Food for Thought: Grape to Glass Gala planned May 31 in Yakima

Loretto Hulse, Herald staff writerMay 14, 2014 


A glass of wine sits alongside a meal.


Enjoy a gourmet meal paired with fine wines from the Yakima Valley at the annual Grape to Glass Gala on May 31.

The gala will be at the Yakima Valley Community College Grandview campus, 401 W. St.

The four-course dinner will be catered by Guerra's Gourmet Catering of Sunnyside under the direction of Chef Chris Guerra.

Guerra's Gourmet initially began as a farm, but the family soon became widely known for zesty salsas and pickled vegetables. The family expanded into catering several years ago and now also has a restaurant, where Chef Guerra combines his training in French cuisine with his Hispanic roots.

The gala runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and also includes a silent auction and dancing.

Tickets cost $65 per person if bought by May 23; they increase to $75 after. Buy them at or call 509-882-7037.

-- Cooking tip

When browning meats, begin with a hot pan over high heat. To keep spatters to a minimum, be sure the meat is dry by patting it with a clean paper towel.

-- Fruits, veggies and wine

Barnard Griffin winery and Schreiber & Sons farms are offering a farmers market from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at 878 Tulip Lane, Richland.

The market features spring greens, asparagus, herbs, dried chilies, radishes, bok choy and rhubarb.

The tasting room is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-- Grilling aid

There is a new product on the market tailored just for outdoor grills. Flare Down, made by Grate Chef, is an all-natural, 100 percent food safe spray that the manufacturer says can quickly and safely put out a grease fire that can burn food or cause injury.

It's nontoxic, doesn't leave any taste or odor on food and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It can be used on any grill, gas or charcoal.

Flare Down is available at

-- Good read

The book: The VB6 Cookbook: More than 350 Recipes for Healthy Vegan Meals All Day and Delicious Flexitarian Dinners at Night by Mark Bittman.

-- Cost: $30.

-- Best for: Anyone who wants to lose weight and live healthier by following a partially vegan diet. Bittman, a well-known cooking show host and author, promotes eating a vegan diet before 6 p.m., then indulging in meats, seafood and dairy at the evening meal.

-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; To receive a recipe via email each Tuesday, register at and click on newsletters. If you already are registered, click on edit account and newsletters to select Recipe of the Week. This exclusive recipe does not appear in the newspaper.

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