Julia Child’s Guide to Santa Barbara County – Santa Barbara Culinary Experience

Stearns Wharf is featured as one of Julia Child’s favorite destinations
in Santa Barbara County on
SBCE Events – Julia Child’s Guide to Santa Barbara County.


Photo Credit: Photo Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

The SBCE will be a three day experience taking place March 13-15, 2020
that will draw people from all over to enjoy the many delicious things Santa Barbara has to offer.

Follow Julia’s Footsteps. Download an Interactive map for a self-guided tour of some of Julia’s favorite places to eat, drink, walk and shop all over Santa Barbara County from Santa Ynez Valley to Carpinteria, where she summered.

 

The Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE) is a world-class three-day event celebrated throughout greater Santa Barbara from March 13-15, 2020. Immersed in the American Riviera and showcasing a taste of Santa Barbara by bringing together local and national talent in the spirit of Julia Child, the public will enjoy Santa Barbara – Julia’s final home – with its dynamic food and wine scene. In partnership with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, participating restaurants, bars and hotels across the city and harbor in this experience offer their inspired spin on classic Julia Child dishes, signature Julia and Paul Child cocktails, educational programming, memorable stays, tours, talks and other creative programming, all to benefit The Julia Child Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to honor and further Julia’s legacy, which centers on the importance of understanding where food comes from, what makes for good food, and the value of cooking. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, the Foundation is a non-profit organization which makes grants to support research in culinary history, scholarships for professional culinary training, food writing and media as well as professional development and food literacy programs. Over the last decade, the Foundation has made more than $2 million in grants to other non-profits. In 2015, the Foundation created the Julia Child Award, presented at an annual Food History Gala hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. This annual Award honors an individual who has made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks and is accompanied by a $50,000 grant from the Foundation to a food-related non-profit selected by the recipient. For more information, visit: www.juliachildfoundation.org

Stearns Wharf 147th Anniversary

Come join as we celebrate Stearns Wharf 147th Anniversary

Stearns Wharf circa 1878

Join us on Stearns Wharf to celebrate the 147th Anniversary during the Month of October.  Visit the merchants and see what specials they have in celebration of the Wharf’s Anniversary.

Stearns Wharf is the oldest working wood wharf in California, it was built in 1872 by John Peck Stearns to facilitate the transfer of cargo and people from ships to shore.

Up until the 1870s, Santa Barbara was virtually cut off from the outside world by its natural barriers of the ocean and the mountains. In 1867, John Peck Stearns moved to Santa Barbara and opened a lumberyard at the foot of State Street. Mr. Stearns noted that the town needed a long wharf so that Ocean ships could tie up at low tide. In 1872, with the financial backing of Colonel William Welles Hollister, Stearns completed the Wharf and Santa Barbara’s isolation from the outside world was over.

Over the years Stearns Wharf has survived severe storms, tornados, and fires making it the oldest working wooden wharf in California.

Experience Santa Barbara and Share in the magic of Stearns Wharf; come celebrate the 147th Anniversary of Stearns Wharf during the month of October and ask your favorite merchants for their Anniversary Specials.

Modern Day Stearns Wharf

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The Stearns Wharf Merchants Association represents the merchants and business owners on Stearns Wharf. Stearns Wharf is located at the end of State Street between East Beach and the Santa Barbara Harbor. For more information, visit www.stearnswharf.org.

