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Harvest hoopla 

Work hard, play hard: Harvest Wine Weekend uncorks Oct. 19 through 21! Peer behind the curtain as winemakers open up barrel rooms and tasting rooms in celebration of the new wine harvest. This Oct. 20 and 21, more than a hundred wineries are kicking up their heels and sharing great meals. A Harvest Wine and Pie Pairing will take place Oct 20 to 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harmony Cellars featuring pies courtesy of Linn's of Cambria; Castoro Cellars is offering a Harvest Festival Crab Dinner on Oct. 19; Grey Wolf Cellars will host a Harvest Ho Down with live music and prizes for best Halloween costume on Oct. 20, and Tooth and Nail Winery is throwing a wicked castle party with live music Oct. 20 and a Paint Bar art class on Oct. 21 (see a wealth of events at

Happy as a clam: The Pismo Beach Clam Festival Wine Walk has been going on for 72 years—can you believe it? Taste the tradition with a three-day event dedicated to all things clammy. It kicks off Oct. 19 through 21 with live music, food trucks, kids' activities, local wine, and plenty of hot bread bowls brimming with creamy clam chowder. Learn more at ... SLO Mexican food restaurant Taqueria Santa Cruz will open a second location on Foothill Boulevard near the Cal Poly SLO campus. The taqueria also has a spot on Monterey Street, and boy is it ever crowded! Hopefully this new locale will allow a bit more breathing room for burrito buffs ... Paso's LaZarre Wines is opening its first tasting room at farm-to-table restaurant Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles. Yes, you heard right! The business will move into the space vacated by Seven Oxen Estate Wines, which is now located in Tin City off Ramada Drive in Paso Robles.

Teach 'em young: Give your kids the gift of knowing how to slice, dice, and simmer. The Wellness Kitchen in Templeton is hosting a Kid's Cooking Program through Oct. 29. The Wellness Kitchen's lead chef, Evan Vossler, has a passion for instilling in youth the importance of quality nutrition and cooking skills, so you can rest assured they'll be in good hands. Classes are open to kids from 8 to 12 years old; learn more at ( ... Mint + Craft wants everyone to enjoy the local flavors flourishing in SLO County soil this autumn. Join the downtown SLO eatery for Our Community Table, a family style dining experience featuring Chef Michael Wood. The menu—filled with fall faves like roasted butternut squash and braised pork cheek empanadas, kale salad with pickled apples, and pumpkin mole—comes with an optional wine pairing, too. Prepare to rub elbows with your neighbors; that's half the fun! Learn more at Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain loves family style dinners. She can be reached at

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