Enjoy an evening under the stars while savoring a meal prepared by one.
Dave Martin, a finalist on the first season of Bravo's Top Chef, will prepare the meal for Rouge Royale on June 29. The event, a fundraiser for the Benton-Franklin Chapter of the American Red Cross, will be held in the gardens of the historic Moore Mansion in Pasco.
The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with live music by the Frazer Wambeke Trio, a wine reception and silent auction. Martin will create a four-course meal with each course paired with a vintage from Bookwalter and Fidelitas wineries.
There will be auction items inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
Cost is $150 per person, or $250 per couple. Tickets are available online at www.inwredcross.org/rougeroyale or call 783-6195.
Bill's Berry Farm in Grandview will celebrate the blueberry and cherry harvest with a free Blueberry Daze Festival on July 6-7.
The fun begins with a wagon ride out to the fields to pick fresh blueberries and cherries. Freshly picked berries also will be available for purchase. After picking, cool down in the shade of the big trees while listening to live bluegrass music.
Entertainment for children includes rides on a barnyard train, farm animals to pet and pony rides. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
The farm is at 3674 N. County Line Road, Grandview.
For more information and a map to the farm, go to www.billsberryfarm.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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