Did you miss National Taco Day on Oct. 4? That’s cool. SLO is on top of Taco Tuesday with weekly deals at Chilie Peppers, Taco Roco, Taco de Mexico, Tacos de Acapulco and more! ... Trading places: Chef Justin Casey of Grenada Hotel and Bistro has moved over to Thomas Hill Organics, which will open its sister location in SLO next month. Word on the street: THO will be sparking up a wood-fired pizza grill and crafting gourmet ’zas topped with seasonal freshness … SLO Beer Week is coming up Oct. 16 through 22 featuring dozens of local and Golden State beers poured at tastings, dinners, and tap takeovers hosted by local restaurants and breweries. Whether you like ’em hoppy, sour, or dark, you won’t want to miss opportunities to meet the brewers and learn how your favorite flavors are fermented.
Feels like fall: The start of autumn on the Central Coast means monarch butterfly season in Pismo Beach, where thousands of black-and-orange creatures take flight. Celebrate this beautiful moment in nature by opening a bottle of True Myth Chardonnay from the Edna Valley or cabernet sauvignon from Paso Robles—each bottle is adorned with the classic butterfly design and a portion of proceeds go toward protecting the insects’ habitat … Paso Harvest Wine Weekend is almost upon us, bringing live music, special dinners, and behind-the-scenes harvest fun to more than 200 Paso Robles wineries this Oct. 14 through 16 (pasowine.com).
Everything is better when it starts in the garage, right? (Think: garage rock, tech company start-ups, and, now, fine wine.) Set your calendar for the Garagiste Festival kicking off Nov. 11 through 13 and look forward to more than 60 micro-production wineries with grit and passion to spare (californiagaragistes.com) … The sun is still shining, so why not make the most of it? On Oct. 7, enjoy a sunset Wine Down event at Baileyana Winery in Edna Valley featuring the Hurricane Kitchen Food Truck and music by Paul Lewolt … Throwback Thursday, wine version: SLO locals and wine club members are invited to a library wine release hangout sesh each Thursday through Oct. 27 at Peloton Cellars in Avila Beach (you can also snag half-off wine by the glass, too).
Hayley Thomas is in the garage if you need her. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.