Platinum September 2017

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Seeing Color

Let bursts of color enhance décor


Solo sightseeing in Paris


Food Fight Restaurant Wars returns

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Above: Chefs Aaron Crumbaugh and David McCampbell, flanking “Top Chef” contestant and event emcee Chef Chad White, battled in the kitchen to raise funds for The Junior League of Spokane’s Red Hot Night on Feb. 18 at the Spokane Convention Center. The inaugural event, featuring New Orleans-style cuisine, music by Soul Proprietor, aerial performers and both live and silent auctions, netted approximately $20,000 to benefit the League and its childhood literacy projects.

Over 2,000 people attended the 25th Anniversary Women Helping Women Fund Benefit Luncheon at the Spokane Convention Center on May 23, featuring keynote speaker Glennon Doyle Melton, author and founder of The event raised $300,000 to fund programs that serve local women and children in need. Among this year’s benefiting programs are Girls on the Run, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation and Women and Children’s Free Restaurant.

From left to right: Stephanie Krebs-Anderson, Colin Anderson, Brian Levy, Alicia Levy, Cary Anderson and Lauren Anderson. Photos by Debbie Mitchell.

Top photo: Mari Clack, co-founder of Women Helping Women Fund, asking guests to support women and children in need. Bottom photo: Luncheon guests excited to be at the event. Photos by Diane Maehl Photography.

Upcoming Events Sept. 22

Senior Action Network of Eastern Washington Cooking for a Cause Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels,

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YWCA Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon YWCA Spokane,

Oct. 13

Beyond Pink Designer Bra Fashion Show and Live Auction Beyond Pink,

Oct. 28

North Idaho Life Epic Masquerade Charity Ball Children’s Village,

Nov. 3

Annual Mobius Spokane Gala Mobius Children’s Museum & Science Center,

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Change of Pace One of my favorite aspects of life in the Northwest is the tangible change in seasons. Sweltering August days spent splashing in lakes give way to breezy September mornings chasing after the school bus. Sandals and shorts are traded for boots and tights, sunglasses make way for scarves. Platinum is embracing this season of change as well. Regular readers will have noticed our format change right away. After two years as a 20-page broadsheet, we’re pleased to bring you a 52-page magazine featuring a local look at fashion, home style, leisure and travel. We’re also expanding our reach (welcome, Coeur d’Alene readers!) and coverage with an emphasis on a mouthwatering topic: the local food

industry. From farm to table, from restaurants to home entertaining – food brings people together and connects people from all walks of life. You can also expect to see twice as much Platinum in your mailbox with four additional issues per year to provide a more comprehensive look at life and luxury. As always, we hope Platinum offers you a chance to relax as you read with your beverage of choice (a caramel latte is calling me at the moment), to enhance your quality of life and to encourage you to participate in our community, filled with people dedicated to improving life in the Northwest.

Theresa Tanner

managing editor September/October 2017









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Beyond Shelves

Building a home library that’s clean and creative.


Pop Goes the Home Décor

Carefully chosen bursts of color enhance your home design.

The Spokane Symphony celebrates 10 years in its renovated home.


Next Stop: Ports of New Zealand Highlights of a Celebrity Cruise to five cities.


A Solo Stroll Through Paris




Learning Curve

Stay indoors and stay social with local classes this fall.

Work to Play

Layered looks for the busy, downtown woman.

37 Downtown Day-to-day


Resources for urban residents and workers.

Naturally Beautiful

Local skincare line H is for Love provides natural options for healthy skin.


Innovating Music


The Organized Home Keep a kid-filled home clean.


The New Definition of Luxury Automakers offer premium finishes and innovative tech across the line.


Cheddar Ale Soup

A cozy meal that tastes like fall.

44 Battle of Forks and Knives


Swirls of Curls



48 Feast of the Season

Autumnal activities celebrating food and family.







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to Play By Theresa Tanner

We’re all about layering when the seasons change from summer to fall, especially if you’re heading straight to drinks and a show after a day at work. We partnered with Jigsaw to create several outfits for a busy, downtown woman on the go.


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Photographer: Dan Cooley Model: Justine Pereira Hair: Jerrold Sobida (House of POp) Make-up: Julie Farley (The Make-up Studio) Wardrobe: Jigsaw

Cool Blue

Exaggerated volume and cut give this blouse and blazer combo a fashion-forward attitude, as does the unique “shark bite� hem of the slate skinny jeans. Model Justine Pereira wears a Vitamin jacket, Finley blouse and Parker Smith jeans.

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Floral Flounce

A loose, kimono-inspired silk jacket with happy yellow and orange floral details over a lace-edged tunic and cropped pants is as light and airy at the office as it is on date night. Pereira wears a Johnny Was kimono, Gold Hawk tunic, Bailey 44 pants, Suzi Roher bag, Liora necklace and Liora earrings.



Pretty in Plaid

Accented by classic fall colors, this wool-blend jacket with gorgeous embroidered flowers provides a feminine take on a traditional menswear silhouette. Pereira wears a 3J Workshop blazer, Michael Stars shirt, Eva Varro skirt, Jonas & Muse choker and Leslie Francesca ring. September/October 2017


Fringe Benefits

A slip dress with fringe detail adds movement under a sleeved sheath dress with “pretty punk� pattern of vibrant flowers and safety pins. Pereira wears a AS by DF fringe slip dress, Nicole Miller sheath dress, Suzi Roher bag, Liora earrings and Leslie Francesca ring.



naturally beautiful Bee Ham admits she overthinks things.

“I am a research analyst at heart so I become borderline obsessed with something when I am into it,” she said. The “it” in question is skincare. Ham, a cosmetologist by trade, is so passionate about healthy skin that she started a high-end skin care line, H is for Love, from her north Spokane home that sells around the country through online retailers and physical locations.

HOW A NATURAL DIET LED A LOCAL COSMETOLOGIST TO FOUND AN ORGANIC SKINCARE LINE By Staci Lehman “The long-term effects of using makeup and skin care that has all that junk in it is that the skin is going to break down over time…” which leads to premature aging. In contrast, Ham uses argan, apricot kernel, baobab, beeswax, grapeseed, castor, cocoa butter, jojoba, shea butter and other natural ingredients as the base for her products. “The integrity of those ingredients is so far beyond anything you can buy at other stores,” she said.

