San Luis Obispo, CA — A local restaurant put the Central Coast in the national spotlight last night. The Rib Line on Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo was featured in an episode of “Man Vs. Food Nation” on the Travel Channel. Adam Richman, the host, coached high school teacher Naader Reda, of Ventura, in attempting to defeat the “Brahma Bull Challenge.” The challenge means eating three pounds of tri-tip, sandwiched between a sliced sourdough loaf topped with barbecue sauce or salsa. Reda tried to beat the current record of 42 minutes. Reda beat the record by two minutes. He will now get free lunch every Friday at the Rib Line. The Rib Line also has a location in Grover Beach. If you missed the airing, visit travelchannel.com for their updated schedule.
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By Max Jacobson | March 31st, 2011
If you want to go to the source of wine trends in America, it’s only a day’s drive away, in and around California’s Central Coast. Right now, for example, the area is abuzz over albariño, viognier and other boutique grapes, whose popularity is spreading to wine shops and restaurants near you.
“What makes the Central Coast hot,” says master sommelier William Sherer of Aureole at Mandalay Bay, “is how so many winemakers there are converting conventional vines, such as merlot, to trendier grapes.” Albariño is a dry white wine from Spain now being cultivated in this area, and with tapas bars being a hot commodity in Las Vegas, this varietal is becoming popular, too. You can get a good taste of it at Clavo Cellars (315 S. Main St. in Templeton,ClavoCellars.com), which has a ’09 Paso Robles Albariño, Olé. Vineyardist Neil Roberts grows his grapes between Paso Robles and Creston and uses oak rather than stainless steel for flavor. The wine has a complex citrus profile and nice mineral notes. You should also try a delicious ’09 viognier in Clavo’s tasting room.
In the heart of the Edna Valley, fans of German-style varietals should make a beeline to Claiborne & Churchill in San Luis Obispo (2649 Carpenter Canyon Road, ClaiborneChurchill.com), started in 1983 by a pair of linguists from the University of Michigan, Claiborne Thompson and Fredericka Churchill. He taught Old Norse, and she taught German; their wines speak for themselves.
They produce about 10,000 cases per year, the majority of which are the ever-popular rieslings and dry gewürztraminers. The winery also produces Edna Valley pinot noir and chardonnay, Paso Robles cabernet sauvignon, syrah and a port-style wine called PortObispo. In the charming tasting room, $5 gets you six to eight wines. Buy a bottle ($20-$40) and the fee is credited to the purchase.
Sustainability is also a new mantra in the food and wine world, and many wineries in the area pay strict attention to the concept. A good example is the Hearst Ranch Winery & Tasting Room (442 SLO San Simeon, HearstRanchWinery.com). Most people who visit this area go to the Hearst Castle in the hills of San Simeon, so you know you’re coming up here anyway.
The winery was started by businessman Stephen T. Hearst, great grandson of William Randolph Hearst, and philanthropist Jim Saunders. The men use sustainable agriculture to produce their portfolio of wines. Both men are well-known supporters of nature conservancy and historical preservation.
These wines, made from local fruit, are stunning, starting with their Glacier Ridge chardonnay at $25, and ending with their Bordeaux blend The Point, a hefty $70. Don’t miss the Lone Tree cabernet franc as well, which sells for $35. This varietal was recently proclaimed a rising star in California, which means you’ll soon be hearing a lot about this one back home, too.
If You Go …
Getting there: San Luis Obispo is a six-hour drive from Las Vegas. Air service is available to Monterey via US Airways or on Allegiant Air to Santa Maria. Check online for rates, but Allegiant is generally less expensive.
Where to stay: The area is dotted with small hotels, B&Bs, and other hostelries. It’s a treat to stay on the coast, in hamlets like Cayucos, so quiet you can hear the ocean roar. At On the Beach Bed and Breakfast, 181 N. Ocean Ave., rooms start at $149. (805) 995-3200.
Where to eat: Try the roast chicken and California cheeses with that pinot noir at Hoppe’s Bistro and Wine Bar (78 N. Ocean Ave., Cayucos, 805-995-1006). In beautiful Cambria, closer to San Simeon, Black Cat Bistro (1602 Main St., Cambria, 805-927-1600) is the ticket. Chef/owner Deborah Scarborough is renowned locally for her stuffed fried green olives.
What not to miss along the way: Central Coast may be the most diverse area in California for wine tourism. The Edna Valley alone has dozens of tasting rooms dotting its green hills, and along the coastline are sand dunes, sea lions and San Simeon, home of Hearst Castle (along Highway 1, 40 miles north of San Luis Obispo; visit HearstCastle.com to make a reservation.)
Photo by Max Jacobson
The Apple Farm Inn in beautiful San Luis Obispo is running a number of specials. The above link has all the details.
As we come to the beginning of February, I hope your plans include attending some of the wonderful live performances that are happening in any number of our California Central Coast live performance venues!
