Small Bites

Small Bites: Spring, 2018

February 24, 2018
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Looking for ways to give back to the communities that produce your favorite local wines? Established in 2004 by Brian and Johnine Talley, the Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers donates to numerous non-profit organizations whose mission supports vineyard and farm workers on the Central Coast, primarily through the sale of Mano Tinta, a wine produced by Talley Vineyards, and the cookbook Our California Table, written by Brian Talley. And in Templeton, must! Charities relies on the donations and fundraising efforts of local wineries, restaurants, individuals and organizations (like the SLO County Cattlewomen) to make grants available to agencies that work to combat poverty, specifically in North County, where the poverty rate is highest. Both the Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers and must! Charities gladly accept individual donations; for more information on how to make a difference, visit or and search for “Mano Tinta.”


When it comes to the good stuff—food, drink, surf—SLO County wins. To celebrate the best of our beautiful backyard, the Wine, Waves & Beyond ( event screens a surf movie at the Fremont Theater, hosts the annual Central Coast Surf Classic (with a category just for winemakers and brewers), stages a huge VW car show, and tops it all off with a grand tasting of local wine, beer and cuisine. Best of all? Proceeds benefit Glean SLO, a SLO Food Bank program that connects rescued produce that would otherwise go to waste with those who need it most. May 4–6 in Avila Beach and Pismo Beach. 


Many of SLO County’s food and drink establishments represent second careers for folks who’ve served in the U.S. Armed Forces. For instance, Nipomo’s Burton House & Grill ( is owned and operated by veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy. (Be sure to ask after their everyday 10% military discount.) Before opening Dunbar Brewing ( in Santa Margarita, owner/brewer Chris Chambers served in the U.S. Army as an armorer and weapons trainer. And at Pear Valley Vineyards ( in Paso Robles, winemaker Tom Maas—an Army veteran of the Vietnam War—will partner with the wineries of Highway 46 East for an upcoming “Warriors, Wine & Wheels” event, the proceeds for which benefit local veterans and active military. 

Article from Edible San Luis Obispo at
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