Monks to bless Thai Bon Appetit


Thai Bon Appetit will celebrate its first anniversary with a very special blessing. Monks from the Thai Temple of Kennewick will perform a ceremonial blessing Saturday at the restaurant, 25 S. Spokane St. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Owners Kamthorn "Kam" and Vilaiwan "Villy" Lertworasiri returned to the local restaurant scene one year ago today.

For 15 years their Dim Sum Inn was a staple of the Blue Mountain Mall food court. Kam cooked the eatery's popular chicken skewers, chow mein and more, while Villy served the food.

When Dim Sum Inn closed in 2006, Kam and Villy said they hoped to one day be cooking for local customers again. Their 2008 opening of Thai Bon Appetit marked their restaurant revival. The downtown eatery offers buffet-style hot food throughout the day. The dinner menu features 36 Thai dishes, including frog legs with Thai basil, roasted Thai duck and grilled chicken garlic. For more information, call 529-0329.


Tourism Walla Walla will host a meeting Wednesday on its annual grant program.

The tourism promotional agency for the Walla Walla Valley has $12,000 in matching grant funds available to support tourism projects with long-term economic benefits to the area. Information about the grant process and concept proposals will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on the fifth floor of the Baker Boyer Bank building, 7 W. Main St.

The agency will give priority to projects that increase overnight visitation to the Walla Walla Valley, increase shoulder-season tourism, encourage cooperative partnerships between Walla Walla organizations, are located within a jurisdiction that financially supports Tourism Walla Walla, and establish clear, meaningful and measurable results. Project applications are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 18.


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