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10 Years of Liquid Farm

A Q&A with winemaker JAmes spArks

Liquid Farm was founded by wine industry veteran Jeff Nelson, whose commitment to eating local led to a desire to produce Santa Barbara County wines more similar in profile to those he gravitated towards from the Old World — namely the low-alcohol, mineral-driven wines of Burgundy Recognizing that certain areas of Santa Barbara had optimal soils and microclimates for producing the balanced, food-friendly wines he preferred, he established Liquid Farm in 2009, primarily focused on Chardonnays that showcase different expressions of the region

Last year, Liquid Farm hit two milestones, celebrating 10 years in business and opening their first tasting room, located in Los Olivos Throughout these turning points, the team has remained driven by one of their fundamental principles: that all great wine starts in the vineyard I sat down with winemaker James Sparks to learn more about Liquid Farm and why these wines are as much about what’s below ground as above

Congrats to the Liquid Farm team on the 10-year anniversary! I know you haven’t been on board since the beginning, but when did you get involved and what drew you to this project?

I was assistant winemaker for Dragonette Cellars when I met Jeff Nelson I had started with Dragonette in 2009, at about the same time as Liquid Farm’s inception At that time, Dragonette was making Liquid Farm’s wines — so, technically, I’ve been working on these wines from the start, even though I wasn’t the dedicated winemaker I joined the Liquid Farm team as winemaker in 2013, first drawn to the project due to its then-focus

on single-varietal Chardonnay, which had an Old World inspiration

You source from several vineyards throughout the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, a region predominantly planted to pinot noir. What prompted Liquid Farm to be dedicated to mostly chardonnay? How many different styles do you make?

Chardonnay was what Jeff tended to drink, and his career before launching Liquid Farm was selling wine for some of France’s top Champagne and Burgundy houses, so he organically felt driven to make a French-leaning Chardonnay with grapes from our region We source from a carefully curated selection of vineyards in the Sta Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley AVAs — all of which are meticulously farmed — and currently make five different styles of Chardonnay: Four, Golden Slope, White Hill, Bien Bien, and La Hermana

Besides chardonnay, what other varieties do you work with?

Pinot noir and mourvèdre (for the rosé)

The Pinots and rosé are also great, I have to say. So how would you describe Liquid Farm’s winemaking philosophy?

Our wine philosophy incorporates Old World inspiration meshed with our support of local viticulture The wines are earth- and mineral-driven, with little or no use of new oak, shining a spotlight on the representation of the soil in which the vines producing these wines have grown

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It’s true, Liquid Farm wines — the Chardonnays especially — are known for their unmistakable minerality. In general, wines from the Sta. Rita Hills tend to have a noticeable saline-like quality, but is minerality something you attribute more to the region or to winemaking techniques?

When we begin picking the grapes determines how the wines evolve once in the winery So we believe that winemaking practices actually begin in the vineyards We pick based on taste more so than on lab numbers So yes, some of that minerality is attributed to the region, but pick time — restraint — is a large part of preserving the grapes’ natural acidity

If someone could only try one wine that really captures the spirit and essence of Liquid Farm, which would you say it should be?

White Hill, due to its minerality as you’ve noted

Do you have a favorite pairing with Liquid Farm wines?

I’ve been told I make killer gougères, which lend themselves perfectly to Liquid Farm Chardonnays

What do you think makes Santa Barbara special for producing wine?

The climate and soil are two of the biggest components which make SBC wines what they are, and distinguish them from other growing regions I don’t know if you could get wines like the ones coming out of the Sta Rita Hills anywhere else In the words of Jeff: “The quality of the fruit, farming, and people in this valley is second to none ”

A funky new tasting hangout

Iasked a friend to meet me at Doug Margerum’s new tasting room, and like the swallows who return to San Juan Capistrano, he landed at El Paseo He needed to walk a little less than a mile to “Margerum” at the Hotel Californian

Slightly off the tourist-trodden Funk Zone path and tucked into a little pocket of Mason Street between State and Helena avenues, the highly regarded winemaker and his wife, Marni, have created a sophisticated and appealing indoor/outdoor two-story, 2,000-square-foot space to not only taste (or drink glasses or bottles of) his award-winning wines, but a pleasant oasis to have a nosh as well

Two fights are offered ($15 or $20 for four pours, “plus an extra credit pour, for those who behave,” notes the namesake proprietor) Hands down favorites for this imbiber were the 2018 “D” Sauvignon Blanc finished in neutral oak and the 2018 Margerum Estate Vineyard Syrah, made from grapes that were grafted onto old Italian vines in his Los Olivos estate vineyard

There’s a lovely charcuterie plate with three cheeses: manchego, drunken goat from Spain, and Reny Picot Camembert from France, and two cured meats: sopressata salami and capicola, all served on a platter with superb French Dijon mustard (sold here as well) and fab baguette from New York’s legendary Tribeca Oven There are crudité plates, hummus, and delish thin-crust margherita or four cheese pizzas and paninis Tasty toasts include the smoked salmon and absolutely scrumptious maitake, bunashemeji, enoki, and king mushroom atop mozzarella toast

Grab a friend, or two or three, buy a bottle to share, and keep an eye out for special events, like the recent book-signing with Julia Child’s grandnephew Alex Prud’homme Top off your visit with Rori’s Amaro Ice Cream made exclusively for Margerum Amaro is a superb, beautifully bottled, flavorful, herbal-infused digestive said to be medicinal I bought a bottle to combat my winter cold and add panache to my liquor trolley

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Day trip: Destination Los Alamos

Though Los Alamos may be quaint, don’t let its size fool you This Santa Barbara County gem is big on flavor With its chill vibe, Old West heritage, and burgeoning food and wine scene, Los Alamos has become a top destination on the Central Coast Here’s where to eat and drink while visiting

Where to Eat

No visit to Los Alamos is complete without a stop into Bob’s Well Bread Bakery Set in a converted 1920s gas station, Bob’s (named after owner Bob Oswaks) is the place to go for French-style pastries, avocado toast on thick artisan bread, and breakfast sandwiches served on homemade english muffins — all of which won’t disappoint

For lunch, check out Cisco Kid inside the newly opened The Station, where a casual vibe meets Santa Maria-inspired bbq food, including smoked ribs and tri-tip tacos

If pizza is what you’re after, head to the long-standing Full of Life Flatbread for lunch or dinner The farmers’ market-driven flatbreads may be the main draw (cooked inside a

22-ton hearth oven) but the starters and desserts are great too Speaking of desserts, you could easily make a trip to Bell’s just for the sweets, but it’d be a shame to miss the restaurant’s French bistro fare Owned by husband-and-wife duo Gregory and Daisy Ryan, Bell’s stands out for its charming setting and elevated bistro food that blends California ingredients with French flavors You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu (or off the menu, in the case of the steak tartare sandwich, which isn’t listed but is still a local favorite) And, while offerings change regularly, standbys like tinned sardines with homemade saltines, and flavorful steak frites are always available and on point

Nearby, Pico at the Los Alamos General Store has gained a loyal following ever since owners Will Henry, Kali Kopley, and chef Drew Terp opened its doors in 2016 Here, innovative, scratch-made seasonal fare is not only comforting but delicious, and regular live music and wine-tasting events keep things interesting Don’t miss the pork cannelloni when it’s available, as well as the beloved Burger Night

the world on tap Nearby, 1880 Union Saloon charms with authentic western style and a full bar, where thirsty patrons have been gathering since the 19th century

Last but not least, don’t miss popping into the new A Tribute to Grace tasting room to sample an array of winemaker Angela Osborne’s top-notch Grenache wines, including eight single-vineyard wines and one blend of two vineyards There’s a reason she’s been dubbed the “Queen of California Grenache ” Wherever you do end up, just note that many of the town’s businesses are closed midweek, so be sure to check hours before visiting Enjoy!

