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ly’s takes their cocktails very seriously… with a twist. This reflects owner James Sly, an impeccable, expert chef —who sports a

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firsts recognize many of the cocktails available here, but there’s nothing old fashioned about the drink menu—other than the cocktail of that name. In fact, Sly and his staff are drink detectives, hunting down original recipes for their vintage libations. “We’re not inventing new drinks here,” says Barman Chris Chinn. “We’re trying to fix drinks that may have been done wrong all these years.” “He’s our ‘Cocktail Mechanic,’” jokes Manager Mandy Huffaker. “Sly’s bar reflects the philosophy of the kitchen,” she adds. “consistently making drinks in the classic way, in a classic setting, using high quality ingredients.” Take a Zombie (or take two, but only that; there’s a limit of two). Sly’s makes their own falernum, a syrup of toasted almond, ginger and lime, which is a key Zombie ingredient. It is joined by five rums, several fruity juices and some secret ingredients, and served in a tall, ceramic Fu Manchu “tiki mug.” Their marvelous Mai Tai comes in a shorter, more Easter Island-like mug, and Sly’s Moscow Mule arrives in a traditional copper cup, keeping cold the delicious concoction of vodka, lime and ginger beer. Sly’s also makes their own bitters, used in their Manhattan, and their own tonic water. But for the circa 1830 Sazerac, a heavenly blend of absinthe and rye, they use Peychaud’s Bitters direct from New Orleans. Ask for the “special cocktail menu,” created for December 5 (Prohibition’s end), for even more variety. The oddly named Corpse Reviver #2 turned out to be a delicate blend of gin, Patron Citronge, Lillet Blanc, fresh lemon and the anise liqueur Ricard Pastis. Chinn proudly points out that Planters Punch was invented 100 years ago—to the day—that Sly’s opened (August 8, 1808). It packs a punch as powerful now as it did then.— By Julia McHugh. Photo by Eliot Cowley. 12

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Brian Thompson left the hustle and hype of Wall Street to brew beer. And not just any beer, but beer that he feels passionate about perfecting and sharing. He abandoned New York for California six years ago and nestled into Santa Barbara’s eclectic Funk Zone community to introduce Telegraph Brewing Company and tasting room to the local palate. “I left Wall Street just when all the fun started,” he says, tongue in cheek. Thompson chose to name his successful micro-brewery and distribution company after the San Francisco street where he first home-brewed beer as a hobby, sharing his special blends with friends, as he does to this day. A bit of a technology and history buff, Thompson embraced the idea of capturing a piece of California history by naming his brewery after an invention that helped to create modern California and brought people together from the East to the West Coast. From his small and personalized brewery, Thompson and his team use mostly locally grown ingredients to create a number of unique and satisfying ale varieties, including his top three favorite seasonal blends—Telegraph’s flagship California Ale, the dark and rich Oatmeal Stout, and the elusive Gypsy Ale (made with fresh plums & wild yeast). When not faithful to his own brews, Thompson can be found enjoying the Bay area native beer Anchorsteam, an old friend that inspired his creative journey. Not one to play partial to ales, Thompson concocted a special label Pilsner for Fiesta in honor of Mexico’s rich tradition in Pilsner beers. In celebration of this past holiday season and Telegraph Brewing Company’s fiveyear anniversary, Thompson created a batch of full-bodied Winter Ale, based on the recipe for Mexican hot chocolate. Telegraph Brewing Company is Santa Barbara’s only microbrewery that sells its beer off site, stocking the shelves of many local

markets, including Whole Foods Market and Tri County Produce, and gracing the beverage menu of several local restaurants. Telegraph beer is handcrafted and poured into generous 750 ml. corked bottles and shipped to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. To imbibe of the latest blends and meet the people behind the beer, you can pull up a chair at the tasting room on Thursdays from 4-6pm, Fridays 4-8pm, or Saturdays 2-6pm. Cheers! —Sunny Petersen Telegraph Brewing Company 416 North Salsipuedes Street (next to Carr Winery) Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (805) 963-5018 Photo By Shelly Vinson

Winter Is Here


ith the March publication of A Menu for All Seasons: Winter, local chef Pascal Beale completes her celebration of cuisine keyed to the evolving calendar. Drawing on her French heritage and her English childhood, Beale has created menus that recall the good stews, hearty soups, and aromatic puddings that warmed her youth. To those she’s added fresh, seasonal ingredients from the Mediterranean and temperate California, so that her cuisine reflects a fusion of culinary cultures, incorporating not only European and American influences but also merging the spices of North Africa with herb blends from Asia. Highlighting Beale’s eight menus—from appetizers to entrees and desserts—are updated classics like herb-stuffed roast chicken and lamb tagine as well as surprises like halibut za’atar with red quinoa herb salad and tea-infused winter fruit with marmalade shortbread. As Beale notes in her Introduction, “Drawing inspiration from the local farmers and eating food so freshly harvested brings new meaning to creating seasonal foods.” A Menu for All Seasons: Winter ($29.95, M27 Editions, 2011) and Pascale Beale’s other titles are available online at www., and locally at Chaucer’s Books, The Book Den, C’est Cheese, Renaud’s Patisserie, Tecolote Book Shop and many local wineries. M27 Editions is a Santa Barbara-based publisher ( w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m


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hortly after taking my seat at Louie’s California Bistro, I notice the waitress delivering a birthday salad, complete with burning candle, and smile. My own lunch is about to get quite a bit hotter than usual. Instead of a standby salad, I boldly order the piquant, Latin-influenced entrée that has been a favorite on Louie’s menu for nearly a quarter of a century: Stuffed Anaheim Chiles. They come graciously served as a steaming kaleidoscope of vivid green chiles topped with fresh cilantro, red tomatoes and a dazzling orange-tinged chevre sauce. Both chiles are filled to bursting with a tangy mixture of rice and vegetables, including tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, cilantro, artichoke hearts and a touch of jalapeño. With the first bite, I experience a surprisingly harmonious mélange of subtle flavors. The chile itself is mild, the stuffing is zesty but not fiery, leaving only a bearable smolder on the back of my tongue. The gentle cheese sauce finishes it all off with a cool, nearly sweet top note. Louie’s owners since 2004, Anne Rizzoli and Trey Brooks, suggest pairing the chile with a Qupe Viognier chardonnay from their extensive wine list, “but really, you can drink anything with it,” Anne says. Savoring the last of my meal, I consider never ordering a lunchtime salad again.—Teri Brier. Photo By Shelly Vinson.

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In Class with Justin West I am no domestic goddess. I’ve hired maids to clean and my

most impressive concoction involves canned cream of mushroom soup. But even I found myself mesmerized by a cooking class at Restaurant Julienne. After one evening, I knew how to filet a halibut, create pasta from scratch and dig for chanterelles—at least in theory. Owners Justin and Emma West launched their thricemonthly themed cooking seminars in January. “We wanted to share our extensive knowledge of sustainable local food, seasonal menus and ‘Market Bistro’ cuisine with the Santa Barbara community,” says Justin. “These classes let you focus on the ‘magic’ of cooking versus getting your hands dirty,” remarks Graciela, who returned a second time with her husband. Although not a hands-on workshop, participants in the three-hour experience are encouraged to take a closer peek at whatever’s cooking. For $100 per person, each session includes tastings, wine pairings and recipes with detailed instructions and an engag14

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ing demonstration by chef Justin. His running commentary contains such sage advice as: “Don’t let the food take over. YOU need to be in control and make it do what you want.” Christopher, who attended the first class, says, “My wife and I loved Justin’s vertically integrated talk, discussing his relationships with farmers, fishmongers and even how he forages for wild mushrooms.” Meanwhile, Ken admires the way the young chef “strikes a great balance between showing details and being expedient, with creative techniques and a fun, engaging style.” The Wests say they intend these classes to appeal to a wide range of culinary enthusiasts. David, another participant, observes that “more advanced cooks will enjoy interacting with a successful chef in real time, while a less active foodie can simply watch, eat and enjoy the process.” –By Teri Brier. Photos by Ashley Rene For upcoming dates, check Julienne’s calendar at or call 805-845-6488. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m


Housed in Santa Barbara’s “upscale” Upham Hotel, a “quiet” Victorian with “lots of history”, this “hidden gem” offers “creative”, “up-to-date” Californian cuisine and “spot on” service in a “bistro”-like space with “wooden floors” and a “nice porch”; a few find the menu “limited”, but “excellent specials”, a “choice” selection of wines and “romantic” ambiance contribute to a “wonderful dining experience.”

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rivate dinner parties have always been a popular way to entertain, but you either have to invite enough guests to spark the interest of a traditional caterer, or you have to do all the work yourself. So when longtime food enthusiast and event planner Diana Cuttrell approached renowned Chef Pete Clements to combine their talents two years ago, forming what is now called Dining with Di, it was a match made in heaven. Both are longtime residents of Santa Barbara and bring over 50 years combined experience in the catering and event planning industry. The duo has quickly gained a reputation for excellence and creativity and has definitely found a niche when it comes to intimate dining and private events. One of their favorite regular events is their cooking demonstrations and classes held monthly at Casa Las Olas (Cuttrell’s house) labeled The Seasonal Series. “Pete really shines in this element,” says Cuttrell. “The classes are selling out regularly and everyone gets a chance to sample and learn about some really great food. The events are casual and might start out as cooking demonstrations, but they always turn into fun dinner parties.” The menus are seasonal and personally researched by Clements and Cuttrell. Cuttrell says that most all their menus are a blending of experience and personal travels throughout the region. “We have enough fresh material to last for years,” says Clements. “It will never be boring.”—RB For more information on the cooking classes, menu items or catering services, visit their website at

The “Detail” Chef: Roberto Cortez o those unfamiliar with the culinary world of micro-events and private chefs, Roberto Cortez may not be a household name. But to chefs across the world who study both the art and science of creating masterpieces with food, and to those who are fortunate to employ a personal chef, Cortez is indeed a champion. Known to those in his trade as the “boutique private chef” Cortez continually raises the bar in private entertaining, focusing on small, luxurious dinners for 2 to 10 people. Based in Santa Barbara, Cortez travels the world practicing his talents and preparing his food for such clients as Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, actress Melanie Griffith, rock star Mick Jagger and comedian Eddie Murphy. A typical dinner for Cortez features 8 to 14 courses and takes 3 to 4 days to plan and prepare. “It’s what I like to call a chef tasting,” says Cortez. Cortez has trained and studied savory cuisine at Lake Cordon Bleu in Paris and regional cuisine from Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico as well as the sushi Academy in Los Angeles. His talents as a


