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Three foodie films to check out at the SBIFF

Posted February 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The 31st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicks off this week. One category within the festival, called “Screen Cuisine,” spotlights films centered on food. According to Matt Kettmann, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast, this year’s food film lineup is particularly strong.

Here are some of his top picks:

City of Gold: A portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold as he eats his …

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Meet at the market: mussels made simple

Posted January 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she spoke with Chris Shemet, who sells Hope Ranch Mussels caught by fisherman Bernard Friedman, about the best, and simplest ways to cook local mussels.

Mussels on the stove (for two):

“De-beard” the mussel – grasp the byssal thread (the hairy bit that …

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Ex-gang members now hang in South L.A. ‘Kitchen’

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When you think of potential locations for hot, up-and-coming places to eat, South L.A. may not be the first neighborhood that comes to mind. But that’s exactly where you’ll find an underground restaurant called Trap Kitchen LA.  And the location isn’t the only thing that’s unusual about it.
Food writer Javier Cabral checked it out recently for VICE’s food blog, Munchies. He says Trap Kitchen LA is the …

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Meet at the market: Singing the Goleta drought blues

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she spoke with Jack Motter, who started Ellwood Canyon Farms in Goleta in 2009. The drought has hit his farm hard, and the recent decision by the Goleta Water District to raise agricultural water rates has left Motter questioning the …

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Documentary dives deep into the wine world

Posted January 20, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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What’s the oldest bottle of wine you’ve ever enjoyed? Did it look like this one?
Most would say no.

In 2012, wine geeks and wine-swirling amateurs alike tuned into director Jason Wise’s Somm, about four disciplined wine enthusiasts studying for the notoriously difficult Master Sommelier exam.
Wise’s new follow-up documentary, Somm: Into the Bottle, takes us into the world of the wine industry, from sun soaked vineyards to dusty bottles in …

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Meet at the market: Cold snaps create vibrant citrus

Posted January 15, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, the smell of citrus was in the air. A couple winter cold snaps in December and January have made for vibrantly colored, sugar-packed fruit.
“Citrus usually likes cold this time of year. But just a little bit,” said Marguerita Smith from …

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Fermenting in clay at Santa Barbara winery

Posted January 14, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Zaca Mesa Winery is one of the oldest wineries and vineyards in Santa Barbara County. They planted their first grapes in 1973.
In November 2015, commercial real estate mogul John Cushman announced that his winery, vineyard and surrounding ranch were on the market for $32 million.
Meantime, vineyard workers are still experimenting with different winemaking trends, like fermenting and aging their Syrah in ceramic pots. This Old …

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Meet at the market: canned with a kick

Posted January 8, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she noticed some new homemade chili jellies, jams and sauces for sale at the Shepherd Farms stand.

The impetus for these value-added products actually came out of a problem: very few people were buying Tom’s hot peppers.
“This year we grew a lot …

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Christmas dining in L.A.

Posted January 4, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
Hungry patrons lined up outside Canter's Deli on Christmas Day.

It was Christmas Day in Los Angeles. Schools, offices, stores closed. On the streets, a Christmas miracle: no traffic, and plenty of parking. For once, quiet reigned in the city. Mostly.
At Canter’s, the venerable deli on Fairfax, the line was out the door. Longtime patron Rita Rose sat at the counter, eating blintzes.
“I’ve never seen it this busy,” she said.

At Hop Woo Barbecue and …

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One Thing in Santa Barbara: Dining

Posted December 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From food and nightlife to the environment and philanthropy, what were the most important stories and trends of the year in Santa Barbara? Five of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.

