It’s time for some truly special brownies! Heaven Squared Brownie Co. has opened shop in Paso Robles with 20 jaw-dropping flavors to devour, from chocolate to mint and rosemary to a “Pliny the Brownie” named after the famous Sonoma brew (stop by the shop at 179 Niblick Road for a nibble or click over to heavensquaredbrownieco.com for all the gooey chocolate goodness). … Cambria’s Wise Owl Café recently announced new hours (Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) as well as new, truly local breakfast treats. Stop into the eclectic space for Joebella Organic Coffee, pastries from La Migliore Bakery in Paso Robles, Donuts from SLO Donut Co. and fresh quiche made daily courtesy of Robin’s Restaurant. And locals, don’t forget to stop in for your specially priced, $1.50 cup of joe every Tuesday!
Hot syrah! The Hot Tuesday Varietal Night folks are rolling out the red carpet for a big, bold syrah tasting this Nov. 11 at Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles. Get educated on the grape, sip a bevy of local Rhone Rangers collective wines, and chow down on artisan cheese pairings at Limerock Orchards (for tickets, visit syrah.brownpapertickets.com). … “Go Coastal” with a SLO Winemakers Harvest Event kicking off Nov. 7 to 9 in SLO Wine Country! The 24th annual harvest weekend celebration includes a tasting and auction, a collaborative winemaker dinner, and an “open house day” with participating wineries from across the region. For all the information, visit slowine.com. … Il Cortile Ristorante in Paso Robles has added a few flavorful Italian imports to its already illustrious wine list (check them all out at IlCortileRistorante.com). … The Wine Shed in San Luis Obispo is pouring creative craft beers (and wines) straight from the tap! Try their uncommon brews—including a swath of freshly made pizzas—at their hidden-away alcove at 3590 Broad St.
The whole enchilada
Swap that spatula for an axe: SummerWood Winery & Inn’s Executive Chef/Inn Manager Kelly Wangard of Paso Robles recently competed as a contestant on Food Network’s zany Cutthroat Kitchen reality show on Oct. 26. If you happened to DVR it, as I did, it you will now have a local to root for! Regardless of who tuned in, congrats to Chef Wangard and thanks for being braver than so many of us. … The folks behind Soupabration! will present the fourth annual celebration of soup, music, and epicurean goodies Nov. 2 from noon to 4:30 p.m. The soup-tasting, beer- and wine-sipping foodie event will kick off in Morro Bay and benefits Pacific Wildlife Care’s wild critters (pacificwildlifecare.org/soup). … Want to brush up on your cooking powers? Why not sign up for a $15 cooking class at Centennial Park in Paso Robles and learn to create yummy, healthy foods that will impress your friends and intimidate your enemies? Chef Diane August will show you the way. Classes run through Dec. 2; sign up by calling 237-6542.