It’s time to fire up the grill for summer and experience all that SLO CAL has to offer with a SLO CAL Crafted barbecue. In light of the pandemic, a backyard or beachside barbecue is a safe way to practice social distancing, spend some time outdoors and support local businesses. Many are offering online ordering, curbside pick-up and delivery. Whether you call SLO CAL home or you’re planning your next trip, here are some local goods and restaurants to enjoy the California Less Traveled. 

 

Cheese Board, Credit: Stepladder Creamery

 

Starters

Craft the perfect cheese board with a variety of handcrafted, aged cheese from Central Coast Creamery, or small-batch goat milk cheeses at Stepladder Creamery, paired with Central Coast wine from one of SLO CAL’s three wine regions: Paso Robles, Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande. While both creameries are closed for tours at this time, their offerings are available for purchase online. 

With so many wineries to choose from (more than 250), it’s hard to pick a favorite. For a glass of summer rose, check out Malene Wines, Edna Valley Vineyard and Hearst Ranch Winery. Most wineries are offering curbside pick-up and delivery across the nation. If you do plan on visiting a winery, remember to call ahead to make a reservation and follow any social distancing measures in place.

Sometimes the best thing on a hot summer day is a cold beer. While SLO CAL is known for its wine, there is a good deal of beer and cider offerings including Silva Brewing in Paso Robles, Barrelhouse Brewing Company with locations in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, Pismo Brewing in Pismo Beach and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. in Arroyo Grande. Or switch it up with cider from Tin City Cider in Paso Robles or  Bristols Cider in Atascadero.

For a non-alcoholic alternative, consider stocking up on Whalebone Kombucha. A handcrafted, sparkling probiotic tea brewed locally in San Luis Obispo. You can find it in various retail stores across the west coast, order online, or visit the brewery next time you’re in SLO CAL. 

 

Main Course 

From spices to cheeses, you can explore SLO CAL for all of your barbeque needs. Starting with meat boxes from The Larder Meat Co. and Templeton Hills Beef, both offer healthy meats from local farms so you know exactly where your food is coming from. Order one-time or start a monthly subscription for local, fresh meat year-round. 

SLO CAL is home to many local farms with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement or be the star of your meal. If you’re attempting the classic American flag cake topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries, check out Willow Brook Blueberries to pick your own. For seasonal fruits and vegetables, Avila Valley Barn has a new GrabNGo Barn Box for easy pickup, or sign up for a monthly subscription with Talley Farms who delivers throughout the west coast. 

Season your meat and vegetables with local spices like Le Z Ranch’s Paso BBQ Salt from General Store Paso Robles and the Cahoots House Rub from Olea Farm. Olea Farm also has a great selection of olive oils and vinegars to add to your kitchen arsenal. Did you know SLO CAL has an active olive oil production industry? Producers like Kiler Ridge, Pasolivo and Alta Cresta host tastings and sell products year-round. Right now, Kiler Ridge is offering olive oil tasting kits to have your own tasting at home!

 

Re:Find, Paso Robles

 

Nightcap

Yes Cocktail Co. in Paso Robles is your one-stop-shop for curating an at-home happy hour. With a variety of syrups, mixers, bitters and mixology kits that compliment locally distilled spirits from Re:Find, KROBAR Craft Distillery, Forager Spirits and Bethel Rd. Distillery. Take advantage of contactless pick-up and nationwide shipping to bring a taste of SLO CAL home. 

 

Takeout 

If cooking isn’t your calling, SLO CAL has an assortment of barbecue takeout options. Here are some top picks: 

And you can’t forget dessert! For pie, ice cream and more, check out these hometown heroes:

 

Linn's Easy as Pie Cafe, Cambria