Sunday, March 29, 2015     Volume: 29, Issue: 35
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Are invasive species problematic?

Oh yes; humans need to be more careful in how we impact the environment.
Nah, it’s survival of the fittest, bro.
No more so than all the other things humans do.
Only when they try to butt in on my private conversations at parties.

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What's new?

Dribble this: Woodstock’s in downtown SLO has launched a new “baller pie” in honor of March Mania! Try the new flavor covered in pulled pork, Carolina barbecue sauce, onions, chives, and Canadian Bacon while you can … Creekside Brewing Company celebrated its grand re-opening on the weekend of March 13, unleashing a fresh, upscale menu, new beers, and fancy cocktails. If you haven’t been by in a while, I highly suggest ordering the bacon-infused burger and sipping on a spicy Mezcal cocktail while sitting above the babbling creek waters (1040 Broad St., SLO) … Upper Crust Trattoria in SLO has unveiled a remodeled dessert menu, which includes killer turtle cheese cakeComfort Market in Arroyo Grande has appointed a new chef and has unrolled a new dinner menu to boot! Chef Fernando Rodriguez comes to the village from Pacific Grove, and originally hails from Uruguay where was classically trained. Way to bring comfort food to a new level, Fernando!

On the town

SLO Wine Country is showering April with month-long “wine adventures!” Roll Out the Barrels will kick off the fun starting the week of April 6, which promises to explode with new wine experiences through April 27. From falconry demonstrations in the vineyard at Autry Cellars to hands-on fine art painting and wine tasting at Biddle Ranch Vineyard, there has got to be a wine event with your name on it (for all the details and tickets, visit slowine.com) … Charitable dining: Hope Family Wines is gearing up to host a Sunday Supper for Transitional Food & Shelter this April 26 featuring culinary creations by Chefs Chris Kobayashi of Artisan and Tom Fundaro of Villa Creek. The four-course meal will be paired with wines from Hope Family Wines, of course! (3 to 6 p.m.; $100; reserve tickets by emailing katiekan@hfwines.com) … Where the cool kids taste: The Garagiste Festival has arrived in Santa Ynez, bringing together more than 60 boutique, cutting-edge wine producers this March 27 to 29 (for tickets, email melanie@mwebb.com).

Get buzzed!

Central Coast Brewing Company will celebrate 17 years in business with a smashing party March 28 (noon to 5 p.m.; 1422 Monterey St.). The shindig will include 15th and 16th anniversary beers, Sour Blonde, Sour Belgian Dark Strong, and many other favorites (including the new release of CC Brewing’s Imperial Smoked Ale). Yes please! Space is first-come, first-served at the bar and no tickets will be sold. That means: Get to CC Brewing early and maybe even bring a lawn chair! … Don’t forget to attend Central Coast Craft Beer Week’s delicious festivities taking place throughout the region, kiddies. On March 27, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. will be taking over Wicked Shamrock in Lompoc and Tap It Brewing Company will host a beer and grilled cheese pairing. Holy crap. If you do nothing else, be sure to make it over to Spike’s in downtown SLO for the event’s closing tap takeover featuring a swath of awesome breweries during one unforgettable beer-soaked night.

We want a bite! Send your food news to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.