The 4th of July is the biggest grilling day of the year and the perfect opportunity to show off your skills at the grill. Grab your apron and treat your guests to a flavorful menu they will enjoy more than the fireworks display!
To help backyard chefs prepare an epic menu, Great American BBQ tour host Mike Peters will share his grilling expertise with tips and recipes for upgrading your grilled chicken game and how to add smoky flavor to your grilled goods like a pro pit master – no smoker required!
Mike knows a thing or two about making magic on the grill. Peters has been a member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society since 2008. He and his wife Christine travel the country preaching the “Gospel of Q” as the hosts of the Great American BBQ tour and KCBS ambassadors to the world.
How to get smoky pit master-quality flavor in your backyard:
• Upgrade your classic grilled chicken with an extra layer of bold flavor
• Make ribs on the grill that your guests will swear came straight from a smoker
• Add high-flavor seasonings to seafood like salmon for quick summer weeknight dinners
ABOUT MIKE PETERS:
Mike Peters’ competition roots began in 2003 at the “Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival” in Springfield, Missouri. Since then, he has built a resume that includes numerous category and event championships, including qualifying and competing in the prestigious “Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational.” Since 2008, Mike and his wife Christine have been traveling the country teaching festival attendees and fans about the “Gospel of Q” as the charming and affable hosts of the “Great American BBQ” tour. As tour hosts, they are the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s ambassadors to the world. During the past five years, the Peters’ have journeyed tens of thousands of miles across the nation and back, acting as the voice of KCBS and promoting BBQ while teaching professional grilling tips and tricks to millions of festival attendees. This is now their ninth year touring. Mike Peters has served on the KCBS board for four years and last year he was President.
HEATHER MURAN – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SAN LUIS OBISPO WINE COUNTRY – ROLL OUT THE BARRELS WEEKEND (THURS-SUN, JUNE 23-26)
SLO Wine Country includes two small adjoining American Viticultural Areas—the Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley—and other nearby winegrowing areas. Each of these areas shares a unifying proximity to the ocean, as well as to each other. Collectively, these growing conditions forge a unifying wine quality that is native to SLO Wine Country:
The reliable cooling effect of the nearby Pacific Ocean ensures a long growing season, enabling the grapes to achieve physiological ripeness and natural balance. Cool-climate varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir excel in the heart of SLO Wine Country, and even the warmest areas benefit from considerable marine influence.
The ocean proximity also exerts a moderating effect on the climate, minimizing temperature swings so that growing conditions are rarely hot or cold. The result is an extraordinarily steady growing season that fosters balanced ripening and consistent quality from vintage to vintage.
The imprint of the ocean is also evident in SLO Wine Country's uncommonly complex soils, which are frequently riddled with ancient sea fossils. Soil variation enables the winegrower to mix and match varietals to specific soil profiles, or to add more "colors" to the palette of a single varietal, heightening overall quality and complexity.
ROLL OUT THE BARRELS WEEKEND
Come Roll Out the Barrels with us all weekend long!
Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Barrels in the Plaza
Downtown San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza
4:30pm Early Entry, $100
5:30 General Admission, $80
Break out the Barrels! We'll be featuring over 50 wineries and restaurants dishing out world class wines and tantalizing treats for Thursday evening's “Barrels in The Plaza” grand tasting in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo City, adjacent to the historic Mission de Tolosa.
Friday, June 24th, 2016
Taste the Coast Collaborative Winemaker Dinner
Claiborne & Churchill Winery
2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd, San Luis Obispo
Participating Wineries: Claiborne & Churchill, Peloton Cellars, Stephen Ross, Tolosa, and Verdad
Tickets: $160 per person
"Taste the Coast" under the stars at Claiborne & Churchill Winery and join our winemakers for a night of epic wine pairings, partnered with five courses of locally sourced and produced cuisine, prepared by famed local chef Brian Collins of Ember Restaurant.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 25th & 26th
Adventures in SLO Wine Country
Hosted at various participating tasting rooms throughout San Luis Obispo Wine Country
We've got a weekend full of adventures with the winemakers! Walk the vineyards, barrel sample the new vintage, and enjoy open houses and festivities all weekend long.