Matt Kettmann

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Matt Kettmann started at The Independent in 1999, working as a proofreader, news reporter, and pop culture editor before becoming senior editor in 2006.

In addition to covering Santa Barbara affairs for 15-plus years and overseeing, the San Jose native and UCSB grad has tracked down stories in such places as Bolivia, Belize, Costa Rica, Uganda, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, France, Spain, Mexico, and the wartorn, officially unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

He is also a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast, reviewing the wines and covering the culture of the Central Coast, and has written about a variety of topics for the New York Times, TIME Magazine, Smithsonian, Wine Spectator, Sunset, and other publications large and small.

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Recent Stories

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Air Mail @ Chaplin’s Martini Bar

Classic Drinks in Classic Setting on Coast Village Road

Classic drinks in classic setting on Coast Village Road.

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Anacapa Island in Pictures

Marla Daily Discusses Her New Photographic History of the Smallest Channel Island

Marla Daily discusses her new photographic history of the smallest Channel Island.

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Talking Wine-Laced Beers with Garage Project’s Jos Ruffell

New Zealand Brewery One of Many Coming to Firestone Walker’s Terroir Project Festival

New Zealand brewery one of many coming to Firestone Walker’s Terroir Project festival.

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Eat This: Shrimp Fest @ Beachside

34th Annual Seasonal Shellfish Soirée Runs ’til End of Fall at Goleta Beach

The 34th annual seasonal shellfish soirée runs ’til end of fall at Goleta Beach.

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Chef’s Corner: Damien Giliberti

Meet the New Executive Chef @ Outpost at The Goodland

Meet the new executive chef @ Outpost at The Goodland.

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Leon Bridges @ Santa Barbara Bowl

Soulful Texas Crooner Plays After Smooth Instrumentalists Khruangbin

Soulful Texas crooner plays after smooth instrumentalists Khruangbin.

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Chefs Shuck & Swallow with Speed

Canary Hotel Brings Back Oyster-Eating Battle

The Canary Hotel is bringing back the oyster-eating battle on September 16.

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Capturing Nojoqui Magic at Folded Hills Winery

Andy Busch Building a Legacy on Historic Ranch off Highway 101

Andy Busch is building his legacy project on historic ranch off Highway 101.

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Soulful Sounds, Swanky Sips, and Polo Ponies

The Second Annual Polo & Wine Festival Happens on September 8

The second annual Polo & Wine Festival happens on September 8.

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Filip Peraić Illustrates Leon Bridges

Croatian Artist Designs Portrait Series for Soulful Crooner

Croatian artist designs portrait series for soulful crooner, who performs in Santa Barbara on September 12.

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