Reserve House Restaurant now open for the season

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The Reserve House Restaurant, Woodward Canyon Winery’s own onsite restaurant, has opened its dining room for the season.

The Lowden restaurant offers small lunch plates highlighting the homegrown Lazy S Arrow Produce raised at the base of the winery’s estate vineyard, owners Rick announced. Service is offered 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Interior seating at communal or individual tables is offered on the covered porches with views of the garden and neighboring vineyard, the announcement explained.

Chef Arturo Tello is behind the dishes with a menu that will vary each week and feature other local ingredients, too. He served as sous chef at the Reserve House last year, and will soon graduate from the Wine Country Culinary Institute.

The restaurant made its debut last year, marking a return for Woodward Canyon founder Rick Small to his agricultural roots. Small grew up on a ranch in Woodward Canyon. His family grew grains and vegetables, and raised beef and hogs.

The combination of the winery and Lazy S Arrow Produce creates a one-of-a-kind local experience, explained his wife and Woodward Canyon General Manager Darcey Fugman-Small.

“Our wine is made to accompany food, and we are growing this incredible produce, so the decision to share those both onsite seemed to be a natural progression, as did the decision to procure much of our ingredients locally,” she said in a prepared statement. “It really puts an exclamation point on the sense of place that makes the Walla Walla Valley so special.”

The Reserve House Restaurant is next to the more than 30-year-old winery at 11920 W. U.S. Highway 12. For more details or to make a reservation, call 525-4129.

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