Caroline Connor - Co-founder
I was born in Australia, raised in Arizona, and have been living in California for the last 7 years. I grew up with travel as a big part of my life- my family has always encouraged taking new adventures as often as possible. From backpacking the Grand Canyon to river surfing in New Zealand to white water rafting in Costa Rica to surfing in Baja...these inspiring experiences fuel my passion for life and keep me looking for more. After college, I worked with Red Bull North America in Marketing for the last 7 years- focused on creating new events within extreme sports and culture on the Central Coast. Drawn to the oceans and the mountains, I am always seeking new ways to enjoy what nature has to offer. Whether it is surfing, hiking, paddle boarding, dancing, camping, paragliding, tennis, river surfing, mountain biking, swimming, sailing, dirt biking, rafting, exploring or flying...I love it all, each and every day. Adventure makes me feel alive.
I am constantly searching for my next greatest adventure experience and enjoying every minute of the exploration. Adventure is different for everyone- whether jumping out of a plane or lounging on the sea, I will help you discover yours.
On my first birthday I dipped a madeleine into my first glass of Champagne. Perhaps this moment in my birthplace of Provence, France was the beginning of my passion for wine and food. At age 7 we moved to my mom’s hometown of Santa Barbara. Every summer we returned to France; my mom holding the Michelin guide in her lap searching for our next lunch spot in a tiny, charming village. Traveling all over France and other parts of Europe every year enhanced my love of food, wine, and hospitality. My French father was a wonderful cook and engrained the French food culture and spirit in me. Bi-lingual and bi-cultural, my views and my discerning palate have developed through the foods and customs of two worlds. In addition to a BA in Business Economics, I’ve taken courses in Wine Tasting at l'Université du Vin in Suze la Rousse, France and classes at the Culinary Institute of America in St.Helena. Working in local hotels and wine tasting rooms, my passion has only grown deeper for all things hospitality. I wake up everyday thinking about all the food possibilities the day holds, whether it's cooking up fresh market vegetables or dining out at a favorite spot to satisfy a craving or discover something new.
Having climbed volcanoes in Nicaragua, strolled through rainforests in Costa Rica, meandered around the Emerald Isle, and other amazing adventures, I have learned a lot about the differences between a trip and an experience. After 22 years in Santa Barbara I possess a vast knowledge of local restaurants, activities, and exciting things to do in the area.
I can't wait to match fantastic food experiences with your unique palate. Bon appétit!