If wine is not your thing, have no fear, the Walla Walla Valley has plenty to offer for the craft beer drinker. Perhaps more well-known for its wineries, Washington certainly holds its own in the world of microbrews, and Walla Walla is no exception. As newcomers to town, my husband and I are closer to…

By Kirsten Telander If you ever want to pretend you have a private chef in your own villa, make a reservation at The Vine Fine Dining at Cameo Heights Mansion. But don’t worry about booking the Chef’s Table. Chef Nathan Carlson is front and center, and even served a couple of our courses to us…

By Kirsten Telander Cugini Italian Import Foods celebrates its 10th year in business in April, and things have never looked more favoloso for this unpretentious little gem. Cugini was voted Best Gourmet Grocery in the Walla Walla Valley for the second year in a row. Owner/chef Chantelle Martuscelli is the only one east of the…

By Kirsten Telander When Woodward Canyon built their Reserve House adjacent to their adorable Little House on the Prairie-esque tasting room, co-owner and General Manager Darcy Fugman-Small indulged me with a tour (her husband Rick is a wine pioneer, baker, and farmer). I promptly let her know, jokingly, that it was my house, but they…

By Kirsten Telander You know spring has sprung when you see ramps on a menu, am I right? O.K., so it’s not your every day ingredient, nor would you expect to find it on a menu of a restaurant called Public House 124 unless it was deep fried and served with ranch dressing. But there…

By Andrew Holt Meet the Willy Wonka of Walla Walla: Paul Jenes, a mild mannered version of Roald Dahl’s famous classic candy character. Although the University of Washington grad does not possess the flamboyance of Mr. Wonka, his passion for making life much sweeter for the world, and particularly the Walla Walla Valley, is just…

By Kirsten Telander   I wrote about Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen for Northwest Palate several years ago, and at the time, I thought Chef/Founder Chris Ainsworth was bonkers: In the course of a year, he had moved to Walla Walla, opened Saffron, then opened Pho Sho, got married, and bought a house. I waited for his reality-show-worthy…