Doubt by John Patrick Shanley, will be performed at the Santa Maria Civic Theatre (www.smct.org) on Friday and Saturday nights throughout February – it opens on Feb. 4th; the other 7 shows are Feb. 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th. Show time is 8pm; doors open at 7:30pm. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner for Best Drama, Doubt tells the story of Sister Aloysius, a Bronx Catholic school principal, who takes matters into her own hands when she suspects Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. A compelling parable about gossip, faith, and yes, doubt, director Stuart Wenger says that this play “is not about what people believe in, but HOW people defend those beliefs.” The cast features Dixie Arthur as Sister Aloysius, Alan Benson as Father Flynn, Angela Hutt-Chamberlin as Sister James, and Nicki Barnes as Mrs. Muller. The Santa Maria Civic Theatre is located in the north end of Santa Maria at 1660 N. McClelland St., just north of Donovan Rd. and one block east of Broadway. General admission is $14. Please call 922-4442 for reservations; you can also look for them at www.smct.org. [Advisory: Doubt contains mature themes]
The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (www.pcpa.org), the Central Coast’s Resident Professional Theatre Company, located on the Allan Hancock College Campus in Santa Maria, will present the next show of their season, The 39 Steps, February 10 through March 6 (later to be reprised June 16 – July 3 at the Solvang Festival Theater).
The Great American Melodrama’s (www.americanmelodrama.com) current production at their newly renovated theatre in Oceano, Under the Boardwalk, runs through March 6.
Upcoming performances at the Clark Center (www.clarkcenter.org) include the Peter Rowan Bluegrass band on February 5, California Theatre Center’s Most Valuable Player on February 11, The Four Bitchin’ Babes in Diva Nation on February 12, Artbeat Inc’s In the Mood on February 16, The Damon Castillo Band: Music for the Next Generation on February 18, and Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver on February 19.
Ryan Cordero (email@example.com) and Sorcerer Productions (check them out on Facebook) recently closed their very successful production of Forever Plaid, at the Clark Center (www.clarkcenter.org) in Arroyo Grande as part of their inaugural season of shows. Next up is Drowsy Chaperone, with performances scheduled for April 1-24.
Kelrik Productions’ (www.kelrikproductions.com) current show, Alice’s Wondrous Adventure, runs through February 6 [NOTE: Saw the opening matinee performance and this is a WONDERFUL show!]. Their next production, Annie, will run February 18 – March 6 [NOTE: looking for one additional male ensemble member as this posting goes to press on 2/1]. Auditions will be held on February 23 for Pinkalicious, which will run April 2-17.
SLO Little Theatre (www.slolittletheatre.org) will hold auditions for a readers’ theatre production of My Name is Rachel Corrie on February 9 & 10 (performance on March 25). THIS IS ROCK n’ ROLL! takes to the stage February 18 – March 20.
Auditions for The Great American Railroad Show (www.americanrailroadshow.com) were recently held at Unity (1490 Southwood Dr in SLO) moving toward performances March 18-27.
The God Is Still Speaking Players (follow them on Facebook) will present a readers’ theatre production of The Diary of Anne Frank the first weekend in March (auditions on February 6, 7 & 8, 7 PM, SLO UCC, 11245 Los Osos Valley Rd), andNunsense Jamboree in September (auditions early/mid July).
Upcoming performances at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center (www.pacslo.org) include Orchesis Dance – Shift February 5, the Vienna Boys Choir on February 8, the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake on February 10, Brian Regan in concert on February 11, Vagina Monologues February 18-20, Lily Tomlin on February 19, and Falsettos February 24 – March 5.
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Celebrate Restaurant Month In San Luis Obispo County!
January 2-31, 2011 The most “Delicious” Month of the Year! Enjoy 3-Course Menus for $30 and 30 Days (San Luis Obispo, CA) –
Savor San Luis Obispo County during the month of January and satisfy your hunger for a delicious meal at an appetizing price during the fourth annual Restaurant Month in San Luis Obispo County, January 2 – January 31, 2011.
New in 2011, Restaurant Month goes statewide, leveraging the success of the popular promotion. Over thirty restaurants throughout the area are preparing special three-course pre fixe menus for $30 throughout January to celebrate all things culinary. Restaurant Month is a great opportunity to experience some of the best wine and food this destination offers at a special value to encourage you to dine out in January. Menus can be paired with award-winning wines from Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo wine country at an additional charge.
Restaurant Month will showcase the many fine dining spots in the county that are known for their innovative menus and mouth-watering appetizers, entrees and desserts featuring fresh, local ingredients. “Restaurant Month gives us an opportunity to feature our American “Bistro” style restaurant to new patrons while highlighting the abundant local, organic and sustainable food that San Luis Obispo County has to offer” stated Executive Chef Chris Kobayashi of Artisan restaurant in Paso Robles. The countywide promotion includes restaurants from Arroyo Grande, Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and Shell Beach. For a list of menus and special offers from local wineries, visit http://SanLuisObispoCounty.com.
San Luis Obispo County Restaurant Month is sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau (SLOCVCB) in partnership with the California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC). Restaurant Month, designated by the California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC). CTTC will launch “California Restaurant Month” in January 2011 to further position California as the country’s leading culinary destination and there are 23 destinations across California are hosting restaurant week/month this coming January!
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