Café Roma opened its doors in San Luis Obispo in May of 1980 with Maria Rosa and Joseph Rizzo. They married in Italy in 1961 and owned restaurants in both Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas, Nevada before calling SLO their home. Here is their story of how family and food came together to create a restaurant that has been a part of the San Luis Obispo community for nearly 40 years.Read More
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We work with local museums, galleries, archives, and wineries to organize events throughout the county.
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Our thanks to Dwyne Willis and Steve Bland
for making SLO Provisions available.
As we learned in the Wine History Project’s Food History event in February, bread in a variety of forms has been a main food staple since the beginning of civilization. “Breaking bread” is a phrase we all can relate to. Whether it is a religious ritual, a family meal, or symbolic gesture, bread has been a part of civilized life for at least 8000 years.Read More
George Trevelyan has been working with shellfish for more than 20 years. He founded his company, Grassy Bar Oyster Company, in 2009 and soon will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The company name describes the intertidal-mudflat sites of oyster beds in the back bay just off Morro Bay. Historically the oyster beds were fringed with eelgrass, but that is now disappearing. George shared with us the long history of growing oysters in Morro Bay and his personal experiences.Read More
The Food History Project had the pleasure of touring one of the most famous and oldest family run...Read More
Buy Tickets “The Paderewski Festival is a four-day music festival held annually in November celebrating Paso Robles’ rich heritage and its most famous resident Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist,...Read More
The history of food and mourning begins with the actual consumption of the deceased – cannibalism. Over time, it changes to the concept of providing food for the departed. Then, by the Middle Ages, funeral food focuses on feeding the living mourners.Read More
The New York Times applied the label to California Cuisine, giving it “Official Status” in 1982...Read More
The Swiss Italians settled on the Central Coast between Cambria and Cayucos with their dairy cows...Read More
March 2018: Christine Maguire of Rinconada Dairy and Libbie Agran gave talks on local cheese making past, present, and future.Read More
February 2018: Phil Tillman gave two talks – one on the Chinese families who settled along the Estero Bluffs on up into Cambria where they harvested and dried a specific light green seaweed and another on the environmental destruction caused by Navy Bean in Arroyo Grande.Read More