PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.
ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.Dinner: Farm to Table Dinner on the patio at the historic Paso Robles Inn
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. We are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening: Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: Paso Robles InnMeals Included: Dinner
CLASS: Shopping Farmers Markets
Sandra Diamond, of North County Farmers Market, talks about the trend of small high quality farms catering to restaurants, farmers markets and specialty stores. Shopping farmers markets, farm stands and local grocers will be explored.
Lunch: Lunch on a family farm.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Begin your Central Coast Culinary exploration with a visit to a family farm utilizing organic farming techniques. Understand the challenges and rewards these practices have on farmer and family.
FIELD TRIP: Oyster Farm Tour in Morro Bay
Explore the Morro Bay and Oyster Farm during a tour through the estuary with a brief history and close look at many species of wildlife that call the estuary home. Upon arrival at the Oyster Beds the unique 'Farming' process will be explained while you experience the first hand workings of a live oyster farm. During your tour learn how to prepare oysters and taste oysters. Giovanni DeGarimore, owner of Giovanni's Fish Market, will talk about local sustainable fishing practices and invite you to a wine and oyster tasting at Stax.Dinner: Chef Andre joins a local Paso Robles wine producer with a wine & appetizer pairing at their downtown bistro restaurant. Dinner will follow at Paso Terra Restaurant with wine for sale to enjoy with dinner.Lodging: Paso Robles InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Review the diverse regions of San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles and learn about the types of grapes that dominate the area. You will take away an understanding of California wine regions and what is in a bottle of California wine by reading the label.
FIELD TRIP AND HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Wine Grape Growing at Steinbeck Vineyards
Meet one of Paso Robles' pioneer wine grape-growing families. During your vineyard visit, learn about wine growing, vineyard practices, planting a vineyard, conservation efforts, organic vs. sustainable, soils, water, and the challenges of nature in wine growing. Wine tasting included.Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the caves at Eberle Winery, a well known winery producing wines from a variety of regions on the Central Coast.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP AND HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Wine Making at Eberle Winery
A brief tutorial on the art of wine making is supported with a winery tour and wine tasting.
J. Lohr Winery: Coast wine regions are explored at J.Lohr Winery as they take you on a tour of their vineyards and geographic locations during an interesting presentation and tasting.Dinner: Dinner and evening on your own.
The Farmers Market in Downtown Paso Robles City Park is open until 6:00PM.
Lodging: Paso Robles InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Danika Gordon, proprietor Vivant Fine Cheese talks about cheese making, artisan & farmstead cheeses.
FIELD TRIP: Rinconada Dairy
We will tour a sheep & goat dairy and cheese-making room, and explore the process of cheese making with award-winning cheese maker Christine McGuire. Founder of the second, licensed sheep cheese dairy in California, Christine produces farmstead sheep cheese. Inspired by Spanish Manchego, Christine's Pozo Tomme has won numerous awards and set her apart as a superior cheese maker across the globe.Lunch: Lunch stop at Wind Rose Farms
Bill & Barbara Spencer invite you to their fields to share their passion for farming unique heirloom varieties for chefs, markets and people who love fresh farm flavors. Biodynamic philosophies of farming are explored and well as the daily challenges of farming on a small scale for high quality produce. A farm to table lunch is served under their oak tree.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Olivas de Oro Olive Company
Olive oil production and tasting are explored on a beautiful olive ranch with trees over 100 years old.
Next we make a quick stop at August Ridge Winery, a small family owned micro winery featuring Italian varietals.Dinner: Central Coast barbecue dinner at the Loading Chute in CrestonLodging: Paso Robles InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This wrap-up conversation will include adopting ways to enhance your life style by supporting your local producers and merchants. Websites and books will be shared with a look at future food trends by a local food and wine author and publicist.
HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Paso Robles Culinary program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Phone: (805) 238-0506
Website dedicated to Paso Robles with extensive information about wineries, lodging, restaurants, recreation and festivals and helpful information about the area, including a directory of local business, a detailed Destination Guide, and relocation information.For additional information, visit: www.pasorobleschamber.com/
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
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Toll Free: 888-988-PASO (7276)
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