From passion to purveyor: This Feb. 7, attend a Slow Money San Luis Obispo meeting aimed toward getting local food entrepreneurs moving and making. You’ll learn how to make fruit leather at home using all that leftover gleaned fruit for long-lasting snacks. You’ll also get to meet some amazing artisans, including Karli from Best Ever Salsa (Paso Robles) and Chris from Tiber Canyon Olive Oil (Arroyo Grande). Go to slowmoneyslo.com for more information … Try a new brew! Silva Brewing Company has opened shop in Paso Robles, featuring small batch IPAs, farmhouse ales, crisp traditional beers, and more (525 Pine St., Paso Robles; silvabrewing.com).
Be bad, be good
Treat yourself to gooey desserts and verdant greens: Thomas Hill Organics is whipping up wintery desserts like a pumpkin bread pudding on a bed of melted chocolate topped with coconut sorbet. If you haven’t checked out this Paso hot spot’s sister locale in downtown SLO yet, now is the time (thomashillorganics.com) … Eating clean: SLO Veg CSA boxes are popping with wonderful winter color! Right now, snag a box with candy striped beets, fennel, celery root, white rose potatoes, juicy kiwis, and other local delights (sloveg.com).
Dine and drink
Clean your plate: SLO Restaurant Month continues with 55 restaurants serving up three-course meals for $30 to $40. Get this deal before it’s gone, including feasts like Lido at Dolphin Bay’s seared day boat scallops with curried butternut squash and sage (see menus and participating eateries at visitsanluisobispocounty.com) … The SLO Craft Beer Fest is coming up at the Madonna Inn Expo Center this Feb. 24 featuring BarrelHouse Brewing Co., Central Coast Brewing, Firestone Walker, and Bang the Drum, among others. Mark your calendar now, cheers later (for more information, go to madonnainn.com).
Hayley Thomas Cain plans ahead when it comes to beer. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.