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   BACK TO THE BAYOU...A Roundup at the Ranch

Sheriff Bill Brown was the honoree at the 10th Annual Santa Barbara Rescue Mission benefit hosted at the Rancho Dos Pueblos by owners Henry and Dundie Schulte. Gerd Jordano was a charming emcee. The outdoor picnic  at the ranch setting included an outstanding family style dinner and appetizers prepared by Lorraine Lim Catering, and a silent auction described as the 'best in Santa Barbara auctions' by attendees. A fabulous trip to Hawaii for a week was a big ticket seller.

This was such a fun relaxed event, where everyone was decked out in their cowboy/girl best, and enjoyed music by Steve Woods. Rolf Geyling, SBRM President and Karl Willig, board of directors chairman introduced and presented the award to Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner Bill Brown for his relentless support of the rescue mission and helping people in recovery get a new lease on life.           BC


For additional information or to make a donation to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission visit: sbrm.org/(805)966-1316.

Los Angeles magazine’s - The Food Event 2011

Saddlerock Ranch is the location for 2011 The Food Event sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine.

Meet sommeliers, celebrity chefs, and culinary experts while sampling wines from a variety of well-known labels, including Cas’Almare, Saddlerock, and ROUTE 1 Wines.  Unlimited food samplings and wine tastings, as you browse the tables of established Los Angeles restaurants, including The Foundry on Melrose, Lukshon, and Mo-Chica.

Six epicurean experts will be giving cooking demonstrations in the Miele and Snyder Diamond Kitchen and participating in in-depth panel discussions. Lounge in the shade on comfortable sofas while listening to energetic discussions and munching on tasty treats.

Featured restaurants include

  • Black Market Liquor Bar
  • Barbrix
  • Eva
  • Farmshop

Featured wineries include

  • Cas’Almare
  • Conway Family Wines
  • Thomas George Estates
  • Saddlerock



Votes are in.
The Gold Winner of the "TOP ARTISAN CHOCOLATIER" title at the LA International Chocolate Salon show and competition, as selected by an elite panel of food writers, actors, producers, chefs and other artisans!

Judges' Favorites
Citral - the subtleness of lemongrass

Incantato - spritely passion fruit caramel in milk chocolate ganache
Captive - tanginess of balsamic and sensual mango
Capriccio - perfect marriage of caramelized almonds and cinnamon in milk couveture
Toscano - fusion of basil and lemon
Ceylon - spiced aromatic flavor of Sri Lanka in bitter ganache 

 Our single origin chocolate bars also received some love at the event. We were the Silver Winner of "BEST DARK CHOCOLATE"
The Big Winners in the Single Origin Category

BUGATTA Brings A Thrilling Experience To Hollywood
In The Heart Of The Energetic Melrose Strip
Melrose Avenue gets a sophisticated new nightlife destination with the opening of Bugatta Restaurant & Bar.   Previously The Bungalow Club, owner Anat Escher decided to close her flagship establishment (Escher also owns Barbarella Neighborhood Bar & Kitchen in Silverlake) after 10 successful years. Now, after several months of renovation, Ms. Escher and TBC Management are ready to introduce an exciting new restaurant and bar.
“The neighborhood has changed and the timing seemed right to start a new adventure,” explains Ms. Escher.  “I felt after 10 years, it was time to head in a new direction—to create something relaxed and contemporary yet urbane and sophisticated.  Bugatta captures the essence of what locals want, a great bar and lounge, amazing outdoor patio and a restaurant that’s elegant yet casual.” 
 Ms. Escher designed the interiors herself. Expansive doors now open up to the bustling corner of Melrose and Formosa giving an immediate urban feel, while intimate patio seating welcomes patrons in. Upon entering the chic lounge area, a spacious bar seats up to 20 and is flanked by dark metallic leather booth seating with custom made tables -- a perfect gathering place for after work cocktails or dinner with friends.
The atmospheric outdoor restaurant & lounge contrasts with its airy, lofty feel.  Intimate cabanas are swanked with light fabrics and mood lighting. White washed floors, custom made tables, casual bamboo chairs and white leather booths fill the middle of the open-air lounge.  A white sheer canopy above allows in the shimmering moonlight.
The menu is designed to be a shared and social experience. Bugatta offers a wide array of tapas style choices; highlights include sushi grade Ahi Poke and the refreshing Corn Mango Salsa Atop the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. There are 4 different bruschetta options; the stand-out is the Fig Pistachio with Red Wine Pomegranate Figs & Pistachio Butter.  Savory Skewers are featured with 4 different selections as well, the most popular being the Fillet Mignon with Cherry Tomatoes and a Red Wine Demi Sauce.  The menu also offers generous sushi rolls, ranging from Spicy Tuna to Shrimp Tempura and the exceptional Tropical Roll.  Large dish options include Pan Roasted Chicken Breast; sweet potato puree, sauté spinach, caramelized onions & arugula chips, and the King Salmon; roasted mushroom risotto, chardonnay bur blanc.  Various grilled steaks are available as well as the Thai Noodle Fillet Mignon.
 “We created this menu concept to satisfy the needs and preferences of all types of diners,” comments TBC Executive Chef, Sean Poplar.
Featured cocktails include the $10- 10oz martini, highlights are the Elderflower Gimlet;  botanical gin and  St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur and the Lavender Cosmo; citrus vodka, Cointreau, lavender syrup, lime & cranberry juice.  Other specialty cocktails, offered at $8, include Bugatta’s signature Homemade Sangria  and  the Jalapeño Twist; tequila, orange liqueur, muddled jalapeño, lemon juice, ginger syrup, orange juice, splash of soda. A large selection of beer on tap and a carefully curated wine list are offered as well.
Bugatta offers one of the city’s best Happy Hours. Generous hand crafted cocktails and premium wines are offered at $6, artisan beers for $4,  from 4pm-7pm Monday to Saturday.
Hours of operation:
Monday to Wednesday 4pm -11pm; Thursday 4pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday 4pm – 2am; kitchen open late
Sunday closed for private events & weddings
Happy Hour:  Daily 4pm – 7pm, featuring $6 signature drinks and martinis.
Bugatta is located at 7174 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90046-7626

HOLIDAY PLUSH PUFFS - Pumpkin puffs for Thanksgiving!

The Perfect gourmet marshmallows to enjoy with hot cocoa this season - they come in peppermint.  These delicious and healthy treats are gluten free, naturally low fat and come in a variety of scrumptious flavours. Visit: www.plushpuffs.com.

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