Finding the things that we are better suited for, and over time the things we are best suited for, is one of the great adventures of life and the source of a great deal of happiness.
-Matthew Kelly

Cocktail Corner: Cheers to Beer!

by lesliedinaberg on October 31, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Beer and food pairings are all the rage, and not surprisingly, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company, chef Kyle Jones of Country Catering and Wine + Beer at the Public Market are excited to get in on the action on Nov. 12. How yummy does this menu sound? Amuse Bouche Kettle chips […]

Changing Lives Together: Joyce Dudley to Keynote Women’s Fund Site Visit

by lesliedinaberg on October 28, 2015

The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara will host a Site Visit Kick-Off on Thursday, October 29 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church (21 E. Constance Ave., Santa Barbara).  This annual event features progress reports from the seven local nonprofits that received Women’s Fund grants this past spring: Children’s Resource and Referral, […]

Santa Barbara Empty Bowls Returns Nov. 1

by lesliedinaberg on October 28, 2015

Help to end hunger when one of Santa Barbara’s most beloved events, the annual Santa Barbara Empty Bowls luncheon, returns on Sun., Nov. 1 at the Ben Page Youth Center, 4540 Hollister Ave. Tickets are still available. Always a unique and fun fundraising event, Empty Bowls benefits the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, which works to […]

Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and The Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig

by lesliedinaberg on October 19, 2015

This retrospective exhibition, the first in 90 years, celebrates the publication of a monograph on the work of two seminal Santa Barbara architects, who happen to be husband and wife. James Osborne Craig is widely credited with establishing the Spanish Colonial style in Santa Barbara. He left two buildings of such potency—even precocity, given his age—completed […]

Cocktail Corner: Fall Flavors

by lesliedinaberg on October 18, 2015

A Bounty of Autumnal Cocktail Flavors at S.Y. Kitchen, Finch & Fork and Intermezzo A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Had enough of  the pumpkin spice hoopla from your local barista?  Here’s an abundance of fun fall finds from your friendly neighborhood bartenders. Alberto Battaglini, the acclaimed mixologist at S.Y. Kitchen (1110 Farday St., Santa Ynez), has new […]

SBIFF Honors Jane Fonda

by lesliedinaberg on October 16, 2015

Elizabeth Banks and Diane Lane were in town to fete their friend Jane Fonda recently when the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and its Director Roger Durling honored Fonda with their 10th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at a gala event held at the Bacara Resort & Spa. The event kicked off with a […]

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Gold Ribbon Luncheon

by lesliedinaberg on October 12, 2015

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation‘s (TBCF) Third  Annual Gold Ribbon Luncheon was a heartwarming and touching event, gathering community members and supporters at the beautiful Coral Casino to honor and encourage the work of this nonprofit organization, which provides financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer living in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis […]

Cocktail Corner: Art, Libations and Music on the Edge

by lesliedinaberg on October 9, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Make a splash next weekend at Goleta’s Goodland Hotel when art meets music, libations, food and creative fun with a poolside “play with your food” interactive brunch on Saturday, Oct. 17. It’s all part of MCA Santa Barbara‘s second annual On the Edge Festival, which brings internationally renowned […]

Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival Returns

by lesliedinaberg on October 7, 2015

Get ready to laugh out loud at an all-star lineup of headline comedians when the Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival returns for two weekends, October 8 through Oct. 17. Here’s the line-up: Kira Soltanovich • Hot Funny Femmes  • Thur. Oct. 8 • 8 p.m.• Lobero Theatre Kira Soltanovich (Tru TV’s How To Be A Grown Up, Girls Behaving Badly and […]

Foodbank’s Table of Life Fundraiser

by lesliedinaberg on October 5, 2015

Support Foodbank of Santa Barbara County‘s Feed the Future programs—which include Food Literacy in Preschool, Kid’s Farmers Market, Picnic in the Park, Teens Love Cooking and Healthy School Pantry—at the Fourth Annual Table of Life Fundraiser on Oct. 17, from 4-7 p.m. The event, which brings together the local food industry, chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers and foodies […]