Staff Report

Chefs Brooke Stockwell and James Owens of Solvang’s K’Syrah Catering & Events will host an evening of “foodie exploration” in honor of the late Anthony Bourdain on Saturday, July 14, as a benefit for local mental health organizations.

Bourdain, an influential chef and author, became famous as the host of the Travel Channel‘s culinary and cultural adventure program “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and the CNN television series “Parts Unknown.” He committed suicide in early June.

Proceeds from ticket sales for the local event will be donated to Santa Barbara County mental health organizations.

“A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain” will feature the two chefs’ takes on some of Bourdain’s favorite global food items, street food or otherwise. Guests can expect spins on dishes such as “Animal Style Fries,” a “Bodega Sandwich,” “Cacio e Pepe,” and Bourdain’s own “KFC” (Korean Fried Chicken), served reception-style with an accompanying cash bar that will showcase beer, wine and some of Bourdain’s beloved cocktails and spirits.

After the ticketed reception ends at 9 p.m., the cash bar will open to the public.

Advance purchase is required for tickets ($50 per person) for the reception, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. They are on sale at

K’Syrah Catering & Events is at 478 4th Place in downtown Solvang.

For more information, call 805-245-9564, go to or, or follow K’Syrah on