Food and Drink Happenings in December

Leslie “The Accidental Chef” Thomas hosts her next cooking class at the S.B. Public Market on dark, dairy-free, non-processed, and no-cooking-required chocolate recipes.
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Third Window Brewing Company enters the Central Coast ale scene with the release of “Bierbara” on December 4, the feast day of St. Barbara, at Les Marchands, Hungry Cat, and other places around town. A collab beer with The Bruery, the ale is a Belgian-style quadrupel that gives a nod to the traditional St. Barbara feast day dish of “Burbara” by incorporating raw barley, raisins, apricots, and holiday spices. Third Window expects to open its own brewery next year at the corner of Haley and Laguna streets. … Leslie “The Accidental Chef” Thomas hosts her next cooking class at the S.B. Public Market on dark, dairy-free, non-processed, and no-cooking-required chocolate recipes for peanut butter balls, walnut truffles, and more on Sunday, December 7, 1-2 p.m. Call [805] 770-7702. … Big Dave’s Egg Nog is now on sale by the glass ($10) and to-go until supplies last at the Hungry Cat (1134 Chapala St.; [805] 884-4701) for $38 per refillable one-liter bottle. Chef-owner David Lentz’s recipe goes back three generations and involves spiced rum, brandy, and Jameson whiskey. … Dinesh Perera, owner of The Spicy Gourmet, is now selling a 24-page, digital Sri Lankan cookbook for $5, with proceeds going to Direct Relief. See thespicygourmet.com. … Make Smith Leather Co., Santa Monica Seafood, and Telegraph Brewing Company are teaming up for a free 1st Thursday demo tasting on Thursday, December 4, at the Santa Barbara Public Market. … The Santa Barbara Public Market’s first-ever Holiday Bazaar, hosted by Wine + Beer and The Kitchen, offers two seatings for a Champagne tasting on Saturday, December 6, at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Call (805) 770-7702 for reservations. See sbpublicmarket.com.

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