Wednesday, July 31, 2013 

Fiesta Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast

it's a local tradition....go see local politicians, big wigs and personalities flip flapjacks for you. It's a deliciously great FUNdraiser! This Saturday at Alameda Park 7:00 a.m. - noon. 
The Kiwanis 62st Fiesta Pancake Breakfast will be coming alive. 62 years of serving delicious pancakes dripping in butter and syrup. Buy your tickets online now for $7.00. Kiwanis pancake breakfast is as much a part of Santa Barbara Fiesta as Noches de La Ronda, El Rodeo and Los Mercados. - Kiwanis Club


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Saturday, July 20, 2013 

The New Mattei's Tavern

gets a nod from the Latte Times' S. Irene Virbila
Mattei’s Tavern, the Los Olivos restaurant that has been around since 1886, has just reopened after a hiatus between owners. Brothers Matt and Jeff Nichols ran the place as Brother’s Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern for years, but when they lost their lease last year, they moved to another location in town and opened the restaurant Sides Hardware and Shoes.

 Now Charles and Ali Banks of Terroir Selections, former owners of Screaming Eagle and now involved with Sandhi, Mayacamas, Mulderbosch and Leviathan wineries, have purchased Mattei’s Tavern. After some sprucing up, the landmark restaurant reopened Saturday

...(Chef Robbie) Wilson plans on not one, but two menus at Mattei’s Tavern. The first, called 1886, features traditional dishes such as beef tartar, campfire trout and wood-fired chicken. The other, called 2013--“inspirations from Los Olivos”--lists dishes such as grilled octopus with scarlet runner beans and preserved lemons, smoked lamb’s neck with refried cannellini beans and salsa verde marmalade, or halibut with lemon ash and olive “debris.” - LA Times

Make reservations on Open Table.

And follow Mattei's and Chef Wilson on Twitter...

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Thursday, July 18, 2013 

Gelson's for SALE?

Say it ain't SOOOOOO!!!!
Looks like they already closed the Gelson's I used to shop at when I lived in the LaLa area...the one that Chef Curtis Stone loved to corner shoppers at.


Compton-based Arden Group operates 16 Gelson’s Markets in Southern California, in upscale areas like Marina Del Rey and Pacific Palisades. In a statement, Arden Group said it’s exploring “strategic alternatives, which may include a possible sale of the Company.” - KPCC

The 16-unit chain, headquartered in Encino, has developed a reputation for celebrity clientele and locates its stores in well-to-do areas such as Santa Barbara, Pacific Palisades and Newport Beach; certain ones feature red-carpet-quality service such as valet stands. The company is known for its pricey imported foods, specialty brands and sushi. Some stores host gelato bars and meat carving carts. While less upscale grocery chains such as Vons offer prepared-food counters licensed by Panda Express, Gelson's customers get celebrity chef-inspired meals from Wolfgang Puck Express. - Latte Times

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 

McConnell's is Hiring! McConnell's is hiring!

Since 1949, McConnell's Fine Ice Creams of Santa Barbara has been making and selling the world's finest artisan ice cream. They are about to open the first company-owned-and-operated store and are in need of a kitchen assistant. 

Job Description: Part time dessert prep. Some dessert/pastry experience preferred. Or a passion for pastry, and an eagerness to learn. Training available for the right candidate. Looking for someone who has a meticulous personality and an eye for perfection. They are proud of their ice cream and need someone to join the team who puts quality first. Advancement possibilities. Compensation TBD and commensurate with skill. 

Please cut/paste your resume 
in the body of an email to: 

Include a brief cover letter explaining 
why you are right for this job.  
We will not open attachments. 
No phone calls, please. 

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Monday, July 08, 2013 

Mark Bittman's "How To Cook Everything"

is available as an app...and Apple is allowing you to download it for free!
Mark Bittman’s bestselling book “How to Cook Everything” is also an app and to celebrate five years of the App Store, Apple is now giving it away for free. - LATimes


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Thursday, July 04, 2013 

Happy Birthday America

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013 

The Lark

is hiring!

OPEN CALL WEDNESDAY JULY 3rd from 12pm-6pm 

LOCATION: For consideration please apply in person at 25 E Mason Street, corner of Anacapa, on the second floor for an on site interview. 

 ABOUT US The Lark and Lucky Penny promise to deliver a genuine experience in hospitality. With a warm, hip, and comfortable soul it is a reflection of its Funk Zone neighborhood. It is a place where refinements to the ordinary and familiar yield an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication, and where culinary art is approachable. Our unique offerings of fresh foods, fair trade coffee, unique teas and handcrafted beverages allow us to affordably remain on the cutting edge of the ever-evolving American palate. Our menu is chef driven and seasonally adjusted complimented by a well-rounded craft beverage program.

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BYOB dinner at Max's Cucina - July 10th

Featuring Sauvignon Blanc and Dragonette Cellars winemaker, Brandon Sparks-Gillis will bring a selection of their wines to sample and talk about.


Max's Cucina
Wednesday July 10th, 6:30-9:30pm 
$50/person tax/tip; 
advance reservations by credit card required.
Seating is family style.

Bring a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc 
(extra points if from France!). No corkage fees.

Evening’s Menu 

 Assorted paired cheeses from C’est Cheese 

 Chilled Pea Soup topped with Basil Oil & Crispy Leeks 

 Branzino San Pietro with Marinated Artichoke Hearts & Roasted Sweet Peppers in a Shallot-Basil-White Wine Sauce, accompanied by Savory Corn Fritter (vegetarian option available, please specify when reserving)

 Ruby Red Grapefruit Sorbetto with Italian Cornmeal Cookie 

Please bring a nice bottle of the theme wine for each two attendees in your party, to share with others during the stand-up cheese hour. You are encouraged bring another (different) bottle to open at your table during the seated dinner portion of the eve. 

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