Health Nuts - Bacquet's - WineFest 

Health Nuts: Spreading the Organic Word

Modern American eating habits are a dangerous thing. That's why sisters-in-law Barbie Getchall and Denise Stevenson teamed up to open locally owned and independent Health Nuts, a natural and organic market in Meridian. Specializing in organic products, from produce to dairy and dry goods to canned goods, Health Nuts also caters to grocery shoppers on special diets. Vegetarians and vegans can find meat- and dairy-free products, and for those who have nut and gluten allergies, Health Nuts offers one of the most extensive collections of gluten- and nut-free products in town. Globally minded (Health Nuts offers natural body care products, Earth-friendly household cleansers and recycled paper goods) and locally thinking (Getchall and Stevenson say they try buy Idaho whenever possible) with the promise to offer as many kid-friendly foods as possible, Health Nuts is helping to make an organic, preservative-free diet get the attention it deserves.

Health Nuts, 1756 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 855-5756, www.healthnutsmarket.com.

Medieval at the Mall

Check your stereotypes of a mall-based wine store and cafe at the door, because if you've never been inside Bacquet's it's no typical mall store. Divided thematically and literally into four separate sections--the patio, the wine store and deli case, the wine bar and cozy European-style cafe, and the wine warehouse--it hardly belongs in Towne Square Mall, but it's worth the trip to Milwaukee just to see it. So here's a reason to check it out. This Saturday, August 26, Bacquet's hosts a Medieval Banquet. Join the festivities at 7 p.m., $35 per person includes dinner and a drink. Call 376-WINE to make a reservation.

Bacquet's, 350 N. Milwaukee St., 376-9463.

Pintxos and Vino Tinto fundraiser

Tickets are now on sale for the ninth annual WineFest on the Basque Block. Sample more than a hundred wines from wineries and distributors throughout the Northwest, enjoy pintxos from local restaurateurs or bid on items in the silent auction. WineFest is the Basque Museum and Cultural Center's only major fundraising event for the year, and all proceeds raised from auction items and ticket sales benefit the museum.

WineFest is Friday, September 15, 5:30 p.m., at the Basque Block on Grove Street between 6th Street and Capital Boulevard. Tickets are $25 (before Sept. 6) and can be purchased at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, 611 W. Grove St., 343-2671.

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