Street Smarts: Foley’s hotel purchase means his wine bar is leaving Bacara
Let the luxury hotel wine bar war begin.
Now that vineyard financier-owner and owner of the Golden Knights NHL team, Bill Foley, owns the Californian hotel, he is moving his The Foley Food & Wine Society from the Ritz-Carlton Bacara to Goleta. to his new excavations near the Santa Barbara seafront. The club will be located at the hotel’s Djinn bar until a new tasting room opens early next year, according to a press release.
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara takes it in stride. It fires a shot at Foley, announcing a Winemaker-in-Residence program, featuring four area winemakers on a weekly rotation, starting in November. The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge will be the meeting place and the Bacara Tasting Room is getting a post-Foley upgrade. Play.
RETURN OF THE CASA PACIFICA FESTIVAL
Casa Pacifica hosted its 28th annual Angels, Wine, Food & Brew Festival on September 26 at the CSU Channel Islands campus near Camarillo. The sold-out festival has raised vital funds for the Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, which must raise 10-12% of its operating budget each year, or about $ 5 million this year.
Highlights included the Mission Avocado Bar and the Conejo Photobooth. Spottings: Harold Edwards, Mike Powers, Kelley Long, Oded Fehr.
WORKING FOR FAMILIES IN SLO
The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce is partnering with First 5 of SLO and San Luis Obispo County to offer a free, family-friendly Workplace Accelerator program that will provide resources and support to all businesses in the County of SLO to promote values that strengthen family-friendly workplace policies. Christina Lefevre Latner, a Cal Poly speaker with over 20 years of experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, will join the SLO Chamber to lead the effort.
THE SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM COMBINES ART AND MUSIC
Grammy-winning musician and songwriter Ted Nash will lead a group of musicians from Santa Barbara City College in an original music concert on the front patio of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art on October 9 at 2:30 p.m. pieces are all inspired by or are musical interpretations of works from the museum’s collection.
NEW WEST BACK ON STAGE
In Thousand Oaks, the New West Symphony, conducted by artistic and musical director Michael Christie, returns to the stage in October. Délices et Danses is a 70-minute program of famous works and a few surprises. In the interest of guest safety, programs will be presented without an intermission, and proof of vaccination and masks will be required. A full season of programming is scheduled for December.
NEON NIGHT IN SANTA BARBARA
Santa Barbara artists Chris Gocong and Rod Lathim are teaming up for the October 9 launch of Neon Night Art Show and Sale in a new artistic collaboration. Gocong launched a career in the arts after playing in the NFL. Their first event will take place at Commen Unity in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone.
NEW NURSERY AT THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Santa Barbara Botanical Garden kicks off the fall planting season with a nursery located just inside the garden gate. Nursery manager Matt Straka said the native planting season rate includes standards like buckwheat, but also some exotic species like salvia cedrosensis or “Baja blanca”.
We take a moment to remember Dr. Lois Jovanovic, a die-hard diabetes researcher and former director of the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute in Santa Barbara, who passed away on September 18, 2018. Sansum paid tribute to her last month, on the anniversary of her death. In an era when issues related to women’s empowerment are making headlines, it’s worth noting that Jovanovic’s work at Cornell, New York Hospital and elsewhere has shown that with oversight and standardization blood sugar levels, women with diabetes could have healthy babies.
FINAL SCENES …
• BREAK ON THROUGH: The CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards program named Valeo Networks as Managed Security Service Provider of the Year in the Cloud Security category. Valeo Networks is the managed services unit of Saalex Solutions, based in Camarillo.
• SCORE PRESIDENTS: Bob Hyde, retired environmental engineering executive, and Tom Thompson, retired CFO with public company background, are the new SLO County SCORE co-chairs.
• TAKE A ARC: The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission recognized Zachary Salce, a deputy in the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department, who saved a 55-year-old woman from a fire in her apartment in Lompoc in 2018. Salce, who was living on the second floor, kicked her door open and dragged the unconscious woman to safety.