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Featured on the covers for 2008 Greg Lipsker and Michael White of Barrister Winery - Photo by Chris Guibert at the winery in Spokane, Wash.
Artisan Culinary Lounge inside the Ridpath Hotel- Photo by Chris Guibert at the restaurant in Spokane, Wash.
Celeste Shaw of Chaps Café and Coffee House – Photo by Jordan Shaw at Chaps Cafe, Spokane, Wash.
Trezzi family of Trezzi Farm and Townshend family of Townshend Cellar Photo by Chris Guibert at Trezzi Farm in Green Bluff, Wash.
Aaron and Jonathan Sweatt of Downriver Grill and Don Townshend of Townshend Cellar - Photo by Jeanette Dunn at Townshend Cellar in Green Bluff, Wash. Walt and Karen Worthy of the Davenport Hotel and Don Townshend and Jill Rider of Townshend Cellar - Photo by Chris Guibert at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Wash.
Ann Louise Gittleman of UniKey Photo courtesy of UniKey in Hayden Lake, Idaho Cobra Roofing Polo Classic – Photo courtesy of Julie Collins of Julie Collins Photography in Spokane, Wash. Contributors :: our special thanks to Sarah Mann of Enoteca, Jill Strom, R. Dunn, Julie Kaplicky and Ryan Bronson.
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Sizzle’n New Features! In this issue, we have incorporated our new thumb navigation tool TABNav™, which we created for our Idaho Cuisine Spring 2007-08 issue. It has been one of our biggest hits! This tool has made it easy to find the neighborhoods to match on the map page, and our new alpha-list in the back of the magazine provides you with your favorite phone book of restaurants, giving you a speedy, convenient lookup when making reservations at one of your favorites! Our new neighborhood spotlights offer you a brief overview of the neighborhood’s best features and the dining and entertainment scene you will find there. Enjoy our new features, and please
A word from the Publisher
HERE ARE SOME BEAUTIFUL things happening all over Spokane! These are the days we will remember! Spokane is experiencing an upswing in the food and entertainment scene! With more restaurants cropping up all over town and a continuing trend of old building restorations and recent happenings downtown, the arts, dining and shopping options are making Spokane an exciting destination. There are many new places to try, recent discoveries from the past year and of course the old-time favorites that have been there a while; we are having fun, and you will too! Featured in this issue are some of the businesses that are making that happen. With the completed renovation of the Davenport Hotel five years ago, the mood downtown— and indeed all over Spokane—has been steadily climbing. In this issue, we are featuring the man who saved the Davenport from destruction, Walt Worthy. We bring you the stories about many of your local favorites, including: Barrister Winery’s winemakers; Chaps Café and Celeste Shaw’s dream come true; Chef Gonzo’s talents at the new Artisan Culinary
Lounge at the Ridpath Hotel; The Cobra Roofing Polo Classic fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities; Ann Louise Gittleman, the ‘First Lady of Nutrition’; A day on Green Bluff with the Townshends and the Trezzis; and the latest news from Downriver Grill’s owners. We also bring you the story of an amazing man, with an amazing team right next door in north Idaho that you simply must know about, Dr. Forrest Bird and the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center. This gem and the people there will inspire “kids” of all ages to once again, believe in changing the world! The restaurant scene, entertainment and events are emerging with more offerings than ever before, and patrons are ready to support them! Here at the Sizzle office, we are so grateful for the continuous feedback we get from our readers and advertisers! Our past year has been a very fruitful one for all involved and we are so thankful to be a vital part of our customers and readers’ lives. One of our advertisers, Deborah at Mad Hattie’s Teas, told us about a customer who called from the Spokane airport when she found our Spokane Sizzle at the information kiosk. She wanted
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to shop their tea selection and she delayed her flight to come in! She has been a regular customer when ever she is in town now. (By the way, they do have the biggest tea selection I’ve seen anywhere!) And, we receive emails and phone calls constantly from people wanting to make a connection with local events, specialty food companies and restaurants. We have received numerous calls and emails about events including the Epicurean Delight, The Polo Classic, The Cork and Keg and the Festival of Foodies before we published this new issue, asking when the next event would be held. All of our readers’ responses are so sweetly enthusiastic about our publication and our advertisers so complimentary that I am truly humbled by it all. I say … it’s all for you. And I mean it. Enjoy!
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In the heart of Downtown Spokane, across from Macy’s on West Main Street, a mother and daughter come together again to open Madeleine’s Café & Patisserie. You will remember Debbie Green from Café MAC at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and Shake Rattle and Boil catering, famous for her inventive dishes and more than 14 years of catering to Spokane! Debbie’s daughter Megan took four years of French in school and discovered that her name in French is Madeleine, hence the name Madeleine’s for the new French patisserie, serving fine French pastries. Megan attended pastry school at San Francisco Baking Institute, and it was her idea to open the place. They have done a fine job of decorating the restaurant to have a French feel and an even
finer job at serving the rustic French Provencal cuisine. They are also serving gourmet to-go for those needing a quick dinner to take home after work and are seeing more people moving into residences downtown as an important part of their services. Debbie is actively involved in the downtown revitalization task force and is interested in participating in the changing downtown dining and entertainment scene. Chef Mercia Sheets, formerly of Moxie, Palm Court Grill, Fugazzi and Luna is the lead night time chef for dinners Thursday through Saturday. The ambiance of live music is offered at lunch on Wednesday and 8pm Fridays. They are offering breakfast starting at 7am during the week, 9am on Saturdays, lunch and dinner, also with dinners and wine for take
home. During the holiday season, they will be offering the public breakfast with Santa Claus on Sundays so the kids can fill him in on their wish lists. They are closed on Sundays, with this one exception. With this much culinary talent and such a beautiful French themed environment … we say, “Welcome to the neighborhood!” Madeleine’s is located at 707 W. Main Ave. (509) 624-2253 Find their menus online at MadeleinesSpokane.com
Recent Openings Downtown Chef Jason Rex, formerly of Fugazzi, and Connie Naccarato, famous for Mamma Mia on the Northside, have come together to create Scratch Restaurant & Lounge. Conveniently located directly across the street from the recently restored Fox, it is sure to be a hit among the late-night crowd. With a full menu served until 2am on weekends, there’s no need to go hungry after a late night performance. And all ages are welcome at all times! Churchill’s Steakhouse: One word—DEE-licious-steaks! OK, that’s two words. This fine dining addition to Spokane is having everyone talking. For those craving a juicy, savory steak close to home, Churchill’s is where you’ll find one! New York, T-Bone, Porterhouse, Top Sirloin, Cowboy Rib Steak, Rib-Eye, Filet Mignon … is your mouth watering yet? Family owned and operated since 1993, Hill’s Restaurant & Lounge is finally back from a long hiatus, ready to serve Spokane again! Find them at the corner of Main and Washington, just one block from the Performing Arts Center and the Convention Center. With Co-owner/Chef Dave Hill, you can expect nothing less than the absolute best! They are open 11am-10pm Monday through Saturday.
West Side Dreams really do come true, and Chaps is one of them. Dreamt up by Owner Celeste Shaw, this quaint café and coffeehouse offers its customers a rustic western feel, with home cooking so good. …. Read more about Chaps in our feature on page 56.
South Hill Villaggio’s entrance is a bit of a drive around the Applebee’s parking lot on 29th, but when you get there, you will find an invitingly warm ambiance. They serve authentic Italian cuisine and pizza, with the bar serving wine and martinis. The owners of The Elk Pubiic House are busy remodeling the former Laskars, going for a whole new look and service.
Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake Ambrosia Bistro & Wine Bar Owners Scott and Kara Cook bring this charming bistro to life in the shopping center at the corner of Montgomery and Argonne. Their menu ranges from paninis and sandwiches to inventive dishes such as their Butternut Squash Ravioli and Gnudi. Hay J’s Bistro, named after Chef Patrick Fechser’s two children—Hayley and Jackson, offers a traditional bistro-style atmosphere and food to match.
Owners Rhonda and Martin have also recently opened Stilos Seafood & Steakhouse. Stilos offers big city dining with high-class tastes. Stilos is Latin for “style,” and that’s exactly what this restaurant has! With offerings of soup and salad to steaks, chicken and seafood including King crab legs, Australian lobster tail, salmon, pan-fried oysters and crab-stuffed prawns, remember to put Stilos on your menu. Oh, and they have martinis, too! Got Mojo? It’s easy to get it! Steven and Charlie are two friends with a passion for incredible food, creating house specialties made from scratch. They call it West-Coast American cuisine, including handmade artisan breads and pastries. Order at the counter and take it to-go, or enjoy beer and wine in their fast, casual dining atmosphere.
North Side Does anyone know how to spell Tonicx? Apparently many do! This is a hopping and happening place next to a new Pita Pit at Five Mile and Francis. They have a great selection of microbrews, and the Pita Pit right down the hall delivers! Twig’s Bistro & Martini Bar has been a hit at its three current locations, and with this success, it will be expanding with another location coming to the Wandermere area. Stay tuned to find out more. Stefanie’s Bakery features the most adorable cakes since Dr. Suess’ Horton Hears a Who. Stefanie is a talented baker and decorator, and this little neighborhood bakery in Whoville, just north of downtown on Northwest Boulevard near Audubon Park, is definitely worth the trip for that special occasion cake or everyday bakery treats. Little Garden Café You will find this little café just across the street from Audubon Park on Northwest Boulevard. Serving local DOMA coffee and Summit Teas—served to you in a pot freshly brewed! Offering paninis, salad and soups, breakfast omelet bagel sandwiches, granola pastries, quiche, kids menu and play area.
University District Bangkok Thai Riverwalk Plaza is quite simply an elegant additional location for the existing Bangkok Thai on Grand Avenue near 14th. Owners Jayme Cozetto and Kay Chindapradist replace the longtime occupant Riverview Thai as Carl and On Wilson retire from the restaurant business. Jayme and Kay have added more Thai décor and brought their own popular menu from the Grand location. Spokane is now home to Dry Fly Distilling, located at 1003 E. Trent. Dry Fly uses only locally grown grains and botanicals to produce craft-distilled vodka, gin and soon … whiskey. Owned and operated by Don Poffenroth and Kent Fleischmann, it is the first craft distillery in Washington State since the days of prohibition.
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SPOKANE’S TOP-RATED RESTAURANTS For a cozy Romantic Dinner for two Artisan Culinary Lounge at the Ridpath, Downtown
When nothing but a place with a View will do Anthony’s HomePort Restaurant, Downtown Meet-a-friend-for-lunch place Maggie’s South Hill Grill, South Hill
Pulling-out-the-unlimited-bankcard Special Occasion Churchill’s Steakhouse, Downtown
For the best Sandwich anywhere Liberty Café at Auntie’s Bookstore, Downtown
Enjoyable for the entire Family Chaps Café & Coffee House, South at Cheney-Spokane Rd.
Power Lunch for making deals MAX at Mirabeau Park Hotel, Spokane Valley
Favorite Newcomer this past year Madeleine’s Café & Pâttiserie, Downtown
Alive at 5! Favorite Happy Hour! Fast Eddie’s, Downtown
A Coffee Shop that soothes the jitters Brews Bros Espresso Lounge, Downtown
Favorite for a Snack and a Brew The Elk Public House, Browne’s Addition
Party Place, food or not Jack and Dan’s Bar & Grill, University District
Favorite Wine list Downriver Grill, North Side
Favorite Cocktail and a bite to eat Wild Sage American Bistro, Downtown For the LOVE of Food ... a Chef with style! Gordon Crafts – Gordy’s Sichuan, South Hill The ‘Must-Try’ new place on the block Scratch Restaurant & Lounge, Downtown Diner worth its salt Satellite Diner & Lounge, Downtown Wine Bar with pizzazz! Ambrosia Bistro & Wine Bar, Spokane Valley Martini Bar that shakes it up Bistango, Downtown Winner of the Virtual Pizza Cook-off David’s Pizza, University District
AND IN NORTH IDAHO, HERE ARE THE WINNERS For a cozy Romantic Dinner for two Angelo’s Ristorante, Midtown CdA
When nothing but a place with a View will do Cedars Floating Restaurant, CdA
For the best Sandwich anywhere Daanen’s Delicatessen, Hayden
Pulling-out-the-unlimited-bankcard Special Occasion Brix Restaurant, Downtown CdA
Meet-a-friend-for-lunch place Café Carambola, CdA
Power Lunch for making deals Bonsai Bistro, Downtown CdA
Enjoyable for the entire Family Michael D’s Eatery, CdA Favorite Newcomer this past year Bambino’s Pizza & Gelato, Midtown CdA A Coffee Shop that soothes the jitters Bella Rose Café and Bakery, Downtown CdA Party Place, food or not Iron Horse, Downtown CdA Virtual Pizza Cook-off Winner Capone’s Pub & Grill
Alive at 5! Favorite Happy Hour! The Beacon Pub, Downtown CdA Favorite for a Snack and a Brew Capone’s Pub & Grill, Midtown CdA For a Drink and a Bite to eat Anthony’s Midtown Bistro, Midtown CdA Favorite Wine list The Wine Cellar, Downtown CdA For the LOVE of food ... a Chef with style! Raci Erdem at White House Grill & The Oval Office, Post Falls
Our winners are from our online survey “I Review.” Visit our Web site at: SpokaneSizzle.com and vote for YOUR favorites! Keep up the voting by sending us your reviews. We want to hear from all of Spokane and beyond!
Where do Chefs Eat?
Just Thought We’d Ask... We have been asked many times, “So where do the chefs go to eat?”
So we thought we would just ask them ourselves. This was a fun project, and they were glad to share their favorites with us. Most of the chefs kept their responses short and sweet, but one of them was rather wordy, in a humorous sort of way. Bon appetit’.
Maggie Watkins of Maggie’s South Hill Grill Debbie Green of Madeleine’s Moxie. We like the casual atmosphere, and we’re friends with the chefs. We don’t make reservations … we like to sit at the bar. The service is exceptional, the staff friendly and David Blaine the service is very consistent.
of Latah Bistro
I like to dine at other locally owned neighborhood restaurants. Picabu Bistro is one of our favorites. My daughters love Fiesta Mexicana, and we also get lots of take-out from Bangkok Thai.
I like breakfast at Café Marron. I think breakfast is a simple meal, and the quality of the dish depends on the quality of the ingredients. I appreciate the better quality ingredients. Plus, I like that Café Maron is a small, neighborhood-based restaurant.
Jonathan Sweatt of Downriver Grill I like the Pita Pit and Tonicx – nice place to get a quick bite to eat and a high quality cocktail after a long day at work. I frequent their establishment often. I do a lot of takeout from Gordy’s Sichuan, a family favorite. On Mondays, Latah Bistro; they have half-off bottles of wine and appetizer specials. And Café Marron for a good breakfast.
Tony Usher of Twigs South Hill Living in Post Falls, I still frequent Bonsai, Beverly’s, Cedars, Angelo’s and Syringa. The list could go on. But I like eating at restaurants that offer the same level of food and service as presented here at Twigs; a level that meets my expectations.
Mark Starr of David’s Pizza had A LOT to say about his favorites …
Maggie’s: As a bachelor, that’s as close to home cooking as I’ll ever get. Fast Eddies: Great burgers and some of the best bar food you’ll find. Isabella’s: Delightful breakfast, salmon and eggs ... hmm! (only on weekends though) and a nice change. Had a couple good steaks there, too. Steam Plant: Wonderful beers, great, really cool things to look at, and the food is outstanding. OK, and the owner is a good friend. Raw: Besides my best friend’s daughter working there, we like the place for the food. Not all the time, but what a great change of pace. Elk: Sort of the community standard. Always know someone there, and the food is consistently good. Wolf Lodge: Some of the best steak anyplace. But the names are set up so that you order the bigger cuts. I get the (are you ready for this?) “Little Dude.” I mean, come on! What guy is going to order that?! But it’s more than enough food for anyone. Satellite: For breakfast. Great food for the work week. Domini: Who doesn’t like these sandwiches? Voted best by the Inlander for like 14 years now, I think. Chaps: This is a great new spot that opened as a coffee shop in Latah Creek area (just across from Latah Bistro). Breakfast Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Go early or stand in line. There are many more to be sure. And I personally know the owners of many, so I’ll no doubt be off someone’s Christmas list for the omission. Then again, if I keep this up you’ll think I need to be in Weight Watchers instead of out eating all the time.
Mark Starr of David’s Pizza is one of Santa’s Elves at Christmas time. A few very luckly little ones get to fly to the North Pole with him to see Santa!
DOWNRIVER GRILL & TOWNSHEND CELLAR SERVER SPOTLIGHT MELISSA WRIGHT
First row bottom left to right: Aaron McEachran, Tompall Nichols, Justin Fuchs, Scott Diamond, Second row left to right: Scott Collins, Beau Clemons, Darren Emerson, Joe Dean, Gina Conger. Not pictured: Steve Whitinger, Nick Wall, Michael Evans, and Bobby Brown.
Cooking as an Art
Meet Executive Chef Tom Nichols of Downriver Grill
’M A CREATIVE PERSON, and I think my ability to create art on a plate is what drives me to do it,” said Tom Nichols, executive chef at Downriver Grill. A 16-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Tom hasn’t always been the one preparing the delectable meals; he started out washing the dishes they were served on. Like so many chefs, Tom started out as a dishwasher at Marrakesh at 14. He quickly moved his way up the corporate ladder, bouncing around different restaurants. He moved up to prepping, and by age 18, he was cooking food on a line. At Downriver, where he has been for three years, he leads a kitchen crew of 13 and enjoys banning together with them for a common goal – great food.
He enjoys his career because of “the freedom of expression and creativity it allows.” More recently, Tom has been experimenting with the earthy flavors that Latin, Middle-Eastern and Asian foods offer. “There is something to their traditions that they carry on through their families,” he said. “It’s food that is personal and served family style. And Tom is all about family. When not at work, he spends his time with his wife, Rebecca, and their two children: Frida, 4, and Donovan, 9. “That’s what I’m all about,” he said. “Whenever I’m not [at the restaurant], I’m trying to keep that stable.” Frida and Donovan are already learning the family business, helping their dad with his creations in their home kitchen. Downriver Grill is locaed at 3315 W. Northwest Blvd. (509) 323-1600
Wine is the intellectual par t of the meal, while meat is the material.” – Alexandre Dumas
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rom Downriver Grill near the Downriver Golf Course on Northwest Boulevard to Market Street on the east, and from Indiana and Division to the Spokane’s “Y” and the northern territory beyond; the North Side is Spokane’s fastest growing neighborhood! Residential areas north of Francis are exploding with new apartment complexes and single-family homes, and the shopping is growing with it. North Spokane used to be Division Street’s kaleidoscope of fast food, national chains and international cuisine. Division presents a long row of restaurants
filled with a variety of options such as Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Russian, Indian and Thai … all handy stops for shoppers at Northtown Mall, the numerous shopping centers near the “Y” and along Francis. It takes some looking to find the local hot spots tucked away like precious hidden gems among the neighborhoods and back roads surrounding these high-traffic commercial zones. Not far from downtown, Downriver Grill is one of those favorites nestled in the neighborhood near Audubon Park, south of
Garland Avenue and just north of the park. This restaurant is a must for your list, and it will take just one visit to make it memorable. They are a neighborhood darling and indeed one of Spokane’s most revered and awarded restaurants. The owners of Downriver Grill have a new restaurant in the works, set to open summer of 2008 right across the street. Don’t expect a replica of Downriver—the restaurant’s completely new concept comes with exciting ideas, according to Co-owner Jonathan Sweatt, but will still offer great food, value and service like Downriver Grill. And … it will be offering an extensive breakfast, something you can’t find at Downriver. Along Northwest Boulevard, you will find a couple sweet new additions to the neighborhood—Stefanie’s Bakery, Little Garden Café and Cielo Bakery—all having a personality of their own. You won’t find anything like them anywhere else in Spokane. Way out on Northwest Boulevard at Wellesley is where Stadium Pizza has been serving the neighborhood with local flavor for years. Dolly’s Café is a little pink corner café at Washington and Indiana with home-style food and is a popular bustling diner that the neighborhood loves for breakfast and lunch.
North Side Along Monroe from where Indiana becomes Northwest Boulevard brings the popular local Greek and Mediterranean restaurant, Azars on Monroe, with an authentic menu and charming and homey Greek atmosphere. Great food, Greek beer and wine, and ... belly dancers on Fridays! This sets the stage for a great time. On Garland Avenue lives the very heart of a nostalgic neighborhood with the charm and the ambiance of walking downtown in one of Norman Rockwell’s very small towns. The historic Garland Theater shows movies at far lower prices than the big box movie theaters and is a popular spot for families to enjoy time with the kids. Get there early; it can be crowded! Just down the street is The Blue Door Theatre, whose performances are every Friday night and offer improv and sketch comedy suitable for all ages. Restaurants offer family style eateries from Kim’s Teriyaki near the Garland Theater, to the Rocket Bakery coffee shop and The Milk Bottle at the corner of Post and Garland. Next to The Milk Bottle, Ferguson’s Café is the popular neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot, and the nostalgic 50s home-style menu and décor will make you feel right at home. Pubs in this neighborhood include Rick’s Ringside Pub and the Brown Derby Tavern. There are unique shopping opportunities here with the Elegant Peasant, Tin Man Gallery and The Ruby Slipper. Nearby Wall Street Diner is a nostalgic diner located north on Wall Street from the Garland area. Further north at West Francis lies the Five Mile Shopping Center where Five Mile Heights Pizza Parlor has been a longtime favorite for Spokane families. Also located there are GoGo Burritos, Chic-A-Ria German Inn Restaurant, a brand new Pita Pit and Tonicx, and Maggie Moos Ice Cream treats. Heading east along Francis will reveal
the popular Swinging Doors Tavern, with Spokane’s only designated and totally legal outdoor smoking section, and Mamma Mia’s Italian Restaurant. At Division, this intersection is home to the Screaming Yak, Club North Aces Casino and the nearby south is Tomato Street’s fun family Italian restaurant and to the north is Moon’s Mongolian Grill. Just east on Francis will lead you to DeLeon Foods and Deli where home-style authentic Mexican foods are easy to find! Farther north on Division will bring you to Old European, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Golden Corral, Bigfoot Pub & Eatery, Rancho Chico Family Mexican and the shopping extravaganza of the “Y” area. Mel’s Home and Garden, Spokane Floral, Ritter’s Nursery and Just Roses fill the need for floral and gift stores, and shopping centers are filled with variety in this area. Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar is a lone contender located on Nevada between Holland and Hawthorne when it comes to great food and martinis galore. Family pizza fun is north at Chuck E. Cheese, and at the north end of Nevada lies an old favorite, Frank’s Diner, which continues to get voted as best breakfast in many local readers polls. Beyond the “Y” is the Whitworth College neighborhood. Whitworth is located on Hawthorne Road between North Waikiki Road and North Division. Spokane Country Club is on West Waikiki Road, and farther north off Division is Wandermere Golf Course, near where Dartford Dr. will take you to that far-out (literally) north Dartford Drive Italian place. Now called Francisco’s at Commellini’s, it is owned by Frank Burger and Tammy Paulino. This north side neighborhood is lucky that Cena To Go is there to help you with your grocery buying and dinner preparation! They offer a real meal deal—gourmet recipes, ingredients, wine and dessert—which you can buy all at once. Fill the freezer for the week, and
meal preparation becomes a breeze. Planning a party? This is the place to go; a no brainer! Just west on Hastings Road, try A Taste of Thai. It is receiving rave review among Spokane’s Thai-lovers, and near there is the Lone Cactus Saloon & Restaurant and Fizzie Mulligans.
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Downriver Grill 3315 W. Northwest Blvd.
Contemporary Northwest $$-$$$
All of us at Downriver Grill invite you to enjoy a pleasant lunch or an elegant evening at our restaurant. We pride ourselves on our awardwinning cuisine and service. Come enjoy our excellent menu with seasonal specials, sauces from scratch, wonderful sandwiches and the best in seafood and steaks. We feature an exquisite selection of fine wine, microbrews and hand-crafted cocktails in our casual wine bar. Reservations are recommended, walk-ins are always welcome! TheDownriverGrill.com
Pita Pit 6314 N. Ash St. Ste. #1
The quickest and healthiest spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night dining. Choose from a variety of lean grilled meats, fresh vegetables and zesty sauces all rolled into a unique pita shell. Featuring a tasty breakfast menu. Dine in, take-out or delivery. More than 120 locations in 38 states and growing. PitaPitUSA.com
Qdoba Mexican Grill
804 W. Garland 325-3482
Ferguson’s Café & Catering
N. Spokane – 7115 N. Division Medical Center Area Spokane – 901 S. Grand CdA – 204 Ironwood Dr.
(509) 468-8500 (509) 747-8737 (208) 667-2074
Mexican Grill $
Qdoba Mexican Grill features jumbo gourmet burritos prepared from freshly grilled chicken, steak or grilled vegetables. Tacos, taco salads and nachos are also on the menu! The service is quick, and you won’t believe the taste! Eat here or take us to go! We cater too! Qdoba.com
804 W. Garland (In the Garland Village)
American Diner $-$$
Known for our omelets, skillets and biscuits and gravy, we’re serving breakfast all day, along with home-style soups, burgers, deli sandwiches, salads and wraps, and we’re sensitive to low-fat and low-carb dietary needs. Not far from North Division, stop in for a real home-style treat! We are smoke-free, and we cater too! Open 7am-2pm Tues.-Sat., 8am-2pm Sun. and for dinner 5-10pm Fri. FergusonsCafeAndCatering.com
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De Leon Foods Deli & Grocery Store After starting their first business, Northwest Freight Handlers, Inc., it was only a matter of time before Sergio and Mayra opened De Leon Foods Deli & Grocery Store. Their entrepreneurial spirit can be traced back to both Sergio’s and Mayra’s parents. Mayra’s family owned a little grocery store in Mexico and Sergio’s family still own a deli and grocery store in Oregon. De Leon Foods, Inc., opened its doors on July 17, 2006, with eight employees and a warm welcome from the Spokane locals. Step inside De Leon Foods, and you will be surrounded by the aromas of fresh baked tortillas, the sight of brightly colored piñatas and the sound of Latin music. It feels as though you are in the heart of Mexico. Shelves are stacked high with Mexican imports, sundries and a full line of specialty produce such as cactus, sugar cane, cactus pears, tamarind pods and more. With dine-in and to-go service, their Mexican deli serves everything from homemade tamales and chile rellenos to carnitas and breakfast burritos, to the best tasting tortilla chips and salsas. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner and taste the flavors from south of the border. Shop at De Leon Foods and be treated to an authentic Mexican experience. With a full service deli, bakery and tortilla factory, you will find whatever it is you need for that perfect Mexican meal. De Leon Foods … “Here, you’re always close to home.” De Leon Foods is located just east of Division at 102 E. Francis Ave. in North Spokane. (509) 483-3033 DeLeonFoods.net
Downriver Grill & Townshend Cellar
Restaurateurs & Winemaker By: JILLIAN DE LALLO Teaming up to create the perfect blend
INCE ITS OPENING IN JUNE
2003, Downriver Grill, located in Northwest Spokane, has been a success, and owners Aaron and Jonathan Sweatt are taking that success and using the popular Downriver name for a new endeavor–a signature wine blend that will only be available at Downriver Grill. Though interested in the idea before, Jonathan and Aaron are now ready to pursue the venture. There still is a ways to go before customers will be able to select the Downriver blend from the wine list. “We’re just starting to put our heads together and move forward. It has been in the works for a while,” said Aaron. Teaming up with Don Townshend of Townshend Cellars is a perfect fit. Like Aaron and Jonathan, Don believes in using local ingredients as much as possible, sourcing his fruit from great areas and working with local
farmers. “That’s what we try to do here,” said Jonathan. “We really push local ingredients and wines. It’s kind of a natural fit—us working together—because I think [Don] believes strongly in that, too.” Don offers his wines at a remarkable value, just as Downriver Grill with their food and wine list. As Aaron said, “Many of our customers are his customers, so it’s a fun deal for both of us. “We’ve just always had a really good relationship with Don since we opened, and we love to support local wineries,” he added. Seeing the success Townshend wines have had at Downriver, as well as working with Don closely over the years on charitable events and wine dinners, “We have really gained a respect for what one another does,” said Jonathan. “We just always thought it would be a neat idea to take that a step further and work together to create a wine that we’d both be proud to serve,
not only here by the glass … but for our take out customers as well.” The process in creating a Downriver blend— which both Aaron and Jonathan said would be a red wine blend of some sort—thus far has been mostly conversation, discussing with Don what type of blend they are looking to serve at their restaurant. There has also been barrel tasting at Townshend Cellar to see what Don has available when it comes to blending grapes. As Jonathan said, “He doesn’t make a wine I wouldn’t be proud to serve.” What will be the deciding factor in selecting the signature blend for Downriver? According to Jonathan, it’s going to come down to the personal tastes of not only he, Aaron and Don, but also Jonathan and Aaron’s mother and step-father. “We’re going to have some strong personalities coming together to try and make this work, so I’m sure whatever we come up with will be great,” said Jonathan. Their plan for the Downriver blend is for it to be an affordable wine; a wine to be poured by the glass and offered at a great retail price for those who buy it to-go. You may be wondering about the name … “We’ll let the wine speak for itself and see what we come up with,” said Jonathan. They are waiting until they taste the final product, which they hope to be simple yet good; a wine that will not only complement the food at Downriver Grill but be able to identify
Downriver Grill & Townshend Cellar Townshend Cellars and the restaurant. Jonathan believes there is a new appreciation for fine wine and cuisine in Spokane, and that the city is “growing up.” There are endless possibilities when it comes to food and wine, and “there’s a lot of room for creativity,” he said. Wine and food are alike in other aspects as well, according to Jonathan. “I think winemaking is very similar to making good dishes: It’s about balance and flavors. [With wine] you have tannins, and you have certain flavors that are so strong. You are using the other grapes to balance that out. Food is the same way ... if it’s too spicy, too sweet, too salty,” you use other ingredients and spices to balance that flavor. Jonathan and Aaron believe there’s a good relationship between great food and great wine, and it’s amazing having two local businesses—a winery and a restaurant—joining forces to create something unique and fun.
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becomes Northwest Blvd.) to 3315 W. Northwest Blvd. or call (509) 323-1600 for directions from other areas. (see map on page 14) For Townshend Cellar directions, see page 111
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Melissa Wright started her restaurant career at age 17, working at Luigi’s, (where she met her future husband, whom she would marry in July 2007). By the time she was 18, she had worked her way up from dishwasher to busser, to hostess and finally server, which she has been doing ever since. With a few local restaurants to her credit–Good Times, Quinn’s and Milford’s–Melissa has been demonstrating her excellent service at Downriver Grill since its opening in 2003. Melissa loves her job and the fact that she works at a locally owned restaurant, and as she said, she is constantly surrounded by good people (both employees and patrons). “We’re a family,” she said. According to her, Aaron and Jonathan know people’s temperaments and personalities, strengths and weaknesses. “They are sweethearts and just nice people, and they appreciate us.” Melissa feels the same way toward her customers; some were even invited to her wedding this past July. Another advantage to her job as a server is that she is able to make a full-time living without the full-time schedule, working six-hour days in comparison to the average eight hours. Melissa has been contemplating going back to school, but don’t think she’ll be out of sight for long. “I have to be with people,” she said. “I’ve done the desk job thing, and I can’t sit still.” Also a server at Maggie’s South Hill Grill, Melissa credits much of her success and that of Downriver in general to those who work hard in the kitchen. “They are really great … because if the food wasn’t good, people wouldn’t come in.” Melissa had some advice to share with other servers, advice she was given when she first started out in the business: “No matter how busy and overwhelmed you feel at the moment, it will end.”
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3315 W. Northwest Blvd. Spokane, WA (509) 323-1600
Melissa’s Tips on Tips: Someone who leaves a 15 percent tip in actuality is leaving only an 8 percent tip for their server. From that 15 percent tip, the server tips out the kitchen, the bussers and the dishwashers. “I couldn’t do my job without their help,” Melissa said. “We all work together.” Therefore, the tip is split amongst them. And as Melissa said, when it comes to tipping, she believes in karma. “What goes around comes around.”
Award-Winning Service & Cuisine!
THE DAVENPORT HOTEL THE HEART AND HEARTH OF SPOKANE HOTSPOT THE SATELLITE DINER HOTSPOT CHURCHILL’S STEAKHOUSE CHEF SPOTLIGHT GONZALO CARRILLO CHEF SPOTLIGHT JASON REX HOTSPOT STEAM PLANT GRILL
Downtown Destination Treat Wild Sage’s wildflower, Chef Alexa Wilson, brings culinary artistry and the element of pleasant surprise to the table for a memorable dining event!
ILD SAGE, AN AMERICAN Bistro, is appropriately located downtown on the edge of the Davenport District. Wild Sage’s reputation for the fine art of culinary currency has exceeded the expectations of Inland Northwest diners and has turned the bistro into the “must-go” destination for adventurous and traditional diners alike. As with any prominent artist, Spokane native Executive Chef Alexa Wilson likes to create memories. Food is her medium, simplicity her professional secret. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, Chef Wilson embraces a philosophy of whole-food consciousness. She creates meals people can relate to; familiar flavors with unexpected flair. Change is the routine, with seasonal menu items rotating in and out as they are available, featuring unique and playful com-
binations of texture, color and flavor. After all, isn’t that what art is all about? Patron favorites include fresh baked popovers, Fried Green Tomatoes with Dungeness Crab remoulade and Applewood bacon, Rack of Lamb with guajillo chili marinade, sweet red pepper jelly glaze, pistachio and pepita crust with cornbread casserole and Bluefin Ahi Tuna with habanero chile jerk spice rub, charred rare with a cool center. An in-house bakery program complements all of Chef Alexa’s creations as most Wild Sage products are hand-selected and scratchbaked. Wild Sage can be found at the first intersection past the Lincoln St. Exit off I-90 at 916 W. 2nd Ave. Reservations welcomed. For more information, call: (509) 456-7575 or visit WildSageBistro.com.
“Food is our common ground, a universal experiance.” – James Beard
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owntown Spokane is experiencing an upbeat swing into an optimistic future! There has been an explosion of new dining and entertainment options in recent years, and it shows in the vibrant scene that is downtown these days. People want to go downtown again! With the recent completion of the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, things are really buzzing on the downtown streets. Most recently opened across the street from the Fox is the new Scratch Restaurant & Lounge, owned by Chef Jason Rex and Connie Naccarato. Walking into Scratch, you will experience a contemporary ambiance, where it feels more like Bell Town in
Seattle than Downtown Spokane! At Scratch, everything is made from … Scratch! The close proximity for dinner and the Symphony is sure to be a hit for both! Within walking distance of the Fox are the Davenport Hotel and its fabulous restaurants, The Hotel Lusso and Fugazzi, the ever-popular Moxie and Bluefish, the new Churchill’s Steakhouse, Steam Plant Grill, Wild Sage American Bistro and of course Ella’s Supper Club, also across the street from the Fox near Scratch. Newly opened entertainment venues include The Magic Lantern at 25 W. Main St., presenting independent foreign and art films, including documentaries. Along with Interplayers, The
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Bing Crosby Theater, The Big Easy Concert House, The INB Performing Arts Center, CenterStage and the Spokane Civic Theatre, there is certainly no shortage of venues for live entertainment to experience downtown. Of course, no downtown experience would be complete without a little food with some wine or a brew to match. Downtown restaurants are the broadband version of whatever suits your taste, from pizza and kid-friendly to the most elegant fine dining available in the area. Standing the test of time downtown are the reliable Cyrus O’Leary’s, Rocky Rococo, Luigi’s, The Italian Kitchen, Europa Restaurant & Bakery, The Old Spaghetti Factory, the Sawtooth Grill, Rock City Grill and the Steam Plant Grill; all very popular spots for an enjoyable family experience. On the finer dining options list for that date night with someone special or a cherished event on the calendar, Churchill’s is one of the newest crowd-pleasers. This list also includes Spencer’s, Mizuna, Fugazzi, Niko’s, Ella’s Supper Club, Twigs and the wildest new award-winner Wild Sage American Bistro. Overlooking the Spokane River, which meanders through Downtown Spokane, enjoy the finest views of the falls with some of the finest cuisine and service to be found in Spokane at Clinkerdagger
and Anthony’s HomePort, just north of the river. The lunch and coffee café scene is growing, too, with a long list to include the ever popular Domini’s Sandwiches, Liberty Café at Auntie’s Bookstore, Alpine Bakery & Bistro, Slick Rock Burritos, Chicken and More, Soulful Soups, Brooklyn Deli, Carnegie Square Bistro, High Nooner, Conti’s Café & Tea House, Brews Bros Espresso Lounge, 4 Seasons Coffee Co., Cabin Coffee, the Rocket Bakeries, Thomas Hammer Coffee and the
new Madeleine’s, which serves DOMA coffee and is open for dinner. An eclectic mix of fun doesn’t end with the nightlife offerings including the phenomenon of the Baby Bar, which demands a visit just to see it; The Blue Spark, Far West Billiards, The BLVD, Steelhead Bar & Grill, Talotti’s 211, Twigs Bistro & Martini Lounge, Dempsey’s Brass Rail, the Merq Café & Liquid Lounge, Trick Shot Dixie Outlaw Saloon, Catacombs Pub, Fast Eddie’s, Heroes & Legends, Mootsy’s Tavern and the new Bistango Martini Bar. And no night out would be complete without the Satellite—out-asight day and night—with fun events and great food daily, all the way into the wee hours of the morning. There are no less than seven wineries and tastings rooms where you can explore Spokane’s own winemakers’ talents: Barrister, Grande Ronde tasting room, Robert Karl, Vintage Hill, Lone Canary, Arbor Crest tasting room at River Park Square and Caterina, just north of the river on Washington. A local brewery, Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company, is housed in the Steam Plant Grill, and Northern Lights Brewery is in the next neighborhood–University District. C.I. Shenanigan’s, also with their own brew, is a hidden gem that is tucked behind the Convention Center and east of the Double Tree Hotel in a beautiful location right on the river. Downtown is a must if you haven’t been there in a while. There are five ways to cross the river: Division, Washington, Lincoln, Monroe and Maple streets. Both sides of the river hold a wide variety of entertainment and dining options to enjoy. Don’t miss them!
A TOAST TO SPOKANE!
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The Davenport Hotel
The Davenport Hotel
The Heart & Hearth of Spokane BY JEANETTE DUNN
Restoring, innovating and creating a new culinary destination. The Davenport Hotel is the heart and hearth of Spokane. NCE UPON A TIME ... ISN’T THAT how all fairy tales begin? Once upon a time, on a mild and sunny day in Downtown Spokane, a man stopped his convertible to see that some debris in the road was blocking his way to a beautiful day. The debris was roofing material from high atop the deteriorating Davenport Hotel. The man thought to himself: “Someone should do something about this once glorious hotel, now deteriorating out of control.” He remembered dating his wife there when they were young, trying to put together enough money to go for a nice dinner at the once fine hotel. He knew that the bones he saw before him still bore the spirits of elegance and hospitality, but he also knew that they wouldn’t be there for long if something didn’t change.
The day this picture was taken, the Worthys were celebrating the 93rd birthday of the hotel and five-year anniversary of its restoration; an event “Worthy” of a toast to Spokane! Walt and Karen Worthy are pictured here raising their glasses with Don Townshend and Jill Rider of Townshend Cellar Wines to toast Spokane.
