Valley businesses to offer specials

By Loretto J. Hulse, Herald staff writerMay 8, 2013 

If you didn't sample enough wine these past weeks during the region's spring barrel tastings, there's another chance.

Saturday has been named National Wine Tourism Day by the industry. It's a concept that emigrated from Europe. They have been celebrating their vintages and all related industries since 2009.

In America, as in Europe, there will be special dinners, entertainment and other events to acknowledge the role wine plays in the economy.

Closer to home, several Yakima Valley wineries, restaurants, hotels and other wine tourism business are offering a variety of specials this Saturday.

You can find a complete list of what is happening on the Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau's website,

Tea and cakes

The Kennewick Senior Center will hold its 20th annual High Tea Social from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 22. The center is in Keewaydin Park, 500 S. Auburn St.

All ages are welcome. Cost is $8.50, and seating is limited.

To make a reservation, or to volunteer, go to or call 585-4303.

Kitchen help

Next time you're looking for information on clarifying butter, the best way to truss up a chicken for roasting or how to get that crunchy topping on creme brulee, go to

There, you will find step-by-step videos showing all kinds of culinary techniques and procedures, including knife skills, basic cooking methods and more.

Farmers markets

Mid-Columbia farmers markets are opening for the season. Six -- Pasco, Prosser, Moses Lake, Pendleton and two in Walla Walla -- already are open. The others -- Yakima, Hermiston, Ephrata, Milton-Freewater, Kennewick, Richland and Benton City -- open later this month and early June.

For the full list of markets including hours and contact information, go to

New read

The book: Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food by Karen Putman and Judith Fertig.

Cost: $25

Best for: This comprehensive guide to smoked foods -- literally from appetizers to entrees to desserts -- will appeal to anyone who enjoys cooking outdoors. The authors have included easy how-to guides for a variety of smoking methods and equipment. There's even a section on brines, marinades, rubs, bastes, glazes and sauces.

*Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513;

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