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Matt Kettmann

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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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Welcome to Lagerville

Figueroa Mountain Brewing’s May 19 Gathering Marks Rise of the Classic Yet Varied Style

Figueroa Mountain Brewing’s May 19 gathering marks the rise of this classic yet varied style.

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Wine & Weed: Concerns and Convergence

Cannabis Industry Impacts Subject of Symposium in San Luis Obispo on May 10

Cannabis industry impacts are the subject of a symposium in San Luis Obispo on May 10.

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Educating the Next Generation of Environmentalists

UCSB’s Peter Alagona on Teaching First-Year Students, Researching Wildlife in Cities, and Bringing Grizzlies Back

UCSB’s Peter Alagona on teaching first-year students, wildlife in cities, and bringing grizzlies back.

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Celebrate 420 by Going to Hale

Record Exec/Raconteur Hale Milgrim Hosts Night of Rare Rock ’n’ Roll Footage

Record exec/raconteur Hale Milgrim hosts night of rare rock ’n’ roll footage.

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John Cox Takes On Bobby Flay

The Bear and Star Chef Battles BBQ Master on TV

The Bear and Star chef battles BBQ master on TV’s ‘Beat Bobby Flay’; viewing parties this weekend.

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Bibi Ji for Everyone

Jessi Singh’s Aussie-Indian Food Settles Stylishly into State Street

Jessi Singh’s Aussie-Indian food settles stylishly into State Street.

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Spicy Togarashi Caramel Truffle @ Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolate

Just One of Many Tastes Now Offered at Bean-to-Bar Factory’s New Retail Shop

Just one of many tastes now offered at the bean-to-bar factory’s new retail shop.

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Vintners Fest Coming Quick

New Association Leader Discusses First Four Months on Job as April 21 Soirée Approaches

New association leader discusses first four months on job as April 21 soirée approaches.

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Santa Barbara's Vintners Are Bracing for Chinese Wine Tariffs

“Guarded Denial” for Central Coast Winemakers as Trade War Escalates

“Guarded denial” for Central Coast winemakers as trade war escalates.

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Santa Barbara’s Ancient Wines, Then and Now

Exploring San Jose Winery, Sipping Angelica, and Tasting in De la Guerra’s Bodega

Exploring San Jose Winery, sipping Angelica, and tasting in De la Guerra’s bodega.

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Yuzuri Yuzu Liqueur

Handcrafted Liquor from Soh Spirits Combines Rare Citrus, Rice, and Mountain Water

Handcrafted liquor from Soh Spirits combines rare citrus, rice, and mountain water.

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Epicurean Santa Barbara Opens Culinary Possibilities

New Food & Drink Club Curates Delicious Experiences While Fostering Friendships

New food & drink club curates delicious experiences while fostering friendships.

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Firestone Walker Lager

Crisp but Malty Concoction Marks Return to Lighter Beer for Renowned Central Coast Brewery

Crisp but malty concoction marks return to lighter beer for renowned Central Coast brewery.

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Carpeting Carpinteria with Lettuce

Pete’s Living Greens Builds a Hydroponic Empire of Healthy Leaves Under Acres of Greenhouse

Pete’s Living Greens builds a hydroponic empire of healthy leaves under acres of greenhouse.

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Topa Mountain Winery Lifts Ojai Spirits

Serious Wines and Stunning Views Served in Relaxed Fashion

Serious wines and stunning views served in relaxed fashion in heart of Ojai Valley.

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Catharsis with Jack Johnson & Friends @ S.B. Bowl

UCSB Alum with Ben Harper, ALO, Kenny Loggins, David Crosby, and More Created Curing Concert on March 18

UCSB Alum with Ben Harper, ALO, Kenny Loggins, David Crosby, and more created curing concert on March 18.

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Jack Johnson’s Montecito Memories

UCSB-Educated Rock Star Reflects on Beach Days and Watching Disasters from Afar

UCSB-educated rock star reflects on beach days and watching disasters from afar.

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In Memoriam: Gilbert Ramirez, 1927-2018

Ever Young at Heart

Gil Ramirez was that rare individual who retained the best of his youth at age 90.

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Sip This: Buttonwood Hop On

Karen Steinwachs Latest Creation Packs a Punch

Karen Steinwachs latest creation packs a punch.

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Cannabis Profile: Blue Coast Farms

Santa Barbara–Based Mark and Jillian Cardona Produce Herb-Enhanced Tinctures

Santa Barbara–based Mark and Jillian Cardona produce herb-enhanced tinctures.

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Tears and Toasts for Brewer-Clifton 20th Anniversary

Wine Cask Hosts Vertical Luncheon to Celebrate Birthday for Greg Brewer and His Winery

Wine Cask hosts vertical luncheon to celebrate birthday for Greg Brewer and his winery.

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Women Who Crush & Progressive Pinot

Celebrating Female Vintners, Tasting Fresh Pinot Noir Ahead of World of Pinot Noir, and Hoppy Sauv Blanc

Celebrating female vintners, tasting fresh pinot noir ahead of World of Pinot Noir, and hoppy sauv blanc.

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John Palminteri Meets Palminteri the Puppet

PuppetPalooza Creates Handheld Version of Santa Barbara’s TV and Radio Star

PuppetPalooza creates handheld version of Santa Barbara’s TV and radio star.

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Popular Man Dies After Hit By Car on State Street

Gilbert Ramirez, 90, Was Widely Known in Botanical, Veteran, and Nightlife Circles

Gilbert Ramirez, 90, was widely known in botanical, veteran, and nightlife circles.

Winemaker Gala Raises $1M for Direct Relief

Fire and Flood Victims Benefit from Santa Barbara Vintners Auction

A third of the money raised will benefit victims of fire and flood.

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Siduri to Clarice Wine Company: Adam Lee’s Next Move

Our New Wine Column Explores a New Pinot Noir Project and Tastings to Do

Our new wine column explores a new pinot noir project and tastings to do.

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Santa Barbara’s First-Ever Restaurant Week

Special Menus at More Than Two Dozen Restaurants February 23-March 4

Special menus at more Than two dozen restaurants February 23-March 4.

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Archie McLaren Passes Away

Food and Wine Celebrity Founded Central Coast Wine Classic

Renowned oenophile and gourmand founded the Central Coast Wine Classic.

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Maceration Magic at Central Coast Group Project

Scott Sampler Employs Punk-Rock Ethos and Extreme Winemaking in the Buellton Bodegas

Scott Sampler employs punk-rock ethos and extreme winemaking in the Buellton Bodegas.

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‘A Sniper’s War’

Director Olga Schechter

Intimate, disturbing portrait of Serbian sniper who’s fighting for Russian rebels against Ukraine.

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‘Get the Weed’

Codirectors Denny Brechner and Marcos Hecht

Hilarious mockumentary about Uruguayans sent by president to buy weed in America.

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‘Point of No Return’

Filmmakers Quinn Kanaly and Noel Dockstader

Eye-opening documentary about the first solar-power plane flight around the world.

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Crossing Borders Features Cross-Cultural Films

Cinema to Challenge Stereotypes and Show Conflict in New Ways

Cinema to challenge stereotypes and show conflict in new ways.