Dig into local cuisine at area restaurants offering special seasonal menus, tasting events and winemaker dinners. Accept the "Eat Local" Challenge and learn what livin' la vida locavore is all about on guided farmers' market tours. Fine tune your home chef talents at a cooking class or demonstration. Enjoy lively family-friendly events like the Harbor & Seafood Festival, California Lemon Festival and California Avocado Festival. Experience the first-ever Sol Food Festival.
Whether you're an oenophile, microbrew aficionado or spirits maven, your liquid palate is sure to be tickled and teased throughout the month. Head to wine country for the Celebration of Harvest and hit the downtown wineries to explore the Urban Wine Trail. Learn about wine pairing or take a blending seminar with a winemaker. Taste finely crafted regional microbrews at the Santa Barbara Beer Festival, sample premier tequilas at Blue Agave and sip on fair trade coffees from around the globe at Borders Cafe. - SantaBarbaraCA.com
For most of human history, frozen meant frightening. The challenge up north was to stay warm. Then came ice cream.
It was first the food of kings and queens. Who else could afford the extravagance of ice in summer? Eighteenth century etchings show it being scooped by angels. Shaped into swans. Delivered to the gods.Now, it’s on every corner, in every supermarket freezer. Some great. Some not so great. And some downright artisanal. Exotic. Goat cheese and cherry, anyone? - OnPoint Radio
After an extremely successful gathering at the Solvang Theaterfest in May, The Environmental Defense Center has decided to host another TGIF at the same location. Please mark your calendars and join us for live music, food, wine, beer and an opportunity to come together as a community and exchange ideas in a relaxed and friendly environment, offer support, strengthen connections, and promote environmental issues and awareness. The theme of this event will be local Santa Ynez Valley agriculture, and it will include a speaker from the county Agricultural Futures Alliance.
The Fund for Santa Barbara is teaming up with Horny Toad apparel manufacturer and the Surfrider Foundation for a free special screening of Bag It and a reception with the filmmakers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24 at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. in Santa Barbara.
Bag It is a moving, timely and engaging documentary about the environmental and health impacts of the obsessive use of plastics — and plastic bags in particular. - Noozhawk
The first Salmonella lawsuit has been filed in the pair of Salmonella outbreaks that has sickened 155 people in 21 states. The lawsuit was filed against Yum! Brands (the parent company of Taco Bell) in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Franklin County Circuit Court. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Scott county resident by food safety law firm Marler Clark.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released information in early August that they had been tracking two Salmonella outbreaks linked to an unnamed Mexican Fast Food chain, which was later identified as Taco Bell. As of August 1, the outbreak of Salmonella Hartford had sickened 75 people in 15 states since April 1, and the outbreak of Salmonella Baildon had sickened 80 people in 15 states since May 1.
“We’ve been involved with two prior food poisoning outbreaks at Taco Bell,” said attorney and food safety advocate Bill Marler. “In 2000, there was a hepatitis outbreak in green onions at the chain, and in 2006 an E. coli outbreak sickened many patrons. My hope is that these two experiences will lead Yum! Brands to step up quickly to address the needs of their customers who have been infected with Salmonella.” - MarlerClark