Category: Featured Events

Join Jacob & Spencer’s Saturday Family Day Food Drive & Festival

Join us for a special Saturday Family Day this November 12 at the Santa Barbara warehouse.  We are hosting a Thanksgiving food drive and volunteer festival. Bring your food donations to drop off: frozen turkeys and chickens and foods from the list in the link below. We will have bike blenders for the kids to make smoothies, volunteer activities for the whole family, Apples to Zuchinni Cooking School will teach kids to make a healthly snack and Spencer of Spencer the Gardner will perform his “Gobble Song” live. Come join the fun and help the Foodbank!


Food drive items needed: here

Where:  Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, 4554 Hollister Avenue

When:  Saturday, November 12,  9:30 – 12:00, come at any time and stay as long as you wish

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We will run these activities all morning so feel free to come when you can and leave when you need to!



Meet Stephanie Sokolove

Preface: This interview took place last year. She is graciously hosting this year’s Table of Life Event at her Estate. What a wonderful partner she has been to the Foodbank!

Onto the Interview: September 2014

The-BEET Stephanie Sokolove

Many of you have heard of the Table of Life Fundraiser that supports the Foodbank’s Feed the Future programs, a sequential series of programs created by the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County that fosters nutritional health and independence in children of all ages. This year, on October 5th, the Foodbank is thrilled and proud to have Stephanie Sokolove as Table of Life’s keynote speaker. Stephanie is Owner and Executive Chef to THREE nationally recognized restaurants in the Boston area, Stephanie’s on Newbury, Stephi’s on Tremont, and Stephi’s in Southie.

Stephanie has built her business on a style of cooking that she calls “Sophisticated Comfort,” a style that is fresh, interesting, and yet familiar. “Sophisticated Comfort Food” is the next generation of comfort food in that it blends traditional favorites with today’s food preferences. Dishes are imaginatively created with current, fresher ingredients and bolder flavors then artistically presented. At the restaurant, Stephanie spins familiar classics into elegant dishes that comfort and surprise without being fussy or intimidating.

I sat down with the gracious Stephanie Sokolove to ask her some questions about her health and food philosophies, and of course I couldn’t help but ask a little about her restaurants.

The BEET Question 1To me healthy is waking up and feeling good; feeling energetic, clear headed and ready to face the day.

The BEET Question 2

It’s important to be able to function at your top level.  If were not healthy it’s hard to get through the day.  For example, I play golf.  To feel and play my best, I don’t eat big meals beforehand, as I need to feel light to play well.

The BEET Question 3

It’s got to play into it. But I believe survival probably comes first before health. If people knew where healthy choices were offered, I think they would make the right choice. But people don’t always know where to get healthy foods.   If we can get this message out to the community, I think that would be amazingly welcomed. What kills me is to see overweight kids, eating unhealthy foods, they can’t feel well!

The BEET Question 4

Personal health choices and restaurant services can be conflicting, as, what makes food delicious is not necessarily what you should eat every day.  However in my restaurants, everything is fresh, nothing comes out of a can; fresh is best.  That is a requirement to make food delicious.  Sugar, butter, and salt tend to make food taste better but we have cut back on these things for our health.   So we also offer dishes with less butter, less cream, and use fresh sauces instead of cream sauces for fish. California food has seen an evolution over the last 20 years.  It was known for its heavy comfort foods, but now we are seeing lighter comfort foods and fresher options like all kinds of amazing salads.

The BEET Question 6 I believe the Avocado is the healthiest single food we could eat.  And it is so versatile!  Substitute for oil and butter.  It’s a Fruit/ vegetable that is worth experimenting with;  Salads, sauces, baking.  Salads don’t need oil, ripe avocado gives salad a lovely creamy texture.

The BEET Question 8 Working in a restaurant where food is abundant, you become unaware of how much food is needed.  Working with the Foodbank has been an eye-opener to me.



Mar 23 – Lompoc Empty Bowls


The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is proud to announce

Lompoc Empty Bowls on
Wednesday March 23rd
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Dick Dewees Community and Senior Center
Check out the Facebook Event Page

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For a donation (ticket price: $25), attendees select a beautiful hand-crafted ceramic bowl, enjoy a meal of gourmet soup and bread, and take home the bowl as a reminder of the event’s purpose: to help feed hungry people wholesome and hearty food in our community.

There will also be a raffle extravaganza with many fantastic items!

For more information, sponsorship, or raffle details please contact
Development Manager Judith Monte 805-937-3422 x106 with questions.

Tickets available from:

Stillman Capital Group – 1201 East Ocean Ave #K
Chamber of Commerce – 111 South I Street
Rabobank – 828 North H Street
Pier Fitness – 803 East Walnut Ave
The Bookstore – 1137 North H Street, Suite Q
Committee Members
From the Foodbank – call 937-3422 x 104

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Oct 14, 2017

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PATRON TICKETS $1,000 ($200 not tax deductible) ON SALE NOW – 2 guests

Date: October 14, 2017
Time: 4 pm – 7 pm program and dinner, plus dancing with Doublewide Kings 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Host/Location: Jim & Stephanie Sokolove’s Montecito Estate

Honorary Chair: Maryan Schall
Co-Chairs: Ann Daniel and Nancy Sheldon
Band & Entertainment: Doublewide Kings
Food Created by: Rincon Catering

Host Committee: to be announced
Honorary Committee: to be announced



6th Annual Table of Life Gala
a garden party benefiting the Foodbank

This year, the Foodbank is proud to honor Jeff Bridges for his faithful service in seeing No Kid Hungry in our time. The Table of Life  will be held at Jim and Stephanie Sokolove’s beautiful Montecito Estate. Proceeds will support the nutritional health of our community through building and inspiring our next generation of culinary talent. Learn more about Foodbank nutrition programs for children: Feed the Future. Event is limited to 200 guests.
Now Accepting: 2017 Sponsorship Levels & Benefits 
Platinum $30,000 – includes 10 person table ($1,000 not tax deductible)
Gold $20,000 – includes 10 person table ($1,000 not tax deductible)
Silver $10,000 – includes 10 person table ($1,000 not tax deductible)
Bronze $5,000 – includes 5 person table ($500 not tax deductible)
Patron $1,000 – includes 2 guests ($200 not tax deductible)



Michael and Tracy
Marcy Carsey
​​​​​​​Cottage Health
Ann Daniel
Christine and Bob Emmons
Randi Miller and Terry Cunningham
Dr. John and Mrs. Michelle Kelly
Natalie Orfalea Foundation
Montecito Bank & Trust
Sage Publications
Maryan Schall
Wal-Mart Foundation
Carolyn and Philip Wyatt

Cheeryble Foundation
Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin

Other Contributors
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Pacific Coast Business Times

To sponsor, contact Matt Neal, Director of Strategic Gifts, via email or phone (805) 967 – 5741 x 116. Deadline is June 30, 2017 for inclusion in printed materials.

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Artwork by: Penelope Gottlieb