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pastry chef are also well known and he has studied pastries at Bellouet Conseil and Ritz Escoffier in Paris. Cortez says he got his unique niche for micro events 15 years ago because that’s the type of dinner a private personal chef normally prepares. “Most personal chef dinners are small. With small events there is always the desire to push the “detail” element as it becomes to make it more focused in every course.” And the details are what he says takes days to plan and execute. A dinner with caviar, foie gras, and Amedei Chocolate will be much more expensive than say a dinner that is a vegetarian style tasting. Generally, the dinners run between $150 and $300 per person not including staff charges. Cortez personally shops for produce at local farmers markets but shops the entire country when looking for special meats. Cortez also consults on the menu items of local restaurants (Blue Agave, among others) as a hobby and for fun. For more information on Roberto and Cortez and his micro event services go to

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or an impressive twist on fish kebabs, this is sure to delight and oh so easy. The marinade is tried and true—you’ll receive many compliments, I promise! For this recipe, I cruised down to the Santa Barbara Fish Market where general manager Miguel helped navigate me in the right direction. He had quite a few suggestions and, after much deliberation, I decided on the local white seabass, Scottish salmon, and wild Fijian ahi. Miguel’s advice was spot on—the texture of the grilled fish was firm yet incredibly tender and the flavor was simply divine. Photo and text by Barbara Alsworth Fabian. Skewered Fish With Citrus Marinade
 8 oz each ahi, salmon and seabass fillets Garlic pepper to taste
 4 oz olive oil
 3 oz fresh tangerine juice 1 oz white wine of choice 3 Tb. fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped 3 Tb. fresh cilantro or Italian parsley, chopped 3 large garlic cloves, crushed Cut all fillets into 1-1/2 inch thick slices.
Thread 2 skewers (approx. 2” apart) through ahi, salmon and seabass. Repeat until all fish is skewered. Place fish in a shallow dish and dust with garlic pepper. Mix together olive oil and all remaining ingredients. Pour over fish, cover and refrigerate 30-45 minutes.
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2 TB 365™ Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 shallots, minced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Serrano chili, seeds & ribs removed, minced 1 ½ tsp 365™ Organic Cane Sugar 2 TB 365™ Organic Soy Sauce 1 TB red wine vinegar Pulp from 10 finger limes 1 TB organic cilantro, chopped 2 TB organic chives, chopped 12 raw oysters, shucked (from Hope Ranch, Santa Barbara Mariculture) Pinch of sea salt 2 Cups of Kosher Salt or ice (optional)

For the vinaigrette: Heat the EVO in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic & Serrano chili, and sauté until the shallots are softened, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar, soy sauce, red wine vinegar, and then stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in the finger lime pulp, cilantro and chives. Let cool to room temperature. Rinse the oysters under cold water and then shuck, leaving the flesh in half the shell. Arrange the oysters on a bed of Kosher Salt or ice. Spoon the vinaigrette over each oyster, sprinkle with sea salt. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

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Some samples from Chef Moises Bernal Venison Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms New Zealand Rack of Lamb Sautéed Medallions of Rabbit Norwegian Salmon

Charbroiled Ox T-Bone Steak Grilled Ringneck Pheasant Breast Wild Caribou Charbroiled Sea Bass

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Spring Foraging Top Three “Picks” By Laura Kirkley


spent seventeen wonderful years in Massachusetts where spring meant you could finally get outside, the snow was gone and things were growing. My son James and I would go foraging for what nature was providing - fiddleheads. We didn’t have to go far for the fiddleheads, which grew in abundance on our property, however, so did the skunk cabbage. We would return to the house ill smelling but laden with fiddleheads. It was worth it! We’d have to work hard for the asparagus but we could muster up enough for a meal or two. We began our arugula education when we arrived in California, James, at thirteen, didn’t like the peppery taste. However, he had read somewhere that a child’s taste buds change every seven years. Needless to say with this knowledge he pronounced arugula delicious on his fourteenth birthday. Arugula (a.k.a. Rocket, Roquette, Eruca Sativa) is a cool-weather crop. Long days and warm weather make it bolt, or flower, and bring an unpleasantly bitter flavor to the leaves. Wild arugula is foraged in spring and again the fall. It is rich in vitamin C and potassium. Asparagus Although asparagus’s peak season is considered to run from April to May, in warmer climates, the green spears can appear as early as February. Note that thickness in no way indicates tenderness. Tenderness is related to how the plant is grown and how soon it is eaten after harvest, not the spear size. In addition to being easy to prepare—asparagus packs a whopping 114% of recommended daily allowance (RDA) per 1 cup serving of vitamin K, which is important for bone health, and nearly 66% RDA of foliate, which helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Fiddleheads (a.k.a. Fiddlehead Greens, Fiddlehead Ferns) are available in early spring. Not only good for adding a touch of whimsy to floral arrangements, fiddleheads actually taste quite similar to asparagus and offer many of the same health benefits. Specifically, the ferns are an excellent source of vitamin A, which is important for eye health, and a good source of vitamin C, making them a popular choice for warding off scurvy! In addition, the ferns provide some fiber and are also rich in iron, potassium, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, and phosphorous. Foraging for fiddleheads is a favorite spring activity in many areas where they grow. If you’re not a forager, fiddleheads can be found in the spring at farmers markets or grocery stores.—Laura Kirkley is the owner of IL Fustino located at 3401 State St. 805-845-3521.

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“The taste of a dish for which you need olive oil will be as good or as ordinary as the oil you use. A sublime one can lift even modest ingredients to eminent heights of flavor; a dreary oil will pull the best ingredients down to its own level.” Marcella Hazan, cookbook author & food writer ½ pound grape or cherry tomatoes 2 bulbs fennel, cut in half, cores/stems removed, and shaved extremely thin ½ lb. baby arugula ½ lb. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced ½ inch thick ½ cup il Fustino Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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wine country Verdad This wine is 75% Tempranillo, 15% Syrah and 10% Grenache. The Tempranillo was farmed organically at IbarraYoung Vineyard in Los Olivos. The Grenache was farmed biodynamically at Purisima Mountain Vineyard in Los Olivos and the Syrah is from the Bien Nacido Vineyard. Tempranillo makes a bold, earthy, somewhat tannic wine with lots of chocolate and spice. Available at the Wine Cask.

Kunin Syrah Deep colored and fruity with just the right sweetness for a hearty meal. Hand crafted by owner Seth Kunin, this wine is a can’t miss.

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El Chaparral De Vega Sindoa 2008 Grenache Mage from vines 60 to 100 years of age. Exotically perfumed bouquet displays black raspberry, cherry compote, licorice and dark chocolate, plus a sexy floral overtone. Finishes with strong clarity and mineral snap. Year in and out, this is a great value! Available at the Winehound. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

Consilience Syrah 2006 This wine racked up votes from all angles. Catering chefs, private chefs, restaurant owners and wine shops all gave a big thumbs up as a perfect pair to any steak, chop, rib or even Tri-Tip at your next BBQ event. The aromas are deep and very concentrated, yet silky with black liquorice, cherry tones and a long, smooth finish that will put a smile on your face. A great deal, too! With a retail price point of under $17, it just might be the best valued syrah in the state. If you can find a case, buy it!

Fess Parker Pinot Noir 2006 Rich in color and bursting with flavors of spice, cranberry, light blueberry and strawberry. This wine displays great balance and a lingering finish. Perfect with rack of lamb.

Kunin Pape Star 2007 Seth Kunin’s specialty brand is a combination of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre which gives it the meaty first sip and a rich, fruity finish you’re looking for when dining on steak. Delicious! These and other fine wines are available at the Winehound

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Spring into High Gear Bring that joie de vive from the outside world into the kitchen! by Lynette La Mere Pure Joy Catering Executive Chef


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pring is the season when life blooms and love is in the air. With its endless passion and possibilities, nothing so emulates love as cooking. This is the time when we all deserve to live a little and let our senses loose in the kitchen. Whether it’s a full family affair or a spectacular meal for two, this is the time to smell, taste, touch, indulge and share... The following are a sampling of recipes to help bring that joie de vive from the outside world into the kitchen.

Grilled Vegetables

I use a cast iron grill pan with a lid. They can be made well in advance and held at room temperature.

2 carrots, sliced lengthwise 2 zucchini, sliced lengthwise 1 fat pinch of tarragon 2 T. olive oil juice of 1/4 lemon salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Place veggies in a bowl and toss with oil and seasoning. Heat grill pan over high heat and grill veggies till seared lines appear on both sides, still crisp-tender.

Pheasant with Fresh Mint and Apricot Brandy Sauce

(Serves 2 and doubles easily) Have all ingredients and the rest of the meal ready to go before you start. It should be the last thing you do before eating. To saute the pheasant breasts: 2 whole, de-boned pheasant breasts 2 cloves garlic 1 T. ground red chile 2 T. flour 2 T. olive oil 1 tsp. butter To make the sauce: 3 cloves garlic 1 tsp. butter 1 tsp. ground red chile 1/4 tsp. oregano 1/4 tsp. thyme 2 tsp. sugar 3 sprigs fresh mint, minced 2 tsp. flour 4 ounces apricot brandy 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce 2 apricots (fresh or canned) room temperature, sliced 2 sprigs fresh mint, garnish

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Saute the breasts. Rub the breasts on both sides with garlic, ground red chile and salt and pepper to taste. Dust with flour. Heat a heavy skillet to nearly smokFor your home. For your life. For our environment. ing and add the oil and butter. Saute the breasts until barely done, remove and keep warm. Showroom locations: (continued)

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Make the sauce. Add to the pan the garlic, additional butter, chile, herbs, sugar and mint. Saute together 1-2 minutes over medium high heat. Add the flour, sauteing another minute and deglaze the pan while stirring with the Apricot brandy and Worcestershire sauce. Lower heat slightly and simmer several minutes until thickened. To serve: Place breasts on warmed plates, spoon sauce between them and garnish with apricots and mint sprigs. Serve with beaten potatoes, fanned, grilled vegetables and a tossed mesclun salad.

