Tuesday, May 3, 2016     Volume: 30, Issue: 40
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How much do you think large monetary contributions to campaigns can sway elected officials?

Way too much; it’s seriously time to big take money out of politics.
Enough to reevaluate campaign finance laws and how they impact our political system.
Maybe a little; but in the end they still must answer to voters.
Not a concern; it’s how things work, and any serious candidate must stack some chips.

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Deliciousness for mom!

Good reads: This year, gift mom a local cookbook to show your love and appreciation. Three good picks: The SLO Farmers’ Market Cookbook (slofarmersmarketcookbook.com), Mee Heng Low Gin Family Cookbook (facebook.com/MHLGinFamilyCookbook), and the Cahoots Cookbook (cahootscatering.com) ... Break out the best wine bottles and finest cheeses this Mother’s Day, May 8. Dozens of wineries from SLO to San Miguel are kicking off the day right, including Paso Robles’ Wild Coyote Winery, Poalillo Vineyards, Cass Winery, Clavo Cellars, and Lusso Della Terra Cellars. For more tasting events happening throughout the Central Coast, simply go to slowine.com and pasowine.com and check the calendar. Mom will thank you.

Do it yourself!

Spice up your life: Learn how to make such loved eats as chicken tikka masala and lamb korma! Neeta Mital of LXV Winery and the Refugio Kitchen in Paso Robles have teamed up to offer fiery Indian cooking classes this May 3, 11, and 18 (get tickets at refugiopasorobles.com) … Shake up your next dinner party and be good to the earth with custom napkins crafted by Picking Daisies in SLO (pickingdaisiesinslo.com). You get to pick the pattern to match your kitchen, your fingernails—whatever! … Learn all about Rhone varietals at the upcoming Game of Rhones event kicking off at the Station in SLO this May 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. (thestationslo.com).

News nibbles

Stay for a while: Longtime family owned Edna Valley winery Claiborne & Churchill is now home to a beautifully renovated tasting room, along with new, charming wine country guest accommodations (claibornechurchill.com) … KROBAR’s new distillery is open for business with a fresh new tasting room and plenty of sprits to sample, including rye whiskey, neutral brandy, and gin (krobardistillery.com)! … Ready for food, wine, music, and beer? Head over to the eighth annual 2016 Flavor of SLO fest held at the Jack House this April 30 (flavorofslo.com) … Wine Waves and Beyond continues through May 1 with a Barrel to Barrel event April 29 and winemaker dinner this April 30 (for more groovy events, go to winewavesandbeyond). 

Hayley Thomas is all ears! Send her your most yummy news by emailing hthomas@newtimesslo.com.