Matt Kettmann, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and the Wine Enthusiast, chose the rise of ramen and craft beer as the top food and drink trends of the …

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DISHING UP THE HOLIDAYS: Raffi Tachdjian’s King Cake

Posted December 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Every Monday for the next several weeks, we’re talking with a range of people — from restaurant chefs to home cooks — about holiday food traditions from different communities throughout Southern California.
It’s a series we’re calling “Dishing Up the Holidays.” So far we’ve heard about chile roasted turkey, mac and cheese, and latkes. This week we check out a recipe for King Cake or Galette des Rois.
Raffi Tachdjian …

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DISHING UP THE HOLIDAYS: Ricki Kaminski’s Latkes

Posted December 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Every Monday for the next several weeks, we’re talking with a range of people — from restaurant chefs to home cooks — about holiday food traditions from different communities throughout Southern California.
It’s a series we’re calling “Dishing Up the Holidays.” So far we’ve heard about chile roasted turkey and mac and cheese. This week, we take a look at latkes.
Ricki Kaminski is a realtor and avid home …

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Meet at the market: the scoop on squash

Posted December 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she spoke with Dan Hite at Jimenez Family Farm about this season’s bombardment of squash, in all shapes, sizes and colors.

The rundown:

Butternut squash is a tan-colored, pear shaped, tried and true variety.
Red Curry squash has a vibrant orange hue. It can range in size and is …

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DISHING UP THE HOLIDAYS: Javier Cabral’s Chile Roasted Turkey with gravy

Posted November 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Every Monday for the next several weeks, we’re talking with a range of people — from restaurant chefs to home cooks — about holiday food traditions from different communities throughout Southern California.
It’s a series we’re calling “Dishing Up the Holidays.” Last week we heard about a stellar mac and cheese recipe. This week, we talk turkey with Javier Cabral.

Javier is the West Coast staff writer for …

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DISHING UP THE HOLIDAYS: Alisa Reynolds’ gluten-free Mac & Cheese

Posted November 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When you think of the holidays, you probably think of things like gathering around the table with family and friends; gift giving; and watching hours and hours of college football. But what would Thanksgiving be without your mom’s sweet potato casserole or your Uncle Irv’s deep-fried turkey; or gift giving without your dad’s killer eggnog; or watching all those bowl games without chicken wings?
Holiday …

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Meet at the market: a farm to family feast

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she asked shoppers to share their favorite market-inspired Thanksgiving dishes.
Mouths watered hearing about Chris Heimlich’s Grilled Heritage Turkey, Kirsten Soria’s Cornbread Stuffing, Sam Edelman’s Baked Quince, Shaun Belway’s Apple Cider Buttered Rum and Elizabeth Colling’s Cinderella Pumpkin Cake.

Chris Heimlich’s Turkey Brine:

1 cup brown sugar
1 …

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Toxic algae bloom grinds crab industry to a halt

Posted November 17, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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Scientists say they’ve discovered one of the largest toxic algae blooms ever recorded. It extends from the Santa Barbara Channel all the way up to Oregon and it is taking a financial toll on the California crab industry.
Down at the Santa Barbara Harbor, it was quiet this week. Crabbing boats are docked in their slips. Crab fisherman Mark Brubaker sat aboard his boat, working …

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Meet at the market: the final four

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she visited the Fair Hills Apple Farm stand and spoke with Korina Matyas about the final four varieties of this season’s harvest.

Here’s Korina’s favorite apple pie recipe, courtesy of the Minimalist Baker. She likes to mix the Pink Lady and Granny …

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Meet at the market: local mission accomplished

Posted October 30, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
At the beginning of October, she caught up with two locals participating in October’s “Eat Drink Local Challenge.”
Four weeks later and nearing the end of the challenge, she found out how Edible Santa Barbara editor Krista Harris and “Eat Local” newbie Alan Irwin did.

Here’s what Alan Irwin learned:

Eating …

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Growing grapes, four years into the drought

Posted October 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Santa Barbara County’s wine harvest is complete. Local winemakers are fermenting their last grapes, cleaning the presses and scrubbing down their gear after months of hard work.
“There are four words that describe the harvest,” says Lompoc winemaker Peter Work about this year’s yield. “It was early, short, light and the quality was amazing,”
That’s been a common occurrence throughout the county. Compared to last year’s bumper …

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