Beaten Potatoes

(Serves 2) These too can be made in advance and held in a small casserole dish in a 350 degree oven until ready to serve. You can crank up the heat the last few minutes to get browned peaks on the top.

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1lb. russet potatoes, peeled coarsely, cubed 1/2 cube butter, melted pinch of cayenne pepper pinch of nutmeg 1 T. butter

Boil potatoes in salted water until tender. Beat with butter, seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a small casserole and dot top with butter. Hold in oven until read y to serve.

Braised Chicken Provençal

(For two) This is grown-up food, richly, sensually flavored. Wonderful served with a wide ribbon pasta or Crestedi Gallo and a simple butter leaf salad tossed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

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2 slices bacon 3 lbs. skinned chicken parts, dredged in flour, salt and pepper 1 sliced brown onion 1 tsp. fresh garlic 1/2 cup red wine (or Madeira) 14 oz. can plum tomatoes (don’t drain) , coarsely chopped after in the pot 1/2 sliced red bell pepper 1 sliced yellow bell pepper Zest of half an orange 1/2 tsp. each thyme, rosemary, fennel seeds, turmeric 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper or cayenne 1/2 cup kalamata olives 3 tbs. minced fresh parsley Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large saute pan (with a lid), cook the bacon. Remove it and brown the chicken. Remove the chicken from the pan and saute the onions. When the onions are translucent, put all of the ingredients except the olives and parsley into the pot. Bring to a boil with the chicken. Cover and bake w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m


in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Transfer the chicken pieces to a serving platter, keep warm. Skim the fat off of the sauce. Add the olives and parsley, boil and stir five minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and pour over the chicken.


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Sensuous Warm Crab Salad




(Serves 2) Two excellent wine choices to accompany this meal are Gewurztraminer ‘01 or Muscadet Reserve ‘01 by Chateau du Celera—both under $14.00 a bottle.





1 large head butter lettuce 1 large ripe avocado 1 large ripe, fragrant mango 1/2 red bell pepper 1/4 cup diced red onion 1 lb. fresh crab meat Lime Vinaigrette (recipe follows) 1 head Belgian endive

Advance preparation (up to 1 hour before serving): Wash, pat or spin-dry the butter lettuce. Separate the endive spears. Discard any limp outer leaves, then gently peel off the leaves. (Cutting off 1/4 an inch of the core end periodically will make this task a bit easier. Cut the red bell pepp er, mango and avocado in to 1/2-inch chunks and place these into a bowl with the torn lettuce and red onion. Prepare the lime vinaigrette and then pour it into a medium-sized saute pan. Set aside at room temperature until ready to use. Ten minutes before serving: Set a small pot of water to boil on the stove. Distribute the salad onto two large plates. Garnish with endive spears around the outside. Flash-blanch your crab meat by plunging it in to the boiling water for a slow count of 30, then quickly strain it well. At the same time, heat the vinaigrette until you see the first few bubbles pop up, remove from heat and toss in the hot crab. Blend this mixture and top the two salads with it. Serve immediately. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m


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Mitchell Sjerven

The Mayor of Downtown Dining

hile finishing his studies in international law as an intern at the European Parliament, Mitchell Sjerven had an epiphany: “I was

working for a human rights lawyer from the UK and realized that most of the

law was centered on problems and conflicts and bad news… I realized my personality was better suited to the good news industries. That said, I’ve gained a lot of respect for those in the professions such as law.” Sjerven decided then and there that the restaurant industry was what made him happy, and for the past 31 years, mostly in Santa Barbara that’s exactly what he’s been doing. He’s worked every position in the house, from dishwasher to line cook to host to head waiter. The only thing he’s never been is a chef… then again, he’s hired dozens of them over the years. Sjerven has conceptualized and opened four world-class restaurants in Santa Barbara and been a consultant to many more. He’s served on numerous civic boards including three terms of three years each for the Convention Bureau, as president twice and marketing director once. He was the restaurant liaison to the Greater Santa Barbara Lodging and Restaurant Association and served two terms as Commissioner for the Santa Barbara Events and Festivals Commission. Some industry insiders refer to him as the “Mayor of downtown dining,” indeed, a leader and a major advocate to the ever-growing Santa Barbara restaurant scene. When he’s not working his typical 60-80 hour shift at his current restaurants, Wine Cask and Bouchon, you’ll most likely catch him kicked back in a comfortable chair with a glass of wine waxing eloquently about the industry he loves and where it is going. 30

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You’ve dined at restaurants all over the globe. What’s your favorite(s)? Many of the ‘top’ restaurants in the world— French Laundry, Charlie Trotter’s and El Bulli— make most ‘Best Restaurants’ list and collectively serve as a sort of ‘foodie bucket list’. My favorite restaurants, though, are those I really cannot wait to return to… not necessarily because the food was the greatest of all time, but rather that they succeeded in creating an environment that transports you to another place.

What makes a great chef? A truly great chef is one who can effectively communicate exactly what the processes are to achieve the standards that kitchen has set to the staff. A far too common question in the restaurant business has always been ‘is the chef in tonight?’ If you are open for business there should be no drop in quality based on who is on staff that night. I love the respect Julia Child always paid the profession, correcting anyone that referred to her as ‘Chef’ by indicating she was not a ‘chef’ but rather a ‘cook’. “A chef” Julia would say “is someone who runs a professional kitchen and has a staff to manage”. This requires a firm grasp of the culinary techniques you expect your staff to employ and the patience to oversee, correct and nuture talent—not scream at your ‘underlings’, as portrayed often on ‘reality’ TV. What makes a great server? Easy. Know when to be there and when to not. Ultimately, the first job as a server is to read your guest and respond to their individual needs. You have to be a chameleon. Are they deep in conversation? Keep the interruptions to a minimum and earn praise for unobtrusive service. Have they asked a litany of food and wine questions before even placing their order? Be the encyclopedia that can provide expert and accurate descriptions of the menu and wine list. Start by introducing themselves and want to know ‘what you plan on doing with your life’? Make new friends and enjoy the lovely comment card they leave on what a wonderful person you are.

Have you brought any of that experience back to your own restaurants? Absolutely. Like any business owner, regardless of profession, I am constantly looking at ways to be better at what I do. I see innovation everywhere and never fail to bring back ideas on service improvements, perhaps a detail that improves some aspect of the dining experience or a manner in which to present something classic in a new and exciting way. Some of my favorites over the years include the guest check presenter at Gotham Bar & Grill in NY, which was custom-printed and cut on the inside for the insertion of the restaurant business card and the guests credit card. It also doubles as a gift certificate and printed restaurant recipe holder. The offer of a lap blanket at a restaurant in Portland and perhaps my all-time favorite, the use of frosted glassware for sparkling water and clear for still water so staff would never pour the wrong water in the wrong glass. The hotel experience is another fertile field for harvesting equally useful ideas on how to improve service that easily transfer to the restaurant level. At Bouchon and Wine Cask we refer to the level of service we strive to offer as ‘Concierge Level’ service. What this means in practice is that we are willing, and staff is enabled, to exceed guest expectations when responding to requests for information. Questions about recipes are met with printed copies and well-wishes on the results, help on how to get from here-to-there is provided in the form of printed directions and queries about which wineries to visit are met with a free copy of the Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Association map with several circled recommendations based on the wines they enjoyed that evening in the restaurant. If you could open a restaurant in any city in the world besides SB, where would it be? There are very few places that rival the unique beauty and special character of Santa Barbara but of those I’ve visited Sydney, Australia is at the top. While much bigger, Sydney still has a certain charm even while providing all the trappings of a big city. Proximity to wine country and a newlydiscovered passion for exciting food make it a sister city in my mind. I could also see much later in my career a small bistro in the South of France—cliché, I know, but the simplicity of ingredients while maintaining a reverence for ingredients, a pace that matches my philosophy on the enjoyment of food, the storied wine history and the love of language all make it a popular fantasy. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

For nearly 30 years Sjerven has been a driving force to the Santa Barbara dining culture.

What makes a great wine? In a word, balance. Too much is never a good thing—think heavy-handed on the oak or over extracted fruit bomb—but less is not always more, either. Many in the industry now are influenced by the formidable power of the media to shape purchasing decisions in a major way via the scoring systems that influence much of the general public. This has many otherwise reasonable wine makers to follow the trends and scores, which swing like a pendulum over time, instead of letting the grapes speak to them. One of my favorite phrases former Chef Charlie Fredericks liked to use at Bouchon was ‘if you listen hard enough the food will tell you how to cook it.’ In this way wine making and cooking have a very strong bond—quality ingredients not over-handled. Melville wine maker Greg Brewer often refers to careful selection of perfect grapes and their subsequent handling as being the sushi chef who works with ‘toro’ or tuna belly: don’t drown it in soy and mask it with wasabi. In many countries gratuity is included in the price. Do you think the U.S. is headed that way? Possibly, but I doubt it. Some of the very highend, consistently busy restaurants in the U.S. have gone to a service charge instead of a standard gratuity, primarily to shrink the income gap between kitchen and service staff, but this is not a trend with legs yet. Charlie Trotter’s began his eponymous Chicago restaurant with the belief that if all staff were earning the same, say, $50,000/year that they’d work well as a team and (continued on page 62) food & home



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he origin of the kebab or satay or shish kebab… basically anything grilled on a stick is a little sketchy. Some say it originated in the Near East and has a Parisian origin, while others insist that it’s Asian. It’s invention may lie in the short supply of cooking fuel in ancient times making the cooking of large cuts of meat difficult. It’s been said that Turkish soldiers would roast their meats over an open flame using their swords, turning them slowly so as not to burn their hands and then eating them straight off the blade. If they were attacked their sword was at the ready. Shish kebab actually translates to goblets of meat roasted on a spit. Today we call them skewers and the tradition of cooking on an open flame continues. Whether the menu features beef or lamb, chicken or fish, the food just seems to taste better and plate magically when placed end to end with vegetables and herbs, making each bite a meal in itself. Today’s chefs have an endless array of skewer dishes, each one offering a new twist on an ancient method of enjoying food. The following are some samples of local offerings to tempt your appetite. Please enjoy!

