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The Perfect Gift

The 3rd edition of the Santa Barbara Restaurant Guide
is available in leading bookstores in Santa Barbara

Forum events are not currently being run but listen to Nipper's Table Talk on Thursdays at 10 am on AM 1290 and streaming on www.nippers.com for exciting news on future culinary activities

Nipper’s Table Talk Forum Events
are held throughout the year at different restaurants around Santa Barbara. Members of the lively Table Talk Forum gather at these culinary events to exchange news, gossip, and information concerning the local dining scene. Winemakers are invited to present wines paired with selections by the restaurant chefs. Anyone with an interest in food and wine can join the Table Talk Forum, free of charge. To attend the luncheons, the cost is currently $25 per person (dinners are more) and space is limited to a first come basis. To date there have been 18 luncheons and dinner parties at restaurants including Quantum, Tre Lune, Endless Summer, Ca Dario, Olio E Limone, Epiphany, Miro, Trattoria Mollie, El Encanto, The Stonehouse, Citronelle, La Marina, Wine Cask, Rodney's, and Sage & Onion.

The 17th Nippers Table Talk Forum Dinner was held at the El Encanto Hotel.

April 21, 2005 - The reception was held at the hotel's stunning terrace with sparkling Roederer Estate served, courtesy of Wine Warehouse and Kerry Bartron, followed by dinner in the private Fireside room. The featured speaker was Rick Longoria of Richard Longoria Wines.

Rick Longoria and Kerry Barton

Executive Chef Mark Kropczynski created a menu that dazzled the sold out event. There were raves around the room over the Provencale onion and tomato soup, served with a Chateau Coustaut Grave Blanc 2003 and the steamed zucchini blossoms with sea scallops, lobster and a lick-the-plate-clean truffle sauce. The Longoria 2002 Pinot Noir was the crowning glory wine-wise and the group quickly ordered up some of the remaining eight cases. Arthur von Wiesenberger presented Chef Kropczynski with a plaque recognizing all the extensive contribution he has made to food in Santa Barbara. Mark is moving to the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in May.

There were door prizes awarded to some of the lucky participants in the El Encanto questionnaire about what kind of restaurant Nippers’ members would like to see there. The grand prize, a two night stay at the Windsor Court hotel in New Orleans, was won by Peter Stettinus who ironically was also celebrating his birthday.

The next Nippers.com Forum Event will be in two months. Members of Nippers.com will receive the initial invitation - one of the many benefits of membership.


Hosted the holiday Nippers Table Talk Dinner Forum on Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at 6 PM. Special guests discussed featured Champagnes and wines at Elements, 129 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara

 The Menu & Featured Wines

with cinnamon oil
and nutmeg foam

Summerland Bien Nacido 2002 Chardonnay

fuyu persimmon reduction
and baby mache salad

Brander Cuvee Natalie 2004

black muscat pomegranate sorbet

Kalyra 2003 Black Muscat


shiitake mushroom cream sauce, sautéed spinach and truffled potato rosti

Brander Cabernet Reserve 2001


thai green curry coconut sauce, chili oil and gingered basmati rice with stir fried vegetables

Chateau St. Michelle Eroica Resling 2003


rich dark chocolate goat cheese cheesecake

with seasonal berries

Kalyra 2000 vintage Port



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¡Viva El Tequila!

Paloma Rios, the 2005 Spirit of Fiesta performed for the group on the rooftop terrace of the Hotel Andalucia

The 18th Nippers Table Talk Forum Event was a sold old success held at the Hotel Andalucia. Viva El Tequila was the first Nippers fundraiser and the beneficiary was Old Spanish Days to benefit the Old Spanish Days Youth Scholarship Fund which assists deserving dancers. One incredibly deserving dancer was Paloma Rios, the 2005 Spirit of Fiesta who performed for the group on the rooftop terrace. The stunning views went perfectly with the pomegranate and watermelon margaritas made with Corazon blanco tequila.

