Santa Barbara Culinary Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Santa Barbara. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Santa Barbara. We've also got the latest Santa Barbara Restaurant News and Wine Events.
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Theatre aficionados in Ventura enjoy special treatment at 71 Palm, where chef-owner Didier Poirier offers a pre-Rubicon Theatre menu for just $25 per person, including a glass of house wine. Available Wednesday-Saturday, from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., the chef from Le Mans, France, prepares dishes such as chicken ravioli in sage cream sauce, ribeye steak w/ melted gorgonzola & Cabernet sauce, and sautéed tiger prawns with garlic butter over rice pilaf. To qualify, guests must present their Rubicon tickets for a matinee or evening performance that day. 71 Palm, 71 N. Palm St., Ventura, CA 93001, 805-653-7222.
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, located in Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks, now dishes out all-you-can-eat baby back ribs, served with a side and soup or salad, every Monday night for just $20. Slow-roasted then finished on the grill and smothered in homemade barbecue sauce, a full rack typically runs $29. Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, 1714 Newbury Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, 805-498-1314.
Join chef Greg Murphy of bouchon restaurant in Santa Barbara for an informative "Foodie Stroll" through the local farmers market. Guests will rendezvous with chef Murphy and select ingredients before returning to bouchon for dinner at 6 p.m. Local wines will be chosen to accompany the evening's meal. The cost of the tour and three-course dinner with wine is $75. Limited to six guests each Tuesday. Call 805-730-1160 for reservations. Bouchon, 9 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, 805-730-1160.
Every Thursday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at Corks n' Crowns in Santa Barbara, patrons can pair local wines and craft beers with topnotch gourmet pizzas --- organically made by Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos and baked in house. Corks 'n Crowns, 32 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, 805-845-8700.
Tierra Sur Restaurant has introduced a special Chef's Choice Lunch Menu, to be served every Friday. Chef Todd Aarons' selection of seasonal dishes may include orecchiette pasta with housemade chorizo and peppernata, or hamburger sliders with pickled zucchini, tomato, yellow ketchup and fries. (This isn't your typical kosher restaurant.) All entrees include a bowl of soup du jour or house salad. Menus change weekly. Tierra Sur Restaurant, Herzog Wine Cellars, 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard, CA 93030, 805-983-1560.
Every Sunday, chef Shaun King of the Los Olivos Café designs a unique menu of family-style fare. Guests serve themselves from platters of Mediterranean food, which may include goat cheese crostada or a salad of shaved seasonal vegetables, pumpkin seeds and fresh herbs. For entrees, expect dishes such as braised lamb shank with panzanella, feta, olives, lemon aioli and grilled flatbread. Please note: the entire table must participate. Los Olivos Café, 2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441, 805-688-7265.
Fresh seafood right off the boat. Fruits and vegetables from nearby farms. Artisan cheeses paired with local wines. A unique new culinary program gives participants an opportunity to explore the bounty of Santa Barbara under the guidance of regional expert Laurence Hauben, the leader of Slow Food Santa Barbara, who partners with local vineyards and chefs to create a comprehensive culinary experience. Hauben and her partners (including Roblar Winery and Chef Josh Brown of bouchon and Seagrass Restaurant) offer a variety of programs. For details call 805-259-7229 or visit www.marketforays.com.