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Fresh Sheet: Chef to offer holiday hints

Spiff up your holiday appetizer offerings with help from Chef Elijah Dalager.

Dalager, sous chef at Harbor Crest Retirement Community, will demonstrate light appetizers Monday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Kitchen Engine. The demonstration is free and there’s no need to sign up.

The lineup includes spring rolls, artichoke-stuffed won ton cups and stuffed mushrooms, as well as a non-alcoholic cranberry lime spritzer.

Dalager was voted the Washington state chef of the year by his peers in the American Culinary Federation. He’ll represent Washington at the regional competition in Scottsdale, Ariz., in April where he’ll compete against four other American Culinary Federation chefs from states in the West.

The chef will be available to answer questions as well.

The Kitchen Engine is in the Flour Mill, 612 W. Mallon Ave., Suite 416. Reach the store at (509) 328-3335

Mexican Christmas

Learn about Mexican holiday traditions on Sunday at El Mercado Del Pueblo, 1814 N. Division St.

The small market will host a posada, which re-enacts the story of Joseph and Mary searching for lodging in Bethelehem. There will be mariachi music and ponche (a traditional hot punch) at the family event.

El Mercado Del Pueblo is located at the corner of Nora Avenue and Division Street, across from the White Elephant. Reach the store at (509) 327-2856 for more details.

Holiday cheer at Petunias

Petunias Marketplace will celebrate its grand opening Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The specialty foods store, owned by Stacy Blowers, recently received its beer and wine license. Blowers says she’ll be focusing on small production, single-varietal wines and will host a regular wine tasting on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Blowers makes herb, truffle and fruit butters, jams, jellies, chutney, pasta and other foods for her small store, and stocks an array of other gourmet foods.

Petunias Marketplace is at 2010 N. Madison St. Reach the store at (509) 328-4257.

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