Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

Cupcake Camp is Coming to Santa Barbara!

Look for the deliciously delightful posters hanging up around town featuring "Cuppy" and friends from our blogger friend, CakeSpy.

And, what, where and when is "Cupcake Camp" you ask?

Cupcakes for Cancer proudly presents ...

when: Sunday July 25 - 1-4 pm
where: Fess Parker Double Tree
why: Because who doesn't LOVE cupcakes?

The concept for Cupcake Camp originated in San Francisco and promotes a true spirit of community and sharing. Cupcake Camps now happen around the world and come in a wide variety of flavors and sizes.

There are many different ways to participate in CUPCAKE CAMP
  • bake cupcakes to donate for the tasting (Click HERE)
  • come to eat cupcakes and enjoy the cupcake activities (Click HERE)
  • help raise money for a good cause - suggested donation: $10
  • be a sponsor (Click HERE)
Completely volunteer run and organized in an open and participatory manner, our first Cupcake Camp Santa Barbara will be raising funds for Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara.

No big hearted cupcake lover will be turned away. CUPCAKE CAMP SANTA BARBARA is all about sharing and celebrating cupcakes, community and creativity. Charity never tasted sweeter!

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Sunday, June 27, 2010 

Chef Susan Spicer sues BP

Lesson the oil folks should have learned long ago...don't piss off chefs.
Famed New Orleans chef and cook book author Susan Spicer has filed a class action lawsuit against British Petroleum, Halliburton, and Transocean, Ltd. Entered in New Orleans Federal Court, the suit asks for both compensatory and punitive damages - as yet unspecified -- for the harm that has resulted and will result due to the oil spill at BP's Deepwater Horizon undersea well, which occurred on April 20.

As quoted by the New Orleans Times-Picayune on its blog, the suit says "The massive oil slick created by the continuing discharge of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico has caused or will cause injuries and damages to the Class to the extent that the seafood industry will be closed and the sustainable natural resource of the fishery will be greatly harmed and/or destroyed. Simply put, the oil slick and continuing discharge of crude oil is an ecological and economic disaster for Plaintiff." - Village Voice and
If you do not have a copy of Susan's latest cookbook, I highly recommend it.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010 

See you at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival

SBWine Guy samples Foxen
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

I love that the Montecito Journal used this photo in their latest issue to highlight the Wine Festival!


2:00 - 3:00 p.m. today. See you there.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 

OMG! Chris Isaak is coming to the Central Coast

He's going to play at Sunset's - Savor the Central Coast food event! And with Tyler Florence cooking up a storm at the event as THAT'S what I call a delicious pairing!
Nominated Grammy singer-songwriter, American rock musician and actor Chris Isaak will headline the "SUNSET – Savor the Central Coast" Concert and Fireworks Finale on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.; concert starts at followed by fireworks finale at 7 p.m.9:45 p.m. Limited to 2,300 general admission guests and 250 VIPs, tickets are $85 and $185 respectively, and can be purchased at

..In addition to the Concert and Fireworks Finale with
Chris Isaak, and scheduled cooking demonstrations and a special winemaker dinner with the Food Network's celebrity Chef Tyler Florence, highlights of the four-day event include: Sunset's Western Wine Awards Gala; SAVOR the Mission Plaza; Central Coast Pavilion and Grand Tasting; Farmer's Market to Meal; Sunset Kitchen Garden; A Moveable Feast: Best-of-the-Best Food Carts, and Chef and Winemaker Central; and The Marketplace, showcasing talented chefs and a variety of more than 100 wineries from the Central Coast of California arranged by sub-region, including representatives from Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. - DigitalJournal

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Sunday, June 20, 2010 

Happy Father's Day

to all the daddy's (sugar or otherwise) out there.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010 

On Point Radio is buzzing about Bees

and Beekeeping. Take a listen.

Backyard beekeeping is hot and cool at the same time — part environmental, part epicurean. A meditation on buzzing beauty. A path to nature, and to sweet pots of honey.

Maybe there’s a hive in your back lot, or a honeycomb fresh on your kitchen table.

Kim Flottum joins us from Kent, OH. He is editor of Bee Culture Magazine.

Jane Wild joins us in the studio. She is a ‘backyard beekeeper’ based in West Newbury, MA. She is also vice president of the Essex County Beekeepers’ Association. She has been keeping bees since 1991. She and her husband have 14 hives.

David Tarpy joins us from Durham, NC. He is one of the country’s top bee researchers –known more formally as an apiculturist and entomologist. He teaches and raises queen bees as part of his research at North Carolina State University. He is the official state judge of honey and hive products (honey, wax, mead) at the North Carolina state fair.

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Friday, June 18, 2010 

Happy Birthday Sir Paul

Thank you and the boys for such a rich musical background to my childhood. I, too, believe in Yesterday.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 

Vote for Santa Barbara as America's Best Farmer's Market

Local Food and Local Farms

It’s summertime and that means two things: 1) There are loads of delicious farm fresh produce available at our local Santa Barbara farmers market every week; and 2) American Farmland Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest has kicked into gear and we need your votes to win!

The process is simple. To vote for our market, all you have to do is:

1.) Go to

2.) Type in Santa Barbara ; and,

3.) Click “Vote”

That’s it. That’s all it takes to bring Santa Barbara Certified Farmer's Market one step closer to being America’s favorite farmers market!

According to American Farmland Trust (AFT), the purpose of this contest is to re-connect local consumers to local farms, with the ultimate goal of keeping our nation’s farm and ranch land productive and healthy! Buying at the farmers market keeps money in the local community and helps farms and ranches remain economically viable. By voting, you’re helping support farms and communities across the nation. As American Farmland Trust says, “No Farms No Food™!”

