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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 […]

Dream Foundation’s 7th Annual Flower Empower Luncheon

by lesliedinaberg on May 26, 2017

Dream Foundation‘s Annual Flower Empower Luncheon is always a beautiful and heartwarming affair, and this year’s 7th annual event, held at the gorgeous Klentner Ranch near the polo fields in Carpinteria, was a particularly lovely gathering. More than 200 local community members came together for this annual event, which not only raises funds but also acknowledges the volunteers, sponsors, […]

Local Dish: The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn

by lesliedinaberg on May 24, 2017

The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn is the new restaurant concept from Chef Budi Kazali, who has owned the property with his wife Chris Kazali since 2004. Ballard Inn has always been highly regarded for its romantic ambiance and award-winning cuisine, but the new restaurant and decor offers a much more fun, casual and inviting experience. Rather than a […]

Cocktail Corner: Rose Soiree at Angel Oak

by lesliedinaberg on May 24, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Everything’s coming up roses at the Bacara on the long Memorial Day weekend when they kick off the summer with a Rosé Soiree, taking place on Monday, May 29 from 2-5 p.m. at the lovely Angel Oak restaurant.  Held outdoors on Angel Oak’s stunning oceanfront patio, this […]

Cocktail Corner: Biltmore Summer Tasting Series

by lesliedinaberg on May 19, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara’s Summer Tasting Series returns on May 19 with a new lineup of the best local purveyors, distillers and winemakers. The series kicks off on Friday, from 6-9 p.m. with MASTER DISTILLERS. This first event takes place in the beautiful […]

Cocktail Corner: Pairing Wine and Sushi

by lesliedinaberg on May 15, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Wine and sushi were a match made in Happy Canyon heaven—I’m still dreaming about a once-in-a-lifetime amazing meal I shared recently at Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards. The Dierberg family-owned wineries teamed up with Japan’s sushi master Chef Kiminari Togawa of  Sushi Karaku of Ginza Tokyo, winemaker Tyler Thomas and two impressive […]

Cocktail Corner: Test Your Taste Buds

by lesliedinaberg on May 15, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Are you curious to learn all about the secrets behind recognizing a wine from just a glance and a taste? Next week, on Thursday, May 18, you can try your skills at blind tasting. Starting at 6 p.m. at Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant (131 Anacapa […]

Cocktail Corner: New Luna Terraza at The Biltmore

by lesliedinaberg on April 29, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   One of the swankiest spots in town, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, got even more wow-worthy with the recently opened Luna Terraza, which offers an exclusive and intimate outdoor private space just outside of the recently renovated Ty Lounge. Lucky me, I got to try […]

Cocktail Corner: Bottlest Winery Bar & Bistro

by lesliedinaberg on April 22, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   I pride myself on being a bit of a cocktail connoisseur, but last week I saw one of the cleverest cocktail embellishments I’ve seen: a little rubber ducky floating in the Bathtub Martini at the new Bottlest Winery Bar & Bistro in Buellton. Made with […]

Cocktail Corner: Easter Dining and a Toast to Spring!

by lesliedinaberg on April 10, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Spring is in the air, so what better time to sample some of the lovely new libations at our local watering holes. Hop on over and give these spring cocktails and dining options a taste: Ty Lounge at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has […]