Remember that beer and cheese tasting I’m obsessed with? It’s
back. Eric Rose, of S.B. Brewing Co. and Anacapa Brewing Co., lends
his hoppy know-how to Michael and Kathryn Graham’s (yes, they
finally got married!) cheese savvy for a tasting of Belgian
beers and cheeses
. Reserve your space now, before I call
45 of my closest friends. Mon.-Tue., Apr. 24-25, 6:30-8 p.m.;

Last month we bade adiós to an old favorite and hola to a new
Mexican restaurant. After (I’m told) four decades of serving
dedicated diners arguably the most delicioso tacos in town,
La Tolteca closed its Haley St. doors. But lest we
fall behind our quota of Mexican eateries, El Caballo
Mexican Restaurant
has opened up in the former Golden
China space. El Caballo, 3130 State St., 687-5916.

The S.B. County Vintners’ Festival winemaker dinners, open
houses, and other events start tomorrow, but don’t miss Saturday’s
tasting: more than 70 wineries, food, live music, and general
bacchanalia. Call 688-0881 or visit


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