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Program #19867RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.


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Andre Averseng

André Averseng met his wife Cristina at the South Pasadena Culinary School, where André was a founding teacher and Cristina headed the marketing and admissions efforts at the school. Realizing the power of their combined skills, they formed Dining with André in early 1998. Their exciting approach to the restaurant and catering business enjoyed rapid growth, and they soon moved their residence and business to Paso Robles, bringing the charm of Provence cafes to California’s Central Coast.

Cindy Steinbeck

Cindy is a fifth generation California farmer and owner of Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery, where she works alongside her parents, brother, and son. Participants will enjoy an educational look at wine through the perspective of a working vineyard and family heritage. In addition to the wine business, Cindy holds a Master of Arts in history and theology. She has authored a book, "The Vine Speaks," where she ties her passion for the vineyard together with her passion for scriptures. Her presentation covers a variety of topics and guests will hear stories and taste Steinbeck Wines.

Sandra Diamond

Sandra Diamond, managing director of the North County Farmers’ Markets, wears many hats as she navigates the future of local farmers at local farmers’ markets. With a rich, proud history of selling produce for over 28 years in San Luis Obispo County, the association provides fresh, local produce to the public, schools, restaurants and local community groups such as senior centers and food banks.

Katy Budge

Katy Budge has more than 20 years of experience writing about the wine and food of California’s Central Coast. The author of a weekly food column, she contributes articles on wine and spirits to several monthly publications and websites, including a food column highlighting the cuisine of San Luis Obispo County, Central Coast Magazine, and Vintages Magazine, a wine magazine for the Central Coast. Katy also serves as a judge for numerous wine and food competitions, and is a member of Slow Food USA, San Luis Obispo Chapter.

Danika Gordon

Danika Gordon is a Cal Poly dairy science graduate, who spent 10 years in the dairy industry before returning to her home in San Luis Obispo County to become the proprietor of Vivant Fine Cheese in Paso Robles. Danika supplies the finest imported and local cheeses, which she handles directly. She provides a highly valued link for the region’s leading chefs, restaurant owners and wineries to the world of fine cheeses.

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Kris Penick

For over two decades, Kris Penick has shared her love and knowledge of the Central Coast of California lifestyle with guests and visitors to the area. She has utilized her education in nutrition and experience in the wine industry to create educational programs that unveil the flavors of this unique area. As a former director of public relations for a California winery, Kris has developed a multitude of industry and consumer events. She launched an ambitious educational wine program, the Paso Robles Wine University, and has overseen events for wine associations and commercial wine competitions. Now the owner of her own company, Kris welcomes groups of all sizes and interests to the Central Coast of California.

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You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
4 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences


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