Saturday, June 7

10 to 11 a.m.



Learn more about Santa Barbara’s culinary community during an in-depth discussion with five local experts. This educational session will cover everything you need to know about what’s new, what’s changed and what’s coming next in Santa Barbara County.

  • Tracey Ryder, Co-founder, Edible Communities 
  • Krista Harris, Publisher, Edible Santa Barbara
  • Mary Harris, Executive Director, Visit the Santa Ynez Valley
  • Matt Kettmann, Senior Editor, The Independent
  • Arthur von Wiesenberger, Food & Beverage Consultant, Author & Broadcaster


This is a complimentary session but space is limited. Please reserve your complimentary tickets online.

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About our Panel of Experts


ladyModerator Tracy Ryder, Co-founder, Edible Communities


Tracey Ryder is a food and wine writer, cook, gardener and co-founder of Edible Communities, Inc. — a network of over 80 regional food magazines across the US and Canada. Tracey holds degrees in graphic design, journalism and psychology. In 1988, she completed the professional chefs training program at the Epicurean Cooking School in Los Angeles. Her first book “Edible: A Celebration of Local Food,” was published in April 2010, by John Wiley & Sons. She is currently a resident of Los Alamos, California.


KristaHarris-horizontalKrista Harris, Publisher, Edible Santa Barbara


Krista Harris is a fifth generation Californian who was born and raised in San Diego. She moved to Santa Barbara to attend UC Santa Barbara, fell in love with area and has lived here ever since. Her first job was working for a local newspaper and since then she has worked as an editor, graphic designer and creative director in the corporate world. But local food has been her passion since she first started shopping at farmers markets in the mid 1980s. In 2009 she started Edible Santa Barbara, a food magazine devoted to local, seasonal and sustainable food.

The magazine is independently owned and operated and also a member of Edible Communities, with over 80 member publications and a shared mission to connect consumers to the farmers, chefs and food artisans in our communities. Edible Santa Barbara has been awarded the 2011 Publication of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation, along with the other titles currently publishing within the Edible Communities network.

Krista holds a B.A. in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Krista is active in the community, is a board member at Fairview Gardens, and serves on the Partnership Council of the Community Environmental Council. And she can still be seen shopping regularly at the farmers markets with Steve Brown, her husband and co-publisher of Edible Santa Barbara.



2Mary Harris, Executive Director, Visit the Santa Ynez Valley


Mary Harris, Executive Director of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, is a tourism promotion professional who has the pleasure of living and working in a year round food and wine paradise. She had her first French food epiphany in exactly the same city as Julia Child, Rouen, France, where she spent her college junior year abroad. She later returned to Talloires, France for nine years to direct the Tufts European Center in a renovated 11th century Priory. Continuing in the footsteps of Julia Child, her professional career as a university administrator and major gifts fundraiser were spent in the Boston area, where she lived with her two sons until the pull of California sunshine became irresistible. Once again, Julia as her compass brought her to Santa Barbara county, where she has lived since 2007. Here she has worked with the vintners, hoteliers and restauranteurs of the Santa Ynez Valley to promote its very unique qualities. She initiated the first Restaurant Week in Santa Barbara County, and has collaborated on numerous restaurant openings, festivals and other opportunities to promote the valley to visitors from near and far.



3Matt Kettmann, Senior Editor, The Independent

Matt Kettmann is the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked in various editorial capacities since graduating from UCSB in 1999. Among other highlights, his work developing into a daily news operation won the award for best weekly newspaper website in North America in both 2008 and 2013. As contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast, Matt covers the Central and South Coasts of California by reviewing more than 150 wines per month. He’s also written on various topics, including wine and food, for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, Smithsonian, Sunset, and other publications, and has traveled he globe extensively in pursuit of a good story. He cofounded New Noise Santa Barbara, an annual music conference and festival, in 2009, and serves on the board of Notes for Notes, a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit bringing music recording to the lives of young people in multiple American cities. For more of his work, you can also see





Arthur von Wiesenberger, Food & Beverage Consultant, Author & Broadcaster


Arthur von Wiesenberger was born in New York, attended Aiglon College in Villars, Switzerland, Davies in London and Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. He holds the Diplome d’honneur from the Corporation des Vignerons de Champagne (France) and is a Chevalier of the Chapitre de la Fleur de Vigne de l’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne (France). His radio and television program, Around The World, won the International Restaurant and Hotel Award (IRHA) in 2008.

His books on bottled water include, OASIS: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BOTTLED WATER (Capra Press 1978), H20: THE GUIDE TO QUALITY BOTTLED WATER (Woodbridge Press 1988), THE POCKETGUIDE TO BOTTLED WATER (Contemporary Books 1991) and THE TASTE OF WATER (Best Cellar Books 1995). He is also the author of THE SANTA BARBARA RESTAURANT GUIDE (Capra Press 1990), (2nd Edition Pacific Books 1994), (3rd Edition 2001) and CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR (Capra Press, 1992) He has written articles that have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers across the world. He has served as the food and wine editor for SANTA BARBARA MAGAZINE and since 2006 has been serving as the co-Publisher of the SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS and SB LATINO NEWSPAPER.

He has appeared on national television programs discussing food and beverages and is the host of the award- winning weekly television and radio program, Around the World, He also hosts the weekly food program Nipper’s Table Talk on Cox Television and AM 1290 KZSB, Santa Barbara (see

He has been a speaker at The Whole Life Expo in Pasadena, 1984 – 1986, Mountain Valley Spring Water Annual Distributors Convention, 1991 and The California Bottled Water Association, 1991. He was a speaker at Wine America in New York, March 1993, The Midwest Wine Exposition in Chicago, October 1993, The Society of Wine Educators, Los Angeles National Convention, 1995 and Kapalua Wine & Food Symposium, Maui, Hawaii, June 1996. In 2000 in Seattle and 2001 in Miami Mr. von Wiesenberger was a featured speaker at the International Bottled Water Association Convention & Trade Show. He was the keynote speaker at the Golden Headwaters Summit Conference in Beijing, China 2011. He has been the Watermaster at The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting from 1990 to present.

Mr. von Wiesenberger is a member of The International Bottled Water Association and is Past-President of The International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association.