Now through October 31, epicure.sb showcases Santa Barbara’s cuisine, wine, beer, culinary arts and culture with a long list of tastings, demonstrations, and other major events. Now in its seventh year, the program incorporates many of the region’s most popular epicurean festivals including the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Celebration of Harvest (Oct. 9-12), Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival (Oct. 17) and Santa Barbara Beer Festival (Oct. 17).
On October 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm is the “Quickfire Cooking Challenge with Cat Cora” at the Santa Barbara Public Market. Three contestants will compete using ingredients from the market that day to create up to three dishes which will be judged by the renowned celebrity chef. Tickets, which are $95 and include kitchen seating, appetizers and wine. Space is limited. Call 805-770-7702.
This year’s theme, “The Perfect Pairing,” features more than 55 Southland establishments offering paired elements including:
Food Anthropology: “The History of Santa Barbara as Told Through Food & Art” Oct. 23 ($185), features a four-course candle-lit dinner in the historic county courthouse’s newly restored Mural Room.
Tamales and Tequila Tasting: “Secrets of a Tamale Chef” (Oct. 25, $30) is a special class held downtown by chef-owner Richard Lambert of Santa Barbara Tamales To-Go. Demonstrating techniques he uses to create his award-winning tamales and salsas, you are served three samples, each paired with a variety of Tequila Alquimia, a cognac-like tequila.
On Edge Performance Festival: Artist Pool Party & Brunch (Oct. 17, $25) with the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara celebrates the artists of the On Edge Festival poolside at the Goodland Hotel in Goleta. There’s a puppetry workshop, music by a DJ and tasty brunch bites by The Outpost’s chef Derek Simcik.
Corks n’ Kernels (Fridays -Sundays, $15): The Grassini Family Vineyards pairs its Bordeaux-style wines with Santa Barbara Popcorn Co.’s popcorns in its downtown tasting room.
Thyme & Energy” Bourbon and Jerky Pairing at Ty Lounge (daily, $16) is where you can savor a “Lost Thyme” Old-fashioned at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara’s Ty Lounge and house-cured beef jerky, marinated with hints of orange, molasses garlic, chili and bourbon.
Farmers Market and Wine Tasting Tour (Saturdays, $129): Santa Barbara Adventure Co. combines wine tasting in the Funk Zone’s Urban Wine Trail with a trip to the Santa Barbara Farmers Market. Along with history and local trivia, you’ll learn about the varieties and vintages of some of the county’s finest wines, produce, and enjoy a picnic lunch on the waterfront.
Jaffurs Big 3 and Small Plates (daily, $49): Sample three exceptional wines from Jaffurs Wine Cellars paired with small plates of surf, turf and vegetables at The Black Sheep restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara.
Enchanted Getaway (daily, fee varies) combines Santa Barbara’s signature food and wine with the romance and seclusion of Belmond El Encanto. Enjoy luxury accommodations in total privacy while savoring a limited-edition, epicure.sb, prix-fixe menu with wine pairings.
Day to Night at Hotel Indigo (Sundays-Thursdays, $299) offers a complete package to discover Santa Barbara’s daytime delights and end the perfect day with wine tasting and a night in a King guest room.
For a complete list of events, go to www.epicuresb.com.
Above, left to right:
Tomato Salad Photo courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara / Ron Berg
Savory Night Out Photo courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara / Jay Sinclair
Tacos and Beer Photo courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara / Erin Adams
Celebration of Harvest Crowd Photo courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara / Erin Adams
Hamburger at Finch & Fork Photo courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara / Michael Harlan Turkell