Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Worker Bee Cafe in Carpinteria has changed hands

The ownership has been taken over by SBCC Culinary program alum Rick Mancillas and his father Richard. Before this new venture, Rick had worked at at renowned Bouchon and the Barcara, as well as for private clients.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012 

A Foodie Halloween Favorite

Riboflavin-Flavored Non-Carbonated Polyunsaturated Blood

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Thursday, October 25, 2012 

Intermezzo Bar + Café

is GROWING! New expanded expanded menu...and new chef.

With Intermezzo’s newly appointed Chef Nik Ramirez now in command of the kitchen, and a recently revamped interior, Intermezzo Bar + Cafe is bigger and better than ever. 

 Born on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Ramirez was raised on, and gained a love for, local produce. By cooking and creating menus with what the local environment provided, he became accustomed to exercising his creativity on a daily basis. His goals were to use only indigenous plants, fruits and vegetables, in order to help sustain local farmers and markets, and led to his becoming a supporter of organic and sustainable farming. - Noozhawk

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 

Personal Neapolitan Pizzeria

will soon open up on State Street where the old Taj Restaurant used to be. (905 State Street)

Now...keep in mind...if this is a true Neapolitan pizza joint, the pizza's will be a little smaller, little more "charred", minimally topped, whole pies (no slices) and well, a little "liquidly" in the middle. Oh, and they cook up really fast as the ovens are "crazy hot."

Something like this:

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Monday, October 22, 2012 

Alton Brown to speak at Cal Poly, SLO

Mr. Good Eats comes to the Central Coast to give Good Talk.

Here’s a fun factoid. Before Alton Brown became the award-winning creator of “Good Eats,” he made his living shooting music videos for the likes of R.E.M. 

“I am still a filmmaker,” the kitchen science expert said when reached recently at his home in Atlanta. “I just happen to make films about food. I don’t make a living cooking for people; I make a living entertaining people about food.”

Brown will share his wit, wisdom and wide-ranging knowledge of the culinary arts Friday at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. His visit is part of the 25th anniversary celebration for the Cal Poly Products Technology Center. - The Tribune

Read more here:

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Thursday, October 18, 2012 

The Santa Barbara Bowl has had some work done

and wow...she's looking good!

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Bill Foley's Foley Food and Wine Society

I'm sure that Foley's Lincourt and Firestone Vineyards will be very involved in providing Santa Barbara County wine to the Society.
Fidelity National Financial Inc. Chairman Bill Foley plans to launch “The Foley Food & Wine Society” to offer members-only access to wineries, restaurants and other destinations in the U.S. and Zealand. 
...“Become a member of the Foley Food and Wine Society and receive exclusive access to our world-class collection of wineries, lodging, golf courses, restaurants and luxury lifestyle partners,” it says.
“Our team of experts will provide useful information on wine education, cooking, gardening, and farm to table cuisine, golf, ski, and fitness tips – a wealth of information exclusively for member,” it says. 
Members also will receive other offers and discounts at Foley Family and partner properties as well as access to the Foley Food and Wine Exchange, where members can shop online for wines and other items.

Members will be enrolled in the Society Points program and receive 2,500 points upon joining and 1 point for every dollar spent with the society. Points can be used for tickets to Foley Food and Wine Society events at wineries, restaurants, lodges, dinners and at partner properties around the world as well as discounts off wine and lodging, private reserve tastings, seminars and wine education, and tours, cooking and gardening events, private meals, golf, ski passes and more at society properties. - Jacksonville Daily Record and the Wall Street Journal

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Cantwell's Deli and Market

(along with the real estate) seems to still be on the market for a cool $7.7 million.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 

Lazy Acres to open second location

in Long Beach, CA.
Lazy Acres, a natural/organic food store here owned by Bristol Farms, said it would open its second store early next month in Long Beach, CA 
..."Lazy Acres' focus on service and variety of healthy living products has been central to its success,” said Adam Caldecott, senior vice president of marketing. “The wholesome community market will remind you of how it used to be, bringing back the good feeling of slower times, genuine service and real food." At its store here the company has developed "a reputation as a resource for education on a healthy lifestyle," Caldecott said.- Supermarket News

Produce at Lazy Acres Market

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Sunday, October 14, 2012 

State & Fig in La Arcada

is finally opened after quite a bit of updating from the old Whale's Tail decor. Go take a taste test. The owners/chefs have quite the culinary chops on their resume. Can you say "The Patina Group?"
State & Fig is a new Cafe that serves the most delicious breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner foods in town. We always offer a seasonally inspired menu while still focusing on products that are handcrafted, raised, or grown in California. Our food is FRESH, FRESH, FRESH. The owners use their 40+ years of culinary/hospitality experience for the betterment of the entire Santa Barbara community. 
State & Fig is owned by Marisa Moran and Patrick Casey. This husband and wife team has over 40 years of culinary experience and food morals that they use for the betterment of the Santa Barbara community. Patrick grew up in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and went on to study Hotel Management. From there he became Chef/Owner of the Velvet Room in Arizona which he eventually left to become Director of Operations for The Patina Group in Los Angeles, California. Marisa was raised in New Jersey. She studied Culinary Arts and has a B.S. in Food and Nutrition in Business. She has experience working in Culinary Arts and off premise catering which led to her career in the hotel industry. She worked for The Millennium Hotel Company in Arizona and later became The Director of Meetings and Special Events for The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, CA.

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Suzanne Goin

of Lucques, Tavern and AOC in the Los Angeles area (and her husband, David Lenz has The Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara and LA) is opening up a Farm to Table restaurant to Montecito. Santa Barbara Magazine has a bit more. (pdf)

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Sunday, October 07, 2012 

Juice Ranch

coming to 33 Parker Way....soon! See their progress on their website. Follow them on Facebook. Tumblr. Twitter.

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Friday, October 05, 2012 

Pop Up Dinner at Municipal Winemakers

it's "Paellapalooza!"

Join us for a pop up dinner with Cindy Black, owner of the Blue Owl, cooking up a couple of mean paellas.  This will be a family style dinner with no menu choices (let us know about allergies, and we can try to accomodate).  The dinner will be Sunday Oct 14th at 7:30 pm.
We are limited to 30 seats.  
$50 for food and Muni wine.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012 

Top Cheftestant Casey Thompson to highlight "In The Vineyard"

On October 20, 2012,  Hope Family Wines will partner with Firestone Walker Brewing Company to host "In the Vineyard," a unique experience that will showcase some of Paso Robles' best known wine and beer, paired to Top Chef Season 3 finalist Casey Thompson's cuisine. 

The event will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Hope Family Vineyard at 1585 Live Oak Rd in Paso Robles, Calif., and will be a highlight celebration of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance's annual Harvest Wine Weekend. 


Casey Thompson is best known for her success in "Top Chef" and previously worked as sous chef under Chef Dean Fearing, "Father of Southwestern Cuisine." In recent years she has scoured small family farms in Napa and Sonoma for locavore farm to table events at wineries. Thompson will prepare a series of dishes specifically for the "In the Vineyard" event, with each plate paired to one wine and one beer. On hand to discuss the pairings will be Hope Family Wines' Winemaker, JC Diefenderfer, as well as Firestone Walker Brewery Brewmaster Matt Brynildson.

Tickets are available for $75, and may be purchased online at

A portion of the total proceeds will be donated to Loaves & Fishes Paso Robles (, benefitting emergency needs of persons 
seeking help in Northern San Luis Obispo County.

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