Barbara International Film Festival -
Sensational Sips & Samplings On The Menu
tasty complement to the Santa Barbara International
Film Festival (SBIFF) is the Film Feast that includes a bevy
of restaurants and tasting rooms offering innovative menus from
February 3 through February 13.
"Screen Cuisine" film at SBIFF, in its fifth year,
is a popular series celebrating culinary cinema. This year eight
films with two World Premieres and three U.S. Premieres are
spotlighted and include the story of an elderly Jewish woman
who tries pork for the first time (Pork and God's Wrath). The
documentary on the history of Hennessy and The Pickle Recipe,
a tale of the perfect pickle recipe. Film Feast's prix fixe
menu's, tasting flights and lodging packages are developed by
www.SBFilmFeast.com. Below are some of these imaginative cocktails,
wines and bites being served to honor SBIFF.
Four Seasons Biltmore Resort Film Cocktails
and delicious movie inspired cocktails at The Four Seasons Biltmore
Santa Barbara created by their skilled mixologist in celebration
of the 31st festival include The LOVE & MERCY martini (2
1/2 ounces of grey goose orange, 1 ounce St. Germain, 5 pieces
muddled fresh ginger, grapefruit juice and a candied ginger
garnish). The BLACK MASS blackberry delight (1 1/2 oz. Veev,
1 1/2 oz lilette blanc, Splash housemade sweet & sour, 2
blackberries, rosemary sprig, gingerale). The DEPP Americano
(1 1/2 oz Campari, 1oz DOM Benedictine, 1 oz Carpano Autica
sweet vermouth, 1 muddled orange slice; serve over rocks and
finish with a splash of fever tree club soda). The LITTLE PRINCE,
non-alcoholic refresher, combines (1/3 glass ginger ale, 1/3
glass orange san pellegrino, 1/2 glass ginger beer, finish with
lavender simple syrup and garnish with a lavender sprig). Visit:
Olio e Limone Fine Italian Restaurant on 11 Victoria Street,
only a few steps from the Arlington Theatre is offering a 2
course menu for quick pre/post film dining in honor of the 1988
Italian Film "Cinema Paradiso." Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30AM
- 2PM, Dinner nightly from 5PM, daily. $35. Reservations recommended,
not valid 2/13/2016. Feb 03 2016 - Friday, Feb 12 2016. www.olioelimone.com.
Olio Crudo, next door is also serving signature SBIFF cocktails
and small plates.
Dining Room at Belmond El Encanto - Dinner and a Movie
and Bites from 2-5pm in The Lounge. Bite sized delectables by
Chef Johan Denizot perfectly paired with local libations. The
Lounge at Belmond El Ecanto 800 Alvarado Place. Available 5-10pm
daily. $55 per person excluding taxes, gratuity and alcohol.
Reservations are recommended via Open Table or direct: 805.770.3530
Wednesday, Feb 03 2016 - Thursday, Feb 11 2016 Visit:www.elencanto.com.
Lark Restaurant's Movie Popcorn is perfectly paired with the
"Vesper" Cocktail. The Lark's For Film Feast they
are marketing The Vesper as the "perfect pairing"
with Movie Popcorn. Movie Popcorn will replace their regular
popcorn for the duration of the Festival. The Vesper (1 1/2
oz gin, 3/4 oz Tito's Vodka and 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc) is priced
at $14. 131 Anacapa St. Visit: www.larksb.com.
The Lark "Movie Popcorn & The Vesper"
Marchands (next door to the Lark) will be serving the "Royale
Cheese" two beef patties with caramelized onions, taleggio
cheese, and house made 1000 island dressing, served with a side
of garlic herb pommes frites. $15 for the burger; $22 for pairing
with Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss Bier.
Cognac and Dom Perignon Champagne are sponsors for the 2016
Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and will be flowing
at all the private celebrity parties and in the 'green room'
at the Arlington Theatre for award winning celebrities.
Red Carpet Red Wine by Ampelos Cellars
Santa Barbara 2016 will offer Film Feast participants access
to a limited-edition Red Carpet Red wine-a beautifully custom-blended
Ampelos Cellars pinot noir. Only two barrels of this lively
wine were produced for this special occasion. Each bottle dons
a Santa Barbara-centric label specially created by artist Eric
Junker. For a list of all SB Feast participants visit: www.SBFilmFeast.com.
Santa Barbara's century-long career as a movie backdrop and
getaway for top Hollywood talent started during the silent era
- Santa Barbara was California's original filmmaking hub. Whether
scouting sites dating back to Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments
(1923), sipping pinot noir on the Sideways (2004) wine trail
or watching cutting-edge cinema in historic theatres during
the Film Festival, visitors can discover that Santa Barbara
looks as good in real life as she does on the big screen. For
SBIFF information visit: www.sbiff.org.
By Bonnie Carroll
About Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since
1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll's
Life Bites News - www.lifebitesnews.com,
does travel and food reporting on KZSB1290 radio, and contributes
to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle
publications. Her first children's book C.C. Charles was published
in 2002 and she is currently working on a second book. Contact
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