Salumiere Cesario is serving up theme dinners each Thursday, and this month's dish offers guests something to dip into.
Cheese fondue is the dish du jour Thursdays through October, said Colby Burke, who co-owns the downtown gourmet grocery with her husband, Damon.
With an array of choices from the store's Cheese Closet, the couple have perfected a cheese fondue recipe, which will be served in traditional fondue pots with dipping accompaniments.
The fondue adventure runs 6-8 p.m., and guests can join it anytime during that two-hour period. But with just two Thursdays left in the month, there's limited time to catch the fondue before Thursdays theme changes in November.
Hours of operation at Salumiere Cesario, 20 N. Second Ave., are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except Thursdays, when the business operates until 8 p.m. Sunday hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Inland Cellular is sponsoring a Halloween Coloring Contest for kids through the end of the month.
The prize: gift certificates from downtown Walla Walla toy store Inland Octopus.
The contest is broken down into four age groups. Coloring sheets are available for pickup at Original Design/T Walla Walla, 9 N. Second Ave.; Inland Octopus, 7 E. Main St.; Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, 29 E. Sumach St.; Tourism Walla Walla's downtown visitor kiosk, next to Starbucks; the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation office, 2 S. First Ave.; Baker Boyer Bank's main branch, 7 W. Main St.; and Inland Cellular's wireless studio in College Place, 1605 S.E. Meadowbrook Blvd.
Coloring contest sheets will also be available for pickup Oct. 29 at the Inland Cellular tent at Land Title Plaza during the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation's Trick-or-Treat event.
All entries are to be returned by October 30th to Inland Cellular's Wireless Studio for entry into the competition. For more details, call 629-2500.
Speaking of Inland Octopus, supporters of the Walla Walla toy store's new mural are organizing a rally this weekend.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, supporters will gather in purple at Land Title Plaza at First Avenue and Main Street in a "Rally for Support," according to a post on the Save the Endangered Purple Octopus Facebook page.
The event is a demonstration of support for the mural that was painted over Labor Day weekend. The city has said the painting qualifies as a sign because of its representation of the octopus, frequently used in the store's advertising. Consequently, the mural violates the size standards in the city's sign code.
Store owner Bob Catsiff maintains the painting is a work of art and therefore not held to the code. He has retained legal representation to fight the notice of violation he was served by the city last week that requires him to pay $100 for every day the mural remains.
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-526-8321.