Tom Colicchio on February 22

Greeting friends,

Thanks to everyone that came to our Customer Appreciation Party last Friday. The food, music, and beer were great, but the company was the best part of the evening. We really do have the best customers in the world!

Raffle Winner: Congratulations to George Y who won our raffle for 200 beverages. He can choose from Mint Lemonade, Cappuccinos, Mochas with homemade ganache, and Apricot Iced Teas. Hooray for George and thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets.

NEW RAFFLE: Win 2 tickets to see Tom Colicchio on February 22nd

No purchase necessary to win. Just drop your business card in our raffle jar the next time you come to Goodland Kitchen, and you’ll be entered in the raffle. Good luck!

Details about the Tom Coliccio Event…

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the Santa Barbara debut of Top Chef’s influential head judge and James Beard Award-winning chef Tom Colicchio in An Evening with Tom Colicchio at UCSB Campbell Hall;

Food Truck Feast before the talk


· An Evening with Tom Colicchio

· Featuring the head judge of the Emmy-winning Bravo TV show Top Chef

· One of the most influential people in food

· 2010 James Beard Award-winner for Outstanding Chef and recipient of four other James Beard awards

· Chef-owner of New York City’s Gramercy Tavern, Craft, Colicchio & Sons, Craftbar and a chain of ’wichcraft sandwich shops

· Wednesday, February 22 / 8 PM / UCSB Campbell Hall

· General public: $35 / $50 / UCSB students: $20

· Tickets/Info.: 805-893-3535,

►Related events: Food Truck Feast: Come early and dine Wednesday, February 22 from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM outside Campbell Hall. (Food purchases separate.)

►S.B. Sandwich Showdown: “Top Chef”/Colicchio-inspired sandwich competition Friday, February 3, 4 to 5 PM at Whole Foods Market – Santa Barbara, 3761 State St.

“Like the successful superchefs Danny Meyer, Mario Batali and Thomas Keller, Colicchio’s culinary empire now spans the country.” Los Angeles Times

“His flagship restaurant (Craft) is as magical and delicious as it was when it opened.” The New York Times, 2011 review

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the Santa Barbara debut of Top Chef’s influential head judge and James Beard Award-winning chef Tom Colicchio in An Evening with Tom Colicchio Wednesday, February 22 at 8 PM at UCSB Campbell Hall. Before the talk, local gourmet food trucks will offer up delectable dishes beginning at 6:30 PM in the drop-off loop near Campbell Hall.

Tom Colicchio is one of the culinary world’s most celebrated figures. As lead judge on Top Chef, Bravo TV’s competitive cooking reality show, he serves as the final arbiter of taste, a no-nonsense opinion-giver and respected mentor to the “cheftestants” vying for the title of Top Chef. Now in its ninth season, the Emmy-winning show captures the foodie zeitgeist and is considered must-see viewing by millions of food lovers.

A self-taught cook, Colicchio is chef-owner of New York City’s celebrated Gramercy Tavern and Craft, dubbed “a vision of food heaven” by The New York Times. In 2010, he won the highly coveted James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef, one of the most prestigious culinary honors in the U.S. – and the culmination of three decades in the restaurant industry. Previously, he snagged four other James Beard awards, including Best Chef New York.

The New Jersey native set out to expand his simple, elegant brand of cooking by opening other eateries, including Craft’s casual sibling, Craftbar; Colicchio & Sons and Riverpark in New York; Craftsteak at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas; Crafts in Los Angeles and Dallas; and ’wichcraft, a chain of more than a dozen upscale sandwich shops throughout the U.S.

Colicchio is the author of three best-selling cookbooks, including the James Beard Award winner, Think Like a Chef (2000), Craft of Cooking: Notes and Recipes from a Restaurant Kitchen (2003) and’wichcraft: Craft a Sandwich into a Meal – And a Meal into a Sandwich with chef Sisha Ortuzar (2009). A longtime supporter of organizations that fight hunger, he testified about child nutrition before Congress last year. Colicchio has been called a “game changer in food” by The Huffington Post and one of “America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food” by The Daily Meal. He is featured frequently in publications such as Saveur, Food & Wine, Esquire and New York Magazine.

Buy tickets early! Colicchio’s Top Chef co-stars Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert sold out the Arlington Theatre last spring.