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Taste of UCSB

Treat Your Senses With the Flavors of UCSB

The only way to top last year’s sold-out Taste of UCSB is to bring Gauchos more of a good thing. The 3rd annual Taste of UCSB, presented by Montecito Bank & Trust, will offer more than three-dozen tasting tables and expanded hours.

The excitement and anticipation is brewing as we near the All Gaucho Reunion’s signature event, to be held from 3-6 p.m. April 27 at the Recreation Center.
Live music and performers will accompany tastings from alumni vintners, brewers, chefs, caterers, and restaurateurs.

A silent auction is also in the mix with proceeds benefitting the UCSB Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
Participating restaurants include Enterprise Fish Company, Country Catering Company, and Woodstock’s.
Notable vintners include Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, Margerum Wine Company, and Whitcraft Winery.

Featured brewers include Hollister Brewing Company, Figueroa Mountain Brewery, and Ventura’s Surf Brewery.

So come sip, munch, and groove in the Santa Barbara sunshine and be a part of the All Gaucho Reunion. 
You much be at least 21 years old to attend.

Alumni Association members and current UCSB students: $25 ($30 at the door)
Non-members: $30 ($35 at the door)
Pre-registration is encouraged as the event sold out last year. Go to here to register today.

Featured Vendors

Municipal Winemakers
David Potter ’02, Winemaker

Country Catering Company
Steve Gully '90, Owner

Los Cincos Locos
George Primbs ’51, Winemaker

Beachwood Brewery
Julian Shrago ’00, Owner

Margerum Wine Company
Doug Margerum ’81, Owner

McConnell's Fine Ice Cream

Whitcraft Winery
Drake Whitcraft, Winemaker

Bagel Cafe
Wes Hensley, Owner

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
John Poulos ’83, Partner


Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards
Richard Sanford, Owner

Enterprise Fish Company
Kathleen Bank '73, Owner

Mercy Vineyards
Mike Kohne ’00, Owner

Blush Restaurant and Lounge
Josh Lewis ’07, Bar and Restaurant Manager

Sanford Winery and Vineyards
Steve Fennell ’90, Winemaker

South Coast Deli

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Jaime Dietenhofer ’02, Owner

Shannon Noormand, Owner

Hollister Brewing Company
Eric Rose ’99, Owner

Steve Berry

Ventura’s Surf Brewery
Bill Riegler ’85, Owner


Golden Gaucho Reunion

Celebration of the Blue and Gold

Let the nostalgia set in as we come together to remember the days of Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. The Golden Gaucho Reunion is a perfect excuse to get your old college friends together where it all started, at UCSB. Students, faculty, and staff from 1955-1965 are invited to the Golden Gaucho Reunion, as part of the growing All Gaucho Reunion.

The Golden Gaucho Reunion will kick off from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the TGIF event held at a familiar spot, the El Paseo Restaurant in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. Share a toast as well as your college nostalgia with your fellow Gauchos. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with your longtime friends.

The following day on campus will give those who haven’t been back for a while the opportunity to see how that small campus of 50 years ago has grown.

The Class of 1963 will be recognized at the Golden Gaucho Reunion Luncheon held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Faculty Club. A short program at the luncheon will honor the class of ’63 for their 50th graduation anniversary. Each 1963 graduate will receive a certificate and special gift.

Luncheon tickets: $35 per person 
To register for the various Golden Gaucho Reunion events, please visit www.allgauchoreunion.com


Celebrating Gaucho Greek Culture

The inaugural GreekFest puts the focus on Greek Alumni during the All Gaucho Reunion. Sorority alumnae and fraternity alumni are urged to attend specific Greek events as well as join other alumni at All Gaucho Reunion events.

Highlighted Events

GreekFest Happy Hour
Join other Greek sisters and brothers in Downtown Santa Barbara and start the All Gaucho Reunion with a toast and hosted appetizers. 5:30-8 p.m. April 26, Savoy, 409 State St., Santa Barbara.

Chapter House Open Houses & BBQ Lunch
Re-visit your old chapter house for a tour or just to say hello to your brothers and sister. Is your chapter without a home? Join us at Greek Park for a barbecue. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Greek Park and Chapter Houses in Isla Vista.

GreekFest Brunch
Calling all Greeks! Rekindle that special and eternal bond of sisterhood and brotherhood over a delicious brunch. Greeks of all ages are invited to have a special breakfast, and catch up with fellow fraternity/sorority friends while reminiscing about a great weekend. The Greek Program of the Year Award will be presented during the brunch. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Faculty Club. $10.