“I make everything. I grow some of the heirloom herbs in my garden. All are unrefined and organic; even beyond organic,” she said.

Her products also support a larger cause, with 11 percent of sale proceeds donated to charity.

Beyond organic means the materials were grown or processed using techniques that go beyond the standards required for organic certification.

“I firmly believe…that what goes out will come back,” said Ham. And it is coming back. Ham she has seen a big jump in sales recently, and while her two-person operation is hustling to keep up, it’s a good problem to have. She hopes it continues so she can expand her operation.

Initially, it wasn’t skin that had Ham obsessed, but nutrition. “I started with food many years ago and became very, very into natural products,” she said.

“I have a home studio at this point,” she said. “My hope and dream is to have a brick and mortar store here in Spokane and an education center where I teach people to care for and love their body…H is just the beginning for me for my connection to the community.”

So much so that she started analyzing not only what she put into her body, but also what she put on it. “I bought into that whole thing that oil free was the way to go. I was unbelievably shocked at what my quote-unquote natural products had in them once I started looking into it.”

Because H is for Love is an upscale skincare line, Ham realizes not everyone will be able to purchase the entire line. When asked what one product she recommends to start with, she suggested the H Trial Kit. For $40 you get about a one-week supply of each item in the product line. Learn more about H is for Love at P

What those products had were refined materials. “Clinique, Lancome — all use a base of mineral oil. Mineral oil is what you polish wood with,” she said. Much like your internal organs, Ham says your skin reacts to refined and impure ingredients with inflammation, which can manifest as psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions.

Photos courtesy of H is for Love. September/October 2017



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Swirls of Curls By Theresa Tanner







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For our September photo shoot, hair stylist Jerrold Sobida of House of POp wanted to make model Justine Pereira’s natural curls bigger and bolder. Jerrold applied Keune Blend De-Frizz to each strand of curls – individually – before picking out the curls with a wide-tooth comb; it was a time–consuming process, but totally worth it to make Justine’s hair voluminous, shiny and protected from the autumn elements. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have a professional stylist and a few extra

hours in the day to spend crafting the perfect hairstyle. Luckily, you can prepare your beautiful curls at home with some extra attention to a few daily rituals and products. Wash less, condition more Curly hair can be dry and overshampooing strips out the natural oils that protect your locks. Many curlyhaired mavens swear by “no-poo” or “low-poo” products that cleanse and hydrate your scalp without the use of sulfates, like DevaCurl Low-Poo Original. Leave-in conditioners, on the other hand, keep curls hydrated well after showering, and protect hair as it’s styled. Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner is protein-enriched, to strengthen hair damaged by color and styling, without weighing your curls down. Protection from the elements It all seems obvious when you really

think about it. Use a wide-tooth comb (while hair is still wet) to detangle hair without damaging curls. When drying, use a terrycloth towel or microfiber cloth – or even a T-shirt – to gently blot wet hair; don’t rub and create friction, which adds to frizz. If blow-drying, use a heatprotecting styling product, like R+Co One Prep Spray, and a diffuser to focus the heat on a section of hair at a time, which keeps your curl pattern consistent. Brand matters It might take some experimentation to find the right styling products to suit your unique curls, and your style goals. Too many hair sprays and mousses contain alcohol, which can make curls stiff and brittle. Look for crèmes and oils that will hydrate and protect, and try pomades if you want a little extra hold. It sounds like a snack, but SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie is teeming with oils, cuts down frizz and smells great. P

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Beyond Shelves

By Joe Butler

According to the Pew Research Center, Unless your library card sees more action than your Visa card, or you prefer to load we’re reading fewer books these days. up your e-reader with virtual titles instead About 72 percent of Americans read at of acquiring hard copies, you more than least one book in 2015, compared to 79 likely have an impressive trove of tomes at percent in 2011. Women are more prolific home and at work. readers than their male counterparts, with about an average of 14 books, compared And impressive can have multiple to men confessing that they only make it meanings: does this mean you’re through nine annually. impressively using every inch of available vertical and horizontal space? Your However, the study also showed that the piles of books will cause an impressive more educated you are, the more you read: avalanche if they ever tip over? You’ll college graduates take in an average of 17 suffer an impressive amount of back pain books a year, compared to about nine for if you ever must relocate your collection, high school grads. Likewise, the higher even if you do lift with your knees? you go in your career path, you may have more time or interest for reading: typical Don’t fear: there are a variety of storage CEOs reportedly consume four to five options for active readers who want easy access to their collections but also want books each month. everything neat and orderly. P All of this info is excellent for our collective knowledge and for publishers. But there is a big side effect for those with a diagnosed love of literacy: where to put them all. 16


• Super shelves. Lining the walls with shelves is always cool and classic. But break up the lines of books with vignettes, perhaps pottery, framed photos, or other curios. Some bookcases also include cupboards for other items, or glass doors to keep the dust away or books from spilling out. • Beyond basic bookcases. Custom furniture builders can incorporate shelving into just about any fixture, from end tables to bedframes and headboards. If your space has high walls, bring in a rolling ladder and stack those shelves higher. Another design trend is walk-through bookshelves, which can divide larger spaces and let you browse/decorate both sides. • Do DIY. Since the basic concept of functional shelves is so-simple, pretty much anyone with a level, a hammer and a flat plank can make creative shelving. Some online décor experts take a minimal approach with simple 3-foot spans climbing up the wall. Two small ladders with a plank extended between one makes an easy shelf, as does one ladder on its side and mounted on the wall.

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‘Pop’ Goes the Home Décor Throw in pops of color to help reinvent a room

By Erik J. Martin CTW Features Want to make a stylistically soggy living space snap, crackle and pop with more oomph than an invigorating breakfast cereal? Pour on the pizazz in the form of a contrasting, bold or lively minor color that stands out from a milder major color in the room. It’s a sure way to generate attention and energy to an otherwise mundane interior according. “For so many years, people have been scared of using lively colors, so they’ve stuck with neutrals like whites and tans – hues that don’t have any shock value,” says Sue Layman Lightman, owner of Sue Layman Designs in Memphis, Tenn. “But over the last couple years, preferences have shifted toward being more colorful in art, clothes and home décor.” Ashley Servis, senior interior designer with Princeton, N.J.based JZA+D, says this trend of infusing “pops of color” isn’t new; but it’s taken hold as a staple of contemporary design due to its accessibility, ease and economy. “Adding pops of color to a room allows the homeowner to liven up a space in a way that can easily be changed and updated 18


through the years, regardless of budget,” Servis says. “It allows you to have some fun and show some personality, without committing to design trends long term.” Servis notes that color pops can easily be implemented into a room in the form of accent walls as well as décor and accessories such as framed art, throw pillows, area rugs, and window treatments. “The rule is, if there’s too much of one color in a space, it’s no longer a pop. Also, pops of color are usually bold; but this doesn’t limit you to bright colors, as some of the best pop colors are very saturated, for example dark navy blue,” Servis says.

