Bennett hopes to reopen the restaurant in June.
Bringing tropical tunes and cups of fluffy snow everywhere it stops, Kona Ice is introducing Santa Barbara to its unique blend of entertainment and gourmet frozen treats. “The communities’ first taste of our cool treats and colorful truck will keep them coming back for more,” said Max O’Kieffe, the recent graduate of University of California Santa Barbara and entrepreneur who is shifting good times into overdrive in Santa Barbara with the launch of his new Kona Ice truck. “It will only be a matter of time before our Kona truck captures the hearts, minds and taste buds of the neighborhoods we serve.”
The Kona Ice experience begins as the sounds of tropical calypso music fills the air at each event and group gathering. Customers receive cups of freshly shaved ice and then help themselves to any of the ten tastes on the truck’s Flavorwave (an interactive dispensing system in which individuals select from one or more flavors) or the additional 20-plus flavors and 500 different combinations available.
O’Kieffe is continuing Kona Ice’s tradition of donating thousands of dollars each year to local school groups, teams and community organizations. He pledges to give back a percentage of the proceeds from each stop. Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $25 million dollars to community-based organizations since the launch in June 2007.
For more information about booking Kona Ice for a fundraiser or event, visit kona-ice.com.
Last week radio personality John Henigin interviewed Paradise Cafe owner Randy Rowse and The Restaurant Guy on the popular local show Cork and Fork Radio KZSB-AM 1290. The show airs Fridays at noon with replays on Sundays at 5pm, and streaming is available anytime on corkandforkradio.com.
The next show on Friday, March 6th, will focus on honey, bees and beekeeping. The co-host will be Todd Bebb, a member of Beekeepers in Santa Barbara County. Honey history, benefits, shortage of bees and the subject of why you may want a hive in your yard, will be discussed. Another topic on Friday is the Taste of Solvang which takes place March 18-22. A member of the Taste of Solvang committee will give information on air and will give away a pair of tickets.
Gino Milano is back at 563 East Main Street in Ventura where he has retaken ownership of his restaurant Sicily by Gino after sub-leasing the business for four years. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and is closed on Mondays. Gino and his wife Connie took a break from their Ventura spot to open their B&B and cooking school in Sicily as well as a new cooking school on the island of Java, Indonesia. Gino Milano is well known in Santa Barbara with his Gino’s Sicilian Express at 12 West Figueroa which he has been running for 18 years.
After intense concentration and a wave of my hand over the all-knowing crystal ball, my eatery oracle has revealed a list of food and drink locations appearing in your future:
This just in from the Bacara resort:
Actor & Apprentice Winemaker hosts his first local GoGi Wines event in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara – The secret is out – Santa Barbara is a food and wine lover’s paradise. So it’s no wonder celebrated actors such as Kurt Russell have chosen the American Riviera as the home for their winemaking passion.
“After tasting pinots from around the world, my personal belief is that the Santa Rita Hills area is, other than Burgundy, the best place to make pinot noir,” said Kurt Russell.
Russell, along with his daughter and actress Kate Hudson and musician Matt Bellamy, have partnered with Winemakers Peter and Rebecca Work, proprietors of Ampelos Cellars, to produce GoGi Wines and Hudson Bellamy Wines in the renowned Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County. The Wine Saloon at the historic 1880 Union Hotel in Los Alamos, located 45 miles from downtown Santa Barbara, exclusively features all three labels.
Wine aficionados (and Russell fans) will have the rare opportunity to hear directly from Kurt about the stories which inspired his wines at the 2nd Annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend’s Grand Wine Dinneron April 18 at Bacara Resort & Spa. Now in its second year, the Weekend is produced by Bacara Resort & Spa together with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. The weekend’s proceeds benefit The Foundation.
“Santa Barbara has always been recognized for our beautiful beaches, but it’s our culinary community that is now drawing national acclaim,” said Kathleen Cochran, general manager of Bacara Resort & Spa. “This weekend is designed to showcase all that makes Santa Barbara County’s food and wine so unique, so it’s only fitting that Kurt is joining the celebration.”
The Grand Wine Dinner with Kurt Russell will begin with a reception featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres and two Hudson Bellamy wines: Hudson Bellamy 2013 Rose of Syrah “Que Syrah Syrah” and Hudson Bellamy 2013 Sauvignon Blanc “A Little Time.”
A four-course “Ranch to Table” sit-down dinner will follow the reception. The menu will showcase the region’s best locally-sourced meat and produce, handcrafted by Bacara’s award-winning culinary team. Each course will star Russell’s personally selected wine pairings, including: GoGi Viognier 2013 “LuLu;” GoGi Chardonnay 2012 “Goldie;” GoGi Pinot Noir 2011 “Angelbaby;” and Ampelos Syrah 2010 “Gamma.”
Bacara’s Creative Director Lorrene Balzani will transform the resort’s grand ballroom into a rustic, old west atmosphere inspired by The Wine Saloon. “Our goal is to create an intimate and informal space that reflects Kurt’s approachable and fun-loving style,” said Cochran. “We want the evening to feel like a large gathering among friends, old and new.”
The Grand Wine Dinner with Kurt Russell takes places on Saturday, April 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Bacara. Tickets are available for $199, plus tax and gratuity, and can be purchased online at www.BacaraCulinaryWeekend.com.
Russell joins an all-star lineup of 25 other events happening over April 16-19 at the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend. Now themed: Savoring the Past, Cultivating the Future, additional weekend highlights include:
- Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association wine tasting reception and video tribute to the late Julia Child, a Montecito resident, presented by her former producer and director, Geoffrey Drummond and baking guru/author Dorie Greenspan, who collaborated on the multi-award winning Baking with Julia TV series and cookbook.
- Educational lunch with Los Angeles power couple and celebrity chefs, Suzanne Goin (Lucques, AOC & Tavern) and David Lentz, chef/owner of Santa Barbara’s The Hungry Cat
- Cooking classes with famed chefs and cookbook authors, including Jim Dodge, Anne Willan and Virginia Willis
- Neighborhood Tasting & Market that explores Santa Barbara’s top up-and-coming food regions, including Los Alamos, Arts District and the Funk Zone
- Screening of A Year in Champagne in the resort’s 211-seat movie theater paired with a glass of champagne and local chocolate tasting
- Curator from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History discussing all about “Julia Child’s Kitchen,” the museum’s most visited exhibit
All events are inspired by Julia’s lifelong passion for learning, love of eating well and mission to further gastronomy. They are designed to marry entertainment and inspiration, celebration with learning.
“The Foundation is delighted to continue to foster Julia Child’s legacy and our connection to Santa Barbara with Bacara Resort & Spa’s support. Last year’s inaugural event embodied everything we had hoped it would, capturing what Julia loved about enjoying the best and latest in food, wine and cooking and what makes Santa Barbara such a special destination. We are delighted to have Kurt Russell and so many other top people in food & wine join us this year to share their passion. We hope to see many more Santa Barbarans join those from around the country at this year’s expanded and exciting weekend.” – said Todd Schulkin, Executive Director, The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.
Tickets for all events are now available at www.BacaraCulinaryWeekend.com. Advanced reservations are recommended as events do sell out but same day tickets will be available for select events with greater capacity such as the Neighborhood Tour.
For tickets and a complete list of events and more information about the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend, please visit www.BacaraCulinaryWeekend.com.
Reader Bruce tells me that Sandbar at 514 State Street has reopened. The business closed in early December for an extensive remodel.