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Matt Kettmann

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Rebirth of Rideau Vineyard

New Ownership, Enthused Winemaking Lift Longtime Santa Ynez Valley Estate

New ownership and enthused winemaking are lifting this longtime Santa Ynez Valley estate, which hosts a Viognier Festival on September 1.

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Foodie Awards 2018

‘Santa Barbara Independent’ Presents Ninth Annual Ode to Eating Out

The ‘Santa Barbara Independent’ presents its ninth annual ode to eating out.

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Eat, Play, Love Los Alamos Supports Library

Why You Should Indulge on August 25 to Foster Literacy and Innovation

Why you should indulge on August 25 to foster literacy and innovation.

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The Canary’s Petite Sirah by Carhartt


Eye-Opening Collaboration Between Downtown Santa Barbara Hotel and Santa Ynez Valley Winery

Eye-opening collab between downtown Santa Barbara hotel and Santa Ynez Valley winery.

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Learning to Pair with Chef Johan Denizot

El Encanto Chef Prepares for Au Bon Climat Winemaker Dinner on August 30

How El Encanto’s chef has prepared for the Belmond resort’s Au Bon Climat winemaker dinner on August 30.

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‘Santa Barbara Know-It-All’ Reveals a Little

Laughs and Learning in Michael Cervin’s Humorous Travel Guide

Laughs and learning in Michael Cervin’s new humorous travel guide.

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Hotel Skyview’s Culinary Contribution

Chef Will Hanko Runs Norman Restaurant atop Prominent Los Alamos Hill

Chef Will Hanko runs Norman Restaurant atop a prominent Los Alamos hill.

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Spear Through Center of the Sta. Rita Hills

Ofer Shepher’s Vineyards and Winery Cut Through Heart of the Famous Appellation  

Ofer Shepher’s vineyards and winery cut through the heart of the famous appellation.  

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Top 10 Tips for Fixing State Street

Experts from Across the Country Offer Advice on Improving Santa Barbara’s Main Drag

Experts from across the country offer advice on improving Santa Barbara's main drag.

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Celebrate Fiesta, Loquita-Style

Santa Barbara’s Sole Spanish Restaurant Shares DIY Recipes for Paella and Sangria

Santa Barbara’s sole Spanish restaurant shares DIY recipes for paella and sangria.

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Foraging for Wild Beers

Pascal Baudar Leads Walk and Tasting in Ojai on August 11

Author Pascal Baudar leads walk and tasting in Ojai on August 11.

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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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Mender Makes CBD Topicals on the Central Coast

Cofounder April Worley Discusses Her Cannabis-Infused Skincare Products

Cofounder April Worley discusses her cannabis-infused skincare products.

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Fine Food at Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival

Get Your North County Fix at the Museum; Plus, Tastings to Do

Get your North County food fix at the museum fundraiser; plus, tastings to do.

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The Little Door’s Open Arms

French-Born Impresario-Turned-Restaurateur Frederic Meschin Bets On Santa Barbara

French-born impresario-turned-restaurateur Frederic Meschin bets on Santa Barbara.

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Barrelworks’ UnderCurrants

Latest Fruit-Infused, Sour-Leaning Release by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

The latest fruit-infused, sour-leaning release by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

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Birdwatching at the Santa Rosa Island Research Station

Professor Allison Alvarado Teaches Ornithology to CSU Channel Islands Students

Professor Allison Alvarado teaches ornithology to CSU Channel Islands students.

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Pence Vineyards Proves a Point

Blair Pence’s Team Is Making the Sta. Rita Hills’ Most Exciting Wine

Once caught in controversy, Blair Pence’s team is making the Sta. Rita Hills’ most exciting wine.

31 Beers at Firestone Invitational

Just a Shred of What Was Poured at Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival 2018

That’s just a shred of what was poured at Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival 2018.

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Bell’s Brings Bistro Cuisine to Los Alamos

Restaurant Vets Greg and Daisy Ryan Combine Casual Vibes with Wine-Country Cuisine

Restaurant vets Greg and Daisy Ryan combine casual vibes with wine-country cuisine.

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Making the Most from Mud

Fred Brander Deposits His Montecito Yard into His Los Olivos Vineyard

Fred Brander deposits his Montecito yard into his Los Olivos vineyard; plus, new tasting-room openings.

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Tiny Homes & Tremendous Gardens

Our Third Annual Homes & Gardens Special Section

Our third annual Homes & Gardens special section.

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Santa Barbara Landscaping 101 with Margie Grace

An Interview with the Award-Winning Founder of Grace Design Associates

An interview with the award-winning founder of Grace Design Associates.

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Make Your Garden Look Like Lotusland

Curator Paul Mills Advises on How to Copy Madame Ganna Walska’s Epic Vision

Curator Paul Mills advises on how to copy Madame Ganna Walska’s epic vision.

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The Evolution of Synthetic Grass

EcoLawn Co-Owner Chloe Kirk Talks About Today’s Artificial Turf

EcoLawn co-owner Chloe Kirk talks about today’s artificial turf.

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La Hoja’s Cannabis Cuisine

Epicurean S.B. Invites Chef Luke Reyes to Open Minds and Wow Palates

Epicurean S.B. invites Chef Luke Reyes to open minds and wow palates.

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Flightline Readies for Takeoff

Warren Butler Bringing Aviation-Themed Restaurant to Former Elephant Bar

Warren Butler bringing aviation-themed restaurant to former Elephant Bar in Goleta.

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Jardesca, the Californian Apéritif

Why Two Liquor Industry Veterans Launched a Low-Calorie, Low-Alcohol Drink

Why two liquor industry veterans launched a low-calorie, low-alcohol drink.

Report from Wine & Weed Central Coast

Lots to Fear in Nascent Cannabis Industry, But Hope for Collaborative Future

Lots to fear in nascent cannabis industry, but hope for collaborative future.

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Gallo Buys Historic Santa Maria Valley Vineyard

Second Large Purchase in Two Weeks for Family-Owned Wine Empire

It’s the second large land purchase in two weeks for the family-owned wine empire.

Dine Fine for Diabetes Research

Wendy Thies Sell Co-Organizing Series to Benefit Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Wendy Thies Sell is co-organizing a series to benefit Sansum Diabetes Research Institute.

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