Santa Barbara's Sister City
Kotor, Montenegro

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Kotor, Montenegro was established as Santa Barbara's Sister City in the Fall of 2009.  The town of Kotor is located on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro.  Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical monuments, Kotor is located on a natural harbor within the Bay of Kotor.  Like Santa Barbara, Kotor offers various year around activities including sailing, diving, fishing, hiking, water polo and festivals encompassing everything from theatre to musical arts.  We have had a number of meaningful exchanges between Santa Barbara and Kotor over the past few years.  

The Goran Milić Culinary Academy June 2015!

The Goran Milić Culinary Academy in Kotor, Montenegro continued its success in 2015. Under the direction of Chef Nikola Mikić four students were taught basic culinary skills during hands-on instruction. Several of our former graduates have gained employment at major resorts in Kotor and surrounding areas. 
Pictured above, the Goran Milić Culinary Academy 2015 Graduates (left to right): 
Ilija Bulaić, Chef Boban Mihajlo, Ivan Počanić, Culinary Academy Chef Nikola Mikić,
Sejla Musić and Rada Ostojić.
Culinary Students Learn By Doing!

 Santa Barbara - Kotor Sister Cities Celebrate FIVE Years!

March 2014:  Dinner was held at the Music Academy of the West in celebration of the five year anniversary of the Santa Barbara - Kotor Sister City relationship. Goran Milić, owner of Divino restaurant, and culinary academy graduate and chef, Melinda Silver, prepared the dinner for the evening. Guest speakers included Santa Barbara Mayor, Helene Schneider, and Tiffany DeVries, Dean of Students for the Music Academy.                                                               
June 2014:  Divino restaurant, in Los Angeles, was the venue for a dinner in celebration of the Goran Milić Culinary Academy in Kotor, Montenegro.  The evening was attended by several guests from Montenegro, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Special guests included Goran Milić's mother, Vera, who traveled from Montenegro. Dinner was prepared by Chef Melinda Silver and Goran Milić Culinary Academy student, Semsa Musić, from Kotor, Montenegro. 

Santa Barbara - Kotor Sister City Celebrates First Five Years!

March 2014
 Music Academy Dinner

Thank you to guest speakers Mayor Helene Schneider and Tiffany DeVries.

June 2014
Dinner at Divino

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