This month's event, "Gathering at the Kinfolk Table", is taking place at Municipal Winemakers, housed in the hippest part of Santa Barbara. One block from the beach and one block from State Street, The Funk Zone has become the heart of what's happening in our coastal town. What started out as a few galleries and wineries nestled between industrial warehouses and workspaces has quickly become a haven for artists, wine connoisseurs, musicians, and foodies. Home to the Urban Wine Trail, the Funk Zone now offers more than twenty venues for sipping from the vine, as well as new culinary hot-spots The Lark and The Lucky Penny.
The Funk Zone now offers more for beer drinkers with the opening of Figueroa Mountain Brewery, and those that are musically inclined can test drive the latest models at The Guitar Bar. Aside from food and wine, the Zone shelters many businesses and galleries, like The Arts Fund, which supports local and emerging artists and whose infamous Teen Arts Mentorship Program fosters a new generation of artists.To best peruse this newly-burgeoning area, start at Municipal Winemakers and sample their excellent Pinot Noir while you partake in a game of backgammon. Follow your victory with a stroll through the area, checking out galleries and live music along the way. End your evening with a great meal from one of the local establishments, or perhaps eat standing up, with an equally amazing meal from one of the tasty food trucks that roam the streets.