home,page-template,page-template-full_width,page-template-full_width-php,page,page-id-1714,stockholm-core-2.2.9,select-child-theme-ver-1.1,select-theme-ver-8.8,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,header_top_hide_on_mobile,,qode_menu_center,stockholm-child,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.6.0,vc_responsive,elementor-default,elementor-kit-1910

Thank you for joining us for the 2021 Santa Barbara Culinary Experience


Save the Dates for the next SBCE: May 16-22, 2022


We showcase the best of Santa Barbara’s hospitality and tourism community with special events that bring the best of the wider food world to Santa Barbara. We also feature curated offers from Santa Barbara area restaurants, hotels, bars, wineries, and retailers.

Follow Us on social media for the latest Santa Barbara Culinary Experience news, updates, and event details.

Please join our email list and have the latest SBCE news delivered straight to your inbox!


Upcoming Events

Rebuilding Our Food System

May 21, 2022 – at Corwin Pavilion, UC Santa Barbara
Farm Tours – Sunday, May 22, 2022


An in-person* event in partnership with the Julia Child Foundation, Santa Barbara Culinary Experience, and Santa Barbara County Food Action Network, featuring special guest 2020 Julia Child Award recipient and Food Tank co-founder Danielle Nierenberg. Local and state environmental leaders, researchers, and regenerative farmers will join Danielle in discussion about how Santa Barbara can lead the nation in rebuilding soil health, capturing carbon, and building food system resilience.


Speakers include:
  • Julia Child Award recipient and Food Tank co-founder Danielle Nierenberg
  • UCSB Research Professor Dr. David Cleveland
  • Representative Salud Carbajal
  • Dr. Jessica Vieira, Senior Director, Sustainability, Apeel
  • Food system producers and entrepreneurs TBA


Join farmers on Sunday for on-farm tours to learn more about the environmental regeneration efforts that are building resilience into the Santa Barbara County food system.

*subject to local public health guidelines


Past Events


The 2021 Santa Barbara Culinary Experience presented a series of virtual events combined with local offerings from hospitality and tourism businesses to support the community’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The events below attracted hundreds of participants and the recordings have been viewed thousands of times. Further, the events raised significant awareness and funds for each of our charitable partners. Go to the specific event page for more details. Scaled down in 2021 from the organized 2020 weekend, we hope to be able to offer a diverse range of events in 2022, built around the planned Rebuilding Our Food System.
Happy Birthday Julia!

August 15, 2021 at 11AM

A virtual panel discussion celebrating Julia Child’s 109th Birthday, her love of Santa Barbara and her impact on today’s food world. Featuring:


  • Julie Cohen & Betsy West, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director/producers of Imagine Entertainment’s upcoming JULIA documentary and CNN Films’ RBG.
  • Special guest, Alex Prud’homme, co-author of Julia’s memoir MY LIFE IN FRANCE


Moderated by Todd Schulkin, Executive Director of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts and host of INSIDE JULIA’S KITCHEN podcast
El Buen Equipo – It Takes a Village to Make Great Santa Barbara Wine

May 21, 2021 at 5:30PM

A virtual panel discussion celebrating the many important roles in Santa Barbara vineyard management and winemaking. Featuring:


  • Ruben Solorzano, Partner, Coastal Vineyard Care
  • Maria “Lupe” Monroy, Supervisor, Stolpman Vineyard
  • Fabian Bravo, Proprietor, Bravo Wines; Winemaker, Brander Vineyard
  • Fidencio Flores, Proprietor, Esfuerzo Wines
  • Macduff Everton, Photographer/Co-author, Vines & Visions: The Winemakers of Santa Barbara County


Moderated by Matt Kettmann Editor, Wine Enthusiast & Santa Barbara Independent

About The Santa Barbara Culinary Experience

The purpose of the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE), in partnership with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, is to shine a light on our local culinary, hospitality, tourism, artisan and small business communities.

About The Julia Child Foundation

The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts was created in 1995.  Its mission is to educate and encourage everyone to appreciate the joys of cooking, eating and drinking well.

Headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, the Foundation has granted more than $2.5 million to non-profits supporting research in culinary history, scholarships for professional culinary training, food writing and media as well as professional development and food literacy programs.

Santa Barbara Culinary Experience Is Made Possible With The Generous Support Of Our Sponsors.

Presenting Sponsor:

SBCE Signature Wine Sponsor:

SBCE Signature Wine Sponsor:

Santa Barbara Culinary Experience
1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 556
Santa Barbara, CA 93108


Join our list for news on the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience, updated event information, ticket release dates, and more.