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Not just celery: SLO's first ever VEGFEST is coming on Feb. 17, whether you're ready to assess your overall health or not. At this free shindig, you'll be able to sample and purchase a large variety of vegan foods, experience cooking demos, and hear speakers offering eye-opening wisdom into the world of plant-based delights. Who's coming? Well, Southern Fried Vegan from Los Angeles, Taco Tuyo from Santa Barbara, Jade Acai from Monterey, Mini Drops non-dairy ice cream from SoCal, Lori's Original Lemonade from Ventura, and SLO's own Bliss Café, Kacey Cakes, and Whalebird Kombucha to name just a few! More info at ccvegfest.org ... Chef Thomas Ray Drahos formerly of Blue Heron in Baywood is now bringing his culinary skills to Foremost Wine Company in SLO. Raised on a farm, this soulful chef is all about eating fresh, local, and seasonal. Sure, he's done everything from molecular gastronomy to pastry to teaching demonstrations at Cal Poly, but his favorite meals are simple and shared. Check out his new menu launching Feb. 19 and peep more deets at foremostslo.com. Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain loves to humble brag about her epic hot sauce collection. Send bites to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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