Fourth of July on Stearns Wharf

Fourth of July

PRESS RELEASE & CALENDAR LISTING

Fourth of July on Stearns Wharf

Who:    Stearns Wharf Merchants Association

What:     Fourth  of July celebration and fireworks show from Stearns Wharf

When:    Thursday, July 4, 2019

          Live music begins at 12:00 PM |Firework show begins at 9 PM

Where:    Stearns Wharf and West Beach, Santa Barbara

Why:     Stearns Wharf celebrates Independence Day with the best view of the annual fireworks show.,

The wharf offers many attractions while you are waiting for the fireworks show to begin including:

  • Live music provided by Unknown Daze (From 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
  • Live music by Tequila Mockingbird (From 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
  • Face painting
  • Festive treats including ice cream, sherbet, candy, popcorn, fudge, and cotton candy
  • Jewelry, art, crafts, gifts, and toys
  • Shells, minerals, and fossils
  • Wine tasting
  • Sportswear clothing
  • Fishing gear rental and bait and tackle
  • Palm reading
  • Fresh fish, shellfish, steaks, prime rib, fish and chips, burgers, cocktails,
    exotic tropical drinks, and more
  • Child-friendly water taxi and harbor tours
  • Interactive Sea Center museum

Watch the fireworks after dark from one of the best locations in the city with the display shooting off right next to Stearns Wharf.

Cost:        Free!

 

Stearns Wharf is located in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California. When completed in 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of Californias South Coast for over a century.   Stearns Wharf, Your local destination – and where State Street Meets the Sea.  Ninety minutes free parking, and always dog-on-a-leash friendly. 

For more information, please visit www.stearnswharf.org

Tequila MockingbirdTequila Mockingbird is a Santa Barbara-based rock band that has been performing around the area for many years.  They specialize in dishing up their own signature interpretation of the best classic and modern rock, blues, funk and groove to the delight of all who enjoy high-energy live music.

The vocal styling of lead singer Bob McDermott is a constant, as well as the thumping groove of bass player Jim Giles. With drummer Steve (Stevie Thunder) Timm, and the extraordinary guitar work of Pete Wolf, they have settled into a rock solid group that locals can count on for a good time to be had by all.

Unknown DazeUnknown Daze is another local original rock band with a wide-ranging style powered by a driving beat, thickly textured guitar work and multi-part vocal harmonies.

Brothers Greg Wolf and Pete Wolf handle the guitars with Jim Giles on bass, Steve Timm on drums, and all four of the boys sing. Influences range from classic to modern rock and back again with flavors of progressive, blues, heartfelt ballads and high-energy rockers both familiar and original woven throughout their live performances.

Face-painting-and-henna

Santa Barbara Face Painting and Henna

Complementary Face Painting by Santa Barbara Face Painting, Courtesy of the Stearns Wharf Business Association! Also available are Henna Tattoo’s.

For more information, please visit: http://santabarbarafacepainting.com


Contact: Neil Bruskin, Stearns Wharf Merchants Association President
Phone: 805.698.5600
Email: mscandy@cox.net


Nature’s Own Gallery features new rare Fossil Specimens and Jewelry lines on Stearns Wharf

Family-owned and – operated on Stearns Wharf since 1981, Nature’s Own Gallery is featuring a Crinoid fossil plate this month.  After almost 38 years on Stearns Wharf, Nature’s Own features shells, fossils, minerals, jewelry and gifts from around the world.

Nature’s Own is in a unique location on the Wharf.  The store is tucked into the inner sanctum of shops, so people don’t always realize it’s there and do not go in.  When they do come in they almost always say “this is such a beautiful store, how long have you been here?” The owner, Judi Bruskin replies “My family has owned and operated the shop since the wharf reopened in 1981.”

Judi ventures out every year to find the best the world has to offer, she has just returned from a buying trip and now the store has been restocked will hundreds of new items. This year’s finds include a 420 Million year old Crinoid fossil plate, and a 350 Million year old Ammonite that has been transformed into a Large Squid sculpture.

The Crinoid fossil plate is from the Upper Silurian period. Crinoids are filter feeding sea animals (not plants) which attached themselves to the bottom of the ocean with a stalk.  They are echinoderms and related to starfish, sea urchins, and brittle stars. Crinoids where animals which were rooted to the floor of the ocean by a stem and had many armored feeding arms which they used to filter the water for food. They first appeared in the Ordovician period and are still alive today.

