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Michael Hutchings
Santa Barbara, California USA
Professional Chef/Businessman with a catering company and consulting services
Interests: astronomy, archeology, gemology, architecture, gastronomy, cosmology, astrophysics, politics, sculpture
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Olive Mill Bistro Circa 1970 In my previous blog I mentioned that chef John Downey was retiring and has sold his restaurant after some 35 years of serving great food in Santa Barbara. Doing so reminded me of how I got to Santa Barbara in 1981. At that time, I... Continue reading
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My colleague Chef John downey has announced that he is hanging up his Toque Blanche after 35 years at his restaurant in Santa Barbara, Downey's. John was an early proponent of Nouvelle Cuisine and brought that to Penelope's restaurant (1979) and then his own restaurant. Thirty-five years is remarkable. I... Continue reading
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Chef Michael Hutchings of Michael's Catering Cooks for Fiesta The Inn Crowd The Inn Crowd at the Carriage Museum Tom Peterson, Peter Giorgi, Chef Michael Hutchings, David Bolton, Rhonda Henderson, Host Craig Case The Inn Crowd, hosted by producer Craig Case with Chef Michael Hutchings welcomes La Presidente Rhonda Ledson... Continue reading
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Luke Swetland, Host Craig case, Chef Michael Hutchings We just participated in the 30th Wine and Food Festival held at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. I have been there most of those 30 years. This year I went into hyper-culinary mode and offered a duet of short rib... Continue reading
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One of my catering clients has a lemon orchard that produces hundreds of pounds of lemons, including the meyers lemon. A recent dinner party had the request for lemons in every course. The main course featured local sea bass with a lemon spiked jus and vegetable pearls. For dessert, a... Continue reading
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Chef Michael, Joyce Shaar, Host Craig Case The Inn Crowd, hosted by producer Craig Case with Chef Michael Hutchings welcomes muse from screen and stage, Joyce Shaar. In Joyce's storied career she has been "Straight Lady" to comedic giants Red Skelton, Dean Martin, Tim Conway, Bob Newhart, Jack Benny, Johnathan... Continue reading
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Wedding Cake by Chef Christine Dahl Alexander cuts the Gordian Knot, by Jean-Simon Berthélemy (1743–1812)Photo Wikipedia Cutting a large special occasion cake might seen as daunting as loosening the Gordian Knot. One tip is to use a large serrated knife dipped before each cut into hot water. This method is... Continue reading
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"Reaching for the Stars" Chefs Photo Noozhawk The 18th annual benefit Reaching for Stars for the YMCA program called Noah's Anchorage raised more than $60,000 for programs supporting at-risk youths and others in Santa Barbara. Fifteen local chefs stirred up an incredible array of tantalizing dishes for the Reaching for... Continue reading
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We just participated in the 30th Wine and Food Festival held at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. I have been there most of those 30 years. This year I went into hyper-culinary mode and offered a duet of short rib meatballs in a cabernet veal demi glace and... Continue reading
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Chef Michael Hutchings & Fisherman Paul Teall Rock Fish from Santa Barbara Channel The Inn Crowd, hosted by producer Craig Case with Chef Michael Hutchings presents a trip to the Santa Barbara Fishermans Market. I visited fisherman Paul Teall who operates a vintage fishing vessel, the "Sal-C" which was originally... Continue reading
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On a recent shopping trip to our local Costco, I was surprised to see octopus in vacuum bags, ready to serve. We must have a diverse clientele in our area as they sometimes have fresh wild mushrooms, caviar and premium wines. Continue reading
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Chef Michael, Ryan and Jessica Carr, Host Craig Case The Inn Crowd, hosted by producer Craig Case with Chef Michael Hutchings presents a day at the Carr Winery. Ryan and Jessica Carr graciously invited us into their winery to tape a delicious edition of The Inn Crowd. Ryan Carr is... Continue reading
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Am I Blue and Crabby? No, not me. However, this blue crab is. My granddaughter Tory, in Charleston, SC, catches them in the estuary by her back yard. How convenient is that! When I worked in Charlotte, NC, we used the jumbo lump morsels from the blue crab to prepare... Continue reading
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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great asset to our community. Native plants are featured in a spectacular setting. The new Pritzlaff Conservation Center has a terrific event setting with spectacular views of the city and coastline. We recently catering a luncheon there for the Blaksley Bliss Society. The... Continue reading
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We catered a small luncheon in the hills of Montecito, California. It was by my thinking an elegant, but simple buffet featuring beef tenderloin and a local white sea bass. The client was very happy and the guests "stayed way to long." Call us today and let us thrill your... Continue reading
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Dynamic Duo Host Craig Case, Chef Michael Hutchings The Inn Crowd, hosted by producer Craig Case and Chef Michael Hutchings presents "Two Guys in the Kitchen." Craig Case joins me like the classic teams of Abbot and Costello, Laurie and Hardy and half the Marx Brothers. We were thinking of... Continue reading
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Seated: Chef Michael Hutchings, Chef Christine Dahl, Chef Randy Bublitz, Earl Armstrong, Host Craig Case Standing: Marisol Aguirre, Marcelo Chacon, Ralph Lowi The Inn Crowd, hosted by producer Craig Case and Chef Michael Hutchings brings The Inn Crowd cooking show to the Santa Barbara City College. Our special guest is... Continue reading
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We catered a dinner for the Santa Barbara Choral Society this past weekend. The theme was Downton Abbey and I worked with consulting chef Darren McGrady to design a menu from the Victorian period. From his web page: "Chef Darren McGrady was personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess... Continue reading
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"Ladies in Red" Lisa Douglas, Denise Sedowsky, Anne Anderson Arlene Montesanol Chef Michael Hutchings, Ursula Nesbitt, Karla Blackwell, Andrea Kahman Chef Michael Hutchings prepares a gala dinner for the Santa Barbara Police Foundation. Hosted by Craig Case, the dinner features "The ladies in Red" serving invited guests. The dinner was... Continue reading
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Chef Michael, Chief Lori Luhnow, Host Craig Case Chef Michael Hutchings and Host Craig Case welcome Santa Barbara's Chief of Police, Lori Luhnow, to the kitchen of The Inn Crowd. Chief Lori is an advocate of the paleo style of dining so that became the theme for this episode. The... Continue reading
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Chef Michael, Nina Terzian, Host Craig Case The Inn Crowd, hosted by producer Craig Case and Chef Michael Hutchings welcomes business women and socialite Nina Terzian to The Inn Crowd kitchen. We taped the show at her stunning seaside estate in Montecito, California. Nina's request was that we prepare a... Continue reading
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Chef Michael, Audrey Hutchings, Irma Case, Host Craig Case Chef Michael Hutchings Host Craig Case The Inn Crowd, hosted by producer Craig Case and Chef Michael Hutchings, are delighted to present an episode with our respective mothers in honor of Mother's Day. We are delighted to cook for my mom,... Continue reading
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Assistant Abraham Alvarado and Chef Michael Hutchings Recently we had the pleasure of support a local charity, Family Services Agency, at their annual fundraiser. We prepared over 400 mini gruyere cheese soufflés for the participants. How do you make 400 soufflés to order? Very Fast! They sent along one of... Continue reading
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Lyonnaise Sausages Ready to Cure In 1981 I did a "stage" in a little village called Mionnay, near Lyon, France. The master of classic French cuisine, chef Alain Chapel, presided over a three starred Michelin restaurant. I was there in January 1981 and as was the tradition, the chef had... Continue reading