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Matt Kettmann

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Octopus, Pork Belly & Poached Egg @ Convivo

Pairing Sea with Land at Oceanfront Restaurant

Pairing sea with land at oceanfront restaurant on Milpas Street and Cabrillo Boulevard.

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The Pajama Palate of Marissa Ross

Author of ‘Wine. All the Time.’ Talks Trebbiano, #MeToo, and Air-Puffed Violets

The author of ‘Wine. All the Time.’ talks trebbiano, #MeToo, and air-puffed violets.

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Industrial Way Food & Drink Purveyors Unite

Buellton’s Growing Strip of Alcohol Artisans Joins Forces to Attract Visitors

Hugh Margerum gets Buellton’s growing strip of alcohol artisans to join forces to attract visitors.

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Turning Persimmons into Hot Sauce

P.O.P. Sauce Combines Seasonal Fruits with Spicy Peppers

P.O.P. sauce combines seasonal fruits with spicy peppers.

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Eat This: Seabass Lettuce Wrap @ Outpost

New Items Now Served on the Goodland Hotel’s Stripped-Down Menu

One of the new items now served on the Goodland Hotel’s stripped-down menu.

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Getting a Sense of Laplace

Veteran Winemonger Betty Dunbar Opens Wine Bar and Bottle Shop in Funk Zone

Veteran winemonger Betty Dunbar opens wine bar and bottle shop in Funk Zone.

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Year in Review: Matt Kettmann’s Favorite Stories of 2017

Senior Editor Matt Kettmann Picks a Few of His Favorite Articles from the Past Year

Senior Editor Matt Kettmann picks a few of his favorite articles from the past year.

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The Best Bubbles to Buy for New Year's Eve

Taittinger, Mionetto, The Fizz, and More

Taittinger, Mionetto, The Fizz, and more

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C’est Cheese Closes Café Due to Thomas Fire

Owners Focusing on Retail Cheese Shop Due to Slow Christmas Season

The owners are focusing on the retail cheese shop due to slow Christmas season; 15 laid off.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Entertains yet Leaves You Wanting More

Second Film of Latest Trilogy Explores Spiritual Side of the Force

The second film explores the spiritual side of the Force as characters retreat and regroup.

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Jazzman Nate Birkey Releases ‘Rome’

Trumpet-Playing Crooner with Santa Barbara Roots Records 10th Jazz Album in Italy

Trumpet-playing crooner with Santa Barbara roots records 10th jazz album in Italy.

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Comprehensive Guide to ‘Red Wine’

New Book by World Wine Guys and Kevin Zraly Goes from Agiorgitiko to Zinfandel

New book by World Wine Guys and Kevin Zraly goes from agiorgitiko to zinfandel.

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What’s Up with the Santa Barbara Fisherman’s Market?

Kim Selkoe Helping Commercial Fleet Organize, Advocate, and Attract Customers

Kim Selkoe helping commercial fleet to organize, advocate, and attract customers.

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Get Your Art on State Street

Deadline Extended, Meeting Rescheduled for ‘State of the Art Gallery’ 2018 Exhibition

Deadline extended, meeting rescheduled for ‘State of the Art Gallery’ 2018 exhibition.

New Fire Erupts in Los Alamos

UPDATE: Drum Fire Kept Below 14 Acres; Crews Released Back to Fight Thomas

UPDATE: Drum Fire kept below 14 acres; crews released back to fight Thomas.

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Cocktail Contest and Holiday Tamales

Roundup of Food & Drink Happenings in Santa Barbara

Roundup of food & drink happenings in Santa Barbara

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Boutique Wine Sampler Is Screaming Deal

Bob Sweeney and Tim Jones Sell Solid Six-Packs for $50 at Costco

Bob Sweeney and Tim Jones sell solid six-packs for $50 at Costco.

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Tips for Following the Thomas Fire

Which Sources Should You Use to Follow the Latest Wildfire News?

Which sources should you use to follow the latest wildfire news?

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Life in the Thomas Fire Smoke

No Fun for Anyone When School Closes Early Due to a Natural Disaster

No fun for anyone when school closes early due to a natural disaster

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Los Agaves Feeding Firefighters for Free

Mexican Restaurant Offering Free Meals at All Four Locations

Mexican restaurant offering free meals at all four locations.

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Thomas Fire Enters Santa Barbara County; Los Padres National Forest Closes

Fire Officials Expected Movement, Not Concerned; Schools Canceled on Monday

Fire officials expected this movement, not concerned; schools canceled on Monday.

Santa Barbara Conservancy Publishes Coloring Book

‘Coloring Santa Barbara’ Features 31 Pages of Landmarks to Color for All Ages

‘Coloring Santa Barbara’ features 31 pages of landmarks to color for all ages.

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Fourth Annual Pop, Fizz, Clink Champagne Tasting

Grower Champagnes Star at Luxurious Wine + Beer Event on December 9

Grower champagnes star at this luxurious Wine + Beer event on December 9 in the Public Market.

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(Mostly) Made in Santa Barbara Gift Guide for 2017

Where to Buy What This Holiday Season

Where to buy what this holiday season.

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Epic Brewing Buys Santa Barbara's Telegraph Brewing Company

Utah-Based Company Plans to Expand Santa Barbara Brewery’s Staff and Beer Offerings

The Utah-based company plans to expand the Santa Barbara brewery’s staff and beer offerings.

