R u hungry 4 lunch?

A downtown Walla Walla eatery has started taking orders via text message.

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Graze -- a place to eat -- has started accepting orders for its sandwiches, paninis, salads and more through texting, said co-owner John Lastoskie.

Patrons can order via text at 522-9991. Employees will respond with the letter "K." Orders will ideally be placed before customers leave the house, office or other starting point. By the time they arrive at Graze, 5 S. Colville St., the order should be ready.

For more information call the same number and ask for details.

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Foodies, burger buffs and sweethearts will find something to savor at the Whitehouse-Crawford this month.

The downtown Walla Walla restaurant is bringing back its Burger Night and a special Valentine's dinner. For those not able to attend, the restaurant will also offer a special three-course dinner throughout the month as part of the inclusion in the Experience Walla Walla promotion "February is for Foodies."

For the entire month, Whitehouse-Crawford will offer its three-course dinner for the relatively unheard-of $27, said Manager Emily Riley. What's on the menu? The meal begins with a Belgian endive salad with farro, tangerines, red onions, goat cheese and cumin dressing. Guests will then get a choice between a braised beef ravioli with truffle butter, root vegetables and pecorino romano or squash and parsnip pierogies with sweet and sour red cabbage and horseradish sour cream. For dessert: housemade ice cream or sorbet with shortbread cookie.

The restaurant in the historic planing mill, 55 Cherry St., is also whipping up plans for its Burger Night next Thursday. After that it will open its doors the following Tuesday, a day in which it is usually closed -- to commemorate Valentine's Day. A three-course menu with sparkling wine will be offered for $55. Riley said reservations are encouraged for both events, either online or by phone. For more details visit whitehousecrawford.com or call 522-2222.

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Fancy yourself a master in the kitchen?

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation is looking for participants for the third annual Julia Child Cookoff.

The event takes place Feb. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Marcus Whitman Hotel amp; Conference Center. Participants will all prepare a cassoulet, a white bean dish made with various cuts of meat and poultry. Amateur chefs can prepare the dish at home and bring it to the hotel for presentation and judging by professional chefs from the area. Prizes are awarded to the top three dishes. A special recognition will go to the youngest chef. Adaptations and substitutions are encouraged.

The cookoff Part Trois -- will also feature a sampler of cassoulet varieties from Antonio Campolio, executive chef at The Marc; wine by the glass; a performance by the Four Tenors; and narration from "hostess Julia Child." Tickets are $15 and available at the Destination Walla Walla booth on Main Street, at the front desk of the Marcus Whitman Hotel or at the door.

Those who wish to participate can register at the downtown foundation by calling 529-8755 or emailing info@downtownwallawalla.com.

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

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