New Faces for ‘The Inn Crowd’

By Case Productions on Sep 11, 2019 at 05:53 PM in Case Productions in the News

Matt KettmannWed Sep 11, 2019 | 9:17am For the full article, please visit the Santa Barbara Indenpendant website

    For the 10th season of The Inn Crowd, producer Craig Case (right) invited Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee to be the food show’s hosts.
    For the 10th season of The Inn Crowd, producer Craig Case (right) invited Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee to be the food show’s hosts. | Credit: Courtesy

    Every weekend, KEYT airs television treats for Santa Barbara food and wine lovers, with The Inn Crowd on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Wine Country on Sundays at 5 p.m. The Inn Crowd, which started a decade ago, began with Chef Budi Kazali of The Ballard Inn as the original host and then shifted to Chef Michael Hutchings for many years. Along with producer Craig Case, the chefs would invite special guests and cook recipes that showcased the seasonal bounty of Santa Barbara.

    Starting this Saturday, September 14, Case will be joined by husband-and-wife chef hosts Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee of The Monarch, Sushi|Bar, and Silver Bough, all in the Montecito Inn. And rather than entertain from private kitchens, the format is now focused on visiting working restaurants and speaking with their chefs, bringing Santa Barbara’s booming restaurant culture to your living room. 

    “This season, we wanted to mix it up a bit,” said Case, who said viewers expressed interest in learning more about the restaurants. “It’s been interesting to watch the chef conversations during the episodes, and all of the chefs have been delighted about the exposure. It’s more chef-to-chef, and we think it is a good story to tell.” 

    The show is already a hit — “according to KEYT, viewership rivals the news hour,” said Case — but he expects this new format to attract even more fans, especially with enhanced production expertise from Paul Westmacott of Paradigm Pictures, who is now on the team. Among other restaurants, the team visits the kitchens of Bibi Ji, The Bear and Star, Loquita, La Cocina, Cubaneo, Bettina, Convivo, Satellite, and the Hotel Californian establishments Blackbird and Goat Tree.

    For the full article, please visit the Santa Barbara Indenpendant website