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Despite its deceptively modest Montecito Street exterior, this popular brewery-eatery houses a warm, vibrant ambiance and an amazingly diverse, delicious menu. Many locals have undoubtedly enjoyed the famous Bacon-Wrapped Prawns appetizer. Come join the crowd and try a plate of these four giant prawns wrapped in smoked bacon and grilled on an open flame served with homemade BBQ sauce & spicy honey dipping sauce. They taste great with a West Beach Indian Pale Ale, or kick it up a notch with the Habanero Pilsner. For reservations call 805-884-4664.

“One of America’s Best Restaurants!” —Zagat Guide

Wine Cask Situated in downtown’s historic El Paseo courtyard, Wine Cask embodies classy comfort and nostalgia as one of Santa Barbara’s long-time favorite restaurants. Indulge in the Grilled Backyard BBQ Steak Skewers at Intermezzo before seating for your main dining room reservation. Two skewers of marinated Meyer Ranch Steak (organic grass fed meat, of course) are grilled together with Farmer’s Market red and yellow bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes over a bed of grilled frisee lettuce. Dip these juicy morsels into one or all of three sauces—Gorgonzola cream, homemade BBQ, and the horseradish chimchurri in between sips of a nice Cabernet or the house Pinot Storm. For reservations call 805-966-9463.

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Santa Barbara FisHouse

Step into this charming, rustic beach house nestled in a lush garden setting on Cabrillo Blvd. and put yourself in the talented hands of Chef Reyes Chegue, the artist behind the delectable Seafood Skewers dinner entree. This creation is a combination of fresh halibut, shrimp, sea scallops, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, red onion, pineapple, and cherry tomatoes (all fish and vegetable all cut approximately into one-inch cubes to ensure even cooking times). Assembled on skewers, the ingredients are brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. They are then placed on the grill for approximately 4-5 minutes, and turned over and

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brushed with citrus butter (softened butter mixed with lemon juice, lemon zest, and parsley), then grilled for 4-5 more minutes. Hint: As long as the pieces of fish are cut accordingly (1-inch cubes) you will know that the skewer is done when the shrimp are fully cooked. Once done, the kabobs are placed over a bed of white rice, drizzled with Teriyaki sauce, and served with a fresh lemon wedge. Enjoy with a light and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. If you prefer red wine, a light Pinot Noir would be fine. For reservations call 805-966-2112.

Fresco Cafe Sweet and bold simplicity characterizes the Grilled Shrimp & Salmon Skewered Salad developed by co-owner Adam Brouillard, and whipped up by Chef Jason Russell every Thursday. Three jumbo prawns are flanked by two generous pieces of Pacific wild salmon, all lightly seasoned and placed on a fresh salad of organic baby arugula tossed with a sweet basalmic vinegar reduction dressing, lightly breaded fried shallots, crumbled goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, and red and yellow teardrop tomatoes. Enjoy this delightful entree with a dry Pinot Grigio while dining al fresco or in the charming indoor dining area! For reservations, call 805—967-6037. Hobnob Nestled in Victoria Court, Hob Nob is a

comfortable yet chic modern-day tavern and lounge that combines cozy comfort with an urban accent. Featuring affordable interpretations of Classic California Tavern Cuisine, Chef Luis Araiza also enjoys adventurous forays onto faraway exotic palates. Craving something Asian and spicy? Try the Grilled Chicken Satay with Thai Peanut Sauce as a tantalizing appetizer. The chicken breast is marinated in olive oil, garlic, ginger, orange juice, fresh thyme and rosemary, salt, and pepper. Grilled to juicy perfection, the satay is served with a Thai peanut sauce, comprising peanut butter, fresh ginger, olive oil, fresh squeezed orange, coconut milk, chives minced garlic, crushed black pepper, fresh oregano, and a touch of honey. HobNob recommends sipping Fess Parker’s “Hodge Du Podge” Rhone blend in between succulent nibbles. For reservations call 805564-7100.

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Brick-lined walls and a gleaming oldfashioned bar beckon us into this downtown steakhouse and restaurant. Feast on the Ultimate Bacon-Wrapped Prawns, which many would argue are as satisfying as a juicy steak. Revel in the generous portion of eight baconwrapped jumbo prawns skewered with red onions and bell peppers, then grilled with a signature homemade BBQ sauce for an irresistible and unforgettable taste sensation. This dinner entree comes with your choice of baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, French fries, or veggies. Can also be ordered with a steak for the ultimate in surf and turf, Choose among Holdren’s extensive selection of Chardonnays to compliment this satisfying entree. For reservations call 805-965-3363.

Petite Valentien Embracing the vision of a true French Bistro, this charming and unique restaurant is a true gem, and so is the Grilled Escolar Brochette over Papaya Mango Cucumber Salad. A Hawaiian fish known

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for its lovely buttery flavor, fresh Escolar is grilled with white mushrooms and red bell peppers and served over a delicious medley of refreshing sliced papaya, mango, and cucumber. The final pièce de résistance is a papayamango fruit coulis garnish. Enjoy this French twist on a tropical dish with a fresh, light Pinot Blanc. For reservations call 805-966-0222.

Trattoria Mollie Gently gracing Coast Village Road in Montecito, the lovely and charming Trattoria Mollie is widely considered one of the “Ten Best Destination & Special Restaurants in the World,” and Chef Mollie Ahlstrand is known as the favorite chef to the Hollywood stars. But beneath all this glitz is a cozy and inviting trattoria, where Italians traditionally gather for ambiance and fare more casual than a ristorante. The dish is a spectacular assortment of fresh salmon, sea bass, Mexican prawns, scallops, zucchini, spices and served over a bed of Farmers Market arugula. Mollie suggests a pairing of a local Chardonnay. For reservations call 805565-9381. Harbor Restaurant

Dramatic ocen views complement this elegant dish from the sea which features fresh white shrimp that are grilled over high heat and served with a mixture of Asian vegetables and mango salsa over a light saffron risotto. The dish is then finished with a caper butter sauce. The house recommends a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio as a wine pairing to the meal. The Harbor restaurant is located at 210 Stearns Wharf. 805-963-3311.

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whole new meaning to fish on a stick…the Ahi corn dog with mustard soy dip. Amazing! Chef Robert makes what amounts to be an Ahi tuna sushi roll that is rolled in a corn meal batter and quickly fried. The cooking is just long enough for the batter to be done while the Ahi remains rare and moist. The dish is served with a spicy Asian slaw and dipping sauce on the side. A great pairing to the dish A Sauvignon Blanc, or if you’re in the mood, champagne. Seagrass is open for dinner daily. For reservations call 805-963-1012.

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Meun Fan Thai Café There’s chicken satay, and then there’s the chicken satay at the Meun Fan Café on the Mesa. You’ll be amazed the rich flavors this quaint little kitchen puts out. Strips of chicken (or beef) are marinated in a house-made Thai paste, then skewered and broiled in the oven. It is served with a house made peanut sauce, fresh chillies, cayenne pepper and garlic for the ultimate taste sensation. It’s the real deal and easy to fall in love with! Take-out is available. 805-8829244.


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You can’t say enough about the rich, smoky flavors of the oak wood grill. The skewers, in particular, hit your taste buds with a clean snap that is unique to anything else in town. Several skewer selections are available, including Mexican shrimp, local mussels, top sirloin and salmon to name a few favorites. If you ask for a combination, the kitchen will gladly create. The wine list is extensive and local, but the best choice to pair with the oak grill just might be a margarita over ice. For reservations call 805-962-4416.

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very now and again you just have to give your dining experience a bit of panache. A touch of royalty. You know, for that special occasion that requires a special venue. Private rooms can give you some options here… loud and boisterous, quiet and peaceful, strictly business or dark and secluded. You might be planning a family reunion or scrambling to find presentation arenas to impress 20 discriminating colleagues with just the right touch of professional elegance. Unlike commandeering a big table in the main dining room, an exclusive area gives the host control of practically every aspect of the event. You can ask for a personalized menu, selection of table settings and linens, music, wine options, and so on. And the best part is someone else gets to clean up. More and more the trend among restaurants is to provide just such a venue for all occasions. The following is a list of some great choices right here in Santa Barbara for when the standard eating arrangements just won’t do. (continued)

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Stella Mare—The Ocean Room and Terrace. One of the more remarkable features of this room is the ambient light. A simple and beautiful environment for private social dining where guests can mingle on the terrace before being seated at the long elegant table. Seating for up to 20 people, the ocean room is one of three rooms featured at Stella Mare along with custom menus and event planning assistance for all occasions. As with all Stella Mare rooms, there is no room fee or minimum expenditure requirement attached to the price. For more information on private and corporate events contact the event planning team at 805-969-3415. Louie’s—Inside the Upham Hotel. Louie’s features two elegant rooms, one for large groups of up to 50 people and the other for more intimate parties of 6 to 15. Custom menus can be designed for all parties and palates with the emphasis being on California cuisine using the freshest available produce and local wines. The setting is inside the beautiful and historic Upham Hotel which also offers state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities for all types of corporate presentations. For more information call 805963-7003.

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cork lined space provides elegant comfort with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology and the finest in service. The wine list is extensive with 3.22.10 selections to fit any budget. Seating is available for 10 to 28 guests and the downtown location makes for a perfect setting for both corporate and social entertaining. For more information call 805-966-9463.


