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Kinfolk Events in Santa Barbara, CA

The Kinfolk community gatherings series is an invitation to engagement: engaging with new skills and new relationships. These events focus on cooking, gardening, and the culture of the table, while encouraging a way of life that embodies meaningful connections and respect for age-old traditions. With a consistent Kinfolk theme each month, groups all over the world host these gatherings, connecting us both globally, as well as within our local communities.



Kinfolk magazine is a quarterly, ad-free print magazine that collects ideas from a growing international community of artists, writers, designers, photographers, cooks and others who are interested in creating small gatherings and finding new things to make and do.

Since early 2012, Kinfolk has curated an international series of events. In 2013, the Kinfolk team will host between 12–30 dinners and workshops every month with a shared theme across multiple cities around the world.

Collaborations was formed to create Kinfolk Community Gatherings in Santa Barbara.  With a love of art, food, and anything that feeds the soul, their team of creatives combines their talents with one goal in mind: creating memorable experiences.

Their first event held in Santa Barbara was Honey Harvest, which kicked off the series on Saturday, July 13th. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, guests arrived at Heartstone Ranch, a lovely old farm nestled
in the Santa Barbara foothills.



What followed was an experience in all things honey. First they were off to a grand old barn for a chat with local bee keepers on the beauty and importance of keeping bees and how integral they are to our ecosystem. It was an inspiring conversation with two beekeepers, Nick and Tom of the Santa Barbara Bee Association, clearly imparted by men who love what they do.

Then a hands-on session on how to create honey infusions by mixing organic local honey with spices, dried fruits and flowers, along with a sampling of fresh infusions and a “how to” by
talented Santa Barbara chef, Kim Schiffer.



It was the picnic where the party really came alive; a chance to eat artful foods paired with honey and meet with a wide array of guests…artists, writers, foodies and creative souls who wanted to be part of a memorable afternoon learning about bees and honey-themed ingredients for healthy dining.


Photography/ Chelsea Mitchell

For dessert, Kim Schiffer presented a sweet array of honeydew melons served with coconut sorbet, lime sugar dusted cookies, infused lime honey syrup and fresh basil flowers.

It was an memorable first event. Like-minded people gathered to learn something new and break bread, while forging new relationships within our own community.



Up next…a gourmet BBQ on August 24th, held at Lake Cachuma Campground. A lesson on camp cooking and grilling and a camp cookout with local Chef Kim Schiffer. Learn how to make gourmet BBQ artful s’mores with unique ingredients and listen to live folk music from the band The Kinds while dining fireside.




Canning & Preserving
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Celebrate fall with a canning and preserving Workshop. Come learn about jam making and preserving. A selection of gourmet preserve inspired drinks and dishes created by international chef Ashley Mulligan to follow. Tickets are $35 each and will be available through Kinfolk in early September. Location: TBD

Kinfolk Cookbook Dinner
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
An intimate fall dinner created from recipes in the newly released Kinfolk Cookbook. Dinner will be followed with music and a recipe swap of traditional family recipes between attendees. Tickets are $35 each and will be available through Kinfolk in early October. Location: TBD Chef: TBD

Home Decor
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Get in the holiday spirit by wreath-making. Create garlands and tree decor using materials in nature; Spiced cider, mulled wines and winter pastries to follow. All created by international chef Ashley Mulligan.Tickets are $35 each and will be available through Kinfolk in early December. Location: In a lovely Victorian home from the 1800′s located in Downtown Santa Barbara.

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