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Monday, June 14, 2010 

It's Summertime in Santa Barbara

and that means free films shown in the County Courthouse Sunken Gardens. This year featuring Monsters!

The films will also be shown at UCSB Campbell Hall as the film series is being co-sponsored by UCSB's Arts & Lectures.

Grab a blankie, picky-nick basket and your main squeeze for a great "scary date night" on the grass and under the stars at the beautiful Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010 

Top Cheftestant, Richard Blais

(who I was cheering for in Top Chef 4 [Chicago]) is going to be in Santa Barbara for a few days (or so he tweets)
@RichardBlais - Off to Santa Barbara for a Few days.
Could he be scoping a new location for a Flip Burger Boutique?
or a filming location for Top Chef University?

Keep your eyes out for the infamous fauxhawk or a guy walking around with a sous vide under his arm.

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Happy 95th!


I miss your grocery store in 5-Points and I definitely miss the kitchen gadget store on Carrillo...Chapala...DeLaVina!

In 1915, four Jordano brothers opened a small market in Santa Barbara. More store openings soon followed, and by the 1950s the family-owned business was operating the first chain of supermarkets on the Central Coast. Jordano's stores were known for high quality products, innovative merchandising, and superior customer service. The company grew to become the area's largest wholesale distributor of foodand beverages, and one of the 50 largest companies of its kind in the United States.

Today, Jordano's is still family and employee owned, very proud of its Santa
Barbara heritage, and committed to supporting the local community.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010 

Welcome to Santa Barbara - Arch Rock Fish

Coming soon to the 'hood (both physically and cyberly) - Arch Rock Fish. And they, in part, want to welcome YOU to their place. They have a little invite on their Facebook page.

Arch Rock Fish You know you love free...FREE GIFT BAG, w/AR T-SHIRT, FARMER'S MARKET BAG and more! And did I mention a chance to be on TV?

In our efforts to market the Arch Rock in a new, creative way, on June 21 we will begin filming 10 behind-the-scenes shorts on the process of opening the Arch Rock Fish. We'd like to feature friends, family and SB Locs in our videos. Be a part and get the free stuff mentioned above. And that's not all...To promote the videologs, we will be running non-stop "man on the street" TV commercials, asking the question: "What do you look for in a neighborhoodjoint?" Join us please, let me know if you want the gift basket and the star treatment, at Arch Rock Fish baby!

Follow them on Twitter, too.

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SlowFood Santa Barbara and Shepherd Farms Cooking Class

Summer Solstice Sizzles at Shepherd Farms
Cooking Class & Dinner at Shepherd Farms
Sunday June 20th, 3 to 7 pm

Summer cooking should be simple, taking advantage of the bounty to prepare and enjoy gorgeous, delicious foods that don't keep you in the kitchen all day. Join SlowFood Santa Barbara as we prepare a summer solstice meal using Shepherd Farms' seasonal crops, then enjoy our meal amongst the brimming summer fields at Shepherd Farms.

  • Homemade Herb de Provence Focaccia
  • (you'll learn how to make this super easy dough, and get to chose your own toppings)
  • Shepherd's Salad With Crushed Pistachios, Summer Oranges, & Fresh Ricotta
  • Grilled Summer Squash & Sweet Onions
  • Grilled Locally Raised Organic Chicken Rubbed with Garlic, Lemon & Rosemary
  • Apricot Galette
  • Iced Fresh Mint & Verbena Tea

BYOB if you want alcoholic beverages

Cost: $85 per person. 10% of profits goes to the Santa Barbara School District's
Healthy Lunch Program directed by Nancy Weiss.

For more information, please email

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010 

Vote for Das Williams - CA 35th Assembly

Give him your endorsement. We LOVE Das!

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010 

Food Scraps Collection of Santa Barbara

Do you know where your food scraps go and how much of it goes there? Eric Lohela in Santa Barbara knows...and has done something about it. The blog, Serious Eats had a little time and caught up with Eric for an interview.

....The Food Scraps Collection Program collects food waste from restaurants and schools, trucks it to a composting site, places in it long rows called windrows, and turns it regularly by large machines to introduce oxygen into the pile.

Voila! The waste is now soil used by local farmers to grow more food, or goes to parks. Essentially, this program transforms waste into a community resource.

Lohela is the face of the program, and when he speaks about landfills being the largest source of man-made methane in the United States, he speaks with as much gusto as he does when he talks about loving his bicycle. His passion is evident, and he manages to share his practice and the facts and statistics of his program without making me feel like I'm listening to a lecture.

One such statistic is that around 25,000 tons of foodscraps are put into the local Santa Barbara landfill every year, and Lohela's team is working to put a serious dent in that number. The project is attractive to businesses because composting foodscraps is less expensive than landfilling, and businesses pay less for this service than trash.

..."We have to recognize that everything comes from somewhere and goes somewhere. This couldn't be more true than with food." With his Food Scraps Collection Program, he proactively tackles the latter conundrum, and for the former, he uses his buying power to support local farmers.

Lohela now lectures about eating locally. "Are you growing food?" he'll ask. When most people inevitably say they don't, he responds, "If you're not growing food, and I'm not growing food, then we're just kind of hoping that someone else is. That's just crazy!" The industrialized food industry does not sit well with Lohela.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010 

Santa Barbara Resident and Iron Chef, Cat Cora

has a new cookbook that is out June 2.


Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes

Chef Cora....Iron Chef, Cookbook author, Humanitarian...and Foodie Fashionista!

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