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When the weather is nice, you can’t beat Bodega Los Alamos The open-air space is both hip and effortless, offering bocce ball, a fire pit, and plenty of outdoor seating from which to enjoy the list of natural wines and small-production brews Or head up to the bar at Skyview Los Alamos’s Norman Restaurant for classic and seasonal craft cocktails to enjoy poolside

Back on the main drag in town, the low-key Lo-Fi tasting room is where owners and lifelong friends Mike Roth and Craig Winchester serve their easy-going (and easy-drinking) wines, including Gamay and Cabernet Franc Driven by the mantra that wine is like music, it’s not surprising they have a turntable — and a growing vinyl collection — playing tunes while you sip For small-production Rhône varietals, GSM blends and ciders, check out Casa Dumetz, owned by winemaker Sonja Magdevski Next door, sister business Babi’s Beer Emporium offers a rotating selection of beers from around

Pascale Beale has a passion for salads “Salade II: More Recipes from the Market Table” is a veritable celebration of this dish

Building on the classics from her first volume, this new and updated edition transforms salads into the highlight of any meal The fourth in the “Market Table” series (after “Salade, Les Fruits” and “Les Légumes”), “Salade II” features 40 new recipes alongside many original classics from “Salade ”

Grouped by key ingredients in 14 chapters, with stunning full-page photos of every recipe, delightful anecdotes, practical tips, and uncomplicated recipes that work every time, “Salade II” is a compendium of 100 tempting, healthy, plantbased dishes, brimming with vibrant hues and an abundance of innovative ingredients and creative flavor combinations

Highlighting the flavors and textures of more than 60 vegetables, herbs, fruits, and legumes, “Salade II” is a mouthwatering guide to creating edible feasts in salad form

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Edibles… yes, that kind .

These days, you might find that a well-stocked cook’s pantry includes a different type of cooking pot: legal, edible ingredients that contain cannabis

“When trying edibles,” a sign warns at the Farmacy, “start low, and go slow ”

“Starting low” refers to THC dosage, clearly marked on every package Dosing info, for instance, on Atlas, cannabis-infused gourmet granola clusters with Mexican chocolate and pepitas (winner of High Times Bronze Cannabis Cup) range from “mild” to “intense,” giving new meaning to “Don’t eat the whole thing, save some for me…”

Wanna a little lift to your ramen or gyoza (a new kind of pot stickers?)

Try the family recipe chili oil from Potli The Farmacy also carries Potli’s cannabis-infused extra virgin olive oil made from Carmel Valley olives

($82 for 8 4 oz ) that you “activate ”

“The THC is activated by heat,” notes general manager Leialoha Cali, “You could start with the olive oil on your salad, and then use it in pasta or grill with it ” A measuring spoon is included along with instructions on a magnet that instructs 315 degrees for 60 minutes = magic activated!

Since marijuana became legal in California last year, many have heard of and may have partaken in cannabis gummies or chocolate bars (like KIVA), but the array of edible offerings is vast and growing

There are beers and teas (caffeinated and non-caffeinated, like the low-THC, highCBD “calm + relief” ginger turmeric Sympa-Tea), coffees, sodas, even apple cider vinegar infused with THC

If you’re confused by it all (and who wouldn’t be?) and want to explore edibles or find a balm for your arthritis or the best locally grown bud, check in with the experts at the super-friendly Farmacy GM Leialoha says, “A lot of people don’t want to get high, but they want the benefits of cannabis ”

Many people are reluctant to experience the psychoactive elements of THC However, CBD is much more effective when it has trace amounts of THC A micro-dose is 2 5 milligrams For people that are looking for the benefits of CBD without the head high of THC and just want the body high, they would look for ratio that’s much higher in CBD content

This is not your grandma’s pot: classification of the type of species — sativa (for energy), indica (to relax/for pain relief), or a hybrid of both — is noted on packaging

Like the sign says, go slow Then sit back, enjoy, and be sure not to drive under the influence

Primer reminder: THC (gets you high), CBD (relieves pain and or anxiety) More than half of the edible companies don’t list if the cannabis is sativa or indica A combo does both, but there are different ratios Try it and find out for yourself Everybody’s different — L.A.W.

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Fred Brander’s passion:

A new Mexican folk art gallery opens at Brander Winery by “El Rey” de Sauvignon Blanc

Fred Brander has been making wines in Santa Ynez Valley since 1977 Most people know Brander for his sublime, award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, which won Santa Barbara County’s first gold medal at a major wine competition His dependably elegant white wine has continued to earn many more awards and accolades over the decades But the winemaker might just become as well known for another reason: his new Mexican folk art museum that opened in November

It’s no surprise that Brander has amassed an amazing, unique collection of Mexican folk art, with an emphasis on ceramics, since import/export is in his blood His Swedish grandfather, Fritz, made his mark bringing cobblestones from Sweden to Argentina and Argentine wheat to Scandinavia

Consisting of over 900 pieces, the new Brander Museum of Folk Art is set in an 8,000-square-foot space open by appointment at the winery

His passion began 15 years ago when Brander took a Santa Barbara Museum of Art tour to Oaxaca, Puebla, and Chiapas He found a correlation between winemaking and ceramic pieces also from “the soil” that showcase the fingerprints of each maker, “just like a winemaker’s imprint is shown in their wines,” he said

Brander returned many times to Mexico over the years, to different parts of the country, collecting gourds and ceramics in Michoacán and discovering “concurso” competition masks during Day of the Dead in Patzcuaro

Many of these folk art traditions go back centuries if not millennia (with ceramics), utilizing techniques that have been passed down throughout the ages From intricately crafted punchbowls mimicking pineapples, featuring pastiche technique, to whimsical dioramas that tell the story of human existence, each piece is unique and finely wrought

Over the past few years Brander has hosted a Mercado de Artesanos in August, bringing artisans and craftspeople north from the Artesano show in Tijuana and San Diego

About half of the museum pieces are attributed to their maker and place of origin, like Consuela Rendon’s “Tres Platos,” made in homage to Picasso Half of the artisans are unknown, but the region is identified for viewers

The Brander Museum of Folk Art at Brander Winery, 2401 N Refugio Rd, Santa Ynez www.brander. com phone: (805) 688-2455. Open by appointment between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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AKA sablefish, is the fisherman’s treasure of the sea

Iserendipitously discovered locally harvested wild black cod for home preparation thanks to an enthusiastic recommendation from a local fisherman

I had savored the smooth, buttery fish at a few fine restaurants, but had never prepared it myself until a couple of years ago I tested a miso-based recipe and became a fast fan, as have the friends and family I’ve served it to Turns out, I’d chosen one of the most well-known Asian style marinades, made popular by well-known Japanese restaurateur Nobu Mitsubisa

Properly known as sablefish and abundant in our coastal waters, black cod may not be the prettiest fish in the world, but it might be one of the best Also referred to as butterfish, this delicacy melts in your mouth

It is sustainably harvested, has a tiny bone line (that can be easily cut out and removed or with tweezers after cooking, but don’t let this stop you) and makes a perfect replacement for non-sustainable Chilean sea bass

Deep-sea, long line fishing— this method is just a decade old for the Santa Barbara fishing fleet— for the super high in

Omega 3 fish is practiced 1020 miles outside of the Channel Islands The Santa Barbara Fish Market at the harbor sells it fresh – so fresh it’s practically still wiggling I recently developed a deeper appreciation for our local fishing community after meeting with one long time commercial fisherman at his Mesa home

For those curious as to how this tasty fish gets to your dinner table, here’s the lowdown from John Colgate, 72, who has been fishing our region since 1972 “It’s surprising the number of people who don’t know about black cod,” John confirms when I share that a savvy East Coast food writer I queried about favorite recipes thought I was referring to salt cod, or bacalau (as it’s know in Portugal – not one of my favorites) while “fishing” for recipes

Black cod has nothing to do with cod It comes from the family Anoplopomatidae The sablefish is a species of deepsea fish common to the North Pacific Ocean Adult sablefish are opportunistic feeders, preying on fish (including Alaskan Pollock, eulachon, capelin, herring, sandlance, and Pacific cod), squid, euphausiids, and jellyfish Sablefish are long-

Father and Son Stewards of Seafood John Colgate steers out to sea, sets a long line on the seafloor 3000’ deep and harvests black cod for his son Brian Colgate’s Santa Barbara Fish Market – where customers line up for this treasure of the sea…and more. by leslIe a. Westbrook Photos by Eliot Crowley

lived, with a maximum-recorded age of 94 years although the majority of the commercial catch in many areas is less than 20 years old

A Fisherman’s Tale

John Colgate is a native Californian and UCSB graduate who always “took to the water ” A bonafide salty dog, Colgate has endured a tough profession over his lifetime

“My parents started me competitively swimming at a really young age and I discovered I liked swimming below the surface better than above it!” He started diving and “eating” his way thru college on abalone and other fish he caught He attended the Marine Tech program at SBCC, with plans to be an oil field diver, but started commercially diving for abalone while working at Oceaneering International

“I decided to be full time abalone diver 48 years ago,” Colgate recalled, who was also a founding partner of the SB Shellfish Co on Stearns Wharf But the sea called “I’ve always been an ocean guy, so I went back to diving abalone, sea urchin and spiny lobster,” he said of his lifelong love affair with the sea

About six or seven years ago, Colgate added a black cod fishing permit to his repertoire

“I wanted to get out of the water, my body got beat up from diving,” he admitted, “None of it’s easy and a progression of fisheries presented themselves ”

He “changed with the times” and now, with a helper, line sets for black cod, or sable fish on the far side of the Channel Islands

It’s not a job for the weak of stomach or timid

The day begins at 7 a m – collecting ice at the fuel dock, and then picking up lines baited with anchovy from their yard in the Funk Zone The Māʻalaea (Translation: a warm offshore wind; also a town and harbor in Maui), Colgate’s 30’ x 10’ wide vessel is loaded for the five –hour, 60 mile trip out to the fishing grounds at a spot 20 miles due west of San Miguel Island

It takes an hour to set the 33 tubs of long baited line before dropping it some 3,000 feet below the surface The down line is anchored and buoyed at both ends, each with a flag a few miles apart The 10,000 baited hooks assure a good catch in these fishing grounds

“My helper Nick and I will have some dinner, wait three to five hours before hauling the line up,” notes the fisherman, “Each fish usually weighs three to four pounds, but they can be up to ten pounds All in all, it’s a 24-hour run A good night’s catch is limited to a weekly quota of 2,000 lbs ”

John, who admits he’s “getting older” fishes an average of 30 weeks a year, while some of his younger colleagues go out 40 weeks

“Older guys fish less and look for better weather,” he laughs adding, “The most notewor-

thy thing about this fishery is the weekly quota that Pacific Fisheries Management Council allows This provides fisherman the ability to look at a weather window and pick one day that week to fish ”

John gives all the black cod to his son/fish wholesaler and retailer Brian

“He’s waiting on the pier when I get there,” he jokes to his son, who spent a summer fishing with his dad

“Forty five weeks a year, there is black cod landing fresh on our docks,” rings in Brian Colgate, owner of Santa Barbara Fish Market, who takes all of his dad’s black cod catch (weekly landings are regulated to 2,000 pounds max) for his wholesale and retail business

That’s before the fish travels to his son Brian Colgate’s nearby 3,000 square foot state-ofthe-art processing facility on Santa Barbara’s Eastside and then to the the retail market at the Harbor for the folks like you and me

“Santa Barbara has always been a small faster boat fishing harbor because of the distance to the islands and its unpredictable weather Fishermen have to travel up to 60 miles to their fishing grounds, while those in Morro Bay may only have to travel ten miles,” John notes

“What is most noteworthy about this fishery,” his son Brian rings in “is the weekly quota

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“We have full quality control and do all of of our own production and distribution in house at our wholesale distribution facility two miles from the harbor ,” notes Brian, adding that his Fish Market is very competitive price wise as it is a direct outlet to the public “Chances are if fish are landing locally, we’re going to have it in our retail shop ”

Deliveries to the harbor retail store occur three to five times a day In addition to fish from our waters, customers can find seafood from around the world, like Scottish salmon and Maine lobster tails

“Anything can be special ordered, too,” Brian stressed

A longer-range picture also comes into focus

“The market is our commitment to supporting sustainable fisheries that maintain fish stocks so they will be available to future generations We want the public to be able to open up and deepen their relationship with the ocean and the seafood – broaden their horizons The ocean and seafood is an amazing blessing It’s so nutritious, healthy, and supports our community here in Santa Barbara,” concludes Brian Brian’s vision to link our fishing community to the public is a reality – thanks to his roots and passion for the wonders of the sea It’s a legacy that father and son share with their friends and colleagues who provide delicoius, healthy, sustainable food for our tables


that the Pacific Fisheries Management Council mandates That gives fishermen the ability to look at the weather every week and and pick a day that’s best for fishing On average forty-five weeks a year there is black cod landing fresh on our docks!”

A Son’s Journey

Brian Colgate, 39, owner of the tiny, but mighty retail harbor store Santa Barbara Fish Market, which is celebrating 20 years in business this year, obviously has fish in his blood

“We process 100% of the fish that is in the retail store We are selling smoked black cod from the local catch and continually working with new recipes,” says Brian The smoked cod, sold fresh or frozen, is a full flavored moist fish that tastes much like smoked trout, but more delicate Other tasty treats from the deli case include squid salad, poke and ceviche, depending on the season

Santa Barbara Fish Market sells a whopping million pounds a year of seafood, wholesale and retail, annually Of that, Brian Colgate reckons he sells thousands of pounds of black cod weekly, including to area restaurants Barbareno, Caruso’s at The Miramar Hotel; Californian Hotel’s blackbird, Loquita and The Ballard Inn



1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger

1 1/2 tablespoons chopped green onions

1 tablespoon honey

1 large garlic clove, minced

1/4 cup hoisin sauce*

2 1/4 teaspoons hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek)*

Whisk first 6 ingredients in small bowl

DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring ginger sauce to room temperature before serving.

Preheat oven to 450°F

Stir hoisin and chili paste in another small bowl

Heat oil in heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat Add cod, skin side up Cook 2 minutes, then turn cod over

Spoon hoisin mixture over fillets, dividing equally Transfer to oven and bake until fish is just opaque in center, about 5 minutes

in the Santa Ynez Valley Other restaurants that All fisheries in the USA are managed and mandated for sustainable fishing practices. Santa Barbara Fish Market supports CFSB, the Commercial Fisherman of Santa Barbara, as well as U.S.-harvested seafood managed by Pacific Fisheries Management Council and NOAA.


This decadent savory quiche is perfect for a hearty gourmet breakfast during the week or a leisurely brunch on the weekends.


3 eggs

3/4 cup half-and-half salt and pepper to taste

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup diced leeks (2 leeks)

3 heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices

3/4 cup gruyère cheese, grated

1 refrigerated ready-made 9-inch pie crust


Remove tomato seeds, if desired Dry out tomatoes on paper towels using a dash of salt Over medium heat, sauté leeks in olive oil until soft (do not brown) Whisk together eggs, half-and-half, and pepper Sprinkle half the gruyère cheese over bottom of pie shell Layer tomatoes concentrically and sprinkle remaining gruyère Pour egg mixture into pie shell (do not overfill) Bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes, until the edges of the quiche have set

For better results, dry out tomatoes while leeks are sautéing to save time This will also prevent your quiche from becoming too watery during the baking process as tomatoes release their juices Do not overbake the quiche It should still jiggle in the middle


Recipe by Danielle Fahrenkrug (Delightful Mom Food)

Naturally sweet, carrots make an ideal high-fiber, low-calorie, delicious, and easy healthy soup Combine it with roasted butternut squash and you have a sweet, nutty, nutritious meal the whole family will enjoy To save time, roast the butternut squash in advance and leave it in the refrigerator until ready to use Serves: 4


1 lb organic carrots

1 lb butternut squash, peeled and seeds removed

1 medium apple, sliced

1 cup onion, diced

1 cup celery, diced

4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth

1 tsp Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp white pepper

1 tsp coriander

1/4 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp ginger powder


In a large pot add the broth, carrots, squash, apple, onion, celery, salt, pepper, coriander, cumin, chili powder, and ginger Let simmer on medium low for about 20 minutes or until the carrots and butternut squash are soft Remove from heat and let cool 5 min-

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utes then puree until smooth Garnish with croutons, sour cream and freshly chopped parsley or sage leaves If vegan, choose vegan sour cream

Note: Chop all the vegetables ahead of time for a quick cooked meal in as little as 20 minutes Skip the garnishes for keto or Whole30 diets


Offered by Chef Avery Hardin (Serves 4)


1 large pasilla chili, dried and seeded

1 large ancho chili, dried and seeded

1 (15-ounce) can of fire-roasted tomatoes (we like Trader Joe’s)

2 tbs olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, chopped

8 cups chicken stock (can substitute with vegetable stock)

Kosher salt

2 cups kale, roughly chopped

4 cups lima beans (any bean can be used)

1 lime, juiced


Using metal tongs, toast the chilis in a dry sauté pan over medium heat until they’re soft and fragrant Set aside and let cool before discarding seeds and stems Roughly chop the chilis and place in a blender, along with the fire-roasted tomatoes in their juices, and set aside

Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-low heat Add the chopped onion and garlic Be

sure to stir constantly so the garlic doesn’t burn Cook until soft and translucent, roughly 5-6 minutes

Remove from the heat

Transfer the onion and garlic to the blender with the tomatoes and chilis Puree all of the ingredients together until very smooth

Return the soup pot to high heat

Add the pureed tomato chili mixture all at once It should sizzle immediately Continue to cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens substantially It should resemble tomato paste

Add the chicken stock, kale, and beans to the soup pot Stir the soup so that all the ingredients combine thoroughly Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally Season with salt and fresh lime to taste, serve and enjoy

*We paired this soup with a date & jalapeño grilled cheese sandwich


Offered by Chef Avery Hardin

(Serves 4)


8 slices rustic country loaf bread

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1 lb cheese, grated (we like Beecher’s from Seattle, though any white cheddar would be great)

1/4 lb honey dates, split and remove pits (go see Travis at Santa Barbara’s Farmers Market, DaVall Date Gardens)

2 fresh jalapeños, thinly sliced 1/2 stick of salted butter, divided

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In two large sauté pans on medium heat, melt the butter until it becomes foamy and slightly blonde in color

Lay 4 bread slices in each buttered pan

Sprinkle cheese evenly across all eight slices of bread

Layer jalapeños and dates across all eight slices of bread

When the cheese begins to melt, carefully use a spatula to flip one slice over on top of the other, and press lightly to melt

Continue to flip and griddle until the exterior is golden, crusty, and delicious looking Serve and enjoy


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2 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1 Tbsp Agave (or Raw Honey)

2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

2 Tbsp Sesame Seed Oil

Sea Salt & freshly ground Pepper

1 Large Garlic Clovesmashed and minced to a paste with the salt

1 Tbsp Fresh Ginger - finely minced or grated


2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds - toasted

4 cups Red and Green Cabbage 16oz - thinly sliced or shredded

1 red Bell Pepper - thinly sliced

3 Green Onions - finely sliced on the bias

¼ cup Fresh Cilantro - torn into larger pieces

1 Tbsp Lemon Zest


Prepare the dressing first by combining all of the dressing ingredients in a medium glass bowl For a Vegan option use Agave instead of Honey

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Stir until well combined and set aside

In a sauté pan over medium high heat, gently toast the sesame seeds until golden brown Let cool

In a large bowl combine all of the fresh slaw ingredients, except the sesame seeds and lemon zest Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss well Let the mixture rest for at least 20 minutes so that the salad has a chance to absorb the dressing

Just before serving, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and lemon zest Serves 6 Enjoy!


This salad is quick and easy to prepare and you can make the whole thing ahead of time, as long as the dressing is added right before serving

Yield: 4 servings


2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)

2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp Thai fish sauce

1 Tbsp honey

2 tsp grated orange rind

2 garlic cloves, peeled

1/2 small serrano chili

2 tsp olive oil

4 (4 ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp salt

2 cups shredded Napa cabbage

1 cup grated, seeded, peeled cucumber

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1 (12-oz) package broccoli coleslaw

1 (11-oz) can mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained


Combine first 8 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium/high heat Sprinkle

steak evenly on both sides with pepper and salt

Add steak to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or

1 1/2 Tbsp drained, pickled jalapeños, minced

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp celery seed

1 pound crab meat, picked over

1/4 tsp pepper


Drain the artichoke hearts well and finely chop them Sauté red bell peppers five minutes and set aside Make a roux with flour and butter This is easy stuff; just cook it down in a sauté pan until deep gold, add the half –and-half, and then reduce to thicken Gently stir together the rest in the order given off the heat Transfer to a vegetable-sprayed or buttered six cup baking/serving vessel, and top with additional parmesan cheese garnish You can hold it here in the refrigerator to bake later if you’d like Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes or till bubbly and golden

Top garnish

2 oz additional parmesan cheese

Recipe by Pure Joy Catering chef Emillio Morales


is one of this legendary chef’s most popular recipes Enjoy restaurant quality food at home with this easy, super elegant recipe by one of the world’s most renowned chefs Servings 4


Nobu-style miso marinade

3 Tbsp sake

3 Tbsp mirin

1/2 cup white miso

1/3 cup sugar

6 7-ounce skinless black cod fillets (about 1 1/2 inches thick)



until desired degree of doneness Remove steak from pan; let stand 5 minutes Thinly slice steak

Combine cabbage and the remaining ingredients in a large bowl Drizzle slaw mixture with cilantro mixture; toss Arrange 2 cups slaw mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 3 ounces beef

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Wild mushroom risotto, from fall 2004 (John Savage recipes) pages 105-106.


12 oz artichoke hearts, not marinated or vinegar based

1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp flour

1 1/4 cup half-and-half

3 green onions, sliced thin

2 oz parmesan cheese

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice


Boil sake and mirin over high heat and reduce by 1⁄3 Turn heat down, add miso and sugar, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning Cool to room temperature

Marinate cod fillets in the miso mixture for 4 days Gently wipe off excess marinade from the fillets and grill or broil until well browned


25 local dates (no pits)

6 oz smoked bacon

local organic honey

Cook bacon halfway and cool (Bacon should be soft for wrapping ) Cut each bacon slice into four equal lengths Wrap the filled figs with bacon strips and secure with toothpicks or small skewers Grill or bake till a bit crisp and tender Drizzle with honey to serve

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It’s a new decade and Santa Barbara’s dine out experience is at its very best Offerings of hearty meats with mushrooms and garlic mash, short ribs, lamb, chili, soups and stews are the staple choices on most winter menus . Pair with a local Santa Rita Hills pinot or rich Santa Ynez Valley Syrah and you have the classic winter fare experience on the Central Coast And the winter crops in this region are far more exciting than most people realize making for some great sides and desserts, too Prime time citrus, cherimoyas, several types of avocado, dates, leafy greens, artichokes, walnuts, arugula and mountains of cabbage give local kitchens the necessary farm to table tools to create signature comfort food that goes way beyond what many of us can do at home The following are some of the best local offerings that we are so fortunate to enjoy all winter .

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Potato wrapped local black cod over market vegetables.


Olive Oil Poached Garlic Shrimp. Half pound of shrimp poached in olive oil, fresh garlic, scallions, and chili flakes. Garnished with parsley and lemon. Served with grilled baguette. Pair with 2017 Qupe Syrah, Central Coast. Aromas of violet, plum, and blackberries.


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Chinese Bay Scallop Salad Bowl. Bay scallops and sesame saute, served warm over butter lettuce, daikon sprouts, Napa cabbage, fresh orange segments, roasted almonds and sesame vinaigrette. Paired with Cordon Sauvignon Blanc, Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara

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Remodeling and the Tax Assessment Conundrum

People frequently ask about remodeling as it relates to property tax assessments Some believe that simply increasing the footprint of a house causes a reassessment, while others think that a modest remodeling change, like swapping out a cabinet, would trigger the process

Since this covers a wide spectrum of remodeling activity, what would actually initiate a reassessment?

For help with this question, I turned to Ryan Cullinen from our office who heads our pre-construction team

The first point he emphasized is that remodels and additions don’t necessarily lead to a reassessment of the entire house Any area of a house not being modified will keep the existing tax base If a 200-square-foot kitchen remodel triggers a reassessment, only the 200 square feet being remodeled would be subject to a new rate

So what scope of work triggers a reassessment?

Any change that increases the area of the house is subject to new taxes

Remodeled areas that are considered “substantially equivalent of new” are reevaluated for new taxes But how is “substantially equivalent of new” interpreted? If a room is demolished down to the studs and then rebuilt, that would be considered basically new However, if a wall between the kitchen and dining room is removed, as an example, that may not be enough to trigger reassessment as long as the surrounding areas aren’t modified in a significant enough way to set in motion a reappraisal

Planning major new features in a kitchen such as a bay window or a

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large island work area would likely open a reassessment Changing a gas cooker to a magnetic induction electric unit, on the other hand, would not likely lead to a tax reconsideration It all depends on how many and how extensive the remodeling changes are Obviously from the above, when it comes to remodeling, the line that opens a tax reassessment is a bit vague

It’s possible, however, to have the tax assessor review a set of plans showing the specific remodeling changes being contemplated to get an opinion as to whether the proposed work would affect property taxes This can be done prior to applying for a building permit

For some, how the tax situation plays out is critical, maybe even determining whether it’s possible to stay in Santa Barbara or not Homes built in the ’60s or earlier have a low tax base (fixed at 1975 property values by proposition 13) as long as they haven’t undergone big construction changes in the subsequent years Maybe the house has been inherited from a parent so there are new inhabitants, but the same advantageous tax situation (New ownership as a result of a sale would change the tax base by linking it to the property value at the time of sale ) Knowing in advance what upgrading work would or would not trigger a reassessment might make all the difference

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On the market this spring?

10 tips to prepare your home for sale.

If spring and summer are the busiest months for home selling, then the winter months should be filled with home improvement projects However, we often see that sellers spend months thinking about putting their home on the market and then expect to have it ready to list in a week or

two For a successful sale, we recommend getting a jumpstart now on preparing your home for sale

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1. Survey your home’s condition. Start by conducting a thorough walk-through of your house, trying to keep an objective eye

Buyers want move-in-ready, so

determine what needs the most attention and find contractors to do the work (or make a realistic plan for how much you can do yourself)

Remember, many painters and contractors may be booked several weeks out during spring and summer

2. Interview real estate agents.

You’ll need a great agent to represent your interests, so get recommendations from friends and neighbors A good listing agent should have a detailed marketing plan and knowledge of the area

Choose an agent who can present you with a realistic market analysis, not simply the one who says they

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5. Freshen up the front door. According to a Zillow survey, homes with a black front door saw a whopping $6,271 more in selling price * Enough said!

6. Paint it white. Buyers want light and bright inside A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in helping them overlook other areas of the house that may need updating Chantilly Lace, Swiss Coffee, and Simply White by Benjamin Moore are some of our go-to favorites Rooms with white walls and ceilings look larger because your eye sees one seamless canvas

7. Refresh kitchen cabinets and bathrooms. Painting cabinets, re-grouting tile, and installing new faucets and sinks can give these rooms an updated look without breaking the bank Homes with bathrooms painted light blue sold for $2,786 more, while kitchens with navy lower cabinets and white upper cabinets brought in $1,547 more in sale price *

8. Let the sunshine in. To make rooms feel larger and more inviting, swap out heavy, dark, or dated window coverings with white sheer panels that let more light in

9. Remember, scent matters. Eliminate any odors of mildew, smoke, or anything funky Fabric and upholstery hold odors, so consider replacing the carpet or buying that new sofa now you’re wanting for your next home

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3. Pack. All your belongings have to be moved at some point, so why not get started now? We recommend packing up and putting into storage at least 50 percent of the belongings in your home (bonus points if you store these boxes off-site) Buyers should see your home, not your stuff in the home

4. Think curb appeal. Start working on exterior repairs and landscaping by cleaning gutters, repairing dry rot, and installing drought-tolerant landscaping To grab buyers’ attention when they first arrive, put out colorful potted

10. Create the “wow” factor. Once you’ve completed these upgrades, hire a certified staging design pro to provide furniture and décor to enhance the best features of your home Staged homes typically sell more quickly than their non-staged competition, often garnering offers at or above asking price

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It’s easy to understand why so many people enjoy building things One reason is obvious: In the end, the result of their effort is standing there, plain to see But sometimes the satisfaction is more internal

Something like that happened to Jed Hirsch of Jed Hirsch Construction in Santa Barbara a while back He was working on a home remodel on Miramar Beach when he came across a block within a wall To his surprise he found his own writing on it, numbers he had scrawled while noting dimensions almost 20 years earlier It was like a time capsule inside a time machine He’d written those dimensions as an apprentice and found them all those years later as a contractor “The whole crew signed it and we installed it in a wall by the staircase,” he said “I love that Another time capsule to be found in the future ”

The more typical satisfactions come from a job well done And a visit to the company’s website shows plenty of evidence of those Words in client reviews like “thorough,” “knowledgeable,” “honest,” and “tasteful” pile up like bricks in a solid reputation

That status took time to build, but it started young “I always had my heart set on being a carpenter,” he recalled Growing up in Studio City, he started taking shop classes in junior high school (“building laminated skateboards, of course”) He moved to Monterey in 1978 and took night classes at City College there, working in a cabinetry shop during the day It’s not hard to guess what the night classes were all about “All the woodworking courses I could take,” he said “I picked it up quick, I was so interested Some people want to be firemen I wanted to be a carpenter ”

That first cabinetry job was a gift “I learned as I went along,” he said “I was lucky I got to work with a lot of high-end carpenters early That set my pace and quality level from the beginning ”

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scene as a kid “I always knew I’d live in Santa Barbara,” he recalled So in 1980 he made the move By 1987 he was vice president of the “top-notch”

Design Builders contracting company here, and Kat Fuller was CFO They married in 1990 Nine years later they took the leap and started their own business Scary? “Not scary at all,” Hirsch said He was already doing the work, and nights and weekends he’d been doing his own jobs, so they’d already built a foundation

Kat recalls it a little differently “I think it was scary, stepping away from a weekly paycheck,” she said But the move was too logical to resist: Jed knew how to build, Kat knew how to run the business end of things “I figured our skill sets balanced each other so well that we should start our own business ” They’ve seen it all in their 20 years in the business One of Jed’s favorite experiences involved a big job on a gorgeous creation above San Ysidro Ranch that came with a special twist toward the end “The owner had our family live in the house for a week before they moved in,” Hirsch said His response: “Twist my arm ” Turned out to be a win for both sides of the equation “We used all the appliances, bathrooms, kitchen, HVAC, all the electric lighting We worked out any bugs We programmed the lighting to how we liked it The owner was great with it ”

There have been challenges along the way for the business, including this one: Five years ago the Hirsches divorced, but kept right on working together “It happened during our biggest project ever,” Kat recalled “My inclination was to leave but I had a commitment to our clients so I stayed, and Jed and I worked things out as business partners ” Is she glad about that? “Depends on the day,” she laughed “But yeah, I’m glad I did We built the business together So we kept the relationship that worked and let go of the one that didn’t anymore ”

Another big change is the thickness of red tape “We had a big job six years ago that took us to a whole new level of paperwork,” Kat recalled “A fami-

Above: Architectural concrete steps lead up to the front living deck with views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands.

Opposite: The blending of painted steel fascia, vertical dark wood siding, massive glass windows, decking and concrete create a seamless contemporary design to both interior and exterior. Because of budget constraints, Hirsch Construction developed custom accounting systems to comply with the stringent banking requirements of the construction loan. The project was completed at budget.


Architect: Josh Blumer, AB Design Studios. Interior Design and furnishings: House of Honey Interior Design. Doors and windows: Western Door & Window. Door and window installation: Callender’s House of Glass. Tile and countertops: Armstrong Tile & Marble. Steel fabrication: Gonzales Welding.

Woodwork and cabinets: Two Trees Cabinetry. Concrete: Progressive Landscapes.


ly compound above Montecito We had to meet with our client’s lawyers in LA, as well as their CPA firm and architects, all of whom had stringent accounting and paperwork requirements We had to create new systems It was a great opportunity to learn and grow and enabled us to carry our enhanced procedures forward on all future jobs ”

Kat’s favorite part of the job is the people “We cannot do what we do without our team,” she said “We’re so grateful for them It’s what I enjoy most, the camaraderie They’re like family We all definitely work together to achieve the mutual goal of dream homes for our clients I appreciate how much our team cares ” And speaking of family, all of the Hirsches’ children and both sets of their parents have pitched in one way or another along the way

How about favorite building styles? “At first I was doing all Spanish Mediterranean and I loved it,” Jed recalled “I thought that’s the only kind of building I wanted to build Then I got a job on a very fine Craftsman that needed to be entirely rebuilt to its former glory, and then that was my favorite Then contemporary and that’s my favorite Whatever I’m doing, that’s my favorite ”

How many have there been? “I’m guessing 200,” Hirsch said “Ten per year or so, big and small, for 20 years, all in Santa Barbara County ”

Along the way Hirsch Construction has drawn some attention, including stories in publications like The New York Times, Mother Earth News, and local publications And there have been some big names that he prudently declined to reveal

Well, he did mention one because the owner has moved away

“It was my first job, in 1980,” Hirsch said — a remodel of actor Gene Hackman’s house in Montecito “I met Gene and his brother Rich They’re nice, down to earth guys” It was a lot of fun and a great learning experience ” At one point he decided to ask the contractor for a raise and the boss said to ask Gene, who asked how much he was making

“Well, $10 an hour,” Hirsch said A few seconds later he was making $13

Years later, after building their own company, Jed reflected on what made it stand strong for 20 years At the top of the list: a solid team, as Kat mentioned above In the beginning, when he left the contractor he was working for to strike out on his own, site manager Gabriel Sanchez came along with him “We’ve been working together for about 25 years now,” Hirsch said “A great guy and my right-hand man ”

Then there’s lead carpenter Luis de Luna “One of the best carpenters I’ve ever worked with,” Hirsch said “As good or better than I am It’s fantastic to have a guy like that on your crew He’s been with us probably 15 years now ” He also had high praise for project supervisor Jade Eliason, project coordinator Brittany Kemp, bookkeeper Terry Randall, and crew members Jed and Kat Hirsch are nowhere near the end of their careers But the 20th anniversary of the family’s business is a logical time to glance backward To that end, Jed said, “I’ve been in cabinetry or the woodworking profession since I was 17, so that’s 43 years My kids ask me how I chose what I wanted to do I say I don’t know I just always knew ”

Kat and Jed Hirsch on site of their current project. A full house redo of a Carpinteria beach cottage.

Scotland! Going for the green

: Where in the world is the opposite of dry, sunny, brown Santa Barbara?

A: Somewhere near top of the list, based on our recent travels, should be wet, cloudy, green Scotland

It all started when our son enrolled in a music school in London We decided to accompany him to help him get settled, and then to zip around Scotland for a while, since we were already over there and it was a trip of a lifetime sort of dream

It happened fast Usually, you plan a trip of lifetime for months but we had only a few weeks Due to the haste I decided to enlist the help of a travel site, whose experts savaged our plan for being hopelessly naïve “You’re trying to fit a size-12 foot into a size-6 shoe,” one pro carped

But we did it anyway, and it was great

Part of the greatness was the serendipity that comes with haplessness For example, I would highly recommend starting any visit to Scotland by losing your phone in a cab in Edinburgh right at the start

It’s the kind of mistake that can ruin a trip But this turned out to be a lucky launch

“I am Sami,” said the driver with a big smile an hour later Hearing the phone buzzing frantically in the back seat, he’d responded He’d been at the airport, but would bring it all the way back to us in town

“Sami from Syria,” he went on “Americans don’t like my real name ”

“What is it?”

“Osama ”

With that, Sami from Syria handed me the phone Considering how miserable we’d felt a little earlier, it was like salvation I handed him a ₤20 note He insisted it was too much and gave me ₤10 change

That was our introduction to Scotland And it turned out to be the country in capsule form It may not be the friendliest place on the planet but it’s got to be close

In Edinburgh we stayed one night (huge mistake, howled the pros) because we wanted to zoom straight into that green countryside Our lodging was the

Photos by ConnIe gIlles

Scotsman Hotel, the former home of The Scotsman newspaper for over a century It was very reasonable, again, because we were idiots abroad making last-minute plans that somehow worked out Icing on top for the editor in the group: We were given the former editor’s office for our room, and it was beyond lush Sample: Robes you could live in forever and two small bottles of Monkey Shoulder scotch to fortify the weary traveler

More serendipity: a little folder on the desk advertising dinner and a movie Dinner where? Downstairs Movie where? Farther downstairs, in the new, magnificent, cozy, red-velvet screening room What was showing?

Downton Abbey Foirfe, as they say in Scots Gaelic Translation: perfect

Once reunited with the lost phone, we cruised north (driving studiously

half of the excuse for this appearing in Food & Home) It’s good

Once upon a time I read somewhere that Scotland’s cuisine was voted worst in the world after they invented the deep-fried Mars bar But things have changed (except for the bacon) Example: After lots of remarkably good grub, we decided to find some of the bad stuff It happened whilst driving through the countryside We figured a far-flung pub would do the trick No dice The house salad dressing was pomegranate/prosecco-based

That happened on our foray through Gourock, on Scotland’s west coast We had rashly (last-minute, of course) booked a room in a 15th-century B&B castle that was suspiciously inexpensive But there’s a suit of armor in the corner! Book it! We did We went We stayed in The Knight’s Bedchamber Of course the place was rumored to house a ghost named The White Lady Never saw her but did drink orange juice from a goblet Iogantach! (Translation: Wonderful )

Looking back, it’s hard to grasp how we managed to fit that size-12 trip into that size-6 shoe Once again, serendipity lent a strong hand On a jaunt to St Andrew’s, the Rusacks Hotel desk clerk said we couldn’t expect a view of the Old Course for the price we were paying But we got to our room and she had obviously played us, because there was a sprawling panorama of the cradle of golf It might have helped that I mentioned it was our anniversary

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on the left) toward Isle of Skye The thing about driving on the left is, it’s not that hard after a while Yes, the roundabouts are tricky, and there are lots of them, but once you’re frantically checked right two dozen times, you’re okay

After driving past many lochs we landed in Portree, Isle of Skye, staying bang on the quay beside the harbor from which fishing boats departed every morning Our lodging was an Airbnb, so it was a home, which serves as half of our excuse for this appearing in Food & Home Magazine

For newbie Santa Barbara visitors to the UK, lots of things seem intentionally different, and not just driving on the left For electrical switches, ON is down, not up Plugs require UK adapters with three prongs, including a round ground But hair dryers require a different adapter

A pound was worth about 30 cents more than a dollar when we were there Who knows what it is now in these Brexiting times But a kilometer is only two-thirds of a mile Gas looks cheap on the signs but it’s by the liter, which is only a quarter of gallon, so it’s not If you weigh 150 pounds in Santa Barbara you only weigh 10 7143 stone in Scotland Congratulations!

And speaking of weight, here’s the thing about Scottish food (the other

We’ve had our share of bad trips, so I don’t feel too guilty about raving for this one And in the end, it was serendipity that gets most of the credit Like the time we were cruising along and a sign for the Clan MacPherson Museum suddenly appeared My wife, Connie Gillies, sprang to attention “Gillies” is a subsect of the MacPhersons! We went The guide wore a kilt His mother was a Gillies


For additional travel tips:


By air: It’s a 13-hour flight from LAX to Edinburgh (a one-hour layover at London Heathrow).

By rail: Or fly to London and take the five-hour train journey to Edinburgh. Don’t worry about missing a ride; an average of 28 trains per day zoom (125 mph) between London and Edinburgh, leaving approximately every 21 minutes.

Don’t miss: Noted architect Charles Rennie McIntosh sites in both Edinburgh and Glasgow or the famed Edinburgh Festival in summer months.

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Modern Look

Winter is the perfect time to start designing or updating your garden After 50 years of designing outdoor spaces (2020 marks our 50th year as Montecito Landscape), we have certainly learned a few things about the right way and the wrong way to go about it So, to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls of exterior design, here are a few tips to help keep you on the right track

Start with a vision-The first step in any project is to establish a definitive picture of what the garden will look like I do this by walking the site with the client and finding what it is they like and don’t like about their property and getting a vision of the end result This includes

Step by step: Designing a Central Coast garden

pouring through magazines, Instagram, etc to find photos of gardens and even going on “field trips” After a while a “picture” will develop of how it will look and feel Only then can we can begin

Pro tip: One of the questions I always ask is “how do you envision using this garden?” Is there a large family, kids and dogs? Will you be doing lots of entertaining? This will influence your decisions

Garden Edit-Now it is time for the “Edit” This means we remove anything that isn’t contributing to the final “picture” Anything that detracts from that final vision must go We have to “clean the canvas” for the new design This step can be pretty

dramatic It can be as simple as removing an old dead lawn or as big as removing everything but the large trees Either way, this is a vital step

Pro tip: Just because you like something doesn’t mean it’s right in your garden If you have kids, grandkids and/or dogs you may not want spiny or toxic plants Blue Agave may be beautiful, but some plants are meant to be admired from a distance

Concept plan-The concept plan isn’t pages of detailed drawings In fact it can simply be a list of all the desired features such as pathways, fountain, fire pit, kitchen, patios, etc With list in hand, you can start working out the placement of the various items Ideally, get a site plan

of your property (a site plan shows the foot print of the house, existing trees, driveway, etc ) and use this to work it all out

Pro tip: Tracing paper laid down on the site plan, allows me to work and experiment with different ideas until we like the end result Yeah, it’s old school, I know, but it works

Do it in the Dirt-Once you have the general concept and ideas, lay it all out in the ground I don’t care how many pages of drawings you have, to get it right it has to be drawn in the ground It can be stakes and string or drawing the lines in the dirt with a shovel Once you see it “in the ground” there will be changes, I guarantee it

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Material Selection-Now that we know the “what and where” of the design, it’s time to go shopping for hardscape materials If possible, go see the material installed somewhere to get the feel of it It may look different than in the show room

Pro tip: Limit your hardscape selections and take into account what is already there and the style of the house If you are using flagstone and gravel, ensure the gravel is harmonious with the stone California Gold gravel is NOT always the best choice Too many different hardscape materials and your garden will look like a stone yard display

Pick the plants-It may seem funny to pick the plants as the final design step, but plant shopping is similar to selecting a paint color Go see the plants at someone’s house, know how big they will become and how much maintenance they will require Then, go nursery shopping and have some fun!

Pro tip: I always come up with a “plant pallet” that fits with the overall look and feel we are trying to achieve The plants should be compatible with each other and with the locale Too many different types of plants and the garden looks and feels disjointed Separate the different types of plants into planting areas if you want a wild array Think Lotusland where each garden is in keeping with a specific style and look Your garden should tell a story and have a “vibe”

Garden Décor-If you are going to add pots, fountains, etc be selective Each item should be of the same aesthetic as the rest of the garden and should have intention as a focal point Take your time and don’t get it unless it is “right” If you can’t afford “the good stuff” then either don’t do it or wait until you can afford it The perfect pot, fountain, sculpture, can transform a garden into magic

Pro tip: Most reputable dealers will let you bring something back if it isn’t right Sometimes something looks good in the store but doesn’t quite look right on site If I am uncertain that an item is going to work I arrange ahead of time with the shop that I want to see it in the garden first and will bring it back if it doesn’t work If the store won’t accept returns, go elsewhere

Enjoy-There may be some moments while doing a garden transformation when you may doubt your sanity That is normal Persevere and you will have not only increased value of your property, but will have invested in the quality and enjoyment of life In the end, we love gardens because they take us on a journey to another world of beauty and aesthetics, away from the stresses and strains of daily life and that is what makes it worth the effort

Lisa Cullen, landscape designer and organic gardener, owns Montecito Landscape with her husband, Chris. She can be reached at 805.969.3984 or www.

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Roses in Winter

Roses should be resting this time of year Stop deadheading and don’t feed them, allow them to form their hips and enjoy the time off from tending them

It is however the season for removing those roses that are not performing and planning what new roses to add Late December and into January, bare root roses are available This is bargain time for rose-lovers! And, if you shop early, you get the best selection

Shopping at our local nurseries for bare root you are more likely to find roses that do well in our climate Talk to the nursery workers Tell them about your site and they will help steer you to the right rose for your garden La Sumida is the local favorite for roses but if you’re willing to travel, get down to Otto and Sons in Fillmore where they have 28 acres of gorgeous plants It’s worth the drive

When you’re not shopping, you can be prepping your rose garden beds If you want to do it like the pros, go to Island Seed and Feed in Goleta and ask for the Dan Bifano Rose Cocktail Tell them how many roses you’re planting and the size of the bed and they’ll give you the exact recipe

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Santa Barbara on Canvas

richArD schLoss finds inspiration as an artist through life in Santa Barbara

Artist Richard Schloss, who was raised in the Bay Area, fell under the Santa Barbara spell early in his childhood while visiting his grandparents in Hope Ranch during summer and winter vacations

When it came time to apply for college, Schloss had only one place in mind – UCSB – and enrolled in 1971

Surrounded by a family of scientists, Schloss decided to pursue physics because, he says, “It was what I knew ” He soon realized that he wasn’t too keen on his declared major and started to question what he wanted to do Unsure of his plan, he enrolled in summer school at UC Berkeley while home for a few months, signing up for two drawing classes in the architecture department “I really liked these classes, but I didn’t really care about drawing buildings,” he recalls, admitting that soon something just clicked “It was like a flip switched in my brain, though, and I realized that ‘I’m an artist ’ ”

When he returned to UCSB, Schloss changed his major to art and went into his first painting class having no prior painting experience “Maybe I was a little naive or arrogant, but I had the right amount of confidence to believe that I was going to be great at this,” Schloss says “Part of me thinks that the only way to survive as an artist is to believe that you’re the best ”

Though Schloss pursued a subject matter he knew nothing about, he wholeheartedly believed he had found his path The only thing he needed to do was figure out what type of artist to be “I didn’t know which direction to take,” he remembers “I started by seeing what other people were doing and trying what I found interesting, feeling it out as I went ” Schloss dabbled in figure drawing, pastels, abstract airbrush painting, and pretty much every medium available, but it wasn’t until he attended a graduate student’s art show that he considered specializing in landscapes “Back then, pretty landscapes weren’t considered serious subject matter,” he says “But then I heard about this grad student, Michael DeRose, who would ditch his other classes on a nice day to paint outside His show was entirely made up of his landscape paintings It was an amazing realization for me ”

Inspired to paint en plein air, he decided to focus all his efforts on painting landscapes, not dwelling on whether or not he could make a career out of it “Once I began painting, I pretty much never did anything else,” he says “I didn’t know how I was going to be successful, but there weren’t any alternative options in my mind Luckily, my parents were supportive of my career choice, despite the narrow prospects ”

After graduating from UCSB in 1976, Schloss was asked to show his work in a Montecito gallery that same year, and began to consistently sell his paintings He went on to earn his master’s from UCSB in 1979 and the following year, spent eight months abroad on an award scholarship, spending time in Turkey and Italy to further his expertise A few years later, while back in Santa Barbara, he was asked to join the Oak Group, an exclusive group of painters dedicated to painting on location, of which he is still an active member Since its inception in 1986, the group has held over 100 exhibitions benefitting over 20 nonprofit conservation organizations It’s limited to 25 members

In 1992, Schloss was chosen to paint the diorama backgrounds for the Cartwright Interactions Hall at the Santa

Barbara Museum of Natural History He’s also been commissioned to paint the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and is the only living Santa Barbara artist to have work displayed in four museums on the Central Coast

While Schloss didn’t grow up in this area, Santa Barbara feels like home to him, though it wasn’t until he moved up to Marin and Napa for several years that he realized how much Santa Barbara has shaped him as an artist “The way the light works in Santa Barbara contributes to who I am as an artist,” he says “While it was interesting to paint different scenes like vineyards, painting comes more naturally to me here ”

His style of oil painting blends traditionalism with impressionism, using a dramatic treatment of light to showcase the incredible scenery of California “I love the unique things about Santa Barbara, from its east to west mountain ranges to how the sun sets over the ocean,” Schloss says “Every painting is an unpredictable challenge, but here it’s more conducive to the way I see the world Or maybe living here has made me see the world in a different way, a way specific to Santa Barbara ”

Since the summer of 2018, Schloss’s work has been on display in his own gallery, Santa Barbara Fine Art, which he runs with his wife, Julie Located at the historic Arlington Plaza, it’s here that the two have created a welcoming space to showcase his paintings, as well as the work of over a dozen other artists many of whom he’s painted alongside for years Capturing the spirit, culture, and allure of Santa Barbara on canvas, featured paintings include landscapes, portraits and narrative scenes that celebrate life in and around Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Fine Art is an active participant in the downtown First Thursday Art Walks and hosts regular exhibit receptions with wine tastings and music Schloss even leads painting classes and workshops in his studio attached to the gallery, to help other artists and inspiring artists enhance their skills “I love the location of our gallery, that there’s parking and the feeling of community here,” he says “We’re very happy to have found our permanent home ”

Top: Thousand Steps. Oil on canvas. Bottom: Rain Reflections on State Street. Oil on Canvas.



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Enterprise Fish Co. 225 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-962-3313,; open daily for lunch and dinner. This lively, family-friendly restaurant—a local and tourist favorite since 1977—is known for its fresh seafood and unbeatable happy hour deals. 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 9am-2pm. [BrLD] $$ (FB). 512 State Street, 805-965-3363. In Goleta 6920 Marketplace Dr. 805-685-8900

Jane Restaurant. Located 2 doors down from the Arlington Theatre, Jane offers American Bistro food in a beautiful old Spanish building with 2 story fireplace. Fresh Fish, Burgers, Great Salads and entrees including Lamb Chops, Steaks, Veal Scllopini & Chicken Picatta. Fresh hamburger buns and desserts are all homemade on the premises daily. Closed Sunday 1311 State Street 805-962-1311 and 6920 Marketplace Dr, Goleta 805-770-5388.

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. An experience not to be missed! MonSun 7:30am-11pm. [BLD] $ (FB). 536 State St, (805) 966-4638.

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.

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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.

Milk & Honey. Dine on flavorful modern tapas and fresh cocktails at this chic restaurant. 30 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, 805-275-4232,; open Mon.-Sat. for dinner, Sun. for brunch.

The Nugget. Down-home Americana fare with the appropriate dose of Western kitsch and memorabilia is the draw at these family-friendly joints. Open daily for lunch and dinner. For location nearest you go to www.nuggetbarandgrill. com.

Olio e Limone Ristorante, Olio Crudo Bar, & Olio Pizzeria® (“Oil and Lemon” in Italian). Husband-wife team Alberto and Elaine Morello preside over this pan-Italian charmer, where you’ll experience “excellent cooking and hospitable service” (Zagat Survey). “Simply sophisticated,” says the Los Angeles Times. Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Private dining for up to 40. Casual pizza bar-wine bar-full bar around the corner at Olio Pizzeria®, with Olio Crudo Bar, Olio’s raw bar and lounge, next door. 11 W. 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] $$ (FB) Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner. The Palace Grill. The Palace is a contemporary American grill, with a lively, high-energy atmosphere, and fun, spontaneous events. Featuring fine grilled steaks and fresh seafood, delicious pastas, and select American Regional specialties, like Blackened Crawfish-stuffed Filet Mignon, and Louisiana Bread Pudding Soufflé. Cajun Martinis, unique beers, and a well selected wine list. Their unique “team Service” voted the Best in Town the last 16 years in a row. Rave reviews in Gourmet Magazine, Gault-Millau Travel Guide, Zagat, and Sunset Magazine. “Best on the West Coast” according to Los Angeles Magazine. Open 7 days: lunch 11:30am to 3pm; evenings from 5:30. [LD] $$, 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.

Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro. Specializing in a wide selection of authentic French pastries. [BL] $ (B&W), 3315 State St Santa Barbara, 805-569-2400, and in Arlington Plaza. www.

Roy. Voted best late night dining spot in town. Bistro-style American cuisine featuring steaks, seafood, chicken, salads, full bar and a great wine list. Dinner from 6pm till midnight daily. [D] $$, (FB) 7 W. Carrillo, 966-5636. 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 E.Cabrillo Blvd. 9662112.

SB Shellfish Co. The freshest seafood, lobster, crab and shellfish found anywhere. Enjoy a local wine or beer with the view of the Pacific at the end of Stearns Warf. 805-966-6676 $$ (LD).

Scarlett Begonia. “Scarlett Begonia will always strive to have interesting, thoughtful food. Menus change weekly with an innovative fresh look at breakfast and lunch and weekend brunch. Open 7 days a week from 9am-2pm. It is their goal to provide Santa Barbara with a restaurant that showcases progressive modern food, using sustainable, organic, high-quality ingredients coupled with innovative cooking to be one of the most foodcentric restaurants around.” 11 W. Victoria St. #10 $$, 805-770-2143.

Shoreline Beach Cafe. Kids can play in the sand under the sun while parents take a mini-vacation with the fresh cocktails and beach-worthy fare. 801 Shoreline Dr., Santa Barbara, 805568-0064,; open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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.

Via Maestra 42. Traditional Italian flavors serving panini, insalate, antipasti, formaggi, salumi, dolci, caffè and gelatos. [BLD] $$, 3343 State Street, 569-6522.

Wine Cask. Located in the historic El Paseo in heart of downtown makes for a beautiful fine dining experience. Wine tasting with wide array of local wines, full bar and private dining available. 805-966-9463. 814 Anacapa St. $$ (LD).

FOOD + HOME 81 WWW.FOOD–HOME.COM WWW.FOOD–HOME.COM 80 FOOD + HOME Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 2:30. Dinner from 5:30pm daily. 1218 State St, Santa Barbara (805) 706-8874 Offering simple, fresh Italian food inspired by authentic Italian recipes and cooking techniques MOLLIE’S One Hour Dry Cleaning • Same-Day Shirt Service New Store Hours: 7 AM–7 PM Mon-Sat ONE HOUR CLEANERS MONTECITO • STATE STREET • TURNPIKE TURNPIKE ONE HOUR CLEANERS 155 S. Turnpike (Near Von’s) MONTECITO CLEANERS 1024 B Coast Village Rd. (Near Von’s) STATE STREET ONE HOUR CLEANERS 3351 State Street (San Roque Plaza) $3995 Any 5 ITEMS of clothing cleaned for F&H $3995 Any 5 ITEMS of clothing cleaned for F&H $3 Off Any Dress or Coat LIMIT ITEMS per coupon LIMIT ONE COUPON per customer per month. Not valid with other offers Expires 4/15/2020 Present coupon when dropping off garments F&H With coupon LIMIT ONE COUPON per customer per month This coupon is Not Valid for dresses of any kind, Leather items, Alterations or Coats. Not valid with other offers. Coupon valid from 3/1/2020 to 4/15/2020. Present coupon when dropping off garments Because We Care... Santa Barbara’s Premier Make Your Choice 100% 100% With coupon LIMIT ONE COUPON per customer per month This coupon is Not Valid for dresses of any kind, Leather items, Alterations or Coats. Not valid with other offers. Coupon valid from 1/28/2020 to 2/29/2020. Present coupon when dropping off garments (Additional items cleaned at $8.00 each, pleats 15¢ extra per pleat) (Additional items cleaned at $8.00 each, pleats 15¢ extra per pleat) Odorless and Environmentally Safe Dry Cleaning and Wet Cleaning Processes


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Party in style with two covered patios (Lanais) upstairs at The Endless Summer bar- cafe, each with a capacity up to 60 guests. The entire Endless Summer can be rented for a capacity up to 185. Chucks Waterfront Grill is available for groups up to 70 outside on the deck, or inside up to 25 in the Cove. The entire Chucks Waterfront Grill can accommodate 150 guests. Reservations must be made in advance by contacting event coordinator, Kaity Swanson. events@chuckswaterfrontgrill. com, or by phone at 805-564-1200.


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, 805-703-1160,



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 Street, 805-8992699,


Dargan’s provides an authentic Irish ambiance combined with friendly service and outstanding food. We offer both buffet style or sit-down service for a variety of special occasions, including receptions, rehearsal dinners, business gatherings, birthdays, and graduations. The poolroom area can be sectioned off from the main bar and rented for private affairs and provides a relaxed atmosphere accommodating up to 170 people (100 seated). It includes a private cozy bar, four large pool tables and a jukebox. The room also offers an excellent speaker system and five HD TVs perfect for wedding videos or company sales presentations. To discuss space availability, rates, and food options, call (805) 568-0702 or email


Events by Stella Mare’s, a full service private restaurant, is centrally located in uptown Santa Barbara near historic 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 Avenue, (805) 969-3415,


Jane ate the Marketplace in Goleta offers a private dining room for an event accommodating 20-40 guests. Delicious craft cocktails and custom menus make this space a perfect special occasion gathering place for birthdays, rehearsal dinners, baby showers and corporate. 6940 Marketplace Drive, Goleta. 805-770-5388.


Jane in downtown Santa Barbara offers intimate private dining for your special lunch, brunch or dinner. The private room comfortably seats up to 40 guests. Custom menus, friendly professional service and a warm atmosphere make special occasion dining at Jane Downtown a memorable experience. 1311 State Street. 805-962-1311.


Louie’s features two elegant rooms, one for large groups of up to 50 people and the other for smaller parties of six to 15. Custom menus are available with the emphasis being on California cuisine using the freshest available produce and local wines. The setting is inside the historic Upham Hotel which offers state of the art audio visual equipment for all levels of social and corporate presentations. For more information call 805-9637003 or visit


Opal Restaurant and Bar can accommodate inhouse 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 St., Santa Barbara, (805) 966-9676,



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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