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Cal Poly grad plans Farm to Oven event 

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HammerSky Vineyards in Paso Robles

Build your own pizza at HammerSky Vineyards event August 23

After Alicia Cooks graduated from Cal Poly, she began a 10-week internship at HammerSky Vineyards in Paso Robles. Under the direction of Kim Hauck, Cooks has been planning weddings at the winery. To end her internship, however, Cooks is planning her own event, Farm to Oven, to take place at the winery, 7725 Vineyard Drive, on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Alicia Cooks

Alicia Cooks

“We’re going to have build-your-own pizza and a glass of wine for $25,” Cooks said, adding that the evening will include lawn games and live music by local artist Josh Collins.

The toppings will feature local produce that Cooks picks up at local farmers’ markets; the pizzas will be cooked in the winery’s outdoor pizza ovens.

“I’ve always been a fan of supporting the local farmers’ markets,” Cooks said.

“I love what Alicia came up with,” said Hauck, who owns HammerSky along with her husband, Doug. “One of my guests manufactures pizza ovens and gave us one. It’s really fun to be able to utilize it. I think her idea of incorporating what she learned [at] Cal Poly, along with local vendors is really great. It’s given her an opportunity to put together an event from start to finish with local flavor.”

Cooks will officially receive her Bachelor of Science in recreation, parks and tourism administration at the completion of her 400-hour internship at the end of August. Her concentration was in event management. Her goal is to obtain a job in the wine industry, possibly organizing events and/or running the wine club. She is currently working on getting her wine industry certificate from Cal Poly.

“I’m really hoping to work in the wine industry — either locally or in Sonoma,” Cooks said.

Presale tickets are available at for $20.

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