Debra Parsekian, Richard Torin and friends
take in a perfect tequila sunset

The party then moved downstairs to the Riviera ballroom. Walking in the door, the aroma of the hundreds of glasses of open tequila was like ambrosia. The room was also stunning decorated with two massive paintings by artist John Wullbrandt. At one end of the room was a spectacular painting of the Santa Barbara Mission and on the other was the painting which is this year's Fiesta poster. Fiesta masks from the 1950s were displayed around the room, part of a unique collection belonging to Carolina Pierpoint of Mediterranee Antiques in Summerland.

County Supervisor Salud Carbajal,
Brent Bushong II, food and beverage manager of the Hotel Andalucia and artist John Wulbrandt.

Arthur von Wiesenberger welcomed the group and introduced Brent Bushong II who spoke about tequila and how the blind tasting was organized. Guests then tried the six different tequilas including Casta Pasion Reposado, Cabo Wabo Blanco, Gran Centenario Anejo, Chinaco Reposado, Corazon Blanco and Penca Azul Anejo.

The ceviche appetizer with homemade tortilla chips.

Dinner began with a cervice de camarones (Mexican shrimp ceviche with local avocado and watermelon) followed by Pato Y Langosta a la Mole (braised duck and lobster mole with a tortilla grantin) and for dessert, Crepas de Cajeta (cornmeal crepes and goat's milk caramel). The courses complimented the chocolate, cognac and floral flavors of the tequilas wonderfully. El Pesidente of Fiesta, Chip Wullbrandt bestowed an honorary board fiesta pin on Arthur and County Supervisor Salud Carbajal kept the party smiling when he put on a fiesta dragon mask. The evening continued with guests receiving a Fiesta 2005 tequila shot glass as they progressed to the bar in the lobby.

Chip Wulbrandt, Fiesta 2005 El Presidente and his wife.

Julia Child Makes a Splash at Nipper's Table Talk Forum

MARCH 15, 2001 — The Queen of cuisine, Julia Child, made a surprise appearance at Nipper’s Table Talk Forum Luncheon at Citronelle. Accompanied by Barbara Sims-Bell, Ms. Child shared candid views of her local restaurant experiences and appeared to enjoy the luncheon prepared by Felicien Cueff

Over fifty Table Talk Forum members tasted appetizers such as smoke salmon napoleon on an edible spoon and fresh mozzarella with Balsamic vinegar. A delicious crispy petrale sole served with a bell pepper carpaccio had Ms. Child's table contemplating how Chef Cueff managed to slice the bell peppers so thin. The third course at first appeared to be a braised lamb shank with a bone of marrow. However the "bone" was created out of potato and filled with a mushroom ragout and served with a cabernet sauvignon sauce. Everyone raved about desert which was a silky caramel cheese cake with maple syrup sauce.

Among some of the wines tasted included a bold 1998 Domain Santa Barbara Chardonnay from the Los Olivios vineyard which received kudos all around.

Santa Barbara Restaurant Guide gets launched at the Four Seasons Biltmore

December 12, 2001 — The Four Seasons Biltmore took out all the stops and hosted the launch of the Santa Barbara Restaurant Guide in conjunction with the Nippers Table Talk Forum Luncheon. Chef Martin Frost found a way to bring nirvana to the table with a stellar menu that included seared sea scallops and wild mushroom ravioli topped with fresh white truffles. The main course was a tender roasted duck breast, butternut squash, fontina cheese soufflé and fresh foie gras. There was a cheese course followed with a chocolate mocha parfait with basil ice cream in a crispy tuille.  

Moet & Chandon donated the Brut Imperial Champagne which began the celebrations with a true sparkle. Fred Brander treated guests to his Sauvignon Blanc and Bouchet 2000. Author Arthur von Wiesenberger introduced his team that worked on the Santa Barbara Restaurant Guide and mentioned that Santa Barbara has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the US. La Marina's exceptional lunch was a meal to remember.

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