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Brown Pelican Set to Fly Away

An era will come to a close this week-end, as the Brown Pelican Restaurant-nestled sandside at Arroyo Burro Beach for the past 25 years-is set to serve its final meal on Sunday, November 25. A purveyor of beachfront breakfasts, sunset cocktails, and classic California dinner cuisine, the Pelican’s long-term lease with the County of Santa Barbara-which was not renewed this past fall-is set to expire at the end of the year, forcing the family-run business to close its doors.

Champagne Dreams at East Beach

You had your fill-and perhaps even someone else’s-on Turkey Day. So that means it’s time to lighten up and get effervescent and check out East Beach Wine’s Annual Mixed Brand Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting Plus Port on Friday, November 23, from 4-7 p.m.

A Ruth’s Chris Catechism

So what’s up at the new Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (2815 State St., 563-5674), beyond Carpenters Local 150 picketing them for hiring a construction company that doesn’t pay prevailing wage? Why does it have a name sure to leave lispers at a loss? Here are some facts about the restaurant proud to answer “where’s the beef?”

Cavolo Nero

Although it sounds like one of Sophia Loren’s costars, cavolo nero is actually kale. A hearty, very green green, it’s good for you, available at our farmers’ markets, easy to cook, and plenty yummy.

Cooking DVD

If you ache for the Aegean yet your bank account hurts even more, let Cynthia Daddona and her latest DVD release, A Greek Islands Destination Cooking Class, take you to the spectacular archipelago of Santorini.

Reclaiming the Pumpkin

The typecast pumpkin has fallen victim to its own success, at least in Iowa. According to the Department of Revenue there, as of this year, pumpkins are decorations, so Iowans have to pay sales tax on this delicious and absolutely edible food.

Gobble & Groove

Before settling in-or traveling far-for the obligatory family turkey gathering, we recommend a night out on the town. And what better way to enjoy a good meal, fine wine, and the company of friends than an evening of food and music? For some rollicking good times-and some scrumptious food to boot-check out some Santa Barbara eateries that are currently booking dinnertime entertainment. We guarantee some delicious tunes to chow down to.

A Restaurant for Wine Lovers

Jim Knight, winemaker and owner of Jelly Roll-the fun and sophisticated wine brand known for its critically acclaimed syrahs from Santa Ynez Valley-also owns a wine shop and a restaurant with his family.

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