That change, luckily for Spokane, came at that moment; the moment Walt Worthy graciously picked up that roofing material lying at his feet and looked up. That action changed Spokane’s direction in a big way, and for good! Years later, as Spokane counts its many blessings, that moment is one of its greatest. Turning points happen, and we usually don’t know in advance where they will lead us, but Spokane must now know ... every time a choice is made, the history and the “story” of Spokane is important—even essential— to its future. These decisions are vital to the city’s financial well-being, the pride that the people take in their city, and it’s what makes Spokane unique in the world. Walt Worthy knew that on that day. His early memories of dating Karen, his wife of 33 years, were deteriorating before his eyes. The memory of their
dates go back to the late 60s, when they saved their nickels to be able to go to dinner there, where the likes of Prime Rib sold for $5.95 and the wine served was Mateus Rosé. Their and many people’s memories of the good times at the Davenport all would vanish with the loss and destruction of this building. The hotel had suffered severe water damage when water pipes froze and broke above the top floor, leaking down through each floor
The Davenport Hotel of the entire building. With every damaging event, the hotel came closest to death when it was set to be imploded. Luckily, it was determined that imploding it would set forth a large cloud of asbestos dust, so the building was not destroyed. “Asbestos saved the hotel,” Walt said. The Davenport Hotel closed in 1985, sat vacant for 17 years, was condemned and just sitting there, waiting for the proper method of destruction when Walt changed it all. He had suggested to the owners that he was ready to buy the hotel when they were ready to dump it and was between projects when the opportunity of the Davenport presented itself. He and Karen saw the possibilities of this project, and his wife knew that he needed to pursue it. On that sunny day, after picking up the debris from the hotel, he paid to fix the roof that day, seeing to it that it was secured and
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sealed for the time being. Walt had made a few attempts to discuss an offer to purchase the building and was hoping to purchase it someday, even though he didn’t have previous experience with hotel buildings. The life-changing call—for both Walt and the Davenport— came the following Monday and would lead him into
in town, making a name for himself as a result of several high profile projects, including the Rock Pointe offices. Locals became very familiar with his name, seeing banners around town that said simply: “WALT WORTHY HAS SQUARE FEET!” He was doing great things for Spokane by renovating deserted buildings and
the life-changing call came the following Monday. By Friday, the hotel belonged to him. purchase negotiations with Sun International Hotels. By Friday, the hotel belonged to him. “[Karen] didn’t think I’d ever do it,” said Walt. “I had been looking at it for some time. She has always been good and supported whatever projects I’ve done over the years.” Walt had been an up-and-coming developer
building new ones. At one time, he had more than one million square feet of office space. There had to be a way to fix this once luxurious hotel, and he was the man to do it. “Most people didn’t think Spokane could have such a fine hotel at premium prices,” said Walt. “And it works!” He wants everyone to know how well it works, too. He didn’t take this on as a charity project but wanted to see it become a great success. Walt said, “I didn’t have any idea what I was doing. I bought it as a for-profit business, and it has made a profit since its first year.” He put together a team and traveled the country visiting the finest hotels. They asked employees of these hotels what made their hotels successful; what works and what doesn’t? Walt discovered that there were a few big things that needed to change, and the whole project evolved as they found the most functional and efficient factors in hotel operations and marketing. “It’s a brand-spankin’ new hotel,” Walt said. Walt highly praises his crews for their ability to accomplish such a fantastic feat piece by piece. Some people have been with him for years; some close to 20 years. From wiring, plumbing, new design elements and the new tower, “they took only one year to tear it down, and one year to put it back together … and oh, 2,000 loads to the dump. They did a terrific job and really rose to the occasion on this one,” he said. The Davenport Hotel recently received accolades from Expedia Insiders Select as the No. 3 hotel in the nation and No. 6 in the world! This ranking comes from the experience of their customers, considering the value they receive and the price they are charged. Condé Nast Traveler also included the hotel in its 2007 Gold List of the world’s finest hotels, and with the addition of the Davenport Tower, the 611-room hotel is the 4th largest hotel in the state of Washington. When Walt restored the hotel, he preserved countless memories in the hearts of the people of Spokane. Walt did his part in renovating the hotel, and when he was finished, he turned the
visitors and locals, and help to familiarize them keys over to the employees. “We really have a with local wines. Also, chefs are making the top-notch team in the hotel—we know they connection with the wineries in creating dishes are doing a good job,” he said. “We get letters that pair well with these every day to let us know wines. Said Jill: “Several about how they go above of our wines have been and beyond to do their placed in so many of the best.” The Davenport finer restaurants, and restoration was a pivpeople ... love them and otal point in Spokane’s are delighted to find out economy and also in the that they are local wines. desirability for the locals They come to the winery to go downtown. to buy them and to try We all know the next our other wines.” chapter in the story. Taste Washington, Volumes have been writGRAND PENNINGTON BALLROOM one of Spokane’s premier ten about it. From the annual wine tasting birth of the Davenport events, is a huge success due to the elegant and Hotel 93 years ago to the finish of the Worthy’s enjoyable location of the Davenport. Tasters restoration five years ago, it is now the curcan flow from ballroom to ballroom through rent chapter; it is the Davenport’s ‘return to the halls filled with the finest wine and cuisine glory’ that would bring the neighborhood, and to be found in the state. This event, which indeed the whole city, to reinvent, restore and was previously held only in Seattle, came to rehabilitate itself. It’s the new “old Spokane.” Spokane because of the extraordinary wineries Now with the recent completion of the restoand restaurants located right here in our city! ration of the Martin Woldson Theater at the It needed a setting that would provide the Fox and the transformation of many buildings perfect background that highlighted both the downtown into living spaces, there hasn’t been great wines and food. The event showcases a better time to live, work and play downEastern Washington wineries, and the Daventown. Spokane is experiencing a renaissance! port has been the perfect setting to enhance With new horizons in the arts scene, vibrant and grow this event! Although it has sold entertainment, fine dining and wine offerings out the last two years, the Taste Washington with more delicious choices than ever before, Spokane steering committee felt that the setSpokane is becoming a true culinary and hosting was as much of a draw as the event itself pitality destination extraordinaire. and chose to keep the event at the Davenport. “Spokane not only has a great food scene When an event grows into a larger convenbuilding, but is also creating more and more tion-type setting, it can certainly take away great wines,” said Jill Rider, marketing director from the overall atmosphere for the guest. The at Townshend Cellar. She said that the servers steering committee felt that larger was not at the restaurants around town are the ambasnecessarily better, and the Davenport provides sadors that introduce Townshend wines to
an elegant location that people love. It also provides guests with an atmosphere reminiscent of the Paramount Theater in Seattle, where the original Taste Washington Seattle event took place. The 2008 event will take place on June 8, 2008, featuring more than 100 Washington wineries and culinary creations from 30 Spokane area restaurants. Don Townshend, winemaker at Townshend Cellar, spoke about seeing a big surge in awareness of the wines that make Spokane a great culinary destination. Said Don, “Having been selling wine from our tasting room since 2001, we have noticed a sizable increase in our sales over the last couple of years. We attribute that to not only our wines becoming more popular and well-known, but also a dramatic increase of people visiting the Spokane area.” And why are more people visiting Spokane? “I attribute it to the revitalized downtown area, and at the center of this is the landmark Davenport Hotel,” Don said. The Worthy’s have made a huge contribution to the vibrancy of Spokane by taking on the project of restoring the hotel. We cannot tell you how many people visit the winery who have made the trip to Spokane just to stay at the Davenport Hotel. They obviously do other things while in Spokane, like visiting wineries and shopping, but the main theme is to get away and stay at the Davenport. All of Spokane business owners owe the Worthys a big thanks for sticking their necks out and taking on the huge task of restoring the Davenport.” The Worthys have demonstrated a love for their community and have contributed greatly to the culinary and hospitality culture that is now gaining steam because of their efforts! If they didn’t realize it then, they must certainly know now, Spokane has changed, and they played “the lead role” in that change for a better Spokane. After all, and as fairy tale endings go … Spokane is a city “Worthy” of this blessing! May the Davenport—and Spokane—live happily ever after.
The Davenport Hotel
“Meet me at the fireplace.” The significance of the Davenport’s fireplace begins with the first lighting in September of 1914 by Kirtland Cutter, the architect who designed the hotel. The hotel proprietor, Louis Davenport, decreed that the fire must never go out, as a symbol of hospitality. When in Spokane, it was common to say, “Meet me at the fireplace.” And everyone knew you meant the fireplace in the lobby of the Davenport Hotel. As the Worthys continue to keep the fire lit following Mr. Davenport’s order, people are once again saying, “Meet me at the fireplace,” which is the heart and hearth of Spokane.
The Visionary With his dedication, taste, and respect for history, Walt Worthy has restored the Davenport to its former magnificence with new innovations. Artist Melville Holmes helped and supervised the decorative restoration of the public rooms. Craig Woodard, who worked for Lindquist Architects, actually moved into what is now a coat closet just off the lobby. With his computer and printer, he created “just-in-time” drawings for the fast-paced project. As Walt said, “We
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great leader and team builder.
We literally hand-carved and figured it out on the fly ... and I have to say, the city [of Spokane] was great to work with ... so upbeat, receptive and helpful.” Walt wants everyone to know how well it works, and as he said, “It’s the best
the Davenport so you can brag about it to all your visiting friends and family. You will want to bring people to stay there instead of your sofa bed! The softest sheets ever, the most elegant appointments and service first-class are the standards. Call (800) 899-1482 or visit TheDavenportHotel.com Seasonal local discounts are offered: “Time out for Teachers” is offered to local teachers, availability-based and seasonal to suit their usual breaks. And, the big thank you to police, firefighters and armed forces workers with their special “Heroes Rate.” Dinner plans? Dinner and theatre or the symphony performances at the Fox? The Davenport always offers complimentary valet parking if you dine with them at one of their restaurants.
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The Davenport Hotel
Private Dining at The Davenport Spokaneâ€™s legendary Davenport Hotel and new Davenport Hotel Tower are home to three award winning restaurants: The Palm Court Grill, The Peacock Room and the newly opened Safari Room Fresh Grill and Bar. All three restaurants provide private dining rooms which accommodate groups as large as 25-30 people in a personal setting. Groups may pre-order special dishes or order off the daily menu. Each room can be set with presentation technology. The private dining rooms are ideal locations for special events, anniversaries, birthdays and holiday parties. Call (509) 455-8888 to reserve your private room today. For more information, and to view photographs and menus of each venue, visit the hotel online at: TheDavenportHotel.com
Downtown Alpine Bistro & Bakery 810 N. Market St.
Bistro & Bakery $-$$
510 N. Lincoln
We are situated just north of the Monroe Street Bridge in the heart of the Monroe Antique and Courthouse district. Our breads are served at many area restaurants. Our classic European and American dishes are down-to-earth with fantastic flavor and great presentation. We carry a local and European selection of beers and wines to complement any meal. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or just stop by for a great cup of coffee and one of our signature desserts. Come in and enjoy an intimate dining experience. Potpies, quiches and other entrees can be ordered to take home to the family or for a special dinner. And don’t forget a bottle of wine, bread and a dessert to finish. Catering available. Open Mon.-Sat.
Seafood and American $$-$$$
Bluefish 830 W. Sprague
Anthony’s HomePort at Spokane Falls
Enjoy fresh seafood with the best view dining in Spokane! Overlooking the grandeur of the upper Spokane Falls, Anthony’s HomePort offers the finest in fresh Northwest seafood in the heart of Downtown Spokane. Enjoy warm-weather dining on the expansive deck, where the rush of water can be heard as you enjoy cocktails, lunch or dinner. Anthony’s also offers a selection of steaks, pasta and salads, all complemented by fresh-from-the-farm local produce, Northwest wines–including many selections from Spokanearea wineries–and microbrews. Banquet facilities available for your special celebration. Lunch 11:30am-3pm Mon.-Sat., Dinner 4-10pm Mon.-Thurs., 4-11pm Fri. & Sat., 3-9:30pm Sun. with Sun. Brunch 10am-2pm. Anthonys.com
Artisan Culinary Lounge
Sushi, Seafood and Steak $$-$$$
515 W. Sprague Ave.
“Eat Drink and Lounge” … Bluefish features seafood, steak, sushi-raw bar and a martini bar. Come in for dinner, appetizers, cocktails and dessert, or just to be seen. Be transported into the cool, chic and comfortable world of Bluefish. A Private dining room is also available for your group or special event needs. EatDrinkBluefish.com
Located Lobby level at the Ridpath Hotel, our executive chef, Gonzalo Carrillo, delivers cuisine with flair! Enjoy menu items such as Prosciutto Wrapped Salmon, Seafood Risotto and Duck
Confit & Sweet Italian Sausage Pizza. Offering Happy Hour 2-6pm and 10pm-late night. Come in Tues. for Industry Night and receive 30% off regular-priced menu items. Wed. is Ladies Night. Enjoy live Jazz Thurs. nights, and come in Fri. and Sat. nights to enjoy our own Studio 23 from 10pm-late night, where you can eat, dance and lounge. EatDrinkArtisan.com
Clinkerdagger 621 W. Mallon St.
Seafood, Prime Rib and American $$-$$$
A true Spokane landmark by the Falls … Clinkerdagger’s historical business was established in 1974 and has retained its original Old-English decor and architecture. Best known for our Rock-Salt Roasted Prime Rib and our Seafood, which is so fresh you’ll think it was caught out the back door! We also serve tempting lunches and host the best Happy Hour in town! Don’t forget to reserve private dining in the Bickerstaff Room. We can accommodate large groups up to 40. We also proudly support the Venessa Behan Annual Benefit Dinner, Crosswalks Teen Center and local food banks. We are open 11am-10:30pm Mon.-Thurs., 11am-11pm Fri., noon-11pm Sat. and noon10pm Sun. R-U-I.com
Cavallino Lounge at Hotel Lusso 1 N. Post St.
Cocktails and Appetizers $
At Cavallino Lounge, Spokane’s original Martini Bar, “the usual” is always something extraordinary. Choose from our 40 unique martinis made from the finest spirits and freshest ingredients the world has to offer. Muddled, shaken or stirred, our signature cocktails offer a cool taste of sophistication which never goes out of style. After work with friends, before dinner with family or even a late-night romantic nightcap—any time is the right time for a visit to Spokane’s best martini bar. Open 4pm-Close Mon.-Sat., Sun. during football season. Wed. Ladies Night, Thurs. Hospitality Night and Sun. Football. HotelLusso.com
Fugazzi at the Hotel Lusso 1 N. Post St. (509) 747-9750 Asian-French Fusion $$-$$$
Fugazzi is a delight for all of your senses, but your sense of taste will be the one most stimulated by your visit. Our AsianFrench Fusion cuisine offers something for everyone—whether you have an adventurous palate or prefer or prefer to stick with the classics—Fugazzi never fails to satisfy. Make sure you try our renowned calamari with lemongrass, ginger and garlic aioli, a famous staple for more than 13 years! Our professional staff will ensure that your dining experience is nothing short of exceptional. You can’t go wrong in choosing Fugazzi as part of your evening on the town for an intimate dinner for two. Serving breakfast 6-9am Mon.-Fri. and 710am Sat. & Sun, Lunch 11am-2pm Mon.-Fri. and Dinner 5-10pm Mon.-Sat. Complimentary valet parking is available for our dining guests. HotelLusso.com
How the Satellite Landed Downtown
On a quest for a late-night meal in Spokane, looking for something other than a brightly lit Perkin’s or Denny’s, or heaven forbid another late-night drive through meal, I realized there was clearly a need in Downtown Spokane for a late-night diner. Spokane’s nightlife was becoming ever more popular, and there were many potential customers roaming about the streets looking for a fun place to get a good bite to eat before going home. We wanted a place to wind down after work for happy hour or a place to have a meal and some coffee before heading home after a night out. The Satellite Diner was an instant success; we could not have imagined what a destination place we would become. Shortly after opening the diner, the space next door (formerly a flower shop) had become available, so we decided to expand and open the lounge. With a lot of hard work and a great experienced staff, we managed to get it done. We began receiving awards from the “Inlander Best of” list and the Washington Restaurant Association, and we have also been chosen the “Irish Business of the Year” from the friendly sons of St. Patrick! That is because we go the extra mile to keep getting better. Join us for a lot of fun promotions, such as nightly grab bags with fun prizes, an annual golf tournament and many others throughout the seasons. If you haven’t been to the Satellite, stop in and see what you’ve been missing!
Isabella’s Restaurant & Gin Joint 21 W. Main
Contemporary American $-$$
Our fine-dining steakhouse specializes in local ingredients with a classic hearty fare. Executive Chef William Webster specializes in Modern American Cuisine and works to make every dish hearty and flavorful, yet simple. Enjoy generous portions of USDA Prime 21-day aged beef as well as fish, lobster, veal chops, lamb chops, pork chops and chicken, or team up to tackle our 42-ounce porterhouse! Choose any of 130 wines to complement your dish. Our goal is to offer a dining experience that will keep you coming back for more. Open 11am-Close Mon.-Fri. 6:30am-Close Sat. & 6:30am-10pm Sun. Happy Hour 4-6pm daily. Reservations suggested. IsabellasSpokane.com
The Churchill’s Difference
There are steaks … and then there are STEAKS! Churchill’s Steakhouse, at 165 S. Post, in the former Joel Building, specializes in the world’s finest, most tender steaks … all Midwestern, corn-fed USDA Prime beef. Less than 2 percent of all beef cattle grown in the United States achieve the quality grade of USDA Prime.
One of the many things that makes Churchill’s Steakhouse unique is the fact that they “Dry-Age” all of their meat. Although it’s a costly, time-consuming process, it ensures that you have the ultimate in dining experience. Churchill’s exclusive Dry-Aging process is accomplished in a custom cooler that manages both temperature and humidity. The result is a more buttery flavor and a very tender texture that is significantly less grainy than other aging techniques. The meat is then hand cut on site by Churchill’s own in-house master meat cutter to ensure the best quality cuts. Then it is cooked to perfection in their 1,800º broiler. Come taste Churchill’s steak for yourself, and enjoy a dining experience you’ll always remember.
Churchill’s Steakhouse 165 S. Post St. (at the former Joel’s)
Liberty Café (509) 74-PRIME (747-7463)
404 W. Main
Steaks and American $$-$$$
Sandwiches and International $
Come join us at Churchill’s Steakhouse for the best steak you’ve ever had. Named for Sir Winston Churchill, a connoisseur of good food and drink, Churchill’s starts with only the best Mid-Western corn-fed USDA Prime beef. You will not find a better quality steak anywhere in the country! Also, enjoy our fine selection of liquor, beer and wine at Winston’s Bar, located in the lower level of the restaurant. We are open at 3pm, with dinner service beginning at 4pm, seven days a week. Ample self parking as well as valet service is available. Bring a guest and enjoy this truly elegant dining experience. ChurchillsSteakhouse.com
Stop in at our cozy café in the Liberty Building in Auntie’s Book Store. We serve a fresh international menu! We offer many specialty and custom sandwiches made with our own fresh-roasted meats. Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and English cuisines and Italian pastas, salads and soups, with no preservatives and no MSG! Fine Cravens Coffee espressos, fresh baked bakery items with real butter and take-out, too! LibertyCafeSpokane.com
Taste the Sizzle of USDA Prime… When it comes to great steaks Churchill’s is a cut above Churchill’s is reminiscent of the great steakhouse’s of Chicago and New York… and it’s right here in downtown Spokane at 165 South Post, just south of the new Davenport Hotel Tower. When you enter Churchill’s, you know this is going to be special. First, because of the steaks…Churchill’s serves only the world’s finest USDA Prime Beef, dry aged for tenderness and broiled to perfection at 1800 degrees, sealing in the savory juices. Churchill’s fabulous menu also includes premium quality lamb chops, fresh fish and other seasonal seafood offerings. The service and atmosphere are outstanding, and the wine list is exceptional. Come join us for a dining experience you’ll always remember. At Churchill’s.
Cocktails start at 3:30pm in Winston’s bar and dinner is served from 4pm, seven days a week. 165 South Post (formerly Joel’s) Spokane, WA 99201 • Reservations 509-74-PRIME www.churchillssteakhouse.com
Downtown Mizuna 214 N. Howard
Pita Pit (509) 747-2004
707 W. Main
Contemporary Northwest, Vegetarian and
Pitas & Smoothies $
The quickest and healthiest spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night dining. Choose from a variety of lean grilled meats, fresh vegetables and zesty sauces all rolled into a unique pita shell. Featuring a tasty breakfast menu and fresh fruit smoothies. Dine in, take-out or delivery. More than 120 locations in 38 states and growing. PitaPitUSA.com
Enjoy a tantalizing seasonal menu featuring fresh Northwest ingredients in a warm and enchanting environment. Here at Mizuna we offer creative seafood, organic meats and vegetarian entrees. Enjoy wine tasting, a full-service bar and seasonal outdoor dining. We also host wine maker dinners; please call for times. To receive our weekly email updates, please email us at dining@mizuna. com. Serving lunch 11:30am-2:30pm Mon.Fri., and dinner 5-10pm daily. Reservations are recommended. Mizuna.com
Satellite Diner & Lounge 425 W. Sprague
Diner Casual $-$$
Rock City Grill 808 W. Main (River Park Square) (509) 455-4400 American Italian Grill $-$$
At River Park Square just across the street from River Front Park, this locally owned AmericanItalian grill is a Spokane landmark. Our menu has more than 60 items and is the home of the Blue Martini Bar and an excellent wine list. Open 11:15am every day. RockCityGrill.com
Our outstanding, friendly and experienced staff is waiting to serve you! We are located right in downtown, where everything happens! Serving a full menu 21 hours 7am-4am daily. Come in and see why we were voted “Best Casual Dining” by the Washington Restaurant Association 2004!
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner! 810 N. Monroe Street (509) 327-7040
River Park Square: 800 W. Main Ste. 106 Reservations Anytime (509) 455-4400
HOME OF THE BLUE MARTINI BAR
Fresh International Menu Fresh Roasted meats for all our sandwiches We use no MSG! No preservatives! Serving Craven’s Coffee at our Espresso Bar and Fresh Baked Bakery Items made with real butter!
Downtown ~ 404 W Main ~ 747-6449 www.libertycafespokane.com
621 W. Mallon l Spokane, WA 99201 l 509.328.5965 Lunch 11:15 - 2:30 l Happy Hour 4:00 - 6:00 & 9:00 - closing Dinner starting at M-F at 4:30 l Sat. at 4:00 & Sun. at 3:00
Server Kuulei Kae-Salboro of Anthony’s HomePort & Cedars Floating Restaurant “We serve people; it’s our responsibility,” said Kuulei KaeSalboro, server at both Anthony’s HomePort in Downtown Spokane and Cedars Floating Restaurant in Coeur d’Alene. As she said, customers want good food and great service offered to them in an inviting and clean environment, and that’s exactly what they get when Kuulei is serving them. And to guarantee satisfaction, Kuulei herself trains the servers at Anthony’s and the bartenders at Cedars. Hawaiian-born and raised, Kuulei started working in the food industry in high school and continued working through college. She worked as a student teacher and earned her masters degree. Having a firmly set schedule, she realized she wanted to be home with her family more and work a job in which she could adjust her schedule to suit the needs of her family. And that’s exactly what she did. She moved her family to Mt. Spokane from San Francisco after a close friend had relocated there. Kuulei began working at Cedars Floating Restaurant in 2001 and Anthony’s HomePort in 2004. One of the reasons she chose the establishments is due to their locations—on the water. “I need water!” she said. “I’m Hawaiian.” The mother of six, she is not only a full-time mom and a part-time worker, but a soccer coach seven days a week. Even with her hectic schedule, she has never had to use daycare for her children. This business allows her to compress her workdays and “to be awarded for good service,” she said. “From home, to work, to the soccer field, to church; that’s all I do.” Kuulei said she is very fortunate to work not only for one, but two great bosses who allow her time to be with her family—John Malee of Cedars and Frankie Dietz of Anthony’s. “As a single parent, Frankie is great to work for,” she said. Having a flexible schedule allows Kuulei to work while raising a family, and both restaurants enable her the time it takes to be a great single parent. “God is very good to me,” she said. “If you love what you do,” commented Kuulei, you are “guaranteed to succeed,” no matter what your profession. For her, she has achieved in life what few do—the perfect balance between family and career. Her life is what she has made it; a true success.
Troy Campbell Bar Manager – Cavallino Lounge
Bartending since the age of 20, Troy Campbell has more than a decade of experience to put to use at the Cavallino Lounge at the Hotel Lusso, where he has been working as lounge manager. As the first martini bar in Spokane, Cavallino Lounge has raised the standards of what a cocktail should be.
“I started bartending, and I’ve been just been doing it ever since,” he said. Troy enjoys “experimenting and having fun with different alcohol and making up new drinks and having people try them. “Playing with that, it kind of makes it fun for me,” he said.
So what sets the Cavallino Lounge apart from other lounges? according to Troy, “the building, the atmosphere [and] the people who come in. ... This is the first time I’ve actually worked downtown, so it’s really kind of been fun seeing the different people who walk in the door.” Troy believes people come into the lounge because of its signature drink— the Flatliner. “There’s a little 151 in there. It’s kind of a nice after-dinner cocktail with a kick,” he said. It’s a happening place at Happy Hour, where you will find a full bar with many area business people from the neighborhood coming in after work. When off the job, he enjoys spending time with his wife of six years, Darcy, and their two young daughters. He also likes to golf, spend time at the lake and “just enjoy life.”
Troy’s Tips on Tips: So how much should you tip? When tipping your bartender or server, a 20 percent tip on your total bill is normal—I hold myself to that standard. If I don’t receive a 20 percent tip, either I didn’t do the job or the customer isn’t tipping that level.
C hef SPOTLIGHT
Chef Gonzalo Carrillo
Corporate Culinary Director – Cuisine Northwest By: Jillian De Lallo
ONZALO “GONZO” CARRILLO, corporate culinary
director for Cuisine Northwest, was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and moved to San Diego, Calif., where he was raised. He attended La Jolla High School and graduated from San Diego State University with his degree in hotel management. It was in San Diego where he was first introduced to the restaurant business at The Old Spaghetti Factory. While working there, he developed his passion for the culinary arts, and it has been his endeavor ever since. At the Spaghetti Factory, Gonzo said that watching the cooks on the line and seeing their creativity in the kitchen inspired him to cook and to dream about the possibility of becoming
a chef: “At the time, I was going to college, and I was in hotel management. I didn’t want to have to wear a suit and a tie. I like to get dirty.” Gonzo said his “first real cooking job” was at the age of 17 at the San Diego Marriott Hotel, where he was in charge of all the cold food and display. He said that working there opened his eyes, and he has never looked back. “The chefs I worked with … they traveled, and I said, ‘I want that kind of a job!’” The Marriott sent Gonzo to school, and ever since then, he said he just fell in love with what he does. In 1990, Gonzo left San Diego to attend the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Calif. Then, in pursuit of his passion for a culinary career, he moved back to San Diego, then Seattle, Mexico City, South America,
Cuba and after that, his first experience in Spokane. He originally came to Spokane to help open the Davenport Hotel, which is where he met partner Eric Nagano. After three years at the Davenport, Gonzo moved to Bellingham, Wash., to work at the Bellingham Semiahmoo Resort, where he stayed for three years. Eric called Gonzo to discuss the formation of a restaurant at the Ridpath, the Artisan Culinary Lounge, and Gonzo decided to return to Spokane in 2006. “The plan was always to bring Gonzo back to our group … ,” said Eric. At the Artisan Culinary Lounge, also known as the Artisan Room, “Chef Gonzo has kind of tapped into the whole Mediterranean base in Spanish influence, Italian and French,” said Eric, but “not so much Greek.” Gonzo especially enjoys preparing seafood dishes: “I’m a seafood person. … I like crab cakes and our seafood hot pot, which is similar to a cioppino or seafood stew.” They fly in their seafood from all over the world, including the waters of Alaska and California.
n Sept. 9, 2007, Eric and Gonzo introduced their first Fusion Wine Dinner, entitled “Premier Chefs Northwest.” These fusion wine dinners “comprise of teaming Chef Gonzo with different chefs from around the region; anywhere between Seattle, Portland and Hawaii,” said Eric. The first wine dinner paired Chef Gonzo with local Chef Ian Wingate of Moxie, in which they created a five-course meal, alternating courses. “We’re trying to bring in different chefs and
Chef Gonzalo Carrillo
TRY IT AT HOME CIOPPINO Gonzalo “Gonzo” Carrillo – Corporate Culinary Director for Cuisine Northwest and Executive Chef at Artisan Culinary Lounge and Bluefish
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just create some fun,” Eric added. As Gonzo said, “It’s not your typical wine dinner. We’re trying to do something that’s fun and exciting with entertainment. It’s not your typical suit-and-tie, stuffy type of wine dinner.” Cuisine Northwest—whose foundation is in Bluefish here in Spokane—owns the Artisan Culinary Lounge, along with Cuisine Northwest Catering, which is the banquet service for the Ridpath. Cuisine Northwest is also working on a new restaurant in the Ridpath—Soleil—which is planned to open in early 2008. The plan for Soleil is for it to be “fine dining, Northwest Fresh,” said Gonzo, but “something totally different than what’s currently being done around Spokane as far as presentation and the level of service. It’s going to be a totally new concept.” “We’re trying to bring the big city feeling to Spokane without scaring people,” he added. On the south side, at the First Avenue entrance of the Ridpath, Cuisine Northwest recently opened a small coffee shop, Café Fino, offering anything from coffee and espresso to gourmet food. According to Eric, Cuisine Northwest is also focusing on pursuing outside catering and are in the process of securing a small event facility. Even with all the success and recognition that comes along with his job, that is not what motivates Gonzo. “It’s not the money, the prestige or awards. It’s seeing my team grow that is most satisfying. It’s better than anything else,” he said. It also helps that he is passionate about his work. “I come to work happy. There’s nothing else I’d want to be doing,” Gonzo said. “My work is my girlfriend. I’m faithful to it.”
C hef SPOTLIGHT
Chef Jason Rex
CHEF REX’S EXPRESSIVE CUISINE Lunch,Dinner & Late Night Dining Downtown: 1007 W. 1st Ave. (509) 456-5656
Executive Chef - Scratch
Thirty-two-year-old Jason Rex’s culinary career began in high school while working as a cook at Cosgrove’s Café in Coeur d’Alene. By the time he left the café two years later, at the age of 17, Jason was running the kitchen.
Scratch Restaurant and Lounge 7007 W. 1st Ave.
Contemporary Fine Dining $$-$$$
There is a new reason to come to Downtown Spokane—Scratch! At our upscale yet casual restaurant we offer contemporary fine dining with something for everyone! Our food menu features all organic or harvested wild featuring local ingredients and includes everything from Lobster and Shitake Wontons and Crispy Duck Sushi Roll to out Scratch Gumbo, steaks, pastas, seafood and homemade bread. We offer onsite catering in our banquet room or offsite at your desired location. Serving a late-night menu 11am-Midnight Mon.-Thurs., 11am-2am Fri., 4pm-2am Sat. We are closed on Sun.
Hill’s Restaurant & Lounge 401 W. Main
Traditional and Contemporary $-$$
Family owned and operated since 1993! If you were never at our previous location, which was “Someplace Else,” we welcome you to our new home on the corner of Main and Washington, across from Auntie’s Bookstore, just one block from the Performing Arts Center and new Convention Center. Our menu offers a comprehensive lunch and dinner selection, ranging from the traditional to the innovative. High quality ingredients with personalized service and unsurpassed value–that’s what makes Hill’s different. Come and join us for a memorable dining experience. Daily lunch and dinner specials, full bar, private dining room available, and we take reservations for any size group! Open 11am-10pm Mon.-Sat. HillsRestaurantandLounge.com
He went on to Portland, where he attended Western Culinary School, graduating in 12 months with honors. He returned to Coeur d’Alene, where he worked for two years at the various restaurants inside the Coeur d’Alene Resort. He went on to Fugazzi as a sous chef in 2000, where he worked for two years. He then became an executive banquet chef for Coeur d’Alene Inn but returned to Fugazzi, where he remained the executive chef for more than four years. “Everywhere I go is a learning experience,” Jason said. “Trends are constantly changing, and I try to keep up with trends.” Chef Jason is currently excited about his new adventure–Scratch. He has joined forces with Connie Naccarato, former owner and chef of Mamma Mia’s Italian Restaurant. Practically raised in her parents’ restaurant, Joseph and Gertrude Naccarato instilled a great love of cooking in their daughter. Combined with 20 years experience in the business, Connie brings her specialty Italian dishes to the table again. And paired with Jason’s expressive and contemporary cuisine, the menu shines. As Connie said, “It’s good working with Jason, with the new ideas and also some of the old favorites.” Scratch features organic or harvested wild ingredients, using local products as much as possible. You will find a full menu served until 2am Fridays and Saturdays, perfect for those who attend performances at the newly renovated Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Whether stopping in for dinner with the family before a show or afterward for late-night cocktail with your date, it’s the new place to be seen. Walking into Scratch, you will experience a contemporary ambiance, where it feels more like Bell Town in Seattle than Downtown Spokane! And at Scratch, everything is made from … Scratch! The modern, exhibition-style kitchen allows patrons to sit at the bar, cocktail in hand, and enjoy as they watch the chef at work. Scratch also offers full-service liquor and 32 signature martinis. Another proof that Spokane’s culinary scene is movin’ on up!
The Peacock Room at The Davenport Hotel 10 S. Post
It’s all about Spokane’s best martinis, coldest beer and great music. Known as the place to see and be seen, the Peacocok Room contributes to Spokane’s vibrant downtown nightlife. Showcasing a giant stained-glass peacock ceiling and voted Spokane’s “Best place to have a drink!,” the menu features such items as Giant Prawntinis, Open-faced Crab Sandwiches and Gourmet Onion Rings. Open 11am daily, 2pm Sun. Casual attire.
The Palm Court Grill at The Davenport Hotel 10 S. Post
Seafood & CONTEMPORARY $-$$$
It’s all about fresh seafood, an extensive wine list and homemade desserts. Start with one of our signature dishes such as Crab Louie, named for original hotel owner Louis Davenport. Then choose between the fresh halibut served with lemon butter, mango salsa and topped with freshly toasted almonds, or the ever-so-popular French dip sandwich made with slow-cooked prime rib, served on a homemade toasted baguette. Don’t leave without trying our signature hot-fudge sundae sprinkled with our homemade soft peanut brittle. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily 6am-10pm. Coat and tie not required, reservations recommended.
Wild Sage American Bistro 916 W. 2nd Ave.
From our made-for-sharing small-plate samplers, to our extraordinary signature dishes, to our scratch-baked artisan breads, crackers and desserts, we feature fresh, flavorful fare presented with flair! Enjoy lunch, dinner or even a small bite after a show. We also have a fine selection of regional wines and handcrafted cocktails to enjoy. Reservations welcomed. Visit our Web site for our current menu and hours. WildSageBistro.com
Steam Plant Grill
HotSpot Steam Plant Generates … a Premier Restaurant!
Historic charm, elegant food, award-winning local brews and special events to remember … all from dining in a power house? This is one unique place! Originally constructed to produce steam heat and electrical power for Downtown Spokane, the Steam Plant now produces a great atmosphere, food and service for your enjoyment!
dine on Traditional Northwest Cuisine from scratch with local products & organic ingredients & enjoy
Handcrafted Beers brewed on-site.
Think of it as a cut-away version of a steam plant, with fascinating alterations that re-invented this entire mass of piping, catwalks and steam plant controls into both functional and interesting displays. This is a one-of-a-kind location that simply must be experienced! The plant once produced 15,000 to 370,000 pounds of steam pressure per hour, virtually every hour of the day and night, providing heat to most of the major downtown buildings until 1986. The landmark twin smokestacks were hand-formed using a total of 333,340 bricks! After functioning almost non-stop for more than 70 years, by 1986 it was no longer economically viable to operate. It was the vision of local renovation experts Ron and Julie Wells that gave wings to this unique restaurant experience. The Steam Plant sat idle for almost a decade before the transformation would preserve this historic building. Now housing 80,000 square feet of offices, retail spaces and the Steam Plant Grill, the Square has received numerous awards for historic preservation. The Steam Plant Grill’s menu features contemporary Northwest cuisine, an extensive wine list, Coeur d’Alene beers (brewed on-site) and a real “feel” for the history of this esteemed Spokane landmark in the heart of downtown.
Steam Plant Grill & Brewery 159 S. Lincoln
Contemporary American $-$$
We are located in a one-of-a-kind renovated Steam Plant with 70’ ceilings, catwalks and original boilers. Our building has won national awards, as have our beers. We prepare Northwest and pub favorites from scratch with local suppliers and products including making our award-winning, hand-crafted beers right on site. We also offer a fullservice bar, excellent wine list, and private rooms for events, occasions and groups. See our menu and catering information on our Web site at SteamPlantGrill.com.
159 S. Lincoln St. (509) 777-3900 validated parking
most unique landmark dining experience
CHAPS CAFE & COFFEHOUSE A DREAM COME TRUE CHEF SPOTLIGHT DAVID NORMAN HOTSPOT ARTIST CAFE HOTSPOT SWEET SAVOY
E.J. Roberts’ Mansion Immerse yourself in the age of elegance and Spokane’s history
MAGINE A PRIVATE, ELEGANT mansion with staff to cater to your every desire. The E. J. Roberts’ Mansion provides just that. Located in historic Browne’s Addition, the 23-room mansion, built in 1889, is considered Spokane’s finest example of Queen Anne Architecture. Purchased in the 1980s by Mary Moltke, the mansion has been meticulously restored, one room at a time, over the years. Mary began entertaining friends at the mansion, and soon she was holding Victorian Teas for neighborhood groups. Once her children left home, she turned the mansion into a bed and breakfast, and before long, she found herself with requests for weddings. With the growth of her business, Mary realized the need for
expansion; thus, she will be opening a new restaurant next door with a catering kitchen to accommodate the mansion’s growth. Secluded from the street, the beautifully landscaped grounds of E. J. Roberts’ Mansion include lush lawns and gardens, a walled Secret Garden and private gazebo; a carriage house and ornate pergola round out the estate. Whether you desire a small intimate dinner party or a large outdoor wedding, experience E.J. Robert’s Mansion. Look no further. You won’t find a location more luxurious for any event. For more information, call (509) 456-8839, (866) 456-8839 or visit EJRobertsMansion.com
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they become improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve
Browne’s Addition, Airway Heights, Cheney
n the 1970s and 80s, Browne’s Addition was considered less than desirable. Run-down houses with knee-high grass were a common sight; crime was rampant. When potential renters responded to an apartment add and discovered its location, their response would be an automatic “No thanks.” The neighborhood was known as hippie haven. Then, in the early 80s, a group of optimistic neighbors began a branding campaign to put forth the neighborhood as historic—not just old. They came up with a logo and directed neighborhood funds received through a HUD grant to be spent
on old-style street signs, historic plaques, a traffic turn-a-round and a replica gazebo in Coeur d’Alene Park. The branding campaign worked, and over the years, the perception of the neighborhood gradually changed. As the apartment occupancy rate increased, so did the revenue the building owners were willing to reinvest. Today, the upscale close-in neighborhood is home to young professionals living in high end condos. Take a stroll in Browne’s Addition to see how this magnificent area has once again come alive, allowing for growth of new businesses. This area is home to many historic
homes to include the E. J. Roberts’ Mansion, which is not only a bed and breakfast, but a catering and events facility; Patsy Clark’s Mansion, which used to be a wonderful restaurant but is now home to lawyers. The numerous restored buildings house great apartment living and the neighborhood is classy and hip. The Elk is the most popular restaurant for people of all ages, Cabin Coffee, a little—we mean really little coffee stop and Café Maron, owned by Luna’s William and Marsha Bond, a very popular spot. Pacific Avenue Pizza is right near there on the corner. The centerpiece of Browne’s Addition is the MAC, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, which is Spokane’s treasures and always has something going on. The Café MAC by D’Zaar Cuisine serves American and Middle Eastern lunches, pastries and is in a gorgeous setting at the museum. Don’t go on Monday, it’s their day off! Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition is home to one of the largest art events in the area—ART FEST, which is sponsored by the MAC and the Spokane Art School. This three-day event of art, art-making and performances by local musicians is fun for the entire family! And … the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is located here, which is always a great reason to head into Browne’s Addition. South on Hwy 395 to Pullman at CheneySpokane Road are Latah Bistro, a popular fine dining neighborhood bistro with a talented chef and top-notch service. Chaps Café and Coffee Company sits in an unlikely spot next to the Tidyman’s grocery store. Chaps is a relocated home turned into a charming and cozy café serving Bumper Crop coffee and great food. Out Sunset Hwy (State Route 2), Prospector’s is near the Hilton Garden Inn, and north on Hayford Road is the ever entertaining Northern Quest Casino and its 5 restaurants: Rivers Edge Buffet, each night offering a different buffet, whether it be Italian, Seafood, Ribs or Steaks, and enjoy their brunch on Sundays; Woodlands, offering a fresh menu items weekly; Fai’s Noodle House, serving Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine; Legends of Fire, which houses more
West Side than 30 flat-screen TVs and serves Bloody Mary’s until 4pm daily; and The Deli, where you can find everything from hot dogs and sandwiches to pizza, pastries and ice cream. This west plains area is where Airway Heights, Medical Lake and Four Lakes surround Fairchild Airforce Base. Cheney lies south between Hwy 395 and Hwy 195, and is where you will find Eastern Washington University campus. You will also find Sweet Savoy, where owners Jennie Sweet and daughter Jenna bring you personal recipes that are made from scratch daily, with no commercial ingredients. At Artist Café, you are treated like family by Josie, Amor and Mila, who are sisters and co-owners. They also reach out to local EWU students by offering them specials. Lenny’s is an Italian restaurant owned by an Italian. Owner John Maticchio is from Northern Italy, and his food is made-to-order, and the popularity of this restaurant says it’s good! Klink’s on the Lake, at Williams Lake, is a surprising upscale restaurant that is way out of the way but worth the trip when you want to take the time for a drive and a little conversation while in search of some great food. They are famous for their prime rib and many other dishes, along with their service.
1923 W. FIRST AVE. (509) 456-8839 EJRobertsMansion.com
The Elk Public House Browne’s Addition – 1931 W. Pacific Ave. (509) 363-1973 Contemporary Pub Fare $-$$
We’re Spokane’s not-so-secret neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of historic Browne’s Addition. Featuring fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and pastas all made from scratch. Great selection of micro-brewed beers, wines by the glass and freshly squeezed juice cocktails served in a comfortable pub-style atmosphere. We also feature some of the region’s best outdoor seating. Open 11am daily. For menu, specials and more, visit our Web site. WeDontHaveOne.com
E. J. Roberts’ Mansion Browne’s Addition – W. 1923 First Ave. (509) 456-8839 or (866) 456-8839 Event Facility
313 W. 1st St. Cheney, WA
Located in historic Browne’s Addition, the 23-room mansion, built in 1889, is available for reunions, private parties, corporate retreats, romantic B&B getaways, or for the weekend wedding of your dreams. Nationally recognized and meticulously restored, dining at the E. J. Roberts’ Mansion is truly a memorable
experience. The mansion also offers five-course high Victorian teas which allow you to sample a variety of teas while enjoying a seasonal soup, salad, scones, finger sandwiches and dessert. Call for additional details or visit our Web site at EJRobertsMansion.com
Chaps Café and Coffeehouse 4237 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd. (509) 624-4182 American Café and Coffeehouse $-$$
Dreams do come true! Welcome to Chaps, first conceived when I was a little cowgirl in Montana, where I was nurtured, encouraged and championed by my two loving grandparents. They remain very much alive today within the décor, the food and hopefully, the warmth I remember so vividly. I designed, built and furnished the café with materials, art and objects from my family’s homestead in order to evoke special meaning and memories. I am proud to serve you in the same aprons my grandmother wore while caring for her own family. I hope your time at Chaps brings as much pleasure to you as I am having in sharing it! We are open 7:30am-3pm Tues.-Sun. and are also open 5-11pm Thurs. (seasonally).
Pronounced “shaps”; noun By: R. DUNN
1. Small coffee house/café, filled with friends and acquaintances; where troubles melt like lemon drops; where you know there is someplace like home. 2. Protective leather leggings worn over ordinary pants by ranch workers, rodeo contestants, cowboys and cowgirls.
N THE EARLY 1900s, BOYS
were encouraged to persevere with their desire to attain the sacred possession of land ownership, pursuing lands made available for settlement by the United States government through land donation claims. People from all areas of the world traveled west to stake a claim. As a boy, Hans Tveten said goodbye forever to his mother and left behind the echoes of the fjords, green mountains, clear streams and forests of Norway. Selma Olson was only a child, 15, when she left Minnesota to homestead under the Big Sky of Eastern Montana with her Norwegian immigrant husband. Hans possessed a handmade pair of chaps, a mother’s protective gift for the journey west.
Those 100-year-old chaps served as the inspiration for the journey pursued by one of their granddaughters to fulfill a dream. Hans and Selma, who were just newlyweds, were unrelenting in their efforts to homestead. Land was staked and owned; perseverance and faith insured this. Decades later, their granddaughter, Celeste Shaw, is likewise unrelenting in her vision to build a tribute in honor and memory of her inspiring grandparents. “If I could click the heels of my boots together, I would go to Montana, over the rainbow, to my grandma’s house,” Celeste said. “As far back as I can recall, neighbors and strangers could be welcomed to a meal at Selma’s table, to coffee, or lemonade, and cake when passing through on the long way home.
