Category: Food & Drink

Recipes and ruminations on food, coffee, adult beverages, and more. Includes our “We Try it So You Don’t Have to” series.

Oreana Winery: Christian Garvin’s Path to the Urban Wine Trail

It’s the daily challenges of entrepreneurship that keep Christian Garvin fired up about his business, downtown’s Oreana winery (205 Anacapa St.). At one moment, he’s breaking apart a wooden crate to fashion a makeshift leg so the new (used) dishwasher can be installed. The same night, he could be pouring at a high-end restaurant, showcasing his wines for the culinary elite.


Cups of Joe or Frozen Treats, Twin Cups Aims for Fresh, Healthy, and Quick

At Twin Cups, simplicity seems to be the running theme. The new coffee and frozen yogurt kiosk, at 5329 Calle Real, just off the Patterson exit, provides what owner Nathan Carey calls “stop and go” service. He aims to keep things simple and efficient for staff and customers, with two main products to choose from, streamlined preparation procedures, and a freeway-adjacent location.


Rori’s Artisanal Creamery: Tantalizing Innovation

What happens when an accomplished chef—a cookbook author, food columnist for national magazines, and well known food stylist—decides to turn her critical eye to America’s favorite frozen dessert? Rori Trovato, who launched Santa Barbara-based Rori’s Artisanal Creamery last December, has the scoop.