The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

Cocktail Corner: Local Restaurants Earn Wine Spectator’s Top Honors

by lesliedinaberg on July 14, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg As if there were any doubt that Santa Barbara County is Wine Country, Wine Spectator recently honored 20 local restaurants with their highest honors for excellence. “Wine Spectator‘s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to […]

Cocktail Corner: Calivore Spirits

by lesliedinaberg on October 1, 2016

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  I had the opportunity to sample some spirits with Aaron Bergh this week, the “President & Commander-in-Mischief” of Calivore Spirits, a new California born and bred business specializing in regionally made liquor. Bergh started his venture just a few years ago as a Cal Poly […]

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 […]

Cocktail Corner: Smile Sideways to Win, Friendship Center Wine Down, Bien Nacido Winemakers’ Dinner & More

by lesliedinaberg on September 5, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg The Sideways celebrations continue on this week with a special 10th Anniversary Sign Promotion September 5th – 14th in 100 different locations throughout Santa Barbara County. To celebrate the Oscar-winning film and its impact on the local wine scene, 100 six-foot tall signs featuring Miles and Jack are being […]

Wine Cask and bouchon Award SBCC Students with Scholarships + Internships

by lesliedinaberg on March 16, 2014

Alejandro Guillen, Alexander Italia and Alejandro Martinez have each been awarded a $2,500 scholarship on behalf of Mitchell Sjerven, owner of bouchon and co-owner of Wine Cask.  The American Riviera Scholarship is a grant program Sjerven created on behalf of his Santa Barbara restaurants, bouchon and Wine Cask, awarded to several deserving students enrolled in Santa Barbara City College’s School of Culinary Arts. Created […]

Cocktail Corner: The Pickle Room

by lesliedinaberg on November 2, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg “Santa Barbara needs a lounge where people can hang out and be off State Street and kick their feet up and be comfortable,” says Clay Lovejoy, who recently opened the Pickle Room, 126 E. Canon Perdido St. (805/965-3445), with the aim of providing that very […]

Chef’s Counter at the Wine Cask a Culinary Treat

by lesliedinaberg on September 16, 2013

I had my first encounter with the Chef’s Counter at the Wine Cask this week and my tastebuds are still dancing with delight. For those of you who haven’t heard, every Monday through Thursday night Chef Brandon Hughes is now offering a special Farmer’s Market fresh tasting menu paired with local wines, for an all […]

New Babies Old Bonds

by lesliedinaberg on February 3, 2005

You go in to the hospital a person and come out a parent. What does that really mean to the rest of your life. The world really is created anew every time a child comes into it. Along with the boundless love, endless diapers and sleepless nights, parents should be prepared for changes in their […]