Food & Wine

Food for Thought: Sample lentils at festival Aug. 18

If you love lentils, you better head to Pullman on Aug. 18 for the annual National Legendary Lentil Festival.

An important part of the event is the lentil cook-off, and the public is invited to help choose the winner.

"Cooks from 32 states submitted recipes to be judged on appearance, taste, flavor and aroma. There was even a recipe from Calgary, Alberta," said Vicki Leeper, director of tourism and special events for the Pullman Chamber of Commerce.

"This year, we had a record number of recipes -- 127 -- and more main dishes and appetizers, rather than desserts," she said.

To narrow the selection, three chefs went through the recipes and cut the number to 50. Then volunteers prepared them for judges to sample.

They chose six to be prepared and served at the 19th annual cook-off.

There also was an "I Hate Lentils" category. This year's winner was a recipe for Lentil and Sausage Etouffee from Judy Armstrong of Prairieville, La. It won't be served during the festival, but she will still receive $100.

The event is sponsored by USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, which awards the $1,000 grand prize.

All entries will be printed in the 2012 National Lentil Festival Cookbook available by calling 800-365-6948 or go to www.lentilfest.com. Cost is $5.

Quincy wine, food events

White Heron Cellars in Quincy will hold two outdoor food and wine events in August.

At 6 p.m. Aug. 18, enjoy the Bread, Cheese & Cured Meat Festival with tasty selections from Vinman's Bakery in Ellensburg, Alpine Lakes Cheese from Leavenworth and Glondo's Sausage Company from Cle Elum.

Music will be by Open Country Joy, an Ellensburg band. Cost is $10 at the door and food is not included.

At 6 p.m. Aug. 25, Tomatofare will celebrate heirloom tomatoes. A variety of tomatoes and tomato-based foods will be available for purchase. Cost is $10 at the door. Music will be from Michael Carlos' Big Band.

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*lhulse@tricityherald.com.

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