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Michael Hutchings
Santa Barbara, California USA
Professional Chef/Businessman with a catering company and whole food manufacturing.
Interests: astronomy, archeology, gemology, architecture, gastronomy, cosmology, astrophysics, politics, sculpture
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We have guests visiting from Wisconsin this evening so we went to the wharf in Santa Barbara. I had a nice conversation with a lobster-crab fisherman. He was quite happy to give us a bunch of the local crab and we're having a little crab boil with local beef, morel... Continue reading
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I just bought 10 pounds of the largest chanterelles I've ever seen. It has been a slow mushroom season due to the drought. These came from Santa Barbara county. Continue reading
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We are catering an event for UCSB Arts and Lectures. Ina Garten is the star this evening. We did a menu based on her recipes posted on the Food Network channel. Continue reading
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Santa Ynez Valley Photo Michael Hutchings Photo W. Conlin Craig Case, host of The Inn Crowd, welcomes Adrian Spence to the kitchen at the Crossroads Estate in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley. Foley Food and Wine Society is our host and provides wines from their vast portfolio. Adrian Spence is... Continue reading
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We are catering an event for UCSB Arts and Lectures. Ina Garten is the star this evening. We did a menu based on her recipes posted on the Food Network channel. Continue reading
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I'm doing a advanced pastry class at the local city college on Monday evenings and we're doing apple desserts apple Tart Tatin, Dutch apple pie and flat apple tart. Related articles Continue reading
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I made a late night delivery for private aviation catering. There are over 250 private jets here in Monterey for the AT&T ProAm golf tournament. I am helping Chef Kurt Grasing, chef-owner of Grasings in Carmel, California. THis is a specilized niche in catering and requires both culinary craft as... Continue reading
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I am in Monterey helping my friend Kurt Grasing cater to some 80 private jests. There's a big proam golf tournament this weekend. I have spent 4 hours getting one order ready for IBM. Chef Michael Continue reading
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Crossroads Estate Photo Michael Hutchings Craig Case, Michael Hutchings, Father Larry Gosselin Photo W. Conlin Craig Case, host of The Inn Crowd, welcomes Father Larry Gosselin to the kitchen at the Crossroads Estate in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley. Father Larry is an associate pastor at the Old Santa Barbara... Continue reading
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It is a delight to be noticed for doing something you love to do. Next week, Chef Sly of Sly's in Carpinteria, CA will be a guest on the show. Food with be tossed, fried, filleted and flambéd in the old style. Join Host Craig Case and myself Saturday evenings... Continue reading
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Verdant Santa Ynez Valley Photo M. Hutchings Chefs Sly and Hutchings, Craig Case PhotoW. Conlin Craig Case of The Inn Crowd welcomes Chef James Sly, owner of Sly's restaurant in Carpinteria, CA. This is chef Sly's second appearance onThe Inn Crowd and we are delighted to have him once again... Continue reading
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Foie gras is once again on the menu in California. My dear friend Chef James Sly was quick to offer the delicacy delicacy on his menu at Sly's restaurant in Carpinteria, California. Back before the dawn of the revolution, the food revolution in the 1970s that is, the only foie... Continue reading
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My wife brought home one of those precooked supermarket chickens. The idea was to have an easy Low mess meal. I guess I messed that up. Of course I had mashed potatoes, green beans, artichokes with homemade mayonnaise and a kind of banana foster on rocky road ice cream. Guess... Continue reading
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Firestone Winery St. Ynez Valley Photo Michael Hutchings Chef Michael, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Host Craig Case Craig Case, host of The Inn Crowd, welcomes Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree to the kitchen at the Crossroads Estate in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley. Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree is one of Santa Barbara's most ardent... Continue reading
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Celery Root Our local farmers market in Santa Barbara is a chef's Disneyland. This past week, Roots Farm had a huge display of celery root. Celery root is a humble, unassuming vegetable. When given the royal treatment, however, it is delicious. It works well in soups, as a julienne nest... Continue reading
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My recipes shown on The Inn Crowd call for some basic preparations. I will post them so that you can reproduce what you see us make each episode. Here are a few sauce and stock basics. Continue reading
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We are about to have dinner before my first TV show on the in crowd. Christina has made a delicious cioppino with homemade bread. Chef Michael Our first show of this season's The Inn Crowd aired tonight. No cuts, burns or epithets uttered. Great start to the season. My wife... Continue reading
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After being banned from restaurant menus for close to two years, a recent ruling in court has put the foie gras ban in the disposal. Gastronomes 1, PITA 0. While the ban was in place, it was still possible to order the delicacy from out of state sources. I treated... Continue reading
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Firestone Winery Vineyards All Photos Credit to William Conlin The Inn Crowd is delighted to welcome my long time friend Archie McLaren, director of The Central Coast Wine Classic. Archie regales us with wine tales and his whit and charm. Mariculturalist Doug Bush drops by to deliver his farmed abalone... Continue reading
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Firestone Estate Photo Michael Hutchings Photo William Conlin The first show of the 2015 season of The Inn Crowd is now "in the can" as said in the film industry. I am delighted to be the Chef-Host of this food and wine show. Featured guest is Krista Harris, Publisher of... Continue reading
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Guest Archie McLaren and Chef Michael Hutchings Photo Credit William Conlin There’s a new chef at the Inn! (The Inn Crowd, that is) Beginning this January, popular local cooking show The Inn Crowd will be hosted by Chef Michael Hutchings. The Inn Crowd will be aired Saturday nights starting in... Continue reading
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Winter Wedding Cake Here is a classic wedding cake from Pastry Chef Christine Dahl. Chiffon cake, passion fruit curd and raspberries. Continue reading
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We are delighted to be supporting an event next week that helps fund the search for a cure for Alzheimer's disease. On Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM there will be a fundraiser as part of the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Jessica Foster Invites You to... Continue reading
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The Santa Barbara Public Market is a recent addition to th culinary scene in Santa Barbara, CA. This coming Sunday I will be showcasing the greatest apple dessert ever created, the Tarte Tatin. I will be presenting three versions, the Tatin Classic, Tatin Minute and Tatin Rapide as well as... Continue reading