Wednesday, January 23, 2013 

Team No Kid Hungry

Will you join the team?

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 

Chipotle testing out tofu

on their menu in San Francisco.
Chipotle, concerned about rising meat prices and eager to shore up its popular support among vegetarians, is soon testing tofu as its newest burrito filling in a few San Francisco locations. - HuffPo
Called “Sofritas”, the tofu will be braised with tomatoes, chipotle sauce, and poblano peppers. Ironically, the move to embrace tofu as a meat-free option comes as Chipotle and other fast food restaurants struggle to deal with the rising costs associated with meat production. “Beef and dairy prices have been rising because of the drought, which sent the prices farmers pay for hay and other feed skyrocketing,” writes the AP. - Ecorazzi

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Starbuck Buys Teavana

so next time you are in Paseo Nuevo Mall, stop into Teavana and say hello to the newest "sister" of Starbucks.

Starbucks Corp. completed its acquisition of Atlanta-based Teavana Holdings Inc. this week, “promising to reinvent the way the world enjoys tea,” wrote Jeff Hansberry, Starbucks president of channel development and emerging brands, in a blog posted Monday. 

The $620 million cash transaction was first revealed in November. The move makes the more than 300-unit Teavana retail chain a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seattle-based Starbucks. 

Hansberry wrote that while some of Teavana’s product lineups may change, “most of the Teavana experience will stay the same and several new additions will be offered.” - Restaurant News


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Friday, January 18, 2013 

Fancy Food Trade Show

I'll be there this weekend. Will you?

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Thursday, January 17, 2013 

My Favorite Huell Howser segment

when he goes atop the Golden Gate Bridge. 
(I can't believe Huell's gone....)

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BJ's going into old Ruth's Chris Steakhouse space

and it looks like they have their own craft beer.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 

New Black BBQ

has rolled out of Santa Barbara and will be grilling up the good stuff in Los Angeles. 

Sad to hear. LOVED their stuff.

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Monday, January 14, 2013 


is looking for a "Director of Culinary."

About the Position Silvergreens is looking to bring on board a Director of Culinary who is creative, passionate and excited to be working with a growing concept. Ideal candidates should be abreast of culinary trends and familiar with from-scratch kitchens. Additionally, this person should have a genuine interest in working with nutritious, natural and fresh cuisine. Only dynamic professionals with organization and communicative skills who are team players will be considered. 

Position Responsibilities Recipe and development Costing out all recipes within designated parameters Rolling out new menu items and training BOH staff Implementing systems to ensure consistency Helping open new location and commissary Work with team to expand catering and school lunch program

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I like Chewy Cookies

do you?

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Sunday, January 13, 2013 

May 19, 2013 - Taste of the Nation

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Local Ice Cream hero Jim McCoy passes

Go enjoy some local McConnell's Ice Cream in his honor. 
Jim McCoy, the former longtime owner of one of Santa Barbara’s best known businesses — McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams — died this week, according to his family. McCoy, 81 passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams was founded in 1949 by Gordon “Mac” and Ernesteen McConnell. McCoy bought the company in 1962 after Gordon McConnell died, and served as president for nearly 50 years before selling it himself in 2011. - Noozhawk

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013 

East Beach Wines is closing

and having a "retirement" sale and they have some good deals going on.  15% off on wine. 30% on wine accessories. 15% on Reidel glasses. 50% on red dot items. 

Stop by and say "happy retirement" and pick up some great wine at a great price. 

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Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Where ever you are!

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Monday, January 07, 2013 

God Speed Huell Howser

YOU were part of California's Gold.
Huell Howser--a California broadcasting legend for his various shows that have appeared on public broadcasting over the past couple of decades--has died, according to sources who spoke to the Weekly on condition of anonymity. - ocweekly

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Sunday, January 06, 2013 

Dr. McSteamy

Looks like Dr. McDreamy might be serving up steamy caffeinated beverages as actor Patrick Dempsey's company is part of a deal buying up bankrupt Tully's coffee.
Actor Patrick Dempsey is one of several parties bidding to buy Tully's out of bankruptcy at an auction Thursday. - CNBC
Seattle could be seeing a whole lot more of TV actor Patrick Dempsey, whose investment group Global Baristas was the high bidder at approximately $9.15 million for Tully’s Coffee in Thursday’s auction of the bankrupt coffee shop chain. - Puget Sound Business Journal

This is not the only time that Mr. Dempsey has come to the "rescue" this year.


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Wednesday, January 02, 2013 

Norovirus Outbreaks In Santa Barbara

Be careful out there fellow Barbarians. You DON'T want to mess with the Norovirus.

Within the past year in Santa Barbara County, there were 13 outbreaks with upwards of 300 people affected. Five of the outbreaks were lab confirmed. 
"There can be as many as 250 to 300 additional cases for everyone that gets lab confirmed," said Mickiewicz.  

One of the 13 outbreaks was at Dunn School in Los Olivos in December. In order to prevent the virus from spreading through the campus, students were let out on an early and extended holiday break and will return Monday, January 7. 
Although it can be called the stomach flu, it is not an influenza virus meaning there is no vaccination.
However, the tips for how to stay norovirus free are simple. 
   "The biggest thing is hand washing but there are a couple other things. One is if you are sick, not to take care of other people or prepare food for other people when you are yourself sick," said Mickiewicz.- KEYTNews

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013 

The newest foodie adventure - Dishcrawl

has hit Santa Barbara. What an interesting and delicious way to explore the foods offered up here in town. The inaugural Dishcrawl Santa Barbara event will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and for $45 (which includes the price of food) you get to visit four different restaurants and meet the chefs and fellow local foodies. "Meet & Eat."
It’s like a pub crawl, but with food! Food experience innovator Dishcrawl serves up a “meet and eat” event the San Jose Mercury News recently called the “hot, foodie social event sweeping the Bay Area.” The concept is simple: join dozens of other food lovers as you eat your way through downtown Santa Barbara. Spend your night uncovering gourmet dishes at nearby eateries, meeting local chefs and restaurateurs, and bonding with your neighbors over creations and locations you’ve never tried before. 

Dishcrawl uses the concept of culinary social networking to capture the imagination and appetite of Santa Barbara foodies. Dishcrawl gives neighbors and neighborhoods a chance to meet, greet and share a heaping portion of delicious fun. Participating restaurants are kept secret but hints are slowly revealed leading up to the event.

To purchase tickets for crawling the Lower State Street on January 22 - click HERE. 

Dishcrawl on NBC News! from dishcrawl on Vimeo.

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