A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg
“Meet Drink Talk Think” is certainly an idea worth toasting. It’s also the slogan for Green Drinks, a fun monthly networking group that combines merriment and making the world a greener (better) place.
This month’s soiree, on Tuesday, September 17 from 6–8 p.m. in the pretty courtyard of the Environmental Defense Center (906 Garden St.), features Marge Cafarelli, the dynamo founder and visionary behind Santa Barbara Public Market, which is opening soon on the corner of Chapala and Victoria streets. With a mouth-watering list of vendors—including Foragers Pantry, Enjoy Cupcakes, Flagstone Pantry, The Pasta Shoppe, il Fustino, Oils and Vinegars, Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, JuiceWell, The Kitchen, Wine + Beer, Green Star Coffee, Belcampo Meat Co. and Crazy Good Bread—we can’t wait for the market to open.
But meanwhile Tuesday’s Happy Hour, which is a benefit for SOL Food Festival (coming up soon on September 28), features hors d’oeuvres from Whole Foods Market and Isabella’s Gourmet Foods, beer from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and Figueroa Mountain Brew Co. and even juice tastings from the Juice Club.
Filling your mind while you fill your belly is the aim of Green Drinks.
Cafarelli will share the inspiration behind the market, its connection to community building and how it supports local food. Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will also share information. They’ll also be live music by Adam Phillips and a silent auction to benefit SOL Food Festival, featuring opportunities to bid on wine tasting at the Canary, farm tours, dinner at Seagrass and much more.
All are welcome. Come thirsty, bring your friends. Great food and conversation is guaranteed. Just $15 gets you in the door and includes one drink. RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/575355175862793/
Hope to see you there.
Originally published in Santa Barbara SEASONS Magazine on September 13, 2013.
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When she’s not busy working as the editor of Santa Barbara SEASONS, Cocktail Corner author Leslie Dinaberg writes magazine articles, newspaper columns and grocery lists. When it comes to cocktails, Leslie considers herself a “goal-oriented drinker.”