Lorelei Harloe, a homeowner in Oakton, Va., can vouch for the vibrant effect a color pop makes. “The wall behind the bookshelves in our family room was originally an off-white, similar to the bookshelves themselves. But we repainted that wall a deep salmon, which complements the light grey paint on adjacent walls,” Harloe says. “Now, people immediately notice the warmth of the salmon wall when they enter the room, which creates a color focal point accented by the grays, beiges, reds, leather and wood colors of our fabric, furniture and décor pieces.”

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Pops of color can work in virtually any room, including the:


“Choose a neutral wall paint and upholstery and then add a pop of color in the area rug, art work and throw pillows,” says Jim Kabel, president of Case Design/Remodeling in San Jose.


“Hang a fantastically colorful glass chandelier in a neutral-painted bedroom,” says Lightman, who added a blue-colored chandelier in her master bedroom. Or infuse fun colors via throw pillows, nightstand lamps and an attention-getting piece of framed art over the bed.



“Try a colorful area rug, paint two walls in accent colors adjacent to one less impactful colored wall, and add in one or two painted pieces of furniture,” says Christopher Grubb, a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based interior designer. Additionally, consider strategically placing an assortment of fresh colorful flowers in an attractive vase. The moral to the story? Don’t be afraid to express yourself with bursts of color that should be refreshing without overwhelming the room’s esthetics. “We should all stop being afraid of color and worrying if it’s the proper thing to do,” Lightman says. “Just enjoy the excitement that colors bring and choose colors that make you happy.” P

“Play with your backsplash by dressing up white subway tile with a bold-colored liner tile as an accent. And contrast whitecolored perimeter cabinets with a deep navy island base,” Kabel suggests. Additionally, add excitement to countertops with a bold-hued toaster or coffeemaker and colorful hand towels.




The Organized Home Don’t let the fact that you have children keep you from living in an orderly house. With seven smart tips, you can go from messy to well maintained in a flash

By Nancy Mattia CTW Features

If you find it challenging to keep your home from looking like a tornado blew through, take heart: Many busy parents have the same dilemma. Childcare takes up a huge amount of time and energy, leaving little left for keeping your home looking good. But having a routine, enlisting the help of your kids, and using the right storage containers go a long way in getting your home in shape. Here are seven very doable tips to try. 1. Keep on top of things as they happen. Putting things like shoes and books back where they belong as soon as you or your child are done using them will make a noticeable difference to how orderly your home looks. “Restocking” items continuously during the day is also less exhaustive than if you waited until the kids are in bed to do it. 2. Don’t walk empty-handed from one room to another. If the baby’s empty bottle is in the living room and you’re heading to the kitchen, grab it and put in the dishwasher. Use this pickup method every time you’re walking around your home so you’ll have that much less to put away later. Also, place a basket next to the stairs—one at the top, one at the bottom—so when you find something that belongs upstairs (or vice versa), you can put it in the basket, says Julie Bestry, a certified professional organizer and president of Best Results Organizing, in Chattanooga, Tenn. “Make it a house rule to never go up or down the stairs without taking the basket or at least some of its contents.” 3. Get everyone to pitch in. Establish a pre-dinner ritual for parents or sitters and kids to take part in the day’s big cleanup, and make it fun (play a song with a peppy beat). Work with youngsters to get everything back to the room or storage area where they belong. “By pairing fun music with the organizing task,” says Bestry, “it encourages children to think about cleaning up in a positive way.”

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4. Avoid toy bins. The deeper the bin, the less likely kids will see something they want to play with since smaller things will fall to the bottom. Instead, Bestry suggests open shelving with brightly colored plastic dishpans or tubs, which are shallower and act as drawers. Put similar things together—all the action figures in one dishpan, the small stuffed animals in another; bigger toys can just sit on the shelves by themselves. Label each container with words or photos (for young kids) of what goes inside. 5. Set up vertical storage. Over-the-door shoe hangers, especially the kind where you can see the contents, are great for corralling everything from chargers to cleaning supplies, says Bestry. Keep similar items grouped together and out of the way behind doors. 6. Take 10 minutes after the kids go to bed to organize their lives. The best use of that time is making sure lunches and snacks are packed, homework and permission slips are in backpacks, and sports equipment is ready to go. 22


7. Give yourself a break. When you have young kids, your house may never be as organized as you’d like. And that’s okay. “Doing a little is better than doing nothing,” says Bestry. “It’s also better than going overboard, because trying to do everything tends to make a person burn out.” P

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Innovating Music The Spokane Symphony celebrates 10 years in its renovated home with new programs and community focus. By Theresa Tanner

The Spokane Symphony is in an unusual position for an orchestra of its size, and budget. To own its concert hall, the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, is not the norm, according to the organization’s executive director, Jeff vom Saal. Building ownership adds an element of financial responsibility to the Symphony that other small- to mid-size city symphonies, which often perform in city or countyowned facilities, don’t encounter. But it adds opportunity as well. Alongside its Classics and Pops series, the Symphony makes the most of its 86-yearold, 1,600-seat Art Deco performing arts venue, purchased in 2000, by offering unique programs that fall outside the scope of traditional orchestra performances. “It’s an ongoing effort to stay true to the art form, as well as push the envelope,” said vom Saal. The Symphony has embraced popular culture, performing the music of “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars” films. They’ve collaborated with other local arts organizations to bring operas and visual imagery to performances. Their emphasis on family-centered programming continues this season with the new Fox Families Series, presenting three events that combine puppetry, dance, acrobatics and other visual elements with live music. 24




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Left: Current exterior of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox (photo by Whitney Cox). Right: Historic photo of The Fox (courtesy photo).

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Post-renovation (photo by Whitney Cox).

