Grist for the mill

In This Issue: Harvest, 2017

By | Last Updated September 26, 2017
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The Harvest Issue is full of great stories about the people, the food and all of the edible places. Enjoy!

In 2007, I sat beside Ali Rush Carscaden as we took our WSET Advanced Certification exam—a rigorous test for would-be sommeliers and wine journalists. She had just opened 15 Degrees C in Templeton, which offered an international lineup of wines unlike any other shop or wine bar in SLO County, and I was about to quit my 9-to-5 job with a local nonprofit to work in vineyards and wineries around the world, in the hopes that I’d eventually get paid to write about wine. We were both in a position of risk, at the time. Imagine my pleasure as the two of us sat down together again, a decade later, for an interview on the subject of women, wine and what it means to be a SLO County pioneer.

This issue was a labor of love for many. Thank you for reading, for supporting the good people and businesses on these pages and for making SLO County so delicious.

Jaime Lewis
Managing Editor

Small Bites: Harvest, 2017

More Small Bites for the Harvest Season

Harvest Happenings

Looking for ways to celebrate the harvest this fall?

Riesling Pairing Bites

What pairs with local Riesling? Funny you should ask...

Crispy Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Michaela Campo, manager at Robin’s Restaurant (, Cambria.

Pork Belly, Latkes and Pickled Red Cabbage

Daniel Perez, manager at Mason Bar & Kitchen (, Arroyo Grande.

Chicken Wings with Spicy Soy Gastrique

Joe White, manager at Willow Nipomo (, Nipomo.

The Great Gamble

German-style wines on the Central Coast.

Livin La Vida Lucys

SLO's newest coffeehouse is a family affair.

Lucy's Dirty Chai Coffee Cake

This spice-laden cake pairs well with a fresh cup of coffee, or with either of Lucy’s fall drink specials: a Cinnamon Brown Sugar Latte or Ginger Chamomile Tea Latte. Recipe from Lucy...

Silva Brings Master Brews to Paso Robles

A modern beer hero returns to his roots.

Pops of Citrus

Shanley Farms finger limes.

Bixby, Bloody Bixby

“I love finger limes because they have a different flavor than your traditional lime—it’s a little bit sweeter and the acid is a little bit softer. You get to chew on the pearls and they pop...

The Best of the Barrel

Women Wine Directors of SLO County Rise to the Top.

Bringing Slow Food Back to SLO Schools

More local cafeterias feature more local ingredients.

Nuevo Cafeteria Style Lettuce Wraps

Inspired by the Laguna Middle School Hot Lunch Program.

Drinking in the Season: Pear Brandy

I am unabashed in my passionate pursuit of perfection as I thump on the swollen bellies of watermelons, delicately squeeze my way through...

Eat Here Guide: Spring, 2018

Find the best places to eat (and sip) in the edible SLO area!

The Weird, Wonderful World of Competitive Mixology

“There can’t be good living where there is not good drinking.” —Benjamin Franklin
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