While many said goodbye to summer by shuttling the kids back to school, there's a cooler way to say au revoir to the season.

The Padre Hotel is hosting its own goodbye to the season with a summer Champagne tasting on Aug. 30. Recognizing the change of the seasons (which doesn't officially happen until Sept. 22) requires a special beverage and the bubbly fits the bill.

Eight different Champagne producers — Taittinger, Deutz, Delamotte, G.H. Mumm, Jacquart, Pol Roger, Pierre Gimonnet and Veuve Clicquot — will be poured and representatives from each of the houses will be on hand to discuss the sparkling wines.

During the tasting, passed appetizers, paired with the Champagne, will be served. Lonely Avenue will perform during the event.

The event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Prairie Fire patio bar, 1702 18th St. Cost is $65, and tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

For more information on the event, contact Jeramy Brown, the hotel's food and beverage director, at 427-4900 or jbrown@thepadrehotel.com.

Meet your grower at The Kitchen

Bolstered by the success of its first meet your grower dinner with Pickalittle Farm — a feast of tomatoes — The Kitchen is hosting its second event, spread out over two nights, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

This time the educational dinner series will highlight Autonomy Farms, run by event planner-turned-farmer Meredith Bell. Bell has had a busy year, starting with a partnership with Mastro's Steakhouse, a high-end national restaurant group, after an appearance on "Billion Dollar Buyer." She hosted a dinner with Outstanding in the Field, which specialized in unique, on-location, sit-down dining experiences, organized by the L.A. Food Bowl, in May. And she just appeared in the September issue of Sunset Magazine discussing her major career makeover.

Dinner, prepared by chef Richard Yoshimura, will be chicken-centric, featuring locally raised free-range poultry. The menu will include lemon garlic chicken liver kebabs with muhammara, caldo de pollo, “coq au vin” roulade, gojuchang fried chicken and ending with The Kitchen's unique take on chicken and waffles.

The Aug. 31 dinner is sold out but space is still available for the event at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at The Kitchen, 1317 20th St. Cost is $55, with an optional drink pairing for $35 more. Tickets are available at thekitchenbakersfield.com.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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