“We provide a diverse range of offerings for all ages, in all genres,” explained vom Saal. Such efforts have been “met with enthusiasm, and a willingness to try new things and keep expanding outward.” These new programs, and ongoing achievements, will be celebrated at several events in November to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the restoration and reopening of The Fox in 2007. A black-tie gala on Friday, Nov. 3, kicks off the celebration with a fundraiser for ongoing operations and investments in state-of-the-art technology at The Fox. The catered meal will include the presentation of a specially commissioned poem by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and a performance by worldrenowned baritone, and Spokaneraised, Thomas Hampson.

Original lobby at The Fox (courtesy photo).



Hampson, who gave the final performance at the Fox before its restoration began in 2005, will perform two Classics concerts over same weekend with “Overtures and Arias with Thomas Hampson,” featuring selections from the American Thomas Hampson Songbook in the second half. Four vocal students, selected by audition, will also have the opportunity to attend a Master Class conducted by Hampson on Friday afternoon; the session is open for public attendance with a $10 admission.

Opening day at The Fox (courtesy photo).

As a “hometown hero,” Hampson’s appearances emphasize the importance of the community to the Spokane Symphony. Some of Music Director Eckart Preu’s favorite memories of the past 10 years reflect that connection. Preu called a 2012 performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Spokane Symphony Chorale that honored the 125th anniversary of Gonzaga University “an extraordinary communal effort.” He has especially fond memories of a collaboration with the Opera Coeur d’Alene for Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme” – and the catastrophic 2015 windstorm, leading the Symphony to open its doors as a warming center for those without power while enjoying a world-class performance. “Conducting a chorus, children’s chorus, soloists and orchestra in a dramatic setting was a thrill and fun,” Preu said in a recent email. Community-minded Symphony-backers can proudly display their support in their fall wardrobe. Local artist Chris Bovey of Vintage Prints is designing silk scarves (available in square or oblong) and neckties that will incorporate design elements from inside The Fox to be sold at the Nov. 3 gala and Symphony concerts throughout December (while supplies last). For more information about Spokane Symphony, visit P

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Ports of New Zealand

Many natural and man-made delights to see on an Oceania cruise By Dan Webster

Milford Sound

I’m not going to lie to you. Our cruise around New Zealand didn’t start out well. First there was that 14-hour flight to Sydney. Paired with our SpokaneLos Angeles connection, the trip required more than 20 hours of travel time.

But from the moment I looked out the hotel room window and saw that magical example of architectural genius known as the Sydney Opera House, I knew we were in for something special. That feeling was reinforced a few minutes later when we walked to the inner harbor and stood between the Opera House and the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

And really, you can watch only so many movies on an airplane.

And the feeling only grew over the next 12 days.

Then there was the Australian cab driver who ripped us off. (Reminder: Always check to make sure the cab has a working meter OR make sure you know how much the ride will cost before you get in the vehicle).

Let’s begin by talking about the very notion of cruises. My wife and I have taken three of them now.

And don’t even get me started on the jet-lag problem.



Taking a cruise doesn’t appeal to everyone. Today’s cruise ships are more like floating luxury hotels, featuring a range of treats and

activities from gourmet dining to Las Vegastype stage shows. Those who like to rough it are advised to find another means of travel.

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But for those who love comfort, cruising is a good option. And though we do enjoy our daily comforts – especially, for me, when it involves coffee – our reasoning was more basic: Cruises allowed us to see a range of places that would have been difficult to experience any other way. While there are a number of cruise companies, we chose Celebrity Cruises for all three of our trips. Celebrity offers several variations for New Zealand; some also include Sydney and Melbourne. Others include Hobart, Tasmania. We chose a more direct option, sailing straight across the Tasman Sea and visiting five New Zealand ports of call before returning to Sydney. After cruising for two nights, we arrived at majestic Milford Sound, a narrow inlet that feels like one of those trademark glaciermade British Columbia lakes. The morning we sailed through the sound, a shroud of fog obscured our view. But we could still get a good sense of the stunning cliffs that seemed nearly close enough to touch from our stateroom balcony.

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Later that day we docked in Dunedin, one of the southern-most ports of call on New Zealand’s South Island. Besides offering up the least expensive souvenirs we found on the whole trip, Dunedin’s charm lies in sights such as the century-plus-old Dunedin Railway Station. While in Dunedin, we took a tour of Penguin Place, a private conservation reserve that is dedicated to aiding an endangered species, the yellow-eyed penguin. We also got to see Baldwin Street, billed as “the world’s steepest residential street.” And then on we cruised. After docking at the port of Akaroa, we took a van into the city of Christchurch, about 75 kilometers away. Severely hit by a 2011 earthquake that killed an estimated 185 people and damaged much of the central core, Christchurch is still only gradually recovering. We took bus tour, run by a nonprofit, which gave us a good view of how much destruction the quake caused. With a population of nearly 4 million, New Zealand comprises three main islands. One of the highlights of our tour of the North Island would appeal to any movie fan. We found a day trip that took us to Hobbiton, one of the shooting sites for Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Any Lord of the Rings fan would



love poking around the Hobbit Shire, even if only in replica form. Our cruise itinerary skipped Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Instead, we stopped in Auckland, the country’s largest city (pop. 1 million). Auckland struck us as a rougher version of Sydney, but a worthwhile visit in so many respects. Our stop spotlighted one primary limitation of cruising: We had a single day to see as much of the city as we could. So first we took a Hop On/Hop Off tour, which gave us a quick city overview. One stop included the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland’s first museum and the repository of collections that include historical representations both of New Zealand’s social past – particularly as it involves the indigenous Maori tribes – and the country’s natural riches. We enjoyed a special Auckland treat when we connected with Delany Mes, a lawyer-turned-food blogger (delaneymes. com) who met us for lunch at a popular spot called The Depot. Mmmmmmm, sliders. And our sea voyage continued. If Auckland gave us a good feel for New Zealand history, our stop at Bay of Islands filled in even

more. A three-hour drive north of Auckland, the region consists of 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula. Amid a range of natural activities, from beach-going to cycling and nature tours, Bay of Islands is a spot that has particular significance to New Zealanders. It was in 1840 that the British authorities signed the Treaty of Waitingi, an agreement between the UK and the Maori chiefs. Particularly impressive is the Meeting House, a traditional, carved-wood building that has been a museum since 1940. Bay of Islands was our final stop. As we set sail, we took one last, longing look at the New Zealand coast. We hadn’t spent much time inland, so we had to admit: We’d gotten only a taste of what the country has to offer. That just told us, though, that we’d have to someday return. Which, for me, would have to include another stop in Sydney. I need to see that Opera House at least one more time.



