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Sherrie Amido was raised on the Central Coast and currently lives in Arroyo Grande. She teaches business writing classes at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and spends her free time roaming the countryside with her husband and bulldog, looking for new wine and food discoveries and encoring them frequently, especially the dog-friendly ones.

Tegan Artho-Bentz is a writer and aspiring foodie. You can reach her at

Alicia Bien is a comedy writer and wine drinker who lives in Los Angeles with her director husband and adopted cat. You can catch more Alicia at her New House Girl blog and follow her at Twitter @aliciabien. She also writes sketch comedy as a Head Writer for Top Story! Weekly.

Charmaine Coimbra is a docent for Friends of the Elephant Seal. She also writes and edits a few blogs, including Charmaine’s Muse Pallet and Neptune 911. A former reporter and freelance writer, she retains her membership in the Society of Environmental Journalists. Charmaine says she has retired and is content to live in Cambria with her husband and a bossy cat. But we doubt her claim to retirement as she seems to be involved with several local nonprofits donating her time to events and fundraisers.

Rachel Duchak thought someone should produce a resource for Central Coast foodies. Because collecting the data sounded like fun, she started this website. A writer, educator, and pleasure monger, she loves living in the Central Coast more than any place she’s lived in her whole life.

Megan LaPlante graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in English. She grew up in the small town of Littlerock, California amongst Joshua Trees and stretching desert, so moving to San Luis Obispo was quite a change of scenery. She hopes to pursue a career in food writing or publishing. Along with cooking, she thoroughly enjoys reading and spending time in the sunshine.

Margaret Lange is a poet, writer, and singer/songwriter who is at the tail end of completing her first CD. She founded the Sky World Poetry Series, hosted “The Spoken Word” on Excellent Radio, and taught poetry in the schools with California Poets in the Schools. She lives in a rural town on the Central Coast of California where she can often be found in her kitchen fiddling with food.

Allison Robbins is the owner of Allison Robbins Wines, a wine import-distribution company that also holds custom wine education seminars.

David Thompson is an international travel writer and photographer. In 1996, he founded Dave’s Travel Corner, an international travel community. His latest endeavor, The Napa Wine Project, has taken six years of research to date and involves wine tasting at all Napa Valley commercial wine producers. He has personally visited, tasted & reviewed 700+ commercial Napa wine producers to date. His first book The Freeways of Los Angeles was published in 2010. Dave is most at home in Bangkok, Los Angeles, the Napa Valley or California’s Eastern or far Northern Sierra Nevada mountains.

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ESeal_male“Mike” Michael L. Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com
 Jeremy Ball
 Deborah Denker
Sara Popp thumbnail Sara Popp
BL_grapes Bret Lyman
Jeff Van Kleeck thumbnail Jeff Van Kleeck
Victory Garden of Tomorrow thumbnail Victory Garden of Tomorrow

photo: Jeremy Ball for Bottle Branding