Dining Out California Style

Restaurateurs Panel

Saturday, April 16 at Bacara

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.


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Get the inside track on the newest cutting-edge restaurants opening in Santa Barbara this year. Hear from the proprietors about not only their plans and the food, but their perspectives on how Santa Barbara has kept up with national trends and become a dining destination in its own right.  The panel will discuss how local restaurants capitalize on the regional bounty in what they choose to put on the menu and compare and contrast how Santa Barbara is keeping up with and/or bucking West Coast dining trends. This discussion also includes a complimentary tasting of Bacara’s new restaurant, Angel Oak. 


Meet the Panelists


nate-tannerNate Tanner, Vice President of Food and Beverage, Pacific Hospitality Group

Nate Tanner is the Vice President of Food and Beverage and oversees all of the food and beverage operations and restaurant development for Pacific Hospitality Group. This includes Bacara’s highly-anticipated new signature oceanfront restaurant, Angel Oak. Having worked for independent restaurant groups, small and large luxury hotels and resorts, and boutique hotels and resorts, Nate brings over 23 years of experience to the operations team. His experience working for companies like Paragon Restaurants, Levy Restaurants, Hilton Hotels, Larkspur Hotels and Restaurants and Vail Resorts, as well as several independent restaurants brings a great focus to our world class operations. Nate enjoys great restaurants, golf and spending time with his family.




nate-tannerSherry Villanueva, Managing Partner, Acme Hospitality

Sherry has been a local resident and active community member of Santa Barbara for the past 16 years. As the Managing Partner for Acme Hospitality, Sherry co-owns and operates The Lark, Lucky Penny, Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant, Santa Barbara Wine Collective and the Helena Avenue Bakery. Prior to developing these food/wine concepts in Santa Barbara’s arts and entertainment district fondly known as the Funk Zone, Sherry had a 25-year successful career in sales/marketing working for such esteemed companies as Target Corporation, Rabbit Ears Productions and IBM.