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A Solo Stroll through



PARIS By Cheryl-Anne Millsap

Paris is known as a city for lovers and romance. But Paris, as it happens, is an excellent place to explore on your own. I took my daughters to Paris when they were young, as an introduction to international travel and a gateway to Europe, and I’ve walked the cobbled streets with my husband. But some of my happiest memories of Paris are of the hours I spent wandering through narrow streets and beautiful gardens on my own, alone in the City of Lights. I escape there whenever I can, preferably in winter when the crowds thin, the weather is changeable but cool and the chocolat chaud is especially delicious.


When seeing Paris solo you are free to linger over a cup of coffee. Or people watch as you sip a glass of wine at a sidewalk bistro. Or daydream over a delicate pastry. You set your own pace and your own timetable. You sleep as long or as little as you like and when you set out to explore, you have only yourself to please.

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While the Metro system is convenient and safe, I usually prefer to go on foot and I will walk miles each day. My favorite hotel is the Hotel Le Littre in the 6th Arrondissement. Rue le Littre is a quiet street in the beautiful Saint-Germain des Pres area. From the hotel I am only a short walk from Luxembourg gardens, Latin Quartier and the arty Rive Gauche. I love to stop for a sweet and decadent breakfast at Patisserie Viennoise, a tiny patisserie near the Sorbonne, and make my way to Notre Dame. Later, I will follow the Seine to the Jardin des Tuileries before moving on to the Musee d’Orsay or spending time with Monet’s waterlilies at the Musee de L’Orangerie. After dinner at a bistro I might go on to pay homage to the Eiffel Tower, watching it sparkle in the nightly light show.

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Galeries Lafayette While I seldom make a trip to any shopping mall in the U.S., when in Paris I love to stop by the Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann near the Palais Garnier, the setting of ”The Phantom of the Opera.” The exquisite art nouveau building with its steel and glass dome is worth a visit in itself. There is an expansive food hall and weekly free fashion shows, and the panoramic view of Paris from the 7th floor is photo-worthy any time of year. Maison de Victor Hugo You should not miss the colorful Marais district and a visit to Victor Hugo’s apartment on the second floor of the mansion on the Place des Vosges. The Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris and Hugo composed most of “Les Miserables” in his rooms nearby. I like to stop by L’as du Falafel on Rue des Rosiers for lunch, moving on to Ile St. Louis for ice cream later. Crypte Archéologique As you wait to enter Notre Dame, visit the Crypt Archeologique. The unobtrusive entrance at the edge of the grounds of the cathedral leads to a display of the subterranean archaeological remains of the earliest settlement – discovered during excavations between 1965 to 1972 – and illustrations of how the city has changed in the 2,000 years since. Le Jardin du Luxembourg The popular joys of Paris – the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, and other landmarks – are well known, but here are a few of my favorite and less-crowded places to spend time alone in Paris. Musée Rodin While the crowds are lined up at the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay, I stroll down the Rue de Varennes to the Musée Rodin. Dedicated to the works of Auguste Rodin and located in the elegant mansion that was formerly the Hotel Biron, the museum is a beautiful place to spend a few hours. Rodin rented rooms in the hotel and stored many of his sculptures there.

Marche’ Rue de Buci Again in my favorite area of Saint Germain des Pres, this little market offers cafes, tea shops, boutiques and the occasional bookstore. It’s the perfect place for souvenir shopping. On my first trip to Paris, I brought home a silk scarf from one of the little boutiques in this district and I still wear it at least once a week. It is the perfect reminder of a city that I love to share … and love to have all to myself. P

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The museum opened in 1919. Renovated in 2015, the Musée Rodin houses an impressive collection of Rodin’s work including his sculpture masterpiece, “The Kiss.” Rodin’s personal collection of paintings by Monet, Van Gogh and other masters are also on display. The gift shop is small but has an excellent selection of well-made jewelry and decorative items. Le Jardin du Luxembourg At any time of year the iconic green folding chairs scattered around the sprawling gardens at Luxembourg are in use by tourists or Parisians who gather to lounge and gossip. Surrounding the Palais du Luxemboug, the garden today is owned by the French Senate, which meets inside the palace. The network of lawns, shady tree-lined promenades and flowerbeds are ornamented with hundred of statues and monuments. While there, stop by the famed Medici Fountain with its long basin of water flanked by plane trees, to capture a photo or selfie. Le Louvre 34


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Classes with a social focus offer great indoor pastimes for fall By Joe Butler

Learning can be fun especially when you don’t have to go back to school. The Spokane area has all sorts of fine educational institutions where you can earn everything from a basic GED to a Ph.D., but not all learning experiences require reading lists, study groups and exams. Mental health experts suggest that it’s important to keep your brain and body busy absorbing new information, whether it’s in a formal academic setting or a more casual environment. So as students head back to the classroom this fall, check out some for-fun classes that can engage your mind and body.

Painting Class

Paint with your pals and throw in alcohol? Yes, please! There are now several studios where artistic achievement isn’t so much the goal as socializing and going home with your own original artwork. Friends or co-workers can tackle the same artistic subject while enjoying beer or wine to relax those mental blocks and release their inner Rembrandts. Due to liquor laws, some studios are for ages 21 and over, while some are for all ages, so verify the policy in advance.

Boot Camp

Swimsuit season may be winding down, but the holidays and all their culinary temptations aren’t far away. Now might be a perfect time to learn/re-learn some healthy habits. Consider a high-intensity fitness class, an exercise trend that promises better results in less time than a standard work-out. Sure, you have to work harder and put forth as much mental effort as physical, but they’re also good ways to try new methods of exercise and meet others in the same boat.

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Get out those boogie shoes! You’ll find a variety of studios that provide instruction in everything from basic footwork and rhythm to advanced exotic dances. While some local schools are geared toward long-term training or competition, others offer short courses for adults seeking everything from a nice work-out in a social situation to picking up pointers for an upcoming wedding.

