Backyard Farm to Table Wine Makers Dinner in San Luis Obispo

Farm to Table Dinner

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a new celebration put on by Apple Farm Inn, called a Backyard Winemaker Dinner.

San Luis Obispo Apple Farm

If you’ve ever driven to San Fransisco or Los Angeles on the 101, you’ve passed through San Luis Obispo. If you missed it, you probably aren’t the only one, as the entire city is roughly only 12 square miles. Nestled between wineries, mountains, and beach towns, this quirky creek side city has the best of all worlds- close to everything without all the hustle and chaos of a bigger city.

San Luis Obispo Bed and BreakfastRight off the highway and a few blocks from the main downtown area, Apple Farm Inn is more of an institution in the area than just a hotel, and is known for providing quality service with ‘wine country hospitality’. The Inn has the style and comfort of a small B&B with all the amenities of a larger hotel.

Checking in you are given a heavy, gold room key that feels more like you’re staying in a secret cottage than a hotel room, and fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies. After setting your bags down, you’re invited to join the other guests on the outdoor patio for a wine and cheese reception. Everyone I met was super friendly and excited about meeting so many different people during their stay. This was part of the experience for them, like they were meeting up with lifelong friends.

Bike ride san luis obispo

After the wine tasting, I walked around the property, taking pictures and enjoying the cool breeze over the mountains. It wasn’t cold, but it was a refreshing change from the bizarre heat waves we’ve had in Los Angeles. It felt like Fall. It felt like the perfect place to relax with a good book and a hot cup of spiced apple cider.

Changing clothes, I met up with a large group of complete strangers for a farm to table dinner prepared with specific wine pairings in mind. Unbeknownst to me, I chose a seat right next to the wine maker and his wife (a great seat) and enjoyed learning about their winery’s history and why they chose Central California to have their farm. Pipestone Winery is an organic winery that follows traditional Chinese feng shui design- An interesting combination and something I have to see in person someday.

Farm to Table Dinner

Farm to Table Dinner

As more and more people started to arrive, more and more glasses of champagne clinked and toasted as we all gathered our things and found our seats. There was a live musician playing guitar and strings of vintage bulb lighting hung over the table. As I sat down I realized how special that night was going to be. I felt welcomed, like I was sitting down to dinner with my friends and family, and relaxed into the many courses and wines that flowed throughout the night. I overheard one man say that you come as strangers and leave as friends, which was the perfect sentiment for how the night unfolded as I shared stories and laughs with all the people around me.

   Apple Farm Inn

Here’s a slice of the menu:

Starters: house-made sweet onion and yellow beets, pickled (yellow pickled beets= surprisingly delicious sweet treat!)

First Course: tomato eggplant soup topped with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano

Second Course: Duck Confit topped with goat cheese, roasted garlic and tomato tartlet

Entrees: Cabernet Marinated Flat Iron Steak, Tomato Chimichurri, sautéed kale, Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Grilled Swordfish, tomato, Bulgar, pine nut pilaf, with a balsamic tomato reduction sauce

Dessert: Upside down caramel pecan, green tomato pie

 duck farm to table meal

apple farm inn

apple farm inn

This is the second month that Apple Farm Inn has hosted a winemaker dinner and from the turn out, is guaranteed not to be the last. If you want a relaxing escape from NoCal or SoCal, make your way to San Luis Obispo and the neighboring cities. You are bound to fall in love with this area just as I have.

Jade Broadus is a spunky girl hailing from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She’s addicted to traveling and has a strange obsession with maps and globes. A lover of dogs, fashion, fish tacos, marine biology, and college football, she has a broad range of interests. Jade has a strong passion for the film “Love, Actually” and has watched it 176 times. Her interests include singing really loud, impromptu dances, shopping, and dressing up in cute dresses and extravagant hats. She has written for Gadling, AOL Travel, Discover Los Angeles, LACOT, LandLopers, Wedding Nouveau, and The Vacation Gals. She is currently the social media and marketing director for Inside Out Media, a media company that owns and


  • Reply October 11, 2012


    I’ve heard a lot of great things about the town, and of course I know that there is lots of good wine from that area. This event sounds like a great way to spend an evening. The dessert sounded especially good!

  • Reply October 11, 2012


    This looks like the most perfect night. I live in Santa Barbara so this would be an easy weekend away for me and my boyfriend. Looking into it now

  • Reply October 12, 2012


    What a great outing and the food sounds and looks delicious. There’s something about pairing the wines with the food to put it gastronomically over the top. You’ve had some interesting meals lately!
    Tomorrow I’m off to the Calgary Food and Wine Show and looking forward to trying some really great wine.

  • I love all your food shots and I am salivating in this late hour and craving for some sort of caramel pecan. :) What a great experience and a wonderful way to spend the night. The Central CA wine region is one of my favorite places to visit.

  • Reply October 12, 2012

    budget jan

    Arrive as a stranger and leave as a friend. A fine Motto. An inviting table, and prime position near the wine maker. What more can you ask? Great photos? All the boxes ticked!

  • Reply October 12, 2012


    How fun! This area of California is like so my new favorite part of staying in Paso Robles this summer. So cute!

  • The table setting looks so wine country-esque with its yellow napkins and sunflowers. I probably could eat that Grilled Swordfish for every course!

  • Reply October 13, 2012

    Cathy Sweeney

    Everything about the place looks so inviting. Can’t believe I haven’t made it to San Luis Obispo — I’ve been very close. Now I know a great place to stay when I finally make it there. The food looks awesome!

  • Reply October 14, 2012


    What a beautiful table!

  • Reply October 14, 2012

    Camels & Chocolate

    FOODGASM. Central Coast is my main region of coverage for Frommer’s, and I was always wanted to make it to the Apple Farm Inn but never did! Looks like I missed out.

  • Reply December 28, 2012


    Saw this re-blogged and followed it back, I was at this dinner and you truly do it just with your photo’s and write up. Keep up the good work, San Luis Obispo appreciates it.

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