Chaps Cafe There would always be room for one more,” said Celeste. slippers, made as a gift for Celeste to wear on the original “Everyone loved Selma. We barely had enough to ration out, Montana homestead after the death of her grandparents; a yet still, everyone was welcome and left satisfied. In retrocherished goodbye and a reminder that “there is no place spect, I think the satisfaction came not from a full belly, but like home.” by the fact that Selma served herself.” After the death of her grandmother, Celeste discovered In 2003, the charming Latah farmhouse that would handmade journals and letters filled with Selma’s ideas and become Chaps, a coffee house/café, was to be condemned special recipes. Translated from Norwegian to English, to make way for a new highway project. Celeste was able to Selma’s ideas inspired the Chaps menu. save the house, which she originally purchased to help care Menu items include Chaps Blueberry Muffin and for her parents. Gingerbread French Toasts, Grandma’s Custard-Style Baked “I became hell in a pair of boots in an effort to save the Oatmeal, Steak Chili, Butternut Squash Bisque, homemade house from condemnation,” said soups and The Monte Cristo, “If I could click the heels of my boots together, served with fresh Strawberry Celeste.With the help, belief and I would go to Montana, over the rainbow, support of some very special Freezer Jam. Warm, delicious and to my grandma’s house,” Celeste said. people in her life, the little house filling comfort foods that make moved and landed in the Latah you feel at home. Every meal is Valley. Celeste’s dream was initiated, and Chaps opened its doors in complemented by local-roasted, award- winning Bumper Crop coffee. October 2006. Chaps also offers seasonal outdoor dining complete with old movies. Chaps is an endearing, loving tribute made possible because of the Indoor live music Thursday nights from 5-11pm (seasonally) and a welcombined efforts of numerous supporters who share in the ever-present coming children’s play area. “Her presence and spirit will be embraced by reminder that we are indeed in the west. Gifts and donations of all who enter here. Selma Elizabeth Olson Tveten … she is my inspiration.” sentimental memorabilia arrive daily from customers. Celeste Shaw. Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue. And the dreams One of the most enchanting items on display in Chaps is a pair of ruby that you dare to dream really do come true.
GETTING THERE Chaps: Close to downtown, off Hatch Road from the South Hill neighborhood. 4237 South Cheney-Spokane Rd. Take I-90 exit #279, south on SR-195. Drive approximately 2.5 miles. Located on the west side of SR195, next to the Trading Company grocery store in the Latah Shopping Center. Google us for a map. For more information, call us at (509) 624-4182, email us at MyChaps@msn.com or visit BumperCropCoffee.com.
Chef Davod Norman
David Norman Executive Chef – Chaps Cafe
t 27, David Norman passionately assumed the position of managing an untried, inexperienced kitchen and new café. Graduating from the remarkable culinary arts program at Spokane Community College in 2004, he arrived seasoned with experience. Trained under the watchful eye of Chef Wolters at Manito Country Club, Dave perfected his talents in sauté, pastry and broiler. From a humble beginning as a dishwasher, he has attained both theoretical and practical experience in near all aspects of the restaurant industry. He consistently demonstrates his passion, drive and desire to surprise and re-invent the classics of the traditional breakfast menu and comfortable diner-style lunch. However, this young chef proves he has the talent to prepare and serve complex selections from our innovative menu that includes familiar favorites and creative inspirations, as well as exclusive dinner and multi-course meals for special events. Enjoying Dave’s food is a leisurely indulgence. His meals are plated individually, and as such, the service is more intricate, requiring someone with a flair for presentation as well as cooking ability. Consistency is critical–from preparation to presentation. “The most important thing is to be consistent,” according to Dave. But “it’s important to have dreams, too. This will make you work hard and let you do many exciting things. Don’t start in this business to be a star chef. Just try to make your customers happy and try to make good food.”
C hef SPOTLIGHT
The Artist Café
by Luella Milner Dow
The Artist Cafe, “where dining is a work of art”.
HE THREE SISTERS WHO skillfully run the place are known as “Sweetest JAM:” Josie, Amor and Mila. Their father was a diplomat, and as chief of immigration in the Philippines, he was offered a job as a consultant in Washington, D.C., so the family came to America in 1976. Four years ago, they opened the Artist Café in Cheney, Wash., and it is there that these sisters treat their customers like family. Each entrée they prepare is a pleasing experience, both in taste and appearance. One of their specialties is their “Tour of Asia” dinner, in which one may sample Pancit Bijon (noodles), Lumpia, Mama’s fried rice, plus a main entree of chicken, pork or beef. Artist Café offers specialty drinks such as Boba tea, which is a favorite among patrons. International beer, wines and desserts are also on the menu. If you happen to be at Artist Café for those special occasions, they provide a keyboard, guitar
and karaoke for all to enjoy. Last August, Artist Café opened their International Market next door to the restaurant, featuring “products from afar brought to where you are.” Browsing the aisles, you will encounter many items, including tasty treats for children. These products are also used in the Café’s menus. From the beginning, Artist Café has reached out to Eastern Washington University’s students, with specialties to accommodate them. Cooking lessons, tasting parties and their involvement in charitable endeavors continue. The café is open 11am-9pm Monday through Saturday. Josie, Amor and Mila are truly the “Sweetest JAM” and have brought the unique pleasures of dining to Cheney. Featuring Manila’s best and international cuisine, The Artist Café is located at 28 W. First St. in Cheney, Wash.
Fine Foods & Spirits
Sweet Savoy was a century in the making, with its roots first established in the early 1900s in El Paso, Texas, by Jennie Sweet’s great grandfather. His restaurant, Savoy Café, offered French cuisine to its patrons. Fast forward to 1973, when Jennie landed her first restaurant job; she was hooked, and thus started her journey to someday open her own restaurant and dedicate it to her great grandfather’s memory. Jennie opened her restaurant, Sweet Savoy, in 2004–the name a combination of her last name and her great grandfather’s restaurant name. Jennie’s daughter, Jenna, is her partner and host, and is currently studying viticulture and wine pairings. Jennie is not only the owner but the chef, using her experience and knowledge to bring you a dining experience in classic cuisine with flavors from around the world. Sweet Savoy offers personal recipes that are made from scratch daily. The lunch menu focuses on authentic Chicago subs–a tribute to her old boss in Chicago–specialty sandwiches such as the Bull in the Garden, and signature wraps including the Smoked Salmon Wrap and the Club Wrap. The dinner menu focuses on the freshest seasonal ingredients available in the area. That may include Halibut stuffed with Crab, Bay Shrimp and Gorgonzola encrusted with Almonds, baked and topped with a Marsala Butter Sauce. There’s also the Seafood Fettuccine with a variety of fresh seafood tossed in a Three-Cheese Alfredo Sauce or our Spinach Fettuccine. Sauces are made-to-order, with no commercial ingredients used. All beef, pork and fish are ordered in bulk and cut to Jennie’s specification. Sweet Savoy offers a casual fine dining atmosphere with a versatile menu and offers catering to accommodate you, as well as cooking classes in the fall and winter. On occasion, your dinner will be accompanied by live music for your enjoyment. With a full bar, wine pairings and a banquet area for parties, any need can be fulfilled at Sweet Savoy. While here, don’t forget to inquire about the New Years Eve Gala, with 12 different wines to sample, a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and live music.
Sweet Savoy Cheney – 313 West St.
American Bistro $-$$
At Sweet Savoy, we bring you meals that are simple yet delicious and made to please any palate. Our food is prepared from scratch daily, with sauces made to order. And we use no frozen or commercial ingredients. Enter the doors of Sweet Savoy to find a casual fine dining environment with a versatile menu. Choose from the Mediterranean Steak Sandwich or Lemon Garlic Chicken with a White Wine Caper Sauce, and sip on a Spiced Ice Chai Tea from the bar or one of our specialty Margaritas. We hope to see you soon. We are open 11am-3:30pm Mon.-Fri., serving dinner until 9pm Thurs.-Sat.
visit our INTERNATIONAL MARKET next door Call for hours (509) 559-5656 International Foods - Organic Products Fine Wines & Beer - Kegs TO GO
MARTINIS! WHERE TO FIND THEM
Experience food like nowhere else in Spokane
ALKING INTO BANGKOK THAI is like walking into another world, stepping right off the plane into the heart of Bangkok. The ambience is romantic and warm, with soft Thai background music for you to enjoy while you are served a romantic dinner, served by their Thai staff wearing traditional and authentic Thai costumes. Each table is adorned with fresh flowers and romantic candle light, accentuating the glass tabletops and allowing you to admire the lush silk beneath them. The walls are adorned with sculptures and solid sandstone statuary, which have been meticulously handpicked and shipped directly from Thailand. Each entrée at Bangkok Thai can be fine tuned to your preferred palette using their
special spice scale of 0 to 5 (with 5 being the spiciest). Whether you prefer your food hot and spicy or mild yet flavorful, they can suit any entrée to your desires. They are also the only Thai restaurant in all of Spokane offering delivery service. With a gourmet chef who hails from Seattle’s Thai Ginger restaurant chain, and a co-owner from Bangkok, Thailand, you will not only receive an unforgettable meal, but an unforgettable experience.
“Nothing would be more
University District: 1003 E. Trent Ste. 180 (509) 325-8370
tiresome than eating and
South Hill Medical Center: 1325 S. Grand (509) 838-8424
made them a pleasure as
drinking if God had not well as a necessity.” – Voltaire
South Hill & Medical Center Area
hen someone says “the South Hill” is their location, it could mean several different places! The lower South Hill is what we like to call the Medical Center area near Sacred Heart and Deaconess Medical Centers. This is where doctors’ offices and medical complexes are the landscape, and the restaurants are there to serve those who visit doctors’ offices and patients there. Beau K Florist is handy nearby for that hospital visit. The South Hill Medical
Center area lies south of I-90 along the downtown neighborhood, and the street numbers are approximately 5th through 14th avenues, first along Grand Avenue, and then the rest of the South Hill branches out from there to 57th Avenue. The South Hill neighborhood of South Perry is on the east side just beyond Southeast Boulevard, and the west border is just beyond Maple Street with the cliffs on the west side of the hill. The east side, South Perry, is a quaint
business district that is home to the popular Liberty Park Florist, the Shop Coffee House, which hosts outdoor movies in summertime, the Perry Street Café, the newly opened Pop Shoppe and Lorien, the resident natural foods store housed in a charming windmill building. The west side of the South Hill, along Monroe, is the location of Huckleberry’s Natural Foods Market, a community market that is the hub of the gourmet lifestyle in the neighborhood. Just south is Picabu Bistro and Bennidito’s Pizza, near Rosauer’s grocery store. The center of it all is the Medical Center neighborhood where medical center visitors can enjoy the speedy Qdoba Mexican Grill and Quizno’s, and longtime popular residents The Park Inn/Park Plaza. Just up the hill is Bittersweet Bakery & Bistro for the best crepes
and finest desserts to be found, and Tapas 1228, Fiesta Mexicana, Lindaman’s and Bangkok Thai near 14th and Grand. Hannah’s Garden Inn and the beautiful Glover Mansion both grace the hillside streets with their presence. Inside Hannah’s Garden Inn, housed in a restored 1908 Kirtland Cutter mansion, you will be pleased to find Delaney’s Musicafe, which offers classic recipes in a charming atmosphere. Enjoy an elegant lunch, musical dinner, garden dining, private events and weddings. Just a little way further up the hill to 18th Street will reveal one of the most beautiful centerpieces of Spokane—Manito Park. During summertime, they open a café there, and just east of the park lies the Rockwood Bakery, a charming neighborhood gem and popular meeting place that serves beautiful bakery items and lunches with soups and salads. A little further south on Grand to 29th will bring you to the corner very near Gordy’s Sichuan Café. It is worth finding, so don’t give up! Turn right after the intersection of 29th and Grand, and look to the right behind the shopping center where Slick Rock Burritos and The Chalet Restaurant are. East on 29th will take you to one of the shopping hubs of the South Hill at Southeast Boulevard and 29th, where you will find Linnie’s Thai, Great Harvest Bakery, Dinners Ready, Casa de Oro, and further east the popular Maggie’s South Hill Grill, Vin Rouge and Thai Bamboo. This neighborhood is a popular place to take a date, so
you should know that Stanek’s Florist is nearby on 27th Avenue. Nearby is the intersection at 29th and Regal. Going south on Regal will take you even further up the hill to 43rd, where the popular neighborhood favorite Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar is located. Hint … they have martini-making classes! In the shopping area, you will find Maggie Moos Ice Cream shop and Deluxe Coffee, and just south is Ferrante’s Café and Round Table Pizza, a popular family friendly fun spot. Just when you thought you had gone far enough—yes, the South Hill could be its own city—farther south will take you to 57th, where Hangar 57, the Wild Weasel Bar & Grill, Okane and China Café are not to be missed. Class Act Cuisine is the resident grocery meals to-go spot for families on the go. And, if your trip to the South Hill means fine dining like no other, Luna is just west on 57th from Regal. This top-shelf restaurant is one of the most reliably pleasing, always creative and wonderfully hospitable in Spokane, and the wine list is outstanding.
GORDY’S SICHUAN CAFE
South Hill Bangkok Thai Restaurant South Hill Medical Center 1325 S. Grand University District 1003 E. Trent Ste. 180
(509) 838-8424 (509) 325-8370
Chocolate Mousse and the classic Lemon Chiffon Cake. Dine in or take out. BitterSweet Bakery and Bistro is located across from St. John’s Cathedral on Grand Boulevard. BitterSweet … a French Bakery with an American accent.
Traditional and Authentic Thai $$-$$$
Now at two locations! We are Spokane’s number one choice for gourmet Thai cuisine. When you dine at Bangkok Thai, you are not only entering a restaurant; you are entering a new world. Experience traditional and authentic Thai cuisine in our warm and inviting, Bangkokstyle atmosphere. Whether you prefer your food hot and spicy or mild yet flavorful, we can suit any entrée to your desires. Open 11am-9pm Sun.-Thurs., 11am-10pm Fri. & Sat. SpokaneBangkokThai.com
Bittersweet Bakery and Bistro 1220 S. Grand Ave. (509) 455-8658 Bakery and Bistro $
At BitterSweet Bakery and Bistro, we take pride in combining fresh, top-quality ingredients that are lighter, less sweet and more flavorful for today’s appetites. We offer a variety of breakfast pastries, sweet and savory crepes, whole desserts, soups, salads and fresh baked breads. Our exquisite desserts include the popular dense Three
Gordy’s Sichuan Café 501 E. 30th St. (509) 747-1170 (West behind Slick Rock Burrito near the corner of Grand and 29th) Fresh and Classic Chinese $-$$
Chef Gordon Crafts brings more than 25 years of experience cooking Chinese cuisine at his small neighborhood cafe. He prepares fresh and classic (Chinese) dishes, many with an emphasis on the spicy traditions from the Sichuan Province. Dining choices, served family style, range from tangy Lemon Chicken to tongue-scalding (fiery) Hunan Beef. Many of our customers come just for the Dumplings! The array of options on our menu includes vegan, vegetarian and a variety of dishes that can be modified for special dietary needs. A small, well-chosen wine list focuses on our Northwest lineage (roots). Here at Gordy’s, we offer a relaxed atmosphere with minimalist but warm decor, and our service is polished, fun and informative. Join us for a taste of Sichuan. We invite you to.
Maggie’s South Hill Grill 2808 E. 29th Ave.
American Bistro $-$$
In our cozy neighborhood bistro, the atmosphere is casual and upbeat! We offer speedy counter service served tableside; everything from fresh wraps, salads and sandwiches to pastas, baked items and entrees even the kids will love! Try our Chicken Pot Pie, Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna or our Grilled Salmon with Thai Mango Sauce. We are open for lunch and dinner from 11am-9pm daily. Open for breakfast 8am-noon Sat. & Sun. MaggiesGrill.com
Qdoba Mexican Grill Medical Center Area Spokane 901 S. Grand
N. Spokane 7115 N. Division
Coeur d’Alene 204 Ironwood Dr.
Mexican Grill $
Qdoba Mexican Grill features jumbo gourmet burritos prepared from freshly grilled chicken, steak or grilled vegetables. Tacos, taco salads and nachos are also on the menu! The service is quick, and you won’t believe the taste! Eat here or take us to go! We cater, too! Qdoba.com
Home cooking when you don’t want to be at home cooking.
Located on the South Hill 2808 E. 29th Avenue • 509-536-4745 Open Daily 11 a m - 9pm Sat & Sun Breakfast 8 a m - 12 noon Catering & Takeout Available
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South Hill Linnie’s Thai Cuisine II 2526 E. 29th (Next to Hastings) (509) 535-2112 Authentic Thai $-$$
Life is too short, so take good care of yourself, and while you are dining with us, we’ll take care of you. We only use the finest ingredients and raw products which contain no preservatives and no MSG. Our authentic Thai food is approved by the Thai authority, whose goal is to promote Thai food worldwide. We use brown sugar, sea salt, homemade broth, very lean meats and Jasmine brown rice mix. Give us a try sometime. We’re celebrating 14 years here. Ask for our Royal Thai Special! We serve to-go orders, too! We hope to see you soon. Linnies2.com
Vin Rouge 3029 E. 29th
Authentic Thai Cuisine Fresh Local and Imported Ingredients No Preservatives - All Natural Convenient Location on South Hill
2526 E. 29th St. 509-535-2112 www.linnies2.com
Northwest and International $$-$$$
Chef Tim Hartman prides himself on offering patrons the finest and freshest meats and produce found locally in the great Northwest. His menu, which is “globally inspired,” features such signature dishes as his award-winning Wasabi Crab Cakes, “Montana Sushi,” Lamb Osso Bucco and the ever-popular Chocolate Raspberry Bomb. With more than 250 bottles of wine to choose from, creating the perfect dining experience is a breeze, as we were honored by the Washington Restaurant Association as the Best Full Service Restaurant of the Year in 2006. Join us daily for Lunch, Social Hour or Dinner, and Sat. & Sun. for Breakfast. Nestled in the heart of the South Hill, we invite you to bring your friends, neighbors and family, and make our restaurant yours. VinRougeSpokane.com
3029 E 29th Ave Spokane 509.535.8800 VinRougeSpokane.com
PHOTOS BY CHRIS GUIBERT
We thought you would like to know where to find local area restaurants that specialize in Martinis, so here are some places for you to try. And Twigs on the South Hill not only offers a great Martini menu ... you will also find martini-making classes as well as martini and food pairing dinners!
Bistango Martini Lounge
Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar
Cavallino Lounge at the Hotel Lusso Peacock Room inside the Davenport Hotel Rock City Grill at River Park Square Scratch Restaurant & Lounge
North Side Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar
Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar Wild Sage American Bistro
State Line El Patio Bar & Grill ... and Martini Bar
Spokane Valley / Liberty Lake
MAX at Mirabeau Park Hotel
Stilos Seafood & Steakhouse
Oval Office Bistro & Martini Bar
THE GONZAGA EXPERIENCE DRY FLY DISTILLING
Davids Pizza It’s Magic!
HERE DO WE START? HOW about … one little pizza shop that creates an unstoppable wave of popularity! One little pizza shop that is continually voted No. 1 favorite on most everyone’s list. College students flock to it. It’s right in the neighborhood. One little pizza shop that is the only locally owned and operated Spokane restaurant to serve international travelers at the airport, bringing pilots in for a snack to-go when they are well-traveled pizza aficionados. And, one handsome, humorous and charming owner
who can bring home the bacon, toss the pizza in the air and create something new and delicious with a sprinkle or two of special ingredients. And then, last but not least … cater to hundreds, even thousands, with his fire-engine red-hot pizza cookin’ trucks! Mark Starr and his pizza—like magic.
Why beer is better than wine: “... human feet are conspicuously
Call for delivery or stop on by. Or … hire them for your next really big party. They will come to you. They are up to the task. (509) 483-7460 or DavidsPizza.com
absent from beer-making.” – Steve Mersky, Scientific American
PHOTOS COURTESY OF GEORGE PERKS AND GONZAGA UNIVERSITY
A community coming together to create a higher education corridor and an environment for learning, developing new technologies and housing student lifestyles. This is the future of Spokane.
he University District is located on both sides of the Spokane River, directly east of Spokane’s Central Business District and downtown. At the heart of the District, located on the north and south banks of the river, are the Spokane campuses of Eastern Washington University and Washington State University. On the north side of the river lies the centerpiece of this area, the jewel of Spokane, Gonzaga University and Gonzaga School of Law. The University District is populated by nearly 15,000 students during the school year. Just a short walk from these higher institutions of learning, you will find downtown long-standing establishments at Division and Trent: Fast Eddie’s, Talotti’s 211, The Red Lion Pub & Grill and The Globe. Heading
on east into the University District will take you through the new buildings, and you will also find Gonzaga’s gorgeous new baseball field and McCarthey Center, home of the Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball team. Just east of Hamilton and Trent is Riverwalk, the location of Dry Fly Distilling, Bangkok Thai and Northern Lights Brewery. A little north on Hamilton will present you with David’s Pizza, Arny’s, The Pita Pit, Jack & Dan’s and the Bulldog—the sizzling scene for the college-aged population. You will quickly realize that the U-District is a fun and exciting place to eat, drink and be merry. There’s a lot of fun happening with the growth of the campus enrollments, and the options are endless. With the key design supporting pedestrian and bicycle-based
populations, the district provides a vibrant mixed-use environment with housing, campus facilities, amenities, shopping, dining and meeting places. Adjacent to the central business district featuring Riverfront Park, a vibrant downtown, excellent recreation and a thriving cultural and arts community, Spokane’s University District offers the ideal learning environment. GONZAGA UNIVERSITY Gonzaga University is a private, four-year comprehensive university that is educating people the world needs most. This is an education philosophy based on the Ignatian model that aims to educate the whole person—mind, body and spirit—an integration of science and art, faith and reason, action
University District and contemplation. Founded in 1887, the school enrolls about 6,400 students in 92 undergraduate and 21 graduate programs. The campus is situated on 108 acres along the Logan Neighborhood north of the Spokane River and is a 10 minute walk to downtown. On campus grounds lies the Jundt Art Museum with its traveling exhibits and Gonzaga University’s growing art collection. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are one of the highest ranking NCAA Division I teams in the US and gives Spokane the most national attention. Gonzaga is named after a young 16th century Italian Jesuit, Aloysius Gonzaga, who died in Rome trying to save young people from the plague and was later named the patron saint of youth. Gonzaga School of Law is one of three in the state, preparing students from around the country for careers in the legal profession and recently held session of the Washington State Supreme Court in its beautiful new facility. EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY EWU is a driving force for the culture, economy and vitality of the Inland Northwest region, with its beautiful main campus in Cheney, Wash., its NCAA Division I athletics and opportunities for hands-on, real-world leaning provide a classic, yet unique college experience. Eastern is proud to offer the state’s best economic value in public education. This has made Eastern an institution of opportunity for many students seeking an education that will provide them the skills and training critical to succeed in today’s changing work environment. Eastern also provides the opportunity to study one-of-a-kind, in-demand disciplines such as biotechnology, cyber security, forensic science, entrepreneurship, children’s studies, dental hygiene and urban planning. In addition, Eastern is the only regional university in the state to offer a doctorate in physical therapy.
SPOKANE INTERCOLLEGIATE RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE (SIRTI) The Sirti Building on Riverpoint Boulevard was the first to be built 13 years ago. First opened to companies in 2006, this facility was built with a $3 million grant from the US Department of Commerce and Economic Development Administration, along with matching local private funds. Featuring state-of-the-art wet labs, as well as light manufacturing space and conventional office space designed to accelerate innovative companies, it has been the foundation for many of Spokane’s successful startups such as Aegis Biosciences, CSK Communications and Pondera Engineers, to name a few. WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY SPOKANE Spokane is home to Washington State University’s urban research campus. WSU Spokane combines the top scholarship of a nationally ranked research university with the opportunities of a metropolitan setting featuring advanced studies in health sciences and professions, design disciplines, science and technology, social and policy sciences, and education. The faculty is world-renowned; the facility state-of-the-art; and the student body diverse.
INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE The Institute for Systems Medicine (ISM) is a private, non-profit biomedical research institute currently located in the SIRTI Technology Center and planning to occupy a much larger facility in the district with custom designed laboratories. The ISM facilitates a collaborative organizational model with local partners from the academic, healthcare, and commercial fields. This infrastructure allows world-class researchers, from a variety of disciplines, to efficiently drive innovation in medicine by developing new clinical applications from basic scientific discoveries. The result is improved clinical care and sustainable economic growth, through job creation and new company development in Spokane.
The Kennel is where the puppies are housed. The Bulldog pups are corralled in this specially designed bleacher area for their shenanigans of enthusiasm as they jump and cheer on their team to its many victories.
PHOTOS BY JEANETTE DUNN
good name for Spokane! The Gonzaga Bulldogs light-up the eyes of outsiders nationwide when talking about Spokane, Washington. Anyone who has seen them play, knows why. The Gonzaga experience is what brings people to Spokane to visit the school and then, if they decide to attend and live here, it’s what makes them lifelong fans of the Bulldogs. Gonzaga University has been ranked among the best comprehensive regional universities in the Western United States for 16 of the last 19 years by U.S. News and World Report. The total enrollment is nearly 6,500 and some famous alumni include Bing Crosby, John Stockton and Washington’s first female state attorney general and current governor Christine Gregoire. Students looking for that total experience of education integrated with spiritual beliefs are the students of Gonzaga. It’s a world like no other in Spokane. It is Spokane’s team! The enthusiasm is contagious and this is a team we can all get behind—lift
By: JEANETTE DUNN This team is what Spokane is known for nationwide! This is what gets the blood pressure up for everyone from little ol’ ladies to young Bulldog “pups” alike! WE LOVE THE ZAGS!
ROM THE SEARCH FOR ALL THE best Bulldog apparel, to jammin’ with the pre-game crowds at Jack and Dan’s, David’s Pizza and The Bulldog, stopping in at St. Alloysius Parish to say a little prayer for the ZAGS, and the walk down the street to the McCarthey Athletic Center, home of Gonzaga Bulldogs for THE GAME… this part of the Gonzaga experience is indisputably one of the most exhilarating experiences in Spokane’s entire entertainment scene! For all the things that Spokane is famous for, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are number one.
Nationwide, Gonzaga is recognized as a much revered university, and one with a top-ranking basketball team. Sometimes people have heard of Gonzaga before they have ever heard of Spokane and, like mentioning South Bend, Indiana to someone who then brings up Nortre Dame… mentioning Spokane outside of the northwest brings the Gonzaga Bulldogs into the conversation! The Bulldogs have made 10 consecutive appearances at “The Big Dance”, NCAA March Madness Championships. We can thank the outstanding Bulldogs basketball program for that! These puppies are making a
Univeristy District up—make a big deal of and cheer on to new heights. Attending a game will hook you in for life because the Bulldogs ROCK! And, the only way to know that for sure is to attend a game. Spokane’s brightest and most talented athletes come together at Gonzaga in the Bulldogs. This is how I like to prepare for a Gonzaga basketball game: Start at Jack and Dan’s for a brew, move across the street for a slice of David’s Pizza and on to the game down the street to McCarthey Stadium for a rip-roarin’, cheerleadin’, foot-stompin’ fight to the finish! The Bulldogs played the WSU Cougars in the biggest game of their rivalry, to a sold out crowd at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
One can always find an enthusiastic fan trying to help the ZAGS out a bit.
A LITTLE HISTORY ON THIS GAME They have played each other 143 times since 1907, when WSU won the inaugural game 2118, but this was their first game as nationally ranked opponents. WSU ranked 8th and had been unbeaten, and Gonzaga ranked 17th. This highly anticipated showdown zipped by to an unfortunate loss for the ZAGS, 51-47. Better luck next time... GO ZAGS! First stop is action wear! The Bulldog Store is located conveniently at 121 E. Boone. They have it all, including the thrilling ZAGOPOLY game! This one is a long shot on its way into the basket – to the rumbling stomp of the 6,000 roaring fans!
Kevin MacDonald and Jeff Condill own Jack and Dan’s Bar & Grill. Just a couple of blocks away from the stadium, it fills to the brim with fans before during and after the games.
University District Bangkok Thai Restaurant University District – 1003 E. Trent Ste. 180 South Hill Medical Center – 1325 S. Grand
(509) 325-8370 (509) 838-8424
Traditional and Authentic Thai $$-$$$
Now at two locations! We are Spokane’s number one choice for gourmet Thai cuisine. When you dine at Bangkok Thai, you are not only entering a restaurant; you are entering a new world. Experience traditional and authentic Thai cuisine in our warm and inviting, Bangkok-style atmosphere. Whether you prefer your food hot and spicy or mild yet flavorful, we can suit any entrée to your desires. Open 11am-9pm Sun.-Thurs., 11am-10pm Fri. & Sat. SpokaneBangkokThai.com
David’s Pizza 829 E. Boone
Pizza and Italian $-$$
Consistently voted #1 Best Pizza in the Inlander Readers’ Poll since 1996! We continue to provide outstanding quality with every traditional handcrafted New York-style pizza, Stromboli and Calzone served. Dine in or take out. And we offer off-site catering for groups of 100-1000! Our goal is to serve consistent outstanding taste, generous portions and exceptional service that will exceed your expectations. Serving lunch and dinner daily! DavidsPizza.com
Pita Pit 818 E. Sharp (On the Corner of Hamilton and Sharp)
The quickest and healthiest spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night dining. Choose from a variety of lean grilled meats, fresh vegetables and zesty sauces all rolled into a unique pita shell. Featuring a tasty breakfast menu. Dine in, take-out or delivery. We are open 7am-3pm daily! PitaPitUSA.com
Now at two locations:
South Hill Medical Center Area 1325 Grand Blvd. (509) 838-8424
1003 E. Trent Ave. (509) 325-8370
Game time at Gonzaga’s McCarthey Athletic Center and Washington Trust Field
Dry Fly Distilling
Spokane distillery puts Washington in the spirit
By: RYAN BRONSON The state’s first grain distillery since Prohibition, Dry Fly uses area resources and a hands-on approach to achieve superior.
HE PROCESS OF GETTING
Dry Fly Distilling up and running was slow, but as Don Poffenroth and Kent Fleischmann will tell you, slower is better. When the first cases of Dry Fly vodka and gin were distributed in October 2007, it represented not only new territory for the former corporate hounds but for the entire state. Believe it or not, Dry Fly is the first Washington-produced graindistilled spirits of any kind to hit shelves since the days of Prohibition. Despite having to overcome “hundreds” of hurdles to get the business off the ground, the birth of Dry Fly was a venture welcomed by the community because of its commitment to using area resources. Eastern Washington soft white winter wheat, Washington malt barley, Spokane water and regional botanicals are incorporated into the company’s products, which include vodka, gin and, eventually, single-malt whiskey. “We work with small sustainable farms,” said Kent, a New York native who recently moved his family to Spokane from Minneapolis. “We like what we do, and we like that we work with local ingredients.” Taking on the role of trailblazer presented plenty of challenges, but the fly-fishing buddies managed to tackle each of them … they learned the business, cast the cash and reeled in the politicians.
Dry Fly Distilling The fact that the craft distillery’s spirits would be created from local products was a huge selling point. Dry Fly could have gone outside the state to get its ingredients and saved a bundle, but that, Kent said, was never going to happen. “We don’t believe that is the best way to get community support,” he said. “We wanted to have a good product, as well as support the community. That’s just inherent in our lifestyles. … We’ll spend a little bit more money, but it’s worth it for many, many reasons.” Don and Kent initially looked into opening a microbrewery, but with fewer than 100 domestic distilleries in operation, they recognized an opportunity. “We talked on many, many ideas,” Kent said, “but when we looked at getting into a microbrewery, we realized that we would end up being in the restaurant business, and that was a crazy thought.” As the pair began to dig deeper into the distilling business, Don–a Spokane native–“ran with the idea and started digging very deep.” Said Kent: “We decided it could be done, and
we did it.” The Dry Fly still was imported from Germany, and the cost to set up the distillery–most of which was done prior to federal approval–was significant. “We really invested a lot of money in equipment, but we feel it will give us a much finer product,” Kent said. Dry Fly believes a more controlled environment, a longer and therefore more expensive distilling process, and first-hand evaluation of the product will create better results. A 750 ml bottle of Dry Fly Washington Wheat Vodka will go for about $32, and a bottle of Dry Fly Washington Dry Gin will cost $30. But Kent has few doubts consumers will pay a little extra for exceptional quality. “We look at it this way: The big guys … these are giant companies that really their process is done more through computers than people,” he said. “They do put out a good product, but there is a lot less personal attention. We’re going to have a lot cleaner product in our bottles.”
The first year of production should produce about 3,500 cases of vodka and gin, Kent said, although the 3,000-square-foot plant could potentially distribute 5,000 cases annually. Kent said the company plans to add another still in the next few years or so, which could triple Dry Fly’s production. But the Dry Fly guys are in no hurry … they want to get it done right. After all, making a fine whiskey takes patience, an angle these anglers have a knack for. “Fly fishing is a quiet process,” Kent said. “It’s very similar, if you think about it, to a good whiskey. …With patience and timing … all of those phrases that go with the sport apply to this. We left perfectly good jobs because we felt that we found something we could express a passion for.”
the fly-fishing buddies managed to tackle each of the CHALLENGES … they learned the business, cast the cash and reeled in the politicians.
GETTING THERE Dry Fly Distilling Inc. is located at Riverwalk, 1003 E. Trent Ave. Suite 200, next to the Northern Lights Brewing Co. in Spokane. For information, visit their Web site at: DryFlyDistilling.com
LIBERTY LAKE SPOKANE VALLEY
SPOTLIGHT THE TRELLIS MARKETPLACE
Stilos Seafood & Steakhouse At Liberty Lake: Improving the way we eat
UST A SHORT DRIVE FROM Spokane, Post Falls and Coeurd’Alene is Liberty Lake, Wash., many travel through this area without flinching as they commute to and from work. Well, there is now a reason–and a good reason at that–to stop in Liberty Lake. That reason is Stilos Seafood & Steakhouse. As you enter this fine dining restaurant, its pleasing ambiance welcomes you, making you feel right at home. With dark wood throughout, the high windows give light and show off the interior details. The Craftsman-style building, with its hardwood floors, fireplace and decorative ceilings, is truly pleasing to the eye. Not only will you be pleased with the style of the restaurant, but the flavors of the menu. With seafood to include Australian Lobster Tail, King Crab
Legs and Coconut Crusted Halibut; a steak menu comprised of New York, Rib Eye, Fillet Mignon and Top Sirloin; Hazelnut or Stuffed Chicken with garlic cream sauce; and House Favorites to include Beef Wellington and Blackberry Port New York Steak and Duck Breast in Blackberry Port and dried cherries, your palate will experience what a great meal truly is. And don’t forget about their beer, wine and martini bar. At Stilos, you will also find a built-in aquarium atop the bar, a full downstairs cater kitchen for outside catering and an upstairs banquet room, which seats 35 to 40 people and offers PowerPoint capabilities, separate sound system and drop-down movie screen. Make Stilos Seafood & Steakhouse your new dining destination. (509) 891-9192 or StilosRestaurant.com
“What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.” – Diogenes, Greek Philosopher
Spokane Valley & Liberty Lake
Spokane Valley & Liberty Lake
pokane Valley begins at Havana Street in Spokane and widens from there to the western border of Hodges Avenue at Liberty Lake just east of Barker Road. East Sprague Avenue continues from the 800 block to the 18,000+ block at Liberty Lake, like a river runs through it … the Spokane River. Sprague is the main commercial storefront of Spokane with a continuous stream of car dealerships, fast food, big-box stores and shopping centers. At Sprague, Argonne becomes Dishman Mica, where the Cosmopolitan Café is
well-loved in the neighborhood, and Savage Land Pizza Parlor is a popular family pizza and play center, great for birthday parties. Nearby, east on Sprague, the Mustard Seed and Percy’s Café are popular lunch spots for business or meeting a friend. Williams Seafood Market and Wines and Egger’s Meats are just west of University Road near Sprague and great At Argonne, just off I-90, Casa De Oro and Perkins are on the south side, and north are Marie Calendar’s, Longhorn Barbeque, Scotty’s Bar & Grill, and Ambrosia Bistro
& Wine Bar, which is located near historic Millwood. There are several restaurants along Argonne to the south. The Rocket Bakery can be found north on Argonne in Millwood, and farther north, East Upriver Drive to Fruit Hill Road, will take you up to the old-world charm of Arbor Crest Winery with its panoramic view of Spokane. Even farther north at the end of Argonne will take you to the area known as Green Bluff where Townshend Cellar winery is located at the west side of Green Bluff Loop Road. Green Bluff is an agricultural area that is a destination for family fun, with the various seasons of harvest for the fruits grown there. Farther east on Sprague near Lowe’s and Costco big box stores, El Gallo Giro is a new addition to the neighborhood. It once was a great little taco trailer that became a real restaurant! IHOP is found there, and north at the end of Fancher is Knipprath Cellars winery. Farther east on Sprague is the popular Bolo’s Bar and Grill, Brick House Massage and Coffee Bar and the Staggering Ox sandwiches. And near Sullivan is the Mongolian BBQ.
Spokane Valley & Liberty Lake
The Trellis Marketplace Five Friends bring their unique inspiration and creations to the Trellis
n 2004, five spirited women came together to found a place where each would be able to express their unique gifts and talents to share with Spokane. The result? The Trellis Marketplace, where their goal is to provide a refreshing shopping experience that fosters free-growing friendships and inspiration to create the home environment you’ve always wanted. Upon entering the Trellis Marketplace you are greeted by warm, homey scents as well as one of the five owners ready to help you with home decorating questions. Browse through a unique variety of accent furnishings, garden and home décor, kitchen and gourmet foods, boutique clothing and jewelry, fabrics, candles and other unexpected shopping de-
Liberty Lake is becoming its own, with upscale homes and a dining scene to match. Two more reasons to stop in Liberty Lake are Stilos Seafood & Steakhouse and Hay J’s Bistro. Owners Marty and Rhonda bring the sophistication of big-city dining to this quaint community on the lake. One of the most impressive family entertainment spots in these parts can be spotted from I-90 at the State Line exit just past Liberty Lake—The Rockin’ B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show. This barn-turned-theatre is home to Pamela and Scott Brownlee, talented entertainers providing an escape from the rush of life in the fast lane with down-home, clean family fun. The Old West setting and great old-fashioned BBQ with all the fixin’s will keep everyone from kids to grandmas entertained … and well fed. The Rockin’ B Ranch is open June to September and can also be reserved for family reunions, business outings, private parties and more.
lights. The Trellis takes pride in offering many items created by local and regional businesses. A wide variety of kitchen accessories are available to help make your cooking experience enjoyable and easy. In the spring, the store opens an additional atrium with a garden décor focus including arbors, planters, outdoor accents and yes, a trellis or two. Throughout the year, customers enjoy lingering in the relaxed environment and discovering the many nooks and crannies filled with decorating and gift ideas. Welcome to the Trellis Marketplace, where you may enter as a stranger, but you will always leave as a friend! (509) 928-6158 or TrellisMarketplace.com
We can meet your needs... and your budget.
9211 E. Montgomery (509) 928-3222 Ambrosia-Bistro.com
Spokane Valley & Liberty Lake Ambrosia Bistro & Wine Bar Spokane Valley – 9211 E. Montgomery
American Bistro and Wine Bar $$-$$$
Ambrosia Bistro & Wine Bar is an urban restaurant in a suburban setting. Whether it’s a quiet business lunch or intimate dinner, a glass of wine or cocktail at happy hour, a relaxing evening on the patio or an outing with (or without) the kids, you’re welcome at Ambrosia! Conveniently located in Argonne Village, we are in close proximity to downtown, the Valley and the North Side. Our ample parking, exciting food and drink selections, attentive staff and comfortable décor make Ambrosia a great choice for any occasion. Come taste Ambrosia for yourself! Ambrosia-Bistro.com
Myracles, hand-painted silk scarves, jewelry, hats, bags, beads and buttons create a unique shopping experience–truly a fun place to shop. Plan to add our English Tea Room to your fun list and tea-party it up. Looking for a party location? Mad Hatties is the place! If you’ve never been to Mad Hatties, it’s time. One woman canceled her flight to stop in the store after reading about us in the Spokane Sizzle! True story. We are open 10am-5pm Tues.-Sat., with Tearoom hours 11am-4pm. Please call for reservations.
MAX at the Mirabeau Park Hotel Spokane Valley – 1100 N. Sullivan (I-90 Exit 291B at the Mirabeau Park Hotel)
Contemporary American $-$$$
Hay J’s Bistro Liberty Lake – 21706 E. Mission Ave.
Contemporary American Cuisine and Wine Bar $$-$$$
Hay J’s brings you fine dining in Liberty Lake. Come experience our traditional bistro-style atmosphere. Whether you come dressed to kill or in a pair of shorts, you will feel warmly welcomed by our friendly servers and kitchen staff. Our menu offers you everything from salads, chicken, pork, steak and seafood. Serving Lunch 11am-4pm Mon.-Fri. and Dinner 4:309pm Mon.-Fri., til 10pm Sat. & Sun. HayJsBistro.com
Here at MAX we offer award-winning cuisine coupled with a friendly and professional staff. With more than 100 menu items including steaks, chops, seafood, salad and burgers, you are sure to find what you are looking for. We also boast an extensive and eclectic wine list with pairing for everything on the menu. Perhaps best of all, MAX serves a complete menu until close. We are open 6am daily, until midnight Sun., 1am Mon.-Thurs. and 2am Fri. & Sat. There is always something happening at MAX. MAXatMirabeau.com
Trellis Marketplace, The Spokane Valley – 4102 Bowdish
Stilos Seafood & Steakhouse Liberty Lake – 1400 N. Meadowwood Ln.
Seafood & Steakhouse $$-$$$
At Stilos Seafood & Steakhouse, fine dining is brought to life. Whether you want to delight your palate with Beef Wellington, Coconut-Crusted Halibut or Australian Lobster Tail, you are sure to experience a meal like never before. Enjoy a cocktail at our Wine and Martini Bar with a built-in aquarium. We offer unique martinis to include the Chocolate Ecstasy, Blue Fin and Huckletini. Try out our banquet room, which seats 35-40 people, for a meeting or special occasion. We offer catering services too! For a taste of the high life, come to Stilos. You’ll be happy you did. StilosRestaurant.com
Here, at The Trellis Marketplace, we offer our customers a unique selection of accent furnishings and décor, boutique clothing, jewelry, fabrics, candles and many other unique items to complement your home and garden. We also carry high quality kitchen accessories as well as gourmet foods from Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Co., 3 Bears Porridge, Robert Rothschild, Sticky Fingers and Stone Wall Kitchen. The Trellis Marketplace is a hidden treasure of the Spokane Valley where you can find the perfect gift for a friend ... or yourself. TrellisMarketplace.com
culinary destinations at your service!
