The 32nd annual Taste of the Town fundraiser is being held this Sunday, September 8th noon to 3 p.m. at the Riviera Park Garden, 2030 Alameda Padre Serra. The Taste of the Town is Santa Barbara’s original tasting event, featuring samples from over 80 local restaurants and wineries. Tickets cost $125 and can be purchased online at www.tasteofthetownsantabarbara.com or by calling 563-4685. All proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation whose mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
There is a new addition to Taste of the Town this year – the first-ever “Beer Crafters Row,” with brews prepared for you by Firestone Walker, Island Brewing Company, Santa Barbara Brewery, Figueroa Mountain Brewery and others.
Executive Chef Patrice Martineau of the new El Encanto Hotel is the 2013 Honorary Lead Chef. In this role, Chef Martineau and his team will design a seven-course progressive tasting menu for event sponsors and their guests at the Connoisseurs’ Circle. Now in its fourth year, the Connoisseurs’ Circle will be held on Friday night, September 6 at El Encanto. This VIP experience creates an opportunity for guests to enjoy Chef Martineau’s culinary expertise up close on the Friday night before Taste of the Town’s traditional food and wine event.
Participating food vendors include Alchemy Arts Cafe, Aldo’s Italian Restaurant, Anchor Woodfire Kitchen & Bar, Arch Rock Fish, Arlington Tavern, Butler Catering, Ca’dario, Ca’dario Pizzeria, Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina, Chase Restaurant & Lounge, Crazy Good Bread, El Encanto, Enterprise Fish Company, Finch And Fork, Fresco Cafe, Il Fustino Oils & Vinegars, Los Agaves, Los Arroyos Mexican Restaurant, Louie’s California Bistro, Michael’s Catering, Mirabelle Inn And Restaurant, New West Catering, Olivos Del Mar, Opal Restaurant & Bar, Our Daily Bread, Petros, Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro, Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro, Santa Barbara City College, Soho Restaurant, The Ballard Inn Restaurant, The Palace Grill, The Vineyard House Restaurant, Toma, Ucsb Faculty Club, and Via Maestra 42.
Here are photos taken by The Restaurant Guy at past Taste of the Town events: