Sunday, September 21, 2014 

Assemblymember Das Williams


The hardest working elected official guy around. Seriously. 

Don't let the stories of miscreant politicians sway your opinion of those who chose public service to actually make a change in their communities and in the lives of their constituents. 


As Colbert would say, Das represents the "Fighting 37th" Assembly District in California, which includes my little red-tiled town of Santa Barbara, as well as Goleta, Carpinteria, Solvang, Ojai and Ventura. It's a big territory, and Das and his staff are determined to listen to and represent us all.


Whether it be attending SBCC science students project presentations, visiting local farms, presenting disaster preparedness events, writing legislation acknowledging the importance of bees to our food system, working to get more students into and through college without selling out their financial futures, saving people from toppled carriages or picking up trash along the local beaches for coastal clean up day, Das seems to be everywhere.


I want what vitamins he's taking.


On this day of nationally acknowledging the climate, I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge what an inspiration my local ecologically "with it" Assemblymember has been to me. 


Thanks, Das.




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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

The Bill Johnson Legacy

The Bill Johnson Legacy


Read during Friends of Dartmouth Golf Dinner - September 6, 2014


Ted / Jack, thanks ... For those of you I have not yet met, I’m Dave Aznavorian ... I’m a Dartmouth ’92 ... And I had the proud honor of wearing the Green for 4 years during my Dartmouth career...


Keep in mind this was back when people still carried 1-irons, and the seventh hole at Hanover was actually a Par 4 that ran along Lyme Road to Etna where the Hanover Shuttle sometimes came into play off the tee for anyone who sprayed it a little right.


It’s funny - some days, it feels like it was all yesterday ... and then somedays ... well, it feels like an eternity ago ...


Teddy Dardani reached out to me a few days back, and asked if I would speak a little about someone who many of us here knew ... and knew well... and who I know is VERY MUCH here tonight with us in spirit ... and that’s Bill Johnson ...


For those who may not know, Bill was only the third man to coach the Dartmouth Men’s golf team over the course of an entire century ... He coached for 34 seasons prior to his retirement in 2001.


Last November, many of us assembled here tonight gathered ... in a room much like this one ... to honor him upon his passing ...


At the time,we honored not only his career at Dartmouth, but his life ... his contributions to many of us individually – both as players and as people ... and we witnessed the many lives he had touched ... including that of his sister, Ruth, who has kindly joined us here tonight, along with her husband, Fred ...


We spoke then to his legacy ... which was a REMARKABLE one ... and one that I’d like to share with you a little more tonight ... particularly those of you who may never have had the opportunity to have met or have known him ...


Over the course of 34 years at Dartmouth, Bill Johnson didn’t coach very many future PGA TOUR stars ... and the reality is, he didn’t really expect to ... Bill was challenged by Dartmouth’s short playing seasons ... by its high academic requirements ... and by an annual crop of walk-ons ...


So Bill KNEW he needed to build a golf program that would both tap the pride ... and also challenge the potential ... of players not destined for professional golf ...


While Bill’s seasons in Hanover did yield a remarkable slew of All-American players and Ivy titles ... along with a host of coaching honors including recognition in the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame ... one of his most enduring legacies is not formally recorded anywhere ...


There’s nothing in the basement at Hanover Country Club ... There’s nothing anywhere online at the Ivy League web site ... or over at the Sports Information Desk ...


Instead, one of his most enduring unspoken legacies lives in his players – people like us who looked to Bill – or Cha as he was affectionately known – for advice .... or for encouragement ... or maybe to share a laugh ...


We all looked ...ultimately ... to Bill to better understand what it truly meant to “wear the Green” ... ironic, for a guy who never attended Dartmouth, went to Michigan, and who’s family was of Finnish descent ...


During Bill’s prime, you’d look around the clubhouse at Hanover Country Club, and you’d see his touches everywhere ...


By the water fountain, he hung a sign that read “worn spikes cause slices” ... Near the fireplace he hung a caption that read “he who hoots with the owls at night cannot soar with the eagles at dawn” ... is Toby Thomas here by the way? Toby.... A dogleg is just 2 straight shots in different directions...


When you spoke with Bill, you got much more than any sign could ever package ... “A good score is the mere accumulation of shot values” ... he’d say ... directing you to the mental aspects of the game, and the importance of improvement through process versus focusing on
outcomes ...


There’s no such thing as a tucked pin ... You just hit to the inside, and putt to the outside ...


Bill was a true master at engendering self-confidence ... about instilling belief ... about pushing and challenging to see if you really cared ...


He would masterfully identify what mattered to you, and then he’d drill it home ...


If you think you can, or think you can’t ... you’re right …


Bill also had this loaded question that he’d asked anyone who ever doubted themself while putting. He’d often come over and say ...Hey, who’s the best putter in the world?
And there was only right answer to this ... and you had better say enthusiastically - “ME!” ...


Although sometimes ... I’d say – just to sort of push his buttons ... I don’t know, Coach, who? ... Crenshaw???


Some of Coach’s teachings were –you might say – a little unconventional ...


Guys, you just have to foof and ferhoozle out there ... Make love to every blade of grass between you and the hole ...When in trouble, pulsate through a tree ...Bounce like a tambourine ...


The real gem, though ... and for anyone who ever played under Bill you’d no doubt remember ...was a question - He asked every Dartmouth golfer – incoming students, recruits, walk-ons, anyone ... It was part of a formal survey he used to help assess talent – NOT physical talent, mental talent ... To sort of see what you had in you ... In about a ten-question questionnaire, it was always the last question – he sort of tucked in at the end, just to make sure you were paying attention and hadn’t lost your focus along the way ...


In a tournament, would you rather be two-up in the lead with one day to play, OR one back of the field, and ready to charge?


Jerry Daly, from the Class of’76 ... someone familiar to many of you in this room, and another true legend of Dartmouth golf in his own right – had the perfect answer, and ... I think it may even have surprised Bill ...


Coach, he said. I’d rather be two-up ... and ready to charge!


Bill extolled his wit and wisdom on the world with remarkable consistency, and whether it was his team going back to 1967, or his team leading up to 2001, there was always some nugget that passed from one generation of Dartmouth golfers to the next ...


All the quips and quotes aside, what leaves the most marked impression on me about Bill Johnson was how he did just that ... how he threaded one generation to the next ... How he masterfully did this in both practice and in principle ...


It wasn’t enough to just play for Dartmouth ... You had to know the rules of the game, you had to understand golf course management, you had to appreciate golf course architecture, and you had to embrace the mental side of the game ...


You had to do all that, but you also had to pay it forward


... Along with all the signs around the clubhouse, Bill put up on the walls photos and records of all of Dartmouth golf’s legends – many of whom I can say – having dusted some of their photos once or twice as punishment – are actually around the room here tonight ...


He didn’t stop at photos ... He’d talk about these players ... He’d tell stories about them ... He’d get you important facts about them ... Almost like he was talking about his  own kids ... He never wanted you to think you were ever the only one to have ever worn the Green ... he wanted you to know you weren’t the first to pass through, and you wouldn’t be the last either...


That place you were in ... at that time ... as a member of the Dartmouth Golf family ... meant you were part of what mattered to him – and it is his true legacy ... There were great ones before you, and there were great ones who would no doubt follow, and the one way you could  truly understand the place where you were– with the opportunity you were experiencing, or that lay in front of you – was to understand and embrace that bigger picture ... 

That legacy of Dartmouth Golf ... which just so happens to be synonymous with the enduring legacy of Bill Johnson ...


Rich and Alex who are both here were fortunate to have known Bill as well ... learned under him ... were influenced by him ... and touched by him ... They know exactly what I’m talking about, too ... Bill instilled a legacy and appreciation for Dartmouth that extended well beyond
the teams ... it carried out into the pro shop ... amongst his staff ... into the membership ... over to the college and the graduate programs... and into the Hanover community


With any remembrance of Bill, it’d be shortsighted to overlook an enduring presence in his life who embraced and lived the same values of Dartmouth Golf as he did... of which she still carries with her today ...


Sometimes it’s in the form of a photo album she leaves open for anyone visiting her home just outside Pinehurst ... Or sometimes it may be in the form of a good story, or a memoir, about Bill ... Including one I’d actually never heard before which she told me the other day about
Bill’s deep and powerful relationship with golf icon, Jack Nicklaus ...


An enduring presence in Bill’s life, and in the lives of many of us Dartmouth alums – both Men and Women alike – is Izzy Johnson ... Who was very much hoping to join us here tonight, and unfortunately was not able to make it ...


Although she wanted to make sure to pass along her very best …


Just a few parting thoughts ... and I’m always hesitant to try and speak on behalf of anyone other than myself, or let alone a group ... But I’d dare say there wasn’t anyone here who knew
Bill Johnson ... who knew Cha ... who doesn’t still carry around some aspect of him with them today ...


It may be in the form of a random positive thought bubble you tell yourself as you stand over an important shot ...


It may be in the form of a bit of memorabilia he left you at the annual wrap-up team party ...


It may be when you stand in a fairway waiting, and you leave your fairway metal in the bag, knowing he always reminded you to never just stand there holding a club ...


It may be in the form of a dot or a star you still use to record your round ...


It may even be in the form of a wrinkled, 2 dollar bill sitting in the bottom of your wallet ...


Whatever it is ... however you hold him ... keep holding him ...


What he created for us ... the legacy that’s represented by all of us here tonight who love Dartmouth Golf ... is what he conceived ... what he instilled ... and what he crafted through these bonds ...


It’s in the camaraderie of your teammates ... it’s in the friendships with alums, old and young ... and it’s in simply being here tonight gathered as a group ... Largely because of him ...


Let’s be sure to honor him tonight by ensuring we continue to invest in ... and strengthen ... the bonds among us, and pay forward the legacy he created ...

Thank you.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 

Dave Potter of MuniWine - One of America's Tastemakers under 40





CONGRATS DAVE!

We LOVE MuniWine!





40 Under 40: America's Tastemakers 2014 | Dave Potter, 35

Sunday, June 29, 2014 

June 29, 1925. Santa Barbara. 6:44 a.m.

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Monday, June 23, 2014 

Martha Stewart visits the Santa Barbara Farmer's Market

and picks up some items and the current issue of Edible Santa Barbara. It's a good thing.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014 

The Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ is coming

get set for a sumptuous day of sipping and savoring wine, food and scenery.

It truly is THE BEST wine festival in town. 

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Monday, May 12, 2014 

Pascale Beale has a delicious new cookbook

and she's throwing a publication party on May 22!



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Thursday, May 08, 2014 

Edible Institute 2014

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Couldn't make it to NYC? Well, have no fear....the Edible Institute 2014 will be livestreamed.

Listen to some of the leaders in the food world share their thoughts and fears of the current (and future) state of food and food production.

http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/edible-institute-2014-livestream/

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Sunday, April 13, 2014 

VOTE for Edible Santa Barbara

in the Edible Feast Cover Contest so Fairview Gardens can win $500! 
It's easy, peasy to do! Just share this link via Facebook, Twiter or Pinterest.
Only a few days left...

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Sunday, April 06, 2014 

CRAVE the dinners at Museum of Contemporary Art




Crave dinners at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB). An innovative and dynamic form of aesthetic hospitality, Crave: Art, Food, & Social Experience comprises a series of artist-orchestrated, themed events in collaboration with local chefs known for their distinctive culinary styles. They are culinary events unlike anything else that Santa Barbara has to offer. The first installment, Crave: Deflowered & Devoured/Stigma & Style, is organized by artist Diana Puntar and is taking place at MCASB on April 19 at 7 pm. 

Puntar will be working with local chef Edie Robertson (fellow Santa Barbara High Don); they're finalizing the exotic, five-course menu this weekend. There will be a focus on aphrodisiacs (such as basil, oysters, figs, and honey), and there will be a performance titled "Honey" by Julie Tolentino and Stosh Fila to accompany the dinner that evening. There should be some interesting light and sound elements in Puntar's installation as well. 

MCASB members can buy tickets for $240, and general admission is $260. Visit their website - Museum of Contemporary Arts Santa Barbara

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Monday, March 31, 2014 

Green Drinks Santa Barbara

Tomorrow. April 1, 2014.

Great food. Good peeps. No joke.

4th Annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Benefit w/ Green Drinks

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Sunday, March 09, 2014 

Happy National Meatball Day!

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Mangia! Mangia!

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Sunday, March 02, 2014 

Do you eat ethically?

It's not just about the food, ya know.


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Monday, February 17, 2014 

Happy Presidents Day

Quite a day to celebrate one of our Presidents who was quite the "foodie"...Thomas Jefferson.

The table is set with an elegant fusion of Southern comfort food and fine French cuisine. The beef and lamb are grass-fed; the artisan smoked hams are from locally raised pigs. The produce is locally grown and, of course, organic. All this local bounty is enhanced by fine imports: Italian Parmesan, French wine, and extra virgin olive oil. No, you’re not sitting down to eat with Michael Pollan; you’re at the table of Thomas Jefferson, statesman and gourmand extraordinaire. 
 Despite his service as legislator, the governor of Virginia, minister to France, secretary of state, and president of the United States, Jefferson likely believed his famous statement: “The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.” In honor of the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, we explore the author’s lesser-known contribution to American culture: his influence on the country’s culinary tradition. - Salon

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