“A beautiful day in the neighborhood…”
In the spirit of Julia Child, the Bacara Food and Wine Weekend is a three day celebration of local gastronomy, culinary excitement, and Santa Barbara’s coastal bounty. This past Sunday, I was invited to discover a variety of gourmet neighborhoods at the Neighborhood Market Tour & Tasting. Each “neighborhood” offered distinct tastes, sights, and sounds, highlighting local and nationally-acclaimed chefs, artisans, winemakers, and farmers.
Held in the Bacara Courtyard, guests were invited to sample and savor regional specialties, exploring unique culinary neighborhoods in the 805. The event offered a perfect introduction into the rich food culture of Santa Barbara County, while honoring Julia Child’s lifelong love of eating well. Grab your appetite…as we navigate each region.
Hail to soft pretzels, whiskey, and artisan jam! From Santa Barbara’s first legal-distillery to California-grown artisan popcorn, the Funk Zone neighborhood is an ever-evolving neighborhood. Highlighted purveyors included Culter’s Artisan Spirits , SB Popcorn Company, The Pretzel Guild, Finley Family Farms, Red Hen Cannery, Figueroa Mountain Brewery, and C’est Cheese. Come for the art, stay for the food.
Seeing a show in Santa Barbara? These vendors will feed your appetite (or thirst) before the first act. From farm to bar cocktails at The Good Lion to Indonesian dinner at Sama Sama Kitchen, this neighborhood wines and dines with delightful decadence. Highlighted purveyors included Forbidden Fruit Orchards, Cebada Wine, Isabella Gourmet Foods, Chocolats du CaliBressan, and il Fustino.
Old Town Goleta
Nicknamed the Good Land, Goleta is blessed with ample farm land and beautiful bounty, from Ellwood Canyon Farms to the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens. Celebrating its agricultural roots, highlighted purveyors included Bragg Live Foods and Organic Farm, Caribbean Coffee Company, and the Farm Box Collective.
Santa Ynez Valley
Black summer truffle salumi. Fatty mangalitsa yakitori. Pinot Noir chocolate truffles. From the town that gave the Valley its name, this neighborhood is all about producing hand-crafted, genuine food (including heritage bred meat). Highlighted purveyors included Zaca Mesa Winery, Winfield Farm, Buttonwood Winery, Stafford’s Chocolates, Vallefresh, Jimenez Family Farm, and First & Oak Restaurant.
Discover “what’s around the bend” in the town of Lompoc, home to country roads and award-winning Pinot. This laid back town is no longer an epicurean desert, thanks to innovative chefs and ample access to farm fresh produce. Highlighted purveyors included Central Coast Specialty Foods, Scratch Kitchen, Sugar & Salt Creamery, and A Taste of Ojai.
This sophisticated cowboy town is becoming a hot bed for chefs in the 805, a culinary gem of innovation and taste. Surrounded by ranches, farms, and vineyards, this 7 block town has rapidly become a premier dining destination. Highlighted purveyors included Bedford Winery, Los Alamos General Store, Municipal Winemakers, and Pico.