Taste of UCSB presented by Montecito Bank & Trust
Look for the Greek Zone banner on the RecCen lawn where you can meet fellow Greeks during the All Gaucho Reunion’s signature event. 3-6 p.m., Pavilion Gym, Recreation Center. Cost: $30/$25 Alumni Association members and students. (Add $5 to cost at the door).

Greek Philanthropy
Groups from specific eras who donate as a Greek House will be part of the Greek Giving Competition held in conjunction with the All Gaucho Reunion. Greek alumni should make donations to the Alumni Scholarship Fund or the Associated Students Food Bank. Check www.allgauchoreunion.com for more information.

Gaucho Pass

Get the Gaucho Pass for Great Deals

Register to receive the Gaucho Pass, your all-access wristband for numerous discounts and deals for campus activities, bars and restaurants, and local attractions. These local deals are valid for the entire weekend of April 26-28, in conjunction with the All Gaucho Reunion. The Gaucho Pass will be available for pick-up at locations on campus and in Goleta and Santa Barbara.

Gaucho Pass Perks (More to come!)

  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art: 2-for-1 passes

  • Santa Barbara Trolley: $3 off ticket

  • Wheel Fun Rentals: 20 percent off bike rentals

  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum: 2-for-1 passes

  • UCSB Recreation Center - Free entry April 26 -28

  • Coast Restaurant & Bar - Buy one, get one free entrées

  • Tonic Nightclub - VIP line pass on Thursday and Friday before 11 p.m.

  • Indochine - VIP line pass on Thursday and Friday before 11 p.m.

  • The Savoy - VIP line pass on Thursday and Friday before 11 p.m.

  • Free entry to all three UCSB Softball games over the weekend — Saturday at noon and 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon

This year, the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association is teaming up with Night Out to provide additional deals for Gauchos. To find out more, go to here
To get more information on how your local business can get involved, contact jennifersmith@ucsbalum.com

Gaucho Gallop

Breakfast Burritos, Music, Kids Dash and Racing Dogs ... Running is Optional!

Join us for the 6th annual Gaucho Gallop on April 27. The Gaucho Gallop promises to have something for the entire family.

The one-kilometer Dioji Dog Dash will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Storke Field, just south of Harder Stadium. Runners will be led out by the Gaucho mascot Olé and the GEICO Gecko.

The Santa Barbara Running Company 10K and Elite Performance 5K Run/Walk races begin at 9 a.m. The Santa Barbara Running Company 10K has been recognized by the Santa Barbara Athletic Association as a worthy addition to their Grand Prix competition and has been awarded Grand Prix status.

The Gaucho Challenge, presented by Santa Barbara Airbus, starts at 9:30 a.m. The first annual Gaucho Challenge in 2012 was a huge success! Everyone enjoyed the sold-out race as teams of two successfully completed the five challenges along the 5K course. The UC Santa Barbara-themed obstacles tested teammates to work together both mentally and physically. A favorite challenge was at the bus loop: one teammate had to throw a tortilla through the window of a Santa Barbara Airbus while the second had to unscramble the name of a Jack Johnson song. Will you be this year's Ultimate Gaucho? Sign up with a teammate today to find out!

The “G Kids” Dash will take place at 10:00 a.m. and is free.

Celebrate your finish at the Finish Line Festival (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) with breakfast burritos, coffee and live music. 

Registration fees are $20 for students, UCSB alumni, faculty and staff, and $25 for the general public. Gaucho Challenge team registration is $40 for two people. For more information, go to www.ucsbruns.com. To register, go to www.allgauchoreunion.com.

Gauchos Giving to Gauchos

Proceeds from many of the events of the 7th annual All Gaucho Reunion benefit the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Scholarship Fund.

The fund was established in 2008 to provide scholarship assistance to current and future UC Santa Barbara students with good academic standing who qualify for financial aid. With its less-restrictive requirements, the Alumni Scholarship Fund provides a form of financial aid with greater flexibility to serve the varied and ever-changing needs of our students.

Nearly $700,000 in gifts and pledges has been raised toward the $3 million goal. Since 2009, $59,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 57 students.

Your gifts to the Alumni Scholarship Fund empower our students to invent the future.

For more information, visit here.