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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Unwrapping the Bean-to-Bar Boom

Twenty-Four Blackbirds, Chocolate Maya, and Santa Barbara’s Place in America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution

Twenty-Four Blackbirds, Chocolate Maya, and Santa Barbara’s place in America’s craft chocolate revolution.

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Inside the Central Coast Wine Competition

How It Works, Who Won, and Why It Matters; plus Bastille Day Bash at Bell’s

How it works, who won, and why it matters; plus, Bastille Day bash at Bell’s in Los Alamos.

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Camping Gets Classy with ‘Dirty Gourmet’

Authors Mai-Yan Kwan, Aimee Trudeau, and Emily Nielson Discuss New Campground Cookbook

Authors Mai-Yan Kwan, Aimee Trudeau, and Emily Nielson discuss new campground cookbook.

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Curtis Stone’s Central Coast Swoon

Celeb Chef Focuses on Our Region for Three Months at Maude in Beverly Hills

Celeb chef focuses on our region for three months at Maude in Beverly Hills.

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Pizza, Pasta, and People Watching at Mizza

Brendan Searls Expands Restaurant Empire on Coveted La Arcada Corner

Brendan Searls expands restaurant empire on coveted La Arcada corner.

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75-Year-Old San Miguel Island Military Crash Remembered

Santa Cruz Island Foundation Dedicates Memorial at Maritime Museum on July 5

Santa Cruz Island Foundation dedicates memorial at Maritime Museum on July 5.

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A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain @ K’Syrah

Chefs Brooke Stockwell and James Owens Hosting July 14 Benefit Dinner

Chefs Brooke Stockwell and James Owens host a July 14 benefit dinner.

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The Allure of Old Wines

Wine Shepherd’s ‘Unicorn Flights’ and Opening Presqu’ile’s Library

Wine Shepherd’s ‘Unicorn Flights’ and opening Presqu’ile’s library

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Homebrewers Rejoice: BYOB! Opens in Santa Barbara

City’s First Fermentation-Focused Shop in Years Now Selling on Upper State Street

The city’s first fermentation-focused shop in years is now selling on upper State Street.

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Neil Young Plays Pop-Up Shows in Santa Barbara

Rock-and-Roll Legend Performs Three Nights at the Lobero

The rock-and-roll legend performed three consecutive nights at the Lobero.

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