Santa Barbara Foodie Bites 

What’s happening in Food & Drink this month. 

Back in the early 1990s, beloved wine expert Antonio Gardella and his friend Dennis Aubrey produced a short pilot episode of a show called Vintage Journeys that featured an emerging Santa Barbara wine country. The series wasn’t picked up, but the video — which includes such then-young luminaries as Richard Longoria, Au Bon Climat’s Jim Clendenen, and former Piatti chef Staffan Terje — can now be seen at … Santa Barbara’s 24-year-old pastry chef Katie Belanger recently appeared on TNT’s competitive cooking show On the Menu and prevailed in the contest with her Raspberry Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake, which will now be on the menus of Planet Hollywoods all across the country. Belanger plans to use the money she won to start her own business called Cinnies, which will spice up the cinnamon roll for the “adventurous” eater. See … Santa Barbara County boasts a higher-than-average number of women winemakers, and they’re celebrating with a toast to Women’s History Month on March 28, 6 p.m., at Sonja Magdevski’s Casa Dumetz in Los Alamos. More than 16 wineries will pour, from Bonaccorsi, Buttonwood, and Cold Heaven to Rideau, Riverbench, and William James, so email or call (805) 350-0257 for more info. … The popular foodie-meets-photography tour Eat This! Shoot That! just launched a new wine-focused tour through the recently christened Presidio Neighborhood, centered on the wine collection of El Paseo. The walking tour feature six stops: Hoffmann Brat Haus, Jamie Slone Wines, Au Bon Climat, Margerum Wine Company, Grassini Family Vineyards, and Happy Canyon Vineyard. See or call (800) 656-0713 for tickets. … The Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce is throwing its support behind Richard Lambert, owner of Santa Barbara Tamales To Go (, who is trying to get March 23 declared as National Tamale Day. Sign the petition online at … Carpinteria native, former writer for The Santa Barbara Independent, and Red Hen Cannery founder Maureen Foley recently won proud a silver medal at the 10th annual Marmalade Awards and Festival at the Dalemain Mansion in Penrith, Cumbria, England for her Spicy Orange Marmalade. Try it for yourself by ordering at

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