Andrae's Kitchen vies for spot on Food Network show

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Gourmet mobile food vendor Andrae's Kitchen is in the running for a spot on the "The Great Food Truck Race - America's Favorite Giveaway."

The operation owned by Andrae Bopp is one of numerous food trucks from across the country nominated.

Starting Aug. 14, fans can go online and vote for their favorite. The truck with the most votes will win $10,000 and get a chance to appear on the third season of "The Great Food Truck Race" hosted by chef Tyler Florence on Food Network.

The show follows the journey of eight gourmet food trucks on a coast-to-coast culinary road trip with the goal of convincing Americans to "step outside their culinary comfort zones and try something new," according to an online description. Chefs steering the rigs compete in weekly challenges to see who can sell the most. The losing team each week drives home. The winner receives $100,000.

To vote later this month, visit foodnetwork.com/foodtrucks and click on America's Favorite link.

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A strikeout fundraiser proved to be a home run for the local chapter of Camp Fire USA.

During a Walla Walla Sweets baseball game Monday, Charles Smith, owner and winemaker for K Vintners and Charles Smith Wines, presented a check for $2,500 to the local organization.

The money was raised through his "Ks for Kids" challenge. At the start of the season, Smith committed $50 for every Sweets strikeout thrown during the third inning of the team's home games. For Monday's game, he increased the amount to $500 for each third-inning strikeout by the Sweets.

"We love the idea of supporting both our local Camp Fire and the programs it provides for the kids in the area and our local baseball team," the winemaker said.

Smith presented the check during the third inning of the game. He also threw out the first pitch.

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

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