Walla Walla February is for Foodies #F4F2016

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February is for Foodies #F4F2016 is a celebration of Walla Walla and all things food! Featuring cooking demonstrations, local prix-fixe menus, brewery-themed dinners, chocolate and wine pairings, special lodging discounts, and much, much more. 

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Let me preface this post by saying “I LOVE Walla Walla.” Every time we visit, I tell Rick that I want to move there someday.

Walla Walla is a small town, with a population of about 30,000, but it’s got a HUGE wine presence. With over 125 wineries and tasting rooms in the valley, with thousands of wines scoring 90+, that is what initially brought me to the area. But, after our last few trips, I began to discover the amazing food scene in the area as well. Last June, we attended Feast in the Fields, an event hosted at A’Maurice and Walla Walla Vintners and catered by Olive. We’ve also had some amazing meals at The Marc, T. Maccarone’s, Bacon and Eggs, Saffron, and Brasserie Four.

So, when I was presented with the opportunity to attend the February is for Foodies event, I was super excited. You may have spotted some pictures of my recent trip on Instagram.

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Now in its fourth year, February is for Foodies is a celebration of Walla Walla and all things food. Featuring cooking demonstrations led by the region’s finest chefs, dining options with prix-fixe menus at some of Walla Walla’s most highly acclaimed restaurants, brewery-themed dinners, chocolate and wine pairings, special lodging discounts, and lots more.

I’d heard great things about Andrae’s Kitchen, a local wine country food cart serving up gourmet Mexican food, but we’d not yet had an opportunity to visit. So, when I saw on the agenda that Andrae would be giving one of the cooking demonstrations, my mind was made up. I couldn’t wait to get an insider’s perspective on how to cook up some truly authentic Mexican food.

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Chef Andrae Bopp is a French Culinary Institute graduate, but he’s bringing us food fresh off his own personal foodie trip to Mexico. Just check out his Instagram. Not only will it make you hungry, it will want you to book the next flight to Mexico City.

We started off with a Deconstructed Green Salsa Salad: Grilled green onions, roasted garlic, tomatillos, serrano, cilantro, lime. “I want more!”

Salmon al Pastor: King salmon, pickled pineapple, cinnamon, black peppercorn, arbol chile. “The fish is amazing with a bit of heat!”

Cemitas: Avocado, fried chicken, Oaxaca cheese, house-smoked ham, cilantro, chipotle, pickled veggies. “Easily the best sandwich I have ever eaten.”

Takeaway tip from Chef Andrae: He never uses olive oil. It overpowers the food. Try canola oil instead.

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⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️ “I Love Tacos Sooooo Much” – Basically the best t-shirt ever ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️

Pairing: We were poured wines from local vineyard Va Piano. I’m a huge fan of their Sauvignon Blanc. Also served was their Syrah and OX Red Blend.

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Be sure to visit February is for Foodies online for more information on the yummy events happening all month long!

Thanks to Heather Clark at DVA Advertising and Pubic Relations and Visit Walla Walla for the opportunity to participate in February is for Foodies. 

14 comments

  1. Meredith {MarthaChartreuse}

    I dated a guy from Walla Walla my freshman year of college and ALWAYS proclaim “Walla Walla, Hear ya Call, You so Balla!!” whenever it is mentioned. I was a really fun 18yo, clearly! It is one of my favorite little towns!

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    1. Erin

      Mine too Meredith – I seriously want to retire there someday. I hope it never looses its charm. Sometimes I don’t want to blog about it, because I want to keep the secret of how great it is!

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  2. Pech

    Ha HA, I love his shirt. Also, I’m so intrigued by pickled pineapple!

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    1. Erin

      The pickled pineapple was SO good Pech – I totally want to make it at home. It sits for about 2 days with (I think) allspice, cinnamon, chiles, sugar and vinegar. I loved the savory flavors in it.

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  3. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    I have heard SO many good things about Walla Walla. I really need to check it out!

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    1. Erin

      I hope you do Catherine – It’s such a fun place to spend a long weekend!

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  4. Rachel Lloyd

    My dad takes his GF up to Walla Walla all the time and raves about it! After this post, I’m convinced! I’ll have to tag along with them one of these times.

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    1. Erin

      It’s truly such an amazing place Rachel! The scenery is beautiful both in the fall and the summer, and you can walk your way to lots and lots of wine tasting rooms!

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  5. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    So wonderful that you were able to attend! Love his shirt too 🙂 So many of my Walla Walla favorites listed here!

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  6. Erin

    What a fun event! I really need to get to Walla Walla. I always forget it is also so close! Perhaps this spring I will finally make it happen!

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  7. Melinda

    Between this post and the ones that Marlynn has had, I really, really want to go to Walla Walla! I haven’t been there since I was a kid and I just remember all the beautiful orchards and such. I’m definitely going to lobby for a trip there this summer!

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    1. Erin

      I hope you’re able to make it Melinda – It really is one of my favorite places!

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  8. Sarah Hoang

    So great! What a nice event! I also like going to some places like this. Just see the photos but I can image the interesting of the event. Thanks for your sharing.

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    1. Erin

      Of course Sarah – Walla Walla is one of my favorite places to visit!

      Reply

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