Just American Desserts Spokane Valley – 213 S. University Rd.
Cakes and Desserts $-$$$
Eva Roberts and her family saw a need for quality, made-from-scratch cakes and desserts. In 1986, she opened Just American Desserts; 22 years later, they are still at it. They specialize in cakes and desserts to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby or bridal showers, graduations or just because. The difference: Only the finest and freshest ingredients are used daily. Winner of the “Best of the Northwest” desserts in 2005 & 2006, “these are desserts that epitomize the best of what a dessert should be; exquisite, outof-the-ordinary treats that will lift an average day to the level of celebration.” Experience desserts the way they should be. JustAmericanDesserts.net
Mad Hatties Boutique & Teas Spokane Valley – 618 N. Sullivan (509) 892-5455 (Located behind Jacob’s Java and Numerica Bank at Sullivan and Broadway) Tea and Gift Shop
Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at our charming shop as you sample a cup of tea. We take pride in offering the largest selection of quality teas in the area, with more than 180 varieties to choose from. Be it vintage or new, our selection of teapots and teacups will delight tea lovers. A blend of local arts and vintage treasures including Greencastle, Spokandle and Chocolate
1400 N. MEADOWWOOD LN. (509) 891-9192
21706 E. MISSION AVE. (509) 926-2310
CHEF SPOLIGHT CHEYENNE D’ALESSANDRO
Angelo’s Ristorante You are what you eat ... Eat organic!
INING AT ANGELO’S RISTORANTE is an experience that will not soon be forgotten by any who steps foot into this beautiful establishment. Not only will you find an inviting yet intimate atmosphere, with subtle light shining above each table accenting the beautiful religious artwork adorning every wall, you will find a menu that incorporates only the freshest organic ingredients. Owner Angelo Martini Brunson has been eating organic for 10 years and truly believes in the importance of promoting the use of organic products and ingredients at his restaurant. At Angelo’s, customers will enjoy Mediterranean cuisine prepared only with ingredients that Angelo himself would eat; cuisine as wholesome as it is delicious. With more than 115,000 man-made chemicals polluting commercial products, Angelo does his best to avoid many, if all of them; the reason he chooses organic. When you eat organic, he said, “your body is ingesting what God intended you to eat”–foods that are pes-
ticide, antibiotic, chemical and hormone free. As the father of three young children, he wants what is best for his kids, and when it comes to what they eat, he chooses organic. You won’t find microwaves at the restaurant or his home either. Russia has even banned the use of microwaves in their country entirely! Eating or drinking anything from a microwave explodes the food’s cell structure; hence free radicals. Free radicals are known to cause cancer, and studies link them directly to the prevalent illness infecting society today. Angelo uses local ingredients and supports local businesses as much as possible in his endeavor. When it comes to the six-course wine dinners he holds each month at the restaurant, Angelo turns to local wineries and is hoping to incorporate more organic wines into the tastings. When in search for exquisite cuisine that will leave you feeling satisfied–and healthy– stop by Angelo’s Ristorante, an experience not only for the body, but the soul. (208) 765-2850 or AngelosRistorante.net
“As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.” – Joan Gussow
PHOTOS BY JEANETTE DUNN
Eddie’s on Lake Coeur d’Alene
Classsic Wooden Boat Show on Lake Coeur d’Alene
any cities in North Idaho reside by lakes and rivers … most of them on bodies of water! No wonder Washington license plates are seen in the parking lots of many North Idaho restaurants! It is a culinary destination that is very close to home for Spokanites! Some even refer to it as “Spokane’s playground.” The hospitality can’t be beat, and you can dine with a view, dine by the snow, dine in the mountains and dine by the lakes, or on them for that matter. The Cedars Floating Restaurant is literally floating on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene and Hayden Lake At the state line between Washington and Idaho is one big new store that is drawing shoppers from the surrounding states—Cabela’s—and the little town of State Line, Idaho, is blossoming with more shopping and dining options because of it. El Patio Pub & Grill added a Martini Bar, and A to Z Fine Wines and Cigars opened Little Italy’s Wine Bar this past year. Just across the highway is the wildly popular Rockin’ B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show, offering great family entertainment from June to September. North of State
Line at Hauser is the biggest little party spot in Idaho, Curley’s, and the popular, charming Chef in the Forest restaurant. Post Falls is not only a town you have to pass through when traveling to Coeur d’Alene; it is definitely a culinary destination not to be ignored! Its “one crazy foreigner,” Raci Erdem, of the White House Grill, has recently opened The Oval Office Bistro & Martini Bar, and it has been just as popular a destination. Enoteca Fine Wine & Beer is next door, and Down the Street and G. W. Hunters family restaurants are nearby. The Red Lion Templin’s Resort is the place to hop on a cruise or enjoy a meal overlooking the river. Coeur d’Alene presents several different neighborhoods, all offering great restaurants. Riverstone, Midtown, Downtown, East Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive and the North Side of town; you will discover great restaurants, galleries, shops and of course … the lake. The North Idaho College campus, as well as the CdA campuses of Lewis-Clark State College and University of Idaho, offer higher education here, and Coeur d’Alene is host to several significant festivals and events. The Great West GymFest, held in February, and The Ironman Triathlon, held in late June, both bring thousands of athletes and spectators to North Idaho. Art on the Green, Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes and the downtown Street Fair are all held on one really big summer weekend the first week of August. Downtown Coeur d’Alene is known for its monthly Art Walks and Music Walks, and The Coeur d’Alene Film Festival will be back
North Idaho for its second year to celebrate independent films in late February. Both the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene symphonies, Lake City Playhouse community theatre, Opera Plus and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre offer live performances in theatre and music. The Wine Cellar is always a popular spot for live music, and great wine and food. Cricket’s Bar & Grill and Barrel Room No. 6 also offer live music, and at Beverly’s in the Coeur d’Alene Resort, you will find local guitarist Robert Vaughn. Coffee shops abound on nearly every corner, with great shopping and galleries in between, making for a real home-town feel. Riverstone has been filling up with restaurants and is home to the new Bardenay distillery and restaurant. With the Regal Cinema and an enjoyable park, Riverstone is situated along the Spokane River as you enter Coeur d’Alene.
Lake Pend Oreille at Bayview, Idaho
Sandpoint, Hope & Priest Lake Area Located on the magnificent 43-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint is home to a thriving arts community, year-round recreational opportunities and events. More than ever, Sandpoint is the culinary place to be, with new Wine Bars opening and many great restaurants on the scene. Sandpoint’s own Pend d’Oreille Winery is making a splash in the wine scene, and two breweries, Laughing Dog and McDuff’s, call the small town on the lake home. Lake Pend Oreille Cruises, Sleeps Cabins and of course Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort all set the stage for the mountain and lake lifestyle that Sandpoint is known for. Southeast of Sandpoint, the Sagle area is home to the remarkable Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center, one of the greatest attractions in the neighborhood since Silverwood Theme Park. You will be hearing a lot more about this place and the special people who make it happen every day. The tiny town of Hope is just 20 minutes northeast of Sandpoint and is a beautiful little getaway place with an arts and
Independence Point, Lake Coeur d’Alene
restaurant scene all its own. Though a bit of a drive from Spokane—2.5 hours to be exact—Priest Lake, Idaho, is worth the trip. Beautiful in all four seasons, Priest Lake is coined “Idaho’s Crown Jewel” for its year-round recreation, resorts and restaurants. They have been bringing families and friends together for generations with enjoyment and camaraderie. Lakeside resorts and marinas offer a beautiful setting for gourmet and family style meals alike.
Silver Valley Area
Sandpoint City Park with view of Schweitzer Ski Resort
Seventy miles southeast of Spokane is Kellogg, Idaho, home to Silver Mountain Ski Resort, which is where the world’s longest gondola ride resides. It is here you will find Shoshone Country Club at Big Creek golf course. The intimate, quaint, French-country Veranda Restaurant is a place not to miss; offering a warm and inviting environment with private dining rooms and seating out on the veranda. Recreational attractions in Kellogg are The Route of the Hiawatha RailTrail, which is a 30-mile roundtrip hike that takes you through vast tunnels, over trestles and past
waterfalls, ridge-top vistas and numerous detailed signs about the rich mining and railroad history of the area. The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes offers more than 72 miles of paved path. As you ride along, the path will take you from the mountains, through the Silver Valley, chain lakes region, along Lake Coeur d’Alene, across the Chatcolet Bridge to Heyburn State Park, and last, but not least, to the Palouse prairie. Just a little more than 10 miles east of Kellogg is Wallace—the Silver Capital of the World and is on the National Register of Historical Places. Go back in time with the Historic Jameson Restaurant, Saloon & Inn, and the DeLashmutt Building—also know as the Historic Smoke House Barbeque and Saloon. Unearth the local treasures of this diamond in the ruff at Price Tag Antiques & More and Silver Capital Arts & Wine Cellar. With the small-town charm these North Idaho communities have to offer so close to home, take the time to explore your neighbors. Idaho Cuisine is our sister publication. Learn all about the dining and entertainment scene in North Idaho with the Northern Edition! Order online at IdahoCuisine.com or call (208) 667-2212.
North Idaho Angelo’s Ristoranté CdA – 846 N. 4th St.
Authentic Italian and Organic $$-$$$
Only eight blocks from Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Angelo’s is the Local Favorite with a taste of homemade, authentic Italian cuisine! Join us for fresh, organic, handcrafted food, an extensive wine selection and our warm romantic décor. Seasonal outdoor dining and reservations are highly recommended. AngelosRistorante.net
Anthony’s Midtown Bistro Midtown CdA – 315 Walnut
Northwest Fresh $$
Our small 11-table Bistro serves a full menu and you can enjoy a unique experience at our seven-seat, American-style Tapas Bar; Anthony’s is in the heart of Coeur d’Alene’s Midtown! Serving fine wines and great service with seasonal outdoor seating. Open 5-9pm Tues.-Thurs., 5-10pm Fri. & Sat. Now celebrating our 5th Year!
Bambino’s Pizza & Gelato Midtown CdA – 726 N. 4th St.
Ben Venuto! Everything prepared from scratch. Fresh organic pizza, salads, gelato, appetizers, pasta, sandwiches, espresso, gluten-free, vegetarian. White tablecloth service. Serving lunch and dinner with style from 11am-10pm.
Beacon Pub & Grill Downtown CdA – Corner of 4th & Sherman Pub & Grill $
Located in the center of downtown, the Beacon offers the ideal atmosphere for socializing and havin’ a great time! This non-smoking pub & grill offers a 35-seat bar, jukebox, pool table and four plasma-screen TVs. The menu includes pizzas, sandwiches, buffalo wings and more!
Bella Rose Café & Bakery Downtown CdA – 213 E. Sherman Ave.
Espresso, Breakfast/Lunch Café $
European-style café featuring house-made pastries, desserts, grilled Panini sandwiches, salads, pasta salads and quiche for breakfast and lunch. Espresso, tea, frappes, cold drinks, wine, beer and Tillamook ice cream. Try our Pumpkin Cheese Muffins, Artichoke Pie and a Bella Rose Mocha.
I-90 Exit 2, Pleasant View Go North to Hwy 53, Then Turn Left
Your Post Falls culinary & hospitality destination is just minutes away!
MALLARDS – FINE DINING WITH RIVER VIEWS We feature a variety of Northwest traditions. Each dish is exclusively designed and elegantly served. Join us daily for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
RED LION TEMPLIN’S HOTEL ON THE RIVER • POST FALLS
414 E. First Avenue Post Falls, ID 83854 (208) 773-1611, ext. 517 814-0029-1/0306
he just-across-the-border proximity to Spokane makes it a convenient jaunt to enjoy a little Idaho Cuisine for Washingtonians. The food and entertainment abound here with community events that draw thousands to enjoy the small town appeal. Enjoy Post Falls Days in June at Q’emiln Riverside Park; this is the site of many free outdoor concerts during the summer months. The Greyhound Park at State Line is central to many of the event happenings that make Post Falls a destination for fun! Two of the largest are the Julyamsh Pow Wow of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, held in July, and the Balloonfest in September. “The Old Church” is the cultural center for the arts scene in Post Falls. Many community arts events happen here, such as the artist Soire Reception for the Native American artists of the Pow Wow, a Bluegrass Concert featuring “Grass Act” in November, and the Mud & Spirits clay arts event in December.
As the White House new sister restaurant we bring you upscale Bistro with a foreigner touch.
612 N. Spokane St. 208-777-2102
Enjoy these fine restaurants while you stay at one of our great PostFalls lodging facilities. For more information about Post Falls events and lodging, contact the Post Falls Chamber: (800) 929-8553, (208) 773-5016 or online at: VisitPostFalls.org.
712 N. SPOKANE ST. POST FALLS, ID
Chef Cheyenne D’Alessandro
C hef SPOTLIGHT
Cheyenne D’Alessandro Executive Chef - Tony’s on the Lake By: Jillian De Lallo
ROM THE TIME SHE WAS
young, Cheyenne D’Alessandro was surrounded by the aromas and tastes of Italian cooking. Her great grandparents emigrated from Tuscany in the early 1900s and carried with them their love of cooking, which was passed down to their children, their grandchildren, including Cheyenne’s father Paul, and lastly to their great granddaughter, Cheyenne. Cheyenne, 34, executive chef at Tony’s on the Lake in Coeur d’Alene, was born and raised in Sacramento, Calif., with her parents Paul and Bonnie, and her brothers Gary and Primo. Growing up, her parents owned a restaurant,
Americo’s Trattoria Italiano. After Paul’s long-time friend and architect Rann Haight moved to Coeur d’Alene in the mid 1990s, he spotted a restaurant opportunity for Paul and his family—Tony’s Supper Club, now Tony’s on the Lake. Rann told Paul of the restaurant and its location—on the pristine Coeur d’Alene Lake, and after discussing the idea with his wife, Bonnie, and daughter, Cheyenne, they relocated to Coeur d’Alene, where they would reinvent the restaurant and its cuisine. Cheyenne was drawn to the culinary arts at an early age. She recalled how fulfilling it was making gnocchi with her grandfather, who was a chef at Americo’s. “He was just an amazing
chef. And I just remember watching him cook and helping him,” she said. It was a family affair at the restaurant, with her father, uncle, aunts, grandmother and grandfather all working there. By the time she was in high school, she would prepare and cook meals for her friends; dishes like lasagna and roasted chicken. It was also during this time that she worked at a fast-food Italian restaurant, where she was busy bussing, serving and cooking. At age 19, Cheyenne left Sacramento to experience Italy for the first time. She stayed with relatives and traveled for four months, then returned home and worked for a catering company. Cheyenne relocated to San Francisco, Calif., six years later, where she turned away from the culinary arts and worked for the government. “I didn’t really know anything else [besides cooking], and then when I went out, I found out office jobs just weren’t for me,” she said. It was in San Francisco that she discovered the existence of culinary institutes. “I thought, ‘That is so neat; go to college and learn how to cook.’” Cheyenne returned to Italy at 27 to attend culinary school at Apicius in Florence. She went to school for eight months but remained in Italy another year and a half. After much research, Cheyenne enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in New York. As part of her graduation requirements, she fulfilled her five-month internship at the restaurant San Dominico. After graduating in 2003, she stayed on and did a six-month fellowship at the school’s Italian restaurant. It was one of four student-run restaurants on campus, each having a front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house fellowship. Cheyenne participated in the front-of-thehouse, where she worked as a teacher’s assistant, helping students learn about table service and
North Idaho opening wines. “You just don’t realize how important front of the house is,” she said. It was during this time in New York that her father, Paul, propositioned her about Coeur d’Alene. As you know, she accepted. Cheyenne moved to Coeur d’Alene in April 2004, and has been cooking up a feast at Tony’s on the Lake ever since. Some of her favorite dishes offered are the homemade mozzarella, short ribs, the Osso Buco and Lobster Ravioli. When in the kitchen, there are many gadgets chefs find useful, but Cheyenne said her most important is the Kitchen Aide. “It is the most versatile,” she said. “We have a pasta attachment that we roll out pasta with, and we can make bread in it; make pasta dough.” Though Cheyenne is well versed in Italian cuisine, when she gets the chance to enjoy a meal outside of work, she is a big fan of Asian food. Syringa Japanese Café is one of her favorites. “Every time I go to a different city, that’s the first thing I want to eat,” she said. And “the spicier the better.” Cheyenne has lived in Coeur d’Alene a little more than three years now, and she has no plans on leaving anytime soon. She in enthralled with the area’s beauty, especially the summers. And though she said the winter months are long, the season gives her time to enjoy her favorite pastime—traveling. Her dream culinary job involves traveling every year. “I would love to organize culinary trips to Italy,” Cheyenne said, “to focus on agriturismo—little farms and family run places.” Wherever Cheyenne goes, she is sure to take here passion and talent for the culinary arts with her. (208) 667-9885 TonysOnTheLake.com
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cda cellars GETTING THERE
3890 N. Schreiber Way, CdA (208) 664-2336
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barrel room no.6 503 E. Sherman, Downtown CdA (208) 664-9632
From I-90 take the Sherman Ave. Exit in East Coeur d’Alene to Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive and go south to find the blinking arrow! From Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Tony’s on the Lake is only 3.8 miles.
North Idaho Bobby D’s Custom Tours & Charters Coeur d’Alene
(208) 667-0807 or (208) 699-7206
Bobby D & Crew invite you to experience the friendly waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene and Pend Oreille aboard the Joanna. We will provide you with a variety of escape tours in bringing the beauty of North Idaho close to the hearts of those aboard. The three-hour tours, which are offered year-round, cover close to 95 percent of Lake Coeur d’Alene, weather and wind permitting. We offer customized tours to include: Wildlife Viewing, Fourth of July Holiday, Holiday Light Show (Nov.-Jan.), Fall Leaf Tour on the St. Joe River, CdA River Tour to Cataldo Mission, Bald Eagles of Wolf Lodge Bay (Dec.-Feb.) Osprey Viewing (May-Sept.), Business Meetings, Real Estate Tours and Pend Oreille Lake Tours. We also have onboard Internet! LakeCoeurdAleneCruise.com
Bonsai Bistro Downtown CdA – 101 Sherman Ave.
Pan Asian $$
We are the Inland Northwest’s favorite Pan-Asian Restaurant & Sushi bar! Enjoy our glorious lake views and our 4,000 gallon Koi and turtle pond. We have outdoor dining next to a tranquil river and waterfall in our Japanese garden. Come see the Troy & Travis Show and know why we were voted Idaho’s Best Pan-Asian Restaurant ’05 & ’06 by the Inlander Reader’s Poll.
Brix Restaurant Downtown CdA – 317 Sherman Ave.
Classic American $$-$$$
Located in the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene two blocks from the Resort, Brix Restaurant is dedicated to bringing you exceptional food with local, seasonal and diverse flair. With a full bar, extensive wine list and downstairs club with enclosed cigar room, we invite you to join us to see for yourself why Brix is a local favorite. Seasonal outdoor dining; reservations suggested.
Café Carambola CdA – 110 Harbor Plaza on Northwest Blvd.
Latin American Fusion $
Treat yourself to a bold culinary tour from Mexico to Peru and from Argentina to Cuba. Here, Latin-style grilled Tortas (sandwiches) are packed with fresh salsas, cheese and slow-cooked meats while salads glisten for the eyes and dance on your taste buds! This family operated lunch-time favorite serves up varied specials like El Salvadorian pupusas and Mexican tamales, along with exotic coolers like hibiscus flower iced tea ... once you try it, you’ll keep coming back for more! Cooking classes offered on Sat. Open: 11am-3pm Mon.-Fri. Open 11am-3pm Tues.-Fri. and 11am-9pm Sat. (June-Aug.)
Capone’s Pub & Grill Midtown CdA – 751 N. 4th St. Post Falls – 315 Ross Point Rd.
(208) 667-4843 (208) 457-8020
American, Pizza $-$$
You gotta Try our Pastrami Sandwiches and out Specialty Pizzas! Fortyone brews on tap, appetizers, burgers, sub sandwiches, soups and salads. All-scratch cooking! Satellite sports and games. Seasonal outdoor dining. Stop in and stay a while! Inlander’s “Best Sports Bar” in Idaho. Idaho Cuisine’s Virtual Pizza Cook-off winner! See our menu at CaponesPub.com
North Idaho Cedars Floating Restaurant CdA -1 Marine Dr. (Just off Hwy. 95, ¼ mile south of Northwest Blvd.)
Northwest Fresh $$$
Take a step into Cedars Floating Restaurant and let the natural beauty of Lake Coeur d’Alene inspire you. Dine on the spectacular outdoor terrace or enjoy the rustic wood-beamed main dining room. Savor Chef Miles Boggio’s renowned cuisine including the freshest seafood in the region, signature aged prime rib, steaks, chops and the Inland Northwest’s best salad bar. Complement your dinner with one of our legendary hand-crafted desserts and a glass of wine from our superb collection. Reservations suggested for this Coeur d’Alene landmark establishment.
Chef in the Forest Hauser Lake – 12008 N. Woodland Beach Rd. (Just north of Post Falls)
American Northwest Fresh $$-$$$
Deep in the forest, overlooking a quaint little lake, we are one of the area’s finest restaurants. We offer you a comfortable, rustic atmosphere with highly acclaimed fine dining, serving Classical cuisine, fine wines and cocktails. For a special evening to remember, please call for reservations. We are only 15 minutes from Coeur d’Alene.
North Idaho Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Co. Downtown CdA (208) 765-0188 117 S. 4th St. (Corner of 4th & Front St.) Downtown Spokane 827 W. First Ave. Ste. 101
“Olive oil is in the top-5 things to have in your diet every day!” according to Dr. Oz. Our olive oils are all natural, 100 percent Extra Virgin, first cold press! Our olives come from our family owned and operated grove in California to assure you the highest quality. Flavors include oils infused with Basil, Roasted Garlic or Citrus. Also, make your own custom blends here. Our specialty olive products include tapenade spreads & stuffed olives. Gift baskets available, and we ship, too! CDAOliveOil.com
Curley’s Bar & Bistro Hauser Junction – I-90 Exit #2, North to Hwy 53, East/left to Curley’s From Spokane – 2 miles East of State Line, Idaho, on Hwy 53 (Trent) (208) 773-5816 or (208) 777-6896 to book parties, weddings and other events! American Bar & GRILL $-$$
BIGGEST LITTLE PARTY SPOT IN NORTH IDAHO! Gotta come and check out our beautifully landscaped Beer Garden—it’s the largest in the Inland Northwest! Enjoy the area’s finest Classic Rock Fri. & Sat. nights. When it
comes to your party needs, Curley’s never comes up short! Call to book your event now, and don’t miss the biggest party of the year in July ... the Curley’s Classic Rock Cruise. Mark your calendar! Curleys.biz
and cook’s care products. We carry Vera Bradley handbags, Heritage lace, and Sweet Romance and Anne Koplik jewelry, with a little something for everyone. We carry a full line of Arte Italica, an heirloom quality line of products with classic styling, a hand-finished old-world patina and high quality European craftsmanship. This collection is a quality that will be passed down for generations. Visit our new Web site and sign up for our newsletter. ElegantExpressionsIdaho.com
Daanen’s Delicatessen Hayden – 8049 Wayne Blvd. (Gov’t Way & Prairie)
Deli, ImportS, Wine & Beer Shop $-$$
El Patio Pub & Grill
Your full-service Deli Shoppe serving Hayden for 14 years! Offering Old-world flavor and speedy counter service with gourmet to-go entrées. Slice-to-order imported sausages, salamis, meats, European cheeses and specialties. Home of the “One Pounder” deli sandwich! (More than 1/2 million sold!) The area’s finest selection of wines, beers & ales and chocolates. Truly International gift baskets.
State Line–6902 W. Seltice Way (208) 773-2611 (I-90 Exit #299 next to Cabela’s) American Pub and Grill $-$$
Elegant Expressions State Line–7200 W. Seltice Way (208) 777-8110 (I-90 Exit #299 next to Cabela’s) Specialty Store
A trip to Elegant Expressions brings you into our exquisite gift and home décor world. The sights and aromas that greet you include Aromatique home fragrances, Root candles, Crabtree and Evelyn skin care, natural botanicals, gardener care
Beat the crowds any day of the week with our daily specials. New menu items include Buffalo Burgers and a Martini Menu featuring 20 selections. Enjoy our beautiful outdoor patio in the summer, have fun in the game room, enjoy two Big Screens and seven other TVs, Longboard Shuffleboard, Video Golf - Darts – Pinball, Internet Juke Box with more than 1,000 songs, FREE POOL 11am- 3pm, and always great food in our fun and casual atmosphere. FREE WIRELESS HOT-SPOT. NEW Video Bowling with cash prizes paid weekly! Smokers and non-smokers welcome – we have a great air cleaning system! Plus the coldest beer on tap! No one under 21 admitted.
Legendary Dining Since 1965
BOAT IN OR DRIVE UP.
Dinner service starting daily at 4pm
North Idaho Elkins Resort on Priest Lake Priest Lake – 404 Elkins Rd.
Tucked quietly in the heart of the Selkirk Mountain Range along the sandy shores of Priest Lake, Idaho, Elkins Resort is the ideal location for all your business and vacation needs. The resort features 30 cedar log cabins and an award-winning lakeside restaurant and lounge nestled upon the banks of Priest Lake. Fodor’s Travel Guide, Escape to Nature Without Roughing It, recommends Elkins restaurant as something not to miss. Reservations are suggested. ElkinsResort.com
Enoteca – Fine Wine & Beer Post Falls – 112 E. Seltice Way
Explore the world one glass at a time! Check out Idaho’s premier wine club, beer club and tasting room. We have a massive selection including more than 700 wines and more than 100 beers to choose from, with new arrivals every week. Featuring unique and interesting wine and beer to whet your palate, from domestic and international sources. Visit us in Post Falls next to the White House Grill. Open 11am–7pm Tues.-Thurs., 12–8pm Fri. & Sat. Wine tasting events are held 4-8pm every Fri. and 128pm every Sat. For more information, call, visit our Web site or email us at: Service@CorkJoy.com. CorkJoy.com
Greenbriar Inn Catering & Events Facility Downtown CdA – 315 Wallace
Our award-winning ﬁne dining experience is well-known throughout the northwest and beyond. Experience our breathtaking views and world-class service overlooking Priest Lake. 404 Elkins Road, Priest Lake, ID (208) 443-2432 · ElkinsResort.com
This Historic Greenbriar Inn has catered to the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area since 1986. A charming Victorian Mansion, suitable for exclusive parties for up to 250 people, our garden and year-round conservatory await you and your guests. We are committed to excellence! (Please note: The Greenbriar Inn is a Catering and Event Facility, not a restaurant.) GreenbriarCatering.com
G.W. Hunters Restaurant & Steakhouse Post Falls – 615 N Spokane St.
American Northwest $-$$
Join us in our rustic setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We feature a selection of the area’s finest–steaks, seafood, chicken, pasta and wild game. The area’s best Prime Rib every Fri. & Sat. nights. Sorry, we’re dark Mon. & Tues.
Iron Horse Bar & Grill 407 Sherman Ave.
American Food $-$$
At the Iron Horse, you will find a little something for everyone! Come in for breakfast, lunch or dinner with the family at our restaurant, open daily. Or come in after work for a beer or cocktail and unwind at our bar. We offer 2-for-1 cocktails 5-9pm Wed., Fri. & Sat., 8pm-midnight Thurs. Live music every Fri. & Sat., and seasonally on Sun. We also offer banquet and catering services for your event or special occasion. Open 7am-2am Mon.-Fri., 8am-2am Sat. and 9am-2am Sun. “The most happening 100 feet in Coeur d’Alene!” IronHorseCdA.com
North Idaho Mallards at Templin’s Resort
Pastry and More
Post Falls – 414 E. First Ave. (208) 773-1611 (Located inside The Red Lion Templin’s Hotel)
N. CdA – US Hwy 95, Northern Lights Mall
Northwest Fresh $$
Scratch bakery serving a full line of exquisite French pastries, breads, rolls (including our world- famous Orange Rolls), cookies, muffins and more. We specialize in custom wedding cakes and cakes for all occasions. Try us for lunch and to-go orders; we serve Quiche, soups and sandwiches. Open 6:30am-5:30pm Mon.-Sat. PastryandMore.com
Located directly on the Spokane River, we offer spectacular river-view dining with casual elegance at its best! We feature Northwest cuisine with flair for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Enjoy our seasonal outdoor dining.
Michael D’s Eatery CdA – 203 Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr.
Breakfast/Lunch Diner $-$$
A Coeur d’Alene favorite for nine years and counting! We are located along the Centennial Trail. Stop on your way to the lake for a family style breakfast and lunch. Eggs and omelets served all day; sandwiches and fish-n-chips are favorites for lunch! Kids are always welcome! Serving beer and wine, banquets for 10-60, meeting space for up to 24.
Oval Office Post Falls – 612 N. Spokane
Contemporary Bistro $$-$$$
At the Oval Office, we bring you fine food and fin cocktails in our romantic environment. Your foreigner Chef Raci brings his broader cooking experience to Post Falls. Come experience our beautiful, cozy Bistro. (You cannot come in butt naked to this one.)
Qdoba Mexican Grill CdA – 204 Ironwood Dr. (208) 667-2074 N. Spokane – 7115 N. Division (509) 468-8500 Medical Center Area Spokane – 901 S. Grand (509) 747-8737 Mexican Grill $
Qdoba Mexican Grill features jumbo gourmet burritos prepared from freshly grilled chicken, steak or grilled vegetables. Tacos, taco salads and nachos are also on the menu! The service is quick, and you won’t believe the taste! Eat here or take us to go! We cater, too! Qdoba.com
Takara Downtown CdA – 309 Lakeside
Japanese and Sushi Bar $$
GREAT Traditional Sushi bar and a variety of authentic Japanese menu items with fresh seafood flown in regularly! We have a private banquet room for parties of four-20. Open for lunch 11:30am-2pm Mon.-Fri., dinner 5-9pm Sun.-Sat. We are open late Fri. & Sat. June-Aug.
Tim’s Special Cut Meats CdA – 7397 N. Gov’t Way
We are the only old-fashioned butcher shop in town offering a variety of retail meats—all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free Angus Beef, chicken, Idaho lamb and pork, USDA-inspected elk and buffalo. We also have a variety of custom-smoked sausages, jerky, fresh sausages, deli meats, custom-smoked hams, bacons and smoked pork chops, dairy products to include farm-fresh eggs, spices marinades, beer, wine and more. Let us help you choose a great steak to barbecue tonight or prepare a special-order item such as Rack of Lamb or seasoned Prime Rib.
White House Grill, The Post Falls – 712 N. Spokane St.
Mediterranean Cooking $-$$
If you like garlic, you will love our cozy romantic restaurant. You feel as if you are in the Mediterranean without paying top prices! Our entrées are priced from $8.95 to $14.95. Choose from more than 110 wine selections and good seasonal beers that make you want to come back again! Dress casual or butt naked. Open 11am-10pm Mon.-Thurs., 11am-11pm Fri. & Sat.
Wine Cellar, The Downtown Coeur d’Alene – 313 Sherman Ave.
Open for dinner at 4pm. Recipient of the Wine Spectator “Distinguished Dining” award, Wine List “Award of Excellence” and Wine Press Northwest “Best Idaho Wine List.” Our eclectic menu features reasonably priced Mediterranean cuisine and a 225-item wine selection! Open late with live blues and jazz nightly in a romantic setting. CoeurdAleneWineCellar.com
BIRD AVIATION & INVENTION CENTER AVIATORS, INVENTORS, LIFE SAVERS KIDS & ART THE PERFECT PARTNERSHIP FAMILY FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS HOT SPOT MOBIUS KIDS
Taking Learning to New Heights The Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center
T 86 YEARS OLD, HE IS LIKE A child with his head is in the clouds dreaming up his next brilliant invention. Dr. Forrest Bird, M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., is bringing a new world close to home in Sandpoint, Idaho. The Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center is a place for children and adults alike, who have a love of knowledge … and excitement. Located along Lake Pend Oreille on 200-acres, schools send rounds of students through; scout troops, educational camps and summer camps experience wonder as they discover more about the world they live in—everything from the original creator of the Barbie Doll—Ruth Handler, to the inventor of the electric guitar—Les Gibson. Children will be wowed by the vintage cars and the various
aircrafts, all in mint condition. The Museum makes every effort to educate its visitors about the historic contributions of aviators and innovators who have helped change lives and the world as we know it today. After its Grand Opening Weekend July 7-8, 2007, the Museum will move forward with new exhibits, a series of presentations delivered by both local notables and others outside of the Sandpoint area. The tour through the museum is free and open Mon.-Sat. by appointment. It is also available by reservation for special events and gatherings. The gifts Dr. Bird and his wife Dr. Pamela Bird bring to the world beyond this place are immense. Pack up the kids, explore this wonder and let your imagination soar. (208) 255-4321 or BirdAviationMuseum.com
“As a child, my family’s menu consisted of two items: Take it or Leave it.” – Buddy Hackett
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE BIRD AVIATION MUSEUM, GEORGE PERKS AND CHRIS GUIBERT STORY BY JEANETTE DUNN
Bird Museum and Invention Center
Bringing new product ideas and technologies into the world and serving our local community and beyond; this museum is home to a world-wide operation along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille.
Forrest Bird is sometimes high above the clouds and sometimes completely grounded in realities that he sees as a need for change and innovation. Just south of Sandpoint, Idaho, on a gorgeous scenic shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille, a rustic lodge is home to a brilliant star of the medical and aviation world. Deer walk by outside the windows; fluffy white clouds reflect on the lake in the forefront, with a backdrop of steep wooded terrain. This is where both geniuses and ordinary people come together to do the work that has saved countless lives; where creativity lives, thrives and comes forth into a world waiting for solutions it doesn’t even know could exist. Dr. Forrest Bird, his wife, Dr. Pamela Bird, and a troop of workers, family and friends live and work in this Shangri-la along the lake. The gifts they bring to the world beyond this place are immense and necessary. The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center is nestled right here on a 300 acre private business, home, and farm in the North Idaho panhandle. Maybe an unlikely place to find such an amazing collection, but all you have to do is lay eyes on the place, meet the people and you too will become enchanted with what takes place there. According to their mission statement, “The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center strives to educate visitors about the historic contributions of aviators and innovators who have helped create modern technology and celebrate these individuals who have forever changed the way we live. It only takes one person to change the world.” And one of those people who has changed the world forever is Dr. Bird.
Bird Museum and Invention Center Eighty-six-year-old Dr. Forrest Bird, M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., has produced some of the greatest innovations of our time. Born in Stoughton, Mass., his early, avid interest in aviation presented an application for learning, and in 1995, Dr. Bird was inducted into the “National Inventors’ Hall of Fame” for his developments in “Fluid Dynamics and the patented BABYbird®.” His first degree was in Aeronautics, then after inventing the first G suit and pioneering the Medivac system as we know it today, the military sent him on to university medical educational facilities. He is a past president of the Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA), an active, highly qualified FAA certificated
location of the museum both doctors say, “Because it’s so beautiful here!” Dr. Pamela adds “… because it’s the last of the frontier; because it’s us; … because of the caliber of people we have for the volunteer program. They are the best in the world.” Chris Wilson has been a good friend of theirs and coordinates the volunteer docents, who are ambassadors for the museum. He was the Commanding Officer (CO) at the Naval Weapons Fighter Academy and represented the military as a consultant with the producers of the movie “Top Gun” to make sure they got the portrayal of the operation accurate for the military. The docent program runs smoothly under his watch with a group of 69 highly qualified
THEY WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW, “IT ONLY TAKES ONE PERSON TO CHANGE THE WORLD, AND IT CAN BE YOU!” flight instructor pilot, aeronautical engineer, physicist and the premier medical doctor in the world on pulmonary care. He remains an ardent lecturer as well as educator, with deep research and development commitments in aviation medicine and submarine medicine. Dr. Bird was recently featured on 60 Minutes by Morley Safer. Dr. Pamela Riddle Bird, Ph.D., a nationally recognized commercialization expert, directed one of the largest publicly funded innovation centers in the U.S. and has counseled thousands of inventors and entrepreneurs for more than two decades. She is the founder and CEO of Innovative Product Technologies, Inc. (IPT, Inc.), which was highlighted in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL as one of the top-innovation commercialization corporations assisting inventors with new products, ideas and technologies. She was interviewed by ABC television network’s “20/20” as an international expert; she went against invention “rip-off ” companies who target inventors. Dr. Pamela is also the author of the book, Inventing for Dummies®.
aviators, educators and scientists who donate one day a month to guide tours. The youngest docent is Connor Lawrence, age 13, whose mother was a project manager for some of the very first Web sites that ever came out for the World Wide Web as it was being introduced. Dr. Forrest enjoys spending a little extra time with this young and brilliant student who volunteers on Wednesdays. It is important to the Birds to make a difference in people’s lives and to teach others how to bring their gifts to the world. Kids are flocking to the museum, from preschoolers to high school age. They are excited and full of passion when they see the many possibilities in life presented at the museum. They have scavenger hunts with prizes for finding certain items in the museum. Some tours start with a hands-on demonstration of how
the respirator devices work. With two examples of lungs, (they use pigs lungs because they are the closest to human function), one being a dark smoker’s lung and the other a pink healthy lung to show the clear difference in health; they show them hooked up to the respirators, demonstrating the difference in how the two respond. One of the favorite exhibits are the flight simulators. Kids are fascinated at the many things to discover at the museum, and the Birds want them to realize that no matter what their backgrounds are, they have many future choices within the sciences. They want them to leave knowing that each one of us is blessed with gifts and that we are supposed to move forward with our ideas, to act on them and do something to bring them to the world. Their motto is: “One person can change the world, and it can be you!” With a multitude of displays featuring Dr. Forrest Bird’s inventions and those of various other inventors—everyone from Ruth Handler, the original creator of the Barbie Doll, to Patsy Sherman, who invented Scotchgard™ Textile Protector—there is something of interest for everyone.
PERCUSSIONAIRE® THE FACTORY “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.” Dr. Bird’s ventilator products are 99 percent manufactured here, except for some of the dial knobs and tubing. In a time when many companies go offshore for manufacturing, they are made here for the strictest quality control, and they sell and ship them all over the world. They employ about 45 people at the plant and
THE AVIATION MUSEUM The grand opening for Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center was chosen as a date that people can easily remember with aviation significance, July 7, 2007. Stunt pilot Patty Wagstaff, three-time U.S. National Acrobatic Champion, performed the ribbon cutting by flying 200 miles-per-hour, upside down, 20 feet off the ground to cut the 40 foot wide ribbon held on poles by the Birds! The Birds were joined in their quest to display this extraordinary collection by an army of volunteers from the area. When asked why North Idaho for the Patty Wagstaff cuts the ribbon for the Grand Opening... Upside down!
Bird Museum and Invention Center
High above the 300-acre Bird Museum & Invention Center property
another 50 in cottage industry locations from Sandpoint to Coeur d’Alene. Distributors are scattered throughout the world. A wall in the plant is covered with many of the thank you letters and photos the Birds receive, always serving as a reminder of the lives they’ve touched, and that the work they do has an impact and purpose. Every machine made is tested 24 hours before it is shipped out. There is a sign on the wall in the shipping area that says: “Would you want to be the next patient on the respirator you are working on?” Everyone sees it, even the UPS delivery people, and it serves as a constant reminder that the products they have in their hands will save someone’s life at its destination.
THE LODGE The Lodge next door is where the research takes place and where they host training seminars for medical technicians and doctors from all over the world. Their home is here, too. The Birds live here. They love that they can do all this based right here near the tiny town of Sandpoint. Dr. Pamela said about her work with inventors, “What we do here is so rewarding. I work with some of the best in history … the most unique people—to nurture them and work with them from the idea to the
market in commercializing their new inventions and technologies … working with those who create the future. We’re just two people in the middle of North Idaho trying to make a difference and leave this world a better place.” From seeing the collection at the museum, it is immediately apparent that they already have made the world a better place for so many
To quote Morley Safer of “60 Minutes,” … “Fish have gotta swim, birds have gotta fly, and this Bird will not be grounded” … and I might add, he will forever fly on in the lives he has saved. people. Dr. Pamela is a blessing to so many inventors whose dreams may have never come true without her help, and Dr. Forrest Bird may be 86, but even a little glimpse at his life shows that he is ageless, un-groundable and un-stoppable! Dr. Pamela smiled as she said, “There is space in the museum that is currently left empty … for Forrest’s best invention … which is yet to come.” To quote Morley Safer of “60 Minutes,” … “Fish have gotta swim, birds have gotta fly, and this Bird will not be grounded” … and I might add, he will forever fly on in the lives he has saved.
Bird Museum and Invention Center
A copy of the 1927 Waco, the first plane Dr. Bird flew solo at age 14!
Planes, Trains, Automobiles… & More! OK, you won’t find any trains at the Bird Museum, but you will discover: • The original Iron Lung from the 1950s … and it still works! This contraption is what inspired Dr. Forrest Bird to invent the respirator that has saved so many lives
• The original heart and lung machine • The BABYbird® respirator, introduced in 1970, quickly reduced infant mortality for those with respiratory problems from 90 percent to less than 10 percent worldwide
• Vintage cars, motorcycles and planes that are all maintained by two talented full-time mechanics who keep all the equipment in mint, driving and flyable condition, including a copy of the 1927 Waco, the first plane Dr. Bird flew solo at age 14 • Original photo of the Wright Brothers first flight! • A precious gift that came in September from NASA—a handmade to scale model of the Hubble telescope (1/15 scale) • The numerous flags displayed from around the world represent countries Dr. Bird has sold equipment to and where he trained the top doctors to use his equipment. • A phenomenally large collection of model planes built by B. Allan (Al) Branson (the tour guide at the museum) • A plane that was Dr. Bird’s father’s last plane—a World War I pilot who was his biggest inspiration to fly—which is scheduled to go to the Smithsonian Aerospace Museum • Inventors, inventors and more inventors!