“Beautiful fossils are becoming harder and harder to find, so when I see one that stands out from the rest, I always bring it back for everybody to see”.  This highly detailed Scyphocrinites crinoid dates back to the Upper Silurian period and was discovered near Erfoud Morocco according to Judi.

The shop also features shells, coral, amethyst geodes, fossil Megalodon (shark) teeth, and unique jewelry pieces.  “Nature’s Own Gallery is the place to go to find that special gift for yourself or for the person that has everything”, said Mrs. Bruskin. Mrs. Bruskin says “Where else can you see or buy fossils millions of years old, beautiful minerals, or dinosaur dung? I hope everybody comes in to see our fossils, amethyst geodes, and beautiful mineral jewelry”.

Fossil Plate

Ammonite Squid

Nature’s Own Gallery located on Stearns Wharf, located at the end of State Street between East Beach and the Santa Barbara Harbor. For more information, visit https://stearnswharf.org/natures-own/

Tales & Scales

Tales & Scales

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10:00 AM—3:00 PM

Where: Sea Center, Stearns Wharf

Creep and slither around the Sea Center in your Halloween costume while enjoying thrilling and
chilling activities! Gasp for breath as you watch Sea Center divers uncover the shadowy underwater world
beneath Stearns Wharf.


Special Showings

Stearns Wharf Live Dive
10:00 AM
Live Stream from E/V Nautilus
11:00 AM & 12:30 PM
Live Owl with Eyes in the Sky
1:00 PM
Moon Jellies Touch Station
2:00 PM
Harbor Patrol Fire Boat Water Display
3:00 PM

More Details on Tales&Scales2018_Flyer
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Halloween costumes are encouraged.


Shark Cove

Fourth of July 2018

Press release & CALENDAR LISTING

Fourth of July on Stearns Wharf

Who:       Stearns Wharf Merchants Association

What:     Fourth of July celebration and fireworks show from Stearns Wharf

When:    Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Live music begins at 11:00 AM |Firework show begins at 9 PM

Where:   Stearns Wharf and West Beach, Santa Barbara

Why:      Stearns Wharf celebrates Independence Day with the best view of the annual fireworks show. While waiting for the fireworks show to begin, the wharf offers many attractions including:

  • Live music provided by Musicology’s SeaCliff and Notes for Notes® Jazz Villains (11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • Live music by Tequila Mockingbird (From 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
  • Face painting
  • Festive treats including ice cream, sherbet, candy, popcorn, fudge, and cotton candy
  • Jewelry, hats, leather goods, art, crafts, gifts, and toys
  • Shells, minerals, and fossils
  • Wine tasting
  • Sportswear clothing
  • Fishing gear rental and bait and tackle
  • Palm reading
  • Fresh fish, shellfish, steaks, prime rib, fish and chips, burgers, cocktails, exotic tropical drinks, and more
  • Child-friendly water taxi and harbor tours
  • Interactive Sea Center museum

After dark, watch the fireworks from one of the best locations in the city with the display shooting off right next to Stearns Wharf.

Cost: Free!

Co-sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara

Stearns Wharf is located in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California. When completed in 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a century.   Stearns Wharf, Your local destination – and where State Street Meets the Sea.  Ninety minutes free parking, and always dog-on-a-leash friendly. 
For more information, please visit www.stearnswharf.org

Tequila Mockingbird
Tequila Mockingbird is a Santa Barbara-based rock band that has been performing around the area for many years.  They specialize in dishing up their own signature interpretation of the best classic and modern rock, blues, funk and groove to the delight of all who enjoy high-energy live music.

The vocal styling of lead singer Bob McDermott is a constant, as well as the thumping groove of bass player Jim Giles. With drummer Steve (Stevie Thunder) Timm, and the extraordinary guitar work of Pete Wolf, they have settled into a rock solid group that locals can count on for a good time to be had by all.

