••• Lindsay Koenig, sous chef at Bettina, has launched a line of baked goods called Triple Chip. She sells crumbles, hand pies (above), and other treats at the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, and you can contact her directly about placing orders at other times.
••• Speaking of Bettina, I’m thinking of starting a Change.org petition to get the restaurant to add the Detroit-style pizza it occasionally serves as a family meal (and teases followers with on Instagram) to the menu.
••• The Independent profiled Michael Glazer, whose Mission Rose Pasta Company “now offers a pasta club for weekly or monthly deliveries. The ever-changing products—including about 15 different shapes as well as creams, butters, and sauces—can be ordered through Farm Cart Organics, Local Harvest Delivery, Farm Box Collective, and Plow-to-Porch, and there are pickup stations in the works, too.”
••• Coast & Olive on Coast Village Road is now open for lunch, “serving the same menu [as dinner, presumably] all day.” I had a nice time there the other night for dinner, and the server was one of the most professional I’ve experienced in a while.
••• A sign on the door of La Sirena, the forthcoming restaurant at the Cabrillo Pavilion, says the chef will be Budi Kazali, and the food will be “Coastal Cuisine.” Here’s a bio from when he cooked at the Resort at Paws Up:
Born in Indonesia and raised in Santa Barbara, Chef Budi Kazali was destined to bring multicultural flavors together in impeccable cuisine. After refining his culinary skills at the California Culinary Academy, he began exploring fine French cuisine at San Francisco’s La Folie and top-drawer Asian influences at Boston’s Blue Ginger. After working at these and other top West and East Coast kitchens, he came home to the Santa Barbara area.
In 2004, in the Santa Ynez Valley’s tiny town of Ballard, Kazali and his wife, Chris, purchased the quaint Ballard Inn and opened the Gathering Table restaurant. There, his love of cross-cultural cooking, melding Asian and French influences, has matured and made him well-known to California foodies. Winner of the Central Coast Magazine’s Ultimate Chef competition, Kazali has also seen the Gathering Table named as Best Restaurant in Santa Barbara County by Zagat.
••• When The Well (a..k.a. Big Daddy’s Home & Garden) opened in Summerland, I was disappointed that there wasn’t a café component, because the space seemed to want it. Well (ahem), it looks like there will be food-related pop-ups. Twenty-Four Blackbirds posted this schedule for last Saturday; oddly, The Well itself didn’t mention it.