From Spokane, Wash.: Travel east on I-90 to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, (approximately 35 miles). Takes Sandpoint/HWY 95 exit. Go approximately 34 miles north to Sagle Road (across from Conoco Station). Turn right on Sagle Road, travel 11.8 miles and turn left onto Bird Ranch Road, which will lead you to the Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center. From Sandpoint, Idaho: Take Hwy 95 south over the “Long Bridge.” Once over the bridge, travel approximately 5 miles to Sagle Road. Turn left on Sagle Rd., travel 11.8 miles and turn left onto Bird Ranch Rd., which will lead you to Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center.
Hours: Winter hours (Oct. 15-May 15): Open 8am-4pm Mon.-Sat. by appointment only. Summer (May 15-Oct. 15): Open 8am-4p.m., no appointment necessary. Call (208) 255-4321.
Admission Rates: FREE! Groups are welcome! Schools, scouts, churches and also senior group tours. The main building is 16,000 square feet with a state-of-the-art kitchen facility, handicap accessibility and gift store. Weddings and banquets are hosted inside the museum and the lodge. Call for details.
The Bird Airport is for private use, and permission is required for landing. For questions, please call (208) 263-2549.
Kids & Art
Kids and Art The Perfect Partnership! By: Jill Strom
HERE’S NOTHING MORE FUN
for children than art projects. Looking back on my years in school, I can still remember the anticipation of art class. I relished everything about it – the supplies, the smells, wondering what the next project would be and “escaping” the world while creating a masterpiece. Well, maybe not a masterpiece, but it sure was fun to experiment with the different art mediums! The hour would speed by, leaving me wanting more. Fortunately, there are many places in our
community where kids can satisfy their craving for creativity in visual arts. The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture’s (MAC) art education program was developed with the specific goal of helping to fill gaps in our region’s K-12 arts education. As an enhancement to inschool art instruction, the three-hour field trip to the MAC includes classroom instruction, interactive gallery art viewing and a culminating creative project that students take with them. More than 2,000 students participate in the MAC art education program each year.
The MAC also has six Family MACFests each year. They are open to the public, are a great way to expose kids to the arts and are just plain fun for the whole family! The hands-on makeand-take activities at Family MACFests are either related to a season or particular exhibit at the Museum. They take place from 12-3pm on the second Saturday of each month October through March, and the best part?! A special admission of $10 covers the entire family, which includes the MAC galleries and Campbell House. If you are a MAC member, Family MACFest is FREE! Annual family memberships begin at $50 and can be purchased at the MAC’s admission desk. Other organizations in our community that encourage children’s art education include The Spokane Art School, Mobius Children’s Museum and the Spokane Arts Commission, just to name a few. The goal is to weave the arts into everyday life and create a better quality of life for all who live, work and visit Spokane and the Inland Northwest. The Spokane Art School offers art classes for all ages and abilities. In addition, the school works with a variety of social service and health-related areas to further enhance the artistic spirit. Mobius, located in River Park Square in Downtown Spokane, offers a wide variety of children’s educational opportunities from art to science. If you really want to get connected, check out the Spokane Arts Commission. Run by the City of Spokane–the Arts Commission has a wealth of information on numerous businesses and organizations that are arts-oriented and offer programs for adults and children. There are numerous special events in the Spokane area that offer art activities for kids. The MAC and Spokane Art School team up
Family Friendly each year to organize ArtFest in Spokane’s historic Browne’s Addition. Always held the weekend after Memorial Day, ArtFest has something for the whole family. Explore and shop more than 100 juried artist booths, try out a variety of food, listen to live music and stop by “Make It Art.” Make It Art is a special place during ArtFest that’s just for kids. Choices abound on projects to make and art to create, from modeling clay and collages, to paint and sock puppets. Admission to ArtFest is free, however, a small fee is required for projects in Make It Art. First Night Spokane is an alcohol-free family friendly event that attracts more than 27,000 people to Downtown Spokane for a giant New Year’s Eve celebration. More than 40 different downtown locations present more than 100 different artistic presentations, blending a combination of visual and performing arts. Kids’ activities abound throughout the event, and a First Night button is your admission to it all. Celebrate New Year’s Day at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture by showing your First Night Button for free admission to the Museum. Bring art into your life! The possibilities are endless in the Inland Northwest–you just need to find them.
Spokane’s Family Friendly Restaurants
Compiled by: Charity Doyl Publisher, Northwest woman Here is a list of some particularly good restaurant choices for families with children. This list is for a parent with children of any age but is geared toward grade-school aged kids. You know your own children best, so use this list as a guideline when planning a fine-dining experience with them or some casual fun in a child-friendly atmosphere. Unless noted, the restaurants are located in Spokane. Artist Café Cheney – 28 W. 1st St. (509) 235-6163
Luigi’s Italian Restaurant 245 W. Main Ave. (509) 624-5226
Brambleberry Cottage & Tea Shoppe 206 E. Pacific Ave. (509) 926-3293
Maggie’s South Hill Grill 2808 E. 29th Ave. (509) 536-4745
Café MAC inside The MAC 2316 W. 1st Ave. (509) 363-5358
Mamma Mia’s 420 W. Francis Ave. (509) 467-7786
Cena Entrées To Go - Take Home Meals 12501 N. Division St. (509)328-3709
Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle 802 W. Garland Ave. (509) 325-1772
Chalet Restaurant, The 2918 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 747-6474
Mustard Seed, The 245 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (509) 747-2689 4750 N. Division St. (509) 483-1500 9806 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 924-3194
Chaps Café and Coffee House 4235 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd. (509) 624-4182 China Dragon Restaurant 27 E. Queen Ave. (509) 483-5209 Chuck E. Cheese’s 10007 N. Nevada St. (509) 464-0447 Cyrus O’Leary’s 516 W. Main Ave. (509) 624-9000 Denny’s Restaurant 4903 N. Division St. (509) 489-8060 3711 S. Geiger Blvd. (509) 744-7060 Europa Restaurant & Bakery 125 S. Wall (509) 455-4051 De Leon Foods Deli & Grocery Store 2104 E. Francis Ave. (509) 483-3033 Fat Daddy’s 12424 N. Division St. (509) 464-3644 Ferguson’s Café & Catering 804 W. Garland Ave. (509) 325-3482 Ferrantes Café & Shop 4516 S. Regal St. (509) 443-6304
ON-LINE RESOURCES Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture NorthwestMuseum.org Spokane Art School SpokaneArtSchool.org Spokane Arts Commission SpokaneArts.org Mobius, A Children’s Museum MobiusSpokane.org First Night Spokane FirstNightSpokane.org
Five Mile Heights Pizza Parlor 6409 N. Maple St. (509) 328-4764 Frank’s Diner 1516 W. 2nd Ave. (509) 747-8798 10929 N. Newport Hwy. (509) 465-2464 Golden Corral Steaks & Buffet 7117 N. Division St. (509) 468-1895 Hogan’s Hamburgers 2977 E. 29th Ave. (509) 535-7567 Italian Kitchen 113 N. Bernard St. (509) 363-1210 La Katrina Tacos 510 S. Freya St. (509) 535-4263 Longhorn Barbecue 2315 N. Argonne Rd. (509) 924-9600 7611 W. Sunset Hwy. (509) 838-8372
Old Country Buffet 5504 N. Division St. (509) 484-5026 9606 N. Newport Hwy (509) 467-3440 Old European Breakfast House 7015 N. Division St. (509) 467-5987 11520 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 928-6868 Old Spaghetti Factory 152 S. Monroe (509) 624-8916 Olive Garden Italian Restaurant 221 N. Wall St. (509) 624-1853 Peking North 4120 N. Division St. (509) 484-4321 Percy’s Café Americana University City Ctr. (509) 924-6022 Perkins Restaurant & Bakery 5903 N. Division St. (509) 489-2160 12 E. Olive Ave. (509) 747-9111 Perry Street Café 1002 S. Perry St. (509) 535-4949 Rancho Chico Family Mexican Restaurants 9205 N. Division St. (509) 467-0022 2023 W. Northwest Blvd. (509) 327-2723 Rock City Grill 808 W. Main in River Park Square (509) 455-4400 Rockin’ B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show Liberty Lake – 3912 N. Idaho Rd. (509) 891-9016 Rocky Rococo Pizza & Pasta 520 W. Main Ave. (509) 747-1000 Sawtooth Grill River Park Square 808 W. Main Ave. (509) 363-1100 Steam Plant Grill 159 S. Lincoln St. (509) 777-3900 Tomato Street 6220 N. Division St. (509) 484-4500
Mobius Kids is a 16,000 square foot children’s museum with various exhibits and galleries. It provides a safe, nurturing environment for young children and their families to learn and grow through hands-on activities in the arts, culture and science. Open daily: 10am-5pm Mon.-Sat. and 11am-5pm Sun. > Bayanihan: A Window to the Philippines, allows explorers to learn about Filipino culture by bargaining at the sari-sari store, shopping at the local market and husking rice in the bahay kubo. > Enchanted Forest baby and toddler area gives infants and toddlers room to crawl, climb and romp their way through the exhibit. Features a tree slide, a foam pond and woodland-animal puppets. > Mobius in Motion traveling exhibits are coming soon! The Space Spot will be featured at Mobius Kids from Nov. 6, 2006 to April 2, 2007 and is an inquiry-based exhibit where students explore the wonders of the universe and their own solar system. > Geotopia provides children the opportunity to play-to-learn about the effects of water erosion, the region’s aquifer system and how to affect water currents. Includes digging for dinosaur fossils and plant life, with live insects. > Out-of-Hand Art Gallery provides young minds with creative and openended visual art exploration with frequent classes and projects for budding artists. > The Globe Theater sets the stage for impromptu and planned plays, dances and recitals using stage flats, lighting, costumes and musical instruments. > Cooper’s Corner, an exhibit created in memory of Cooper Jones, offers a tour of a miniature city, promoting principles of bicycle and traffic safety. Downtown Spokane – 808 W. Main, lower level of River Park Square $5.75/person. Children under 1 free / $1 off for seniors and military 624-KIDS
Family Fun & Entertainment
Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center: Sagle, Idaho, open by appointment M-F - BirdAviationMuseum.com
Cat Tales Zoological Park: Lions and Tigers and Bears ... oh my! Open year round - 17020 N. Newport Hwy.
Fast Kart Indoor Speedway: Go-cart racing - 1224 E. Front Ave.
The Garland Theatre: FREE kids movies 9:30am during summer - 924 W. Garland
Lilac Lanes Bowling and Family Fun Center - 1112 E. Magnesium Rd.
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture: 2316 W. First Ave. - NorthwestMuseum.org
Riverfront Park in Downtown Spokane: Carrousel, Ferris wheel, Bumper Cars, Ice Skating, IMAX Theatre
Silverwood Theme Park & Boulder Beach Water Park: 26225 N. Hwy 95, Athol, Idaho
Spokane Art School: Art classes and events - 920 N. Howard - SpokaneArtSchool.org
Spokane Indians Baseball: Avista Stadium - SpokaneIndiansBaseball.com
Spokane Chiefs Hockey: Spokane Arena - 700 W. Mallon Ave. - SpokaneChiefs.com
Splash-Down Water Slides: 11123 E. Mission Ave.
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BARRISTER WINERY URBAN WINEMAKERS FOOD & WINE PAIRING TO TASTE A HEAVENLY MATCH SPOKANE AREA TASTINGS & WINE DINNERS SPECIAL WINE TASTING EVENTS TOWNSHEND CELLAR AND TREZZI FARM AN EVENING ON GREEN BLUFF SPOKANE AREA WINERIES AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Barrister Winery’s Old-World Elegance From intimate dinners to corporate parties, Barrister Winery is a great place to host your event in style!
VER THE PAST YEAR, BARRISTER has hosted an elegant sit-down dinner to benefit the Spokane Symphony, surprise birthday parties, wedding receptions, corporate functions, rehearsal dinners—and at least one engagement dinner, just for two. It may not sound romantic to share a basement with 275 barrels of aging wine–yet the Barrister cellar is truly something special. Thick 100-year-old, basalt rock walls and huge oak pillars create a space reminiscent of oldworld wineries–especially when it’s candlelit. Winemakers Greg Lipsker and Michael White agree it may be the most romantic place in Spokane to have an intimate dinner. As you descend on the freight elevator, leaving the rest of your busy life upstairs, the gates
open, and all you see are rows of wine barrels with the flickering candles on them. Barrister winery burst onto the scene in 2004 when the 2002 Cabernet Franc won Best of Show at the Los Angeles “Wines of the World” competition. It was that competition that took them from being an obscure startup winery to a winery that has been written up in some of the most prestigious wine magazines all over the world. With the immense credibility Barrister Winery and its wines are receiving, Spokane and Seattle’s high-end restaurants and wine shops are ordering the now popular Barrister wines. Barrister is located Downtown Spokane at 1213 W. Railroad Ave. (509) 465-3591 BarristerWinery.com
“Wine is bottled poetr y” – Robert Louis Stevenson
PHOTOS BY CHRIS GUIBERT
Urban Winemakers By: Jillian De Lallo Michael White and Greg Lipsker are making a big splash in the wine scene
HE ALLEYS OF SPOKANE HOLD many surprises, especially if you venture a little off the beaten path. Toward the west end of the downtown, nestled between galleries, edgy coffee houses and new loft condos in the Historic Davenport District, is where you’ll find Barrister Winery. “People are always surprised when they walk in here for the first time,” said winemaker Greg Lipsker. “But once they find us, we can be pretty sure they will come back.” In just a handful of years, Barrister has grown from a garage hobby shared by two
friends and their families, to a successful wine business producing a Cabernet Franc with a cult-like following. On Saturdays, the tasting room fills with wine enthusiast discovering Barrister for the first time or returning to share their discovery with friends. “We like to make wine in the style that we like to drink it; we make wines people can be proud to serve,” Winemaker Michael White said. “They’re big, bold, fruit-forward, intense wines with soft mouth-feel. That is a style that’s consistent through each of our wines.” And the Barrister wines have quickly found a
strong following. In the past three years, Barrister has won top awards most small wineries in the country only dream of: Best of Show at the venerable L.A. County Fair, Best of Show at the Northwest Wine Summit and Best of Show at the Tri-Cities Wine Festival. Add to that the numerous golds these guys have hauled in and a Platinum Award from Wine Press Northwest. “Sometimes we just have to pinch ourselves. It feels like a dream come true,” said Greg. “Having a winery combines the things in life that give me the most pleasure: friends, wine, food, cooking, travel and culture. It gives us an opportunity to have a seamless lifestyle, you know, where we don’t have to go to a day
Barrister Winery job just to make money to do the things we enjoy.” Greg recently told his law partners that he’s leaving his law career behind for full-time winemaking. Back in 1997, Mike and Greg were both full-time attorneys when they came upon a wine shop while vacationing with their families in Canada. The shop not only sold wine, but the tools needed in making wine. Greg and Mike went into the shop to purchase a few bottles of wine but left with what would be the birth of Barrister Winery—a fivegallon home winemaking kit. A year later, they produced two cases of wine in Mike’s laundry room, and that first vintage was served to friends. “We kind of punished them,” said Greg, laughing. “They drank it because it was free.” As home winemakers, Mike and Greg entered their wines in the Indy International amateur wine competition. They entered four wines and won three gold and one silver medal. “We were thinking, ‘Gosh, maybe people really do like our wines?’” said Greg. By 2000, they were processing 1.5 tons of grapes in Greg’s garage, and it became obvious Barrister needed more space. Their first business location was a 1,500 square foot basement location near the Spokane Arena, which the prolific winemakers outgrew after just two harvests. They needed to find a new
setting for their growing winery, and fast. That leads us to the stately brick building the winery occupies today. They “stumbled upon” the 100-year-old brick building in Downtown Spokane’s historic Davenport District in February 2004 and signed the deed. By May that same year, they were ready for business. “In 2003, we released about 150 cases of wine,” said Greg. “Now our winery is more than 20,000 square feet, and our annual production is just over 3,000 cases.” Barrister’s building holds the entire wine production–from the time the hand-harvested grapes show up, through the meticulous hand-sorting, de-stemming, crushing and fermenting process to the oak barrel aging, bottling and finally sales. When the fall weather turns crisp, plastic 1/2-ton crates full of grapes from premium vineyards such as Pepper Bridge and Klipsun line the alleys around the winery. Friends give a hand with sorting and de-stemming as the trains rumble by.
Barrister Winery “The grapes are hand-sorted by friends and family. The friends who come down here and help are like our extended family,” said Greg. “We couldn’t possibly have built a winery without our friends and volunteers.” The grapes are then fermented in small lots, with meticulous attention to detail. “We use 11 different strains of yeast and French oak from four different forests in France, each to add a different layer of complexity,” said Greg. “We are a low-tech winery; a boutique producer with a loyal following.” Over the next years, Barrister fans should expect more single-vineyard releases produced with the same care and attention as always. Curious visitors stop by any time of the year, and it’s easy to get a tour. There’s no need to be intimidated—the two winemakers are approachable, and questions are always welcome and answered in a friendly way. “We make it an experience to remember for the people who come here,” said Mike. “We try
to create a personal connection between the winery, the winemakers and of course the wine.” So do attorneys make good winemakers? Though there are some similarities between lawyering and winemaking, such as the necessity to pay attention to fine detail, Greg and Mike agree that winemakers are much more popular than attorneys. “We get teased a lot. Often people come in to see what exactly two attorneys can do,” said Mike. “We put our hearts and souls into winemaking, and our customers can taste that. We have been really fortunate and enjoyed a lot of success. It’s gratifying to produce the wine we envisioned and have it be enjoyed by others.” Said Greg: “We are both very passionate about wine. Although it’s a business now, it’s still a labor of love.”
GETTING THERE Barrister is located downtown Spokane at 1213 W. Railroad Ave. between 1st & 2nd avenues and Adams & Jefferson streets. Open for downtown’s First Friday celebrations, with artist’s receptions from 5-9pm and live music from 7-10pm, and Saturday tastings from 10am-4pm. For more information, call (509) 465-3591 or visit the Web site at BarristerWinery.com
Tasting room open Satudays 11am-4pm First Fridays monthly: featured Artist & Live Music 1213 W. Railroad Ave. (Downtown Spokane) (509) 465-3591
Wine & Food Pairings
To Taste A Heavenly Match! By: SARAH MANN
OW MANY TIMES HAVE
you been at a restaurant, frustrated trying to choose a wine to go with your meal? Or preparing an amazing recipe at home and going to the store in hopes of stumbling on something that will taste good with it? Wine and food pairing doesn’t have to be rocket science, and with a few guidelines, you, too, can do it with ease. As owner of Enoteca – Fine Wine & Beer in Post Falls, I studied the culinary arts before going into the wine trade. Because of this background, I am prepared to help people find good matches for their meals and parties. Here I share some of my tried and vetted methods for choosing an appropriate wine to go with food.
What makes flavors go together? Peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, Champagne and caviar; why do these things go well together? The human palate is a combination of sight, scent, feel and taste. Flavor combinations, when orchestrated properly, can create a symphony of the tasting experience. Rules are made to be broken, but here are a few factors to consider when choosing a heavenly match:
Rule Number One: Location Wine was made to go with food, and the European winemakers craft their wines specifically to complement local food. Where
did your meal originate? If it’s an Italian meal, several Italian wines will make a good complement. If you can be more specific, and you’re enjoying food from the Tuscan region of Italy, for example, find a fine Tuscan wine such as Chianti. If your meal includes Spanish paella, pair with Rioja, a regional name for wine made from the Tempranillo grape. Eclectic American meals pair well with Californian or Northwest red and white wines.
Rule Number Two: Balance Wine can be used to balance out a meal. Is your meal acidic or creamy? Salty or sweet? Think of the peanut butter and jelly combo. Too much peanut butter and you have the
Wine & Food Pairings roof of your mouth coated and stuck. Too much jelly and you have a sweet, gooey mess. The perfect balance of both makes a classic sandwich, the perfect balance of salty and sweet. So when planning a meal, think of the courses selected and choose wine to balance the lightness, acidity, richness or sweetness that will complement the courses throughout the meal. For example, a rich creamy Alfredo sauce doesn’t need a heavily oaked, buttery Chardonnay. In my opinion, that would be like putting two sumo wrestlers in your dinner.
goes with anything! To go beyond that, think about the colors that make up your meal. Red meat, brightly colored vegetables and golden potatoes pair well with Syrah’s rich inky violet and purple hues. Aged Cabernet can be a deep brick red that pairs well with a juicy steak or a leg of lamb. Another example is pairing salmon with Rosé. When people think of Rosé, they usually imagine pink wine that tastes like soda pop. White Zinfandel is the sweet one, but a good French or French-style Rosé is dry, not sweet, and rich with complex flavor.
“For a gourmet wine is not a drink but a condiment, provided that your host has chosen correctly.” Edouard De Pomaine, French author
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR PALATE MY FAVORITE WAY to learn about wine and food pairing is through handson education. Winemaker dinners give a winemaker the opportunity to showcase
Don’t get me wrong. Buttery Chardonnays can be lovely alone or with the right meal. However, with similar buttery flavors, the best balance would come with an opposing taste. After all, opposites attract, right? A nice Sauvignon Blanc or dry French White Burgundy with a crisp texture, even a little citrus flair, would clean the palate after the rich sauce, much like jelly in the ol’ peanut better and jelly sandwich.
Rule Number Three: Color Think about color when mating wine with food. Much like getting dressed, you want elements that match and complement each other. The rule that red wine goes with red meat and white wine with white meat is still valid, although many red wine aficionados will say red
his or her wine in its proper context–with
Remember, rules were meant to be broken, so, when you are comfortable, get creative and experiment a little. A friendly wine expert at your local wine shop can be a big help in selecting a wine that you may not be familiar with. For instance, spicy foods such as Thai or Brazilian cuisine go well with Riesling. The slightly sweet, light-bodied wine soothes the palate after something hot and spicy. Certain red wines are perfect matches with dark chocolate, in my opinion. Try your favorite rich red Zinfandel with a chocolate tort; you won’t be disappointed! So remember, trying a new wine is like trying a new recipe. You never know until you try. So have fun, get creative and your willingness to explore and be adventurous will be rewarded!
carefully selected food made to match!
Barrister Winery Barrel Room set up for a private dinner
Angelo’s set up for wine & food pairing dinner
We are teaming up with Kevin Rogers of TimberRock Winery for a winemaker dinner (coming soon). Stay tuned for further details on our Web site, CorkJoy.com, and stop in for our weekly wine tastings 4-6pm Friday or 12-6pm Saturday.
AUTHORS Sarah and Russell Mann are the owners of Enoteca Fine Wine & Beer in Post Falls, located at 112 E. Seltice Way, next to the White House Grill. Sign up for their weekly newsletter, and to enjoy trying new wines monthly, join the wine club at CorkJoy.com or call (208) 457-9885. Also, check the SizzlenCuisine.com blog and FSA Culinary Calendar online for food and wine events throughout the region.
Spokane Area Tastings & Wine Dinners COMPLEMENT THE FLAVORS
Here are some area locations where you can find food and wine pairings. Call for event dates, times and details. WINE TASTINGS IN THE SPOKANE AREA Eclectic Gifts 23801 E. Appleway, Liberty Lake I90 Exit #296, 1 mi. East (509) 755-9999 WA or (208) 699-4595 ID
Little Italy’s Wine Bar State Line – 6906 W. Seltice Way (208) 777-7778 or (877) 390-5778 4-9pm Wed.-Sat. and 2-8pm Sun.
Enoteca – Fine Wine & Beer Post Falls – 112 E. Seltice Way (208) 457-9885 Wine tasting events are held 4-8pm every Fri. and 12-8pm every Sat. For more information, call, visit our Web site or email us at: Service@CorkJoy.com. CorkJoy.com
Rocket Market 726 E. 43rd St. (509) 343-2253 Wine tasting class starts at 7pm on Fridays. Different theme weekly, must call to reserve a spot in the class.
Huckleberry’s Market 926 S. Monroe (509) 624-1349 (ask for Drew) 2-4pm Sat. (Fall-Spring)
Vino! A Wine Shop 222 S. Washington (509) 838-1229 or (800) 826-5674 3-5:30pm Fri. and 2-4:30pm Sat. Cost $5 The Wine Cellar in Downtown Spokane 906 W. 2nd (509) 455-8161 11am-6pm Wed.-Sat.
FOOD & WINE PAIRING DINNERS IN THE SPOKANE AREA Angelo’s Ristorante CdA – 846 N. 4th St. (208) 765-2850 Artisan Culinary Lounge (inside the Ridpath) Downtown Spokane – 515 W. Sprague Ave. (509) 747-6272
Hotel. This Washington Restaurant Association-Spokane Chapter event features more than 100 wineries and 15 microbreweries, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres by the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, a discount wine store and silent auction. Call (509) 467-7744.
HOLIDAY WINE FEST (All Spokane Wineries) Weekend before Thanksgiving
FESTIVAL OF FOODIES
MAX at Mirabeau Spokane Valley – 1100 N. Sullivan (509) 922-6252
wineries and breweries. (509) 242-2400
Brix Restaurant Downtown CdA – 317 Sherman Ave. (208) 665-7407
Mizuna Downtown Spokane – 214 N. Howard (509) 747-2004
Cena – Gourmet To Go N. Spokane – N. 12501 Hwy 395 (509) 448-1725
Spencer’s For Steaks and Chops inside the Doubletree Hotel Downtown Spokane – 322 N. Spokane Falls (509) 744-2372
Downriver Grill N. Spokane – 3315 W. Northwest Blvd. (509) 323-1600
Early November event at Mirabeau Park
Jan. 27th - Festival of Foodies – 2-6pm at
Mizuna Downtown Spokane – 214 N. Howard (509) 747-2004
Davenport Hotel, The Downtown Spokane – 10 S. Post St. (509) 455-8888
CORK & KEG FESTIVAL
Latah Bistro South Hill Spokane – 4241 S. Hwy 195 (509) 838-8338
Beverly’s at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Downtown CdA – 115 S. 2nd St. (208) 765-4000
Coeur d’Alene Cellars Winery N. CdA – 3890 N. Schreiber Way (208) 664-2336
SPECIAL WINE TASTING EVENTS
Spokane Community College, Lair Bldg. Sample area restaurants, bakeries,
SPRING BARREL TASTING (All Spokane Wineries) Mother’s Day Weekend
TASTE WASHINGTON June 8, 2008 at the Davenport Hotel TasteWashington.org
Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar – South Hill South Hill Spokane – 4320 S. Regal (509) 443-8000 Vino! A Wine Shop Downtown Spokane – 222 S. Washington (509) 838-1229
Wine Time Barrister Winery
Enoteca – Fine Wine & Beer
Downtown Spokane 1213 W. Railroad Ave.
Post Falls – 112 E. Seltice Way (208) 457-9885 (509) 465-3591
Taste Barrister’s award-winning wines! Nestled away in a 100-year-old brick building located in the historic Davenport Arts District, Barrister is home to not only a winery, but an unforgettable experience for all who enter. Enjoy wine tastings, offered 11am-4pm Sat., winery tours to get to know the winemakers Mike and Greg, First Friday events and artist receptions, or book the winery and host your own special event! BarristerWinery.com
Coeur d’Alene Cellars Winery Coeur d’Alene 3890 N. Schreiber Way
Visit the winery for wine tastings of world-class wine and tours of a state-of-the-art facility. Open 11am-5pm Tues.-Sat. or by appointment. CdACellars.com
Coeur d’Alene Cellars’ Barrel Room No. 6 Downtown CdA 503 E. Sherman Ave.
No. 6 Wine Bar is a plush, upscale, relaxing place to enjoy local wines, gourmet cheeses, hand-crafted chocolates and live music on weekend evenings. Summer Hours: 12-10pm Mon.-Thurs., 12pm12am Fri. & Sat. and 2-6pm Sun. CdACellars.com
Explore the world one glass at a time! Check out Idaho’s premier wine club, beer club and tasting room. We have a massive selection including more than 700 wines and more than 100 beers to choose from, with new arrivals every week. Featuring unique and interesting wine and beer to whet your palate, from domestic and international sources. Visit us in Post Falls next to the White House Grill. Open 11am-7pm Tues.-Thurs., 12-8pm Fri-Sat. Wine tasting events are held 4-8pm every Fri. and 12-8pm every Sat. For more information, call, visit our Web site or email us at: Service@CorkJoy.com. CorkJoy.com
Little Italy’s Wine Bar Located inside A to Z Fine Wines & Cigars State Line – 6906 W. Seltice Way – Exit #299 (I-90) next to Cabela’s (208) 777-7778
Join us for wine, microbrew & cigar tastings! With our passion for wine, cuisine and cooking, we can help you to pair wine with food and chocolate. We know wine and can make recommendations to suit your palate. Relax outdoors on the patio with your favorite wine and/or premium cigar. Open for tastings Wed. - Sun. afternoons and evenings. We also carry PEK wine preservation systems. Visit our Web site for events, join our wine club and sign up for our weekly newsletter! AtoZFineWines.com
1205 Main St. Oroville, WA (509) 476-3646 OkanoganWine.com
Locally produced, award-winning wines. Gifts for home, garden and life Live Music from local artists… it’s where the locals start their evening.
OPEN DAILY 2 2 0 Cedar Downtown Sandpoint Idaho 208.265.8545 www.powine .com
Wine Time Okanogan Estate & Vineyard Oroville, Wash. – 1205 Main St.
Okanogan Estate & Vineyards is a small, award-winning winery dedicated to producing handcrafted, exceptional wines. The first winery to open in America in our region, we take pride in our vineyard because our grapes are estate-grown in Washington’s Okanogan Valley. They are carefully monitored to ensure full flavor and complexity. Our desert-like climate, combined with the rich soil of our region, provides ideal grapegrowing conditions. Visit us, experience our sensational variety of wines and bask in the beauty bordered by tall, rocky mountains with miles of lake water running through the valley floor. OkanoganWine.com AFTERNOON TASTING
Make Wine Make Beer Midtown CdA – 1411 N. 4th St.
Join in the fun and the glamour of being a winemaker! Making your own wine has never been easier! We find the quality grapes, you design the label and choose the kit ... and in 4-6 weeks, voila’! Your own vintage is ready for bottling! We also offer complimentary wine tastings 5-7pm Wed. and provide personalized labels for gifts and baskets for corporate, weddings and holidays. Open Mon.-Sat. MakeWineMakeBeer.com
GREAT DINNER WINE
Pend d’Oreille WInery Sandpoint, ID – 220 Cedar St.
Sandpoint’s own award-winning wines are pleasing to the palate and a fine complement to your meal! Just ask for us by name: Pend d’Oreille (say “pon-der-ay”) wine please!” Visit the winery for a tasting and tour, or sip and shop our unique home and garden store. Open daily. POWine.com
SUPERB DESSERT WINE
PAIRS WELL WITH CEREAL
6906 W. Seltice Way
3890 N. Schreiber Way, CdA (208) 664-2336
(I-90 Exit 299 next to Cabela’s)
(208) 777-7778 or (877) 390-5778 Wine Bar open Wed.-Sat. 4-9pm & Sun. 2-8pm Located in AtoZ Smokeshop, Fine Wines & Cigars Open 7am-9pm daily, until 10pm Fri. & Sat.
barrel room no.6 503 E. Sherman, Downtown CdA (208) 664-9632
A Day in the
In a vineyard at the Trezzi Farm, two families come together, one from Milan, Italy, the other from Green Bluff, USA; the Townshends and the Trezzis dine with great food and local wines.
IRST THERE WAS TOWNSHEND CELLAR...
Don Townshend moved to Green Bluff, Wash., in 1987. It wasn’t until after years of interest and toying with the idea of winemaking that Don and Townshend Cellar burst onto the scene in 1998 producing his first Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Huckleberry Port. Dedicated to producing quality wines from the state of Washington, Townshend wines derive their distinctive flavors from extensive oak aging in small French and American oak barrels and the selection of grapes from some of the finest vineyards in the Columbia Valley. They also produce a truly unique Huckleberry portstyle wine made from Wild North Idaho Huckleberries. Don truly makes wines that Washington is proud to call its own.
NEXT CAME THE BARN ON TREZZI FARM... Davide and Stephanie Trezzi first met in Italy while Stephanie was vacationing there. Fast forward, and the two married, moved to Sonoma, Calif., and then Green Bluff, where they run their catering business; country Italian food made in a country setting. Using only natural ingredients, fresh herbs and vegetables from their garden, the Trezzis offer indoor and outdoor offsite catering. With a catering menu to include homemade lasagnas, barbequed Tri-tip roast, soups, pasta salads, green salads, appetizers and fresh bread, Davide and Stephanie bring you a taste of Italy, straight from an Italian! Their lasagnas, pasta sauces and soup can also be purchased at their farm—organic, all-natural with no preservatives; healthy and delicious family food.
And then, according to Don Townshend… I first met Davide and Stephanie Trezzi at a Green Bluff Growers meeting in Green Bluff, Wash. (Green Bluff Growers is an association of small family farms and food stands.) They had moved to the area from Sonoma, Calif., Don Townshend and Davide Trezzi share with us a little glimpseof the culinary lifestyle that suits their family businesses up on Green Bluff, an agricultural area just north of Spokane.
“I have had a standing offer to anyone in the area; to buy wine grapes from anyone who would grow them and could get them ripe. If anyone will be able to grow grapes in this area, it will be the Trezzis.” where they had run a successful catering business. After visiting the Green Bluff area, they were captivated by the quality of life and the beauty of the area. California was high stress and too fast, so they purchased a beautiful 22-acre parcel on the top of Green Bluff, built the “Barn” and proceeded to start a catering and food business—The Barn on Trezzi Farm. The next thing I know, there were wine grapes being grown on their property. We now had two things in common: the love of wine and the love of food. Not only was a friendship then developed between, but the potential for a future vineyard and wine business relationship. Many a night has been spent tasting wine at the Townshend winery and preparing great food at the Trezzi Barn. Since I first began producing wine in the Green Bluff area, I have had a standing offer to anyone in the area; to buy wine grapes from anyone who would grow them and could get them ripe. At Townshend Cellar, we may now have the first opportunity to try out our skills at making a locally grown
wine. If anyone will be able to grow grapes in this area, it will be the Trezzis. They have the determination required to make it happen, the pure love for having a vineyard and the desire to see it be successful. We look forward to seeing our relationship with the Trezzis blossom as we get closer to seeing their dream of a working vineyard in Green Bluff come true. The grapes have now gone through their second growing season, and we hope to see good production from the vineyard in 2008. That same year, Davide and Stephanie are looking to expand their current vineyard from 1.5 acres to more than 3 acres. They are staying with Italian varietals: Burbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo grapes. There is more to Green Bluff than wine and grapes. An agricultural area located about 15 minutes north of Spokane and nestled at the foothills of Mt. Spokane, it is divided into two loops of farms—the East and West. The family farms offer a variety of fruits and vegetables, while other farms offer unique items such as a winery, antiques, an alpaca ranch, a landscape nursery, lavender, homemade Italian food and catering, and Christmas trees. There is a plethora of things to do and see. There are fruits and vegetables to pick, places to eat, Christmas tree farms, plant nurseries, pumpkin patches and many places to take kids for fun, games, animals and rides. There is virtually something happening year-round in the area; a great place to take your family and enjoy the festivities. A day in the life of Green Bluff… food, wine, friends and fun. What more can you ask?
The Townshends: Brendon, Michael and Don. The Trezzis: Davide, Stephanie and Federica
Other Green Bluff Growers Huckaba’s Green Bluff 8022 E. Green Bluff Rd. (509) 238-6742
Green Bluff High Country Orchard (509) 238-9545
Knapp’s 7722 E. Ballard Rd. (509) 238-2640
Smith’s Hilltop Orchard 9423 E. Green Bluff Rd. (509) 238-4647
Dietz Christmas Trees & Nursery 17504 N. Day-Mt. Spokane Rd. (509) 238-5164
Cherry Hill 18207 N. Sands Rd. (509) 238-1978
Siermers Farm LLC 11125 E. Day-Mt. Spokane Rd. (509) 238-6742
Hansen’s Orchard 8215 E. Green Bluff Rd. (509) 238-4902
Bodacious Berries & Fruits 16004 N. Applewood Ln. (509) 238-2489
Walter’s Fruit Ranch 9807 E. Green Bluff Rd. (509) 238-4709
Cole’s Orchard 18423 N. Green Bluff Rd. (509) 238-4962
Fleur de Provence Lavender Farm 7019 E. Day-Mt. Spokane Rd. (509) 466-4236
Hidden Acres 16802 N. Applewood Ln. (509) 238-2830
Eleven Acres 10909 E. Day-Mt. Spokane Rd. (509) 238-9473
Supersuris Alpaca Ranch 16219 N. Day-Mt. Spokane Rd. (509) 238-3191
Harvest House & Orchard (509) 238-6970
Robel’s Orchard 19405 Sands Rd. (509) 238-1911
Sundown Browne’s Place LLC 17425 N. Sands Rd. (509) 238-4803
Yaryan’s Orchard 10229 E. Day-Mt. Spokane Rd. (509) 238-6261
Roening’s on Green Bluff 17715 & 18102 N. Day-Mt. Spokane Rd. (509) 238-1258
Pit Stop Orchard 8903 E. Green Bluff Rd. (509) 238-9422
Wellens’ Luscious Fruit & Antiques 10229 E. Day-Mt. Spokane Rd. (509) 238-6978 Thorson’s Country Farm & Nursery 17007 N. Sands Rd. (509) 238-6438
Green Bluff Gardens 9510 E. Green Bluff Rd. (509) 238-5196 Strawberry Hill Farm 16904 N. Day-Mt. Spokane Rd. (509) 238-6919
Green Bluff Country Inn & Orchard 818 E. Green Bluff Rd. (509) 238-6971 Ellies Edibles, Divine Caramel Creations (509) 238-4973
Townshend Cellar Take I-90 to Exit #287. Go north on Argonne/Bruce Rd. to the “T” at Day-Mt. Spokane Rd. Turn left/west for .4 miles, turn right onto Greenbluff Rd. Winery entrance is .2 miles on the right. The tasting room is straight ahead up the hill. Yukon, the official greeter, may be there waiting just for you.
The Barn at Trezzi Farm From Townshend Cellar, take a right (north) back onto Green Bluff Road Loop, and continue up the hill, curving right, until you reach Dunn Road. Take a right and the Barn on Trezzi Farm is on your left.
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7 LONE CANARY
Spokane – 4705 N. Fruithill Rd. (509) 927-9463
Downtown Spokane – 109 S. Scott St. #B2 (509) 534-9062
Grand visions come easily at the Cliff House, a national historic site we call home. Relax and enjoy the view as you taste our wines and stroll the grounds. No one under 21, please. Open 12-5pm daily.
Lone Canary is a Washington State winery dedicated to the production of high-quality, elegant wines that express what is delicious and distinctive about our state’s fruit. We are open from 12-5pm Thurs.-Sun. and by appointment. Please contact the winery for directions. We look forward to seeing you! LoneCanary.com
River Park Square Tasting Room (509) 747-3903 Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm Mon.–Thurs., 11am-10pm Fri. & Sat. and 12-5pm Sun. ArborCrest.com
8 MOUNTAIN DOME
2 BARRISTER WINERY
Spokane – 16315 East Temple Rd. (509) 928-BRUT (2788)
Downtown Spokane – 1213 W. Railroad (509) 465-3591
Mountain Dome Winery is Washington State’s Premier Sparkling House. It is family owned and operated and focuses on producing world class sparkling wine made in the traditional Methode Champenoise style. Mountain Dome’s Cuvée Forté label just received a gold medal in Seattle’s Enological Wine Tasting and was picked to be in the top 100 most exciting wine finds by British wine writer Tom Stevenson. Please call for directions. Tasting Room open 11am-5pm Sat. during the summer months and gladly by appointment. MountainDome.com
2003 CABERNET FRANC COLUMBIA VALLEY
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“One of the Northwest’s emerging superstar wineries,” Barrister Winery is owned by two attorney/winemakers. Specializing in reds, our wines are available at the winery, from our mailing list or in selected fine restaurants and wine shops. Come visit and share our passion for wine. Located in the alley between 1st & 2nd and Adams & Jefferson, immediately south of railroad overpass. Open Fridays from 12-6pm and First Friday celebrations, with artist’s receptions from 5-9pm and live music from 7-10pm. Also, Saturday tastings from 11am-4pm. BarristerWinery.com 1213 W. Railroad Avenue Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 465-3591
Only 375 cases of this wine produced. Our limited production wines are available through our mailing list and at selected fine restaurants. www.barristerwinery.com
14.2% ALCOHOL BY VOL.
GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) ACCORDING TO THE SURGEON GENERAL, WOMEN SHOULD NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES DURING PREGNANCY BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS. (2) CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IMPAIRS YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE A CAR OR OPERATE MACHINERY, AND MAY CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS.
2003 Barrister Winery 03 Cab Franc (F&B) DIELINE COMBO 20050470 4-8-05 2 OVERLAYS
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7778 SW NIMBUS AVE. BLDG. 10 BEAVERTON, OR 97008 PHONE: 503 646 7933 • FAX 503 641 4728
CLIENT: Barrister Winery
JOB NUMBER: 20050470
COLORS: 812 Gold Foil CMYK
9 NODLAND CELLARS
3 CATERINA WINERY CLIENT NOTE / COMMENTS
Spokane Valley – 11616 East Montgomery Drive #70 (509) 927-7770
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Downtown Spokane – 905 N. Washington (509) 328-5068
Nodland Cellars presents our Private Blend—a jazzy red wine with a sextet of flavors featuring a blend of ripe, luscious Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. An ultra-modern interpretation of a beloved standard. Seriously fun! We are located at Pines and Montgomery. Open Saturdays from 11am-5pm and by appointment. NodlandCellars.com
2003 Cabernet Franc (F&B) INTERNAL PROOF
We believe the wines of today are best expressed through tradition blended with art. Caterina provides the ultimate Washington Wine experience with our traditional Single Vineyard Wines as well as our artistic non-traditional blends showcasing the Yakima and Walla Walla Valleys. If art is your passion, you will always find rotating art shows adorning our walls as well as live musicians on our garden patio Fri. & Sat. nights. Tours and tastings 12-5pm daily. All ages welcome. CaterinaWinery.com
10 ROBERT KARL
4 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS
Downtown Spokane – 115 W. Pacific Ave. (509) 363-1353 (888) 4CLARET (425-2738)
Downtown Spokane – 906 W. 2nd Ave. Freeman Ctr (509) 455-8161
Physician-winemaker Joe Gunselman, while nestled in an old fire station in the Historic Warehouse District, focuses on Bordeaux-style wines and has received national recognition for his Claret and Cabernet Sauvignon. Robert Karl Cellars has been rated in the top 100 wineries in the world and in the top 50 value wineries. Open 12-4pm Sat. and by appointment. RobertKarl.com
Grande Ronde Cellars specializes in single vineyard red wines and blends from the Walla Walla Valley appellation. Cellar Red (cabernet sauvignon, grand vidure), Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Charlotte’s Cuvee (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot). All wines are from Seven Hills or Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Walla Walla. The tasting room is open 12-6pm. Wed.Sat. GrandeRondeCellars.com
5 KNIPPRATH CELLARS
11 TOWNSHEND CELLAR
Spokane – 5634 E. Commerce Ave. (509) 534-5121
Cabernet Sauvignon Wine with Natural Chocolate Flavor Added Produced and bottled by Knipprath Cellars SPokane, WaShington
alcohol content 20% by volume
Located in the old Parkwater Schoolhouse adjacent to historic Felts Field Airport, we invite you to join us in the enjoyment of our wines crafted in the European family tradition. Directions: I-90 exit 285 - Sprague Ave. (Fancher is west of I-90 overpass) Go north on Fancher past Trent to 2nd left, Commerce Ave. Open 12-5pm Wed.-Sun. Knipprath-Cellars.com
6 LATAH CREEK Spokane Valley – 13030 E. Indiana Ave. (509) 926-0164
Latah Creek, just minutes from downtown Spokane, offers visitors the chance to sample its award-winning wines while browsing through one of the most unique gift shops in the area. Latah Creek celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary in Spokane and it’s Riesling continues to be a top-rated Washington wine. Open 9am-5pm daily. LatahCreek.com
Reprinted from the Spokane Sizzle 2008 issue
Colbert, WA – 16112 N. Greenbluff Rd. (509) 238-1400
ColumbiaValley RED WINE 750 ML
ALC. 13.5% BY VOL.
