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Indian eatery rises from ashes with local, business support

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

tasteofindia-sign-webMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – As Puja and Kummar Sharma watched firefighters battle the blaze destroying their seven-month-old restaurant, they thought it was a sign: Maybe they weren’t meant to own their own restaurant. But their community wasn’t ready to let the only Indian restaurant in Skagit County disappear. » More …

April 20: Hospitality industry leaders to give annual lecture

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

Furano,-left,-and-ZislisPULLMAN, Wash. – Dave Furano and Michael Zislis, cofounders of Rock & Brews restaurants, will present “Serving Those Who Rock” during the annual Burtenshaw Distinguished Lecture Series at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the CUB auditorium at Washington State University. The public is invited. » More …

Free advising helps young owner launch franchise ambitions

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Myles-Kirchmeier-smallOLYMPIA, Wash. – As a college senior in business administration, Myles Kirchmeier planned to start a business by his early 30s – the age his father was when he opened a heating and cooling company. But Mike Kirchmeier asked his son what he was waiting for: “All you have right now is time and energy,” he said. “Why not take the risk when you are young?” » More …

Through December: Restaurants support wine education

By Erika Holmes, Viticulture & Enology

wine-educationSEATTLE – More than 300 west side restaurants will give a portion of wine sales through December to the Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship program to benefit viticulture and enology programs at Washington State University and other Northwest universities. » More …

WSU helps Chipotle restaurant develop healthier tortilla

By Stephanie Strom, The New York Times

tortilla-by-Ian-C.-Bates-for-New-York-TimesMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The latest piece of equipment at the Bread Lab, a heavenly smelling corner of the Washington State University campus here, is a tortilla press, a gift from Chipotle Mexican Grill. » More …

Restaurateur returns home to open wings and brew diner

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – When Brendon Mendoza was putting together a loan application to finance Wingman Birdz and Brewz on Main Street in Walla Walla, the financial projections were solid. » More …

New scholarship for women in HBM

PULLMAN – The Seattle Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) has created an endowed scholarship in honor of Gretchen Mathers in the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management. The scholarship fund will recognize merit and potential of women pursuing a degree in hospitality, although financial need can be considered.

As a leadership, not-for-profit 501(c)3, society of women of achievement in the fields of food, beverage and hospitality, LDEI and its Seattle Chapter contribute to their communities through education, scholarships, and mentoring. The Seattle chapter was founded in 1989 and consists of 53 members, including chefs, winemakers, cookbook authors, caterers, restaurateurs, chocolatiers, food photographers, and … » More …

Alternate food services during CUB closure

(Photo: Dining Services’ (l-r) Di Wharton, snack bar lead, and Karen Peterson, student worker, show menu items offered in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education’s Cyber Café. Photo by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services.)With the Compton Union Building closed for two years for renovation, members of the WSU Pullman community have a range of alternatives for food services.The Lair, Food Court and Regency Room in the CUB are gone, but many other on-campus locations — all air conditioned — offer food services for faculty, staff and students, said Liz Khosravi, WSU Dining Services associate director.Locations and their summer hours include:* Hillside Café and Market, in the … » More …