Archive » November 30, 2007
By Journal Staff
Buellton Chamber sets installation dinner
An outstanding member of the community will be presented the annual Vincent B. Evans Perpetual Award during this year’s Buellton Chamber of Commerce December Holiday Installation Gala, scheduled Dec. 12 in the Turf Ballroom at the Marriott in Buellton. Beginning with dinner at 6 p.m., the program includes installation of the 2008 officers and directors by Mayor Diane Whitehair. The evening’s entertainment will be ballroom dance lessons with David & Marie from King’s Dance Studio. Prepared by the Marriott chefs, the dinner will feature carved roast beef, Chicken Marsala, salmon with dill sauce, special holiday side dishes and the Marriott’s dessert and coffee buffet.
The event is open to the public with pre-paid reservations of $30 per person accepted through Dec. 3. More information is available from Candy at the Chamber office, 688-7829.
Still time to cash in on water rebates
Santa Barbara County officials are encouraging local businesses to cash in on Save Water rebates, part of the Save a Buck Program sponsored by the county and scheduled to end on Dec. 31. Funded by the California Department of Water Resources Proposition 13 Water Use Efficiency Grant Program, the rebates are open to businesses as well as to individuals.
Details and restrictions are available at www.sbwater.org. County businesses receiving awards and rebates so far this year include Casitas Village Homeowner’s Association and Cate School, both Carpinteria; The Acupuncture Clinic, Santa Barbara; and SB Mail Works and Suds City Laundromat, both in Goleta.
Grants for some of the rebates were from the water resources department, which offers cash rebates for installing water efficient products, such as toilets, urinals, industrial and commercial clothes washers as well as those shared in multi-family housing, and landscaping upgrades.
“These retrofits just make sense,” said Helena von Rueden, senior program specialist with the County Water Agency, “especially when you consider the money saved from avoided water, sewer and energy charges in addition to the rebate. We applaud these businesses for their efforts to save water during this dry year.”
County gives OK for new winery
Foxen-Dore Winery and tasting room will have a new home on Foxen Canyon Road near Los Olivos, thanks to the recent approval of its winery plans by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission.
The plans for the new winery, to be on a 218-acre site now planted with 10 acres of vineyards, will include a wine processing facility, a wine tasting room, a conference hall, administrative offices, storage, and lab space, for a total of 22,509 square feet.
All the structures will use solar power. The permit allows production of 20,000 cases of wine annually, 12 annual events, and an expanded vineyard. At the commission hearing, the approval received a 5-0 vote.
Celebrating 25 years
This past week Solvang Restaurant owner Jeff Paaske celebrated his company’s 25th anniversary. Known for its numerous varieties of Aebleskiver, round Danish pancakes served with raspberry jam and a dusting of powdered sugar, the restaurant is located at 1672 Copenhagen Dr. It is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week and until 5 p.m. on weekends.
While Aebleskiver traditionally is served during Christmas and Easter holidays in Denmark, Paaske offers the dish year-round with such treats as Medisterpoise, a Danish sausage.
Visitors at the restaurant also enjoy the restaurant ‘s handcrafted woodwork, built by the late Ferd Sorensen, who was knighted by the Queen of Denmark. Danish proverbs cover the interior beams and the booths are embossed with authentic crests of Danish Villages. Murals of Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales decorate the walls, as well as works by local artists.
Construction underway on wine facility
Construction is in progress on the Terravant Wine Company wine production facility at 35 Industrial Way, Buellton. The project, being built by Rarig Construction, winery builders from San Luis Obispo, will include a 130,000-square-foot production facility, which has a 2,500-ton capacity building for smaller premium winemakers, and a 7,500-ton structure for large lot producers.
Architect for the project is Val Milosevic, with mechanical engineering being provided by MK2 Engineering, and Wallace Group, providing civil and landscape engineering. Other contractors include D.L. Electric, electrical, and Boneso Brothers, mechanical.
Terravant Wine Company will provide an end-to-end solution for winemakers from grape sourcing and crush to long-term storage and bottling. Randy Pace will serve as general manger. The company is affiliated with Los Angeles based equity investment firm Fortune Financial. Developer and general partner is Buellton Industrial Partners II, owned by Tom Davidson.
Founded by Fred Kayne and Associates, Terravant Wine Company is part of the Fortune Financial group’s portfolio, which includes business ventures in retail and manufacturing. Currently Fortune Financial oversees eight operating companies, which it founded, including Fortune Fashions, Big Dog Holdings, Paige Premium Denim, Fortune Swimwear, The Walking Company, Visionaire Lighting, Cottonsmith, and Terravant Land Company. Combined revenues of these companies, which have more than 3,000 employees, exceed $600 million annually. Principals of these businesses also own property in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Open houses scheduled for Winterfest
Numerous businesses in Solvang will hold open houses throughout the month-long celebration of Winterfest. Beginning Friday, Nov. 30, open houses will be held at Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates, 1679 Copenhagen Dr., from 4 to 8 p.m.; at Lucas & Lewellen Wine Tasting Room, 1645 Copenhagen Dr., from 5 to 8:30 p.m.; at Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 1539 Mission Dr., from 6 to 8 p.m.; and at Mole Hole, 1656 Mission Dr., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, open houses include Solvang Toyland, 1664 Copenhagen Dr., all day; Gingerbread House Workshop, 460 Alisal Rd., noon to 8 p.m.; Laura’s Trading Co. and Zarabella, 444 Atterdag Square, 4 to 6 p.m.; and Home Connection, 425 Alisal Rd., #D, 5 to 8 p.m.
Museum reports successful annual fundraiser
More than $50,000 was raised this year during the annual Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum’s 23rd annual Vaquero Show held in mid-November. With almost 1,000 visitors attending the three-day event, the museum focused on an auction that featured excursions to Australia as well as fine Western art.
Sales of Western art, tack, saddles, and apparel, offered by 50 vendors, added to the funds, which are used to support the museum and carriage house. As an added attraction during the Vaquero Show, Heritage Ranch cattle brands were burned onto the doors of the carriage house, an annual ritual for selected local ranchers.
Benefit raises funds for hospital
A fashion show featuring clothing and jewelry for a silent auction, raised more than $20,000 during a recent fundraiser for the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. The benefit, sponsored by the hospital’s auxiliary, held the show, luncheon and boutique at the Marriott Hotel in Buellton.
Models displayed fashions from local boutiques, including Berengaria, Cherry Blossom, Del Sol, Cabi, Elna’s, First Street Leather, Details, Jedlicka’s, Outpost Trading Company, That Special Look, Pamper Me Boutique, Tin Roof and Tumbleweeds. The auction also included handmade bags and food.