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29th Annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights

The 29th annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights (AED) will be celebrated on Sunday, June 5th. This spectacular event will be held from 11:30 to 3:30 on the tranquil and picturesque grounds of the historic Chapman House by the Sea, nestled on the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean in Shell Beach. Proceeds benefit the Health & Prevention Division of Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, which provides medical, educational & advocacy services for over 10,000 under-served families, women, men and youth throughout our county. 

Guests at the event are invited to stroll through the serene gardens, take in the panoramic ocean views, and sit poolside while tasting food and beverages from SLO County's most renowned and award winning restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries, and confectioners. Guests will also enjoy a variety of live music and can participate in a silent auction with items featuring local art, hand-crafted jewelry, premium and reserve wines, get-away weekends, gift baskets, and much more.

Fifty plus of the most renowned food and beverage purveyors will be participating in the event.

Please park at Shell Beach Elementary School (2100 Shell Beach Road) to take the complimentary shuttle to the event.

Parking in the neighborhood surrounding event is limited to Shell Beach residents only. If you don't live in Shell Beach you must take the shuttle from Shell Beach Elementary School.

Shuttles will start at 11:00 am and run until 4:00 pm. Thanks for taking the shuttle, as this will help to not impact the Shell Beach community.

Afternoon of Epicurean Delights sold out in 2015; make sure get your tickets early!

Tickets also make great gifts!

We recommend that your print or obtain a ticket in advance, so that you will not have to wait at will-call. Click the link above to buy tickets.

If you have questions please call the Afternoon of Epicurean Delights office at (805) 544-2498.

Your support is sincerely appreciated.


The Center for Health & Prevention now offers free education and enrollment assistance

With support provided by the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), The Center for Health & Prevention now offers free Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) education and enrollment assistance. Our Outreach & Enrollment Specialist is available to provide enrollment services onsite at one of our two clinic locations, and offsite by appointment.

For more information contact Araceli Guzman, Outreach & Enrollment Specialist, at (805) 544-2478 extension 28.


28th Afternoon of Epicurean Delights Vendor Award Winners

Afternoon of Epicurean Delights would not be the success that it is without the support and generosity of our vendors. We thank each of our participating food and drink vendors for donating their goods and their time to help raise funds to provide health and prevention services for those in our community who need them.

Thanks again to all who donated or attended this year's event. We look forward to seeing you at the 29th Afternoon of Epicurean Delights, on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the historic Chapman Estate on the bluffs in Shell


The Vendor awards for the 28th Annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights are:

Best Food: Shell Beach Brewhouse

Best Beverage: Chamisal Winery

Best Confectioner: Gerald's Olde Tyme Chocolate

Best Display: Laetitia Vineyard & Winery


28th Afternoon of Epicurean Delights Thanks You!

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The CAPSLO Health & Prevention Division could not have coordinated the event without the volunteer event committee: Paula Clark, Margaret King, Carl Weber, Jim Weilbacher, Sandee Menge, Charlene West, Phil Strahl, Cheryl Strahl and Division staff: Kayla Wilburn, Darlene Azevedo, Charley Newel and Janet Allenspach.

All flowers were arranged by Amanda of Shell Beach Floral Design.

Event photographer was Cheryl Strahl

The master of ceremonies at the pool stage was Jeanette Trompeter from KSBY.

Flowers were donated by: Eufloria, Holland America Flowers, Oak Park Flower Farm, Pacific Sun Growers and Trader Joe’s.

Musicians provided amazing sounds to go along with the majestic setting:

  • Cadillac Angels
  • Chasing Audrie Duo
  • Choro de Oro
  • Green to White
  • Gypsy All Stars
  • Ranchers for Peace

Special thanks to Joan Gellert Sargen for being an event sponsor for the third year and to Bolton & Company Insurance Brokers for also being an event sponsor.  Our event host was Don Shidler and the event could not have happened without his support.  The support of our sponsors and underwriters made it possible for all event revenue to provide no cost services to thousands of vulnerable community members:

  • Breakaway Tours and Event Planning
  • Cannon Associates
  • Coast 101.3 (El Dorado Broadcasting)
  • Edward Jones, David Gaddis
  • Jay and Carol Devore
  • iii Design
  • Bill Gaines Audio
  • New Times
  • San Luis Ambulance
  • The Sun
  • Tolosa Press
  • Carl Weber

Purveyors who gave of their time and amazing talents:

  • Ancient Peaks Winery
  • Baileyana Winery
  • Baker and Brain Wines
  • Big Sky Café
  • Black Horse Expresso & Bakery
  • Blue Sky Bistro
  • Castoro Cellars
  • Chamisal Winery
  • Clairborne & Churchill Vinters
  • Cottonwood Canyon
  • Cracked Crab
  • Jack Creek Cellars
  • Edna Valley Vineyards
  • Filipponi Ranch
  • Firestone Walker Brewery
  • Frockling Frog Winery
  • Gardens of Avila Restaurant
  • Gerald’s Olde Tyme Chocolates
  • Honey Bee Cakery
  • J Lohr Winery
  • Jaffa Café Mediterranean Cuisine
  • Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards
  • Kenneth Volk Winery
  • Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
  • Novo Restaurant & Lounge
  • Opolo Vineyards
  • Paella Party SLO
  • Peachy Canyon Vineyard
  • Peloton Cellars
  • Penny’s All American Café
  • Sage at Vista Grande
  • Saucelito Canyon Winery
  • Sculpterra Winery
  • Seaside Café & Bakery
  • Shell Beach Brewhouse
  • Splash Café
  • Stephen Ross Cellars
  • Still Waters Vineyard
  • Sweet Alexis Bakery
  • Tablas Creek Vineyards
  • Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steak House
  • Tap It Brewing Company
  • Testa Catering
  • The Groves on 41
  • The Muffin Goddess at the Cliff’s Resort
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Upper Crust Tattoria
  • Wolff Vineyards
  • Zorro’s Café & Cantina

Purveyor Awards for 2015:

Best Beverage: Chamisal Winery

Best Food:  Shell Beach Brewhouse

Best Confectioner:  Gerald’s Olde Tyme Chocolates

Best Display:  Laetitia Vineyard & Winery

A final thank you to those who purchased tickets and supported the Health & Prevention Division services.

See you all next year on Sunday June 5, 2016 for the 29th Afternoon of Epicurean Delights.



"Cardboard Stories" is a film by Rethink Homelessness, a non-profit located in Central Florida that wants to change the way the world sees the homeless. Each of the homeless clients CAPSLO homeless services works with has a unique and often surprising story, too. Recently Heather, a CAPSLO Shelter Worker, reflected on the many clients who are employed yet still need shelter as they get back on their feet:

The cashier ringing up our groceries. The guy making our sandwiches during the lunch hour rush.  The bartender serving up drinks until 2 am. The bus driver making his rounds in the city.  The single mom sitting next to us in class at Cuesta College.

These are not the people that typically come to mind when we envision who the homeless in our community are, but the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter (MLM), at least for a brief time, has been home for each one of these hard working individuals.

Working while homeless brings its own set of challenges. One young adult, the bartender, gets to shelter after 3 am, less than 3 hours before lights at MLM come back on.  Another gentleman, the bus driver, wakes up at 4 am to start his early morning bus routes. They are fortunate enough to have jobs and a path out of homelessness, but working and using shelter services for showers, meals, a place to sleep, and support from staff as they work towards returning to a home of their own is not always easy. Shelter services run on a tight schedule, everyone contributes to the shelter upkeep through the completion of chores, and there is little privacy when you are sharing a dormitory with 49 other people.  At MLM, staff are constantly inspired by the hard work and perseverance clients exhibit while maintaining a job or staying in school.

Because homeless individuals and families that are served by MLM don't necessarily "look homeless," it can be easy to forget that many of the people navigating homelessness in the community will be homeless for three months or less and really just need temporary support while they get back on their feet and into a home of their own.  Every time a client no longer needs MLM services it is a victory hard won, and staff are so grateful to be a part of the path back to self-sufficiency.

You can make a difference for SLO County's homeless men, women, and children by making a donation to our summer fund drive for the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter, volunteering, or donating items off of our needs list:

  • Disposable plates (9"), bowls, hot and cold beverage cups, disposable forks, spoons, knives
  • Pens and markers
  • Trash bags and Ziploc bags
  • Plastic Wrap/aluminum foil
  • Bath towels (new or gently used)
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hotel/travel size soap, shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste
  • First-Aid items
  • NEW socks and NEW underwear (men, women, and children)
  • Backpacks (new or gently used)
  • Earplugs

Donated items to Homeless Services can be delivered to the Prado Day Center (preferably between 2-4pm).

For more information about ways to get involved, please contact Bryn Smith at 805.544.4355 ext 175.

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