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Opal The private room at Opal is adjacent to the restaurant and can accommodate 10 to 50 people comfortably. The staff at Opal has expert experience in all types of functions whether it be corporate, birthday, wedding rehearsal or anniversary. Special menus are available as is audiovisual capabilities and a full bar. Opal also has the capability for off-site catering and banquets. For more information on these and other services call 805-966-9676. Bouchon The Cork Room has set the bar for private event dining in Santa Barbara over the last 15 years. The grand table (and it is grand) is designed to accommodate between 10 and 20 people in a setting that is perfect for any event be it social or corporate. State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment is available for lunch and dinner. The menu is a customized version of the restaurant menu and is personalized for each guest at each place setting. The staff and management are experts in this industry. For details call 805-730-1160. Seagrass The Roosterfish Room is designed to provide a one of a kind private dining experience for up to 20 people. The menu is a customized, streamlined version of the Seagrass regular menu enabling guests to choose at the event rather than before. The wine list is extensive and perfectly paired every dish. The room is available and equipped for any social or corporate meeting. Call 805-963-1012 for details. Holdren’s Grill The red room and hold friends Grill in Goleta seats up to 32 people in an elegant setting it is a perfect venue for anything from high-end corporate to family casual. Audiovisual and projector screen capabilities are available, as are custom menus, additional décor such as flower arrangements and full bar. For larger parties of up to 50 people, Holdren’s Grill patio features an outdoor fireplace and semi-enclosed seating. For reservations call 805-685-8900. Pastavino Patio If you’re looking for a venue that offers the freedom of being outside and thus being as loud as you want for up to 55 people, this patio just might fit the bill. Big birthday parties are welcome as well as school functions, wedding rehearsals and any gathering that is looking to

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maximize value. Seating is semi-enclosed and the patio is heated as you are encouraged to dine under the stars. For reservations call 805-685-7300. Blue Agave The entire upstairs to the restaurant is available for parties of up to 40 people. Or a semi-private table can be arranged for up to 20 people. The room is perfect for birthdays, business meetings or even special themed parties. Lounge seating and fireplace are also available. For more info call 805-899-4694. Holdren’s Downtown The red room and hold runs downtown seats up to 12 people comfortably and is a perfect venue for a family get-together or a corporate lunch. Special menus are available to meet most time frames. Details call it 805-965-3363.

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Roy The Green Room is a pure statement to the eclectic ambience and flavors found in this downtown restaurant. The room seats up to 20 people comfortably and requires no booking fee. The full menu of the restaurant is available to each guest and customized menus can be prepared in advance. The venue is

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excellent for art openings, social meetings and clubs and is available for late night bookings. For more information call 805-966-5636. Trattoria Mollie the private room is next door to the main restaurant and is available for lunch and dinner. Menus are customized to taste and audiovisual equipment is available at additional charge. For more information call 805-565-9381.

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Cava The La Cavita Cottage has seating for up to 14 guests and offers preset menus to ensure the optimum dining experience. The terra-cotta walls and round dining table offer a cozy setting for birthdays, wedding rehearsal dinners and reunions. For details and information regarding larger parties of up to 50 people call 805-969-8500. Mimosa— The private room at this cozy neighborhood eatery seats up to 27 people and is perfect for reversal dinners, business presentations or club meetings. Custom, but set menus are required for parties of 15 or larger and there is a $25 fee for the room. Call 805-682-2272 for details. General Contractor License # 503300

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Venues & Private Dining Condor Cruises Party and dinner cruises aboard the Condor Express— a high speed catamaran that is perfect for corporate events, family outings, wedding, or fund raisers— either on the coast or at the islands. The vessel is certified for up to 149 passengers, but is also perfect for smaller groups that want the amenities that only a vessel this size can provide. SEA Landing, 301 Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara (805) 882-0088, Cork Room at Bouchon The Cork room is a private dining room for groups of up to 20 guests. Corporate and private parties are welcome. You will find an excellent array of wine country cuisine paired with local Santa Barbara wines for truly wonderful and unique dining experience. 9 West Victoria St., 805-703-1160 Cucina Room at Olio e Limone Ristorante The Cucina Room is the ideal venue for your group of up to 40 people. Perfect

for business dinners and life events when you desire the exclusivity and privacy of your very own Olio e Limone dining experience. Enter and you will find an attentive service staff, beautifully set table and complimentary printed menus. We have created five dinner menus named after some of our favorite Italian wine regions to help in the decision-making process. A luncheon menu is also available for lunchtime events. Private dining is also available at the Terrazza Room at Olio Pizzeria for up to 22 guests. 11 & 17 West Victoria, 805-899-2699, Emilio’s Emilio’s is a great choice for your next private dining occasion. Available for corporate lunches, rehearsal dinners and even off-site catering. Emilio’s knows how to make your next special event memorable. 324 W. Cabrillo Blvd., 805-966-4426, Events by Stella Mare’s Events by Stella Mare’s, a full service private restaurant, is centrally located in uptown Santa Barbara near historic



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State Street, with beautiful views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The décor is French Provencial meets Santa Barbara style, typifying the term “casual elegance”. Events by Stella Mare’s is the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, as well as corporate seminars, holiday celebrations, luncheon and dinner events from 40-300 guests. With three versatile rooms, a full service bar, an outdoor terrace, and majestic views, Events by Stella Mare’s can be used for intimate social gatherings or meetings or large-scale events. 3302 McCaw Ave., Santa Barbara, (805) 969-3415, Opal Restaurant and Bar Opal Restaurant and Bar can accommodate in-house parties from 10-120, and we have extensive experience in serving corporate functions, birthdays, wedding rehearsal dinners or wedding celebrations, weekly luncheons, and private parties of all sorts. Whether it is an on-site banquet or off-site catering, our highly effective system of service enables us to handle all events from the most casual birthday bash to the most exacting and formal affair, with a smooth and flawless style that anticipates every situation and creates a great experience for you and your guests.1325 State Street, Santa Barbara (805) 966-9676, Roosterfish Room at Seagrass The Roosterfish Room is designed to provide a memorable private restaurant experience. Comfortably accommodating up to 22 guests this room offers it’s own private heating, air conditioning and music controls, providing guests with the ultimate in comfort. A streamlined version of the Seagrass dinner menu is exceptional, and gives a restaurant-quality experience in a private environment. 30 East Ortega St., 805-963-1012, Santa Barbara Event Locations This site is a FREE one stop shop for special event locations. View all of the incredible venues Santa Barbara County has to offer and find their contact information too! 710 East Haley Street, Santa Barbara, (805) 9634205,


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Creative Services Catering & EventS Creative Services Catering & Event Planning, Inc. is experienced, professional, fully licensed and insured. A full service catering company with years of experience in private and corporate events, all of their menus are “create your own” so you may customize your selections— costs will vary based on menu selection, style of service and additional services selected. Contact Creative Services Catering to create your perfect event! (805) 965-912, Y






Elements When looking for a caterer for your next special event, you need the assurance that the caterer has the experience and expertise to provide the highest level of food and service. You can trust the Elements catering team to deliver, from planning and preparation through the final dessert on your special day. From an intimate event at Elements Restaurant to a party for 500 at a local estate, Elements catering will oversee every detail. To book your next event call 805-884-9218. Events by Philippe Events by Philippe is full service catering, wedding, and event production company dedicated to the art of creative culinary designs. With extensive experience in the industry and services to cover all your event needs, Events by Philippe provides outstanding service and spectacular events. 421 East Cota Street #2, Santa Barbara (805) 687-3979 Pure Joy Catering, Inc. Pure Joy offers full service catering for the Santa Barbara Tri-County Areas. Flawless event planning, friendly service and unbelievably delicious handmade fare— Pure Joy will bring your vision to life. 111 East Haley Street, Santa Barbara (805) 963-5766,

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ou asked for it. And now you’ve got it. The 805 Diamond from Bowers and Wilkins is an industry world-first – the only speaker of its size and type to incorporate true studiograde technology in the form of a diamond dome tweeter. Experience remarkable, lifelike sound from a discreet speaker that fits almost anywhere. Diamond dome tweeters have long been considered an exclusive luxury in the world of audio – a refinement to be reserved only for the most expensive, studio-sized loudspeakers. No longer. The 805 Diamond is nothing less than a revolution in speaker design: the first speaker of its size and at this price point to come with a diamond tweeter. Small but perfectly formed, the 805 Diamond will fit almost everywhere. Tucked away on a bookshelf or positioned on its specially designed stand, it’s perfect for smaller listening spaces. And it will serve equally well as the rear channels of a home theatre system, bringing superb, breathtakingly realistic sound to places you never thought possible.

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pecially baked for the canine in your family, you will be amazed at the wonderful delights in our pastry case. The cookies are beautifully decorated with yogurt frosting and flavored with either peanut butter or chicken.  Also available are wheat, corn and soy free cookies flavored with natural honey and oats.  All the bakery goods are handmade in the U.S.A. using quality human grade ingredients.  The cookies smell so good, your dog will think you baked them yourself. Available at: OffLeash – where pets meet style, 1103 State Street, Santa Barbara, 805-957-4500,


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ven though there are almost limitless variety of pipes in the world, if you smoke one you know that finding the right pipe for you can be a challenge. There are more than 100 standard shapes not to mention all the freelance work out there, and depending on what era you come from will depend a lot on what shape and material pipe you choose. Prices vary too. You can spend up to $10,000 on a custom pipe or as little as five dollars for an over-the-counter model. Most serious aficionados choose a pipe the same way they would choose a watch or any other personal accessory. So take your time, relax and have fun.—RB For a great selection of pipes, tobaccos and accessories drop by Santa Barbara Cigar and Tobacco at 10 W. Figueroa St. downtown. 805-9631979.

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The luxury of sleep Y

ou might be asking what would inspire anyone to spend $98,000 on a bed. Then again, why would anyone spend $98,000 on a car or a boat or anything that they could buy for a fraction of the cost somewhere else? Knowledge maybe? Tradition and quality, perhaps? For nearly 150 years Hastens has been in the business of creating and researching the perfect nights sleep. They estimate the average person spends about 25 years of their life…a third of their time on earth, in bed, and that being said, it makes no sense at all to spend those hours struggling, sweating and enduring the discomfort of a poorly made bed. Enter the Vividus… from the Latin “full of life”. “It’s without doubt the finest bed ever made,” says Clifford Hodgson, general manager of Santa Barbara Mattress, pointing to his latest Vividus showroom model. He says every Vividus is unique with each bed taking over 160 hours to build and is made entirely by hand using only natural materials. “Instead of using the least expensive materials and methods for your bed, they are using only the best,” says Hodgson. “This ensures that you’re getting the best possible sleep for your money because the bed is designed to last a lifetime.” Hodgson also points out that luxury hotels like the Beverly Hills Hotel have been featuring Hastens products for years and suggest giving them a test sleep by staying there. Of course buying the top-of-the-line model is not in everyone’s budget, which is why Hastens offers several lines that are less expensive with a starting price of just under $7000. Hodgson says that the materials in the lowerpriced models are the same as the Vividus, just not as prominent. “Most people don’t have a problem falling to sleep,” says Rogers. “The research shows the problem is staying asleep and that’s where the Hasten’s products, all of them, really shine. The true investment value is in a great nights sleep and they back it up with the research, the testing, the design and the personal attention. We’ve been selling more and more of these beds as people are finding out just how great they are.” For more information on these and other sleep systems visit Santa Barbara mattress at 909 De La Vina Street. 805-962-9776.


