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May 1 - June 30, 2021

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what to expect in 2021

The 2021 SLO Grilled Cheese Festival is focused on supporting our local restaurants.

From May 1st through June 30th, we invite you to:

  • Enjoy a delicious grilled cheese (or twist on) at as many participating restaurants as possible!

  • Share a photo of each experience on social media with the hashtag #SLOGrilledCheeseFest

  • Leave a Yelp review to help support the restaurant

  • Vote for your favorite grilled cheeses

Each week Restorative Partners will choose a raffle winner from those who share on social media or vote.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor:

Fernandez Pave the Way - Title


This years participating restaurants include:

  • Madonna Inn Copper Café

  • Novo

  • Mint + Craft

  • Farmhouse

  • Big Sky Café

  • Morro Bay Butcher + Deli

  • The Creamery Vegan Cheese Shop & Melt Bar

  • SLO Provisions

  • Finney's Crafthouse

  • Joe's Place

  • Beerwood

  • Red Scooter Deli



Who is restorative partners?

Restorative Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves San Luis Obispo County. Our mission is to transform lives impacted by crime through healing services and relationships. We do so through facilitating programs in our local jail and juvenile hall, through our 5 sober living homes, and through other community programs and services. 

The goal of all of our work is to reduce violence and lower recidivism by providing wrap around services from incarceration through reincorporation into our community. Our restorative justice approach focuses on the whole person: mind, body, and spirit, incorporating trauma-informed care, addressing responsibility and accountability, and offering accompaniment through reentry mentorship. 

To learn more, visit: www.restorativepartners.org

Or check us out on social media @restorativepartners

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • YouTube

for restaurants

The 2021 SLO Grilled Cheese Festival's focus is giving back to local food establishments in SLO County. 

Restorative Partners will invite our supporters and the greater SLO County community to try out each participating restaurant's version of a grilled cheese. Participating individuals will be encouraged to promote the event and restaurants on social media as well as complete a Yelp review for each restaurant. 

We ask minimal of your establishment and will provide the following:

  • Marketing materials, including flyers, event maps, table tents, order inserts, and digital promotional items

  • Incentives for individuals to try as many restaurants as possible

  • Promotion of your restaurant through the event landing page, social media platforms, newsletters, mailings, and more

Your establishment will not be asked to donate to Restorative Partners or to request donations from your supporters. Restorative Partners' fundraising efforts are in conjunction with this event but not attached to restaurant participation. 

If your restaurant is interested in participating, provide the information below and we will be in touch with more information and a Participation Form:

OR click the image below for the Restaurant Participation Form which includes more information on the event as well as the form to submit for participation. 

SLO Grilled Cheese Fest Solicitation Let

We look forward to partnering with you!


Past SLO Grilled Cheese Festivals


2019 brought Restorative Partners inaugural SLO Grilled Cheese Festival. Held on a sunny summer afternoon at Laguna Lake Park, it drew hundreds to enjoy and afternoon of food, drinks, music, and community. 12 teams competed in a Grill-Off Competition to be crowned SLO's Best Grilled Cheese. Check out the event video and photos here (click the photos to see them larger).

2019 Winners:

Best Grilled Cheese/Judge's Award - Stoke the World

Most Spirited - The Riveters


2020 brought a challenge to the SLO Grilled Cheese Festival and pushed it into a virtual format. Teams and individuals submitted videos to compete for SLO's Best Grilled Cheese. Check out contestants of 2020's virtual event below.

2020 Winners:

2020 Best of - "We're in it Together" 

Most Spirited - "The Grilled Cheese Zone"

Big Chedda' - "My Dad's Grilled Cheese"


2021 sponsors

Thank you to our gracious sponsors for making the 2021 Grilled Cheese Festival possible!

title sponsor
Fernandez Pave the Way - Title
Mustang Private Wealth - Transformer
additional sponsors
CoastHills Credit Union - Other

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