Food & Drink Happenings This Season

The fifth annual Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week features three-course meals for just $20.15 at more than a dozen restaurants, from A-RU Sushi in Buellton to Sides Hardware & Shoes in Los Olivos, January 25-31. See ∙ NorCal wineries Bernardus, Charles Krug, Heitz, and Peju join Central Coast stars such as Grassini, Beckmen, and Tablas Creek, among nearly 100 other wineries, at the Winter Wine Classic on Saturday, January 24, 6:30-9 p.m., at the Fess Parker DoubleTree. See ∙ Casitas Valley Farm is hosting a three-day charcuterie workshop, March 6-8, for $400. See ∙ Vote for UCSB grad Ryan Turner’s Doritos commercial to air during the Super Bowl by seeing “Baby’s First Word” at ∙ Bedford Winery hosts the ninth annual Mushrooms Gone Wild! gourmet party in Los Alamos on Saturday, January 24, 2 p.m. The $50 tickets should be purchased in advance by calling (805) 344-2107 or emailing ∙ The Hungry Cat’s new chef de cuisine is Peter Cham, who returns to his hometown after kitchen stints around the county. He’ll relaunch the menu on February 1. ∙ Celebrity chef Cat Cora comes to the Bacara to discuss her career on Saturday, February 21, with a 45-minute Q&A moderated by The Lark’s Sherry Villanueva at 5 p.m., followed by a reception with Margerum wine and chef’s tastings. Tickets are $49. See ∙ Grow your own rare fruits and veggies by attending the 7th annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap on Sunday, January 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the downtown library’s Faulkner Gallery. See ∙ Cebada Winery is now pouring pinot noir and chardonnay in a tasting room on East Figueroa Street above Isabella’s Gourmet Foods every Thursday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m. ∙ Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering a free future entrée if you try something from their new “Sofritas” menu on January 26. See ∙ Leslie “The Accidental Chef” Thomas hosts a free “Stealthy Healthy Dishes” class on how to cook cauliflower at the Santa Barbara Public Market on Sunday, January 25, 2-3 p.m. Call (805) 770-7702.

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