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Winter wonderland

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Wreaths and refreshments! Get all your holiday foliage—including cheery red poinsettias and goodies from local vendors—at Growing Grounds Downtown’s Holiday Open House in SLO this Nov. 19 (check the Facebook event page for details) … Larder Meat Co. has announced a new, smaller box filled with ten pounds of local meat, including juicy beef, chicken, and pork. Go to lardermeatco.cratejoy.com to sign up and learn more about how to get farm-fresh protein delivered to your door this winter. Think of all the holiday dinners coming up quick … Learn how to transform fresh produce into alluring cocktail mixes at a FARMstead ED class this Nov. 20 at Templeton’s The Groves on 41, which also just so happens to be ground zero for delicious local olive oil (olive oil makes a great stocking stuffer!).

Let’s lunch!

Tucked away treasure: Aloha Café in SLO, the place where each day brings a momentous new meal (Philly Cheesesteak Wednesdays, anyone?) is undergoing a bit of a refresh in 2017. Look for more news soon, and stop by their 890 Via Esteban road location for humble food prepared with passion … Firestone Walker Brewing Co. was named Brewery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine! To celebrate, let’s dine at the brewery’s Paso Robles Taproom, where the seared ahi is killer and the burger comes as bloody as you like it (check out the glowing feature on Firestone at winemag.com) … Eureka! in downtown SLO is throwing a five year anniversary bash this Nov. 17 with Firestone Walker, Bang the Drum, Libertine, Figueroa Mountain, and Central Coast Brewing Co. on tap! Grab an app and cheers to the best local brewers.

’Tis the season

Booze hounds, rejoice: You can now buy Calivore Spirits—locally made by Cal Poly grads with the best Golden State botanicals—online! Gift a bottle by clicking over to calivorespirits.com or get your butt out the door and pick up a bottle at Whole Foods in SLO or DePalo and Sons in Shell Beach … Upcoming harvests abound for GleanSLO, and you can help lend a hand picking lemons, tomatoes, oranges, corn, and more! All food goes to local families in need, and you might burn a few calories while doing so (sign up at gleanslo.org) … Edna Valley’s Biddle Ranch Vineyard unveils a spanking new tasting room on Nov. 17, ushering in a fresh start for the winery, known for Old World style wines. Plan a family excursion to this scenic hangout and who knows—it could become a new tradition (biddleranch.com)! 

Hayley Thomas Cain is always up for new traditions. Send your crumbs of culinary knowledge to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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