Food and Wine

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Great food and wine (and cider and spirits) abound in the Great Flavors community. The simple pleasure of fresh local produce picked right before dawn, restaurants serving everything from street food to epicurean events, award-winning wineries nearly too numerous to count.

Life is much too special to settle for mediocrity. Fortunately, we are literally surrounded by great food, often prepared with local ingredients, and world-class wines that happen to made right here on the Central Coast.

We share our Flavor Team flavorites, from restaurants, coffee shops, and markets (and places to find some great gluten-free fare) to wines and wineries, from Arroyo Grande, up the coast of the tri-beach communities (Grover/Pismo/Shell Beach) to San Luis Obispo, with a few notable outliers here and there.

Food Posts

  • Sweet News: Great Flavors Bakery Wins Bake-Off

    Super excited, humbled, and pleased to share that two of our Great Flavors Bakery products were winners in the recent 2017 Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival Bake-Off Contest. Our sunshiny lemon cookies won 2nd place in the Cookie category. And our spiced carrot cake won 1st place in the competitive Harvest Gone Wild category: bakers choice […]

  • Divine Thai: Explore the Savory Treasures of Thailand (without leaving the Central Coast)

    Life’s a journey and an adventure, right? On our journey, we get to see new places, experience new surroundings — and savor the foods unique to the place. As the journey unfolds, we learn a little more about the world, and about ourselves. As part of our journey, we travel, and travel is good for […]

  • Talley Farms Fresh Harvest CSA: Local, Fresh Produce Made Easy

    If Oliver Talley were here today, I think he’d raise a fresh green bean* in a hearty toast. Why? Because the vegetable farm he started in 1948 in the fertile Arroyo Grande Valley now also provides fresh produce to 4,500 subscribers from SLO County and throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona, through the Talley Farms Fresh Harvest CSA. […]

  • Beda’s Biergarten: SLO’s Home for Gemütlichkeit

    Camaraderie and community transcend language and geography. Food: German Category: Pub Gluten-free friendly: Yes The Umami of a Place If a restaurant is to become the go-to place for locals and a destination for out-of-towners, great food and drinks are assumed. Instead, it’s the special sauce — the umami of the indescribable combination of ingredients beyond […]

  • Karami Salsa

    Combining local ingredients with a regional flair, Karami Salsa joins the great flavors of green chiles with a delicious twist. What if the ingredients for a beloved side dish from your native country are not just hard to come by, they’re impossible to procure? The first generation of Karami Salsa was born from this predicament. […]

Wine & Cider (& Sprits) Posts

  • Ticket Contest: Grab a friend and head to the Tour

    What’s better than attending the SLO Hard Core Cider Tour this Saturday, Oct. 21? Attending for free! With a friend! How, you ask? Simple—just Like our Facebook page (@gr8flavors), and Tag & Share this post with a friend for a chance to win two free tickets. The hardest part might be choosing just one friend. […]

  • Drink Cider. Do Good: Hard Core Cider Tour Benefits Bike SLO County

    When you buy a ticket to the San Luis Obispo Hard Core Cider Tour on October 21, you may change a person’s life for the better, forever.  Every stop on the Hard Core Cider Tour designates a bike-related nonprofit as its event beneficiary, and Bike SLO County will again benefit from proceeds earned from the […]

  • Branch to Bottle: Gopher Glen’s Hard Cider Journey

    Feature Video Fernando puts his arms through the shoulder straps of the canvas apple carrier and pulls the cords to cinch up the bottom opening. His team does the same, ready for another day in the orchard. Today’s focus: Nittany apples. It’s still early but the day promises to be hot. For now, dappled shade […]

  • SLO Hard Core Cider Tour / Newcomer Profile: Gopher Glen Cider Company

    The Hard Core Cider Tour gathers some of the best hard cider makers from California and beyond, and shares the great tastes with cider fans on its tour stops in lucky California towns. Each year, the event grows, as does the list of cider makers participating—which means we all get to experience and explore even […]

  • SLO Hard Core Cider Tour / Newcomer Profile: Two Broads Ciderworks

    The Hard Core Cider Tour gathers some of the best hard cider makers from California and beyond, and shares the great tastes with cider fans on its tour stops in lucky California towns. Each year, the event grows, as does the list of cider makers participating—which means we all get to experience and explore even […]

  • SLO Hard Core Cider Tour / Newcomer Profile: Krazy Farm Cider Company

    The Hard Core Cider Tour gathers some of the best hard cider makers from California and beyond, and shares the great tastes with cider fans on its tour stops in lucky California towns. Each year, the event grows, as does the list of cider makers participating—which means you get to experience and explore even more […]

  • Your Taster’s Guide to Fun at the Hard Core Cider Tour

    Brilliant blue sky. Warm autumn sun. Notes of live music hanging in the air. Friendly groups playing lawn games. Smells of good cooking luring you to the food trucks. And a slew of some of the best craft hard ciders just waiting for you to sample. All this and more awaits you at the Hard […]

  • Quiz Time: Animal Magnetism (wonderful winery animals of the Central Coast)

    With so many great wineries along the Central Coast, you know it can be hard to pick which one to visit.  Instead of the usual criteria—AVA, area, grape, style, membership—how about creating your next wine-tasting itinerary based on the four-legged welcomers at several wineries? Here are a few of our favorite winery personalities. Test your […]

  • Tasting Notes: HammerSky Vineyards (Paso Robles AVA)

    Over the weekend, the Flavor Team took a trip up to Paso Robles to try some new wines.  As we continue our studies of wines around the world (we share a bit of our European Wine Class experience at Cal Poly in this article), we are learning more about Bordeaux, France. Bordeaux is famous for […]

  • Bristols Cider House: The Art of Hard Cider

    Quick. Name a hard cider maker on the Central Coast. If you’re like many people, the first place that comes to mind when you think of hard cider is Bristols Cider House in Atascadero. Today, Bristols Cider House is an institution—one of the oldest, biggest, and well-respected hard cider companies on the Central Coast, as […]

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