Culinary

Q&A with Pamela Montgomery

Number of employees you oversee:  Chukar employs more than 50 team members total, but I work directly with three individuals on marketing and branding and with two company executives on business planning and growth strategy.   Brief background of your business and its origins:  In the mid-80s our young family purchased a 100 acre cherry…

Fields of peppers at Harris Produce in Pasco. (Courtesy Harris Produce)

Fresh flavors featuring bobcats, scorpions and goats? Oh my!

By Marilou Shea If you’re looking for flavors like bobcats, scorpions and goats, look no further than Harris Produce in Pasco. An institution of freshness, Harris’ all-natural produce has offered items like the bobcat varietal of tomatoes, scorpion varietal of super-hot peppers and goats, as in just goats, for the past 78 years. Lurene Fleshman,…

d's Wicked Cider

D’s Wicked Cider’s serving up barbecue as part of expanded menu

What do you get when you cross apple cider brews with an open pit barbeque? A new dining experience at d’s Wicked Cider House & Tasting Room in Kennewick, that’s what. Located at 9312 W. 10th Ave., d’s Wicked Cider recently introduced a full-scale restaurant menu to its offerings, providing visitors a full meal deal…

Steven Carbajo, lead line cook, left, and Paul Westover, sous chef, prep for the dinner rush at Taverna Tagaris in Richland. Westover said only 15 percent of those who applied for their recent job posting for a line cook were qualified. Columbia Basin College will launch a hospitality program this winter to provide job training for the growing restaurant and hotel industry.

CBC to launch new hospitality program to train workers

Columbia Basin College will launch a hospitality training program in January to better prepare workers to join the ranks of more than 6,000 people who work in the growing industry in Benton and Franklin counties. The new program was created in direct response to the increased demand for skilled restaurant and hotel workers. “There’s a…

UberEats couriers can be summoned via a standalone app to deliver meals from about 20 Tri-City restaurants. Users must pay a $4.99 booking fee and a minimum order is required. (Courtesy UberEats)

Tri-City restaurants now deliver, thanks to UberEats couriers

About 20 eateries participating in Uber’s meal-delivery program Want to enjoy food from a favorite Tri-City restaurant without having to leave the house? Request delivery from UberEats, a standalone meal courier service now offered by the popular ride-share service Uber. The new meal service comes eight months after Uber debuted in Kennewick last year. “We…

Chef Will Willingham, center right, and his team from Cousins’ Restaurant in Pasco served up samples at the Pahlisch Homes home during the Sept. 15 Parade of Homes’ Chefs on Parade event. Thirteen chefs participated. (Courtesy Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities)

Chefs on Parade showcases signature dishes at sold-out annual event

Just hearing the words cranberry bacon jam crostini, blackened ribeye salad, smoked salmon fusilli and caramel corn ice cream can make a foodie’s mouth water. But 800 lucky food lovers were able to taste these tantalizing tidbits offered up by 13 local chefs at the annual Chefs on Parade event. The event is held in…

Customers Lisa Maloof, left, and Anna Riel assemble meals during a recent Dream Dinners session at the Kennewick store.

Kennewick meal prep service provides homemade option for busy families

“I am meal planning inept,” joked Lisa Maloof as she put together loaded barbecue pulled pork bites at a Kennewick meal-prep store. “It’s not my thing and it never has been,” she said. Combine this with a husband she describes as “extremely picky,” Maloof said she relies on Dream Dinners to fill her freezer with…

Rockabilly Roasting Co. is poised to leverage two parking spaces in front of its café for a new kind of outdoor dining experience — a semi-permanent structure occupying public space called a streatery. Owner Travis Jordan said he hopes to have Rockabilly’s so-called streatery open by Mother’s Day.

Kennewick considers turning parking spots into dining spaces

Visitors to Seattle, Portland, Europe or Wenatchee may have noticed the popularity of a new type of urban, outdoor dining space: the streatery. The transformation of parking spots into outdoor patios is coming next spring to Kennewick Avenue. After dining at the McGlinn’s Public House streatery in Wenatchee, Rockabilly Roasting Co. owner Travis Jordan shared…

Hot Tamales food truck owner Paulina Perez serves pork, chicken or veggie tamales at the Food Pointe program, hosted by the Port of Pasco.

Food trucks now offering lunch with a view in east Pasco

By Marilou Shea By the time you read this, The Food Pointe at the Port of Pasco will have launched its new lunch program in east Pasco. Yep, that’s right folks, another food truck pod is live in the Tri-Cities. Food trucks will serve up lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday…

Meals on Wheels

New kitchen better equipped to serve Mid-Columbia seniors

A new commercial kitchen that serves as the hub for cooking hundreds of warm and nutritious meals a day for Benton and Franklin counties’ senior citizens opened last month in Richland. “This is the nicest kitchen I’ve ever been in,” gushed Chef Brian Kinner, food services manager for Senior Life Resources Northwest. The 4,300-square-foot kitchen…

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