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or nearly 40 years Wm Ohs has been creating and manufacturing handcrafted, luxury level cabinetry. Recently, the company has expanded its line to include a more affordable and contemporary appeal with the introduction of its Architectural and Designer series. This series features clean, simpler details while staying true to the brand of fine craftsmanship. The cabinets are 100% American-made. In earlier years, the company model was to infuse an antique look to the cabinets, but with a modern design and function. In this kitchen, the cabinets are showcased in stainless steel for a completely modern look. The Lem Piston barstools and Carrara marble countertop complete the design. The marble has a light gray finish with heavier grey veining. The veining can help hide wear and tear on the stone while adding to the character. The popular Lem Piston barstool offers a sculptured look while at the same time giving the kitchen a linear, less cluttered design. The stools can be adjusted up or down and have a swivel function. “We’ve been working with Wm Ohs for over 30 years and these new designs are truly exciting,” says kitchen designer Marjorie Gheza, owner of design art studios. “The finishes are unmatched.” Gheza says the cabinetry can be incorporated into other rooms of the home including bathrooms, entertainment centers and even storage, if the client desires a seamless design throughout the home. For more information on Wm Ohs cabinetry or to make an appointment at the showroom, contact DesignArt Studios at 805-899-2349 or 866-974-6444. 54

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he iconic Airstream gets grins from Golden Era old-timers who recall crisscrossing the country from Mt. Rushmore to Plymouth Rock in their Bonneville station wagons and “drag-a-longs.” Today, a remodeled 1978 Airstream is the home, office and “front-door-to-the-great-outdoors” for this nostalgic 27-year old Santa Barbara-based architect. So, why did he remodel a 150-square-foot trailer in his spare time while designing million dollar villas by day? “It challenged me,” says Matthew Hofmann, sitting on the stoop of his silvery mobile abode. “I’m at this point in my career when I need to be stretched—it’s how I do my best work.” Hofmann is clearly onto something big with his small and efficient high-tech dwelling. Odds are your grandfather owned one of these ubiquitous travel trailers—and except for the iMac mounted on the wall and the hi-definition printer in the drawer, Hofmann’s updated creation hasn’t wandered far from its 75-year roots. Airstream’s been around since 1936 when these smooth-skinned aluminum bodies rolled aerodynamically off the Chicago production line. They temporarily stopped production in 1938 when the new lightweight material was needed for World War II. Many are still on the road today. “Ever since I was nine years old building a five-story tree house I’ve been reclaiming old stuff and making it usable.” Hofmann spent the past eight months “…more hours than I care to admit,” single handedly restoring the 25-footer. The finished product is not only beautiful, but it’s efficient. “It’s got everything I need, and nothing I don’t,” he says. “This is labor-intensive work,” says Hofmann, who says saving money was his primary motivation. “I left a 9 to 5 job to start my own firm and, naturally, I wanted to reduce my overhead. This was a good way to do it.”—RB Hofmann Architecture is a local firm (805) 618-2461 or check out

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For a wide selection of ceramic pottery fountains, check out Terra Sol Garden Center 5320 Overpass Rd. 805-964-7811. Most fountains require a small amount of setup and assembly and Garden Center staff are happy to assist you. Prices range $50 to $500 depending on features. 56

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he sound of trickling water slowly starts the process of melting the stress of the day away. The harsh sounds of traffic fade. Your mood is elevated and mind renewed. Fountains are indeed a pleasant sight to behold, transforming any garden into a functional and spiritual sanctuary. And there are no limits to the designs and themes offered on the market today. From stunning colored glazed finishes to rock waterfalls to pebbled springs. Just choose the one that speaks for you and your style, add water and relax.—RB


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One Cool Pool I

n recent years, advancements in construction technologies have allowed designers to build pools in places never thought possible and with multiple functions to enhance the enjoyment of the homeowner on several levels. “There really isn’t a design we can’t accomplish with today’s techniques and equipment,” says custom pool contractor Craig Kircher, owner of Tri-Valley Pool and Spa, Inc.,“In this case we were able to preserve and actually enhance the construction a old Santa Barbara Sandstone retaining wall, which was built in the 1938, while at the same time removing enough material for 28’ x 8’ foot lap pool and spa.” The design of this pool is what Kircher refers to as “smart design”. In this case the emphasis was to create a swimming pool that would provide the courtyard with the look of a formal reflection fountain, complete with the sound of flowing water and, of course the functionality of a plunge pool that the clients could use to cool off in. The pool is also designed with an in floor cleaning system so 58

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that when the cover is left open the fountain / pool would be consistently clean without the unsightly visual of the vacuum hose floating on the surface of the water. The water remains chlorine and bleach free by using a commercial grade Ozone system by Clearwater technologies who produce the most robust systems on the market. Even with daily use as a family pool, the water remains clean. Kircher also employed the use of bright, energy-efficient LED lights which allows the client to responsibly showcase the pool at night with either white or colored light while keeping the energy costs low. Finally, high quality underwater speakers were installed to maximize the owner’s enjoyment whether they’re floating on the surface or swimming laps. The pool finish was done using Black Onyx Pebble Sheen by Pebble Tec® and to respect the design element originally used on the home when it was built, a custom seahorse pebble Mosaic was designed and hand laid into the bottom of the pool. —RB w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

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Project General Contractor: Giffin and Crane General Contractors Stone and Masonry Contractor: Pat Scott Masonry   Swimming Pool Design and Construction by: Craig Kircher, Tri Valley Pool & Spa, Inc.   Custom Mosaic Design by: Craig Kircher, Tri Valley Pool & Spa, Inc.

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Pool Dimensions: 28’x 8’ Pool Depths: 4’6” at both ends x 6’ in the middle

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avoid the animosity that exists in the kitchen knowing that servers make twice what they do in fewer hours. In reality, really talented servers are in demand and will simply go elsewhere rather than take a pay cut to work at a temple of gastronomy for very long. You’ve been in the restaurant business locally for nearly 30 years. What has changed for better and worse and what will always stay the same? Restaurants will always be a gathering place for people to socialize in the company of other humans, a place to not just to fuel up but enjoy a meal with friends. Quality food is still the benchmark of a successful restaurant but the ‘one check-box’ scenario has expanded to include a much greater emphasis especially on the service, the beverage program and ambience of a restaurant. No longer can a talented chef simply prepare great food. Expectations are that you will do so with staff who serve it graciously in an inviting atmosphere with the appropriate beverages. Restaurants that continue to try and get away with deficient service, basic décor and a poor wine list have little chance of survival. Positive developments in the industry include an increasingly aware consumer base that cares where food comes from and the concurrent growth in Farmers Markets and sustainable agriculture. Additionally, excitement about dining has created the ‘eatertainment’ phenomenon where a night’s activity can be solely the restaurant experience, not dinner ‘and a’ movie. The biggest change in the business has been the erosion of service standards, to the point where the book I would write after a quarter-century in the restaurant business would be entitled ‘The Myth of Service Standards: Have It Your Way’. I do not bemoan the disappearance of coat & tie requirements but the challenge facing restaurants today is writing a menu, staffing a restaurant and creating an environment for no one in particular as each guest will want it ‘their way’. Chef’s have become incredibly adept at managing the multitude of food allergies and preferences of individual diners. Service, however, is a bigger challenge: if you think it simple and that you know how the certain aspects of service should be handled I would invite you to spend a week on the floor of a restaurant for the following simultaneous challenges that will vary from one night to the next, let alone form table-to-table: pour the bottle of wine/don’t pour the bottle of wine; hurry our order up/ please don’t rush us; turn the lights up it’s too dark/turn the lights down it looks like a hospital in here; hang our coats/don’t touch my coat. The list goes on. Where is the restaurant industry headed in SB? As a desirable place to live, Santa Barbara will continue to have more restaurants per capita than any other city in California so industry competition will remain fierce. Farm-to-table, sustainable food and local wine will all find their way into more reasonably-priced restaurants and that is a good thing. The importance of the restaurant environment continues to grow increasingly important so look to restaurateurs to take the dining environment to new heights—more comfortable (think more lounge seating, fewer tables and chairs), and embracing the use of technology. Overall, the consumer outlook is positive, in large part due to the increasingly savvy guest who knows what they want, when they want it and where they are willing to have it. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

Carpinteria Garden Market. Garden Market is a gem tucked into Santa Claus Lane. Offering very tasty sandwiches, salads, smoothies and casual fare the Garden Market is a very enjoyable place to have a lunch break. Our favorite is the “Gourmet Turkey” sandwich. Open Monday–Sunday 10am-3pm. Serving breakfast from 7am to 11am weekdays and until 1pm on weekends. [L] $ (BW) 3811 Santa Claus Lane (805) 745-5505 Sly’s. James Sly, formerly of Lucky’s in Montecito, is back to cooking the finest steaks anywhere. Sly’s is open daily for dinner from 5 pm, features a full bar and extended wine list. (LD) $$ (FB). Reservations are suggested. 686 Linden Ave. 805-684-6666.


