Pizza Punks: Palo Mesa Pizza won big at the World Pizza Competition last month! Michael Stevens, chef and co-owner, earned the third-place award in the Best Traditional Pizza in the Southwest Region category. Congrats! Try the pie for yourself at their SLO and AG locations (palomesapizza.com) … Paso Robles based Leo Leo Gelato is working with SLO Brew to create some super tasty craft beer desserts you can eat with a spoon! Doesn’t that sound like heaven on earth? Stay tuned for more info as the new SLO Brew plans to open this spring … and speaking of heaven, Stepladder Creamery in Cambria and SLO/Morro Bay beer purveyors Libertine Brewing Co. have collaborated on a goat milk cheese aged with sour beer. It’s currently aging right now, and not quickly enough, if you ask me. I know—epic eats!
To do list
Mother Nature Rocks: There’s still time to get tickets to Earth Day Food & Wine this April 23 at Castoro Cellars (earthdayfoodandwine.com) … This May 8 and 9, learn about creating resilient food systems at a conference held by the Center for Sustainability at Cal Poly. The event will bring together leaders in food, ag, and health (cfs.calpoly.edu) … Music is heating up at BarrelHouse Brewing Co. and Tooth & Nail Winery in Paso Robles this spring! Check out their live music lineups online and plan to bring a lawn chair! … Did you go to the Chardonnay Symposium last year? Well, then you are totally able to score 20 percent off on select tickets for the upcoming May 12 to 14 event in Pismo Beach this year (head over to thechardonnaysymposium.com).
But is it local?
Yaaas Queen! Pure, organic, local honey harvested right here on the Central Coast? Bring it on! Hail to the queen bee and check out @humblehivebeeco on Instagram. Based out of Arroyo Grande, you can find this new golden goo at select boutiques and farm stands now … The former chef/owner of Taco Temple has been quietly building steam with his new venture, Flavor Factory in Morro Bay. Ya like Burgers? Well, he’s got ’em hot, juicy, and smothered with all kinds of fixings! Check out these massive hunks of beef betwixt two buns at 420 Quintana Road and like the eatery on Facebook for specials ... Tin City Cider is slangin’ tastings at the Field Recordings Tasting room, y’all! That’s at 460 Marquita Ave. in Paso Robles, just a stone’s throw from a handful choice tasting rooms like Desperada and ONX (afternoon tasting excursion anyone?).
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