Musicology Founder Erland Wanberg started playing the guitar and writing songs when he was 13 years old. Along his musical journey, Erland discovered his love and talent for teaching. For over a decade he has inspired students of all ages and skill levels to excel with passion and dedication. Many of his students have gone on to pursue their own musical ambitions as recording artists and performers. Erland decided to return home from Nashville with intentions to give back to the community that helped him get his start. In light of coming home, Musicology Santa Barbara was born.
For more information, please visit https://www.musicologysb.com/

Notes for Notes
Notes for Notes® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that designs, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs offering youth the opportunity to explore, create, and record music for FREE. Notes for Notes Studios are packed with professional instruments guitars, basses, drums, keyboards/synths and equipment DJ gear, digital music workstations and full recording facilities. Beyond providing access to equipment and resources, we educate youth about careers both on the stage and behind the scenes.

Notes for Notes was founded on the core belief that music is the universal language of humankind, with the power to transcend virtually any cultural, racial, or socioeconomic barrier. At the heart of the organization is a dedication to the relationships formed through music. Music inspires connection and collaboration, and it is through these relationships that we can make the most impact.
For more information, please visit http://notesfornotes.org.

Jazz Villains are an up and coming youth jazz combo based out of Santa Barbara, CA. In just under 2 years, the six-piece have already made their mark at venues such as The Lobero Theater, Marjourie Luke Theater, Santa Barbara’s SOhO and Ventura’s Squashed Grapes. All members range from ages 13 to seventeen, giving their audience a contemporary and refreshing approach to classic jazz standards. Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing”, Miles Davis’ “So What” and Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” being some of their most notable renditions. More recently, Jazz Villains teamed up with David Rojas to record their original song “Yes Baby, I Treat You Right” at the Notes For Notes® studios.

Stearns Wharf Kicks Off the Holidays with Tree Lighting Ceremony

Lit Christmas Tree

Join us on Stearns Wharf, December 9th to kick off the holiday season!

Before the start of the Parade of Lights boat parade, Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo will switch on the lights of a beautiful 25-foot Green White Fir on Stearns Wharf to officially open the holiday season for the waterfront.

The 32nd Annual Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 p.m. with some 30 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. Judging for the parade takes place from the east side of Stearns Wharf. Take advantage of the opportunity to start your holiday season by having dinner, a treat, or do some holiday shopping for your family and friends. Gift Certificates are available at Wharf businesses.

Parking is available on Stearns Wharf (if parked prior to 3:30 p.m.) as well as at the Chase Palm Park & Garden Street parking lots. The first 90-minutes of parking on the wharf is free!

Sponsored by the Stearns Wharf Merchants. For more information, visit StearnsWharf.org.

Contact: Neil Bruskin, Stearns Wharf Merchants Association President
Phone: 805.962.6010
Email: mscandy@cox.net

 

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Stearns Wharf is located adjacent to the harbor in Santa Barbara, California, United States. When completed in 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a century.

Fourth of July 2017

Who: Stearns Wharf Merchants Association

What: Fourth of July celebration and fireworks show from Stearns Wharf

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Live music begins at 11:00 AM Fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.

Where: Stearns Wharf and West Beach, Santa Barbara, along Cabrillo Boulevard

Why: Stearns Wharf celebrates Independence Day with the best view of the annual fireworks show. While waiting for the fireworks show to begin, the wharf offers many attractions including:

  • Live music provided by Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy and Notes for Notes® (11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • Live music by Tequila Mockingbird (From 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
  • Face Painting
  • Ice cream, sherbet, candy, popcorn, fudge, and cotton candy
  • Jewelry, hats, leather goods, art, crafts, gifts, and Toys
  • Shells, mineral, and fossils
  • Wine tasting
  • Sportswear clothing
  • Bait and tackle and fishing gear rental
  • Palm reading
  • Fresh fish, shellfish, steaks, prime rib, fish and chips, burgers, cocktails, exotic tropical drinks, and more
  • Child-friendly water taxi and harbor tours
  • Interactive Sea Center museum

After dark, watch the annual pyrotechnic display from one of the best locations in the city as fireworks shoot out over the harbor.

