Untitled Document Home
Chef & Hotel Profile
Publisher's Page
Gift Guide
Travel Adventures
Epicurean Events
Health Minded
Spa Baby Secrets
Sips
Book Bites
Culinary Coup
Sense of Style
Kids Kaleidoscope
Tinsletown Tidbits
Wheels
Radio Show & Links
Contact Us


CHEF/HOTEL PROFILE .  .  .

MAKING THE SEASON BRIGHT AT FOUR SEASONS BILTMORE

Talented Sous Chef Emmanuel Calderon Joins Executive Chef Marco Fossati

by Bonnie Carroll

Executive Sous Chef Emmanuel Calderon who was recently on staff at Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort in Puerto Vallarta is now working in tandem with Italian born Executive Chef Marco Fossati at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, and this dynamic duo are offering guests at Bella Vista some very innovative and delicious menu combinations, especially for the coming holidays.

Bella Vista Patio

Bella Vista Restaurant is Santa Barbara’s most beautiful premier al fresco oceanfront dining experience. With panoramic ocean and island views across Montecito’s Butterfly Beach, guests enjoy a contemporary Italian menu featuring fresh California ingredients inspired by Executive Chef Marco Fossati. The expansive terrace features Italian marble, indoor fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit and a retractable glass roof further create the indoor-outdoor dining experience.

     

My recent dinner at Bella Vista began with a signature charcuterie tray filled with Chef Marco Fosatti cured meats (Bella Vista is one of only 12 restaurants in California, and the only one in Santa Barbara licensed to cure its own meats), and a divine cheese selection that is a truly amazing start to dinner, while enjoying the warmth of the dining room fireplace. The artistic and unique beet caprese salad plate, with citrus and buffalo mozzarella, was followed by a perfectly prepared herb roasted Branzino, along with roasted chicken, stuffed with black garlic and framed with fresh vegetables that was outstanding. A magical finish to dinner at Bella Vista was an exquisite chocolate souffle with fresh berries, crème and strawberry sauce. The LaVazza espresso was an ideal good-night ending.

As the holiday season approaches award winning Beverage Manager, Joshua Burrey is planning to take hotel guests behind the scenes in the world of cocktails, sharing recipes to insure holiday cheer. From hot buttered rum, spiced apple martini’s and star of anais manhattan’s guests may learn mixology secrets to craft the perfect holiday-inspired cocktail on December 2, 9, 16 at 6:00 pm in Ty Lounge. I can personally attest to the fact that Joshua and his staff serve the best Cosmo anywhere on the Central Coast.

This year Thanksgiving dinner at the hotel will be served in Bella Vista November 24, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm, and will include familiar traditional dishes, along with an exciting collection of gourmet favorites at $120 adults, and $60 children.

As well as traditional holiday tea experiences, Executive Chef Marco Fossati and his culinary team will spend the afternoon sharing their best kept secrets and tips while preparing a one of kind meal at Interactive Cooking Classes with guests on December 3, 10, 17 at 1:00; see hotel concierge for details. Children staying at the hotel will enjoy everything from story time with Santa to cookie baking and holiday s'mores. Hot chocolate will be served in the lobby, and a Hannukah Lighting will commence on December 24 through December 31.

Ty Lounge

The landmark Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel and Gardens opened in 1927, and features Spanish Colonial Revival and Moorish Revival architecture. The hotel opened as part of the Biltmore Hotel chain. It was purchased by Four Seasons in 1987, and was purchased by Ty Warner Hotel Resorts in 2000. Most recent renovations include refurbishing the beautiful hand painted historic patterns in the ceilings of the lobby and Ty Lounge with real gold leaf. Much of the original ornimentation and mural work in the hotel was believed to have been created by artist Fred William Stringer, an Englishman who had moved to Canada, and came to Los Angeles where he did similar ornimentation work in hotels and theatres of the day.

Hours: Breakfast 7:00 0 11:3 0Breakfast Buffet 7:00-11:00. Sunday Brunch 10:00-1:30, Lunch: 11:30-3:00, Saturday Afternoon Tea: 2:00-4:00 24 hour advance reservation 1-805-565-8237. Dinner: Monday – Sunday 5:00-9:30

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
1260 Channel Drive
Santa Barbara
California 93108


2008
March 08 | April 08 | May 08 | June 08 | July 08 | August 08 | September 08 | October 08 | November 08 | December 08 | January 09 | February 09 | March 09 | April 09 | May 09 | June 09 | July 09 | August 09 | September 09 | October 09 | November 09 | December 09 | January 10 | February 10 | March 10 | March | April 10 | May 10 | June 10 | July 10 | August 10 | September 10 | October 10 | November 10 | December 10 | January 11 | February 11 | March 11 | April 11 | May 11 | June 11 | July 11 | August 11 | September 11 | September | October 11 | November 11 | December 11 | January 12 | February 12 | March 12 | April 12 | May 12 | June 12 | July 12 | August 12 | September 12 | October 12 | November 12 | December 12 | January 13 | March 13 | February 13 | April 13 | May 13 | June 13 | July 13 | August 13 | September 13 | October 13 | November 13 | December 13 | January 14 | February 14 | March 14 | April 14 | May 14 | June 14 | July 14 | August 14 | September 14 | October 14 | November 14 | December 14 | January 15 | February 15 | March 15 | April 15 | May 15 | June 15 | July 15 | August 15 | September 15 | October 15 | November 15 | December 15 | January 16 | February 16 | March 16 | April 16 | May 16 | June 16 | July 16 | August 16 | September 16 | October 16 | November 16 | February 17 | December 16 | March 17 | January 17 | April 17 | May 17 | February 08 | January 08

2007
December 07
| November 07 | October 07 | September 07 | August 07 | July 07 | June 07 | May 07
April 07
| March 07 | February 07 | January 07

2006
Dember 06
| November 06 | October 06 | September 06 | August 06 | July 06 | June 06 | May 06
April 06 | March 06 | February 06 | January 06

2005
December 05
| November 05 | October 05 | September 05 | August 05 | July 05 | June 05 | May 05
April 05 | March 05 | February 05 | January 05

© 2008 Bonnie Carroll, All Rights Reserved