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Sunday, September 20, 2009 

Santa Barbara Eat Local Challenge

brought to you by the fine folks at Edible Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Farmer's Market and EpicureSB. This October, take the challenge to eat locally...food grown/produced within 100-150 miles of Santa Barbara. It really is so easy to do. Sign up for the SB Eat Local Challenge Google Groups page and get inspired.

Some special events coming up to help you along...

Thursday, Oct 1st
Work for Food
The Book Den

1st Thursday reception for one of Edible Santa Barbara's photographers, Fran Collin.
Saturday, Oct 3rd
Food Talk, or What the Bleep Should I Eat?
Yoga Soup
Krista Harris (Editor of Edible Santa Barbara) will be speaking about food, along with four local experts: Pascale Beale-Groom, Diane Eardly, Diane and Jim Bess, and Jo-Ann Shelton.
Potluck at 11:30.
Saturday, Oct 3rd
Santa Barbara Writes About Food
Saturday, October 3rd: 2-4pm
The Book Den
Krista Harris will be at the Book Den to talk about local food and those who write about it.
Other events featuring "locavorism" happening during October via "Epicure.SB" , the local "Culinary Festival", that you will want to put in your iPhone, Blackberry, Outlook or however you manage your busy schedule.

Throughout the month of October, Borders at 900 State Street will be featuring local Santa Barbara cookbook authors.
Great cooking begins with great cookbooks. During the month of October come see our collection of local cookbook authors on display in the store. Contact the store for specific author events and signings.
October 1, CASA magazine at 23 East Canon Perdido is sponsoring "A Bit of Flan" contest for 1st Thursday.

Thoughout the month of October, Downey's will be presenting "A Chef's Taste of Santa Barbara"
Chef John Downey will create a four-course tasting menu to showcase the vary finest produce from Santa Barbara's renowned Farmer's Market paired with regional meats and seafood. - $50/person
Thoughout the month of October, Olio e Limone will be celebrating 10 years in Santa Barbara with a special Fall Harvest Festival
Celebrating Fall Harvest and Olio e Limone's 10th Anniversary all month with a nightly Festa della Vendemmia (Fall Harvest Festival), a sumptuous six-course menu available with Santa Barbara County wine pairing. - $60/person
The Book Den will take 20% of all used cookbooks during the month of October. (And trust me, they have some fine selections of lovingly used cookbooks.)

The Ty Lounge at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore will present a 'tasting tour' of the local wine country in a very comfortable and elegant setting. They will offer revolving flights of fine wines from Santa Barbara County winemakers. Each flight - consisting of a red, white and rose - is paired with complimentary hors d'oeuvres featuring local seasonal ingredients.- $9/"flight"

Carr Winery will be celebrating their 5th Annual Beaver Moon Wine Festival on October 3.
They will celebrate the annual grape harvest in full swing on the day of the Beaver Moon, the first full moon of October. Free admission, 3 live bands including Spencer the Gardner, new wine releases, gourmet foods and hokey activities all in a laid-back environment. Wines are available for purchase by the glass or in sample flights. Watch winemaking in progress and they will create our rose and crush whatever grapes are around that day.
Tuesdays in October, experience "Chefs & Winemakers" Dinner Series
Experience authentic, local food & wine, Santa Barbara style each Tuesday evening in October. Your culinary adventure begins with a Chef’s Reception on the Perch atop the Canary Hotel with hors d’oeuvres and a taste of local wines. Then, guests stroll thru downtown Santa Barbara to one of four top local restaurants for a four-course wine dinner. Meet the Chef and a local winemaker at each restaurant as they discuss the fantastic foods and wines of the American Riviera.
Learn to Cook Ricotta and Pizza with Giovanni's Pizza at 1905 Cliff Drive on October 11th to benefit the SBCA’s scholarship endowment at Santa Barbara City College.
The public is welcome to join members and friends of Santa Barbara Culinary Arts to learn the art of making ricotta and pizza from the pros. $35 includes lessons, pizza and wine/water/soft drinks. An evening of camaraderie and fun, this is a chance to enhance your cooking repertoire and have fun doing it. Membership in SBCA is open to all and includes monthly events throughout the year, all including educational—and fun—components. Proceeds from the event will benefit - $25 members/$35 non-members.
There are soooooo many more exciting local happenings helping to celebrate our local food in October. Check out Epicure.SB and find some events to do with your local friends. (Oh, yeah...you can invite some "out of towners" too.)

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