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In addition to academic programs and training courses, Spokane Community Colleges and North Idaho College offer a variety of community ed courses, where you can spend a couple of hours learning a new skill without committing to a full program or degree. Enjoy everything from photography to astronomy to social media. Or, these programs are always looking for qualified instructors and new topics, and experts say the best way to master a subject is to teach it. Another resource is Spark Central, which offers a variety of courses for youth and adults, everything from computer programming to marketing artwork. P


By Theresa Tanner

Thousands of people live and work in downtown Spokane, and those numbers will only rise as more businesses set up shop and multifamily residential buildings join the downtown skyline. Whether you call the downtown area home, or commute to the area during the work week, the options for shopping and dining are countless. But what about necessities of the daily grind? Simplify your life with a list of local resources for the urban dweller.

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Markets and Sundries

Despite the best-laid plans to shop and prep for the week’s meals on Sunday, we don’t always get around to it and end up scrambling to throw together a quick nutritious dinner by Wednesday night. For downtown residents, nearby groceries with prepared food and locally-sourced options can make a last-minute meal feel a little less chaotic. Main Market Co-op opened in the east end of downtown at the corner of Main and Browne in 2010. The not-for-profit grocery and deli is owned by 5,000 members, and focuses on providing locally-sourced, quality food and products. Anyone can shop at the Co-op, but members enjoy discounts and deals, as well as voting rights to participate in the direction of the market. New to the Kendall Yards neighborhood, and just north of the downtown core, is My Fresh Basket, which opened in late June at Monroe and Summit Parkway. The grocer features a deli, butcher, bakery, florist, coffee bar, growler station, salad bar and a hot bar that is open for breakfast and lunch/dinner. My Fresh Basket also hosts both free and paid classes on nutrition, wine pairings, floral arrangements and cooking. Patrons especially appreciate two spacious patios, as well as an indoor-seating area, to enjoy meals and sunsets over the Spokane River.

Gyms and Fitness

It’s easier to keep up your fitness resolutions if you strategically choose a gym that has a facility close to your home or office. And it’s even easier when a gym has multiple locations around the region, so you don’t have to choose if you work downtown and live up in another part of town. With a downtown location at Main and Post, MÜV Fitness offers more than a place to squeeze in a quick workout before heading to the office. Their certified personal trainers help all members craft a dedicated fitness regime to help you reach your fitness goals, from losing weight to strength training. Additional locations in Spokane Valley, North Spokane and the South Hill. Some of us are more motivated to work out in a group, rather than solo. The Union on West Pacific Avenue offers highenergy spin classes with black lights and club music, intense hot yoga and core-strengthening TRX classes. Drop-in classes are $16, or sign up for a class pack or unlimited classes with a monthly $130 membership. Additional location in North Spokane. With a focus on proper form and conditioning, Specialty Training offers individual and group personal training, as well as strategic athletic conditioning for multi-level athletes at their Riverside and Washington location. They also offer corporate memberships for employers that want to encourage an active lifestyle and build camaraderie among staff through shared activity. Additional location in Spokane Valley.



Transportation Options

One of the least popular pastimes in Spokane is parking: looking for parking, paying for parking, parallel parking…who needs it? Let’s explore some alternative transportation options for downtown denizens. With 35 routes and 135 buses, Spokane Transit will get you where you want to go, it just might take a little longer than car ride. But you’re conserving resources and saving money, and you have some extra time to catch up on daily news or the latest Netflix binge. There are also bike racks on each bus and several “Park and Ride” lots around town for added convenience. Especially convenient for downtown residents who attempt carless living are ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber. It’s great if you only need to rely on a car for once-in-awhile trips, like to the airport or appointments across town., Technically outside of the downtown area in the University District are two Zipcars on Gonzaga University’s campus. It’s an excellent option if you’re in a pinch and need a car for a limited amount of time, and


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it’s much cheaper than a rental. Gas and insurance are included with membership, which can be yearly or monthly, and cars can be reserved a head of time by the hour or day.

Laundry Services

You want some extra TLC for those luxury garments that can’t be tossed in the wash for a quick clean. Dry cleaning services ensure that your suits, gowns and leather items are protected and preserved for years to come. With seven locations in the Spokane area, Scollard’s Cleaners is a convenient option for those commuting to other parts of town for the work day. Operating in the area since 1945, Scollard’s prides itself on its status as an award-winning dry cleaning and alternation services provider. Clarks Cleaners has two locations, on the east end of Downtown and near Gonzaga University’s campus, with drive-thru drop-off convenience. They also offer Next Day Rush services, when you’re desperate to get that spot out before a big meeting or event. Don’t even have time to drop off your cleaning…or perhaps the motivation? Happy Laundry and Dry Cleaning 40


will pick up and drop off your laundry at your doorstep within 48 hours. Happy Laundry services the South Hill, Downtown, North Side, Valley, Liberty Lake and Greenacres.


In the Northwest, pets aren’t just animals; they’re a part of the family! If you’re feeling guilty about leaving a dog alone all day while you’re glued to your desk, there are local options for activity and socialization that will keep Fido’s tail a-waggin’. Open since 2007, Alpha Dogs provides dog daycare, allowing your dog to play with dogs and human supervisors in both indoor and outdoor environments. It can be especially useful when training a young dog with good habits about barking and potty training. There are also webcams that you can access from your smart phone to check in on your pup’s activities. Another useful service for busy dog owners is Rover, a Seattlebased web service for pet sitters and dog walkers. Whether you need someone to watch your dog over the weekend or just to take her for a quick walk, Rover connects you to verified dog people that you can trust with your four-legged friend. P

The New Definition Of Luxury

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By Don Adair

Now would be a good time to reconsider old ideas about automotive luxury. Today, the lines between luxury and everything else are almost hopelessly blurred. Even the most prosaic automaker offers a model or two that can be optioned with such premium trappings as leather seats, automatic climate control and the latest safety and driver-assistance tech. It’s easier to say what luxury once was. In the States, luxury used to be the domain of American-built full-size rear-wheel-drive sedans powered by big V-8s. But the segment has grown to include vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Now there are luxury subcompacts, luxury hatchbacks and luxury SUVs.

