Magazine taps local grocery as Cheese Shop of the Week

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The cheese closet at Walla Walla gourmet grocery Salumiere Cesario proved to be a cut above in the eyes of premier cheese magazine "Culture."

The downtown shop owned by Damon and Colby Burke at 20 N. Second Ave. was named a Cheese Shop of the Week this week by the magazine.

Two other shops also made the list: "Bklyn Larder" in New York and "Nala's Fromagerie" in Wisconsin.

Salumiere Cesario offers a seasonal selection of at least 20 different cheeses, which are aged and stored in the shop's custom-designed cheese closet.

The inventory rotates about every two weeks and changes with the seasons. A few: Gryuere, manchego, parmigiano reggiano, taleggio and many more.

College Place-based Eagle Springs Memory Care Community has joined the Prestige Care Inc. family of senior care facilities.

Since Jan. 1, the local operation has been transitioning to Prestige management. The changeover is expected to be a seamless process that will introduce the care philosophy of Vancouver, Wash.,-based Prestige to the operation, according to an announcement.

That philosophy is rooted in a promise to provide quality care with heart.

"We have a very passionate team that is excited to join this new community and share our culture-driven approach to quality care. We strive to create life enrichment for our residents in ways that recognize the desires of each community and individual," said Harold Delamarter, president and CEO of Prestige Care, in a prepared statement.

As part of the changeover, Prestige will introduce its Expressions Memory Care Program and other lifestyle enrichment programs at Eagle Springs, 20 S.E. Larch Ave.

Founded in 1985, Prestige operates 53 senior living communities and care centers throughout the Western United States.

The Walla Walla Sweets are looking for host families for the 2011 West Coast League season.

Local families open their homes to the baseball players during the summer season to help offset living expenses.

An informational meeting to learn host family expectations and benefits of the program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Sherwood Athletic Center at Whitman College.

As part of their participation, host families are invited to a private family and player barbecue at the end of the season. They are also recognized on-field for their contributions to the organization and their individual players. Each member of the host family household will get a General Admission season ticket and 20 percent off all merchandise and apparel in the Sweets Shoppe during the season.

To sign up for the 2011 season or to RSVP for the meeting, email hostfamily@wallawallasweets.com or call 522-BALL.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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