Taste, Sip and Enjoy | Food, Wine and Travel

Winning Combination: Bacara, Food, Wine!

Winning Combination: Bacara, Food, Wine!

How fantastic to hear all questions regarding the electrifying Santa Barbara food and wine scene could be answered in one stop.  I can verify that it is possible!  From April 7th to 9th, the Bacara Resort and Spa will bring the 4th annual Santa Barbara Food and Wine Weekend to its magnificent location on the shore of the blue Pacific Ocean.



Think about lunching on the lawn as the corks are pulled from cool bottles or rose………


……..or explore and locate a hidden patio on which to relax in the shadows with friends.


Find this, along with the discovery of new food, wine and outstanding people who will make all types of new adventures possible on the upcoming spring weekend.

The kick-off will be a Wine Reception at Bacara’s Angel Oak restaurant on Friday evening.  The Santa Barbara Vintners will provide plentiful sips as James Beard Award winning chef, Nancy Silverton, will greet guests and curate the menu.

Saturday is jammed with cooking demonstrations, lunches, seminars and even tastings of locally crafted cider, beer, cocktails, and mead.  Throughout the day attendees will have the opportunity to not only listen to, but also meet distinguished chefs and authors.  The day culminates with a Grand Dinner, “Celebration of the Santa Rita Hills,” honoring wine pioneer Richard Sanford.

Sunday enter Bacara’s Courtyard as it is transformed into a Neighborhood Marketplace and Tasting area.



Taste, sip and listen to what Santa Barbara offers visitors who come from around the world in search of its unique qualities.

For all details, and to make reservations, visit the Bacara website.  For further encouragement to attend, read about our first visit to this weekend in 2016.  It was spectacular!

We attended the Central Coast Farm-Style lunch on the Ocean Lawn.  Winemaker, Karen Steinwachs, could not have had a better setting from which to pull corks from the Chardonnay and Rose she made at Buttonwood Farm and Winery.


The menu highlighted recipes from acclaimed chef and cookbook author, Zoe Nathan. She is co-owner, with husband Josh Loeb, of numerous loved Los Angeles restaurants.


We nibbled on the unique carrot and avocado salad……


……..roasted potato and green bean salad…..


……….braised BBQ brisket with scallion gremolata…..


and the best corn muffins, fried chicken and kale salad we had tasted in years……maybe ever!

We still were not finished!  Just take a look at dessert!




After the lavish lunch it would have been a good idea to walk up the hill to the hotel screening room. Conscious of a time limit, we opted to take the expeditious shuttle which the hotel conveniently provides for its guests.  We arrived to find a sampling of Bona Fide Craft Draft Coffee by the Caribbean Coffee Company and cold brew tea from Teeccino. Here we spied New York Times Cooking writers Kim Severson and Julia Moskin testing the product.  I believe I see a bit of a sceptical look on Julie’s face!


Kim, based in Atlanta, and Julia, New York City, provided a lively and informative discussion of the home cooking trends of not only north and south, but across the country.


Late in the afternoon we attended a Sea to Table cooking demonstration and tasting with Chef Budi Kazali of the Ballard Inn & Restaurant in the Santa Ynez Valley. Always presenting creative menus it was inspiring to watch him as he discussed his preparation of black cod.



We concluded our day with an intriguing movie “In Search of Israeli Cuisine.”  I encourage you to track down screenings of this film on its link below.  Tour 70 plus diverse cultures of Israel through food with chef of Zahav, Michael Solomonov.

On Sunday we tasted Santa Barbara at the Neighborhood Market Tour of more than 30 restaurants and artisan products.  Of course, Santa Barbara County wine was available to pair.

Do you like chocolate paired with wine?  Here Chef Jean Michel Carre discussed his artisan bon-bons and truffles with Ken. DSC_0077_edited-1

Can you find the Chocolats du CaliBressan Eiffel Tower logo below?  It is a dark chocolate and “Ventura” limoncello liqueur ganache encased in a dark chocolate shell. Try the salted caramel Budda or the yellow Antillais. This is creamy rum flavored dark chocolate with banana, covered with white chocolate.  Every one you pop in your mouth makes you want to try just one more.


At the Bacara Crepe Station it was a treat to watch hotel’s Executive Chef Vincent Lesage rapidly put together crepes!  On the menu were:


Buckwheat Crepe, Ham, Gruyere

Truffle & Mustard Dressing, Cream


Creme Cheese, lemon, Fontina Cheese

Spicy Lemon Dressing

Take a look as Chef took requests and smoothly put the crepes together and slid them onto a plate.





They were absolutely fabulous with a glass of the Buttonwood rose!


Now that our crepe enthusiasm was at a peak we were thrilled see Maudet’s and meet artisan crepe maker, Bene Maudet, from Brittany.  Eager to try our hand at crepe making, in our own kitchen, we were excited to find we can buy Bene’s crepes locally, or have her buckwheat crepes shipped to our home.  We only need to provide the filling.



From Los Alamos, a small town just north of Santa Barbara, a new restaurant, Pico, had recently opened.  They introduced us to confit scallop, smoked tomato with farro and fava beans.  Pico should be on your list as you visit Santa Barbara wine country.


Another town worth visiting is Lompoc where one can find Scratch Kitchen ……


……and Central Coast Specialty Foods.


Planning a trip to Lompoc?  You might contact the delightful Sandra Newman and pre-arrange a visit to her Forbidden Fruit Orchards. Or, try Cebada Wines and blueberry products by visiting her Santa Barbara tasting room.


We walked the Marketplace and explored Isabella Gourmet Foods…….


………The Good Lion Cocktail Bar……..


……….Stafford’s Famous Chocolates……


………and the Red Hen Cannery.


Throughout the afternoon, we were serenaded……..



as we tasted the food, sipped the wine and thoroughly enjoyed every minute, as the time slipped away much too quickly.  Given our experience I can only guess the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend 2017 will be spectacular.  Without a doubt, it is time to make your reservations!

For further information:

Bacara Resort and Spa; Ballard Inn; Buttonwood Farm Winery and Vineyard; Caribbean Coffee Company; Cebada Wine; Central Coast Speciality Foods; Chocolats du CaliBressan; Forbidden Fruit Orchards In Search of Israeli CuisineIsabella Gourmet Foods; Julie Moskin; Kim Severson; Maudet’s; Nancy Silverton; New York Times; Pico; Red Hen Cannery; Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend; Santa Barbara Vintners Association; Scratch Kitchen; Stafford’s Famous ChocolatesThe Good Lion Cocktail Bar; Vincent Lesage; Zoe Nathan


Print Friendly
If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Protected by WP Anti Spam

What is 9 + 5 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human)