Schedule Update, March 12: SBCE is canceling two of the more than 45 events being offered over the weekend: Border Grill at The Beach: SBCE Signature Luncheon (Saturday, March 14) and Savor Santa Barbara: SBCE Neighborhood Tasting (Sunday, March 15).
All of the remaining SBCE events are proceeding as scheduled, plus the various free public events and the Dine Around with Julia Child and Cocktail Crawl with Paul Child.
“We are watching the COVID-19 situation closely and are taking precautions in accord with the best practices of health professionals and community leaders,” organizers said in a statement.
For the love of Julia Child and any fan who wants to savor her legacy, the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience, together with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, will offer an expansive citywide calendar of events for the three-day weekend of March 13-15, 2020.
The epicurean celebration of both Julia Child and Santa Barbara’s expanding food scene will feature chefs, mixologists, restaurateurs and the local community, with guest appearances from national food and beverage talents.
The late cookbook author, chef and TV personality was passionate about teaching others about the culinary arts — and Child was an devotee of Santa Barbara, as well as a longtime resident herself. The experience will gather the community and visitors to celebrate the bounty of Santa Barbara’s resources found in its local farms, ranches, vineyards and ocean.
Events include a Border Grill on the Beach luncheon featuring Julia Child Award Recipients chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, a wine cellar tour, a Child-inspired dinner at San Ysidro Ranch and the documentary screening of Nothing Fancy.
There will be a five-course dinner at Bettina with special guest chef Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco, an evening with Raj Parr and chef Kiran Bheemarao at Bibi Ji, Sunday brunch at Miramar Rosewood Beach Resort with James Beard Foundation Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard and an Alisal Guest Ranch exclusive afterparty featuring chef Ludo Lefebvre.
The weekend will also feature a paella class and DIY Gin and Tonic Bar at Loquita, olive oil master classes, a Jonata winemaker dinner at The Lark with chef Jason Paluska and more than 40 additional culinary educational and experiential sessions.
And if you want to follow Child’s own footsteps, download the official Julia Child Map of the beloved chef’s favorite haunts in the Santa Barbara area for self-guided tours.