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Music Academy of the West Reaches $17.5 Million FINALE Campaign Goal

by lesliedinaberg on April 26, 2016

A standing ovation for Music Academy of the West! The organization recently achieved a $17.5 million campaign goal, thanks in part to a $4.4 million leadership gift from the Hind Foundation. The 15-month fundraising effort will provide monies to renovate the historic Marilyn Horne Main House, construct a new Teaching Studio Building, purchase 11 Steinway pianos, endow a long-range instrument […]

Cocktail Corner: Getting Fizzy With Sloe Gin

by lesliedinaberg on April 23, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg My first introduction to the Sloe Gin Fizz was a few decades ago at a football tailgate party in Berkley, Cal vs. UCLA. I don’t recall whether my Bruins won, but I can still remember my first delectable sip of that frothy and delicious Sloe Gin […]

Editor’s Pick: Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival

by lesliedinaberg on April 14, 2016

The longest-running Earth Day celebration in the U.S., Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival (Apr. 16–17) is a weekend of live music, educational speakers, sustainable food and hundreds of exhibitors eager to help you reduce your carbon footprint. This year’s 46th annual festival theme, “One World,” is a reminder that we must work together to keep […]

Cocktail Corner: Que Syrah, Syrah

by lesliedinaberg on April 10, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Fellow Syrah lovers, have we got a seminar for you. As part of the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend, on April 23, this special tasting seminar throws the spotlight on this dark, delicious, full-bodied grape. Featuring an in-depth exploration and tasting of Santa Barbara County Syrah, […]

The Joy of Food: Leela Cyd’s Latest Artful Adventure

by lesliedinaberg on April 4, 2016

By Leslie Dinaberg Food, fun and friends are, without a doubt, the best ingredients for any kind of gathering, and Leela Cyd’s new book—Food With Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings—is packed with culinary inspiration, gorgeous photography and mouthwatering recipes. A former personal chef, Cyd is now an accomplished writer-photographer (and contributor to Seasons) and […]

Cocktail Corner: Goodbar Grooviness

by lesliedinaberg on April 2, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Goodbar, the Goodland Hotel’s super cool lounge, is shaking things this spring.  Here’s what they have going on: Spirited Flight Night Mondays Branch out of your comfort zone and try something new! Guests get 20% off all flights on Monday nights. Try the Numero Uno featuring Partida Blanco, […]

Wine Cask Hosts Fundraising Dinner for SBCC Culinary Arts Students

by lesliedinaberg on April 1, 2016

Here’s a great way to support future chefs while enjoying a delicious meal, Wine Cask hosts a fundraising dinner on Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m. to benefit Santa Barbara City College Culinary Arts students. Proceeds from the evening will provide an opportunity for students to travel to Madrid, Spain this summer with the SBCC […]

Partnership for Excellence Conference Addresses Benefits of Mindful Practices

by lesliedinaberg on April 1, 2016

  The 23rd Annual Partnership for Excellence Conference—the premiere forum for social sector leaders in Santa Barbara County—takes place on Tuesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Fess Parker Doubletree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Founded by the Foundation Roundtable, the Partnership for Excellence Conference is a vital event that convenes a forum for […]

Stone Soup at Arts Fund

by lesliedinaberg on April 1, 2016

Most people have heard the story of Stone Soup, where “weary travelers enter town with nothing in their pockets and hunger in their bellies, but their pleas to local residents for food are rejected. Undeterred, they fill their pot with water and submerge a purported “magic” stone into it to attract the attention of the residents. The […]