Hungry Cat's Head Chef Dylan Fultineer prepares the whole fish of the day.
Paul Wellman

With a new cooking reality show popping up virtually every week on television, a Whole Foods coming soon to upper State Street, and interest in cooking and greenmarkets at an all-time high, we decided to take a look inside the workings of two of the most happening restaurants in town-Downey’s, a Santa Barbara institution, and the Hungry Cat, a new restaurant started by a celebrity-chef couple from Los Angeles and run by some young potential rising stars in the Santa Barbara culinary firmament. George Yatchisin sat down with John and Liz Downey to discuss their legendary restaurant’s 25th anniversary, while Charles Donelan chased the crew from the Hungry Cat through the Farmers Market and then ate the consequences. Whatever your personal palate craves, we hope you’ll find our foray into the food world as delicious to read as it was to research.

Click on the links below to get started –

• From Markets to Midnights, Eating Up the Hungry Cat – by Charles Donelan

• Downey’s Celebrates 25 Years of Fine Dining – by George Yatchisin


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