Saturday, June 30, 2012 

Santa Barbara Wine Festival


See you there!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 

The Inn Crowd with Chef Budi Kazali

Local Hotelier and Chef Budi Kazali will have his own show on local TV Station, KEYT
The Inn Crowd with Chef Budi Kazali,” which will debut at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (June 30), is a cooking show peppered with a healthy dose of fun, easy gourmet recipes, breathtaking scenery and magnetic personalities, according to Executive Producer Ira Distenfield. 

The show centers on Kazali, an award-winning chef who is known for his unique fusion of French and Asian cuisine, his passion for fresh ingredients, and his ability to bring people together around gourmet foods and recipes.- Lompoc Record

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The Santa Barbara Wine Festival ™

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Got tickets yet? They're going fast. And, you don't want to miss this event....the BEST wine festival in the area.

Back by popular demand, the "Every Cork Wins" raffle returns to the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™. This is the one raffle where you a guaranteed to win a prize. Just donate $20 for a chance to pull a cork, and you will win a prize from one of the wineries or vendors, a Museum Membership, or even a pair of tickets to next year’s Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Average retail cost of prizes is $50, so don't forget to bring a few $20 bills.

Alongside the amazing amazing food from some of the best restaurants and caterers in town, including The Stonehouse at the San Ysidro Ranch.

All proceeds benefit the Museum's exhibits and science education programs for school children.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012 

Chef Shaun King

the new head chef at Root 246
A veteran of kitchens run by Andy Matsuda and Rick Moonen in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, respectively, King was executive chef at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe before working as sous-chef under Root 246's founding chef, Bradley Ogden, and, more recently, interim chef Pilar Sanchez. - VCStar

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Thursday, June 21, 2012 

The Winehound

coming to La Cumbre Plaza this fall.

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Friday, June 15, 2012 

Toucan Wines Carignane

Haven't heard of Carignane? Haven't TASTED Carignane? You can stop by Toucan Wines booth at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival and sip some of this fantastic stuff!

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The Grapeseed Company

is opening a second location this Saturday (June 16) in Carpinteria...and they have some 2-for-1 specials of their great products every hour and some terrific "goodie bags" to give away.

Stop on by. 

Noon - 5:30 p.m.
4193 Carpinteria Ave #9

I'm making a Carpinteria day of it on Saturday. Hopping the Amtrak. Stopping by the grand opening. Wandering around town and "visiting" other stores. Having lunch at Sly's...then hopping the train back to town. 

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Thursday, June 14, 2012 

Downtown Santa Barbara Cafe For Sale

I'm hoping it's not the one I think it is.
Organic focus with gourmet style salad bar, sandwiches, hot foods, coffee & pastries
2 public parking lots - One in front and one behind
$100,000 in extensive remodeling work
Beer & Wine license with Catering
65 person occupancy
2400 sf plus 300 sf covered patio
Base rent $5,733 @ $2.38 per sf + $1,848 CAM Charges = $7,621 total monthly rent
2 years remaining on lease with (2) five year options  - BizBuySell

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 

Lompoc Wine Ghetto

It's been featured as one of 25 hidden gems and delicious destinations in the latest issue. The writer notes that the movie "Sideways" put Santa Barbara County and its pinot noirs back on the map in 2004. But now, a new generation of young wine makers is fiddling with the idea of traditional tasting rooms. The article names Lompoc Wine Ghetto as one of those examples. It says despite the florescent-lit industrial complex behind Home Depot, visitors can see a passion that's every bit as beautiful as those "scenic Napa cliches." - KSBY

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Saturday, June 09, 2012 

White House Chef Sam Kass

was on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me playing "Not My Job"....
Sam Kass was working as a private chef in Chicago when one of his clients got a new job, so he moved with that client to Washington, D.C., where he now cooks in large building with an Oval Office, a rose garden ... and a tiny kitchen. He's the first family's personal chef and an important player in Michelle Obama's healthful food initiative.
Very funny. Take a listen.

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Thursday, June 07, 2012 

Albertsons is slashing it's workforce in SoCal

"Ever since SuperValu purchased Albertsons, they have had difficulty running conventional grocery stores," Conger added. The company specializes in big box stores, he explained. Asked if he thought the company was going about fixing problems the right way, Conger said he could answer that question better if he knew the problem they were trying to fix. "Most companies look at pricing and see if they are competitive. You never see layoffs like this," he said. - Business Week

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