SBCA Cookbook Launch Party-SOLD OUT!

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Price: $25.00 /per person
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Gourmet Food Samples!!

Wine Tasting with Westerly and Refugio Ranch!!

“Celebrity” Chef Book Signing!!

Taste the elegant Happy Canyon wines of Westerly Winery and of Santa Ynez's Refugio Ranch. Sample the delicious appetizers prepared by the esteemed faculty and students of the School of Culinary Arts, plus selected chefs featured in our cookbook. We are planning for recipes featured in the cookbook to be available at the launch party: Lobster Terrine, Salmon en Croute, Pan-Seared Duck Breast, Praline Bread Pudding and many others.

Our nonprofit, Santa Barbara Culinary Arts, endows the Santa Barbara Culinary Arts Scholarship in Honor of Julia Child for students at the School of Culinary Arts at SBCC. Please join us for our cookbook launch party Saturday, May 3rd, 1-3 pm at the Gourmet Dining Room at SBCC.

The first edition of the cookbook will be on sale at the event for $25 and many of the chefs featured in the book will be on hand to sign them, including Michael Blackwell (Montecito Country Club), James Sly (Sly's), Greg Murphy (Bouchon), Alessandro Cartumini (Bella Vista at the Biltmore), Pete Clements (Natural Cafe), Denisse Salinas (Le Petit Chef), Johan Denizot (Miro at the Bacara), Nimita Dhirajlal (Nimita's Cuisine), Mossin Sugich (Santa Barbara Yacht Club), Elisabetta Gerli (Sorriso Italiano), Julia San Bartolome (Sweet Arleen's), Reginald Powell (Café Nordstrom), Odin Macias (Lazy Acres), faculty chefs of the School of Culinary Arts: Randy Bublitz (head of the School of Culinary Arts), Stephane Rapp, Sandra Allain, and Roberto Lopez Carrillo, plus others to be added.

The cookbook: "SANTA BARBARA CULINARY ARTS A Taste of Santa Barbara's Culinary Bounty" features 62 top recipes from Santa Barbara County chefs, caterers and food purveyors. Look at our website for list of places to buy the cookbook:

The cookbook was edited and designed by Tama Takahashi; the gorgeous photography was done by Linda Blue ( It will be available for purchase for $25. All proceeds go towards our scholarship endowment for culinary students at SBCC. Your ticket price of $25 provides you with food and wine tasting and access to chefs for questions and cookbook signing.

QUESTIONS?: santabarbaraculinaryarts@

The Mission Statement of Santa Barbara Culinary Arts:

Santa Barbara Culinary Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the inspiration, education and celebration of culinary professionals and individuals who are passionate about the Culinary Arts.

Please consider our yearly membership, which give offers you discounts on selected events, like cooking classes, demonstrations and restaurant dinners. Visit our website for details:

Special thanks to The Berry Man, Inc. for your sponsorship, support and donations to Santa Barbara Culinary Arts events!


Wine tastings from WESTERLY wines:

2010 Westerly Fletcher's Red: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 23% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Structured and balanced, the 2010 Fletcher’s Red is a beautiful example of why the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA is quickly becoming recognized as the perfect place to grow Bordeaux grape varieties. (usual retail $75)

2011 Westerly Cote Blonde: 95% Syrah, 5% Viognier. The Viognier adds a subtle white flower component to the exotic aromatics, while the palate is soft, juicy, and pure Syrah in nature. Dark fruits shine through, with a touch of liquorice and spice rounding out the bright and balanced mouthfeel. (usual retail $50)

2010 Westerly Cabernet Sauvignon: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot. Classically styled, with currant, plum, cassis and graphite notes on the palate. (usual retail $60)

2012 Westerly Fletcher's White: 92% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Viognier. Sourced from 15 year-old vines that were farmed at very low yields, the Sauvignon Blanc component for the 2012 Fletcher’s White was harvested by hand in early September. Aromatics of white flowers, honeysuckle, and lemon zest. The mouthfeel is highlighted by bright acidity and balanced, delicate notes of grapefruit and lemongrass. (usual retail $40)

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Wine tastings from REFUGIO RANCH winery:

2010 Refugio Ranch Barbareno: 74% Syrah, 26% Petit Sirah. The aromatics and palate presence work in beautiful harmony offering pretty notes of lavender and violet, black cherry, blackcurrant, and fresh blueberries, accompanied by more savory elements of olive tapenade, peppercorn steak, smoke, and leather. (usual retail $38)

2011 Refugio Ranch Escondrijo: 58% Syrah, 33% Grenache, 9% Petit Sirah. On the palate the fresh acidity suggests candied orange peel and compliments the intriguing flavors and volume of the wine without feeling weighty. (usual retail $ 32)

2011 Refugio Ranch Ineseno: 97% Roussane, 43% Viognier. The Ineseno is an opulent wine in style with plenty of citrus oil, marmalade, apricot, and nectarine, yet offering subtle nuances of spicy clove, anise, and nutmeg with herbs, wild sage, and dry-cured ham. (usual retail $24)

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Have a ticket? Here's the campus map at Santa Barbara City College. The school is closed for the weekend, so you can park in any normal parking spot (not in a loading dock). It's going to be great fun! See you then! Tama