Townshend Cellar is dedicated to producing small lots of quality wines, ports, dessert wines and huckleberry-style wines. Located north of Spokane in the Green Bluff area. Open 12-6pm Fri.-Sun. and by appointment. Come enjoy our award- winning wines and beautiful view – we’ll look forward to seeing you! TownshendCellar.com
12 VINTAGE HILL CELLARS Downtown Spokane – 319 W. 2nd Ave. (509) 624-3792
We started from a passion for winemaking and sharing an experience with friends and family. Two years later, after our initial decision to take a hobby into a public passion, we first opened our doors May 11, 2007. We hope you will join us soon and experience the urban yet refined delights of Vintage Hill Cellars. VintageHillCellars.com
Join in the fun and the glamour of being a winemaker!
Join our `Diamond T´ Wine Club Come taste with us at:
16112 Greenbluff Rd. - 509-238-1400 Open Friday - Sunday noon to six p.m. and by appointment.
1411 N. 4th Street Midtown, Coeur d’Alene (208) 765-8576 MakeWineMakeBeer.com
SHOPPING FOR THE BEST
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Taste of Home Entertaining is a home run, bringing shopping for the best right to your door!
ASTE OF HOME ENTERTAINING,
a division of the Reader’s Digest Association, is now readily available right in the comfort of your home! Director for the area, Georgia Irby, is building a team of highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals to bring the philosophy of “Entertaining as a Lifestyle” to you. Shopping from the comfort of your home allows your guests to peruse through a wide variety of beautiful home entertaining products at great prices. TOHE also offers the Mario Batali Signature Series–essential tools and timesaving devices that restaurateur, cookbook author and television star “Molto Mario” uses in his own kitchen every day. With top-notch experts using the products, it’s easy to see why Taste of Home Entertaining is growing rapidly from its launch in May 2006.
Talk about shopping convenience and shopping with local people! The TOHE ground-floor business opportunity is one of the hottest concepts in business today, and the Pacific Northwest is wide open and ready for an explosive expansion. Many people are finding that a home-based business opportunity with direct sales is a great option to consider while seeking to create a satisfying and lucrative business that can fit nicely into a quality of family life that includes a flexible schedule. Georgia Irby is on her way to the top, and it is not crowded! She wants to share her newly found passion with you! Visit her Web site at GeorgiaSells.TOHE.com or call (509) 671-1231 for a private consultation.
“The fact is that it takes more than ingredients and technique to cook a good meal. A good cook puts something of himself into the preparation – he cooks with enjoyment, anticipation, spontaneity, and he is willing to experiment.” “Laughter is brightest PearlisBailey, where–food best.” – Irish Proverb Pearl’s Kitchen, (1973)
Shopping for the Good Stuff
Shopping for the Good Stuff A little shopping stop at Elegant Expressions at State Line, Idaho, revealed some really beautiful and functional items worth taking a look at. We also found some other local stores with items you are sure to enjoy.
Arte Italica: Platter & Serving Bowl (top of page) Coffee Grinder & Canister (above) With a combination of white ceramic and hand-finished pewter trim, Arte Italica offers a simple yet classic fusion. Whether you prefer contemporary, traditional, formal or casual affairs, this collection coordinates with all styles effortlessly. And it’s dishwasher safe! Find these at Elegant Expressions at State Line, Idaho.
Cooks Citrus Caddy Evelyn & Crabtree bath, body and skin care products offers a handy little soap and lotion set for the avid home chef who is constantly washing her hands. As their Web site says, the Citrus Caddy is “clean, classy and convenient.” Your hands are sure to feel moisturized and reconditioned, with a scent of pink grapefruit, orange and lemon. Find this at Elegant Expressions in State Line, Idaho.
Boos Block One great chopper! The curved doubleblade edges rock inside the perfectly rounded, bowl-like butcher block; ideal for keeping those little chopped tidbits from rolling off the edges of the cutting board. Find it at Downtown Kitchen and Design in Spokane near the corner of Division Street and 2nd Avenue.
Shopping for the Good Stuff Grasslands Road: Coffee Cup Tree This colorful and elegant set of coffee mugs and saucers adorn the coffee tree and reflect the unique charm of the region of Provence, France. Find this at Elegant Expressions in State Line, Idaho.
Grasslands Road: Cheese tray and hors d’oeuvre implements With patterns depicting plants, which is typical of the French Provencal landscape, this tray prettifies the otherwise simple cheese platter. Friends and family will love the matching utensils, too! A great addition to any dinner party. Find this at Elegant Expressions in State Line, Idaho.
Napa Vinaigrette Set: The Napa Vinaigrette Set is a beautiful way to present the essential ingredients. A handy and handsome scrolled iron caddy holds two 24-ounce bottles with convenient dispenser tops at the ready.
TASTE OF HOME ENTERTAINING Taste of Home Entertaining is devoted to helping you make your home a place of beauty, comfort and joy for your family and friends. We’re also devoted to helping you build a rewarding career that will enable you to turn your love of entertaining into the life you’ve always dreamed of!
Napa Cookbook Holder The Napa Cookbook Holder has two weighted chains to mark your spot and prevent pages from flipping. A lovely way to display a scrapbook or photo album, or to hold a guestbook ready at a shower or wedding.
Grasslands Road is a line of high quality ceramic and stoneware offering a wide variety of pieces including tableware, dinnerware, serverware, decorative accessories, as well as accents and gifts.
Ann Louise Gittleman
The First Lady of Nutrition By: Jillian De Lallo
Ann Louise Gittleman - Living Lean, Healthy and Fit
F NUTRITION COULD
have glamour, she’s got it.” Dr. Robert Atkins. Ann Louise Gittleman has come a long way from her years as a religious schoolteacher back in West Hartford, Conn. This New York Times best-selling author has written more than 25 books in the past 20 years and has been a revolutionary in the field of nutrition. Ann Louise was drawn to nutrition and its effects as a teenager. She noticed that what she ate affected not only her weight, but her skin as well. “It made me realize you are what you eat, literally and figuratively,” Ann Louise said. She firmly believes that the skin is an eliminating organ and shows what is going on in the body
internally. Years later, she noticed the effects sugar had on her pupils’ behavior, noting their increased hyperactivity after eating their sugary school snacks. Because of these two factors, as well as others, Ann Louise made the decision to go back to school and seek not only her masters degree in nutrition education from Columbia University, but also a Ph.D. in holistic nutrition. Ann Louise became the founding director of nutrition at the famed Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, Calif., where the focus was on a “no-to-low fat, high carbohydrate” diet. Ironically, during this time, Ann Louise also developed a close professional relationship with Dr. Robert Atkins, whose diet plan was exactly the opposite of that at Pritikin,
promoting low carbohydrates, high protein and fat. Ann Louise was a frequent guest and Atkins’ “favorite” nutritional expert on his widely listened to New York radio show on WOR. As Ann Louise said, “He was much more than a diet doctor. He was … an enlightened holistic medical practitioner.” Both she and Atkins saw eye-to-eye on the importance of the right fats, the moderation of carbohydrates and how crucial sufficient protein is in one’s diet. It was actually Atkins who crowned her the “First Lady of Nutrition.” Ann Louise agrees that the Atkins Diet has been controversial over the years. “Had the food marketers who surrounded Atkins in his later years been true to his original philosophy, the Atkins Diet would still be recognized as a diet of merit and not a low-to-no carb fad,” Ann Louise said. There are numerous factors that contribute to a healthy diet, and Ann Louise’s updated and revised book, “Get the Sugar Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet,” scheduled for release in January of 2008, focuses on eliminating sugars from one’s diet in simple and practical ways. She said just sticking to natural sugars is enough to maintain blood sugar equilibrium. Sugar impairs immunity and immobilizes white blood cells for up to five hours after ingestion. As Ann Louise believes and states in her book, “Nature provides us with all the sugar we require in vegetables and fruits.” She added, “You don’t need any more than two teaspoons [of sugar] at any one time.” She recommends two to three servings of fruit spread throughout the day, preferably as snacks. Avoiding sugar is also the “easiest, safest and most permanent way” to stay healthy, she said. And, artificial sweeteners are just that, artificial, Ann Louise added, and “they are not native to the body.” She believes there are side effects that come along with these sweeteners that impact the brain and insulin levels negatively. Flora-Key, which is endorsed by Ann Louise, is a probiotic (beneficial flora) formula that can be used as a natural sweetener. Flora-Key cannot be added to hot liquids, such as coffee, because the healthy bacteria are killed. So for all those coffee drinkers out there, Ann Louise suggests using a ¼ tsp. of date sugar or maple syrup. It is distributed through UNI KEY, which also is the official distributor of all of Ann Louise’s detox and diet programs. “Guess What Came to Dinner? Parasites and Your Health,” another of Ann Louise’s insightful books, discusses the hidden epidemic of “uninvited guests” in the body, how to get rid of them naturally and how to prevent reinfestation.
Ann Louise Gittleman If you have never read one of Ann Louise’s books, she suggests first picking up “The Fat Flush Plan,” published in 2001. According to Ann Louise, “This book is about thinking outside the box. It’s about all the hidden weight gain factors that could be ‘weighing’ you down: a tired and toxic liver, fear of eating the right fats, stress, insulin and inflammation, and water-logged tissues from food sensitivities, hormonal imbalances and lack of the right protein.” Healthy living incorporates much more than a healthy diet, according to Ann Louise. Rest and reflection, and “taking the time to smell the roses”—which she said could be her
“I like to be surrounded by things uplifting and wholesome.” Ann Louise enjoys her downtime, but she is always thinking about a new book or project to take on. “I consider myself a Type-A personality in recovery; always thinking of something creative.” She loves music and drama, and is an avid moviegoer. “If I didn’t get into this [profession], I probably would have been a country-western singer,” she said. “Music has always been an important part of my life.” She even taught music back when she was a religious school teacher. One of Ann Louise’s “dreams” is to be in one of the Coeur d’Alene productions. She has not yet had the
AVOIDING SUGAR IS THE “EASIEST, SAFEST AND MOST PERMANENT WAY” TO STAY HEALTHY, SAYS ANN. mantra—are extremely instrumental tools. She also believes in Bach Flower remedies, which address various emotional challenges, are important. They are available in local health food stores to include Huckleberry’s, the Flour Mill and Pilgrim’s Market. Ann Louise has been a resident of Post Falls for the past five years and enjoys the environment; the natural beauty, the tranquility and the family values. As she said,
chance because of her work-related travels, but she remains hopeful that one day she will be able to take part in the Summer Theatre. Whether you see her on TV or in magazines promoting her nutritional advice and “Fat Flush Plan,” or, who knows, in a local Coeur d’Alene musical production, Ann Louise is sure to have a positive impact on all she comes in contact with.
TIPS DAILY QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF: Did I drink 8-10 glasses of water, with lemon? Did I eat at least 4-6 oz. of protein? Did I consume 1-2 tbsp. of healthy omega oil? Did I remember to bless my food? Did I take quiet time to reflect? Did I exercise at least 30 minutes to clear out the cobwebs? Did I remember to say “I love you” to someone?
ANN LOUISE’S RECOMMENDED TOP FOODS: Water with Lemon Organic Spinach Fish oil Artichokes Flaxseeds
MORE READING: Books by Ann Louise Fat Flush Plan Nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman brings a revolutionary diet plan—the complete Fat Flush Plan—to dieters everywhere. Based on a delicious and healthy combination of essential fats, proteins and carbohydrates, eating healthy has never been so easy … and good!
Guess What Came to Dinner?: Parasites and Your Health
Get the Sugar Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet
With the rate of parasite-related disorders in North America quickly rising, Ann Louise Gittleman tells readers the information they need to know about these unwelcome organisms: the symptoms, treatments and prevention.
Ann Louise Gittleman makes it easy to incorporate this low-sugar plan into any diet without sacrificing flavor or variety. Filled with tips, recipes and menu plans, readers will find that their new low-sugar diet will leave them energized and satisfied.
Visit Amazon.com to find more of Ann Louise Gittleman’s books.
Shopping for the Best A to Z Smokeshop, Fine Wines & Cigars Home of Little Italy’s Wine Bar
Bruttles Candy Shoppe Downtown Spokane 11400 E. Sprague Ave.
State Line, ID – 6906 W. Seltice Way Exit #299 (I-90) Next to Cabela’s (208) 777-7778 or (877) 390-5778
More than 300 unique wine selections from around the world! Top-of-the-line tobacco products to choose from, including tobacco accessories and microbrew, domestic and imported beers, gifts and gourmet foods. We also carry a large selection of wine accessories and we carry PEK wine preservation systems. Our convenient location at State Line and our new drive-thru window means easy access for quick-stop shopping! (Check Cashing services too.) Open 7am-9pm daily, Fri. & Sat. until 10pm. AtoZFineWines.com
Cutco Cutlery (509) 228-9509
Aunt Sophia Gerkensmeyer, an “old world” master candy-maker, developed her Soft Peanut Butter Brittle in Spokane more than 50 years ago! Our signature candy begins with this one-of-akind, 50-year-old classic recipe, handed down, improved and protected over the years. The result is a confection with a soft, flaky consistency and a rich, creamy peanut butter flavor. We pay the same close attention to each batch just like Aunt Sophia did. We only use fresh, Grade-A ingredients, and there are no shortcuts in our candy-making process. And each batch is still hand-pulled on the marble slab Aunt Sophia purchased from the world-famous Davenport! Bruttles.com
Local Representative Neil Cook
I’ve been representing Cutco in the Northwest for more than three years. This high-end kitchen cutlery is not sold in stores, so you receive personal one-on-one in-home service. All purchases include Cutco’s 100 percent “FOREVER GUARANTEE” and free in-home sharpening FOREVER. Select from block or gift sets, carving sets, hunting/ sporting knives, gardening tools and waterless cookware, which may all be engraved with personal messages or corporate logos, perfect for customer appreciation or employee gifts. We’re a “cut above the rest.” For more information, call or email NeilCutco@Hotmail.com.
Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Co.
Barn Country Italian, The
De Leon Foods Deli & Grocery Store
Green Bluff – 17700 N. Dunn Rd. (509) 238-2276
Spokane – 102 E. Francis Ave. (509) 483-3003
Downtown Spokane (509) 747-6343 827 W. First Ave. Ste. 101 Downtown CdA – 117 S. 4th St. (208) 765-0188 (Corner of 4th & Front St.)
Mangia! Straight from the Trezzi Farm on Green Bluff, just north of Spokane … buy real Italian food from a real Italian! We bring you family recipe dishes made with produce fresh from our farm. Our product line includes no-preservative sauces: pesto, marinara and meat; lasagna: pesto, marina and meat, polenta marinara with butter cheese and garlic; and Northern Italian-style Minestrone soup. We cater, too! TrezziFarm.com
Step into De Leon Foods and your sense will be instantaneously greeted by the smells of freshbaked corn tortillas, the sight of brightly colored piñatas and the sounds of Latin music. With dine-in and to-go services, our Mexican deli serves everything from tamales and chili rellenos, carnitas and breakfast burritos to the best-tasting tortilla chips and salsas. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner and taste the flavors from south of the border. DeLeonFoods.net
“Olive oil is in the top-5 things to have in your diet every day!” according to Dr. Oz. Our olive oils are all natural, 100% Extra Virgin, first cold press! Our olives come from our family owned and operated grove in California to assure you the highest quality. Flavors include oils infused with Basil, Roasted Garlic or Citrus. Also, make your own custom blends here. Our specialty olive products include tapenade spreads & stuffed olives. Gift baskets available, and we ship, too! CDAOliveOil.com
Once thought a concern only in Third-World countries, a study in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene found that 32 percent of a national representative sample of 2,896 people tested positive for infections of intestinal parasites.
Gentle All Natural 30-day Cleansing Program UNI KEY’s Colon Cleansing Kit is natural, safe and effective through innovative science and technology.
UNWANTED MICROORGANIZIMS CAN BE A HIDDEN PROBLEM AFFECTING YOU WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE. You are doing everything right!
“Consuming these compounds can help you shed up to 22* pounds in two weeks, plus quickly restore your vitality,” said Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D. bestselling author of the Fat Flush Plan, Fast Track Detox Diet and Guess What Came to Dinner? *Results not typical.
Symptoms include: Difﬁculty losing weight & fatigue
Joint, muscle pain & headaches
Sensory disorders: brain fog & vertigo
Difﬁculty sleeping and anxiety or depression
Frequent infections and colds
181 W. Commerce Dr. Hayden Lake, Idaho (208) 762-6833 Orders: (800) 888-4353 These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
You care about the foods you eat. You want to enjoy the greatest health benefits from the investment you are making in organic foods, nutritional supplements and your exercise program. An internal cleanse will enable maximum absorption of nutrients and give you optimum beneﬁts from your investment in your health!
5 everyday foods that help: Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds, Garlic, Citrus fruits, Carrots
Shopping for the Best Carolyn’s Cakes
CAKE, CANDY & COOKIE SUPPLIES Now celebrating 25 years of serving you with the Northwest’s most complete cake, candy and cookie supply shop.
Spokane – 1705 N. Hamilton
Come to Carolyn’s for all of your cake, candy and cookie supplies! Serving the Inland Northwest for 25 years with cake-decorating and candy-making tools, supplies and lesson! See our large selection of toppers, accessories, mint molds and more than 600 different cookie cutters in stock! We offer many one-day make-and-take workshops including cookie bouquets, candy making, truffles (featuring the Northwest’s own huckleberry), as well as fun and informative classes like basic cake decorating, rolled fondant and even how to make a fantastic gingerbread house! Open 10am-5pm Mon.-Fri., 10am-2pm Sat. See our Web site for all of the details. Web site shopping 24 hours! CarolynsCakes.com
Elegant Expressions State Line, ID – 7200 W. Seltice Way (I-90 Exit #299 next to Cabela’s)
LESSONS, CLASSES & 1-DAY WORKSHOPS Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm Website shopping 24hrs! CarolynsCakes.com
1705 N Hamilton (509) 489-3631
A trip to Elegant Expressions brings you into our exquisite gift and home décor world. The sights and aromas that greet you include Aromatique home fragrances, Root candles, Crabtree and Evelyn skin care, natural botanicals, gardener care and cook’s care products. We carry Vera Bradley handbags, Heritage lace, and Sweet Romance and Anne Koplik jewelry, with a little something for everyone. We carry a full line of Arte Italica, an heirloom quality line of products with classic styling, a hand-finished old-world patina and high-quality European craftsmanship. This collection is a quality that will be passed down for generations. Visit our new Web site and sign up for our newsletter. ElegantExpressionsIdaho.com
CDA OLIVE OIL COMPANY Harvest Dated!
Downtown CdA 117 S. 4th St. (208) 765-0188 NEW LOCATION Downtown Spokane 827 W. 1st Ave. Ste 101 ( 1st & Lincoln) (509) 747-6343
“Olive Oil is in the TOP 5 THINGS to have in your diet everyday!” Dr. OZ Food Hall of Fame List
Shopping for the Best Enoteca – Fine Wine & Beer Post Falls, ID – 112 E. Seltice
Explore the world one glass at a time! Check out Idaho’s premier wine club, beer club and tasting room. We have a massive selection including more than 700 wines and more than 100 beers to choose from, with new arrivals every week. Featuring unique and interesting wine and beer to whet your palate, from domestic and international sources. Visit us in Post Falls next to the White House Grill. Open 11am-7pm Tues.-Thurs., 12-8pm Fri-Sat. Wine tasting events are held 4-8pm every Fri. and 12-8pm every Sat. For more information, call, visit our Web site or email us at: Service@CorkJoy.com. CorkJoy.com
Moose Market Coeur d’Alene, ID 401 E. Sherman Ave.
Do you feel like “Gourmet Everyday?” Then take a stroll in Downtown Coeur d’ Alene and experience the Moose Market. We have created a wonderful, open air-style market that carries more than 300 varieties of wine, a full-service
deli and nearly 150 varieties of microbrews and domestic beers. You can also enjoy specialty ice-cream and Wild Idaho Chocolates. After work, come in and relax in the newly opened Moose Market Lounge. Enjoy wine tasting while selecting your favorite, and we will cork it for just $10.00. Open 10am Mon.-Sat. and 11am Sun.
North Idaho Backhills Barbeque Sauce Sandpoint, ID – 804 Airport Way (208) 263-4073
Try Backhills Barbeque Sauce just one time! Troy Gordon has created this home-grown, award-winning sauce with natural ingredients. It’s “chock full of goodness!” You can actually see the spices, bits of garlic, onions and habanero peppers. Use it as a marinade for wild game, sautéed vegetables, mix it in meatloaf or hamburgers, or just simply dip a French fry into it! Available in Original, Hot, Teriyaki and Sweet n’ Sassy at Super 1 Foods, Tim’s Special Cut Meats, Pilgrim’s Market, Yoke’s Fresh Market, Harvest Foods, Family Foods, Rosauers Supermarkets, Egger’s Meats and Sonnenberg’s Market & Deli. BackhillsBarbequeSauce.com
Pastry and More Coeur d’Alene, ID (208) 667-3808 US Hwy 95, Northern Lights Mall
Hwy 95/Northern Lights Mall, Cd’A (208) 667 - 3808
Scratch bakery serving a full line of exquisite French pastries, breads, rolls (including our world-famous Orange Rolls), cookies, muffins and more. We specialize in custom wedding cakes and cakes for all occasions. Try us for lunch and to-go orders; we serve Quiche, soups and sandwiches. Open 6:30am-5:30pm Mon.Sat. PastryandMore.com
Spokane Hardware Supply, Inc. Spokane – 2001 E. Trent CdA – 3850 N. Schreiber Way
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Spokane Retailers Huckleberry's Natural Market, Bakery Dept. The Chocolate Apothecary Rocket Market, South Hill Pilgrims on 29th Avenue Pilgrims on Sprague Pilgrims, Spokane Valley Mall Rosauers on Sprague Rosauers on North Division Mother's Cupboard Nutrition, all locations Simply Northwest Bruttles Candy Shop Latah Creek Winery Sacred Heart Medical Center Gift Shop Artios on Highway 95 Walters Fruit Ranch, Mead McGlades Market, Colbert
Shopping for the Best Stefanie’s Bakery North Spokane 2702 W. Northwest Blvd.
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Taste of Home Entertaining (509) 325-0500
Do you dream in cake? We believe in making those dream cakes a reality. We offer a stunning selection of cake flavor choices that will tickle your taste buds, with decorations that are sure to delight. How about Dreamsicle Orange with Vanilla Cream Icing or Mexican Spiced Chocolate with Fudge? We specialize in unique birthday, all-occasion and wedding cakes. Our bakery is full of sweet smells and unexpected delights. Call for shop hours or make an appointment to look through our cake scrapbooks! Stefaniesbakery.com
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Taste of Home Entertaining brings the convenience of shopping at home to a whole new level. Hosts are able to experience the products first hand as well as earn free and half-priced items just for having a party! Phenomenal ground-floor business opportunity available for motivated people looking to bring entertaining as a lifestyle to the homes in the Pacific Northwest! GeorgiaSells.TOHE.com
Open Tue-Sat 11 to 4 Reservations recommended
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“There’s nothing quite like it in Spokane!” Sullivan & Broadway (Located in Spokane Valley just behind Numerica Bank & Jacob’s Java)
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Shopping for the Best Tim’s Special Cut Meats Coeur d’Alene, ID 7397 N. Gov’t Way
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We are the only old-fashioned butcher shop in town offering a variety of retail meats—all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free Angus Beef, chicken, Idaho lamb and pork, USDA-inspected elk and buffalo. We also have a variety of custom-smoked sausages, jerky, fresh sausages, deli meats, customsmoked hams, bacons and smoked pork chops, dairy products to include farm-fresh eggs, spices marinades, beer, wine and more. Let us help you choose a great steak to barbecue tonight or prepare a special-order item such as Rack of Lamb or seasoned Prime Rib.
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Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., is the bestselling author of the Fat Flush Plan and Fast Track Detox Diet and has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly. If you want to enjoy the greatest health benefits from the investment you are making in organic foods and nutritional supplements, an internal cleanse will ensure that you will get better absorption. Using Uni Key nutritional products will improve long-term health, assist in weight loss and increase your energy levels. UniKeyHealth.com
Available in more than 100 stores throughout the Inland Northwest! Family Foods, Harvest Foods, Super 1 Foods, Tim’s Special Cut Meats, Pilgrim’s Market, Possibilities,Yokes, Rosauers, Egger’s & Sonnenberg’s
BackhillsBarbequeSauce.com 804 Airport Way, Sandpoint, Idaho (208) 263-4073
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Shopping for the Best Trellis Marketplace, The Spokane Valley – 4102 Bowdish (509) 928-6158
Here, at The Trellis Marketplace, we offer our customers a unique selection of accent furnishings and décor, boutique clothing, jewelry, fabrics, candles and many other unique items to complement your home and garden. We also carry high quality kitchen accessories as well as gourmet foods from Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Co., 3 Bears Porridge, Robert Rothschild, Sticky Fingers and Stone Wall Kitchen. The Trellis Marketplace is a hidden treasure of the Spokane Valley where you can find the perfect gift for a friend . . . or yourself.
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B ook SPOTLIGHT
Through the Grapevine An Illustrated Guide to Wine Grapes
Candace Ann Frasher
Through the Grapevine
his beautifully illustrated book is meant to give sensory pleasure to the reader, stimulate a sense of fun and pique an interest in the “sense of the wine.” In Through the Grapevine, An Illustrated Guide to Wine Grapes, author Candace Ann Frasher takes her readers on a unique journey exploring the personalities of wine grapes by using fanciful illustrations of women, vines and wine. It’s impossible not to smile while turning each page in anticipation of what each grape “looks like.” This cleverly written book, which allows space for note-taking and first impressions, is the perfect little guide not only for the wine novice, but the wine connoisseur. Find Through the Grapevine, An Illustrated Guide to Wine Grapes, in Spokane at Auntie’s Bookstore, Arbor Crest at River Park Square, Arbor Crest Cliff House, Latah Creek Winery, Lone Canary Winery, Grande Ronde Cellars, Huckleberries and Made in Washington at River Park Square; in Liberty Lake at Eclectic Gifts; in Coeur d’Alene at Barrel Room No. 6; and online at Amazon.com. For more information, call (509) 954-4410, or email Candace at: WineABCs@yahoo.com.
Celebrating Spokane One Meal at a Time Published by The Junior League of Spokane
his tantalizing cookbook, a sequel to its original, Gold’n Delicious, is a compilation of 175 hand-picked recipes gathered anywhere from home kitchens to well-known restaurants throughout the Inland Northwest. Three years in the making, you are sure to find recipes to suit your palate, whether you enjoy sipping cold lemonade or a mango martini, feasting on tacos or elk chops, or delighting yourself with chocolate chip cookies or dark chocolate cheesecake with raspberries and cream. Recipes also incorporate the area’s finest regional ingredients and flavors. Take the time to enjoy Northwest cuisine without having to leave your house. The Junior League of Spokane is comprised of local women in a multitude of fields who are dedicated to improving the community through volunteerism. All profits from the sale of Still Gold’n go to the community. To find out more about The Junior League of Spokane or to order Still Gold’n, visit JLSpokane.org. Find Still Gold’n at the Junior League office, Auntie’s Bookstore, Hastings and Barnes & Noble.
PARTIES, CATERING & EVENTS
CHEF SPOTLIGHT KRIS MCILVENNA
Delicious food, attentive service and the unexpected touches... You’ll find these and more at Beacon Hill Events
amily owned by Pete and his daughter Ellie, Beacon Hill provides exceptional catering and a distinctive venue for any occasion. The 10-acre event facility overlooking Downtown Spokane was built from the ground up and offers nothing less than serenity when it comes to that special event. The beautiful gardens, tranquil ponds and rushing waterfalls in the spring and summer and the majestic, snow-covered pines in winter; there is no other place like it in all of Spokane. At Beacon Hill, they strive to creatively produce exceptional catering and tastefully styled events. Through travel, research,
education and experience, Executive Chef Ellie continually looks for original ideas to provide inspiration for unique and unforgettable menus. Just as important as the crafting of the food is the attentive customer service, dedication to design and the commitment to making a personalized statement. Whether it is a holiday party at their lofty clubhouse, a wedding in the serene gardens or an elegant meal served in your home, Beacon Hill provides impeccable service and catering with distinction. For more information, call (509) 482-3556 or visit BeaconHillEvents.com
“You can not depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain
C hef SPOTLIGHT
Chef – Greenbriar Catering
orn and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Kris graduated from the University of Oregon with her bachelor’s degree in English and journalism. She did freelance journalism and odd jobs until hiring on with Merrill Lynch, where she was trained to become a stockbroker. She was a licensed broker for 10 years, working in Eugene, Albuquerque and the Denver area. In 1984, Kris relocated from Boulder, Colo., to Coeur d’Alene with her husband Bob, daughter Gwen and son Sean. They established the Greenbriar Inn Bed and Breakfast in 1985 and Greenbriar Catering in 1986, which has run continuously since then. In 2001, they acquired Wildbeary Huckleberry Products and added a number of items to the product mix. Kris has a lifelong love of food and its presentation, dating back to her early childhood, when she helped her mom entertain to personal and professional friends. Her culinary education has been largely one of personal research and inspiration, although her catering business has employed many talented chefs who have contributed to her education. Her fondest memories are of the six weeks she spent in 2004 at “Apecia,” the Florence, Italy, Culinary Institute.
The Greenbriar Inn is located in Downtown CdA at 315 Wallace Ave. Kris can be reached by calling (208) 667-9660.
Greenbriar Inn Catering & Events Facility Downtown Coeur d’Alene – 315 Wallace
This Historic Greenbriar Inn has catered to the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area since 1986. A charming Victorian Mansion, suitable for exclusive parties for up to 250 people, our garden and year-round conservatory await you and your guests. We are committed to excellence! (Please note: The Greenbriar Inn is a Catering and Event Facility, not a restaurant.) GreenbriarCatering.com
Parties, Catering & Events Alpine Bistro & Bakery
Cuisine Northwest Catering
Spokane – 810 N. Market St. (509) 327-7040
Spokane – 515 W. Sprague
University Area–829 E. Boone (509) 483-7460
We are situated just north of the Monroe Street Bridge in the heart of the Monroe Antique and Courthouse district. Our breads are served at many area restaurants. Our classic European and American dishes are down-to-earth with fantastic flavor and great presentation. We carry a local and European selection of beers and wines to complement any meal. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or just stop by for a great cup of coffee and one of our signature desserts. Come in and enjoy an intimate dining experience. Potpies, quiches and other entrees can be ordered to take home to the family or for a special dinner. And don’t forget a bottle of wine, bread and a dessert to finish. Catering available. Open Mon.-Sat.
Cuisine Northwest offers more than just banquet and catering services; it provides diners to experience fine cuisine at any of our three restaurants to include Spokane’s Artisan Culinary Lounge, Bluefish and Soleil. To find out more about our catering services and our restaurants, email us at email@example.com or visit our Web site. CuisineFlair.com
Consistently voted #1 Best Pizza in the Inlander Readers’ Poll since 1996! We continue to provide outstanding quality with every traditional handcrafted New York-style pizza, Stromboli and Calzone served. Dine-in or take-Out. And we offer off-site catering for groups of 100-1000! Our goal is to serve consistent outstanding taste, generous portions and exceptional service that will exceed your expectations. Serving lunch and dinner daily! DavidsPizza.com
Beacon Hill Catering and Events 4848 E. Wellesley
Enjoy your next holiday party amongst glistening snow-capped trees in our lofty Clubhouse overlooking Downtown Spokane. Our extensive menus are full of unique and specialized gourmet selections guaranteed to satisfy everyone’s taste. The precision and professionalism of our catering staff creates an atmosphere that is elegant yet comfortable, contributing to the distinctive style that is Beacon Hill. Host your holiday party or next event at Beacon Hill … or let us bring our fullservice catering to you. BeaconHillEvents.com
Curley’s Bar & Bistro Hauser Junction, ID – I-90 Exit #2, North to Hwy 53, East/left to Curley’s From Spokane – 2 miles East of State Line, Idaho, on Hwy 53 (Trent) (208) 773-5816 or (208) 777-6896 to book parties, weddings and other events!
BIGGEST LITTLE PARTY SPOT IN NORTH IDAHO! Gotta come and check out our beautifully landscaped Beer Garden—it’s the largest in the Inland Northwest! Enjoy the area’s finest Classic Rock Fri. & Sat. nights. When it comes to your party needs, Curley’s never comes up short! Call to book your event now, and don’t miss the biggest party of the year in July ... the Curley’s Classic Rock Cruise. Mark your calendar! Curleys.biz
Fine Catering, Holiday Parties, Weddings & Special Occasions 4848 E. Wellesley 509.482.3556 www.beaconhillevents.com
Parties, Catering & Events E. J. Roberts’ Mansion
Qdoba Mexican Grill
The Barn on Trezzi Farm
Browne’s Addition – 1923 W. 1st Ave. (509) 456-8839 or (866) 456-8839
Medical Center Area Spokane – 901 S. Grand (509) 747-8737
Green Bluff 17700 N. Dunn Rd.
Located in historic Browne’s Addition, the 23-room mansion, built in 1889, is available for private luncheons, dinner parties and corporate events. Nationally recognized and meticulously restored, dining at the E.J. Roberts’ Mansion is truly a memorable experience. A five-course high Victorian tea allows you to sample a variety of teas while enjoying a seasonal soup, salad, scones, finger sandwiches and dessert. The Mansion also operates as a Bed and Breakfast. Call for additional details or visit our Web site at EJRobertsMansion.com
N. Spokane – 7115 N. Division (509) 468-8500
Living the good life Country Italian-style on Green Bluff. We, Davide and Stephanie Trezzi, want to serve you simple and delicious authentic Italian foods for your next event, luncheon or wedding. Home-schooled from Milan, Italy, and most recently Sonoma County, Calif., Davide brings you his mother’s special recipes, as well as his own, made from produce grown on the farm. And the Italian wine? We have planted a 1.5 acre vineyard of Northern Italian reds–a simple wine to go with our simple foods. Good friend Don Townshend of Townshend Cellars is the winemaker extraordinaire. We offer delivery, pick-up and off-site catering available. TrezziBarn.com
Coeur d’Alene – 204 Ironwood Dr. (208) 667-2074
Qdoba Mexican Grill features jumbo gourmet burritos prepared from freshly grilled chicken, steak or grilled vegetables. Tacos, taco salads and nachos are also on the menu! The service is quick, and you won’t believe the taste! Eat here or take us to go! We cater too! Qdoba.com
Ferguson’s Café & Catering 804 W. Garland (In the Garland Village)
Known for our omelets, skillets and biscuits and gravy, we’re serving breakfast all day, along with home-style soups, burgers, deli sandwiches, salads and wraps, and we’re sensitive to low-fat and low-carb dietary needs. Not far from North Division, stop in for a real home-style treat! We are smoke-free, and we cater, too! Open 7am-2pm Tues.-Sat., 8am-2pm Sun. and for dinner 5-10pm Fri. FergusonsCafeAndCatering.com
Experience History, Art & Culture
Max at the Mirabeau Park Hotel (509) 922-6252
MAX offers award-winning cuisine coupled with a friendly and professional catering staff. With more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and full off-site capabilities, we can fulfill any need. On-site dinners cater to 700, and off-site … as big as you need. This is truly one-stop shopping with superior food and beverage options. MAXatMirabeau.com
• WORLD CLASS EXHIBITIONS • HISTORIC CAMPBELL HOUSE © Dean Davis
Spokane Valley 1100 N. Sullivan
• CAFÉ MAC • MUSEUM STORE • ARCHIVES/LIBRARY • ART RENTAL & SALES • ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS
Mizuna Downtown Spokane 214 N. Howard
Mizuna offers full-service catering designed specifically for you. From casual gatherings to formal events, we work with you to create the perfect menu. You may reserve our wine bar on certain nights for your special event, or we can accommodate you at your location. View our catering menu online and call Mike. Mizuna.com
The MAC is a unique blend of exhibits ranging from regional & American Indian history to world renowned art exhibits. Come and experience art and culture that educates, inspires and moves your soul.
2316 W. First Avenue in Spokane • 509-456-3931 • www.northwestmuseum.org Open Tuesday – Sunday • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays
ARTS & CULTURE
THE FOX THEATER A BRIGHT NEW FUTURE ALL THAT JAZZ HOT SPOT ROCKIN B’ RANCH COWBOY SUPPER SHOW THE MAC SPOKANE’S CULTURAL TREASURE EXHIBITIONS AT THE MAC
The Heart of the City Have you seen what’s new in the Davenport District?
he Davenport District is the place to be in Downtown Spokane! Home to the liveliest part of the city, the area encompasses the streets between Sprague and Second Avenue near the Davenport Hotel. This is the heart of the city! The area surrounding the Davenport Hotel is filled with performing arts venues, art galleries, unique shops and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. “First Friday” events are held the first Friday of each month; this area comes alive with galleries open late-night, featuring artist receptions and new exhibits. The variety and vibrancy is a symphony of activity and a great way to work up an appetite. Restaurants in the area satisfy any craving from sushi to steaks, sandwiches
and salads, with talented chefs keeping the menus interesting morning, noon and night. Entertainment choices abound with nightspots such as wine bars, pubs, cocktail lounges and cabarets lining the streets. With Spokane’s most distinctive hotels located here, the Davenport District is the cosmopolitan center of the Inland Northwest. With five stages throughout the district, you can attend a rock concert, see a play, enjoy live jazz or attend a performance by the Spokane Symphony. Enjoy the arts and cuisine, and the engaging live performances and abundant night life. From refined and elegant to unique and funky, the Davenport District has it all! DavenportDistrict.com
“Great ar t picks up where nature ends.” – Eli Broad
The Fox Theater
: G N I T N E S PRE
The “New” Old Fox Theater! By: Jillian De Lallo
A downtown theater, once scheduled for destruction, is resurrected, bringing with it a bright new future while preserving memories of its past.
he Fox Theater, located in Downtown Spokane, was slated for demolition in 2000, after years of neglect. Where this building stands would now be a slab of cement and concrete, with all the memories the theater held, along with those still living on in people’s spirits, lost forever. As a result of the community’s outcry, those who had a voice let it be heard, and the necessary steps were taken in order to salvage this once grand and historic Spokane monument. With the leadership of the Spokane Symphony, who rallied support for the Fox Theater’s rescue, money was raised to save the theater, and donations of a few million dollars were contributed in order to preserve the doomed building. Fundraising continued over the years. Creative partnering of historic tax credits and new markets tax credits helped flow $7 million
into the project. The state contributed an additional $8 million toward the $31 million overall project cost, which included an operating endowment as well. One of the bigger undertakings of the restoration of the Fox Theater was the initial step–“the fundraising; getting the project off the ground,” said Patricia Iron, general manager at the Fox. “A lot of people wondered if it was really going to happen [in the beginning].” Now there is a constant buzz surrounding the Fox and its renovation, and with the doors again open, people are once again astounded by its magnificence. Much of the historic preservation of the Fox has been possible because of the help of numerous people who have stepped forward over the years with old photos revealing what lay beneath the layers of paint and deterioration.
Much of the restoration occurred with black and white photos, which made the process of determining the original colors of the Fox difficult. The footprint of the Fox Theater building once had retail stores along its perimeter. Those were eliminated, allowing for the North and South galleries, which can be entered from inside the lobby. The theater once held approximately 2,200 seats, but following an acoustical study, it was determined that the last seats under the balcony were not good for sound quality. The seats were taken out, and the theater now houses between 1,600 and 1,700 seats. When sitting in the farthest seat from the stage, “You feel like you can shake the conductor’s hand,” said Patricia. “It’s a very intimate space.” Programs that used to pass on Spokane performances because the venues were all either too big or too small, now have a good fit with the Fox at 1,000 less seats than the INB Performing Arts Center but with twice the size of the Bing Crosby Theater. Where the additional seats once stood, a new lobby has been created–The Founder’s Gallery. According to Patricia, everything that has been restored was hand-painted, including all the murals and ceilings. The design work is the original design work of the Fox as well. “We have worked very hard to keep the historical preservation in tact,” she said. Wherever possible, the restoration of the Fox turned to and hired locals in the community to help with its renovation, but some of the projects, such as the restoration of the hand-painted murals, required specialists from EverGreene Painting Studios to travel all the way from New York City. The Fox Theater has an exclusive contract with Glover Mansion Catering and Events, which provides all the theater’s concessions and catering. Glover Mansion catering service at the Fox will cater to suit any need. Owner Bob Adolfson said, “We’re offering a wide-range menu in terms of price and selection, along with
The Fox Theater innovative packages.” Concessions provided by Glover Mansion are delightful and tasty. Besides the main bar, there are six additional custom-built bar locations, all of which serve premium-shelf highballs, beer and wine. Offerings include small individual imported domestic cheeses, along with fresh fruits, bot-
ater, Patricia expects it will help to grow the downtown area and draw people there. “The building itself is just spectacular,” she said. “People keep talking about how they have all these memories of the Fox, and it’s exciting to know that the Fox can do that again.” The Fox will be home to the Spokane Sym-
“It’s in that plain vanilla box, so you don’t really know what you’re going to see when you walk in, but it is phenomenal. The inside is just as ornate as the outside is not.” tled juices, water and soda. Though relatively simple, the menu incorporates fresh, quality products that can be served quickly to accommodate the hustle and bustle of intermission. In addition, Just American Desserts provides three to four custom dessert selections. “The Fox is so very unique,” said Patricia. “There is not another building like it in the region. It’s in that plain vanilla box, so you don’t really know what you’re going to see when you walk in, but it is phenomenal. The inside is just as ornate as the outside is not.” ne of the things that drew Patricia to this project was knowing the impact it would have on the community, both in economic viability and the emotional impact on the people who use the facility. With the recent renovation of the Fox The-
phony–its anchor tenant. The Symphony is now able to rehearse in the same venue where it will be holding most of its performances. The Spokane Youth Symphony has booked its season at the Fox. There is also the “Fox Presents Series,” bringing in national and regional acts. The Fox is also available for corporate events, proms, weddings, luncheons and much more. “The Fox will be very versatile and much more than just a theater,” Patricia said. “It is for everyone. We will be looking for diversity of programming and trying to attract as many people as we can. It is Spokane’s venue. “What is in the Fox is only up to the imagination of the people who rent the Fox,” said Patricia. Now is the time to let your imaginations soar!