Montecito CAVA. Experience the bold flavors of Spain, Mexico and Latin America in a romantic garden setting in the village of Montecito. Cava’s methods and imaginative combinations by chef Onofre Zuñiga including lobster tamale, quesadilla with chicken, manchego cheese and caramelized onions, coconut shrimp with spicy mango salsa mango and grilled ribeye churrasco steak, 2002 Zagat Award. Happy Hour 4-6, Weekend Brunch from 8am. Complimentary Valet Parking. [BLD] $$, (FB) 1212 Coast Village Road, 969-8500. Lucky’s. Montecito’s only premium steakhouse. Great wine list and martini selections. Great weekend brunch served 9am-3pm. [BrD] $$$, (FB) 1279 Coast Village Road, 565-7540. Peabody’s. Come to Montecito and enjoy Peabody’s american cuisine. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, 7am to midnight. [BLD] $ (FB) 1198 Coast Village Rd (805) 969-0834 Piatti. Elegant yet casual rustic Italian trattoria. Located next to a seasonal creek, Piatti offers homemade pasta, pizzas and delicious entrees. There is an exhibition kitchen where you can watch your dinner being prepared, two patios and two fireplaces. Located in the upper village of Montecito. Banquets and catering are available. [BrLD] $$, (FB) 516 San Ysidro Road, 969-7520 Stella Mare’s. Overlooking the Bird Refuge in Santa Barbara…a glass greenhouse, sofas by the fire, casual French décor and traditional French Country Cuisine. Full bar and extensive American & French wine list, great private rooms for your event needs and Live Jazz on Wednesdays. Closed on Mondays $$ [LDBr] (FB) 50 Los Patos Way. 969-6705. .Events by Stella Mare’s is located at 3302 McCaw Ave, on upper State Street. The Stonehouse. Located in a 19th-century citrus packing house, The Stonehouse features a relaxing lounge with full bar service and a separate dining room with crackling fireplace and creekside views. Chef John Trotta’s regional cuisine is prepared with a palate of herbs and vegetables harvested from the on-site chef’s garden. Open for dinner from 6-10 p.m. daily. [D] $$$ (FB) 900 San Ysidro Lane (805) 565-1700. The Montecito Café. Eclectic menu with great service. Desserts to die for! Open Daily from 11:30 (LD) $$ (FB) 1295 Coast Village Rd. 805-969-3392.

Ojai Suzanne’s Cuisine. Suzanne’s Cuisine provides creative, vibrant contemporary European cuisine that is lovingly prepared with the finest quality ingredients and presented by a nurturing, friendly and knowledgeable staff. The menu offers a wide variety of beautiful salads, fresh seafoods, grilled meats and vegetarian selections. You may enjoy our interior dining room or our heated patio which overlooks a beautiful garden. Suzanne’s Cuisine is Ojai and Ventura County’s top rated restaurant in the acclaimed Zagat Survey. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

The cioppino from Aldo’s…a classic Italian dish that highlights the bounty and abundance of our local waters. Local muscles, Mexican white shrimp, Pacific swordfish, sea scallops, calamari, King crab all simmered in a zesty tomato broth, topped with fresh basil and lemon. Aldo’s is located at 1031 State Street. 805-963-6687. Discover why the L.A. Times say that “Suzanne’s Cuisine is the best restaurant in the Ojai Valley.” [L,D] $$ (FB) 502 West Ojai Avenue, 805-640-1961,

Santa Barbara Aldo’s Italian Ristorante. Since 1986. Experience lunch in the sun or dine by candle light in their enchanting courtyard. Friendly servers deliver fresh Italian specialties and creative dishes with a California flair. [LD] $,B&W. 1031 State St., The Bay Café. A local favorite since 1985- come see what everybody’s talking about–SB’s best kept secret– one of the best seafood restaurants in town. Enjoy a fun relaxing atmosphere for a quick lunch or romantic warm ambiance for dinner. Come enjoy their Fresh Fish selections from Fish Market & Live Tank! Open 7 days a week at 11AM. Happy Hour M-Th 4-6p. Full Bar and a variety of wine selections. Private banquet facilities for up to 30; beautiful heated patio. [BrLD] $$ (FB) 131 Anacapa Street (805) 963-2215, Blue Agave. Elegantly decorated two-story restaurant with a famous bar noted for its excellent martinis, mojitos, inventive cocktails and a wide range of tequilas and mescals served by a joyous staff. Blue Agave was voted by locals repeatedly the Most Romantic Restaurant in Santa Barbara. The furnishings are cozy with intimate booths, a fireplace lounge, outdoor balcony, eclectic music and visionary art. [BR D] $$ (FB)20 E. Cota St., 805-899-4694 Boathouse. The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach is the newest venture of the owners of the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, which began on Stearn’s Wharf in 1980, and the Santa Barbara Fishouse. Enjoy stunning views and great seafood from a family run business that knows their fish! [BLD] $ (FB). 2981 Cliff Drive 805-898-2628, boathouse Bouchon. Restaurateur Mitchell Sjerven hosts the city’s first Wine Country Cuisine restaurant with more than

50 Santa Barbara and Central Coast wines offered by the glass to compliment bouchon’s “ingredient driven” and seasonal fresh menu. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list features exclusively Californian selections, paired with cuisine that is “creative without being over the top...”” (Wine Spectator, July 1999). Fresh Channel Island seafood, Santa Ynez and Ojai Valley game, and local farmer’s market produce predominate. Outdoor dining is available year-round on the heated, covered garden patio. Ask about private dining in the intimate Cork Room where up to 20 guests can be seated at the Grand Table. Open for dinner nightly from 5:30pm, reservations recommended. [D] $$$, (B&W) 9 W. Victoria, 730-1160. Ca’ Dario. Fine Italian dining with extensive Italian wine list. Excellent seafood and authentic cuisine. [LD] $$, (B&W) 37 E. Victoria, 884-9419. Cafe Buenos Aires. A unique world dining experience in the heart of Santa Barbara’s art district. Excellent service and Argentine cuisine make casual patio dining a finer experience. [LD] $$ (FB), 1316 State Street 963-0242. Café Luck. Chef David Rosner brings Santa Barbara a classic brasserie serving southern French cuisine. The menu offers a wonderful selection of traditional bistro fare as well as a raw seafood bar with an extensive wine and cocktail selection. Reservations Encouraged. Open Daily [LD] $$ (FB) 18 E. Cota Street 962-5993 Cajun Kitchen. Cajun Kitchen has been serving one of the best breakfasts in town for over 20 years—from Cajun specialties ranging from Jambalaya topped with two eggs, chicken hot sausage gumbo omelette,

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The house lamb burger is one of the heartiest meals you’ll find anywhere. The dish features a 6-ounce ground lamb patty served with salt and pepper on a grilled English muffin with honey mustard vinaigrette, baby arugula, organic tomato, onions and cheese. Blue Agave Is open for dinner nightly at 5 PM. 805-899-4694. Crab Legs, and Australian Lobster Tail. [LD] $$, (FB) 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, 564-1200 California Pasta. This restaurant tucked away in El Paseo offers casual dining with great food. Catering Available. [LD] $ (BW) 811 State Street, (805) 899-4030 Cold Spring Tavern. 100 years of tradition with true American cuisine only 15 minutes from Santa Barbara. Featuring the cuisine of chef Moises Bernal with selections of game and hearty entrées. Full bar & weekend breakfast. [LD] $$, (FB) 5995 Stagecoach Road, 967-0066 Downey’s. Chef John Downey has been serving Santa Barbara’s finest cuisine since the restaurant opened in 1982. Clearly defined tastes using the finest foods available and artful yet simple presentation have earned Downey’s top honors in the Zagat Survey for the past sixteen consecutive years. The dining room is in the capable hands of Liz Downey who will be happy to guide you through the mostly California wine list with a proud bias towards the extensive Santa Barbara County selections. Dinner served Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30pm. [D] $$$, (B&W) Reservations: 966-5006, 1305 State St., Eladio’s Restaurant & Bar at the Beach. Fun, friendly, great bar with TV, heated fountain patio with ocean views and comw w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

OUT fort food kids will love! Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and a sensational Sunday brunch. Open 7 days. [BBrLD] $ (FB). 1 State Street, (805) 963-4466, Elements. Eclectic international restaurant serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week, with brunch served on Sunday. Great cocktails, too! [BrLD] $$, (FB). 129 East Anapumu Street, 884-9218. Emilio’s Ristorante. Emilio’s is all about the enjoyment of great food. Michael De Paola, Emilio’s proprietor, had many influences to draw from when he opened the restaurant in 1990. Today, Executive Chef Pete Clements brings an international flavor to Emilio’s menu. Each dish leaves the kitchen as a beautiful work of art. Catering is available. [D] $$ (FB) 324 W. Cabrillo Blvd, 966-4426 Endless Summer Bar-Cafe. Just upstairs from Chuck’s Waterfront Grill, this surf-inspired bar-cafe offers great harbor views. Featuring tasty burgers, fish tacos, fresh salads, popcorn shrimp, and “Pau Hana” (“Work is Done”) Happy Hour, with food and drink specials like the Endless Summer Blonde Ale. Feel like a steak? Chuck’s Waterfront menu is also available after 5 p.m. Large groups are welcome, and should call ahead for reservations at 564-4666. [LD]. $, (FB) 113 Harbor Way, Second Floor, 564-1200. Enterprise Fish Co. The lively nautical atmosphere at the Enterprise will wet your appetite for great seafood. Fortunately, you’re in the right place. A variety of shellfish hors d’oeuvres is served at the oyster bar, and the dining room offers a selection of fresh seafood grilled over mesquite, including catch-of-theday specials. Now offering a full liquor bar. [LD] $$, (FB) 225 State St 962.3313, Epiphany. The stylish decor is intimate and inviting. Indulge yourself in the lounge with specialty martinis, cozy up on the couches and sip champagne or enjoy a cognac & cigar on the garden patio. Epiphany serves dinner to 10:30pm though the eclectic bar menu is available until midnight on Friday and Saturday. [D] $$$ (FB), 21 West Victoria, 805564-7100. The Harbor Restaurant. The Harbor is one of Santa Barbara’s finest restaurants, where fresh fish and steaks are specially prepared and served in an elegant maritime interior with stunning views of the harbor. [BrLD]. $$, (FB) 210 Stearns Wharf, 963-3311. Harry’s. Santa Barbara’s traditional locals restaurant. Steak, seafood, sandwiches and salads served in a family atmosphere. Excellent wine list and full bar. Banquet facilites available. Open daily for lunch and dinner. [LD] $, (FB) 3313-B State Street, 687-2800. Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood. Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood is elegant and timeless, featuring U.S.D.A. prime Midwestern corn fed beef, charbroiled over their mesquite grill. Try the “Cowboy Cut”–Holdren’s signature steak—a 20 oz. Prime bone-in rib chop served over spicy onion rings. Their fresh seafood selections include Bacon Wrapped BBQ Tiger Prawns, seared Hawaiian Ahi, and a shrimp Scampi like no other. Holdren’s offers an extensive wine and martini list and outdoor seating.. Open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m., and for dinner from 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday for dinner from 4:00 p.m. Now offering Sunday Brunch 9am2pm. [BrLD] $$ (FB). 512 State Street, 805-965-3363. In Goleta6920 Marketplace Dr. 805-685-8900 Hollister Brewing Company. Featuring hand crafted beers made on premise, an innovative, fresh menu with appetizers, pizzas, burgers, paninis, and salads. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. [LD] $ (FB), 6980 Marketplace Dr. Goleta, 805-968-2810, Jade Restaurant is a family-owned, Hawaiian-American comfort food restaurant where perfect service and even better food will define your experience time and time again. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30pm-9:30pm. [D] $$ (B&W), 3132 State Street, 563-2007 Joe’s Cafe. Joe’s is classic Santa Barbara at its best. Offering the best New England-style clam chowder, beef dips, prime rib, steaks, chops and fresh seafood. For over 80 years the restaurant’s history is as rich as is its’ food and very stiff drinks. It is an experience not to be missed! Now serving breakfast, too. Mon-Sun 7:30am-11pm. [BLD] $ (FB). 536 State St, (805) 966-4638. Julienne. A progressive American restaurant serving fresh seasonal food. Serving Dinner Wednesday–Sunday 5pm to w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m


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The Palace kitchen marinates their pork in house spices and finishes the dish with a luscious maple, orange and Jack Daniels glaze. Appropriately named “super hog” this 2 inch, double cut Berkshire pork chop is out of this world! The Palace Grill is open daily for lunch and dinner. 805-963-5000.

