Marcus Whitman displays new chef's confections


An array of cakes in the window at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center is a feast for the eyes.

In case you've driven past and wondered about them, the bounty of confections was created by Sam Montoya, who joined the Marcus Whitman as pastry chef last September.

The cakes, on display in the former Inland Northwest Bank space on the corner of Second Avenue and Rose Street, were created for the hotel's upcoming Bridal Fair on Jan. 23.

Looky-Lous can get an up-close view by going into the hotel or those interested in speaking about cake options can schedule an appointment with Montoya at 524-5110.

A more than 20-year veteran of pastries, Montoya was the bakery manager at Super 1 Foods before moving to the Marcus Whitman.

According to his bio, he is an expert in French pastries, exotic cakes and food sculpture, using chocolate, sugar, marzipan and more. Montoya attended the Francis Cooper School of Pastries, graduating in 1992. He spent time as manager of the Cake Design Department at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas; and bakery manager at numerous places, including Amy's Pastry in Montevello, Calif., Food Pavilion in Pasco and Bieras Bakery in Pasco.


Thinking of breakfast for dinner at the Whoopemup Hollow Caf's Pajama Party on Saturday?

To clear up any confusion about a column item earlier this week: The Waitsburg restaurant's hours of operation that day are 3-9 p.m. A reference this week that breakfast will be available "all day" was intended to mean breakfast will be available during those operating hours.

In other words, don't show up in your bunny slippers at 9 a.m.

For more details, call 337-9000.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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