Local cuisine a 'growing opportunity'

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An upcoming dinner at Waterbrook Winery will offer food for thought on opportunities to build Walla Walla’s agro/culinary profile.

Four local chefs will highlight food from farms and wineries served with a panel discussion Wednesday on how to build partnerships and market the community as a culinary destination.

“Plow to Plate: A tasty clice of our local economy” will take place 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Waterbrook Winery. The event is the quarterly business meeting of the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Inland Cellular. Unlike the Chamber’s traditional quarterly events, this one moves from lunchtime to dinnertime and from the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center to Waterbrook.

The plow-to-plate concept is one of numerous ideas the Chamber is exploring in order to help build the local economy.

“There is a vibrant and rapidly emerging cuisine scene and cooking in Walla Walla. Combined with our rich agricultural roots and our renowned wine industry, there is a growing opportunity for the Valley,” the Chamber’s literature on the event explained.

Beef from the Lostine Cattle Company will be served. Local chefs Andrae Bopp, Michael Kline, Dan Thiessen and Antonio Campolio will prepare dishes for the event.

Conversation will center around the partnership of talent between farming and culinary arts; whether Walla Walla has viable opportunities for agro/culinary tourism; and how to further the community’s reputation in agriculture and cuisine.

A limited number of tickets are available. The cost is $30 for Chamber members; $35 for nonmembers. Tickets can be reserved by calling 525-0850.

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