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Forks and corks 

Be a wiener! Have you heard that Sal’s Paradise has begun a transformation into a Bratwurst biz? Word on the street: There’s already a brat mobile truck roaming around the city, meaning my dreams have officially come true (if you see the truck, please snap a pic and send it in!) … The Paso Robles Downtown Wineries Association will host a Wild About Wine Walk with Zoo to You with funds benefiting the animal rescue nonprofit this Feb. 7 ( … Il Cortile Ristorante in Paso Robles will feature a reverse wine dinner starring Tablas Creek Vineyard on Feb. 4, meaning that restaurant month may soon be over, but there’s still plenty to sink your teeth into … Spearhead Coffee is brewing up incredible java with a boutique, farm to cup emphasis. Try their house-roasted beans at their brand-new coffee shop, located at 619 12th St. in downtown Paso Robles (

Learning is fun

Muddy makeover: Want to unearth the secrets of creating nutrient-rich soil in your own backyard? It’s not magic—it’s science! Learn to compost naturally with Worm Wrangler Cristy Christie at an upcoming FarmsteadED workshop this Jan. 31 and reap bigger, better fruits and veggies come harvest ( … Discover how to craft gorgeous chocolate roses for your sweetheart this Feb. 3, or try your hand at creating Broken Heart Voodoo cookies on Feb. 6. Both sugary classes are hosted by Honeybee Cakery and will commence at The Bunker, the cool, new collective art space located at 810 Orcutt Road, SLO (email for class reservations and tickets) … Ever cupped fresh coffee? Do yourself a favor and sign up for Kreuzberg’s free coffee classes taught by their prolific roaster Shawn Clark (for more on Clark, read this week’s Flavor feature). I promise, you’ll have fun, leave caffeinated, and learn lots of neat stuff sure to impress your friends.


Good news to chomp on: Sunset Savor the Central Coast recently won The Nation’s Most Outstanding Food Event award at the sixth annual Taste Awards in Los Angeles, proving that all of that scrumptious food and wine goodness really resonated with attendees in a massive way (for those of you who don’t know, the ceremony is like the Oscars of food and wine events!) … Santa Ynez Winery Kita Wines, known for its blending of traditional and modern winemaking techniques, recently took double gold, silver, and double bronze at the recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (—awesome! … My personal fave See Canyon Vineyards also took home a dozen medals, too—including double gold for its 2012 The Siren Pinot Noir. Wow! I hope no one is getting too big for their britches.


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