The Taste of Pismo Beach 2013

The Taste of Pismo Beach 2013My memory may be fading (I am turning 40 this year after all) but of the many Taste of Pismo events my hubby and I have attended I think this year was unequivocally the best. Maybe it was the great “Farm Fest” Farm to Fork event that ushered in the Taste the Friday night before. Maybe it was the great mix of participating restaurants, wineries and breweries. Maybe it was the jumbo tent or the spectacular weather. It was probably a mix of all of these things — and great friends to enjoy it with (always a plus).

What I have to give the event coordinators high praise for is to gather together a truly great cross section of local wineries and several breweries as well. The food has always been delicious, but my memory is that some years the local vintner participation was less than I expected. In any event, many of my favorites — Saucelito, Adelaida, Laetitia, Chamisal, Opolo, Wolff. And many great new ones (for me) — Red Carpet Winery, Croad, Monarch Grove. And where other years had just one local brewery to serve those not vine-inclined, this year there were three — Tap It, Pismo Brewing, Firestone, and SLO Brewing!

The Taste of Pismo Beach 2013

Panorama Photo of the Taste of Pismo Beach 2013

But alas, when it’s “TASTE” of Pismo we are discussing, one must address the small bites offered. While Rosa’s stood out with their stand-by Butternut Squash Ravioli, and Splash with their amazing Chowder in a Signature Bread Bowl, Marisol knocked it out of the park with presentation and taste in their little spoonful of heaven — small bay scallops in a light mignonette sauce topped with water cress in individual appetizer spoons. And Sea Venture did a bit-sized dessert morsel of gluten-free, flour-less chocolate torte morsel that was perfect in size and delectable.

Look out for it next year — it is in late April at the beautiful Dinosaur Caves Park next to the Pismo Beach/Five Cities Amphitheater overlooking the Pacific in Shell Beach. We will see you there!

Enjoying the Taste of Pismno

Ashlea Boyer and Verenice White enjoying the wine and food of the Taste of Pismo.

Ashlea Boyer

Ashlea Boyer: Is a native of Pismo Beach, having moved here from South Lake Tahoe when she was just four years old. An Alumni of Arroyo Grande High School, she then attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating with a degree in English Literature. After college, she spent 5 successful years working her way up to Management Editor of a national fitness magazine in Southern California, working for two of the three largest West Coast publishing houses. Ashlea return to the Central Coast for her wedding and stayed raise her family. She joined the family business in 2004 and began leading the Pismo Beach Homes Team with her Mother, Kathi Foster in real estate. Ashlea has been a leading real estate agent in the Pismo Beach area for 10 years, and has developed a strong client following in the area based on her dedication to our community and outstanding customer service. Our team, The Pismo Beach Homes Team, has been awarded the Quadruple Gold level awards consistently over the past 5 years with Keller Williams Realty. She has been named more than once as the "Agent of the Quarter". In 2011, Ashlea was presented with the "Top 20 Under 40" award by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation for my professional excellence and profound commitment to the community. Ashlea lives in Arroyo Grande, California with her husband and son and she enjoy running on the beach, volunteering, pilates, snowboarding and the occasional scuba diving. She's active in many industry, community service and non-profit organizations and serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach, the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, and other community non-profit organizations. 

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