You know an event has something for everyone-not when it can combine art, food, and wine, and not when it celebrates the recent reconstruction of history-but when it can have both Brooks Firestone and Salud Carbajal as Honorary Chairmen. Such an event is Tapas, Vino, y Arte 2007, which takes place this Saturday, September 29, at the spectacularly restored Santa Barbara Presidio Research Center. Bid on art by the usual roundup of area artists while eating food from the likes of Fresco at the Beach, Tuttini, and Panino. All those good eats can be washed down with the best from 11 wineries, including Alma Rosa, Fiddlehead, Foxen, and Jaffurs. This fundraising event aids the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, which led the meticulous restorations of the one-time Santa Barbara School of the Arts, considered one of the finest artists’ studios ever built in Santa Barbara. It should be an inspiring setting for a splendid nosh.


Tapas, Vino, y Arte 2007 takes place on Saturday, September 29, from 3-6 p.m. at Plaza de Alhecama (215 E. Canon Perdido St.). For info, call 965-0093 or visit


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