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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.

http://www.stephaniesonnewbury.com/stephanie-sokolove-bio.pdf

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.

 

 

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Mar 23 – Lompoc Empty Bowls

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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 8, 2016 – Table of Life Gala

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GARDEN PARTY ATTIRE: SEMI-FORMAL, HATS AND FLATS. VALET PARKING PROVIDED AT ESTATE ENTRANCE.

Date: October 8, 2016
Time: 4 pm – 7 pm
Host/Location: Jim & Stephanie Sokolove’s Montecito Estate
1569 East Valley Road, Montecito CA 93108
www.tableoflife.org

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Honoring: Deckers Brands and Maryan Schall
Co-Chairs: Ann Daniel and Nancy Sheldon
Band & Entertainment: Doublewide Kings and Fred Kass,  MD, Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
Featured Chefs: Michael Hutchings & Christine Dahl

Host Committee:
MICHELLE APODACA, MARYBETH CARTY, ANN DANIEL, REBECCA GOEBEL, EVA HALLER,
PALMER JACKSON JR., JILL LEVINSON, DC MCGUIRE, SARAH MUZZY, CATHERINE PICKETT, NANCY SHELDON, STEPHANIE SOKOLOVE, NINA TERZIAN AND DIANE ZIPPERSTEIN

Honorary Committee: STEPHEN AIZENSTAT • MICHELLE APODACA • MIKE AND TRACY BOLLAG • MARYBETH CARTY • ANN DANIEL • PHYLLIS DE PICCIOTTO • DANYEL DEAN • ROBERT AND CHRISTINE EMMONS • ALAN GHITTERMAN •  PERRY GIBSON AND KENNETH KRAUS • REBECCA GOEBEL • CARLA HAHN • EVA HALLER • MAREN HASEN • PERRI HARCOURT • RICHARD AND KAREN HEIMBERG • PALMER AND SUSAN JACKSON • MORRIE AND IRMA JURKOWITZ • BARRY AND JILL KITNICK • NEIL AND JILL LEVINSON • SARA MILLER MCCUNE • ARCHIE MCLAREN •  ARLENE MONTESANO • BILL AND SANDI NICHOLSON • NATALIE ORFALEA • TOM PARKER •   ERIC AND NINA PHILLIPS • LADY LESLIE RIDLEY-TREE • STAN RODEN • SUSAN ROSE • ALISON WRIGLEY RUSACK AND GEOFF RUSACK • KEN AND JO SAXON • MARYAN SCHALL • MIKE AND NANCY SHELDON • CHUCK AND MISSY SHELDON • STEPHEN SINGLETON AND CHRISTOPHER TEASLEY • STEPHANIE AND JIM SOKOLOVE • TOM AND HEATHER STURGESS • NINA TERZIAN • MIKE AND ANNE TOWBES • JIM AND SHERRY VILLANUEVA • DIANE AND STEVEN ZIPPERSTEIN

Silver
DECKERS BRAND
NEIL AND JILL LEVINSON AND MORRIE AND IRMA JURKOWITZ
MARYAN SCHALL
MISSY AND CHUCK SHELDON AND NANCY AND MIKE SHELDON
STEPHANIE AND JIM SOKOLOVE

Bronze
ANN JACKSON FAMILY FOUNDATION
MIKE AND TRACY BOLLAG
MARCY CARSEY
COTTAGE HEALTH
BOB AND CHRISTINE EMMONS
SAGE PUBLICATIONS
WARREN AND MARY LYNN STALEY
HEATHER AND TOM STURGESS
VENOCO, INC.

Patron
DAN AND MEG BURNHAM
ANN DANIEL
PERRY GIBSON
SHELLEY AND RICK FOGG
VICKI AND BOB HAZARD
MAIA KIKERPILL AND DANIEL NASH
GERD AND PETE JORDANO
CHEF MICHAEL HUTCHINGS AND CHRISTINE DAHL
DOROTHY LARGAY
CARL E. LINDROS
MONTECITO BANK & TRUST
MISSION WEALTH
STEPHEN AND CAROL OLSON
PACIFIC COAST BUSINESS TIMES
H. SMITH RICHARDSON III
SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION
KEN AND JO SAXON
JEAN SCHUYLER
SIGNATURE PARKING
BARRY SPECTOR
THE TENT MERCHANT
WELLS FARGO
DAVID AND KAYE WILLETTE
VILLAGE PROPERTIES

 

Fifth Annual Table of Life Gala
a garden party benefiting the Foodbank

Bringing together the local food industry, chefs, restaurateurs, wine makers and foodies to celebrate Santa Barbara County’s finest. This year, the Foodbank is proud to honor, Maryan Schall and Deckers Brand for their leadership and steadfast commitment to improving food security. The Table of Life Gala will be held at Jim and Stephanie Sokolove’s beautiful Montecito Estate on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Proceeds will support the nutritional health of our community through building and inspiring our next generation of culinary talent. Learn more about Feed the Future programs. Event is limited to 200 guests.

2016 Sponsorship Levels 
Fruit of the Earth Champion $30,000 – includes 10 person table
Garden of the Earth $20,000 – includes 10 person table
School of Knowledge $10,000 – includes 10 person table
Feed the Future Supporter $5,000 – includes 5 person table
Patron Ticket $1000 – includes 2 gala tickets

For sponsorship, please contact: Jane Lindsey, (805) 967-5741 X 101
BUY TICKETS NOW! Tickets are $300.