••• “Should Santa Barbara County wineries impose a two percent fee on each bottle sold to help pay for regional marketing efforts? The staff and board members of the Santa Barbara Vintners [are] waging an informational campaign to convince a majority of the county’s winemakers to support the creation of a business improvement district, or BID, that would levy and collect this fee. The two percent fee would generate more than $1.6 million annually, nearly quadrupling the Santa Barbara Vintners’ existing budget.” Above: Pence Vineyards. —Independent
••• “There’s a new executive chef in the kitchens at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in Montecito. Michael Patria most recently was executive chef at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. He replaces Marco Fossati, who left the Montecito property in late June for a new gig as executive chef at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail.” Great, but they really need to rethink the entire restaurant. —Ventura County Star
••• Eater LA updated its list of 13 essential Santa Barbara restaurants. Great to see Bettina and Tyger Tyger there. But Brophy Bros.? Honor Bar? Toma? Maybe they should just cap it at 10.
••• Vicenta’s in Goleta has closed after just 11 months, says the Restaurant Guy.
••• Café Ana has a new baker, Amanda DeLaura, pictured below with a plate of ginger mounds.