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Cocktail Corner: Sip, Swirl and be Merry at the Canary

by lesliedinaberg on November 27, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg The rooftop of the Canary will decked in the spirit of the holiday season this December with a special holiday Sip & Swirl Series. First up is Dec. 7 with Bubbles Sip & Swirl, where guests can enjoy sparkling wine from top labels like Taittinger, Laurent-Perrier, […]

Local Dish: A Flavorful Feast at Finch & Fork

by lesliedinaberg on September 15, 2017

Some good news for Goleta: longtime Finch & Fork Executive Chef James Siao has taken on the dual role as Executive Chef of the Canary Hotel‘s sister property, Outpost at the Goodland. For the past five years, Siao has done an excellent job creating elevated comfort food at Finch & Fork. Our recent meal was no […]

Cocktail Corner: Sip & Swirl on the Canary Rooftop

by lesliedinaberg on June 16, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg You know that summer is finally here when Finch & Fork and the Canary Hotel start up their popular wine tasting series, Sip & Swirl. This monthly series features local wines, cheese and entertainment set to stunning views from downtown’s only rooftop terrace.  Quite frankly, the scenery alone is enough to make […]

Local Dish: Finch & Fork’s New Flavors of the Season

by lesliedinaberg on May 26, 2017

Never one to rest on his laurels, Finch & Fork Chef James Siao and his culinary team have added new items to the dinner menu, and diners are in for a treat. We started our meal with a bright and flavorful new appetizer, Asparagus & Mascarpone Toast with marinated asparagus, whipped lemon mascarpone, mint pesto, and […]

Cocktail Corner: Brunch at Finch & Fork

by lesliedinaberg on February 21, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   While nothing says “bloody good brunch” like a Bloody Mary, Finch & Fork bartender Joe Dohany has bumped it up a notch with some cocktails designed especially for day drinking. New to the menu is Dohany’s Breakfast of Champions, a bold drink with bacon–washed bourbon, pecan syrup […]

Cocktail Corner: Welcoming Fall With Finch & Fork’s Joe Dohany

by lesliedinaberg on October 14, 2016

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  The spirits of fall are in the air, and Finch & Fork has a friendly new face behind the bar with an autumnal-inspired new menu. Joe Dohany—who most recently was a craft bartender at Shaker & Spear and Pennyroyal at Kimpton‘s Seattle property, The Palladian—is bringing a creative approach to […]

Cocktail Corner: Swirl & Sip Series on the Canary Rooftop

by lesliedinaberg on May 28, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg I jump at any opportunity to hang out at the rooftop at the Canary Hotel, which is one of the most exquisite—and exclusive—360-degree views of Santa Barbara. The scenery alone is enough to make me leap at any invitation to visit the roof, add in some terrific […]

Cocktail Corner: Farewell to Tiki Tuesday Luau

by lesliedinaberg on August 25, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Get out those Hawaiian shirts and leis, Finch & Fork is hosting a special “Farewell to Tiki Tuesday Luau” on Tuesday, August 26, beginning at 5 p.m.  The festivities, which run till dark, will include live entertainment. Chef James Siao will be roasting a whole pig and serving […]

Town Hall for the Local Arts Community

by lesliedinaberg on April 24, 2014

Last week’s arts symposium, an annual event sponsored by The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, served as a lively town hall of sorts for the local arts community.  Arts advocates, arts educators and youth advocates, arts administrators, foundations, arts and city and county officials (and yours truly) packed the meeting rooms at the Canary Hotel for […]