Audi’s subcompact A3 gives away little but size and power to the brand’s flagship, the full-size A8. Some large pickups and SUVs rival the opulence of the fifth-wheels they’re meant to tow. Today’s luxury segment is a global affair. And new global players constantly refresh the market. In 2009, a Chinese conglomerate bought Sweden’s Volvo and the humble Koreans — Kia and Hyundai — now field value-priced luxury models. Luxury is now available in front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheeldrive configurations. Many premium cars are powered by four-or six-cylinder engines fitted with turbochargers and hybrid systems that optimize power and efficiency. Volvo says it soon will build only hybrids and electric vehicles, the first mass-market maker to abandon gasoline-only powertrains. And almost single-handedly Tesla has made the luxury segment

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a test bed for electrification. Old-school brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz are pouring millions into their rush to catch up. Still, old verities persist in the face of luxury’s rapid evolution. Chief among them: luxury is a sensory experience and pampering is the point. Soft-touch surfaces and highly calibrated switchgear appeal to the sense of touch. Subtle lighting techniques enhance atmospherics. Premium leathers add earthy aromatics. Electronic noise-cancellation isolates riders from the daily din — and offer the ideal environment for high-end audio systems. Another unwavering verity: Brand matters. What buyers are willing to pay for that new car is directly related to their perception of the maker. That’s why Toyota, Nissan and Honda created premium brands (Lexus, Infiniti and Acura, respectively), with independent, standalone dealer networks, to pursue their luxury-class aspirations.

complete with comfy customer lounges, and provide staff with extra training. They create suites of services that cater to busy owners, often including free service loaners, expanded service hours and free service-call pickup and delivery. Lincoln’s efforts to emerge from a lean stretch include not only a sharpened focus on product but also on a customer-first philosophy that in many markets includes an individualized buying experience much like one provided by a Nordstrom personal shopper. As it grows deeper and more richly textured, the premiums segments draw growing numbers of buyers into its comforting embrace. It’s a good time indeed to abandon old notions of luxury. P

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Cheddar Ale Soup is easy, cheesy By Adriana Janovich

Photo by Adriana Janovich. The recipe for this rich and smoky Cheddar Ale Soup is included in the new “American Craft Beer Cookbook” by acclaimed beer writer John Holl. It’s topped with Garlic Spice Toasted Pumpkin Seeds.

Craft beer and cheese are two of my favorite things. So I opted to try a quick and easy recipe from “The American Craft Beer Cookbook” that combines them. This rich and smoky Cheddar Ale Soup comes from the O’Fallon Brewery in O’Fallon, Mo., and provides a flavorful warm-up on a cool autumn evening. Plus, it goes great with beer.

Pair it with a glass of smoked porter from the recipe, like the Smoked NorthPorter from Northern Ales in Kettle Falls, Wash. Other breweries in Western states that make smoked porter include Stone Brewing in Escondido, Calif.; Alaskan Brewing in Juneau, Alaska; and Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham. However, they can be difficult to find in Spokane. I found the Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Ore., at Huckleberry’s Natural Market.

Cheddar Ale Soup 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups whole milk 2 cups chicken broth 1 1/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 5 cups) 3 garlic cloves, minced

For an additional layer of flavor, use Tillamook Smoked Medium Cheddar Cheese. And, top this savory soup with crumbled bits of crispy, applewood smoked bacon or roasted pumpkin seeds. I’ve been experimenting with pumpkin seed seasonings this fall, coming up with Garlic Spice Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, which I sprinkled on my steaming Cheddar Ale Soup.

Garlic Spice Toasted Pumpkin Seeds 1 cup raw, whole pumpkin seeds, rinsed and dried 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup smoked porter

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Melt the butter in a large soup pot and add the flour as the butter begins to bubble. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly to prevent burning, until browned, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the milk about a cup at a time, adding more milk when it becomes absorbed into the roux. When the roux reaches a thick sauce like consistency, start adding the chicken broth, a cup at a time, whisking frequently. Add the cheese to the soup one handful at a time. Stir until the cheese is combined and fully melted before adding more cheese. Reduce the heat to low, add the garlic and beer and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Divide the soup among bowls and serve immediately. Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Pinch of nutmeg Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast until dry and toasted, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yield: 4 servings

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2016 Winning dish.

Battle of Forks and Knives Second Restaurant Wars celebrates local food community in friendly competition By Theresa Tanner

In the midst of its inaugural event last September, event director Kris Kilduff recognized that Restaurant Wars had already outgrown its initial home in Kendall Yards.


the Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival since 2014. “It’ll have the feeling of a farmers market on a baseball field,” Kilduff said.

While 1,500 tickets were sold to taste small plates prepared by the eight competing restaurants, crowd control estimated that 3,500 people attended the food festival, which also featured live music, vendors, cooking demonstrations and a beer garden.

The new venue affords opportunities for growth in every aspect of the event. Eighteen restaurants will compete this year, preparing a dish in one of three categories: Meat, Veggie and Gastropub.

With an expanded restaurant line-up and anticipating an even larger crowd, Kilduff takes Restaurant Wars II on Sept. 30, 4-10 p.m., to Avista Stadium, which has successfully hosted crowds of

Meat is self-explanatory, and Veggie includes dishes that are fruit and vegetable-centered, as well as pasta, grains and breads. Gastropub will be high-end versions of classic pub cuisine, which


2016 Winning team from Clover.

“It’ll have the feeling of a farmers market on a baseball field,” Kilduff said. The beer garden. September/October 2017


Overview of crowd in 2016.

Kilduff says has been the most popular among pre-ticket sales.

tickets (festival admission is free).

Tickets are $17 per category and includes a small plate – “Not sample size,” Kilduff noted – at six of the restaurants. One thousand tickets are available in each category and, if you just can’t decide which options sounds best, tickets can be purchased in more than one category.

Beer can be purchased from nine breweries and one cidery in the Beyond Pink Beer Garden, but beer can be taken outside the serving area and enjoyed while waiting in food lines, thanks to Avista Stadium policy.

Like last year, when purchasing tickets, you can select to “round up” your total by $3 or $8 to support Second Harvest.

The winning restaurant will be selected by three local judges, but attendees can vote for their favorites as a collective “fourth judge” through Restaurant Wars’ new mobile app, free to download for Android and Apple. Other features include festival directory, food photos and descriptions and restaurant information, like links to social media.

Kilduff will also offer a few “Golden Tickets,” free tickets hidden at restaurants with cryptic photos and clues shared on social media. Kilduff hopes Restaurant Wars will encourage people to visit local restaurants, rather than defaulting to chain restaurants when dining out. “People are afraid that they won’t like something because it’s unfamiliar,” he said. “This is a chance to try a bunch of things at once.” If they find their new favorite restaurant, festival-goers can purchase gift cards for participating restaurants at the festival gate.

