Montecito’s Fancy Silver Bough Restaurant Has Temporarily Closed

••• Montecito’s “ultra-luxe tasting menu restaurant the Silver Bough has been down for weeks, owing to a staffing issue at the Montecito property. Reached by phone, chef/owner and former Top Chef contestant Phillip Frankland Lee tells Eater that his previous kitchen lead there was unable to continue, and that he is looking to find a replacement as soon as possible in order to get the $550 meal service back up and running.” I still wonder how much demand there is for such a restaurant here. —Eater LA

••• “Agriculture is the number-one industry in Santa Barbara County, yet few residents ever get a close-up look. So on Saturday, September 28, 13 farms will open their doors to the public in what will be, surprisingly, the first-ever Santa Barbara County Farm Day.” —Independent

••• “Organizers of the popular California Wine Festival are returning to Santa Barbara for the 3rd Annual CA Brew & BBQ Festival […] on Saturday, September 28, 2019 in Santa Barbara. The event will feature top breweries at the picturesque Chase Palm Park venue making it one of the largest oceanfront beer festivals in the state.” —Restaurant Guy

••• Today is your last day to order a loaf of Merci Montecito’s apple honey challah for Rosh Hashanah; email [email protected]. Even if you’re not celebrating the holiday it looks like it’d make for excellent French toast.