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First day in Walla Walla threw us for a loop…

Brian and I quickly understood why Walla Walla won Friendliest Small Town in America on last year’s Best of the Road rally. As we drove into town the citizens had a bit of a scheme planned for us…a friendly police officer lit us up just as we entered town and conveninetly had us stop in front of the Canoe Winery tasting room where a gourmet food cart was waiting to wine and dine us. It was a pleasant surprise, especially knowing that we were not going to get a ticket.

After we settled into our hotel at the Marcus Whitman, we headed over to a welcoming party at the Chocolate and Wine Shop located right in the heart of town. There, a number of local chef’s who collaborated to prepare a feast for us, and all the community stakeholders. We enjoyed live music and various dishes prepared by the following chefs:

Chef Jake Crenshaw of T. Maccarone’s

  • BBQ Gulf Prawns with Stonefruit Salsa and Thai Basil
  • “Caprese” Shooter – Tomato Gazpacho, Fresh Mozzarella and Smoked Chili
  • “Push Pops” with assorted seasonal fruit sorbets to cleanse the palate.

Chef Antonio Campollo of The Marc (the restaurant inside the Marcus Whitman)

  • Smoked Columbian King Salmon with Lemon Chive Cream Cheese, Farm Eggs, Walla Walla Sweet Onion, House Made Lavash & Breads
  • Cold Smoked Venison Tenderloin with Blackberry Conserve, Horse Radish Crème Fraiche,& Silver Dollar Rolls

Chef Andrae Bopp of Andrae’s Kitchen

  • Local Grilled Corn Salad with Parmesan, Cayenne, Olive Oil, and Locally Made Tortilla Chips

It was such a lovely start to our Walla Walla discovery. The next day would bring amazing culinary delights and more surprises. Stay tuned.