“Feast of Apicius” Fundraiser and Top-Chef Competition

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“Feast of Apicius” Fundraiser and Top-Chef Competition
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Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 14:00

The Feast of Apicius
Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm
Fleischmann Auditorium, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Price: $50.00 /per person. Proceeds benefit the Museum
Tickets must be purchased in advance: www.tinyurl.com/Apicius2018

You are invited to join Inside Wine Santa Barbara for the “Feast of Apicius” on October 20, 2018 in Fleischmann Auditorium at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. This delicious wine + food pairing event is the first of its kind in Santa Barbara as it honors the 1st century AD epicure Marcus Gavius Apicius. He was renown for his hedonistic pursuit of the finest cuisine and most lavish preparations. His passion for food inspired the world's first cookbook "De Re Coquinaria". Attendees of the event will sample chef-prepared appetizers adapted from this cookbook. Besides meeting the chefs, attendees will also meet winemakers and proprietors pouring some of the best wines of the region. The event will culminate in a top-chef competition where a panel of guest judges will award  “Tastiest” and “Most Creative” to the recipes adapted from the ancient Roman text. Proceeds benefit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. 

Among the dishes to be sampled will be a foie gras/duck preparation with mostardo and berries from Chef Oscar Ledesma of The Little Door, chicken stuffed with snails from the Chef Randy Bublitz of the SBCC School of Culinary Arts, sliders on must rolls from Chef Pete Clements of Pete Clements Catering, and scallops in citrus and herbs from Chef Mossin Sugich of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. Yet to declare their dishes are: Chef Weston Richards of Les Marchands, Chef Michael Hutchings of Michael’s Catering, Chef Drew Terp of Pico at the Los Alamos General Store, Chef Nimita Dhirajial of Nimita’s Cuisine, Le Sorelle, Chef Jean Michel Carré of Chocolats du CaliBressan, Via Maestra 42, Chef Soemi Caramel of Due Lune, and Winfield Farms (producers of Mangalitsa—called “the Kobe beef of pork”). The event will culminate in a top-chef competition featuring a panel of guest judges: Krista Harris, Publisher/Editor of edible Santa Barbara; Hana-Lee Sedwick, Writer/Blogger; Nancy Ransohoff, Writer/Editor; and Wendy van Diver, Editor-in-Chief of Touring & Tasting magazine. 

Winemakers and proprietors pouring during the walk-around tasting will be: Richard Sanford of Alma Rosa Winery, Bryan Babcock of Babcock Winery, Fred Brander of Brander Vineyard, Sandy Newman  of Cebada, Coby Parker-Garcia of El Lugar and Claiborne & Churchill, Bradley Long of Grassini Family Vineyards, Rick Grimm of Grimm’s Bluff, Lane Tanner & Will Henry of Lumen, Dieter Cronje of Presqu’ile, Larry and Karina Hogan of Sagebrush Annie’s, Bruce McGuire of Santa Barbara Winery, and Ben Van Antwerp of Windrun.


The festive Roman atmosphere will be enhanced by music authentic to the period and the optional wearing of togas. Read the entire “De Re Cocquinaria” cookbook online: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/29728 or read more about Marcus Gavius Apicius: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Marcus-Gavius-Apicius 

Event co-organizers are Tama Takahashi, Inside Wine Santa Barbara (IWSB) founder, and Chef Carla Romero of the SBCC School of Culinary Arts. IWSB is a fun and educational wine-tasting Meetup group with wine, wine + food, and sommelier events. IWSB has grown to over 1,400 members in 6 years and is open to the public 21-years-old+. Read more about the group here: www.meetup.com/Inside-Wine-Santa-Barbara

For more information on the Feast of Apicius, please contact Tama at 805-302-0565 or insidewinesantabarbara@yahoo.com.

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