Restaurant diners help raise $1,000 for Haitian relief

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Gourmet dining at the Whitehouse-Crawford last month raised funds for a good cause.

During two Saturdays in February the restaurant at 55 W. Cherry St. vowed to commit 10 percent of its sales to Partners in Health, a Haitian relief organization. The events raised $1,000, said Chef Jamie Guerin.

That's just a taste of what the fine-dining restaurant has had on its proverbial menu. Guerin said a special dinner featuring the Seattle Chefs Table in April has sold out. The dinners have become popular in Seattle, where six chefs who own their own restaurants prepare a different course paired with wines. Next month, the chefs are traveling to Walla Walla, where Guerin and Whitehouse-Crawford will host them. Each will be paired with a local winery. Guerin will prepare hors d' oeuvres paired with wine from Lullaby Winery, and dessert paired with Corliss Estates. Other chefs and their wine pairings are: Rover's Thierry Rautureau, Cayuse Vineyards; Tilth's Maria Hines, Buty Winery; Crush's Jason Wilson, Va Piano; Caf?© Juanita's Holly Smith, Seven Hills Winery; Lark's John Sundstrom, Abeja; and Brasa's Tamara Murphy, K Vintners.

Also at Whitehouse-Crawford, guests can now take a pint of the restaurant's house-made ice cream to-go. Guerin said winter flavors such as dark chocolate, vanilla bean, salted caramel, nutella and banana will be in rotation. Three flavors are typically available at any one time, he said. For more details, call the restaurant, which opens at 5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays, at 525-2222.

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What better movies to watch at dusk than "Twilight" and "New Moon?"

The M-F Drive-In will show the double feature as its season-opener Friday.

The theater, located at 84322 Highway 11 at the corner of Highway 11 and Sunnyside Road, opens its gates at 7 p.m. with the show to follow at 7:30 p.m. For more details call 541-938-4327.

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In her new role as technical representative for the $mart Business Partner Program, Cheryl Thyken is helping businesses that think a little greener save some green of their own.

Thyken is the new employee for the program that provides free advisory for businesses interested in reducing energy, water and waste. She said through on-site visits and tools to achieve goals, business partners are rewarded publicly for their efforts to become sustainable by setting environmental goals, with a Smart Business Partners decal that lets local shoppers know they are shopping green. The program is similar to the Green Seal Business Program that changed names in 2007 to avoid confusion with a national organization with the same name.

Thyken's position is funded through a grant program and administered through the Washington state Department of Ecology.

She shares office space in the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce building, 29 E. Sumach St., during the afternoons. She can be reached there at 525-0850, extension 105.

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

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