The American Institute of Wine and Food will host a dinner at Sly's. Join us April 28 at Sly's in Carpinteria for a French dinner, yes, French. Chef James Sly's romance with cooking has always been fueled by his love of classic cuisine, especially French. Chef Sly trained at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco and the Paris Ritz. Come join us for a delightful dinner that draws from the rich French culinary repertoire.
Sly's restaurant in Carpinteria might seem like a retro American joint from San Francisco circa 1900 with the dark wood and tiled floor to its blue plate specials. It's really a French-American restaurant in disguise. Put into the blender an American steakhouse (Kansas City or NY, bone in), French brasserie (Onion Soup Gratinée), old-line continental restaurant (Oysters Rockefeller) and a nice Italian joint somewhere in NY (Linguini with Clams), and you have a sense of the culinary point of view. The menu reflects chef/owner James Sly's omnivorous career from a cook at a coffee shop in Fullerton, California to cooking at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco with stints at the Chez Carey (bygone classic in Orange, CA), Martha's Vineyard, Regine's disco and the Ritz in Paris for good measure. Chef Sly has a seriously conservative point of view in his execution of those classics. “Thou Shalt Not Mess with the Classic” could well be the mantra over the kitchen door. The true-to-form execution of the dishes redeems the "tired old favorites" as chef Sly is apt to chant. Shrimp "Scampi Style" and "Our Famous Mac and Cheese" are not ground-breaking dishes from the pages of Art Culinaire magazine, but they represent real food that people love to eat. It's a simple formula: great ingredients, seasoned and accurately prepared. Oh yes, there are "classics" at the bar as well with the vintage cocktails from 1830-1953. Join us at Sly's for a great dinner and camaraderie with your fellow gastronomes.
When: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 6:00 Reception, 6:30 Dinner
Where: Carpinteria, corner of Linden and Seventh
Cost: $65 Members, $85 Non-Member Guests
Bar: No Host
Parking: Valet Available
Includes: Three Glasses Selected Wines, Three-Course Dinner
Reservations: Please send payment to:
Terrie Bugay 2504 Calle Montilla Santa Barbara, CA 93109
For information: Chairperson Jean Schultz, email@example.com, (805) 967-5358