A tasty complement to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is the Film Feast that includes 35 restaurants and tasting rooms offering innovative menus from January 30 through February 9.

Arlington Tavern "Sideways" menu with paired wines

Arlington Tavern “Sideways” menu with paired wines

The “Screen Cuisine” film at SBIFF. In its third year, is a popular series celebrating culinary cinema. This year spotlights eight films with two World Premieres and three U.S. Premieres that include the story of a hot dog street vendor trying to make it in Washington D.C with no previous food service experience (Dog Days);  a son reconnecting with his father after 10 years to try and save the family restaurant (Cesar’s Grill); and the small town of Dublin, Texas continuing to produce Dr. Pepper with pure cane sugar even as the soda industry switched to High Fructose Corn Syrup (Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr. Pepper) as well as entertaining cuisine related shorts. Film Feast’s prix fixe menu’s, tasting flights and lodging packages developed by www.SBFilmFeast.com.

In honor of Oprah Winfrey receiving The Montecito Award, Opal Restaurant & Bar created a special menu and cocktail “Oprah’s Legend,” and Bistro 1111 is offering The Color Purple menu: buttermilk fried chicken and gravy with collard greens, black eyed peas, and smashed yams.


Opal Restaurant & Bar “Oprah’s Legend” Cocktail

In honor of Sideway’s 10th anniversary, Arlington Tavern paid homage to the film by creating a three course menu inspired by the film. Chef Ron True and the Arlington Team are preparing Mac & Cheese with Kalyra Sauvignon Blanc, Fried Chicken with Flor De Campo Pinot Noir and Persimmon Pudding Cake with Storm Sauvignon Blanc to hungry film goers during the festival.

 “SOMM II: The Sequel” SOMM movie talent Brian McClintic and the Les Marchands team guide guests through a blind tasting in accordance with the movie. The Pork Rillettes with crostini and mustard small plate is outstanding with a glass of Vallin rose wine.

Brian McClintic, Les Marchands Wine

Brian McClintic, Les Marchands Wine



Santa Barbara’s century-long career as a movie backdrop and getaway for top Hollywood talent started during the silent era — Santa Barbara was California’s original filmmaking hub. Whether scouting sites dating back to Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1923), sipping pinot noir on the Sideways (2004) wine trail or watching cutting-edge cinema in historic theatres during the Film Festival, visitors can discover thatSanta Barbara looks as good in real life as she does on the big screen. For SBIFF information visit: www.sbiff.org.

By Bonnie Carroll