Peach & Pear serves up yogurt in Walla Walla

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Peach & Pear is serving up cool and creamy.

The new European-style frozen yogurt shop has opened for business on downtown Walla Walla's First Avenue. Owner Beth Gennette said the "European-style" is less sweet and surprisingly refreshing.

The shop at 15 S. First Ave. features Cable Car Chocolate and Original Tart as the two flavors that serve as a base for an array of six whole fruits, 14 dry toppings and four sauces. Gennette said the business serves "fruit forward desserts."

"We've reinvented traditional fruit desserts, such as cobblers, pies, parfaits and trifles to suit today's desire for healthful living," she said in an announcement.

Consequently, she recommends the servings as a light meal or sweet treat.

Peach & Pear is also working on a fruit and wine juice sauce to celebrate Walla Walla's wines. Other toppings include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango, banana chips, peanut butter chips, Oreo crumbles, Heath crumbs, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, pomegranate sauce and much more.

The shop operates seven days a week starting at 10 a.m. until 6 or 7 p.m..

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Donate food. Get a discount on a meal - or an array of other services - at Walla Walla's grand hotel.

The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center is joining the Walla Walla Association of Realtors' Care & Share Food Drive to collect donations for those in need.

Starting today those who bring in food donations to the hotel at the corner of First Avenue and Rose Street will receive a $1 coupon - up to a maximum of $5 - to the hotel's 1928 Gift & Wine Shop, The Marc Restaurant, The Vineyard Lounge or for a hotel guest room stay.

The Care & Share Food Drive takes place this weekend. But donations will be accepted at the Marcus Whitman until next Friday. Coupons are available at the front desk and in the gift shop and are valid through the end of October.

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Thinking of heading to the Kirkman House Museum over the next couple weeks?

The entrance will have to be through a side door.

Starting Monday, the front porch will undergo restoration. According to an announcement from the Kirkman House - Walla Walla's "house museum" at the corner of Colville and Cherry streets - an engineering firm has concluded the front porch is slipping away from the house.

Over the next two weeks, Millworks Inc. will work to restore the porch, push it back into position and secure it to the house.

The work is possible through funds from the Clara and Art Bald Trust and the George T. Welch Testamentary Trust. It is one piece of an exterior project funded through the Heritage Resource Center's Capital Projects Fund, said Kirkman House Museum Executive Director Kirsten Schober. For more details, call 529-4373.

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Buty Winery is planning a gem of a Harvest Dinner next weekend.

Caleb and Nina Buty Foster, owners of the Walla Walla winery at 535 E. Cessna Ave., will host Matt Dillon, chef and owner of Seattle's The Corson Building and Sitka & Spruce, on Oct. 21.

Dillon, listed on "Food & Wine" magazine's "Best New Chef" list, and a nominee for a James Beard Award, will prepare five courses to be paired with Butys and BEASTs from the past, present and future, said Nina Buty Foster, in an announcement. The wines of Buty have also been recognized by Food & Wine, she said. Twice they've been listed as "Best of the Best" for Washington red wine producers. The winery's Rediviva of the Stones also received Wine of the Year honors in 2007.

The special event will be in the spirit of The Corson Building's style at Waitsburg's jimgermanbar.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. The cost is $140 per person, plus a 20 percent gratuity and tax. Reservations may be made through The Corson Building at 206-762-3330.

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

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