10pm. Reservations Accepted. [D] $$ (BW) 138 E. Canon Perdido Street 805-845-6488 Longboard’s Grill. Upstairs from the Harbor Restaurant is an active, noisy bar & grill with a big TV, a surfer’s attitude and 360-degree views of the city & water. [LD] $$, (FB) 210 Stearns Wharf, 963-3311. Louie’s. Celebrate the taste of a Santa Barbara tradition in the historic Upham Hotel. Delicious California bistro fare in a wonderful downtown setting. [LD] $$, (B&W) 1404 De La Vina at Sola. 963-7003. The Natural Café. The Natural Cafe is known for their homemade soups, hearty salads, delicious sandwiches, vegetarian entrees, pasta, chicken and seafood dishes, as well as a complete juice bar, microbrewed beers and local wines. [LD] $ (B&W), [LD] $, (B&W). Three locations in Santa Barbara: 508 State, 962-9494; 361 Hitchcock, 5631163; 5892 Hollister, 692-2363. For other locations out of town see their website for details. Olio e Limone Ristorante. (“Oil and Lemon” in Italian) and Olio PizzeriaHusband-wife team Alberto and Elaine Morello rely on the integrity of their ingredients and the quality of preparation to offer Santa Barbara creative, authentic Zagat-rated Italian cuisine served in an inviting atmosphere with European hospitality. Visible in the ristorante through a glass wall is the dining room’s focal point, the wine cellar, which represents their 250-plus selection award-winning wine list. Private Dining in the Cucina Room is available for up to 40 guests. Pizza bar-salumi bar-wine bar-full bar next door at Olio Pizzeria, with private dining in the Terrazza Room for up to 24 guests.[LD] $$, (FB) 17 West Victoria Street, 805-899-2699. Opal. A local’s favorite, Opal fuses creative influences from around the world with American Regional touches: from Chile-crusted Filet Mignon, to Fresh Pan-Seared Fish & Seafood, Homemade Pastas, Gourmet Pizzas from their wood burning pizza oven, fresh baked Breads, deliciously imaginative Salads, & Homemade Desserts. Sophisticated yet comfortable, Opal radiates a warm, friendly atmosphere. Full bar, award winning wine list, private room for parties up to 60. 1325 State St., 966-9676. [LD] $$ (FB) Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner. The Palace Grill. The Palace is a contemporary American grill, with a lively, high-energy atmosphere, and fun, spontaneous events. Featuring fine grilled steaks and fresh seafood, delicious pastas, and select American Regional specialties, like Blackened Crawfish-stuffed Filet Mignon, and Louisiana Bread Pudding Soufflé. Cajun Martinis, unique beers, and a well selected wine list. Their unique “team Service” voted the Best in Town the last 16 years in a row. 66

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Rave reviews in Gourmet Magazine, Gault-Millau Travel Guide, Zagat, and Sunset Magazine. “Best on the West Coast” according to Los Angeles Magazine. Open 7 days: lunch 11:30am to 3pm; evenings from 5:30. [LD] $$, B&W. 8 E Cota 963-5000. Paradise Cafe. Santa Barbara’s favorite dining patio. Fresh fish, steaks, chops, chicken and their famous oak-grilled burger. Start with a drink at the street level bar, and work your way up. Open seven days a week. [BLD], $, FB. 702 Anacapa Street, 962-4416. Pierre Lafond Bistro. A local favorite since 1993, Pierre Lafond Bistro serves California fresh cuisine using local seasonal organic foods from family farms and food artisans, and homemade desserts. [BLD] $$ (B&W), 516 State Street 805-962-1455, Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro. Renaud’s is a bakery specializing in a wide selection of authentic French pastries. The breakfast and lunch menu is composed of egg dishes, sandwiches and salads and represents Renaud’s personal favorites. Brewed coffees and teas are proudly 100% Organic. Open Mon-Sat 7am to 6pm, Sunday 7am to 3pm. [BL] $ (B&W), Located in Loreto Plaza, 3315 State St Santa Barbara, 805-5692400, and In the Arlington Plaza downtown. www. Roy. Winner of “Best New Restaurant in Santa Barbara,” if you plan to sample the four-star cuisine, including Roy’s signature filet mignon, get there early. Dinner from 6pm till midnight daily. [D] $$, (FB) 7 West Carrillo, 966-5636. Saigon In and Out Vietnamese Restaurant. Serves the finest Vietnamese specialties at reasonable prices. [LD] $ Open Daily 11AM–9PM, Sat. & Fri. 11AM–10PM Sun. 11AM–9PM, 318 N. Milpas St., 805-966-0916 or 1230 State St. Unit A, 805-966-0909 Sambo’s. The original on the beach! Serving up the classic dining experience. [BLD] $, (B&W) 216 W. Cabrillo Blvd. 965-3269 Santa Barbara Fishouse. Great locally caught fresh fish prepared in a casual fun atmosphere. Terrific happy hour. Right across from East Beach. [LD], $$, FB. 101 East Cabrillo Blvd. 966-2112. S.B Shellfish Company. Established in 1979 as a buying station for local Santa Barbara shellfish and a place to sell crab, this casual spot has become a favorite destination for fresh seafood and views of the harbor and local mountains. [LD] $$ (B&W) 230 Stearns Wharf, 966-6676. Seagrass Restaurant. Seagrass Restaurant is Santa Barbara first modern fine dining seafood restaurant. Fresh Pacific Fish is their focus, along with Local Spiny Lobster, giant sea scallops, clams and prawns. They also offer a fantastic steak, a roasted half-chicken and a braised dish, such as lamb shanks. The wine list features whites from around the world that pair well with coastal cuisine as well as a large selection of Santa Barbara pinot noir. [D] $$$ (B&W), 30 E. Ortega St. (805) 963–1012, Sojourner Cafe. Located a few blocks off the beaten path in the historical center of town, this is the local’s favorite place for outrageously delicious and wholesome natural foods. Renowned for its friendly, nurturing and energetic atmosphere, the Sojourner since 1978 has served up a variety of creative, internationally influenced vegetarian, chicken and seafood specials. A popular espresso bar serving all kinds of mouth watering concoctions and the best homebaked desserts in town top off a day or night at one of the city’s landmark eateries. [LD] $, (B&W) 134 E Canon Perdido, 965.7922. Spiritland Bistro. Creative, Flavorful, and Pure. A cozy European-style bistro offering a fusion of internationally influenced cuisine using organic ingredients in every dish. [LD] $$ (B&W). 230 E. Victoria (corner of Garden and Victoria), 805-966-7759-Reservations Suggested. The Tee-Off. One of the town’s premier steak houses featuring succulent prime rib, fresh seafood, generous

cocktails and, of course, quality steaks. [LD] $$, (FB) 3627 State, 687-1616. Tupelo Junction. At Tupelo Junction they make everything from scratch. They choose delicious recipes using only the freshest ingredients and the menu changes frequently depending on the season and product availability. [BLD] $$, (FB) 1212 State Street, (805) 899-3100. Via Maestra 42. Traditional Italian flavors come together in this deli/shop/café on upper State Street. Serving panini, insalate, antipasti, formaggi, salumi, dolci, caffè and delectable gelatos. [BLD] $$, 3343 State Street, 569-6522. Zen Yai. Experience a new era of Thai cuisine, blending traditional dishes with a California nouveau flair. [LD] $$, (B&W) 425 State Street, 957-1193.

Santa Ynez Valley Hitching Post. Along with outstanding steaks, ribs and chicken, they serve smoked duck breast, ostrich, home-made soups and outstanding pastries; along with what the L.A. Times has called the “best” French Fries in Southern California. Open daily except major holidays. [D] $$ (FB). 406 E. Highway 246, Buelton 805-688-0676 Restaurant Marcella. At Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn, Chef Ron Stewart’s dedication to using the finest and freshest ingredients and extensive wine list translates into the food and wine pairing options being nearly endless. 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, (805) 688-7788 Willows at the Chumash Casino. Featuring a distinctive menu of prime steaks and seafood served in an elegantly appointed setting. [D] $$$ (FB). 3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez, 805-686-0855.

Summerland Cafe Luna. A friendly place where you can get real Costa Rican estate coffee, espresso, baked goods, salads and great sandwiches, soup and quiche, sit by the fireplace or sit on a deck overlooking the ocean. There are also tempting treats like truffles, cookies and cheesecakes. Open 6am to 6pm everyday. [BLD], $ (BW) 2354 Lillie Ave., 695-8780. Nugget. A rustic, down home atmosphere that has served locals for over 20 years. Try a burger or one of their great salads. [LD] $ (FB) 2318 Lillie Avenue, Summerland (805) 969-6135. And now in Goleta at 5685 Calle Real. 805-964-5200.

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Food & Home Magazine - Spring 2011  

Our spring 2011 issue

Food & Home Magazine - Spring 2011  

Our spring 2011 issue