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Caterer brings Italian family heritage
to Walla Walla Airport restaurant

   Caravaggio is a small town in Northern Italy...the ancestral home of the Walla Walla Valley’s Bossini family...and the name of the new restaurant now open in the Walla Walla Regional Airport terminal building.
    Caravaggio and Walla Walla Catering Company - both owned and operated by a fourth generation Bossini, Carissa Meliah - are the latest occupants of airport dining facility. And Port Commissioner Mike Fredrickson calls Meliah’s presence there a “win, win situation” for the airport terminal site.
    “We’ve attracted a successful operator who’ll bring some needed stability to that location,” he said.
    Meliah’s first interest was in the fully equipped commercial

kitchen that was part of the Port package. She needed that for her catering business.
    The idea for Caravaggio came next. Meliah recently opened the restaurant with a lunch menu only - pasta, salads, soups, panini’s and desserts - from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Saturday service from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    She says dinner service could begin sometime after the Christmas season.
    Meliah also “caters” special events at the airport. The banquet room handles up to 18 people, she said.
    The Caravaggio phone is 526-5625. Walla Walla Catering Company’s number is 301-6251. The restaurant web site is www.caravaggios.com

Caterer Carisssa Meliah will operate her Walla Walla Catering Company and the Caravaggio restaurant at the Walla Walla Regional Airport. Photo by Donna Lasater

WPPA honors
Port of Walla Walla Commissioners

   Former Port of Walla Walla Commissioner Kenneth Jantz, who retired at the end of 2005, has been honored with a life membership in the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA).
    The tribute marked his 24 years as a Port commissioner and active member of the association.
    “Commissioner Jantz has been an invaluable resource during his years on the commission,” said Jim Kuntz, executive director of the Port of Walla Walla.
    The WPPA also praised Port Commissioner Paul Schneidmiller for his service as 2005 president of the association.
    The WPPA represents Washington State’s 76 Port Districts and provides a network for sharing information on issues relating to trade, transportation, development and the environment.

Port presentations for area organizations

   Port of Walla Walla officials are available to make personal, on-site presentations to area service clubs, schools and other interested organizations. To make arrangements, call the Port offices with information about your group, its meeting date and time and any additional details that will help with scheduling. The phone number is 509-525-3100 or e-mail jk@portwallawalla.com


Free tours of Port facilities offered

   During specific times of the year, Port of Walla Walla officials host on-site tours of Port-owned properties and companies it assists.
    These free, day-long events are scheduled well in advance so planning to participate is easy.
    For information, call the Port of Walla Walla at 525-3100 or e-mail: bh@portwallawalla.com

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