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Who is Taste SBFT?


The Taste SBFT team all share our love for SB, celebrating local businesses, food, wine, people and fun! We have a passion for sharing our stories and showing people around. On our tours we combine a fun mix of food, drinks (with and without alcohol), Santa Barbara history, culture and architecture. We love to introduce our guests to new and old spots.

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Evan was born and raised in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. She has always loved all things food, feeding people and Santa Barbara. She also loves to introduce everyone to everything she loves. Along with SB and food, Evan adores her two daughters, dogs, husband and all things sparkly.


This is our awesome team of guides. We love leading guests on walking experiences! We look forward to tasting with you!

Nancy Palmer Tour Guide Extraordinaire

Nancy has lived in Santa Barbara for over 15 years (she actually lives in Carp). Originally from Dallas, TX & moved to SB as soon as she could.

Nancy loves food, swimming & all things SB! She also loves dogs and her grand babies.

Nancy’s favorite food right now are the chicken burrito from Los Arroyos and the Chicken Piccata from The Chase. Fun fact about Nancy, she  used to hate Brussels Sprouts but has become a recent convert, specifically from The Chase and M Kitchen found inside M Special.

When Nancy isn’t leading tours she can be found eating, walking her dog, babysitting her grandkids, playing Pickle Ball or volunteering with Food Bank Santa Barbara.


Ken is originally from New York, but through a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force has lived in Nebraska, Japan, and Texas, where he met his wife, Cristina. He went to school in Monterey where he fell in love with the food, wine, and culture of California’s Central Coast.

Ken’s favorite part about touring is connecting the history of Santa Barbara with the off-the-beaten-track restaurants and tasting rooms we go to. He also has a knack for photography and loves to provide guests with life-long memories of their Santa Barbara experience.

When not tasting all the great food and drink Santa Barbara has to offer, he enjoys taking classes, and volunteering with Equal Learning Fund, a local non-profit organization.


An East Coast Native of the Philadelphia area, Linda has been visiting Santa Barbara for over 20 years before finally becoming a resident in 2012.

Linda’s extensive travel throughout Europe enhanced her love for the arts, architecture, as well as her knowledge of exquisite food and wine; which, she also discovered by wondering curiosity, is so plentiful in Santa Barbara.

When Linda is not guiding tours, she enjoys outdoor activities in our beautiful city where the mountains meet the ocean and all the cultural experiences that Santa Barbara offers.

Maddy Bascom Tour Guide Extraordinaire

Originally from Nor Cal, Maddy has made her home in Santa Barbara for the last 28 years. Her background is in high-end catering & event design. She is as enamored now with SB as the day she arrived.

Penelope Grace & Piper Joy Lennon Tour Guides in training

Tour guides in training.

They are learning the ropes and you will see them leading tours in approximately 12 and 15 years.


Peter Noodle Doodle & Baz We haven't figured their titles out yet

Baz and Peter Noodle Doodle are the newest member of the teams.

They are both under a year old. Lovely and will try to eat your food, so you will not see them out on tours just yet.

Petey has no idea he is the size of a horse and Baz has no idea that he is not am alligator. Both have any idea that they are not human. Shhh, don’t tell.

Atticus Sparticus Chief Financial Officer

Atticus Sparticus is quite the whiz with numbers. Not really, he is just a silly guy with a big heart. He probably has a circus theme going in his head at all times and is a goofball, sidekick and has a lot of love to give.

If given the chance, he will eat your food and have no remorse. He mostly spends his days hiding from his sisters and trying to eat their food, playing with Petey Noodle Doodle, barking and of course, napping.

Georgia Leads tours on occasion

Georgia is a California native and a UCSB graduate. She loves Santa Barbara and was a history teacher. She lived in Sherborn, Massachusetts (near Wellesley, 20 miles west of Boston) and after retiring, she has kept her love of history alive by doing research for the historical society AND she was a tour guide on the Freedom Trail!

While Georgia and her family lived in MA, she kept herself very busy with three kids and was an elected member of the School Board for many years, chair of two school building projects, President of the League of Women Voters, Girl Scout l leader/area coordinator, church deacon/Sunday school coordinator.

Now in her spare time she loves to research history, volunteer for the Sb Courthouse and explore SB and eat bon bons – just kidding, she loves McConnell’s Ice Cream!

Georgia is not currently leading regular tours, but does guide from time.

Brittany Searl Currently on sabbatical

Brittany currently lives in Colorado and comes back to visit SB every chance she gets. She was born in Upstate NY & lived in SB for over 6 years.

Brittany is a vibrant artist, a foodie, a math genius & most importantly a lover of all things SB. She is currently a martial arts master and an avid rock climber and runner.

Mike Wazowski Rest In Peace


He was the fur behind the foodie lady for 16 amazing years. He loved food almost as much as his mom & supported her every step of the way.

Herb Rousso Rest In Peace

Herb was Evan’s beloved grandfather.

Evan owes a lot of her sophisticated taste buds to this man, mostly because his daughter, Evan’s mom has a pretty darn good taste in food. He passed away at 98.5 years old.