Carina Cellars’ yearly winemaker dinner is just around the corner. Literally. On February 24, Chef Patrick Rand of Patrick’s Side Street Café will present a menu expertly paired with several Carina wines. The event begins with a reception at the Carina tasting room, just up the street from Patrick’s. Fri., Feb. 24: reception, 5 p.m., Carina Cellars, 2900 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-2459; dinner, 6 p.m., Patrick’s Side Street Café, 2375 Alamo Pintado Rd., Los Olivos, 686-4004; visit carinacellars.com for more information.
Two recent episodes of the Travel Channel’s Taste of America highlighted some of our favorite culinary traditions. The Makela family’s Santa Barbara Olive Co. orchard (one of the oldest in the country, as it turns out) and Solvang’s famed ableskivers had their moment in the spotlight as host Mark DeCarlo couldn’t seem to get enough of us. Santa Barbara Olive Co., 562-1456, sbolive.com; Taste of America airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on The Travel Channel, travel.discovery.com.