The winning restaurant in each category takes home bragging rights, as well as a custom made “trophy” in the form of a food-inspired sculpture by local metal artist Tracy Newman. Another competition element this year is a food fight for charity featuring two local auto dealers, where monetary donations to their chosen non-profit organizations will translate to food ammunition for each team. The more donations, the more food a team has for the food fight. P

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Participating restaurants & breweries

For more information, visit and follow their social media for festival updates and ticket giveaways.


Bruncheonette Casper Fry Chaps Diner and Bakery Clover Gilded Unicorn MAX at Mirabeau

Vegetarian Durkin’s Liquor Bar Forty-One South Tortilla Union Wandering Table Wasabi Zona Blanca

Gastropub Manito Tap House The Onion Bar & Grill Timber Gastro Pub Palouse Bar and Grill Prohibition Gastropub Republic Kitchen + Taphouse

Beer Gardens Elysian Brewing Georgetown Brewing No-Li Brewhouse One Tree Hard Cider Paradise Creek Brewery River City Brewing Waddell’s Brewing Co. Young Buck Brewing

Restaurant Wars Chefs at work. September/October 2017


Feast of the Season By Cheryl-Anne Millsap Those of us who are lucky enough to live in the Spokane area are surrounded by delicious abundance this time of year. Much of the world’s wheat, apples and other crops are grown right here in Washington, but it is the small farms that shine in the fall. Dining out, local chefs from the area’s notable restaurants give us a true farmto-table experience at every meal. Farmer’s markets are still going strong and numerous special events offer a wide range of opportunities to taste the freshest and most creatively prepared local cuisine. This is the height of the harvest season and we can taste the best of the Inland Northwest right here at home.



Photo by Kayli Maier Photography. Courtesy of Odessa Chamber of Commerce.

Odessa Deutschesfest

Get your Deutch on in Odessa. This year, the community is hosting its 47th annual Deutschesfest, celebrating small town’s German heritage with a variety of delicacies like kuchen, cabbage rolls, kraut ranza, and apple strudel served from colorful chalets. Don’t miss the locally made German sausage. Sept. 15-17,

Restaurant Wars II

With 18 participating restaurants and a larger playing field (literally) at Avista Stadium, the second local competition is sure to please all paletes. This year, restaurants will compete in one of three categories: Meat, Veggie or Gastropub. See our full story on page 42 for more details. Sept. 30,

Courtesy photo.

Pumpkin Ball Green Bluff Apple Festival

Take a short drive to the picturesque farming community of Green Bluff, just north of Spokane, and you can fill your basket with sweet crisp apples, as well as big orange pumpkins, fat onions, juicy apricots and tasty potatoes. There’s plenty of fun on the farm for the entire family with added activities — hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin tossing and live entertainment are featured at many Green Bluff farms this time of year. Just plan on waiting in line, from getting a parking spot to devouring those delicious pumpkin donuts. September-October,

Mark your calendars for one of Spokane’s most elegant and tasty events. This annual October fundraiser supports Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. With a harvest-themed gourmet meal and live pumpkin carving, the evening offers a chance to put on your ball gown and do good for the community while you have some fun. Oct. 21,

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Spokane Oktoberfest

A new location and a new schedule! After two years at the Spokane Convention Center, Spokane Oktoberfest moves to the CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley. You can expect delicious authentic German beer and cuisine, fun and games and live entertainment. Oct. 27-29,

Seasonal Dishes

Spokane is home to a number of upscale restaurants that specialize in bringing locally-sourced food to the table. And working with local farmers often means that menus are tailored to feature the freshest, in-season produce. Wild Sage American Bistro, Sante Charcuterie and Restaurant, Italia Trattoria and Luna are always favorites.

Take a Class

Improve your cooking skills and add tasty options to your menu at home by taking a class through the Community Colleges of Spokane’s Center for Workforce and Continuing Educations classes for the public. Learn to bake a loaf of crusty bread, prepare Thai food or make your own pizza dough. Among this fall’s course offerings are “Sensational Salmon,” “Viva Italia” and “Tacos and Sangria.” P

“Taste the best of the Inland Northwest right here at home” Cheryl-Anne Millsap

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NOT Spokane is prepared. One partial TURNER LIKE THAT: Cindy solution “People comes to mind. Assign around here are Finke had to underpasses and/or one of Spokane’s pretentious about the most likely to be wonder when she bridges to each ‘far superior’ trucking company. As education they received saw a car adorned soon as the quake In Chewelah, Wendy in California.” with a “How Would hits, send a truck to wedge itself under the Rowe’s 5-year-old Brace yourself. bridge. That will ensure daughter refers to breast-feeding Jesus Drive?” as The Spokane Valley’s bridge/underpass will that the “milking the baby.” sticker abruptly reports that her daughterSandy Rice all, the truckers have stay in place. After And Colville’s Larrie pull into traffic as in Whitefish, had a lot of Montana, refers to the the movie title that best Waterman said Lilac City as its occupants tossed practice.” “Spokangeles.” Staff columnist JUST WONDERING life is “Lost in Space.” sums up her love cigarette butts out SLICE ANSWER: people, addled by years: How many TODAY’S SLICE QUESTION “Years ago a pastor the windows. (FILL IN friend came by for a DUMB DAD STORY: reruns, see the “Gober” of “Andy Griffith” THE BLANK): “In visit and when he left Bob Ward turned our household, this sign on East Trent I saw that our fridge on the backyard sprinklers and think it says “Goober’s.” season will be remembered letters had been as The rearranged to say, ‘Try even though a big basementnear the house THIS Summer of ( AND THAT: Spokane’s ).” Rob bleen,’ ” wrote Terry our corned been temporarily removed window had Clevenger said Spokane Rayburn Mitchell. to promote could be thought “I don’t know why, but ventilation in a freshly of as “The Planet of Write The Slice at P.O. painted Road it still Box Rage makes me room. 2160, Spokane, Infected, laugh.” JODY IN SANDPOINT Burned Out Headlight, WA 99210; call (509) Red Light 459-5470; earthquakes. News showsWRITES: “Re: Runners.” 459-5098; email pault@spokes fax (509) keep asking if Coeur d’Alene’s Jim There are several local C. West wrote, pedestrians have a rightdrivers who believe to live.

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