Wednesday, April 15, 2015

2nd Annual Food and Wine Weekend April 16-19

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DAILY Pop Up Art Display

All weekend long, discover 24 information artworks by The Lexicon of Sustainability located throughout Bacara.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16  Dinner at The Lark • 6:00 – 9:00 pm (offsite) Four-course, family-style dinner featuring local Santa Barbara produce from Ellwood Canyon Farm paired with Figueroa Mountain Brewery beer. $85 per person, plus tax & gratuity

FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Winemaker for a Day with Foley Family Wines (offsite) Santa Ynez Valley This five-hour group outing includes tastings and private tours with the winemakers at Firestone, Foley and Lincourt Vineyards, finishing up with a cult cabernet at the Foley Tasting Room at Bacara. Transportation to and from Bacara, lunch, cheese and wine tastings are also included. $225 Cattle Ranch Tour • 11 am – 2:00 pm (offsite) Learn about the development of the grass-fed, sustainable beef operation at Historic Rancho San Julian run by Jim Poett's daughter, Elizabeth, and relax under the century-old grape and wisteria arbor to enjoy a traditional Rancho lunch seasoned by a discussion with the father/daughter team as they describe the trials and quirks of growing food, raising cattle, and keeping all generations involved and committed to the ranch.

$150 per person, includes lunch Opening Reception & Screening • 6:00 – 8:00 pm Bacara Ballroom Terrace & Screening Room Wine reception presented by the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association. Enjoy more than 40 varietals by the region’s top winemakers preceded by a special video tribute to Julia Child by Dorie Greenspan, the multi-award winning baking authority and author, and Geoffrey Drummond, Julia’s former TV producer and director. $125 per person

SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Saturday Morning Classes •

9:00, 10:00 and 11:15 am 3 classes for $100 Bacara Salons 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.

Choice of:  Secret life of bees with the Santa Barbara Beekeeper’s Association  Panel discussion on Santa Barbara’s unique culinary community with local journalists 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Choice of:  The story behind the installation of Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian  Overview of Santa Barbara’s local food movement with the region’s top food producers  Wine & food pairing featuring chef-prepared small plates by the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and handcrafted Westerly wine

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Choice of:  A culinary history talk on the origins of the modern cookbook with Anne Willan, author of The Cookbook Library  Three short film screenings presented by Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard Gayeton, the masterminds behind of The Lexicon of Sustainability  A fun yet educational way of deductive wine tasting with Foley Family Wines Saturday Celebrity Chef Lunch • 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Ocean Lawn at Bacara Enjoy the culinary talents of celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, Suzanne Goin and David Lentz, operators of the acclaimed restaurants a.o.c., Lucques, Tavern and The Hungry Cat. The Los Angeles chefs will present a locally-inspired lunch, complemented by original or lemon country loaf from Crazy Good Bread Co. and one glass of wine by Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards. End the meal with McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams. $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Saturday Afternoon Classes •

2:00, 3:15 and 4:30 pm 3 classes for $100 Bacara Salons 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Choice of:  Personal stories about Julia with Alex Prud’homme, Julia’s great nephew, and Santa Barbara area chefs  Master class in collecting the best cookbooks with cookbook agent Lisa Ekus  Cooking demonstration with Pastry Chef Jim Dodge

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Choice of:  Cooking demonstration of Richard Lambert’s famed Santa Barbara Tamales-To-Go tamales and salsas  A primer on New Southern cooking with French-trained Southern chef and cooking authority, Virginia Willis  A mock debate with Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons and The New York Times cooking writer Kim Severson on where today’s center of the American food universe lies

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Choice Of  Chocolate truffle demonstration with Santa Barbara’s master chocolatier, Jessica Foster, and Palmina Wine pairing  Mayet Cristobal, Executive Chef of Getty Center Museum, brings the authentic street food flavors of her childhood in Manilla to Santa Barbara. Class includes a Margerum Wine Company tasting  Val’s favorite Julia recipes, a cooking demo with Valerie Rice of Eat, Drink, Garden Saturday Night Grand Dinner with Kurt Russell •

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Bacara Ballroom Join actor and apprentice winemaker Kurt Russell for a truly special evening featuring his label, GoGi Wines, as well as Hudson Bellamy Wines (inspired by actress Kate Hudson) and Ampelos Cellars. Kurt will present the stories behind the wines, their inspiration and their unique qualities driven by how they are grown and blended in the renowned Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County. This exceptional evening includes a wine reception with live music followed by a four-course “ranch to table” dinner with Kurt’s wine pairings. $199 plus tax & gratuity ($250 total) Saturday Night Movie Screening •

8 p.m. Join us at Bacara’s own 211-seat Screening Room for a special movie screening of A Year in Champagne. Prior to the film, toast to this special evening with a complimentary glass of champagne and a local chocolate tasting. $25

SUNDAY, APRIL 19 Neighborhood Tasting • 

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bacara Courtyard A not-to-be-missed event! Taste your way through the region’s most talked about culinary neighborhoods within the beautiful surroundings of Bacara. This delightful afternoon includes live music, farmers’ market shopping, a complimentary glass of beer and more than 30 restaurant, produce and artisan tastings $50

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