Cost: Free
Co-sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara.

Stearns Wharf is located in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California. When completed in 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a century. Stearns Wharf, Your local destination – and where State Street Meets the Sea. Ninety minutes free parking, and always dog-on-a-leash friendly.


Tequila Mockingbird is a Santa Barbara-based rock band that has been performing
around the area for many years. They specializing in dishing up their own signature
interpretation of the best classic and modern rock, blues, funk and groove to the delight of
all who want to enjoy high-energy live music.
The vocal styling of lead singer Bob McDermott is a constant, as well as the thumping
groove of bass player Jim Giles. With drummer Steve (Stevie Thunder) Timm, and the
extraordinary guitar work of Pete Wolf, they have settled into a rock solid group that locals
can count on for a good time to be had by all.


Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy is a non-profit music school started in 2009 to inspire and nurture the next generation of musicians. Executive Directors William Fiedtkou and Barbara Moseley and amazing staff coupled with their beautiful new location provides a one of a kind learning environment.

For more information, please visit www.sbyma.org


Notes for Notes® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that designs, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs offering youth the opportunity to explore, create, and record music for FREE. Notes for Notes Studios are packed with professional instruments – guitars, basses, drums, keyboards/synths – and equipment – DJ gear, digital music workstations – and full recording facilities. Beyond providing access to equipment and resources, we educate youth about careers both on the stage and behind the scenes.

Notes for Notes was founded on the core belief that music is the universal language of humankind, with the power to transcend virtually any cultural, racial, or socioeconomic barrier. At the heart of the organization is a dedication to the relationships formed through music. Music inspires connection and collaboration, and it is through these relationships that we can make the most impact.

For more information, please visit notesfornotes.org.

Jazz Villains are an up and coming youth jazz combo based out of Santa Barbara, CA. In
just under a year, the six-piece have already made their mark at venues such as SantaBarbara’s SOhO and Ventura’s Surf Brewery. All members range from ages twelve to sixteen,
giving their audience a contemporary and refreshing approach to classic jazz standards.
Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man, Miles Davis’ “So What” and Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny”
being some of their most notable renditions. More recently, Jazz Villains teamed up with
David Rojas to record the classic, “Autumn Leaves,” at the Notes For Notes® studios.


Contact: Neil Bruskin, Stearns Wharf Merchants Association President
Phone: 805.698.5600
Email: mscandy@cox.net


The Origin of Salt Water Taffy

Young Leonora

Young Leonora listens to the tide report before setting out on her historic trip to the end of Stearns Wharf to fetch a pail of seawater.

The Origins of Salt Water Taffy
(according to Mother Stearns)

 

In October 1872, a peg-legged attorney-turned-lumberman named John Stearns completed his wharf at the foot of State Street. Thereafter, lumber arriving from the north by ship could be unloaded directly onto wagons, rather than being floated ashore on the high tides. Christmas that year, John’s wife decided to cook up a batch of her taffy for the wharf workers, called stevedores.

Working in the kitchen behind John’s office (which later would become “The Harbor Restaurant”), Mother Stearns instructed her daughter Leonora to fetch a pail of water for the candy. As the nearest well was some distance up State Street, the inventive child simply lowered a bucket from the wharf and returned with the water to her mother’s kitchen. Mother Stearns unknowingly used the saltwater in the candy. When the delicious but unusual flavor was remarked upon by many of the men, Mother Stearns investigated and Leonora confessed to performing her chore the easy way.

However, candy history had been made! From then on, Mother Stearns drew a pail of seawater for each batch of marvelous “Saltwater Taffy” she created. Today, we still follow Mother Stearns’ original recipe for the world’s first Saltwater Taffy. Of course, we now use purified water and we add the sea salt. But the flavor remains unchanged.

Just ask any stevedore you meet.

Return to Mother Stearns Candy Company.