Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend


Photo credit: Paul Child, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend
June 6th – 8th, 2014

Join Santa Barbara County’s top culinary talent for three unforgettable days of food and wine. Set within the luxurious surroundings of Bacara Resort, the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend celebrates Julia Child’s lifelong passion for learning, love of eating well and appreciation for Santa Barbara’s coastal bounty. And a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

There are many activities to choose from—panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, tastings. Each is offered a la carte, so you can take your pick! 

Meet the Experts: Overview of Santa Barbara’s Culinary Community

Saturday, June 7
10 to 11 a.m.

Learn more about Santa Barbara’s culinary community during an in-depth discussion with five local experts. This educational session will cover everything you need to know about what’s new, what’s changed and what’s coming next in Santa Barbara County.

  • Tracey Ryder, Co-founder, Edible Communities
  • Krista Harris, Publisher, Edible Santa Barbara
  • Mary Harris, Executive Director, Visit the Santa Ynez Valley
  • Matt Kettmann, Senior Editor, The Independent
  • Arthur von Wiesenberger, Food & Beverage Consultant, Author & Broadcaster

This is a complimentary session but space is limited. Please reserve your complimentary tickets online.


Addditional Activities Scheduled for Saturday, June 7:

Olive Oil & Vinegar For Life! Cooking Demonstration & Tasting 
11 a.m. to Noon
Learn everything you never knew about cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Santa Barbara’s most awarded EVOO producer, Theodora Stephan, Founder of Global Gardens.Power of Pinot
11 a.m. to Noon
Join Lila Brown of Foley Food & Wine Society and Kathryn Graham of C’est Cheese as they lead you through five pinots paired with five California cheeses.

Santa Maria Style BBQ Lunch by Hitching Post II
Noon to 1:30pm
Join Frank Ostini of the famed Hitching Post II to taste and learn more about what many call the “best barbecue in the world.”

Meringue Mastery

1 to 2 p.m.
There are three different types of meringue and Elizabeth Colling has mastered them all. Join her as she demonstrates French, Swiss and Italian meringues.Artisan Bread Baking Demonstration

2 to 3 p.m.

If you are like Bob Oswaks of Bob’s Well Bread, you love good bread and are serious about learning how to make it at home. Join him as he reveals the
secrets to make old-world style leavened breads consistently good every time.

Chef Secrets for Impressive Cocktail Party Favorites

3 to 4 p.m.
Join Executive Chef Michael Blackwell as he reveals the tips, tricks and techniques needed to prepare three impressive cocktail party favorites, each paired with a Westerly wine tasting.

Cooking with California Gold

3 to 4 p.m.
Learn more about diving for Santa Barbara sea urchin from Stephanie Mutz, Santa Barbara’s only female urchin diver, followed by a sea urchin cooking demo by Bacara Chef Chris Turano.

The Ins and Outs of Food Writing

4 to 5 p.m.
Join our panel of seasoned food and cookbook writers, editors and marketers for expert guidance, tips of the trade and insights into the current state of the cookbook market in the fast-changing publishing and media landscapes.

Farm to Bar Mixology with Patrick Reynolds

5 to 6 p.m.
$25 (price includes two cocktail tastings, recipe cards and Good Land Organics caviar lime to take home) Learn how to craft two of Patrick’s favorite drinks featuring locally-grown
Good Land Organics exotic fruits.

Grand Dinner with Master Sommelier Brian McClintic

6 to 9 p.m.
Bacara is opening its famed 12,000-bottle Wine Cellar for an elegant five course tasting menu. Each dish will be paired with a flight of two wines, one from Santa Barbara County and one from its Old World counterpart.

Movie Screening of Le Chef

7 p.m.
Join us in Bacara’s own 211-seat Screening Room for a special movie premiere of Le Chef (Comme un chef) directed by Daniel Cohen. Le Chef has all the cinematic elements you need—a wonderful cast, a fast-paced script and Paris as a backdrop—not to mention food, glorious food, from pastry to molecular gastronomy. You won’t be able to stop enjoying yourself all the way through the credits. Before the show, enjoy four complimentary tastes of Palmina Wines paired with four handcrafted chocolates by local chocolatier, Jessica Foster.

Sunday, June 8

Neighborhood Tasting

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Taste your way through the region’s most talked about culinary neighborhoods within the beautiful surroundings of Bacara. This delightful afternoon includes live music, beautiful ocean views, restaurant tastings and farmers market shopping.

Please click here to view the complete event schedule.

Please note: several events are expected to sell out. Please purchase your tickets online in advance.

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