Cool beans: Crazy for coffee, but want to know more? Learn about the picking, roasting, and processing of stellar beans at Kreuzberg Coffee Co.'s Coffee 101 classes. These totally free 90-minute workshops kick off every Saturday at 10 a.m. and are taught by Kreuzberg's friendly and knowledgeable baristas (685 Higuera St.; class limited to 10 people; sign up at the counter or call 439-2060) ... Does the sound of glamping at a vineyard make you want to squeal like a little piggy? Does the idea of vintage trailers, wine, and blue skies make you giddy? Well, you might want to check out Tinker Tin Trailer Co.'s partnership with Alta Colina Winery this spring. Rent a trailer at the scenic "trailer pond" located just a hop and a skip from Alta Colina's eco-friendly tasting room stocked with delish wines and soak in the Central Coast chill (for booking, go to tinkertin.com).
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Giving back: Must! Charities has announced a new $500,000 partnership with the El Camino Homeless Organization, which does an awesome job serving all of north San Luis Obispo County. The half-million dollar partnership is the largest community gift made by the nonprofit, which aims to share the wealth of the wine industry with families in need. Want to get involved? Go to echoshelter.net ... Often referred to as a barbecue or party style wine, zinfandel isn't always given the credit that it's due. Thanks to Paso's Zinfest coming up this March 17 through 19, the zesty grape can add another accolade to its roster. This year's event will feature master sommelier Peter Neptune, who will be moderating the Zinposium, as well as a super cool Z after-party (learn more at pasowine.com).
Mix it up! Black Ty Brewing Co. of San Luis Obispo is making DIY mimosas easier than ever to craft at home. The company makes all of its syrups in house, using real fruit juice and pure cane sugar. Enhance the excitement of any old bubbly with half an ounce of this vivacious mixer (try the Sunrize Mojito flavor, which features a citrus blend with a hint of mint (blacktybrewing.com) ... New cookbook alert! Brian Talley of Talley Farms has a new cookbook, Our California Table, coming out later this month, and it sure looks tasty. With recipes for Dungeness Crab with pink sauce, orzo and spinach salad, and Meyer lemon cake, this is the inspiration you need to kick your spring feasting plans into high gear (preview these recipes and find out more at talleyvineyards.com).
Hayley Thomas Cain is excited to try some new recipes this spring. Send your updates, news, and noshes to email@example.com.