Arthritis Foundation holding 33rd annual ‘Taste of the Town’

Kendall Viera, a 13-year-old middle school student from Santa Ynez has been named this year's Youth Honoree. Vieral was diagnosed at the age of six with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) and is currently in remission, thanks to medical advances.

The 33rd annual Santa Barbara Taste of the Town, the area's signature culinary event benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at Riviera Park Garden, 2030 Alameda Padre Serra in Santa Barbara.

"Taste" features tastings from 80 of the finest local restaurants and Central Coast wineries accompanied by live music and a vibrant silent auction of foods, wines and lifestyle items.

Co-chairs for the event are Opal Restaurant & Bar co-owners Tina Takaya and Richard Yates.

Kendall Viera, a 13-year-old middle school student from Santa Ynez has been named this year's Youth Honoree. Vieral was diagnosed at the age of 6 with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) and is currently in remission, thanks to medical advances.

Dr. Timothy Spiegel has been named the event's Medical Honoree. Spiegel is a rheumatologist (arthritis specialist) in Santa Barbara that has been diagnosing and treating patients for over 40 years. Arthritis Foundation Advisory Board Member and KEYT-TV Anchor CJ Ward will serve as MC along with popular K-LITE radio morning host Catherine Remak.

All proceeds from Taste of the Town support the local programs and services of the Arthritis Foundation. The Foundation is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of 53 million people (including nearly 300,000 children) with arthritis through research and local programs of education, advocacy and juvenile arthritis support.

Taste of the Town tickets purchased in advance are $125 per person; tickets at the door will be $140, if available, and corporate group discounts are also available. Tickets are limited, so early reservations are encouraged by calling the Arthritis Foundation at 563-4685 or by purchasing tickets online at www.tasteofthetownsantabarbara.org.

Sponsors and their guests will also enjoy the exclusive Connoisseurs' Circle, co-chaired by Jennifer Jaqua and Jacques Habra. Celebrating its fifth year, this unique VIP experience will feature a progressive tasting menu designed and prepared by a visiting chef of distinction at El Encanto on Friday, Sept. 5, along with a live auction. Taste of the Town sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Asher Garfinkel at 563-4685.

For more information, visit www.tasteofthetownsantabarbara.org.

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