If you haven’t been to Julienne in a while, here are two great reasons to go.
First, the crew is participating in the James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America Local Dish Challenge,” a fundraiser for the foundation’s educational programs, which focus on the country’s food system. Participating restaurants select one dish — Julienne’s is bouillabaisse — and diners are encouraged to post a pic of it along with the hashtags #JBFTasteamerica, #SantaBarbara, and #JulienneSB to Instagram. The city with the most Instagram uploads will earn a donation of $10,000 for a charity of the participating restaurants’ choosing (Julienne has selected the Foodbank Santa Barbara County). But since Julienne is S.B.’s only participant, we’d better get eating! Fortunately, their bouillabaisse is #freakingdelicious.
Then, on Monday, September 30, the restaurant’s doing a fundraising dinner, also for the Foodbank. And when Julienne says fundraiser, they mean it: 100 percent of food sales will go to support the Foodbank. And the menu looks 100 percent delicious. Check it:
First course: Steamed mussels with lamb sausage, lentils, fennel, and saffron broth; paired with Tatomer riesling.
Second course: Frisée, apples, spiced pecans, goat cheese, and cider vinaigrette; paired with a Saumur rosé from Château de Brézé.
Third course: Duck confit, butternut squash, beets, arugula, pine nuts, and duck sauce; paired with Tyler Pinot Noir.
Fourth course: Chocolate mousse with whipped cream, raspberries, and shortbread; paired with Domaine La Tour Vieille Banyuls.
Cost is $60 per person; $90 with wine.
Find Julienne at 138 East Canon Perdido Street. For info, call (805) 845-6488.