Wine, Waves & Beyond — Barrel to Barrel in Pismo Beach

Tickets to AmpSurfs Barrel to Barrel in Pismo BeachThere are a few icons that define the Central Coast of California and this past Friday all of them were on display at a great event I had the opportunity to attend for the first time. This past Friday evening was the Barrel to Barrel night during the annual four day Wine, Waves & Beyond fundraiser for AmpSurf — http://www.winewavesandbeyond.com.

The sun was blazing as we stepped onto the lawn at the Cliffs Resort overlooking the Pacific and enjoyed wonderful wines, micro-brews and scrumptious food while perusing an impressive collection of silent auction items that showcased all that the Central Coast has to offer.

Ocean Grill Avila Beach offers Peruvian Ceviche in Pismo Beach

Ocean Grill Avila Beach offers Peruvian Ceviche

Those symbols I mentioned earlier? Spectacular Summer evening weather welcomed the event. Wines from Ancient Peaks, Chamisal, Claiborne & Churchill, Lone Madrone, Niner, Tolosa and Peachy Canyon were poured under a sea of white tents. New brews (to me at least) from Kona Brewing Co. and Central Coast Brewing Co. were great to pair with some of the more substantial small bites offered — and even Eureka! participated with a two tasty brews on tap.

And to match the libations, the restaurants stepped up with

some truly “outside the box” offerings. The Cliffs offered up a truly unique “Red Bull Donut” with Red Bull infused cream filling and Red Bull flavored icing. It was interesting but more my husband’s style as he’s a Red Bull Fan. The Cracked Crab offered their stand-by Crab Bisque — always delicious and loaded with crab. Luna Red offered a spicy seafood gazpacho that was perfect for the warm evening. Grassy Bar Oyster Company, a family affair out of Morro Bay Estuary, provided absolutely scrumptious barbecued oysters — I practically had to drag my hubby away. A highlight was the truly ingenious offering by a new restaurant coming soon to Avila Beach — Ocean Grill. The chef created a delicious Peruvian Ceviche with scallops and snapper – sweet roasted corn and a little bit of spice all displayed in a spoon-sized abalone shell — also a symbol of our Central Coast. If this is any indication the Boyers will have a new favorite spot coming this July. Can’t wait!

Live music from Aloha Radio highlighted this very well executed function and I was glad we had the chance to check it out. It is particularly rewarding to enjoy an evening out and have it benefit a worthy cause. AmpSurf has been a focus of donations from both my Rotary Club and my Keller Williams Central Coast office. AmpSurf™ is a non-profit organization established to Promote, Inspire, Educate and Rehabilitate (PIER™) all people with disabilities and their families through adaptive surfing and other outdoor activities.

Surf, Sun, Wine, amazing local food and a worthy cause! If you have the opportunity I highly recommend this event when it rolls around next year!

Wine, Waves & Beyond in Pismo Beach

 

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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