Enjoy Santa Barbara Culinary Experience at the five-star Hotel Californian by celebrating Santa Barbara Wine Country.
Featuring hors d’oeuvres from Executive Chef Travis Watson and pours from almost 2 dozen Santa Barbara County wineries.
20 years of award-winning culinary experience
After his career led him all over the world, including France where he served as an apprentice to Chef Georges Paccard of Michelin-starred La Ciboulette.
More than a dozen wineries
with a unique display of Santa Barbara qualities
Different expressions of terroir across the County, and in some cases, exclusivity (some don’t have tasting rooms, or are small, boutique wineries).
The list includes:
Alma Rosa Winery, Ampelos Cellars, Barden Wines,
Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Estate Wines,
Buttonwood Farm & Winery
Brewer-Clifton, Cambria Wines, Dragonette Cellars,
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Jonata, Lieu Dit Winery, Margerum Wines, Nielson Wines,
Pence Vineyards & Winery, Riverbench Vineyard & Winery
Sandhi Wines, Tyler Winery
and more to be announced.
Santa Barbara Culinary Experience
The inaugural Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE) is a world-class three-day event celebrated throughout greater Santa Barbara from March 13-15, 2020.
In partnership with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, the event brings together local and national talent to celebrate Santa Barbara – Julia Child’s final home – with its dynamic food and wine scene.
Participating restaurants, bars and hotels across the city and harbor will offer new twists on classic Julia Child dishes, signature Julia and Paul Child cocktails, educational programming, memorable stays, tours, talks and other creative programming.
About the AuthorJoe Wehinger (nicknamed Joe Winger) has written for over 20 years about the business of lifestyle and entertainment. Joe is an entertainment producer, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and C-level consultant who owns businesses in entertainment, lifestyle, tourism and publishing. He is an award-winning filmmaker, published author, member of the Directors Guild of America, International Food Travel Wine Authors Association, WSET Level 2 Wine student, WSET Level 2 Cocktail student, member of the LA Wine Writers. Email to: [email protected]
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2018 proved to be a hard year for the City of Angels. From devastating fires, the escalating housing crisis, and well, politics in general.
No need to worry Angelenos, We have a very bright future. The New Year continue to offer Los Angeles the role as the best place in the world to live. Here are some things to get excited about!
1. The Music Center Plaza reopens
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2. Big Bus Plan by Metro
Metro’s next-gen bus study aims to make improvements in the region’s bus network. The 18-month study to completely overhaul the bus network followed by 10 community meetings going to be held between January and February to make some major changes by the end of the year.
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The next pedestrian bridge is an Elysian Valley Cypress Park which is not constructed yet. Another bridge will connect Glendale to Griffith Park. Finally, the third is Sixth Street Viaduct that connects the Arts district to Boyle Heights. It will open till next year!
4. Budget-friendly housing close to Transit
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Il Segreto will be offering Take-Out every Monday through Sunday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm to support their community and guests’ in-home dining needs.
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Open Face Food Shop (Los Angeles):
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Christine Peake was our host and set the tone for the night bravely swan diving right into un-PC hedonism. If you’re looking for a polite time, go home now. She had the crowd roaring within seconds.
But the fun part was, the night wasn’t just a night of roaring. As you’ll see in a sec, the whispers were just as funny.
Actress / comedian Eugenia Kuzmina is brave. I’ve seen her perform a few times. Sometimes she does a dead-ringer for Melania Trump that works well. Her act often feels uniquely experimental. She plays with the audience, She teases us. She plays off her looks (an international model) with a sly sense of humor.
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Jimmy Shin is an instant party. Much like Baldwin, he’s as comfortable getting vulnerable as he is getting silly. His rat-a-tat-tat energy is infectious, the whole room gets a cardio workout. His comedy touches on race, family and being an immigrant. It’s no wonder his Amazon special “Wok of Shame” is so popular.
Everyone loves SNL’s Darrell Hammond
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