Food for Thought: Find wine, food, ballerinas this week in Walla Walla

Loretto Hulse, Herald staff writerMarch 19, 2014 

Head for Walla Walla this week, and you'll have a chance to mingle with ballerinas, sip some fine wines and sample tasty foods.

On Thursday, the Walla Walla Wine Alliance is celebrating its 30th anniversary at the Gesa Power House Theater.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., a group of the Mid-Columbia's most outstanding pioneer winemakers will discuss how the Walla Walla Valley grew from a handful of wineries to almost 70 over three decades.

Gary Figgins of Leonetti Cellar, Rick Small of Woodward Canyon and Marty Clubb of L'Ecole No. 41 are three of the six who will share their stories during the evening.

Then, from 8 to 9:30 p.m., you'll have a chance to sample vintages from 12 Walla Walla wineries.

Cost is $50 per person. Buy tickets at or call the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, 509-526-3117.

On Saturday, the Performing Company will hold an all-day fundraiser, Tutus and Tapas, to help pay for their upcoming trip to Europe.

The ballerinas -- all from Walla Walla and Pendleton -- will be at the Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The event will feature dance classes for young dancers, a cookie decorating class, fashion show, wine and appetizers, and a tutu auction. Cost is $25.

For more information, or to buy tickets, call 529-6500 or go to

-- Food label changes

The Food and Drug Administration's announcement a few weeks ago about updating the Nutrition Facts label has dietitians dancing.

In a news release from Glenna McCollum, president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wrote "this is a big win for consumers ... the changes are long overdue."

The FDA's announcement comes almost 20 years after the nutrition facts panel was introduced and a lot has changed throughout the years.

"The new changes are based on science, and they take people's actual eating behavior into account. Serving sizes for many products have been updated to realistically reflect the amounts people actually eat at one sitting," McCollum wrote.

It's about time. After all, who really limits themselves to a half-cup of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream?

-- Good read

The book: Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Cost: $30

Best for: For satisfying and tasty vegan meals made from scratch, often going from fridge and pantry to the table in 30 minutes or less. The 150 recipes use easy to find ingredients and are written specifically for people with busy lives who need some fresh ideas.

-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; To receive a recipe via email each Tuesday, register at and click on newsletters.

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