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First catering. Then a sit-down eatery. How else could owners of Graze serve customers their paninis and sandwiches?

How about through a drive-up window?

John and Becca Lastoskie are preparing to open a second location of their Graze - a place to eat -- drive-through only.

The window will be located in the same building as the Graze catering kitchen, 213 S. Ninth Ave. The opening date is tentatively set for March 1.

Graze would serve breakfast and lunch only. Breakfast will feature drip coffee and breakfast paninis. The lunch menu will be the same as its downtown eatery, 5 S. Colville St. Ordering will take place via text message or telephone call, so that food can be picked up at the window, John Lastoskie said.

The Ninth Avenue spot was for years the home of Coffee Cravings, which moved from that spot to its own freestanding building a block away on 10th Avenue. Most recently it was home to Blue Moon Coffee.

Lastoskie said the building will be upgraded a bit to reflect the change. Expect to see some paint, a new sign and a menu board.

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The ownership team at Woodward Canyon Winery has expanded to include the operation's winemaker and its sales director, according to an announcement Monday.

Kevin Mott and Thomas Woodley have joined founders Rick Small and Darcey Fugman-Small and their children, Jordan Dunn-Small and Sager Small, as shareholders in the Lowden winery. Mott and Woodley have both been with the winery since 2003.

"As we worked through succession planning, it became clear that Kevin and Thomas are integral to the operation of Woodward Canyon and to its future," Rick Small said in the announcement. "While we think of them as family, we are happy that after almost a decade of dedication they have officially joined our family in the ownership of the winery."

The Smalls will continue with the daily operation and management of the winery, one of the founding wineries in the Walla Walla Valley's wine scene when it opened in 1981. Woodward Canyon produces wines under the Woodward Canyon, Nelms Road and Charbonneau labels, which are sold domestically and internationally.

Mott, Woodward Canyon winemaker, started his career in the wine industry in 1986 at Ste. Chapelle Winery in Caldwell, Idaho, after graduating from the College of Idaho with a degree in chemistry. In 1999 he was responsible for developing Chalone Wine Group's Sagelands Vineyard in the Yakima Valley and served as general manager and winemaker until moving to Walla Walla's Canoe Ridge Vineyard in 2002. There he oversaw winery and vineyard operations.

Woodley came to Woodward Canyon from the Puget Sound area with a background in advertising, wine buying/marketing, copywriting and restaurant management. He has an undergraduate and master's degrees in literature from Whitman College and the University of Idaho, respectively.

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'Can you defeat the meat and heat?" That's the burning question Stone Hut Bar and Grill is asking as it spices up its charity food challenge. Literally.

On March 10, the Plaza Way bar will launch a mega food challenge that heats up its previous such events. The showdown, akin to the Travel Channel's "Man v. Food," will include viciously hot wings, said Stone Hut owner Juston Watson, in an announcement.

Here's how it will work: Contestants who pony up the $20 buy-in will have 20 minutes to take down eight hot wings made with scorching hot sauce. They must also eat a double burger with cheese, bacon and ham, and a basket of fries. Four of the eight wings must be eaten before a single bite is taken of burger or fries.

The food challenge will be part of a two-hour event, hosted by DJ Gaylord Focker -- also known as Adam Lamberd -- of 97 Rock.

For those who don't think they can stand the heat, an added incentive is that the noshing will be for a good cause.

Apart from a chance at a $250 first-place prize, money raised throughout the event will benefit the Walla Walla Fire Department Benevolence Fund. Firefighters will be in attendance, helping run the event, with the goal of raising $1,000. By the way, if five people finish the meal, another $250 will be donated to the firefighters, Watson said.

Only 20 people can enter. Anyone interested in learning more or stepping up to the challenge should contact Watson at justonwatson@yahoo.com or 301-8919.

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

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