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Captain Planet: Earth Day Food and Wine is almost here, y’all! This April 23 head out to Castoro Cellars for a casual food and wine experience speckled with sustainable knowledge bombs (earthdayfoodandwine.com) … Did you know that there’s a double decker bus driving around the Central Coast that you can actually dine in? The food is all plant-based and local. Hop a ride on the new food-fueled Ddekka bus! No, you are not dreaming! This is a real bus, and it could be parking near you soon. Check the bus out at facebook.com/theddekkabus and feast your eyes on the future of mobile food … This year, FARMstead Ed has created a new collective of earthy local businesses and is offering a slew of fun upcoming classes, including a Central Coast Cheese Dairy & Farm Tour this May 15 (check it all out at their updated site farmsteaded.com).

Cork poppin’

Cheers to the lady in your life: Mom raised you. So, she deserves really great wine, right? This Mother’s Day (May 8), plan on taking mom to an Art and Wine Bar at Vina Robles that is sure to unleash her inner artist and inner wino (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; vinarobles.com) … Not sure how to pronounce it? That’s OK! Learn, laugh, and linger over glasses filled with delicious mourvedre poured by 18 local producers this April 19. The Rhone Rangers Varietal Night kicks off at Alta Colina Winery, located at 2825 Adelaida Road in Paso Robles, and food will be provided by Vivant Fine Cheese and Crush Catering. Oh, and designated drivers get a discount on tickets! (Tickets are $25; $15 for non-drinkers. Find out more by emailing pasovarietalnights@gmail.com).

That’s. So. Cool.

Now this is a Kickstarter project I can get behind! Designer John Paulick of WineHive has created a super clean, modern design perfect for your wine cellar that is inspired by—you guessed it—the bees! Check out his wicked cool honeycomb-shaped wine racks and back the project at KickstarterAlle-Pia isn’t just churning out gourmet cured meats out of their factory in Atascadero. They’re now also selling them out of a brand-new deli located out front! That means pancetta, guanciale, and that killer Nduja (handcrafted Italian salami spread) to go! Learn more and see drool-inducing photos of all the goods at allepiasalumi.com

Hayley Thomas wants to know what you’re raving about in the food and wine realm. She can be reached at hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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