Saturday, March 31, 2012 

Now Casting Executive Chefs for Major Cable Network Series

Found on Craigslist.

Pop Magnet Entertainment is excited to announce we are currently casting for experienced Executive/Sous Chefs for an amazing opportunity to take over a position at a prestigious restaurant across the country for a show on a major cable network.

Also, we are casting for prestigious restaurants across the country that are currently looking to fill their executive chef position and want to be a part of this process.

Chefs to submit for this casting please include the following:

CURRENT TITLE (i.e. Executive Chef, Sous Chef, Line Cook etc)
CONTACT INFO (phone number/e-mail/websites):
PARAGRAPH ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY YOU WANT TO BE ON THIS SHOW (please include your current employment status i.e employed or unemployed. note this will not affect your chances of making it on the show)

Restaurants to submit for this casting please include the following:

NAME of Restaurant:
Owner or Manager name:
Time Frame your are willing to hire:
CONTACT INFO (phone/e-mail/websites):
PARAGRAPH ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY YOU WANT TO BE ON THIS SHOW (please include your current employment status i.e employed or unemployed. note this will not affect your chances of making it on the show)

For your chance for a great opportunity submit the above info to:

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The downtown Marshall's building is for sale

$14,340.00. That's alot of moolah.
Santa Barbara Marshalls offers an investor the opportunity to acquire a rarely traded commercial property centrally located on the vibrant retail corridor of State Street in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, CA. The single-tenant NNN-leased property offers a stable cash flow, ease of management and pride of ownership at a price that is substantially below replacement cost. The lushly landscaped property consists of 38,015 SF of building GLA on 0.50 acres at the signalized intersection of State Street and W. Canon Perdido Street. The property provides over 80 feet of frontage on State Street, a very popular pedestrian shopping destination across from Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center, anchored by Nordstrom and Macy' s. Retailers such as Apple, Forever 21, H&M and Anthropologie are located nearby on State Street. - LoopNet

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Stock up on maple syrup

because it might not be around much anymore. Thanks, Climate Change.
In order for their sap to run, maple trees need temperatures to fluctuate between warm days and freezing nights. This year, Minnesota barely saw any runs like that. And then, a couple weeks ago, buds appeared on the trees. 

"Once that starts happening, the sap production's over," Edelen explained. "It was a rough season. It just got so warm so fast, and stayed warm ,that you got what you could get." - MN Public Radio
February and March are typically peak months for tapping trees and collecting sap to be boiled down to make maple syrup. But the ideal season usually has cool days and nights below freezing — the kind of weather that’s been hard to come by lately. - Wicked Local
While we were all frolicking, naked, in our kiddie pools during last week's crazy heat wave, the nation's maple farmers were shedding tears of sweet sadness: This year's tropical temperatures are devastating maple production. For the love of all things breakfast: start stockpiling maple syrup. - Gawker

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 

Pop Culture® Beverage - A Local Santa Barbara County Business

Co-founders of Pop Culture® Beverage Company, Andrew and Elske Daigle, set out five years ago to merge two passions, sparkling bubbles, and fresh picked fruit. Working together in their kitchen they created the best tasting sodas they could have imagined, branded the bottles Pop Culture®, and set out to discover a way to bring their artisanal creation to market. The flavors include Tangerine, Strawberry, Grapefruit, and Ginger Pear. Pop Culture® beverages are all natural and free of concentrates, juice fillers, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and artificial flavors and coloring.  Pop Culture® only purchases fruit from farmers that are certified organic or are certified Non GMO and is a member of 1% for the Planet; contributing one percent of its sales to non-profit environmental organizations.

The Daigles announced that they have launched a campaign to raise funds necessary to create more supply of their products to meet the demands for their "Farm to BottleTM" sodas.


Kimpton Hotels is looking for a few good chefs

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Former Google Chef Charlie Ayers spoke in Santa Barbara

Chef Charlie Ayers (Google employee #56) spoke at the ECO:nomics Conference held out at the Bacara Resort.
If you take Charlie Ayers’ view, things in Silicon Valley aren’t going that well–at least judging by pizza boxes and soda cans discarded next to software developers’ desks. 

Your business is only as good as the food you feed your employees, said Ayers, former executive chef at Google, as a crowd of a couple hundred executives and other business-folk munched on his delicious vegetarian dinner under open skies, at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara, Calif., last week.

Ayers used to feed thousands of employees of Google at its famed Silicon Valley cafeteria, but now owns a restaurant in Palo Alto, Calif., called Calafia, and also organizes cafeterias for start-ups.

He runs such cafes for five start-ups now, Ayers said on the sidelines of the ECO:nomics conference. - WSJ

If you weren't a multi-millionaire and couldn't hear him at the ECO:nomics conference, here he is via a TEDx conference:

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Sunday, March 25, 2012 

New Vineland Bread

The new bakery opening up in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto!
The Lompoc Ghetto, known by wine aficionados as a hot spot for good wine, soon will house a business of a different flavor — a commercial bakery founded by the owners of a Ghetto winery.