DID YOU KNOW? Fox Films once had more than 500 theatres in operation before going bankrupt in 1932. Theater “chain” pioneer William Fox formed Fox Film Corporation in 1915, with its first film studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Fox concentrated on acquiring and building theaters; pictures were secondary. Fox later merged with Twentieth Century Pictures, a much smaller company, to become Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation in 1935. The arrival of television, along with other factors, caused the divorce of the film corporation from the theaters, creating a separate entity in 1953–Fox National Theaters. Over the years since, many of the Fox Theaters have been destroyed, but several have been restored as historic landmarks in their respective cities to include: St. Louis, Detroit, Oakland, Atlanta and now our very own in Spokane.
MISSION STATEMENT: “To preserve the historic Fox Theater and
GETTING THERE The FOX is Located between Sprague and First on Monroe Downtown in the Davenport Arts District.
create a regional center for the performing arts which will provide a mid-sized venue for the Inland Northwest, showcase local, regional and national cultural, educational
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and entertainment events, and serve as
the permanent home for the Spokane Symphony.”
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All That Jazz
All That Jazz! BY: JILLIAN DE LALLO & JEANETTE DUNN
Seasoned professionals, local performers … and a life-long passion for jazz! Still playing at a venue or party near you!
OEUR D’ALENE’S ALL THAT JAZZ is a well-known group, not only in Coeur d’Alene, but in many of the surrounding areas. Famous for not only their incredible performing, 75 percent of this quartet is over 75 years old! Now that’s something you don’t see every day. All long-time performers, they have a wide knowledge of music, and the music they perform is all in their heads … and hearts. Using no written music, this allows for no two performances to be the same. They all enjoy music and each other’s company. They fit together, creating a perfect symphony for all to enjoy. Eighty-six-year-old Pearl Harwood has been playing the piano since she was 1 ½ years old and joined her first neighborhood group at age 8. Pearl moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1952 and has been a resident ever since. Over the years, Pearl has played with various musicians and performed in numerous clubs in both Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. She has been a member of All That Jazz for five years now, but has performed on and off with some of the group’s members for the past 40 years. Music has always been a part of Pearl’s life, and as she said, “It’s so much a part of me. … It’s as near to heaven as I ever expect to get on earth.” Dick Kuck is 84, but there is nothing slowing him down. He picked up his first bass in high
school in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1938 when he was just 17years old. What started out as fulfilling a graduation requirement turned into a lifelong passion. After years in the service, he came to Coeur d’Alene to raise his family. His years of experience include playing with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony for 20 years and the Gonzaga University Orchestra for nearly 10 years. But it was Pearl who he first worked with musically in the area. “I like the opportunity to play Jazz in its true form,” he said. “As far is I’m concerned, the music is keeping me alive. I have so much fun playing with these people.” After seeing Jimmy Dorsey and his band at the Wilma Theater in Coeur d’Alene on a Saturday night at 10 years old, Doug Nustad told his father, “That’s what I want to play.” The following Monday, his father bought him his first alto saxophone, and as Doug said, “Music is an affliction. ... I’ve been at it ever since.” In 1954, he started playing the tenor sax, and that’s when he “really started playing.” He worked all over the area : State Line, Spokane, Wallace, Kellogg and Coeur d’Alene. Now 77 and retired, Doug lives in Beaverton, Ore., but has a summer home in Coeur d’Alene. When in Beaverton, he makes the six-hour drive whenever the group has a gig. “As long as my health will allow me to do it, I hope I continue right on.” Vocalist Sharon Burklund, 49, loves singing
with these well-seasoned professionals. “I am so grateful to be playing with these musicians because what we do is a passion of ours. I feel so lucky to have been accepted by them. I am the youngster on the block. I am just so fortunate to be breathing in the same air as these great musicians ... and we fit!” She was singing to the Carol King Tapestry album the first time someone commented on her singing. “That was really when the seed was planted for me.” She first sang with the All Faith Chapel Choir and played the flute in school. She was a majorette and song leader for the marching band and at Long Beach State College she became part of the dance team. Through the years Sharon’s tenacious auditioning and love of performing lead to a career as a lead performer at Disneyland. She played Cinderella in the Electrical Parade and the lead of the Diamond Horseshoe and Golden Horseshoe in the Westernland shows. She performed with the opening of Japan’s Tokyo Disneyland for the first three years, traveling between Japan and Anaheim Disneylands. HOW THE BAND WAS BORN … Sharon met Judy Wallace [Carlson-married later name] while with Disney, and that was the connection that would bring her to Coeur d’Alene. Judy introduced her to big band Tuxedo Junction, and when Dick Kuck and Alex Bedini were looking for a vocalist, Judy introduced Sharon. She joined them with vocals to perform at Templin’s Resort. The band brought in Pearl when they started working at the Wine Cellar and have become well-known for their performances at local festivals, concerts, parties and the Wine
Performing Arts Cellar, where they play regularly. “Pearl plays out of pure passion for the instrument, for the love of jazz,” said Sharon. After the passing of Alex, Doug Nustad joined the band, and they have been going strong ever since. Sharon feels that they all share a love of jazz and attributes their success to the passion they have for the music. “They naturally know the music so well at their age and experience. It’s a vocalist’s dream come true,” she said. “They are a pure pleasure to work with.” All that Jazz performs regularly at the Wine Cellar in Coeur d’Alene and at Art on the Green, Pig Out in the Park and other area events, including private parties. For more information, call Dick Kuck at (208) 772-3953.
Entertainment Venues AMC 20 PLEX Theatre 808 W. Main, River Park Square (509) 747-3456 Big Easy Concert House 919 W. Sprague Ave. (509) 244-3279 BigEasyConcerts.com CenterStage Dinner Theatre 1017 W. First (509) 747-8243 SpokaneCenterStage.com Comedy Sportz 227 W. Riverside (509) 363-1279 SpoComedy.com Garland Thater 924 W. Garland Ave. (509) 327-1050 IMAX Theatre 507 N. Howard, Riverfront Park (509) 625-6688 SpokaneRiverfrontPark.com Magic Lantern Theater, The 25 W. Main near Isabella’s movie information: (509) 209-2211
Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (509) 624-5992 FoxTheaterSpokane.com Riverfront Park 507 N. Howard (509) 456-4386 SpokaneRiverfrontPark.com Spokane Arts Commission 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (509) 625-6050 SpokaneArts.org Spokane Center (Convention Center/INB Performing Arts Center) 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (509) 279-7000 SpokaneCenter.com Spokane Symphony 818 W. Riverside (509) 624-1200 SpokaneSymphony.org TicketsWest.com 201 W. North River Dr. (509) 325-7328 TicketsWest.com
Arts & Culture Barrister Winery
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Downtown Spokane – 1213 W. Railroad Ave.
Taste Barrister’s award-winning wines! Nestled away in a 100-year-old brick building located in the historic Davenport District, Barrister is home to not only a winery, but an unforgettable experience for all who enter. Enjoy wine tastings, offered 11am-4pm Sat., winery tours to get to know the winemakers Mike and Greg, First Friday events and artist receptions, or book our winery and host your own special event! BarristerWinery.com
FIND ART in DOWNTOWN Spokane!
The Rainmaker Sept. 13-29, 2007 by Richard Nash Same Time, Next Year Oct. 18 - Nov. 8, 2007 by Bernard Slade Grace and Glorie Nov. 2 - Dec. 8, 2007 by Tom Ziegler A Reduced Christmas Carol A December Special Event Dec. 17–22, 2007 On Golden Pond Jan. 17 - Feb. 2, 2008 by Ernest Thompson The Clean House Feb. 28 - March 15, 2008 by Sarah Ruhl Rounding Third March 27 - April 12, 2008 by Richard Dresser Surprise Play May 1-18, 2008 Director Scott Allen Smith
(509) 455-PLAY Interplayers.com 174 S. Howard Spokane, WA
The arts are alive in Downtown Spokane, and First Friday shines the spotlight on them every month! Galleries are open until 8pm the first Friday of every month. Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, photography and other visual arts. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre. Attend First Friday and enjoy dining at one of the sizzlin’ downtown restaurants!
Spokane Interplayers Theatre Downtown Spokane – 174 S. Howard
Interplayers is a major contributor to the region’s cultural quality of life. Situated in Downtown Spokane, we are located in the historic Eagles Lodge Building, listed on state and national historic registers. We continue a tradition of challenging, diverse and inspiring professional productions and the theatre maintains the Gellhorn Gallery, with monthly visual art shows by distinguished regional artists. Founded in 1980 by professional actors Robert and Joan Welch, Interplayers Theatre is the Inland Northwest’s first resident professional theatre. Here at Interplayers, we are a traditionally structured, not-for-profit theatre with an exceptional staff and an outstanding board of directors. Throughout our 27-year history, we have maintained our tradition as an artistic institution of influence and impact. Interplayers.com
Lorinda Knight Gallery Downtown Spokane – 523 W. Sprague (In the Davenport District)
Find what you are looking for at the Lorinda Knight Gallery. This spacious gallery represents 50 of the best artists in the Northwest. Monthly exhibits showcase contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and original prints in a handsome light-filled space. Recent works by gallery artists are on display and available for purchase on the mezzanine. Surprise yourself! Open 11am-6pm Tues.-Sat. and by appointment. Lorinda Knight, Director. LorindaKnight.com
Color Me Mine Downtown Spokane – 808 W. Main Ste. 225 (at River Park Square)
We’re Spokane’s premier paint-your-own pottery studio. Conveniently located in Downtown Spokane’s beautiful River Park Square, we offer something for everyone. Drop in to paint, schedule a party or field trip, register for one of our trademark classes or programs, or to buy a gift card for that special someone. We are truly your one-stop shop for creative fun and gift-giving ease. We are open 10am-9pm Mon.-Fri., 11am-6pm Sun. Bring your copy of the Spokane Sizzle to the studio and you’ll paint for no studio fee! (1 free studio fee per customer/per Sizzle, not to be combined with any other promotional offer.) Call or visit us at River Park Square or online at Spokane. ColorMeMine.com.
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Arts & Culture ART GALLERIES & MUSEUMS: Artist’s Tree Gallery & Boutique – 828 W. Sprague
Avenue West Gallery – 1021 W. First
Chase Gallery – 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (Lower level of City Hall)
Gallery of Thum – 106 S. Madison
GoodWorks Gallery – 1019 W. First (Railside Center)
Interplayers Gellhorn Gallery – 174 S. Howard St.
Kolva Sullivan Gallery – 115 S. Adams St.
Kress Gallery – 808 W. Main (River Park Square)
Lee Frame Shop – 1407 W. 1st Ave.
Lorinda Knight Gallery – 523 W. Sprague (Symons Building)
Pottery Place Plus – 203 N. Washington St. (On the corner of Washington and Main)
Gonzaga University’s Jundt Art Museum – 202 E. Cataldo
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) – 2316 W. First (509) 456-3931 Spokane Art School’s Huneke Gallery – 920 N. Howard St. (Downtown, just north of the Spokane River)
Track Side Gallery – 115 S. Adams St.
OTHER GALLERIES: A Cats Eye Gallery – 225 W. Indiana
Tinman Artworks – 811 W. Garland Ave.
Whitworth College Koehler Gallery – 300 Hawthorne Rd.
WSU Museum of Art – Pullman
Spokane Theatre starts at Civic. Spokane Civic Theatre has won more national awards than any other theatre in the country. At AACTFest 2007, Civic’s “Assassins” brought down the house, taking home six awards. Come see what all the fuss is about!
1020 N. Howard (across from the arena) Box Office 509-325-2507 | www.SpokaneCivicTheatre.com Pictured, the cast of Spokane’s national award winning cast of “Assassins” Civic0708 Sizzle ad 1
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Spokane’s Cultural Treasure By: JILL STROM
HE NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF
Arts & Culture (MAC) is the Inland Northwest’s largest cultural center. As a proud Smithsonian Affiliate, the MAC offers a blend of local exhibitions and national traveling exhibitions, focused on three main disciplines: art, regional history and American-Indian and other cultures. Over the next year, the MAC promises a whirlwind of activity. There is something for everyone at the Museum, from exhibits that change out several times per year, to adult programs, lectures and workshops, to children’s activities, including Saturday Family MACFests, Spring Break and exciting summer camps. Our exhibit and educational schedules are balanced with a wide variety of special community events. Some of the MAC’s most popular annual events include: Campbell House Holidays, a holiday tradition for many families in Spokane. The historic 1898 Kirtland Cutter designed home, located
on the MAC campus, is dressed up with festive holiday décor. In the spring, the MAC organizes Works From the Heart, a Contemporary Art Auction, and ArtFest. The auction is in its 23rd year, with more than 100 pieces of original artwork donated by regional artists. The event regularly draws crowds of nearly 300. ArtFest, one of the region’s premier–and free–outdoor art and music festivals, attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year with its juried artist booths, live music, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities and food booths. The MAC’s Historic Preservation Committee organizes Antique Appraisal Days and the Annual Mother’s Day Historic Neighborhood Tour. In late 2001, the Museum reopened following a two-year, $30-million renovation that included a new gallery building and parking garage. The expansion has allowed the MAC to bring national exhibitions to Spokane that the community wouldn’t be able to see unless they travel outside our area. Current and upcom-
ing national traveling exhibits include Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers; Samuel Colt: Arms, Art and Invention; and John Buck: Iconography. Local exhibits drawn from the Museum’s permanent collections include The Voice of Things: The Museum’s Collections; W.M. Manning American Indian Collection; Contested Ground: Art and the New Northwest; Olmsted Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes; Spokane Timeline: Personal Voices; and from the Wenatchee Valley Cultural Center, River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia. Visitors to the gallery building are greeted by our popular In Focus Contemporary Art series which features artwork by regional artists and changes out every other month. Another five galleries are located underground. Although the MAC is a non-profit state agency, only a small portion of its operating costs come from state funding. The Museum relies heavily on revenue generated by admissions, the Museum Store, fundraisers, facility rentals, annual memberships and gifts to the annual fund and endowment, as well as the private financial support of corporations and individuals who sponsor our exhibitions and programs. This especially applies to the larger national traveling exhibitions, which typically have much higher costs than locally produced exhibits. While most people come to museums to see exhibits, there’s so much more than that at the MAC. Visitors can enjoy Café MAC, shop for unique gifts and books in the Museum Store, or research local history in the Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives. Campbell House, the MAC’s largest “artifact,” is also located on the beautifully landscaped campus. Built in 1898, it was originally the home of Amasa and Grace Campbell and was designed by worldrenowned architect Kirtland Cutter, who also designed the Davenport Hotel. Daily tours take you back in time to experience life in the early 1900s. The tour is included in Museum admission, which is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Children 5 and under and MAC members are admitted for free. MAC membership has many benefits. Members receive free admission to the Museum year-round and get discounts in the store, Research Library & Archives, and art rentals and sales. Household membership works well for families, allowing them to come and go as time permits, experiencing the exhibits and events in small time frames. Many of the MAC’s educational programs are free for members as well. Annual memberships are very affordable, beginning at less than $100. The Museum is also a hot spot for other events. Think of the MAC when looking for space to rent for cocktail parties, meetings, weddings and receptions.
Campbell House Holidays During regular MAC hours, 11am-5pm Tues.-Sun. During Thanksgiving weekend and the two weeks surrounding Christmas
Exhibitions at The MAC NATIONAL TRAVELING EXHIBITIONS
Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers
Samuel Colt: Arms, Art and Invention
John Buck: Iconography
Through Jan. 1, 2008
Feb. 2, 2008 through April 27, 2008
Memorabilia from the history-making athletes from more than a dozen sports. Dozens of artifacts from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History highlight the pioneering men and women who dominated their sports; championed their country, race or sex; and helped others achieve. Sports objects in this exhibition include a signed Babe Ruth baseball, a handball that Abraham Lincoln used, one of Lance Armstrong’s yellow jerseys, Billie Jean King’s tennis outfit and Muhammed Ali’s boxing robe. This exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Behring Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).
Nineteenth-century icon Samuel Colt redefined the modern firearm with his designs for the revolver and made an indelible mark on America with his innovative marketing and manufacturing. More than 150 firearms, paintings, photographs and decorative arts illustrate the artistry behind the industrialist. Organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn., this major exhibition offers a complete picture of the inventor’s manufacturing triumphs, drawing upon Colt’s personal collection of arms and art. The MAC is proud to be the only venue in the western U.S. to host this amazing exhibition.
Originating at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, this exhibition is an overview of Montana-based John Buck’s 40-year career in printmaking and sculpture. The exhibit includes more than 60 works spanning his career, including prints, large-scale sculpture, wooden constructions (shadow boxes) and glass and wood works. The exhibition is made possible by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation in Portland, Ore.
May 17, 2008 through Late Oct. 2008
All photos courtesy of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
LOCALLY PRODUCED EXHIBITIONS
Olmsted Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes
The W.M. Manning American Indian Collection
Through Aug. 17, 2008
The William Morley Manning American Indian Collection, acquired in 1916, is the founding collection of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. The exhibition explores the notion of collecting and the historic period during which Native Americans saw their cultural objects become institutionalized in glass cases. The exhibit also offers an alternative and culturally appropriate viewpoint that honors indigenous Plateau life-ways by combining the Manning collection with many more objects drawn from the MAC’s vast and nationally recognized American-Indian collection.
Spokane contracted the prestigious Boston landscape design firm, Olmsted Brothers, to create a park plan for this booming city in 1907. Intrigued by the region’s “strikingly picturesque” basalt outcroppings, the Olmsted firm eventually designed parks, residential landscapes and public projects over the next 45 years. Their correspondence, photographs and planting plans offer a personalized local story, set into the broader context of western city planning.
Celebrating the Fox Theater
Mid Feb. 2008 through Mid Jan. 2009
Cornhusk bag, Kalispel, 19th century, cornhusk or wild rye and native hemp weft with wool yarn false embroidery and rawhide ties and handle
Nov. 2, 2007 through Dec. 30, 2007 In honor of the reopening of Spokane’s Fox Theater after its restoration, Celebrating the Fox Theater takes us back the original grand opening of the Fox in 1931, with images and clothing from the era.
Ready, Aim … How Firearms Work Nov. 15, 2007 through April 27, 2008 In anticipation of the February arrival of the Smithsonian exhibition, Samuel Colt: Arms, Art and Invention, this exhibit features firearms and drawings from the Museum’s permanent collection and maps the essential technological advances in firearms technology from the 14th to the 19th century.
Olmsted Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes Cannon Hill Park (boys sailing boats), circa 1915
IN FOCUS: REGIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART SERIES
In Focus: Merrily Tompkins – Wading in the Gulf
Contested Ground: The Landscape Redrawn
Jan. 4, 2008 through March 2, 2008
A combination of contemporary Pacific Northwest artists, this exhibit explores our evolving, complex and increasingly freighted relationship to the natural world. Through paintings, sculpture, video and installations, these artists—though wildly different in their approaches and handling of materials—all deeply explore the relationship of the human to the natural. Spanning social, political, biological, environmental, philosophical and theological themes, these contemporary works all ask an essential question: Who are we and how shall we live?
Found object sculptures, metal works and kinetic jewelry that Merrily Tompkins has been quietly making in her Ellensburg studio since the early 1970s. A two-time National Endowment for the Arts Fellow who showed extensively in the Northwest in the 1970s and 80s, Tompkins is virtually unknown today, and this will be her first major museum exhibition in more than 30 years.
In Focus: Sandra Dal Poggetto March 7, 2008 through April 27, 2008 Helena, Mont., based painter Sandra Dal Poggetto is reinterpreting the Western-American landscape tradition through stunningly beautiful and deeply surprising means. Some of her paintings incorporate wild bird feathers rather than pigment, in this way arcing back in human history thousands of years.
In Focus: What is a Trade – Donald Fels and Signboard Painters of South India May 2, 2008 through June 29, 2008
Feb. 23, 2008 through Aug. 17, 2008
Spokane Timeline: Personal Voices
More than a century of Spokane history translates into a three-dimensional tapestry of personal stories. Museum Collection treasures tell of family, community and business adventures from fur trade and fire, through aviation and ticker tape. Names like James Glover are familiar; others are little-known but important for their contribution to Spokane life. This long term exhibit has periodic change outs. In March, River Pigs and Timber Beasts will replace Spokane Medicine as the centerpiece in Spokane Timeline. From lumber camps and “lady loggers” to “river pigs” and railroads, this
ArtFest annual art festival, first weekend of June Coeur d’Alene Park in Spokane’s Historic Browne’s Addition
feature explores multiple facets of a key Inland Northwest industry. Union pins, log brands, caulk boots, mess tent dishes, crosscut saws and plenty of stories make a lively introduction to an important topic.
The In Focus series does not usually feature international artists; however, the MAC will be the only venue to display this important body of work in the Inland Northwest. Over the course of two Fulbright Fellowships, Fels worked in India with traditional commercial sign painters and created large paintings on metal that explore, question, critique and challenge the economic and social impact of the current economic globalization of our world. THE MAC The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is located at 2316 W. First Ave., just one mile west of Downtown Spokane in historic Browne’s Addition. Hours are 11am-5pm Tues.-Sun. Closed on Mon. and major holidays. For information about on-going Museum exhibits, programs and events call (509) 456-3931 weekdays, the 24-hour hotline at (509) 363-5315 or visit the MAC Web site at NorthwestMuseum.org. For regular updates via email, send your request topr@NorthwestMuseum.org.
Performing Arts Information Spokane Ballet Spokane: Collectively we contribute to strengthening the vibrancy of the arts in Spokane. This provides the community with greater artistic diversity at the professional level. Even with this collaborative effort, we cannot accomplish our goals without one other crucial component – you. Without your patronage and generous donations, Ballet Spokane would not be in existence today. We truly are your company and take that role to heart. By contributing to the arts in Spokane, you are helping to preserve the integrity of what makes our city vibrant. For more information, call (509) 922-4962 or visit BalletSpokane.com. Blue Door Theatre: At the Blue Door Theatre you can expect to find long form improvisations, themed shows and improvised sketch comedy. Each Friday, enjoy a different all-improvised sketch comedy show that is energetic, entertaining, funny, original and suitable for all ages. In 2008, the Blue Door Theatre is offering Youth and Teen Improv classes Saturday mornings. With a focus on story telling, mime, environment creation, character development and spontaneity, students will work together in a fun, safe and encouraging environment. Call (509) 747-7045 or visit BlueDoorTheatre.com. CenterStage: CenterStage is a non-profit organization designed to honor, support and showcase local and regional performing artists, to provide an environment which entices and excites audiences, and to enhance the quality of community in our Inland Northwest. Call (509) 747-8243 or visit SpokaneCenterStage.com Magic Lantern Theater: This non-profit art film house and independent theater, which reopened September 2007, in what used to be the 1910 historic Saranac Hotel, brings films to people in Spokane who would not have had the chance to see unless traveling to a larger metropolitan area. The Magic Lantern brings independent foreign and art films, including documentaries. It is owned by the Magic Lantern Film Society, with its films open to its members and the public. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox: After much anticipation, the Fox Theater opened its doors again in November 2007. This art deco treasure will become the home of the Spokane Symphony and an incredible venue for all of the performing arts. The Fox will celebrate its new life with performances by Frederica von Stade, the Spokane Symphony, Tony Bennett, Thomas Hampson and many more. For more information, call (509) 624-5992 or visit FoxTheaterSpokane.com.
Spokane Civic Theatre: Incorporated in 1947, the Spokane Civic Theatre is one of the oldest community theatres in the country. Performances were staged first at the old Post Theater and then the Riverside Playhouse beginning in 1957 and until the present facility opened in 1967. The mission of Spokane Civic Theatre is to foster and operate a volunteer live community theatre of high artistic merit. For more information, call (509) 325-2507 or visit SpokaneCivicTheatre.com. Spokane International Film Festival: The Spokane International Film Festival, now in its 10th year, is a small, selective festival of world-class films. They are chosen from the very best features, documentaries and shorts that have been made around the world during the past two years but have not yet been commercially released for wide distribution. In fact, they are the same films as those seen each year at the Cannes, New York or Toronto film festivals, and our programmers travel widely to screen and select them. The festival is overseen by its parent, the Contemporary Arts Alliance of Spokane, with an active Board of Directors and generous financial support from a variety of local and regional underwriters. For more information, call (509) 624-2615 or visit SpokaneFilmFestival.org. Spokane Interplayers Theatre: Interplayers is a major contributor to the region’s cultural quality of life. Situated in Downtown Spokane, we are located in the historic Eagles Lodge Building, listed on state and national historic registers. We continue a tradition of challenging, diverse and inspiring professional productions and the theatre maintains the Gellhorn Gallery, with monthly visual art shows by distinguished regional artists. Founded in 1980 by professional actors Robert and Joan Welch, Interplayers Theatre is the Inland Northwest’s first resident professional theatre. Here at Interplayers, we are a traditionally structured, not-for-profit theatre with an exceptional staff and an outstanding board of directors. Throughout our 27-year history, we have maintained our tradition as an artistic institution of influence and impact. For more information, call (509) 455-7529 or visit Interplayers.com. Spokane Jazz Orchestra: The oldest community-supported band in America! The Spokane Jazz Orchestra is the Nation’s oldest, continually performing, professional community-supported 17-piece big band. For 33 years, the SJO has been the leader of the Spokane Jazz Society, bringing both performances and education services to the Inland Northwest. Exciting guest artists headline each of the four annual concerts and bring out the best in the top professional musicians who create the “swinging sound” of America’s original art form- JAZZ! Guest artists for the 2007-2008 Season include: world-renowned recording artist and actress Freda Payne (Sept. 29), the incredible voice
of Dee Daniels (Dec. 8), Clarinetist extraordinaire David Keberle (March 8, 2008) and Count Basie trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling (May 9, 2008). Music Director Dan Keberle celebrates his 12th season with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. All performances are held at the Bing Crosby Theater. SpokaneJazz.com Spokane Symphony: The Spokane Symphony is a regional orchestra serving the Inland Northwest with a wide array of concerts, including outreach concerts in Coeur d’Alene for elementary students. The 70-member professional orchestra provides classical performance and educational programs throughout the region. Coeur d’Alene’s Mechetti Chapter of the Spokane Symphony Associates is active in supporting musical outreach. For more information, call (509) 326-3136 or visit SpokaneSymphony.org.
Coeur d’alene Coeur d’Alene Film Festival: The 3rd Annual Coeur d’Alene Film Festival will celebrate independent film for three extraordinary days beginning Feb. 29-March 2, 2008. The Festival offers film for everyone: children and families, extreme sports, short features, documentaries, local filmmakers program and forums on filmmaking. The schedule of events will be posted in mid-January; film descriptions, ticket information and all you need to participate in one of Coeur d’Alene’s most fun, new events! CdAFilmFestival.com Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre: The Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, who celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007, was recognized by USA Today in July 2005 as one of the “top ten” musical theatres in the country. Established in 1967, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre is Idaho’s oldest performing arts organization. CST specializes in production of full-scale Broadway musicals during a 12-week, 36-performance season during the months of June, July and August. Performances are held in Schuler Auditorium on the campus of North Idaho College by the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene in scenic Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. For tickets, call (800) 423-2849. CdASummerTheatre.org. Coeur d’Alene Symphony: The Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, a non-profit organization under the baton of David Demand, conductor and artistic director. The Symphony produces a full season of concerts thanks to dedicated volunteers and donations from patrons. The Symphony also sponsors a young artist competition, provides scholarships for college music students and produces a Family Concert. For ticket or season subscription information, call (208) 765-3833. CdASymphony.org
COMMUNITY EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Northern Quest Casino The chefs of Northern Quest restaurants offer a variety of cuisine and outstanding culinary presentations
HERE ELSE IN SPOKANE can you experience everything from a Huckleberry Ice Cream Carousel Horse Dessert for The Ronald McDonald House Charity auction dinner to Haggis served to The Society of St. Andrews? At Northern Quest, you’re bound to see a multitude of interesting and imaginative flavor combinations and plate designs. “We constantly push ourselves out of comfort zones to achieve unusual and exciting food,” said Executive Sous Chef Scott Miller. Although this is no easy task, Northern Quest draws upon the experience of the 95 culinary team members for incomparable banquet and event service. One of those team members is Christine Nagy, Rivers Edge Buffet sous chef and secretary of the ACF Chefs de Cuisine of the Inland Northwest. With her talent and that of her team, they present an extraordinary and bountiful array of dishes. Dishes that would rival any menu include such items as Grilled Rosemary Lamb, Acorn Squash with a Caramel Pecan Sauce or Choice Steak Tenders with Pepper Sauce. “I literally dream about food. … When I’m working the team … we collaborate
with each other on how we can make it come to fruition,” said Nagy. Her counterpart for the Woodlands Restaurant is Sous Chef Kevin Enos. His team is tasked with scrumptious new fresh menu items every week to provide guests with something to salivate over. “It’s a great way to be creative and make use of some local fresh ingredients,” he said. Woodlands is known for providing a superior dining experience, and the staff’s passion for creating great guest moments is what sets this restaurant apart. With the incredible expansion of the hotel and casino on the horizon, Northern Quest Casino looks forward to the exciting new challenges and opportunities. It is because of their team that Northern Quest has confidence in any endeavor the new resort property will bring. Be it a fresh market buffet, a sports-bar concept, a quick snack, a banquet for 2000 people or a simple yet elegant dinner, Northern Quest and its staff will be able to handle it. Northern Quest Casion is located at 100 N. Hayford Rd. in Airway Heights, Wash. Call (509) 242-7000, (888) 603-7051 or visit NorthernQuest.com
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Cobra Roofing Polo Classic
Polo in Spokane? That’s Right! By: Jillian De Lallo
The Cobra Roofing Polo Classic benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane
IRWAY HEIGHTS, just west of the city of Spokane, is home to the largest polo event west of the Mississippi, both in attendance and money raised, since its 2005 inaugural year. Sept. 16, 2007, marked the Third Annual Cobra Roofing Polo Classic, held at the Spokane Polo Club just minutes away from the airport. Attendees–dressed in their polo best; men in their collared shirts, women clad in summer dresses, hats and heels (remember Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman”)–were greeted with wine and hors d’oeuvres as they entered the white-tented area that lined the polo field. With the grand entrance of sky divers and the singing of the National Anthem by Abbey Silveria, a cancer survivor who benefited from services of the Ronald McDonald House, the kick-off was a unique and heartwarming introduction to a special event that offers a little something for everyone: an art walk, silent auction, best hat contest, champagne divot stomp, raffle and lots of gourmet food, along with friends old and new. Not to mention the main attraction—polo. The Cobra Roofing Polo Classic benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charity of Spokane—a non-profit organization providing a “home away from home” for families wanting to remain near their hospitalized children. The event began as a vision and came to fruition through hard work and dedication.
Cobra Roofing Polo Classic
“It is a unique and exciting event where guests have fun while supporting kids and families that are needing medical services and a place to stay,” said Mike Forness, executive director of RMHC of Spokane. “It’s a magical way for guests to support a great cause while [enjoying a great] experience.” Mayor Matthew Pederson of Airway Heights attended the event for the first time this year and was truly impressed. “The event really gave the community a chance to come together,” he said. He was overcome by the outpouring of support of those who attended, as well as the generosity of the participants in helping the Ronald McDonald House. The RMHC of Spokane did not have a signature fundraising event before the introduction of the Cobra Roofing Polo Classic. “There were a lot of golf events and black-tie charities,” Mike said, “but we wanted to come up with something different.” It was the RMHC developmental committee’s vision to include polo in the premier fundraising event for the charity, and it was
through their idea, along with the assistance of key players, that this dream was realized. Mike first contacted Suzy Dix of the Spokane Polo Club in fall 2003. They worked hand-in-hand in bringing the Ronald McDonald House and Spokane Polo Club together to create an unforgettable fundraising event. “From different travels I had, I got ideas on how we could put this together,” said Suzy, who has been a sponsor and underwriter for the event since the beginning. This year marked the first year of the sponsorship of Washington Trust Bank, who sponsored the opposing team from Uruguay, and they are happy they were involved. As James Mellott, PR and communications manager at Washington Trust Bank said, “This is a unique opportunity … to help raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House. This was our first year … and we had such a great response from our staff and guests who attended … we plan to continue [sponsoring this event in the future]. RMHC Logistics Chair Jim Meyer
Cobra Roofing Polo Classic developed the original layout for the inaugural event “down to the fine After more than a year in the making, the first polo event was a sucdetails,” said Mike, “including the capacity of the venue, how many valet cess, grossing $174,000 for the Ronald McDonald House. “We’re very parking spots there were, the number of tables loyal to those who first started out on this enand chairs.” deavor with us,” said Mike. In 2006, the benefit The enormity of the event, with as many as raised $221,000, and more than $250,000 was 1,000 people in attendance each year, made it raised this year. difficult to find a caterer, but Feresateh “Fery” “[This benefit] allows us to continue to give and husband Ahmad Haghighim, owners of to families places to stay while their children are Fery’s Catering in Spokane, stepped up to in the hospital,” said Marti D’Agostino, co-chair the plate and took on the challenge when of the event. approached by Mike. Fery and Ahmad had Ronald McDonald House provided more experience catering to large crowds – they are than 6,500 nights to families last year, and as the caterers for Nordstrom in Spokane and have Marti added: “We provide more than a roof prepared food for as many as 1,500 people. As over their heads. We provide them with rest, a Fery said, “[If ] we could do it for that many kitchen, food, transportation to and from the people, we could do it for [them], too.” hospitals, resources and support, computer “They’ve done an outstanding job serving 800 access, a playroom; everything you would need to 1,000 people at a location that isn’t a facility away from home. that typically has catering,” said Mike. “We had And no family is ever turned away regardless at least three or four other [catering companies] of race, religion or ability to pay.” Said Suzy, “We MAYOR OF AIRWAY HEIGHTS, who said they could not do it in that kind of a hope that this will be the signature event for the MATTHEW PEDERSON AND WIFE LISA venue, [but] every step of the way, Fery’s has Ronald McDonald House for many years.” been there for us and has done an outstanding job.” No where else in Spokane will you find an event as classy and sophisFinding one company to provide all the necessary tents was a chalticated, yet relaxed and enjoyable as the Cobra Roofing Polo Classic – an lenge initially. In fact, organizers had to go out of state to find Lake City event unlike any other in the Inland Northwest. Rental in Hayden, Idaho, which has supplied as many as 24 tents for the For more information about the Ronald McDonald House of Spokane, affair, some as large as 20 feet by 200 feet. visit RMHSpokane.org
Cobra Roofing Polo Classic
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: TITLE SPONSOR: Cobra Rooﬁng Services
TEAM SPONSORS: Washington Trust Bank & Suzy Dix/Windermere Real Estate Palouse Manito with Joe & Kilmer Nichols
CHAMPAGNE DIVOT STOMP: Merrill Lynch Deaconess Medical Center
POLO FACTS Polo was introduced in Spokane in 1908
TRIPLE CROWN SPONSORS:
Suzy’s father, Peter Dix, bought and developed the land that is currently the Spokane Polo Club in 1968
Budweiser Select, KREM 2 McDonald’s, Northern Quest Casino, Moss Adams
Polo season begins in mid-May and ends in Sept.
Though still predominantly a male sport, more females are getting involved in polo Thoroughbreds make the best polo horses due to their endurance, athleticism and heart
SAVE THE DATE!
September 7, 2008
GETTING THERE The Spokane Polo Club is located just west of Spokane on the north side of HWY 2 in Airway Heights. For more info, visit RMHSpokane.org.
Coca-Cola Dodson’s Jewelers Downtown Toyota & Lexus ICM Asset Management Jewelry Design Center Northwest Farm Credit Services
TEN GOAL SPONSORS: Meridian Construction / Mark D’Agostino State Farm Insurance Northwest Orthopedic Specialists
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
BLUE RIBBON TABLE SPONSORS OR CAPTAINS: AEP Span Banner Bank Nancy Bettesworth Anthony and Mary Lou Bonanzino Marilyn Bosin Bruce and Kris Bushman Carstens Marine Supplies Inc. Betsy Cowles and Jim Meyers Mark and Marti D’Agostino The Davenport Hotel and Tower Dr. AW and Heather Emch Dr. Bud and Sue Eugster Richard and Sue Eymann Mike and Jacquie Forness John and Debbie Hieber Jewell Excavating Dr. Ken and Marie Kapstafer Dr. Jack and Pam Leonard Cheryl Lynn Lundmark Dr. Dean and Joyce Martz Angela and Emily Nordstrom Catherine O’Connell Paciﬁc Steel and Recycling Peyton / BlackRock Group Premera Blue Cross Barbara Ray Catherine Reynolds / Kelly Damon Riverstone / SRM Stephanie Robideaux / Herak Family State Farm Insurance Sterling Silver Bank
Spokane Polo Club, West Plains Skydiving Club, Washington State Patrol, James Yost, Fery’s Catering, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Lake City Rental, Sheriffs Mounted Posse, K & N Electric, Honey Bucket, American Onsite, Inland Empire Emergency Service, City of Spokane Water Department, Cobra Rooﬁng Employees, Alex Jacoy and Susan Stovall, Event Rents, North by Northwest Productions, URM Cash and Carry, Stadium Sports, Paciﬁc Steel & Recycling, Ott-Knott Inc. & Frank and Sherry Knott, Cues, Lonnie and Kathy Morse, Party Palace, Madison Country, Roses and More, Costco, The Two Dudes, Robideaux Strategic Panning, Cheryl Lynn Lundmark, Nils Brandt, Scott Burns, Diana Rivera, Kerrianne Thronson, Tami Peplinski, Elizabeth Tender, Dr. Ken Kapstafer, and Foxy Horse & Hound
Epicurean Delight A Night to Remember By: JULIE KAPLICKY
Beaded dresses, elegant tuxedos, exquisite cuisine and the finest of Northwest wines and microbrews—Spokane’s premiere black-tie soiree is back, and it’s better than ever!
ELEBRATING ITS 26th YEAR,
this formal gala fundraiser for the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) brings together nearly 30 incredible restaurants and the culinary talents of their finest chefs, 25 outstanding wineries and microbreweries, as well as delightful musical entertainment and 900 party-goers who are excited to have a great time while supporting a very worthy cause. This unforgettable event has been selling out for more than 20 years. Originally created as a fundraiser for Deaconess Medical Center in 1980, the guests of Epicurean Delight have
raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for a variety of vital local healthcare programs. Last year, Deaconess bequeathed the event to INBC, with proceeds purchasing Life Saver 3, a new blood donor coach to service the Inland Northwest. This year, money raised will help fund INBC’s regional center for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). In the 20 years of the NMDP’s existence here in Spokane, INBC has added more than 30,000 potential donors to the national registry. In addition, the regional center has facilitated more than 150 requests for donors to give bone marrow or
blood stem cells. “This program continues to be a beacon of hope for patients around the world who are facing death without a transplant,” said INBC Director of Development and Communication Paul Oleniacz. “Seventy percent of these patients do not have a family member who meets the requirements of a perfect bone marrow match. These patient’s lives depend on finding an unrelated, compatible donor who is willing to share the gift of life.” By attending Epicurean Delight, the guests and participating restaurants, wineries, breweries and sponsors are quite literally helping
THE INFO What is INBC? The Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) is the sole provider of blood products and services to more than 35 hospitals and healthcare facilities in our region. It takes a minimum of 150 volunteer blood donors each day to meet the needs of patients across the Inland Northwest. Give the gift of life–donate blood today!
Save the Date! Epicurean Delight 2008 Friday, November 7th
to save lives. What a fabulous opportunity to make a difference in our community! “Anyone who has attended Epicurean knows from experience that it’s an evening to remember,” said Georgette Grainger, vice president of Washington Trust Bank and co-chair of the event. “It’s the premiere wine and food event of the year, not only for the guests who attend, but for the participating restaurants that compete for the right to be named ‘the best’ in a variety of categories.” Epicurean Delight offers local chefs the opportunity to show off their culinary talents in an elegant, unique and challenging setting. Each restaurant competes in one or two categories of their choice. Their carefully created gourmet offerings then face intense scrutiny
from a panel of distinguished judges who sample the fare and select winners in each category. Where is the challenge, you ask? Chefs are required to prepare their creations without the use of an on-site kitchen! They must produce enough of the offering of their choice to feed more than 900 guests, while using only hot plates and outdoor grills. When preparing and serving some of the gourmet dishes, it’s a challenge of magnificent proportions! “It’s a fun challenge,” said Wild Sage Bistro Executive Chef Alexa Wilson, winner of last year’s People’s Choice Award for her veal petite osso buco with white cheddar grits. “I plan our menu around all the tortures our food will endure before it gets to the guests, including sitting in hot holding for several hours at a time. We continue to participate because we believe in the cause, and it’s a great way to really connect with the people and be a part of the business community. It’s also a chance for us to enjoy a great event and visit with our peers.” Also returning this year are several popular features, including an elegant bar made entirely of ice, live music and dancing, and the opportunity to enter to win a wealth of fabulous prizes, including a week-long vacation to an exotic location, a collection of 50 bottles of wine and a Northwest adventures package including a white water rafting trip and scuba diving lessons. This is one night where you can eat, drink and dance your way to a good conscience.
