Wednesday, March 1, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 31
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Meet me for martinis! Sidecar in SLO is offering a Steak and Martini Sunday deal that is worth bringing date night back for! Choose from seven different martinis, from classic gin-vermouth-orange-bitters to creative offerings made with absinthe and even bell pepper for $8 each when you buy a steak. Plus, the Sunday filet special of prime filet mignon, mashed taters, and sautéed veggies goes for 34 bucks each Sunday evening (sidecarcocktail.company) … Santa Maria’s own Cambria Estate Vineyard and Winery was recently featured on the NBC Today Show, where host Kathie Lee Gifford raised a glass to the winery’s 2015 Tepusquet Vineyard viognier, which is peachy and rich (don’t we all aim to be those two things?). This wine might be making national headlines, but you can snag it for $20!

Yummy vibes

Thankful harvest: Glean SLO  recently gathered for an event thanking the farmers, growers, and distributors that have helped the nonprofit glean and utilize thousands of pounds of unwanted fruits and veggies this year. The group gathered at the SLO Food Bank’s new central warehouse—which, by the way, is pretty cool. Want to take a tour of the warehouse or learn how you can get involved in feeding our local hungry? Go to slofoodbank.org and get in on a mighty good cause ... BarrelHouse Brewing Company is celebrating its fourth anniversary this Feb. 25 with live music by Bear Market Riot and Small Kicks. Grab a brew and shake off those winter blues (go to barrelhousebrewing.com for info).

Recommended flavors

Good apples: The Central Coast Cider Festival is returning to Atascadero this May 13, so mark your calendar now (info at centralcoastciderfestival.com) … Been a while since your last fried chicken fix? Mosey over to The Hatch Rotisserie in Paso Robles, where the honey and hot sauce are flowing (follow the eatery on Instagram @hatchrotisserie for finger lickin’ updates) … Poke Chef in SLO is now open seven days a week, which means your transformation into a raw-fish-loving seal is now complete …Flour House in SLO has expanded its lunch hours Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., so get your pizza on … Beda’s Biergarten in SLO is now offering Silva Brewing’s 525 Pine Golden IPA on tap, which just so happens to be this week’s drink pick (read all about my love for the Paso brewery’s golden IPA now, then get out to Paso or Beda’s to dry the damn stuff. It’s worth it!).

Hayley Thomas Cain is seeking more bites and nibbles from across our vibrant Central Coast. Send your updates, news, and noshes to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.