Foodbank’s Table of Life Fundraiser

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Sherry Villanueva and Foodbank CEO Erik Talkin, courtesy photo

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Sherry Villanueva and Foodbank CEO Erik Talkin, courtesy photo

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 to celebrate Santa Barbara County’s finest, and provide nutritional meals to children will be held at Jim & Stephanie Sokolove’s Montecito estate. This year’s honorees are Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree and Sherry Villanueva, who receive special recognition for their leadership and steadfast commitment to improving food security.

Chef Jason Paluska of The Lark, courtesy photo

Chef Jason Paluska of The Lark, courtesy photo

The garden party features live music from the Doublewide Kings, wine and spirits and food stations from local favorites: Michael Hutchings, Christine Dahl, Stephanie Sokolove, The Lark, Driscoll’s Berries, World Cuisine Express Organic Kitchen, Edie Robertson, Liz Santa Barbara Caterer, Catering Connection, Pete Clemens, McConnell’s Ice Cream, Tri-County Produce, Shalhoob Meat Company, Nimita’s Cuisine and Bacara Resort and Spa.

School of Knowledge Table Sponsors have generously released limited tickets for purchase. A $250 ticket donation sponsors five children enrolled in our Feed the Future programs. Each child receives delicious, fresh produce and food literacy training. Click here to buy a ticket.








Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its award-winning programs and a network of over 300 member nonprofit partners. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 146,000 unduplicated people of whom nearly 35% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 9.7 million pounds of food — half of which was fresh produce. For more information, visit

—Leslie Dinaberg

Published in Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine on October 3, 2015.