Sunday, they say, is the day of rest. But “they” clearly does not include the good folks at Crazy Good Bread or Goodland Kitchen, who’ll be serving up some serious gastronomic good times come the weekend’s end. One will mark an opening, one an ending, but both will leave your taste buds crying more, more, more! Read on, and then make your plans. You can rest another day.
GET BREADUCATED: To mark its grand opening, the crazy good people at Crazy Good Bread will host a free open house this Sunday, Nov. 3, at their new Carpinteria digs. It’s dubbed a Holiday Breaducation: A Collaboration of Culinary Ideas, and in it they will helpfully offer ideas vis-à-vis what to do with their delicious loaves. Because, you know, bread can be confusing! I jest, of course (see: toast), but the event promises to be a delight for the palate, showcasing several local cottage artisans in addition to a flight through the CGB repertoire. Sample sweet and savory dishes featuring CGB varietals that include the basics, as well as such stunners as fig masala, orange chocolate, chocolate black pepper, pumpkin spice pecan, and rosemary olive — combined with and alongside goodies from Georgia’s Smokehouse, Rock Rose Provisions, Sweet Lady Cook, Casitas Valley Creamery, and more, not to mention beer from Island Brewing Company and wines from Carr Winery. And it’s totally legit to log an excursion to this event in the Holiday Shopping column: They’ll have gift baskets available for ordering, so you can get a tasty jump on the madness. Proceeds benefit Girls Inc. of Carpinteria.
CGB is located at 4191 Carpinteria Avenue, #12, Carpinteria. The event takes place November 3, Sunday, noon-3 p.m.
GOODLAND’S LAST STAND: Okay, not forever, but this Sunday evening marks Goodland Kitchen’s last Sunday Supper of the Season. And whether or not you’ve made it to one already (although, if you haven’t, let me be clear: You are missing out — amazing food, and tons of it, is served family-style, in a casual, al fresco setting among fabulous people), this Sunday’s menu is the perfect excuse to get out there, as clearly they’re out to wrap the season up with a bang. Appetizers will include shrimp with gremolata and toasted breadcrumbs; fried artichoke hearts and herb aioli; and parmesan-crusted lamb chops. But save room, because for the main, expect rigatoni with tomato sauce and pecorino/Romano cheese; pork shoulder roasted in milk with Ellwood Canyon Farm fennel; risotto with pumpkin and spinach; and braised green beans from Givens Farm. And for the finale (did I mention you should pace yourself?): almond torte with wine-poached pears and espresso-vanilla custard. And if that doesn’t leave you happily ready to hibernate for the winter, I don’t know what will.
Goodland Kitchen is located at 231 Magnolia Avenue, Old Town Goleta. November 3. Sunday’s dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. (And it’ll get dark by 6:45, so bring a sweater!). $45 per person; BYOB. Call 845-4300 for reservations.