New Vineland Bread is a new project from the team behind New Vineland/Piedrasassi Wines: couples Peter and Amy Pastan, from Washington, D.C., and Melissa Sorongon and Sashi Moorman, both residents of Lompoc.

Under his company, September Consulting, managed by Sorongon, Moorman consults for other wineries, including Evening Land Vineyards, Sandhi Wines and Stolpman Vineyards.
Peter Pastan is chef and owner of Two Amys Pizzeria and Obelisk, the latter a small but elite eatery near Dupont Circle with “a serious bread program,” he said.

Pastan, New Vineland’s baker, Goleta resident Kate Heller, and Sorongon have in recent weeks put the custom made, wood-fired oven through its paces, utilizing two hot-burning woods — walnut and trunks from old grape vines — in an effort to “stabilize” it, Pastan said. - Santa Maria Times

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 

The Chardonnay Symposium

June 29 - July 1, 2012.

Mark your calendars!

Chardonnay is California’s golden girl. With its delicious swirls of rich fruit and brilliant acidity, the grape not only represents the state’s most widely planted and produced varietal, but also the most popular wine in glasses across the United States.

Buy tickets - HERE.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012 

Hunger Hits Home

even in Santa Barbara.

You can help fight childhood hunger and make #NoKidHungry a reality here in Santa Barbara County. Get your tickets for Taste of the Nation Santa Barbara. May 20, 2012.

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Carr Winery is expanding to Santa Ynez

and they are looking for a knowledgeable wine peep to pour for them.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012 

Chipotle to open in La Cumbre Plaza

Chipotle by SmellsLikeCactus
Chipotle, a photo by SmellsLikeCactus on Flickr.
Looks like Chipote will be opening up soon next to the recently open Panera Bread in La Cumbre Plaza. Signage is up. Help wanted ad posted on the doors.

Still no definite tenants for the space abandoned by Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Just lots of rumours.

update: Chipotle tweets:

You are correct. We hope to see you at the end of the month, if we stay on schedule. -Myra

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 

Santa Barbara High School

SBHS Entry by santa barbarian
SBHS Entry, a photo by santa barbarian on Flickr.

Once a proud Don...Always a proud Don.

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Who would do such a thing?

Buying Girl Scout cookies with fake money.
A Girl Scout near Boston found out the soullessness of some cookie consumers the hard way, when she took the haul her troop made off the treats to her local bank. Once there, she was informed that someone had passed her $80 in counterfeit $20 bills, says WBZ News.

"This is a very unfortunate situation that someone would do this at all, especially for the Girl Scouts," said Allison Rubin, the media and public relations manager for the Girls Scouts of Eastern Mass. "We really want to appreciate and say thank you to everyone. We are not soliciting outside funding, but we really appreciate their support."

The troop was trying to fund a hiking trip in May as well as a gathering on Cape Cod, and are now $80 farther from their goal. - The Consumerist

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Happy "Pi" Day

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 

Need Commerical Kitchen?

Daily, weekly or monthly commercial kitchen space available for rent in Buellton -- offered by Dawn Peters of Decadence Fine Cakes & Confections. If your business isn't quite to that place where you can afford the rent of a commercial kitchen on your own, this might be perfect for you! Contact Dawn for more details at (805) 686-2860.

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Pizza Guru

has had its liquor license yanked. If you go in to order a pizza and get some beer or wine to go with...fuhghetaboutit.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012 

Edible Institute 2012 - Santa Barbara

Here at the lovely Hyatt Mar Monte Santa Barbara. Awaiting the start of the Edible Institute 2012. I believe the tweet hashtag to follow is #EdInst2012 or #EI2012 or #EdI2012. Follow me...and other foodies today...and tomorrow.

Oh, and if you haven't picked up the newest edition of Edible Santa Barbara, you must. Fran's photos are amazing.

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Friday, March 02, 2012 

Chef Bradley Ogden Leaving Root 246

and looks to build big things back up in the Bay Area.
It's been eight long years since Bradley Ogden called the Bay Area his home. But the celebrated chef and co-founder of the Lark Creek Restaurant Group, who espoused farm-to-table cooking decades before it became entrenched in the culinary lexicon, has returned - with a revved-up spirit and a bold game plan.

Ogden has a new 3,700-square-foot house in the Evergreen district of southeast San Jose, a new fiancee, a new multimedia company, and a new business partner in Chris Kelly, Facebook's first general counsel, who ran unsuccessfully for state attorney general two years ago.

Their as-yet-unnamed multimedia company is already at work on a pilot for a new cooking show, "Real Food With Chef Bradley Ogden." The show, which will be shopped around to TV networks, will follow Ogden as he visits farmers and artisan purveyors, and cooks at home with friends and family, including his son, Bryan, 34, also a gifted chef. - SFGate

Edible Santa Barbara had a wonderful visit and interview with Chef Ogden in the Fall of 2010.

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