Someone's In The Kitchen cooks up new eatery on Main Street

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Someone's In The Kitchen is opening a new location on Main Street.

The Rose Street business, a school for cooking as well as an urban dining house led by Chef Gene Soto, is expanding its footprint with an eatery in the spot formerly occupied by Dean Hoalst Jewelers, 13 E. Main St.

Co-owner Katie Gonzalez said the opening is slated for April 1. The new location will function as dining space for the operation's food service, which includes lunches Monday and Wednesday through Friday, and weekend brunches.

The existing spot at 132 W. Rose St., next to TV Towne, will continue as a destination for the operation's cooking classes and special events.

The Weston Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year award. Forms are available at at the Longbranch, the city post office, Becky's Central Station, City Hall, the library and Suzi's Handimart.

Forms should be returned to P.O. Box 29, Weston, by Feb. 28. The dinner will be April 2.

Valentine's Day planning Part Deux:

After a smattering of ideas for the holiday ran Wednesday, a couple more businesses came forward with suggestions for celebrating the sweetheart of a holiday.

Jacobi's, 416 N. Second Ave., is typically closed Mondays but will open with a "Food for the Heart" menu for the special day. Lunch service will run 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; dinner will be 4-8 p.m. Reservations are encouraged at 525-2677.

Also, downtown Walla Walla gourmet grocery Salumiere Cesario just finished preparing a batch of hand-rolled dark-chocolate truffles. Ready for purchase throughout the weekend, the truffles are made with Scharffen Berger chocolate. Each piece is dusted with cocoa powder. They're sold in singles or boxes of six or eight. To pick some up, visit 20 N. Second Ave. Les Schwab Tire Centers throughout the area are continuing their annual Western tradition with their beef giveaway.

Customers who purchase two or four new passenger or light-truck tires through Feb. 28 will receive free beef.

Company officials say the 48th annual giveaway is a customer appreciation gesture that demonstrates Les Schwab's efforts to exceed customer expectations.

More than 100,000 pounds of beef valued at more than $1 million are expected to be given away throughout the month in the form of party-pack gifts that include summer sausage and beef jerky or frozen steaks and hamburgers.

Bend-based Les Schwab buys the beef from local USDA-certified locations to support the region's cattle industry, according to an announcement. The company has more than 425 freezers installed in retail stores in seven states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada and Utah. The freezers ensure that fresh beef is properly frozen.

Local Les Schwab Tire Centers are in Walla Walla at 2150 Isaacs Ave.; College Place at 1735 S.E. Meadowbrook Plaza; and Milton-Freewater at 609 E. Broadway Ave.

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

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