Santa Barbara Eats Shine at Taste of the Town

The splashy foodie fundraiser benefits the Arthritis Foundation.

DRIVING INTO SANTA BARBARA... is a happy event, in large part because you know you're about to visit some old favorites, food-wise. Whether you'll soon be noshing on a steak taco or enjoying a butterscotch malt is up to you, of course, but have your tried-and-true treats, you must, for a trip to the American Riviera is very frequently about the food (or very much about an array of iconic eats). How, though, to move on from some of your go-to spots? Or, if not move on, which we actually would never suggest, then broaden your bite-focused bench? Surely you know there are oodles of sup-tastic spots around Santa Barbara, well beyond the eateries you regularly visit. One fabulous way to deepen your knowledge of the food scene, and help a wonderful organization, is to attend...

TASTE OF THE TOWN, the annual fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation. It's actually a two-dayer of a to-do, with a special Connoisseurs' Circle Gala Dinner at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort on Friday, Sept. 7 and the afternoontime Taste of the Town at Riviera Park on Sunday, Sept. 9. That's where you'll try "... unlimited samplings from the area's finest restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries, and spirit providers," oh yeah. There's a silent auction, too, and jazz played right there by the David Tovar Trio. Providing the appetizing delectables and drinks? Finch & Fork, The Little Door, Mizza Artisan Pizza, The Nugget Goleta, Alma Rosa, and Cutler's Artisan Spirits. A general admission ticket is $125, and all the information you need on the Arthritis Foundation, and all of the good this yearly happening does, may be found here.

ENJOY, Santa Barbara buffs, and discover some new dining favorites, the kind of spots you'll be visiting down the road, again and again.

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