Spencer the Gardener’s ‘Going to a Party’ Music Video

Spencer Barnitz on His Latest Song, Salsa Dancing, and Portraying Santa Barbara

Spencer Barnitz on his latest song, salsa dancing, and portraying Santa Barbara.

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New Leader for Santa Barbara Wines

Nonprofit Veteran Alison Laslett Named CEO of Wine Country Association

Nonprofit veteran Alison Laslett named CEO of county’s wine country association.

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Eight Days of Edible Hanukkah

Wine Country Chefs Brooke Stockwell and Drew Terp Collaborate to Celebrate Jewish Holiday

Wine country chefs Brooke Stockwell and Drew Terp collaborate to celebrate Jewish holiday.

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Fighting Addiction, Pushing Prison Reform

Ryan Leone Tries Turning Around Life of Crime and Drug Problems with Lobero Fundraiser

Ryan Leone tries turning around life of crime and drug problems with Lobero fundraiser.

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Singular-Instrument Suites

TubaChristmas and Ukulele Club Concert

TubaChristmas and Ukulele Club concerts take place this holiday season.

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New Head for Santa Barbara Vintners

Nonprofit Leader Alison Laslett Named CEO of County’s Wine Association

Nonprofit leader Alison Laslett named CEO of county’s wine association.

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Snacking on RayZyn Dried Wine Grapes

CabernayZyn and ChardonayZyn Provide Sweet, Crunchy Nutrition

CabernayZyn and ChardonayZyn provide sweet, crunchy nutrition.

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After the Fires, Support NorCal with Mi Sueño Cab

Review of Mi Sueño Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Review of Mi Sueño Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Hundreds Gather to Remember Winemaker Seth Kunin

'Seth was sustenance,' said one speaker.

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The Last Butcher Standing

Country Meat Market & Catering Keeps the Cuts Coming on Calle Real in Goleta

Country Meat Market & Catering keeps the cuts coming on Calle Real in Goleta.

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The Avocado Tea Company’s Leafy Dreams

Founder Andrew Quine Finds Use for Otherwise Overlooked Avocado Leaves

Founder Andrew Quine finds use for otherwise overlooked avocado leaves.

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Kopu Water’s Sparkling Sustainability

Founders Justin and Mindy Mahy Bring New Zealand Water Stateside in Reusable Bottles

Founders Justin and Mindy Mahy bring New Zealand water stateside in reusable bottles.

Bevy of Brand-New Beverages

Introducing Avocado Leaf Tea, Caffeine Water, and Sustainable-Minded Sparkles from New Zealand

Introducing avocado leaf tea, caffeine water, and sustainable-minded sparkles from New Zealand.

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First-Ever Pioneers of Santa Barbara County Wine Tasting

Morgan Clendenen Organizing 20-Plus Wineries to Pour on November 11

Morgan Clendenen organizing 20-plus wineries to pour on November 11 in Solvang.

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Sparrow Caffeine Water

Cole McKussic Combines Health Consciousness with Caffeine Buzz into Sparkling Beverage

Cole McKussic combines health consciousness with caffeine buzz into sparking beverage.

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Ramenfest Wisdom from Japan

Chef James Siao Shares Secrets in Time for The Goodland’s Third Annual Noodle Battle

Chef James Siao shares secrets in time for The Goodland’s third annual noodle battle.

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Day of the Dead Lingo

From Cempasúchil to Mictecacihuatl, Six Día de los Muertos Terms Every Gringo Should Know

From cempasúchil to Mictecacihuatl, here are six Día de Los Muertos terms every gringo should know.

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Hard Frescos’ Hoppy Tamarindo

Review of New Flavor Aimed for Día de los Muertos

Review of this new flavor aimed for Día de los Muertos.

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Renowned Winemaker Seth Kunin Passes Away

Kunin’s Sudden Death Leaves Santa Barbara Wine Country Grieving

Kunin’s sudden death leaves Santa Barbara wine country grieving.

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New Version of ‘Sing & Cook with Andy LoRusso The Singing Chef’

25th Anniversary Edition Includes Recipes Old and New, Songs to Sing, and More

His 25th anniversary edition includes recipes old and new, songs to sing, and more.

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Feasting on a Trio of Tasty Titles

New Food Books About a Singing Chef, Unique Eateries, and Tiny Kitchens

New food books about a singing chef, unique eateries, and tiny kitchens.  

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Exploring ‘Unique Eats and Eateries of Santa Barbara’

Geneva Ives Pens Book About Both Popular and Hidden Restaurants

Geneva Ives pens book about both popular and hidden restaurants in town.  

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‘The Tiny Mess’ of Great Food from Small Kitchens

Mary Gonzalez and Maddie and Trevor Gordon Publish Colorful, Creative Recipe Book

Mary Gonzalez and Maddie and Trevor Gordon publish colorful, creative recipe book.

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Introducing Santa Barbara County Craft Beer Week

Buckles ’n’ Brews, Bus Rides, and More Highlights from Inaugural Suds Celebration

Buckles ’n’ Brews, bus rides, and more highlights from inaugural suds celebration

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Somerset to Close

High-End Anapamu Street Restaurant Will Remodel Toward More Casual Concept

High-end Anapamu Street restaurant will remodel toward more casual concept.