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Blog | Royalty enjoys tea at Inna’s Cuisine; no food fight

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Society pages disappeared from newspapers 30 years ago and, along with ’em, our detailed coverage of elegant, Old World tea parties.

So, this week, we’re slipping into our white gloves and stylish Victorian evening hat to write about the 2013 Apple Blossom Royalty Tea Party held March 14 at the award-winning Inna’s Cuisine, one of the yummiest (and most eclectic) places to dine in downtown Wenatchee.

According to all reports, owner and chef Inna Kazulina served a traditional British-style tea — fresh sandwiches, light appetizers, carefully steeped teas — at beautifully appointed tables. (Hey, this flowery society-page writing flows pretty easy.)

The tea was sponsored by Soroptimist International of Wenatchee and organized by Geneva McCoy Jardine. Chaperones Rene Soth and Adele Hadley escorted Apple Blossom Queen Emily Abbott and princesses Madi Still and Maggie Chvilichek. Without chaperones, lord knows what those girls would have gotten into. Food fight! Table dancing!

Inna’s prepared an incredible tea party for us,” said Jardine. “They made us feel really at home.”

No one mentioned this, but we’re guessing some ladies lingered after the tea to chow down on Inna’s rich and tasty dishes: pelmeni (pasta hand-stuffed with beef or turkey), varenike (Ukrainian hand-made potato pasta with onions and sour cream) or burec (filo dough layered with spiced ground beef, onions and potatoes and topped with sour cream and gravy).

Mmm. Nothing tastes better than burec after tea and cucumber sandwiches.

Details: Inna’s Cuisine, 26 N. Wenatchee Ave. For more info, call 888-4662 or visit innacuisine.com.

Set your Klock for GWATA awards

Is this even possible? Promo materials for Kevin Klock, president of the Seattle-based bottled water company Talking Rain, say he’s improved sales of Sparkling Ice, a fruity water blend, from $10 million to $200 million in just — gulp — two years.

Klock, a Wenatchee native, will give us the lowdown on his success when he serves as keynote speaker at GWATA’s 2013 Innovator Awards Luncheon. It’ll start at noon Tuesday at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

This is the awards ceremony where you’re done in less than 90 minutes and you don’t have to dress up — unless you wear a bib to eat. Honors are given in four categories: Entrepreneur of the Year, Tech Savvy Business of the Year, Future Technology Leaders and Innovation in the Classroom.

No, figuring out how to turn off your VHS player’s blinking clock doesn’t count. Besides, the nomination period is over.

There may still be seats available, so register online at gwata.org or call 661-9000.

Squeezing out profits

Legumex Walker, the big Canadian company that produces canola oil at its new canola-squishing plant in Warden, says it hit paydirt in 2012 with $294.8 million in total company revenues with a profit of about $19 million. These are Canadian bucks, of course, so you need to figure in the cost of hockey tickets.

The Warden plant, the first commercial-scale canola crushing operation west of the Rocky Mountains, cost $110 million to build and provides 40 permanent jobs in the area.

From its start in mid-December to the end of the year, the plant juiced about 900 tons of seed to make “super-degummed oil” (no gum here, nosiree) and canola meal (used in livestock feed and other products) for about $500,000 in sales. Not too shabby for two weeks’ work.

The facility is expected to process about 1,000 tons of canola seed per day to make, oh, roughly 130,000 tons of canola oil and 200,000 tons of canola meal per year.

One big benefit of the canola operation, say extension agents in Douglas, Grant and Adams counties, is that wheat and potato growers now have a new alternate crop. Expect to see more of those pretty, yellow-flowered canola fields from Coulee City down to Tri-Cities.

Shocking news

If you regularly drive your electric car — or golf cart, for that matter — to the Seattle area, then you’ll be charged up by this newsy tidbit.

AAA Washington, the roadside assistance outfit, is one of the first places in the nation to launch a mobile fast-charging station for electric vehicles. Get stuck in a post-Seahawks-game traffic jam and run out of juice? Call AAA and they’ll rush over with a fast level-3 charge that takes 15 minutes and gives you (well, your vehicle) enough juice to go 10 miles or so.

Seattle’s mobile charging truck joins similar vehicles in Portland, Ore., and San Francisco. They also provide light-duty road service — you know: jump starts, tire changes, gas delivery, minor repairs.

No word yet on when North Central Washington will get a charging truck. Let’s see … batteries go dead in Mansfield and a 15 minute charge takes you to the top of McNeil Canyon. Another charge gets you to Chelan Falls. Another to downtown Chelan. Does Chelan have a public charging station? No, but you can energize your tummy at Local Myth Pizza, which serves up a mean slice of Chrome pizza (sun-dried tomatoes, pinenuts, kalamata olives, feta cheese), while your car sneaks a charge at a gas station or RV park.

This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or irwin@wenatcheeworld.com.

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