Ticket Information: (509) 624-0151 EpicureanDelight.org Guests at the 2007 Epicurean Delight enjoyed outstanding cuisine from the following:
Restaurants: 4 Seasons Coffee, Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar, Anthony’s Restaurant, Artisan Room, Beverly’s, Blue Fish, Boyd Coffee Co., Brix, Catered for You, Chefs de Cuisine Society, CI Shenanigan’s, Clinkerdagger, Craven’s Coffee Co., Cyrus O’Leary’s Pies, Down River Grill, Herbal Essence, Just American Desserts, Latah Bistro, Max at Mirabeau, Rivers Edge, Rock City Grill, Sawtooth Grill, Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar, Vin Rouge, Vintage Truffle, Wild Sage American Bistro and Woodlands.
Wineries and Microbreweries: Apex Cellars, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, Barnard Griffin, Caterina Winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, CI Shenanigan’s, Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company, Coeur d’Alene Cellars, Cougar Crest Winery, Hogue Cellars, Latah Creek Wine Cellars, Lone Canary Winery, Maryhill Winery, Merry Cellars, Mountain Dome Winery, Northern Lights Brewery, Okanogan Estate & Vineyards, Preston Premium Wines, Robert Karl Cellars, Suanders Cheese Market, Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard, Townshend Cellar, Vin Du Lac, White Heron Cellars, Whitman Cellars and Whitestone Winery.
Epicurean Delight’s Underwriters: American West Bank, Bank of America, Blood Systems, Inc., The Davenport Hotel, Dottie’s Discount Jewelry-Pawn 1, Fidelity Associates Insurance & Financial Services, George Gee Porsche of Spokane, Holy Family Hospital, The Inlander, Leone & Keeble, Moloney + O’Neill Benefits, Moss Adams, LLP, NAC Architecture, Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital, PHCO, Premera Blue Cross, Prime Magazine, Randall & Hurley, Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, Spokane EN&T, Surgical Specialists of Spokane, URM Food Service and Washington Trust Bank-Private Banking.
2006 WINNER, CHEF ALEXA WILSON, WILD SAGE AMERICAN BISTRO
Spokane Chamber of Commerce: 509-624-1393 spokanechamber.com Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce: 866-475-1436 spokanevalleychamber.org Downtown Spokane Partnership: downtown.spokane.net Spokane Convention and Visitors Bureau: 888-SPOKANE visitspokane.com West Plains Chamber of Commerce, Cheney 509-235-8480 westplainschamber.org
SPOKANE AREA COMMUNITY EVENTS O ngo ing Ev ent s: 1st Friday Art Walks: Downtown Spokane galleries, (509) 625-6081 or visit SpokaneArts.org Summer Saturdays at the MAC: make-and-take activities for the family, noon-3pm, (509) 363-5328 Sundays in the Garden: Manito Park Garden Center, (509) 625-6200 Spokane Indians Baseball: Avista Stadium, (509) 535-2922 or SpokaneIndiansBaseball.com Jun.-Oct., Sat. & Wed.: Farmers’ Market Argentine Tango Lessons: 7:30-9:30pm Thursdays, CenterStage Theatre, free, donations graciously accepted Performing Arts Events, Spokane Convention Center, TicketsWest, (800) 325-7328 or (509) 325-7328 or TicketsWest.com
D ecember 2007
1-2 Spokane Symphony Classics: Musical Magic, The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 1-2 Best of Broadway: The Wedding Singer, INB Performing Arts Center, BestOfBroadwaySpokane.com 1-8 Actor’s Repertory Theatre: Souvenir, (509) 838-4013 or ActorsRepTheatre.com 1-15 Spokane Children’s Theatre: The Velveteen Rabbit, Spokane Civic Theatre, (509) 328-4886 or SpokaneChildrensTheatre.org 1-15 A Brief History of Photography: From the Joseph & Elaine Monsen Collection, Henry Art Gallery and the Washington Art Consortium, WSU Museum of Art, (509) 335-1910 or WSU.edu/ArtMuse 1-16 Spokane Civic Theatre Musical: Christmas Schooner, Main Stage, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com 1-21 Yuletide, Spokane Art School, (509) 328-0900 or SpokaneArtSchool.org 1-30 Celebrating the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 1-31 The Voice of Things: The Museum’s Collections, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 1-31 The Olmsted Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 7-9 Spokane Symphony Family Concerts: The Nutcracker, INB Performing Arts, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org Center 8 Spokane Jazz Orchestra: Holiday in Jazz, Bing Crosby Theater, (509) 325-7328 or SpokaneJazz.com 8 Family MACFest: Old-Fashioned Holidays, noon3pm, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 14 Spokane Symphony Casual Classics: Nature’s Musical Canvas, The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 17-22 Interplayers Theatre: A Reduced Christmas Carol, (509) 455-7529 or Interplayers.com 18-19 Best of Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar, INB Performing Arts Center, BestOfBroadwaySpokane.com 21-22 Spokane Symphony Super Pops: Home for the Holidays, The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org
22-30 Campbell House Holidays, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 29 Thomas Hampson “Home for the Holidays”, The Fox, (509) 624-5992 or FoxTheaterSpokane.com 31 First Night Spokane, Downtown Spokane, (509) 252-5027 or FirstNightSpokane.org
Jan u ary 1 Campbell House Holidays, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 1-31 The Voice of Things: The Museum’s Collections, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 1-31 The Olmsted Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 11-26 Actor’s Repertory Theatre: Rabbit Hole, SFCC Spartan Theatre, (509) 838-4013 or ActorsRepTheatre.com 11-Feb 2 Spokane Civic Theatre: Laughing Stock, Main Stage, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com 12 Family MACFest: Cabin Fever, noon-3pm, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 12-13 Spokane Symphony Classics: Walking the Line, The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 15-16 Spokane Symphony Chamber Soirees: Winter Chamber Soiree, The Davenport, (509) 6241200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 17-Feb. 2 Interplayers Theatre: A surprise production … wait and find out!, (509) 455-7529 or Interplayers.com 18-20 Best Of Broadway: Riverdance, INB Performing Arts Center, BestOfBroadwaySpokane.com 19 Spokane Symphony Family Concerts: Fantastic Family Fun – Meet the Musical Families, The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org
2-17 Spokane Children’s Theatre: The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, Spokane Community Theatre, (509) 328-4886 or SpokaneChildrensTheatre.org 7-17 10th Annual Spokane International Film Festival, (509) 624-2615 or SpIFF@att.net 9 Family MACFest: Cultural Keepsakes, noon-3pm, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 9-10 Spokane Symphony Classics: Hail Brittania! The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 15 Spokane Symphony Casual Classics: Celebration of Love, The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 16 Bach with a Twist, Spokane Athletic Club Library, (509) 326-4942 or NWBachFestival.com 16-24 30th Annual Northwest Bach Festival, (509) 326-4942 or NWBachFestival.com 21-24 Best of Broadway: Gypsy, INB Performing Arts Center, BestOfBroadwaySpokane.com 22-24 5th Annual Motorcycle Show, Spokane Convention Center, SpokaneMotorcycleShow.com 22-Mar. 8 Spokane Civic Theatre: The Night of the Iguana, Main Stage, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com 28-Mar. 5 Interplayers Theatre: The Clean House, (509) 455-7529 or Interplayers.com 28-Mar. 6 Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, SFCC Spartan Theatre, (509) 533-3592
March 2008 1-2 Spokane Symphony Classics: Romantic Exploration, The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 1-6 Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, SFCC Spartan Theatre, (509) 533-3592
24-27 RV Show, Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, SpokaneRVShow.com
1-8 Spokane Civic Theatre: The Night of the Iguana, Main Stage, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com
25-Feb.17 Spokane Civic Theatre: The Last Five Years, Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com
1-31 The Olmsted Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org
26 7th Annual Festival of Foodies, Spokane Community College, (509) 242-2505
7-30 Spokane Civic Theatre: Crimes of the Heart, Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com
26-27 Spokane Symphony Classics: Featuring Fabio, The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org
Febr u ary 2008 1-2 Spokane Civic Theatre: Laughing Stock, Main Stage, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com 1-3 The Voice of Things: The Museum’s Collections, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 1-17 Spokane Civic Theatre: The Last Five Years, Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com 1-29 The Olmsted Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 2 Spokane Symphony Super Pops: Three Mo’ Tenors, INB Performing Arts Center, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org
8 Works From The Heart Contemporary Art Auction, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 8 Spokane Jazz Orchestra: Tribute to Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, Bing Crosby Theater, (509) 325-7328 or SpokaneJazz.com 8-22 Spokane Children’s Theatre: Nate the Great, Spokane Civic Theatre, (509) 328-4886 or SpokaneChildrensTheatre.org 9 MACFest: Near Nature, Near Perfect, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 15-16 Spokane Symphony Classics: Celebration of Expression, The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 25-26 Spokane Symphony Chamber Soirees: Spring Chamber Soiree, The Davenport, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 25-30 Best of Broadway: Mamma Mia! INB Performing Arts Center, BestOfBroadwaySpokane.com
Community Events Sponsored by:
27-Apr. 12 Interplayers Theatre: Rounding Third, (509) 455-7529 or Interplayers.com 28-Apr. 20 Spokane Civic Theatre: The Foreigner, Main Stage, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com
A pril 2 0 0 8 1-20 Spokane Civic Theatre: The Foreigner, Main Stage, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com 1-30 The Olmsted Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 4 Art Walk, Downtown Spokane, (509) 625-6081 4-19 Actor’s Repertory Theater: Pete ‘n’ Keely, SFCC Spartan Theatre, (509) 838-4013 or ActorsRepTheatre.com 5-6 Spokane Symphony Classics: Music for America: Serge Koussevitzky, the Advocate, The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 12 Antique Appraisal Day, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 12 Spokane Symphony Super Pops: Fancy Fiddlin’, INB Performing Arts Center, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 17-20 Get Lit Literary Festival, Eastern Washington University, (800) 508-9095 or visit EWU.edu/GetLit/
Please remember to contribute generously to Second Harvest Food Bank! Find out how you can help Spokane’s hungry by donating either food or funds and contact them at 534-6678 or see the website at: SHFoodBank.org 16-Jun. 8 Spokane Children’s Theatre: Annie, Spokane Civic Theatre, (509) 328-4886 or SpokaneChildrensTheatre.org 16-Jun. 15 Spokane Civic Theatre: Man of La Mancha, Main Stage, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com 7-8 Farm Chicks Antique Show, (509) 954-1692 or (509) 954-1846 or TheFarmChicks.com 29-Jun. 8 Sophocles’ Antigone, SFCC Spartan Theatre, (509) 533-3592 30-Jun. 1 23rd Annual ArtFest, The Park in Browne’s Addition, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org
June 2008 1 23rd Annual ArtFest, The Park in Browne’s Addition, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 1-8 Sophocles’ Antigone, SFCC Spartan Theatre, (509) 533-3592 1-8 Spokane Children’s Theatre: Annie, Spokane Civic Theatre 1-15 Spokane Civic Theatre: Man of La Mancha, Main Stage, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com 1-30 The Olmsted Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org
18 Spokane Symphony: Symphony on the Edge with Eckart Preu, Big Easy, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org
6 Art Walk, Downtown Spokane, (509) 625-6081
25 Spokane Symphony Casual Classics: New Sounds of Old Times, The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org
21 Night of Illusions, SFCC Spartan Theatre, (509) 533-3592
25-May 18 Spokane Civic Theatre: Hollywood Arms, Firth J. Chow Studio Theatre, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com
M ay 2 0 0 8 1-18 Spokane Civic Theatre: Hollywood Arms, Firth J. Chow Studio Theatre, (509) 325-2507 or SpokaneCivicTheatre.com 1-18 Interplayers Theatre: play not yet determined, (509) 455-7529 or Interplayers.com 1-31 The Olmsted Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 2 Art Walk, Downtown Spokane, (509) 625-6081 3-4 Spokane Symphony Classics: Infinite Love, The Fox, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 4 Lilac Bloomsday 12K, (509) 838-1529 or BloomsdayRun.org 9 Spokane Jazz Orchestra: Music of Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby Theater, (509) 325-7328 or SpokaneJazz.com 10 Spokane Symphony Super Pops: Tonight – Bernstein’s Broadway, INB Performing Arts Center, (509) 624-1200 or SpokaneSymphony.org 10-11 Mother’s Day Historic House Tour, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org
8 Taste Washington, Davenport Hotel, TasteWashington.org
28-29 Hoopfest, Downtown Spokane, (509) 624-2414 or SpokaneHoopfest.net
July 2008 1-31 The Olmsted Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 4 Art Walk, Downtown Spokane, (509) 625-6081
A u gu st 2008 1 Art Walk, Downtown Spokane, (509) 625-6081 1 A Hot August Night with the Spokane Opera, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org 1-31 The Olmsted Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes, MAC, (509) 456-3931 or NorthwestMuseum.org
Sep tember 2008 5 Art Walk, Downtown Spokane, (509) 625-6081 7 4th Annual Cobra Roofing Polo Classic, Spokane Polo Club, RMHSpokane.org
October 2008 3 Art Walk, Downtown Spokane, (509) 625-6081
Actor’s Repertory Theatre (509) 838-4013 ActorsRepTheatre.com Best of Broadway BestOfBroadwaySpokane.com Center Stage (509) 747-8243 SpokaneCenterStage.com Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox (509) 624-5992 FoxTheaterSpokane.com Interplayers Theatre (509) 455-7529 Interplayers.com Lake City Playhouse (208) 667-1323 LakeCityPlayhouse.org Northwest Museum (509) 456-3931 NorthwestMuseum.org Opera Plus! (208) 664-2827 OperaPlus.org Spartan Theatre (509) 838-4013 SpartanTheatre.com Spokane Art School (509) 328-0900 SpokaneArtSchool.org Spokane Children’s Theatre (509) 328-4886 SpokaneChildrensTheatre.org Spokane Civic Theatre (509) 325-2507 SpokaneCivicTheatre.com Spokane Jazz (509) 325-7328 SpokaneJazz.com Spokane Symphony (509) 624-1200 SpokaneSymphony.org SpokaneSizzle.com
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NORTH IDAHO COMMUNITY EVENTS
O ngoi ng E v ents: 2nd Fridays: Art Walk Downtown CdA galleries & shops 4th Fridays: Music Walk, music for everyone, Downtown CdA Wednesdays: Hot Rod Café Cruise Nights, Post Falls, (208) 777-1712 Thursdays: “Thunder Thursday,” Hot Rod Café Summer Bike Night, Post Falls, (208) 777-1712 June-October: Area Farmers’ Markets
D ecember 2007 1 Christmas in St. Maries, (208) 245-3563 1 CdA Symphony Orchestra Christmas Showcase, NIC Campus – Schuler Auditorium, (208) 765-3833 or CdASymphony.org 1 Hayden Parade & Lights Celebration, (208) 772-4411 1 Christmas Festival, Wallace, (208) 753-7151 1-31 Holiday Light Show, CdA Resort Boardwalk, (800) 688-5253 Journey to the North Pole Cruises, CdA Resort, (800) 684-0513 ext. 7811 or (208) 664-7268 4-5 Silver Valley Art & Craft Fair, Osburn, Idaho, (208) 783-4031 6 Sportsman’s Wild Game Banquet & Auction, Priest Lake, (208) 443-3191 7-22 Lake City Playhouse: The Littlest Angel & the Gift of the Magi, (208) 667-1323 8-9 “Sounds of Christmas,” NIC Campus Schuler Auditorium, CdA, (208) 769-7764 19 Northwest Sacred Music Chorale Christmas Concert, St. Pius Catholic Church, CdA, (208) 772-3491 or nwsmc.org 24 Santa’s Traditional Schweitzer Visit at Selkirk Lodge, (208) 263-9555 31 New Year’s Eve, Schweitzer hosts parties at Taps and the Chimney Rock Grill, (208) 263-9555
J anuary 1 Handicap Hangover Fun Run, (208) 765-5105 or Teshinc.com 1 Polar Bear Plunge, noon at Sander’s Beach, (208) 664-3194 1 Schweitzer Lights up the Night Parade, (800) 831-8810 1 NIC Wild Game Feast, (208) 769-5978 1 Holiday Light Show, CdA Resort Boardwalk, (800) 688-5253 1 Journey to the North Pole Cruises, CdA Resort, (800) 684-0513 ext. 7811 or (208) 664-7280
1-31 Eagle Watching at Wolf Lodge Bay and Beauty Bay 11-26 Lake City Playhouse: The Cripple of Inishmaan, (208) 667-1323 or LakeCityPlayhouse.org 26 CdA Symphony Orchestra Family Concert, NIC Campus – Schuler Auditorium, (208) 765-3833 or CdASymphony.org
19-20 Northwest Sacred Music Chorale Spring Concert, First Presbyterian Church, CdA, (208) 772-3491 or nwsmc.org 27 OperaPlus! “Opera Gala,” CdA Resort, (208) 964-4469 or OperaPlus.org 27 “Spring Choral Extravaganza,” NIC Campus – Schuler Auditorium, (208) 769-7764
8 Art Walk, Downtown CdA, (208) 664-3194 16 Huckleberry Festival, Priest Lake, (888) 774-3785 or PriestLake.org 20-24 North Idaho Fair and Rodeo, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, CdA, (208) 765-4969 or NorthIdahoFair.com
TBA 11th Annual Mardi Gras Benefit and Cajun Cook-off, (800) 688-5253 2 US Pacific Coast Championship Sled Dog Race, USFS Airstrip, (888) 774-3785 or PriestLake.org 8 Chocolate Walk, Downtown CdA, (208) 667-5986 or CdADowntown.com 9 Priest Lake Snowshoe Softball Tournament, Hwy 57 Luby Bay Rd., (888) 774-3785 or PriestLake.org 9 Sweetheart Ball, Greyhound Park Events Center, Post Falls, (208) 777-0596 10 CdA Symphony Orchestra Valentine Concert, Post Falls at the Old Church, (208) 765-2833 or CdASymphony.org 15-16 Lake CZity Playhouse: An Evening of Vaudeville, (208) 667-1323 22-24 Great West GymFest, CdA Resort & NIC, (208) 772-9443 28-29 Lake City Playhouse: Charlotte’s Web, (208) 667-1323
2-24 Lake City Playhouse: Into the Woods, (208) 667-1323 3 CdA Symphony Orchestra Season Finale, NIC Campus – Schuler Auditorium, (208) 765-3833 or CdASymphony.org 9 Art Walk, Downtown CdA, (208) 664-3194 9 “Steppin’ Out with my Baby … A Date Night for Moms,” NIC Campus – Schuler Auditorium, (208) 769-7764 11 “Mother’s Day Concert,” CdA City Park Bandshell, (208) 769-7764 24-25 Priest Lake Spring Festival, (888) 774-3785 or PriestLake.org
12 Art Walk, Downtown CdA, (208) 664-3194 14-20 Antique & Classic Boat Show, CdA, (208) 664-3194 ext. 170 or CdAChamber.com 20 Opera Plus! Studies: An in depth examination of the Opera Plus! Fall opera production with Fred Glienna, NIC Library, (208) 964-4469 or OperaPlus.org 27-28 Opera Plus! A full-staged opera production with orchestra and English translations TBA, (208) 964-4469 or OperaPlus.org
28-Mar. 2 Coeur d’Alene Film Festival, CdA, CdAFilmFestival.com
March 1 Wine, Stein and Dine, (208) 777-4313 1-2 Coeur d’Alene Film Festival, CdA, CdAFilmFestival.com 8-8 Lake City Playhouse: Charlotte’s Web, (208) 667-1323 14 CdA Symphony Orchestra Regional Talent Extravaganza, NIC Campus Schuler Auditorium, (208) 765-3833 or CdASymphony.org 1-11 Lake City Playhouse: A Skull in Connemara, (208) 667-1323 28-30 Lake City Playhouse: On Golden Pond, (208) 667-1323 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Apr il 11 Art Walk, Downtown CdA, (208) 664-3194 12 CdA Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concert & Dinner, (208) 765-3833 or CdASymphony.org
J u ne 6 Art Walk, Downtown CdA, (208) 664-3194 13 Opera Plus! In the Plaza, CdA Resort Plaza Courtyard, (208) 964-4469 or OperaPlus.org 13 Car d’Lane Cruise, Downtown CdA, (208) 667-5986 14 Car d’Lane Car Show, Downtown CdA, (208) 667-5986 22 Ironman Triathlon Coeur d’Alene, (208) 664-3194 OR (877) 782-9232
J u ly 4 Fourth of July Parade, Festival and Fireworks, Downtown CdA, (208) 667-5986 11 Art Walk, Downtown CdA, (208) 664-3194 11-12 11th Annual Hot Rod Run, Hot Rode Cafe, Post Falls, (208) 777-1712 or HotRodCafe.com 20 Opera Plus! “Opera Cruise on the Lake,” CdA, (208) 964-4469 or OperaPlus.org
Au g u s t 1-3 Art on the Green, NIC Campus, CdA, (208) 667-9346 or ArtOnTheGreen.org 1-3 Taste of the Coeur d’Alene’s, City Park, Downtown CdA, (208) 660-2789 or TasteOfCdA.com
O c t ober 4 Priest Lake Classic Car Show, Elkins Resort, (888) 774-3785 or PriestLake.org 10 Art Walk, Downtown CdA, (208) 664-3194 12 Opera Plus! In the Plaza, CdA Resort Plaza Courtyard, (208) 964-4469 or OperaPlus.org 31 Trick or Treat Downtown CdA from 4-6pm
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Special Events & Festivals
Festivals & Special Events Nov. 28-Dec. 21, 2007 – Yuletide Yuletide is the Spokane Art School’s annual arts and crafts event. Come and find unique gifts for the holiday season. Proceeds from this event have helped to support the education programs and exhibitions at Spokane Art School while providing income to local artists. For more information, call (509) 328-0900 or visit SpokaneArtSchool.org. New Year’s Eve – First Night Spokane Enjoy a family oriented, non-alcoholic celebration of the arts, featuring performing and visual arts venues throughout the downtown core, a children’s festival and fireworks. For more information, call (509) 252-5027. Feb. 16-24 – 30th Annual Northwest Bach Festival Come celebrate the 30th Annual Northwest Bach Festival, presented by Connoisseur Concerts. Artist director of the event is Boston-based, Pulitzer Prize-winner Gunther Schuller. For more information about this event, call (509) 326-4942 or visit NWBachFestival.com. First weekend in February & October – Visual Arts Tour Enjoy and evening immersing yourself in the visual arts, city wide. Local galleries open until 9pm for you viewing pleasure. Event accentuated with live music, performances and alternative space exhibitions. For more information, call (509) 3280900 or visit SpokaneArtSchool.org. April 17-20, 2008 – Get Lit This Annual Inland Northwest Literary Festival is coordinated by Eastern Washington “University Press and features readings, panels, workshops, food, children’s events and book fairs. For more information, call (800) 508-9095 or visit EWU. edu/GetLit. April 18-20, 2008 – Spokane Women’s Show Sacred Heart’s Women’s Health Center’s Show brings you informative presentations, products and services focused on women, with a touch of fashion, entertainment and art. Watch cooking demonstrations from area chefs, too! For more information, call (509) 220-0145.
May 30-June 1 – ArtFest The first fine arts and crafts festival of the season with more than 130 juried artists. Enjoy live music, beer and wine garden, good food and Make-it-Art for the children. Co-sponsored by the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and Spokane Art School. For more information, call the MAC at (509) 456-3931 / NorthwestMuseum.org or Spokane Art School at (509) 328-0900 / SpokaneArtSchool.org. Ongoing throughout Summer – Browne’s Addition Summer Concert Series A series of summer outdoor concerts in the heart of historic Browne’s Addition at Coeur d’Alene Park. For more information, call (509) 747-0544. July 22-23, 2008 – Mozart on Summer’s Eve Connoisseur Concerts presents and annual July homage to Mozart at Manito Oak’s Duncan Gardens. For more information, call (509) 326-4942. Last weekend in July – Royal Fireworks Festival and Free Concert Baroque-period arts festival with Shakespeare in the Park and the Royal Fireworks Concert. Presented by Allegro Baroque & Beyond at Riverfront Park. For more information, call (509) 455-6865 or visit AllegroBaroque.org. Labor Day Weekend – Pig Out in the Park Annual event leading up to Labor Day featuring Spokane’s most popular restaurants and scores of free concerts, held at Riverfront Park. For more information, call (509) 921-5579. Sept. 7, 2008 – 4th Annual Cobra Roofing Polo Classic Enjoy tents, hats, champagne, fine food and polo as you raise money to benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities. For more information, call (509) 624-0500 or visit RMHSpokane.org.
SPECIAL WINE & BEER TASTING EVENTS: Jan. 26, 2008 – 7th Annual Festival of Foodies Sample area restaurants, bakeries, wineries and breweries. Held from 2-6pm at Spokane Community College’s Lair Building. For more information, call (509) 242-2400.
June 2008 – Spokane Advertising Federation’s Grape & Grain Spokane’s premier wine and beer tasting event! Held at 4000 W. Randolph Rd. at the Mukagowa Ft. Wright Institute. For more information, call (509) 328-5855 or visit SpokaneAdFed.com.
June 8, 2008 – Taste Washington Taste Washington Spokane, held at the elegant Davenport Hotel located at 10 Post St. in Downtown Spokane, offers an enjoyable and educational way to spend an early Sunday evening. This 7th annual event will feature fine wines from more than 100 Washington wineries and culinary creations from local restaurants. Meet winemakers, mingle with Spokane restaurateurs and enjoy extraordinary delights from both. Tickets will be $85 and will be available starting March 1st at TasteWashington.org.
Oct. 2008 – Octobrewfest A benefit for the MS Society at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana Rd. For more information, call (509) 482-2922 or (800) 344-4867. Nov. 2008 – Spokane Cork & Keg Festival Held at Mirabeau Park Hotel at 1100 N. Sullivan Rd., this Washington Restaurant Association-Spokane Chapter event features more than 100 wineries and 15 microbreweries, sumptuous hors d’oeurvres by the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, a discount wine store and silent auction. For more information, call (509) 467-7744 or email Donna Tikker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Index of Advertisers A Grand Welcome.................................................. (509) 534-5214...............................15
Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Company............................ (509) 747-6343............................ 120
A to Z Smokeshop, Fine Wines & Cigars................. (208) 777-7778............................ 120
Color Me Mine....................................................... (509) 838-3037............................ 138
Alpine Bistro & Bakery Co...................................... (509) 327-7040...................... 42, 131
Cuisine Northwest................................................. (509) 747-2224........................ 8, 131
Ambrosia Bistro & Wine Bar................................... (509) 928-3222...............................78
Curley’s................................................................. (208) 773-5816............................ 131
Angelo’s Ristorante............................................... (208) 765-2850.................. 10, 79, 82
Cutco Cutlery........................................................ (509) 879-5701............................ 120
Anthony’s HomePort.............................................. (509) 328-9009...............................42
Davenport Hotel, The............................................. (509) 455-8888...............................36
Anthony’s Midtown Bistro....................................... (208) 765-7723...............................82
David’s Pizza......................................................... (509) 483-7460................ 67, 72, 131
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars........................................ (509) 927-9463............................ 113
De Leon Foods Deli & Grocery Store...................... (509) 483-3033...................... 29, 120
Artisan Culinary Lounge......................................... (509) 747-6272.................... 8, 42, 48
Downriver Grill....................................................... (509) 323-1600.................. 25, 28, 30
Artist Café............................................................. (509) 235-6163...............................59
E.J. Roberts’ Mansion........................................... (509) 456-8839................ 53, 55, 132
Bangkok Thai - South Hill....................................... (509) 838-8424........................ 61, 64
El Patio................................................................. (208) 773-2677...............................87
Bangkok Thai - University District............................ (509) 325-8370........................ 61, 72
Elegant Expressions.............................................. (208) 265-4420............................ 121
Barn on Trezzi Farm, The........................................ (509) 238-2276............108, 120, 132
Elk Public House, The............................................ (509) 363-1973...............................55
Barrister Winery.................................................... (509) 465-3591...................... 99, 106
Elkins Resort on Priest Lake.................................. (208) 443-2432...............................89
Beacon Hill Catering & Events................................ (509) 482-3556.................... 129, 131
Enoteca................................................................ (208) 457-9885................ 4, 106, 122
Bittersweet Bakery................................................ (509) 455-8658...............................64
Ferguson’s Café & Catering................................... (509) 325-3482...................... 28, 132
Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center, The........ (208) 255-4321...............................91
Festival of Foodies................................................. (509) 242-2400...............................29
BlackRock - Magnificent Places.............................. (866) 558-2050.................................5
Fugazzi.................................................................. (509) 747-9750...............................43
Bluefish................................................................ (509) 747-2111.......................... 8, 42
Gordy’s Sichuan Café............................................ (509) 747-1170...............................64
Bruttles Candy Shoppe.......................................... (509) 228-9509............................ 120
Grande Ronde Cellars............................................ (509) 455-8161............................ 113
Capone’s Pub & Grill CdA....................................... (208) 667-4843...............................86
Greenbriar Inn Catering & Events............................ (208) 667-9660............................ 130
Capone’s Pub & Grill Post Falls.............................. (208) 457-8020...............................87
G.W. Hunters Restaurant & Steakhouse................. (208) 777-9388...............................89
Carolyn’s Cake, Candy & Cookie Supply................. (509) 489-3631............................ 121
Hay J’s Bistro........................................................ (509) 926-2310...............................78
Caterina Winery..................................................... (509) 328-5068............................ 113
Hill’s Restaurant & Lounge.................................... (509) 747-3946...............................50
Cavallino Lounge at the Hotel Lusso....................... (509) 747-9750........................ 43, 46
Interplayers Ensemble Theatre............................... (509) 455-7529............................ 138
Cedars, The.......................................................... (208) 664-2922...............................87
Isabella’s Restaurant and Gin Joint........................ (509) 624-0660...............................43
Cena to Go............................................................ (509) 328-3709...............................28
Just American Desserts......................................... (509) 927-2253...............................78
Century 21 Beutler & Associates: CdA................... (208) 765-5554.................................3
Knipprath Cellars................................................... (509) 534-5121............................ 113
Century 21 Beutler & Associates: Spokane............ (509) 323-2100.................................3
Latah Creek.......................................................... (509) 926-0164............................ 113
Chaps Café & Coffee House.................................. (509) 624-4182........................ 55, 56
Liberty Café........................................................... (509) 747-6449...............................44
Chef in the Forest.................................................. (208) 773-3654........................ 82, 87
Linnie’s Thai Cuisine II........................................... (509) 535-2112...............................65
Chocoperfection.................................................... (888) 332-1773............................ 123
Little Italy’s Wine Bar............................................. (208) 777-7778............................ 106
Churchill’s Steakhouse.......................................... (509) 747-7463...............................44
Lone Canary Winery.............................................. (509) 534-9062............................ 113
Clinkerdagger........................................................ (509) 328-5965...............................42
Lorinda Knight Gallery............................................ (509) 838-3740............................ 138
Coeur d’Alene Cellars............................................ (208) 664-2336............................ 106
MAC, The NW Museum of Arts & Culture................ (509) 456-3931............................ 142
Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Company............................ (208) 765-0188............................ 120
Mad Hatties Boutique and Teas............................. (509) 892-5455...............................78
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Index of Advertisers Mallards at Templin’s Resort.......................(208) 773-1611....................... 90
Satellite Diner & Lounge..............................(509) 624-3952.................43, 45
Maggie’s South Hill Grill...............................(509) 536-4745....................... 64
Scratch Rastaurant & Lounge.......................(509) 456-5656....................... 50
Magnificent Places - BlackRock....................(866) 558-2050......................... 5
Shutterworks Photography...........................(208) 676-1900....................... 31
Make Wine Make Beer.................................(208) 765-8576.....................107
Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops..................(509) 744-2372...........................
MAX at Mirabeau.........................................(509) 922-6252...............78, 132
Spokane Art School.....................................(509) 328-0900....................... 96
Mizuna........................................................(509) 747-2004...............45, 132
Spokane Civic Theatre.................................(509) 325-2507.....................141
Moose Market.............................................(208) 664-7901.....................122
Spokane Hardware Supply Inc......................(509) 535-1663.....................122
Mountain Dome Winery...............................(509) 928-2788.....................113
Steam Plant Grill & Brewery.........................(509) 777-3900....................... 51
Stefanie’s Bakery........................................(509) 325-0500.....................124
Nodland Cellars...........................................(509) 927-7770.....................113
Stilos Seafood & Steakhouse......................(509) 891-9192.................75, 78
North Idaho Backhills Barbeque Sauce.........(208) 263-4073.....................122
Sweet Savoy Fine Food & Spirits..................(509) 235-5182....................... 60
Northern Quest Casino................................(509) 242-7000...............16, 147
Takara.........................................................(208) 765-8014....................... 90
Okanogan Estate & Vineyards......................(509) 476-3646.....................107
Taste of Home Entertaining..........................(509) 671-1231.....115, 117, 124
Oval Office, The...........................................(208) 777-2102....................... 90
Tim’s Special Cut Meats..............................(208) 772-3327.....................125
Palm Court Grill, The....................................(509) 455-8888.................41, 51
Tony’s on the Lake......................................(208) 667-9885....................... 84
Panhandle State Bank.................................(208) 415-5733...........................
Townshend Cellar........................................(509) 238-1400.................7, 108
Pastry and More..........................................(208) 667-3803.....................122
Trellis Marketplace, The...............................(509) 928-6158.........77, 78, 127
Peacock Room, The.....................................(509) 455-8888.................41, 51
Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar - South Hill..........(509) 443-8000...........................
Pend d’Oreille Winery..................................(208) 265-8545.....................107
UniKey, Ann Louise Gittleman.......................(208) 762-6833.............118, 125
Pilgrim’s Nutrition: Northtown.......................(509) 489-1112...........................
Vin Rouge...................................................(509) 535-8800....................... 65
Pilgrim’s Nutrition: Lincoln Heights...............(509) 535-2264...........................
Vintage Hill Cellars......................................(509) 624-3792.....................113
Pilgrim’s Nutrition: Valley Mall.......................(509) 924-2889...........................
White House Grill, The.................................(208) 777-9672....................... 90
Pilgrim’s Nutrition: Dishman Square.............(509) 928-1741...........................
Wild Sage American Bistro...........................(509) 456-7575.................33, 51
Pita Pit - Downtown......................................(509) 624-5972...................6, 45
Windermere Real Estate - Nancy Wynia........(509) 990-2742....................... 15
Pita Pit - Northside.......................................(509) 324-6453......................... 6
Wine Cellar, The..........................................(208) 664-9463....................... 90
Pita Pit - University District...........................(509) 483-7482...................6, 72 Post Falls Chamber.....................................(208) 773-5016....................... 83 Qdoba Mexican Grill: North Side...................(509) 468-8500...............28, 132 Qdoba Mexican Grill: South Hill....................(509) 747-8737.........28, 64, 132 Robert Karl Cellars......................................(509) 363-1353.....................113 Rock City Grill..............................................(509) 455-4400....................... 45 Rocket Market.............................................(509) 343-2253........................... Rockin’ B Ranch..........................................(509) 891-9016.....................139 Ronald McDonald House Charities............................................................148 Salsa Factory, The.......................................(208) 687-2464........................... Sandpoint Chamber.....................................(800) 800-2106......................... 9
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Get Outta Town... WAY Outta Town! In search of the original Tapas menu — SPAIN! By: JEANETTE DUNN
N A LITTLE EXPLORATION ON just what an authentic Tapas menu really is … our travels took us to … the only place to get the straightest answer possible … Spain! Tapas bars are places to get a drink and small plate of food. The word Tapas comes
from the days when Andalusian Spaniards used to place a small slice of bread on the rim of their glasses between sips of sherry to keep fruit flies from hovering over them. The bartenders responded by adding small snacks on the bread, and the tapa (lid) became the term for a small bite or plate of food to eat with a drink. There are a few cropping up in our Inland Northwest neighborhoods, so we thought we would check it out and see how American Tapas compares. Mary Jay, manager of the Wine Cellar in Coeur d’Alene, and I went on a 10-day tour of Spain. I drove (Thelma) and Mary read the maps (Louise), and we were in search of the best tapas and wines of Spain … and maybe keeping an eye out for Antonio Banderas along the way. It was the perfect arrangement because I couldn’t see up close or read Español, and she couldn’t read the street signs! Needless to say, we were lost all the time, yet always found ourselves in the most perfect places!
We landed in Madrid and drove to Toledo, Valencia, Granada and Sevilla in our search across the Spanish countryside. There is nothing like a road trip in a foreign country where you have to read a book to find a few comprehensible words to say ... and to order the right food. After a few attempts at ordering vino rojo (red wine), I decided to stick to cerveza (beer) while Mary continued to bravely explore the variety of wines you get served at tapas bars in Spain. When you walk into a tapas bar, the first thing you will notice are the many ham legs hanging, along with the associated aromas. Step up to the bar, with or without seats, and order a cerveza or a glass of vino rojo, and you will immediately receive a plate of olives, peanuts or potato chips fried in olive oil (which are very tasty) along with your drink. The tapas menus included a variety of seafood such as anchovies, calamari and clams, mostly fried, and sometimes a salad to go with them. They were small bites of food, and to get a real meal deal meant ordering from a different menu. We were so fortunate to stumble into many helpful hotel desk clerks who lead the way for us to find some great local hot spots in town. Across the Spanish countryside we discovered that tapas menus change slightly from region
and we all laughed at our meager attempts to speak Español. When in Sevilla, the experience of the Flamenco theatre offers both dinner and entertainment. This dance—the drama of it—is so powerful, and the dancers, singers and musicians so impressive. It is a languagefree zone and a pure experience of Spain. We also went to the bullfighting museum to learn about the history, but wanted no part of seeing a bullfight. We were hoping to meet a matador. This statue was the closest we got to one. This Thelma and Louise didn’t commit any crimes, but we did drive all through the Spanish countryside; and even though we never found Antonio Banderas, we did have a great time with the people, food … and the wines of Spain.
As we got lost on our return to the Madrid Airport, we entered a hotel and walked right into a wine-tasting event. Lucky again! There were fine wines all around us. While trying to check our flights online we were lucky indeed to meet Bonnie de Villacampa, family member of the famous Baron de Villacampa Wines from the Rioja area. She was there to attend the event. Bonnie had some last minute tips for us; helpful hints for those who might be going to Spain: 1. Always greet people when you enter a bar, store, restaurant, etc. Hello-Hola, Good Bye-Adios, Thank you-Gracias, and an essential word, Wine-Vino! 2. Eat like the locals. You can study some great places online, and when ordering, choose the Menu del Dia. This is usually a three-course meal with wine and water included for 9 to about 18 Euro per person. If you choose items on the menu for 12-18 Euro, you will normally have an extraordinary meal.
to region, and we tasted, we sipped, we left some of those mystery items on the table, but the most fun we had was with the crew at the Golden Gate in Valencia. We arrived late at the Hotel Turia and were directed to the Golden Gate for a very late bite to eat. We were pleased to find that they weren’t locking the doors up yet, and they were really happy to help us explore their wonderful tapas menu. It was here that we found the best tapas, a really nice wine and the most fun and engaging service. And, by the way, the largest glass of wine we have ever seen! They guided us to a few of the best tapas items we ate in Spain. The food here was outstanding, the clams delicious, and we thought the chef looked a bit like Antonio Banderas. They were very kind,
3. Your accommodations are very important. If you are looking for budget accommodations, it is best to stay away from the tourist traps which charge per person. Some that charge by the night are Holiday Inns, Best Westerns and a French chain called Ibis. These are usually very clean. You can stay in some really Great Castles, and quite reasonably as well. You can generally book them at a better rate online through an agency, rather than directly on their Web site. But, you should always check out their Web site, as walking in to try to book a room will cost more. We had a few good laughs, and Bonnie was so kind to give us a few bottles of their wine to bring home and let us know that one of their best wine festivals happens every two years. This is a big event in which we could enjoy the good wines of Spain all in one place. The next one is in 2009. Looks like we’ll be going back. Thank you Bonnie! The wine was superb! Baron de Villacampa Rioja Crianza Find out more about this winery on their Web site: BodegasLeza.com
Taste Worth the Trip
A Taste Worth the Trip
the fun Garden Bar downtown, and a few out of town, such as Echo Lake Café and Mountain Lake Lodge. The latest one to come on to the scene in Big Fork is Invite American Kitchen & Bar, pictured here. This one is definitely worth finding and one of my editor’s picks. Owners Andrew and Andrea Kriss have created an ambiance that is cozy and informal, with live music to dine to provided by a solo guitarist. They have coined their cuisine as creative American with a Northwest flare but, with the talents of Executive Chef Ryan Crum, it was world-class scrumptious, the service top-notch and the wine list is one of the best I’ve seen in the Flathead area. Consider this your INVITEation to Big Fork!
An invitation to Big Fork, Montana By: JEANETTE DUNN
NVITE, A NEW RESTAURANT IN THIS tiny town on the shore of Flathead Lake is one of several great restaurant finds that Big Fork is known for. We love exploring the tiny towns in nearby neighbors, Montana, Oregon, Idaho and Washington, in search of their hidden gems. There are so many great restaurants throughout the area, and we are very fortunate to have eyes and spies all over who are more than happy to let us know about the good ones. We have received so much input about Big Fork that I had to go up there (more than once) to see what the buzz is all about. This small town makes a huge impression when it comes to the arts and dining scene. In summer, it swells with visitors and secondhome owners that love to escape to that “Village by the Bay” with a charm that makes it feel like home. Flathead Lake is 28 miles long, and lakefront living here is one of the
most picturesque of the West. Its proximity to Glacier National Park, less than an hour away, and the Swan and Mission Mountain ranges make it a destination for outdoor enthusiasts as well. There are too many great restaurants surrounding the lake to mention them all here, but a few not to miss in Big Fork are: Swan River Inn and Café, ShowThyme, La Provence,
GETTING THERE Big Fork is on the northeast shore of Flathead Lake in Mont., a beautiful four-hour drive from Spokane via I-90 East to St. Regis, Mont., then north through a couple of different route options. Find a Montana map to decide on your best route. Downtown Big Fork is about three blocks long. Invite American Kitchen & Bar is located at: 459 Electric Ave. (Go upstairs in the courtyard at this location.) (406) 837-2786 Keep up with the latest restaurant, food, brew and wine news with our blog online at SpokaneSizzle.com—Click on Sizzle’nCuisine Blog
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