The first event is the Taste of the Town Connoisseurs’ Circle Gala Dinner to be held on Friday, September 8 at Bacara Resort & Spa from 6-11 p.m. The evening features a VIP tasting event with a select group of ten Taste of the Town wine, beer and spirits partners along with appetizers. A three-course gourmet dinner on the outdoor terrace prepared by 2017 Honorary Guest Chef Mark Strausman from Freds at Barneys New York is paired with wines from 2017 Honorary Vintner Doug Margerum & Margerum Wine Company. All of this is accompanied by Live & Silent Auctions, followed by dancing to tunes from DJ Darla Bea.
Sunday, September 10 from Noon-3 p.m. at Riviera Park (2030 Alameda Padre Serra) is the popular Taste of the Town Santa Barbara. This features tastings from 80 of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and spirits providers along with a silent auction of lifestyle items.
Attendees can also look forward to a photo booth, Relaxation Lounge and live jazz entertainment courtesy the David Tovar Trio. Returning as honorary Co-Chairs to this Santa Barbara philanthropic culinary tradition are Opal Restaurant & Bar co-owners Tina Takaya and Richard Yates.
All proceeds from Taste of the Town support the programs and services of the Arthritis Foundation. The Foundation is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of 53 million people (including nearly 300,000 children) with arthritis through health education, advocacy, research, and local juvenile arthritis support.
Tickets for the Connoisseurs’ Circle Gala Dinner on Friday evening (which include access to the VIP lounge at Sunday’s event) and the Sunday afternoon Taste of the Town are available online or by calling the Arthritis Foundation Central Coast office at 805/563-4685.