[Noozhawk’s note: Chef Joe Hafner is now writing a weekly food column for Noozhawk. Click here for a related article.]
Hello and welcome to Word of Mouth.
My name is Joe Hafner, and I am happy to be joining Noozhawk as a food columnist.
My partner, Jessica, and I moved to Santa Barbara in 2012, after years in Rhode Island where I studied at Johnson & Wales University’s College of Culinary Arts.
For over 10 years, I’ve run fine-dining restaurant kitchens in Newport and Providence. Now I cook privately here while Jessica works in the wine industry as she pursues a winemaking degree.
Word of Mouth will be a forum for interesting food and drink news, local flavor, food policies and opinion.
I’m not going to write reviews, although I will be doing profiles of restaurants and chefs in our area. I’ll be giving you a slice of what is here, what people are eating and talking about, and some great recipes, too.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to explore Santa Barbara County and share my experiences with you!
I will keep an ear to the ground on our fantastic Santa Barbara County food scene. Please send any thoughts or questions for Word of Mouth to email@example.com.
Thank you to Noozhawk reporter Lara Cooper for this profile of me.
See you next week!