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Trust me: You need to try the succulent, meaty, tangy-sweet kiwis from Mallard Lake Ranch in Nipomo! Get your hands on the last of the season at the Madonna Road Farmers’ Market in SLO outside World Market (Saturday between 8 and 11 a.m.; and don’t forget to say hi to “Kiwi Bob!”) … A food-forward friend can’t stop raving about Southern Station Chef Carrie Collin’s bacon and green onion chicken and waffle, and you’d better believe that’s next on my Sunday brunch list (22412 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita) … Craving something a little exotic and totally delicious? High Street Deli is serving up Yucatecan style cochinita pibil tortas this month featuring slow roasted pork in banana leaves (350 High St., SLO). Excuse my drool.

Cork poppin'

A historic moment: Hearst Ranch Winery has hired Winemaker Soren Christensen (of Hope Family Wines and Alta Colina Winery fame) as their new head winemaker. Look out for more quality Bordeaux-style offerings as well as a new premium chardonnay program from the winery, which sources grapes from Paso Robles as well as the historic Hearst Family Ranch in San Simeon (hearstranchwinery.com) … Zip, zip, hooray! Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita was recently named “Best Vineyard Experience” by Sunset Magazine as part of the publication’s inaugural 2015 Sunset Travel Awards. Could it be the wine, the ziplines, or kayak tours? My best guess: All three wowed the discerning judges (ancientpeaks.com) … If you find yourself heading through the Santa Maria area, stop by William James Cellars for an awesomely off-kilter pairing of wines with Girl Scout cookies! Yes, you heard me right, folks. The new tasting room, located at 130 North Broadway, Suite A, will be serving up Thin Mints galore! Finally—binging Girl Scout cookies while drinking wine has become socially acceptable.

Table scraps

Hand me a cold one: It’s FeBREWary at Spikes in downtown SLO! That means incredible tap offerings all month long, including Pizza Port Brewing Co. Feb. 23, Abita Beer Feb. 25, and Samuel Adams Feb. 26. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your little blue Spikes “Around the World” card for a few stamps that will get you that much closer to the coveted black Spike’s shirt (570 Higuera St., SLO) … SLO County’s own Betsi Clark has been hauling her wild oats all over town with her burgeoning company, Grrrnola. If you enjoy handcrafted, yummy granola made without added sugar, gluten, and peanut oil, this is your best bowl yet (check out where to buy locally at grrrnola.us) … In a band? Know someone in a band? This news is for you: Hospice of SLO is currently seeking entertainers for the California Festival of Beers, its biggest fundraiser of the year (call 544-2266 and visit californiafestivalofbeers.com/performer-application to download the application).

We want a bite! Send your food news to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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