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Posted on September 25 at 1:15 p.m.

A remarkable story. Imagine having to start a new life in a new country with just $2 and not much more than an earnest desire to work and learn. Really looking forward to hearing more about what Tamdin is doing to help communities in Tibet.

On Supporting Tibet Is Tricky

Posted on May 1 at 7:21 a.m.

Our thanks to the Independent for helping spread the word about our cookbook launch party this Saturday! A couple of corrections: there will be around 20 of our local "celebrity" chefs" at the event to sign our cookbook. Also, the theme running through the recipes is the use of local ingredients and how the bounty of the land and sea come together in our Santa Barbara County recipes.

Besides the launch party on Saturday, we will be selling cookbooks at the Bacara Food & Wine Weekend--specifically in our class on June 7th being taught by Chef Michael Blackwell of the Montecito Country Club. Three fabulous appetizers with tastings of the fine wines of Westerly:

Our cookbooks are selling fast! Look for them at SBCC Bookstore, Chaucer's Bookstore, Granada Books and other locations listed here:

On Santa Barbara's Finest Chefs' Favorite Recipes

Posted on February 11 at 10:20 a.m.

The Court of Master Sommeliers is just one group that certifies sommeliers. France has the Union des Sommeliers founded in 1907, among others. In Italy, the Associazione Italiana Sommeliers, which issued the certificate Antonio Gerli holds, was founded in 1965. It is one of the oldest in Europe and is part of the international Worldwide Sommelier Association. In Britain there is WSET founded in 1969. The Court of Master Sommeliers is the youngest association, founded in 1977.

Antonio is the real deal. My husband and I are in the wine biz and we love going to Sorriso Italiano. Members of my wine tasting group Inside Wine Santa Barbara have gone frequently to Antonio's tastings and found him both knowledgeable and charming. His wife Elisabetta is a fantastic cook who makes the fluffiest foccacia I've ever had in Italy or the US.

Antonio and Elisabetta are Santa Barbara gems. Their Thursday night tastings for just $20 for the wine and dinner are one of the best deals in this city. See Inside Wine's Facebook page for a photo of Antonio's certificate plus photos of some of the fun times we've had at Sorriso Italiano.

On Authentic Italian Restaurant in Isla Vista

Posted on November 22 at 10:06 a.m.

This event was hosted by Inside Wine Santa Barbara!
We have monthly Meetups that include seminars with winemakers and sommeliers, vineyard visits and picnics.
Award-winning Thacher Winery from Paso Robles will pour for us in January--winemaker and proprietors Sherman and Michelle Thacher will be presenting their wines. Read about our fun and educational events:
Tama Co-founder Inside Wine Santa Barbara

On Richard Betts Will Democratize Wine

Posted on September 27 at 6:01 p.m.


The proper name of the scholarship which will benefit from this event is the "Santa Barbara Culinary Arts Scholarship in Honor of Julia Child". It provides scholarships for culinary students at the School of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management at SBCC.

Santa Barbara Culinary Arts

On The Foley Food & Wine Society Launches at the Bacara

Posted on April 29 at 7:44 a.m.

Great write-up on Caveau, Eric and Brian!

Our Meetup group, Inside Wine Santa Barbara, is looking forward to having a varietal tasting at Caveau on May 30th to help get the word out about this exciting new wine venue. Join us:

On The Coming of Caveau

Posted on March 7 at 6:32 a.m.

Kudos to Opera Santa Barbara and the new artistic director, Jose Maria Condemi, for presenting a world class La Traviata. Rebecca Davis will go on to have a stellar career with her astounding vocal range and ability to stir the heart with her terrific emotive ability. Malcolm MacKenzie was also a stand-out in an excellent cast. With Maestro Valéry Ryvkin's always-spot-on conducting and great set and costume design, this production put Opera Santa Barbara on par with any opera house in this country, including the venerable San Francisco Opera--bravisimmo!

On Kristen Reed on <em>La Traviata</em>

Posted on October 6 at 7:23 a.m.

Opera Santa Barbara presented another accomplished performance: great musicianship, well trained voices, innovative staging, Stephen Schwartz's lush orchestration, and Valery Ryvkin's superb conducting. But what a terrible libretto! The text of the recitativo accompanato was banal to the nth degree. The theme of the capture and bare-handed murder of a child was lurid and distasteful. I applaud Opera Santa Barbara for their intrepid venture into commissioning a work but sadly, Schwartz has let us down. This is not the hit that such a fine opera company deserves. Too bad the article's author didn't have a chance to rewrite the libretto and bring genuine emotion and lyricism to the work.

On "Seance"... on a Blustery Afternoon

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