Tag archives: Bacara

Birdie in the Humidor
By Richard Mineards   |   March 26, 2024

It was close, but there were more than enough cigars when golfers competed at the Sandpiper golf course, just a tiara or two’s toss from the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Afterwards competitors adjourned to the tony hostelry’s Cohiba Lounge, which opened last August. There they not only partook of the pricey Cuban tobacco, they quaffed Johnny Walker […]

Ritz-Carlton Bacara SB Announces First Artist-in-Residence
By Joanne A Calitri   |   January 23, 2024

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara announced its first Artist-in-Residence, Benjamin Anderson, who had overseen the photography exhibit of Jean-Michel Cousteau at the Bacara in November 2023. Impressed with his work, they offered him this new position. He will be curating new art shows monthly in the hotel’s main lobby area. Anderson has been a Santa […]

Jean-Michel Cousteau to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
By Joanne A Calitri   |   November 14, 2023

Renowned ocean explorer and diver Jean-Michel Cousteau will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara on November 11 as part of a weekend of festivities that benefit Cousteau’s nonprofit organization Ocean Futures Society (OFS). The event, titled the 78 Years of Diving & Discovery Gala, starts Friday, November 10 and goes through Sunday, […]

Ritz-Carlton Bacara: Out-of-this-World Experience in Our Own Backyard
By Leslie Westbrook   |   August 29, 2023

Why would anyone want to spend $55 million for a three-day trip to the moon on SpaceX (estimated cost in the future) when they could merely drive 15 minutes from Montecito to The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort and book an “out of this world” spa experience? I indulged in “Body Melt,” an 80-minute treatment that has […]

Cigar Lounge With a View
By Joanne A Calitri   |   August 22, 2023

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara held a grand opening of its Cohiba cigar lounge called “Cohiba Experience at Bacara,” on Friday, August 11. The two brands joined three years ago in planning the best options for a cigar lounge as the next level in hospitality engagement.  The lounge is said to be a first of its kind […]

Unveiling the Charms of Santa Barbara Wine Country
By Jamie Knee   |   July 25, 2023

Living in Santa Barbara wine country is a stroke of good fortune for wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. Crowned the wine region of the year in 2021 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, this beautiful area offers a delightful blend of scenic landscapes, exceptional wines, and a thriving wine culture. Nestled along the Central Coast of California, […]

Puttin’ on the Ritz
By Richard Mineards   |   May 23, 2023

Susanto Bhattacharya, who started his culinary career in a small town in India, is the new executive chef at the Ritz Carlton Bacara. With skills acquired in Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa, including the Caribbean, he will oversee the oceanside hostelry’s six culinary venues, including the Angel Oak, housing the tony resort’s 12,000-bottle wine […]

Evelyn Sullivan Receives Dorothy Shea Award
By Richard Mineards   |   November 15, 2022

Evelyn “Evie” Sullivan is the recipient of the 2022 Dorothy Shea Award from the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara, the greatest recognition by the organizationof a volunteer. The award is named for Dorothy Shea, who was a founding mother and gave the BCRC its start by providing a home rent free for several […]

Ritz-Carlton Bacara Onboards Chefs for New Dining Concepts and Menu Updates
By Claudia Schou   |   June 17, 2021

The pandemic has inspired sweeping culinary changes throughout Santa Barbara, and notably at several area hotels where executive chefs work diligently to provide a refreshing new take on this unique era in dining. And hospitality is making a slow comeback as city nears the yellow tier of COVID reopening. Some hoteliers are utilizing their indoor-outdoor […]

Dollars for Dolls
By Richard Mineards   |   January 23, 2020

It was standing room only at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara when the late copper heiress Huguette Clark’s historic doll collection went up for auction, raising a hefty $1,750,000 for the Bellosguardo Foundation. With one doll, a two-foot-tall Bébé Jumeau made in France in 1892, selling for $90,000, the sale conducted by Stuart Holbrook of Theriault, an […]

Nashville Nights
By Richard Mineards   |   April 18, 2019

The Council on Alcoholism and Drugs Abuse’s 33rd annual Amethyst Ball at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara was a real gem! The bold-faced name-filled bash attracted nearly 360 glamorously garbed guests, many in Western outfits, and raised around $650,000 for 70-year-old CADA, which has an annual budget of $5.6 million serving more than 8,600 people with 23 […]

On the Money
By Richard Mineards   |   May 10, 2018

Laguna Blanca School’s annual gala at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara was a roaring success, with the 265 guests raising more than $500,000. The bounteous bash, with a 1920’s theme, was co-chaired by Tiffany Pelletier and Valerie Rice, with ubiquitous KEYT-TV broadcaster John Palminteri as emcee and Alicia Wilson as auctioneer, with lots including trips to Vail, […]

Twistin’ at The Ritz
By Lynda Millner   |   May 10, 2018

Shades of yesteryear! Does anyone remember the Twist or Chubby Checker? He was here with his Wildcats band at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara and so were his fans or new fans. The occasion was the 32nd Amethyst Ball “Twistin’ at the Ritz” given by CADA (Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse). Dress was black tie or […]

Holiday Re-Do
By Montecito Journal   |   January 4, 2018

I have a couple ideas to help our local economy in regards to the recent tragic Thomas Fire. My suggestion is to have a Holiday Re-Do on February 25. This gives all the businesses, companies, nonprofits, clubs, and individuals an opportunity to re-do their parties and events that were canceled due to the Thomas Fire. This […]

On the Money
By Richard Mineards   |   December 14, 2017

It was just the ticket for this illustrious organ’s bridle correspondent Lynn Kirst when she attended the Dream Foundation’s annual gala at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Lynn splashed out $200 for 10 raffle tickets at the popular fete and came up a winner, receiving a diamond and 18-carat gold necklace featuring an ancient Roman coin designed […]

Plank Goodness
By Richard Mineards   |   December 7, 2017

Champagne and apple cider were flowing freely when the Ritz-Carlton Bacara threw a socially gridlocked reception for the lighting of the tony hostelry’s Christmas tree. The 11-feet-high fir was stunningly decorated by in-house designer Rosie Neely for the occasion, when Goleta mayor Paula Perotte threw the switch, watched by the 195 guests, many of them […]