Laurie Jervis: Taste of the Town Raises More Than $180,000 for Arthritis Foundation of Santa Barbara | Homes & Lifestyle

Despite the threat of rain and muggy weather, the 36th annual Taste of the Town Santa Barbara weekend scored a hit with area wine and food aficionados.

The event was a benefit for the Arthritis Foundation of Santa Barbara.

“Executive Director Michal W. Wiesbrock has assured me that our monetary goal of $180,000 has already been met, and that funds are still being tallied,” said Laura Kath, media volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation, on Monday.

The event featured the eighth annual Connoisseurs’ Circle Gala Dinner Friday at the Bacara Resort & Spa, which offered a four-course gourmet meal prepared by the 2017 Honorary Lead Chef, Mark Strausman from Freds at Barneys, New York, as well as a food and wine tasting Sunday afternoon at Riviera Park on Alameda Padre Serra.

Both the dinner and tasting also included…

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