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Brewtastic: It's time for Central Coast Craft Beer Week, hosted March 21 through 29 across a colorful swath of bars and breweries throughout the region. Events include Parabola's 2015 release by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. on March 21, a local beer tap takeover and brunch at Mother's Tavern in SLO on March 22, and a beer dinner at Libertine Pub in Morro Bay on March 24, among many others (for a long, totally radical list of events, visit ... A zinfully good time: On March 20, get ready for a Vintage Paso Winemaker Dinner at J Lohr Vineyards in Paso Robles featuring a four-course meal catered by Thomas Hill Organics with vintage zinfandel pairings (reserve your spot by calling 239-8900 or email; $95 per person) ... Laetitia Winery in Arroyo Grande will host a Sparkling Winemaker Dinner at the Laetitia State House this March 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Hosted by sparkling winemaker Dave Hickey, you'll slurp down effervescent offerings alongside Chef Michael Wood's delish culinary creations (reserve your spot by calling 474-7641; $140 per person).

Nom nom news

Slurp, slurp, hooray! March is National Noodle Month, people. To celebrate, I say stop by Raku Ramen and order up a big, steaming, gorgeous bowl of spicy tonkotsu pork ramen (with or without butter topping depending on your naughtiness; 1308 Monterey St.) ... Lincoln Market in SLO is killing it with their Almost Famous Breakfast Burrito, topped with the most addictive chipotle sauce on earth. Start your day off with one of those bad boys and you won't need to even think about lunch (496 Broad St., SLO) ... Local beer and wine geek Christopher Weir has penned an entertaining new memoir cutting an adventurous path through the history of SLO and Santa Barbara Winemaking! Entitled Mad Crush, the memoir is an improbable but true story about making one great wine and all the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to get there (check out this super cool book and find out more about the author online at

Hands on!

Poor but sexy (and artistically talented)? Calling all artful coffee slingers and cappuccino hustlers: SLO's Kreuzberg, Ca is putting on another massive, countywide Barista Art Throwdown this April 6 at 6 p.m. Think you have what it takes to wow the judges? Prove it, buddy. For more information, stop by the coffee shop at 685 Higuera St. in downtown SLO (or call 439-2060 and ask for Kberg Roaster Shawn Clark) ... Give me chocolate or give me death! Roll up your sleeves and dive into an informative, hands-on chocolate-making experience at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles taught by Mama Ganache's master chocolatier (sign up at; $50 per class) ... Learn everything there is to know about raising chickens (for eggs and meat) during a FARMstead ED class held at Nature's Touch in Templeton this March 28 (visit for tickets; $55 per person. Live in North County? Use a "locally grown" discount during checkout). Cluck yeah!

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