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Get your garlic on! FARMstead ED is hosting a culinary adventure celebrating the savory, fragrant garlic we all love led by Chef Evan Funke formerly of L.A.’s Bucato Restaurant. It all takes place at Windrose Farm this Aug. 1 (get tickets at … Nothing says “summer” quite like fried chicken, and Apple Farm is cooking up some phenomenal birds, according to New Times ad rep Tracey Scurri … Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates have announced a new line of “world chocolates” made from beans that are hulled, roasted lightly, and ground in a melangeur, which you can see spinning away in the window of their 1445 Monterey St. store. Try a chocolate making (and tasting) class, too! For all the details, call 441-6727.

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Mystic Hills in San Miguel has been racking up the awards as of late! The new small family owned winery has been awarded Monterey Winery of the Year by the New York International Wine CompetitionOlde Port Inn is now under the ownership of its former chef and manager. The 40-year-old restaurant on Harford Pier in Avila Beach is serving up the same yummy seafood, and that’s what really matters to me ( … Foremost Wine Company has been named among the Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S. by Wine Enthusiast. Wowzers! 

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Robert Hall Winery shined bright at the California State Fair Wine Competition recently. The Paso Robles winery snagged two double gold and two gold medals. Their 2014 viognier was honored with “Best of California, Best of Class of Region” and the 2014 chardonnay was named “Best of Class of Region.” Their soon-to-be-released 2013 merlot was awarded “Best of Class.” Nice work, guys! … Save the date for Oktoberfest at Madonna Inn featuring Firestone Walker Brewing Co. this Oct. 2 through 3. And speaking of Firestone Walker Brewing Co., they have found a new partner in brewing, Duvel Moortgat! The local brewery has been growing every year, and—with the help of Duvel—they’ll be able to share more of their delicious beer with the world.

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