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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Introducing the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend at Bacara



With miles of rolling vineyards, dozens of farmers and fishermen, nationally-acclaimed artisans and trendy new restaurants, Santa Barbara County is growing into one of the nation's top up-and-coming culinary destinations. But much about what makes this region so unique remains a well-kept secret; until now.

In partnership with Edible Santa Barbara and The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Bacara Resort & Spa is pleased to introduce the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend at Bacara from June 6-8, 2014. Set within the luxurious surroundings of Bacara Resort, the three-day event will take guests on a culinary tour of Santa Barbara County from sea to Santa Ynez.

Highlights of the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend at Bacara include:
  • Santa Barbara sea urchin education by fisherwoman Stephanie Mutz followed by a cooking demonstration
  • Tribute to Santa Barbara County's most talked about culinary neighborhoods, including The Funk Zone, Los Alamos and Arts District
  • Tour of Good Land Organics, the only farm in the continental United States to grow coffee as a commercial crop
  • Local wine reception and tastings by Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association and Santa Barbara's only Master Sommelier Brian McClintic
  • Additional events, including cooking classes and educational seminars

At the heart of the weekend is a special tribute to Julia Child who spent her final years in Santa Barbara, a city she described as a “bit of heaven.” The weekend is inspired by Julia's lifelong passion for learning, love of eating well and mission to further gastronomy. A portion of event proceeds will benefit The Julia Child Foundation.

“The Foundation is very proud of Julia's and our connection to Santa Barbara.  We can't think of a better way to honor Julia's legacy than a weekend celebrating the food and wine bounty around Santa Barbara.  We are so pleased that Bacara has partnered with the Foundation to produce this most appetizing event.” – Todd Schulkin, Executive Director, The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend ticket prices range from zero to $250. Bacara Resort is offering an overnight package that includes: two-night stay at Bacara Resort & Spa on June 6 and 7; two tickets to the opening night wine reception on June 6; two tickets to the Sunday neighborhood tasting on June 8, and valet parking. Prices start at $515 a night (normally $657 if purchased separately). Advanced reservations are recommended.

For tickets or more information, please visit www.BacaraCulinaryWeekend.com.
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