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The 13th annual Cobra Polo Classic on Sept. 10, 2017, gathered nearly 1,200 guests and 500 volunteers for the largest charity polo match in the United States at the Spokane Polo Club in Airway Heights. Guests enjoyed world-class polo, a gourmet buffet, fine wine and spirits, a parade of hats, silent auction and much more. The event raised over $595,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland NW, which provides temporary lodging, comfort and support for families with children accessing medical services in Spokane, and has supported regional related efforts to improve children’s health.


The Spokane Civic Theatre 71st Anniversary Gala on Sept. 22, 2017, featured the opening night of “West Side Story,” directed by Artistic Director Lenny Bart. The formal event included a sit-down dinner, donated and served by the generous people of Touchmark on South Hill Retirement Community, as well as lighting and sound provided by River City Productions and Events. The sold-out gala, attended by 310 guests and emceed by Gala Committee member Troy Nickerson and Executive Director Mike Shannon, raised funds for the non-profit that operates a volunteer live community theatre of high artistic merit.

Top: Members of the cast of “West Side Story” pose on the red carpet. Bottom: Dinner at the 71st Anniversary Gala. Photos by Emily Jones Photography.

Photos by Moxie Images.

Over 1,000 community members attended the 35th YWCA Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon on Sept. 28, 2017, at the Davenport Grand Hotel. The event honored seven extraordinary women who make a difference in our community and featured a keynote address by Janine Latus, an author, speaker and domestic violence survivor. The $306,000 raised will fund YWCA programs that assist and support victims of domestic violence through emergency shelter, counseling, legal services, job readiness and child care.

Top: Susan Ashe (Board Member), Regina Malveaux (CEO), Kim Pearman-Gillman and Catherine Kashork (Board Member). Bottom: Honorees Julie Matthews Repp, Dr. Patricia O’Connell Killen, Gina Freuen, Ellen Robey, Kristin Goff, Janine Latus (Speaker), Mary DeLateur and Heather Rosentrater. Photos courtesy of E Fisher Photography.

Upcoming Events Nov. 10

Epicurean Delight, Inland Northwest Blood Center,

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18th Annual Spokane Humane Society FurrBall,

Nov. 25

Festival of Trees Gala, Kootenai Health Foundation,

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Christmas Tree Elegance, Spokane Symphony Associates, If your local organization is hosting a benefit or gala that you would like to see in PHILANTHROPY SPOTLIGHT, please email with event information (inclusion is subject to space).



Take a deep breath. And take a moment to be reminded that we have much to be thankful for. Maybe your deep draws in smells of delicious home baking in the oven or a savory stew on the stove top. Maybe it smells of misty morning fog or freshly fallen leaves. Or maybe you’re just grateful to get a big whiff of cool, Northwest air in your lungs. There’s so much chaos in the world, and it feels amplified with a constant scroll of news and “hot takes” on social media. When it feels overwhelming, remember that it’s OK to step away for a moment to take care of yourself, hug your loved ones tightly and look for small ways to practice gratitude.

Write notes of appreciation to the everyday people in your lives, from your co-workers to the bus driver. Give extra smiles while waiting in line. Keep track of the times when you have a negative thought or attitude, and reflect how you can change your reaction into something that’s useful and positive instead. We hope that you have much to celebrate throughout the holiday season, and that you’ll share your joy in our community — especially when joy seems hard to come by, because that’s when we need it the most.

Theresa Tanner

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Fit to Be Tied

Feeling Hygge



Suits and accessories for men and women

Tender Loving Care

Protecting winter’s colored hair

14 Rejuvenating Treat(ment)s New alternatives to the facelift



The Danish concept of coziness

Holiday Cheer on Stage Music, dance enhances seasonal fun

34 Beginner’s Luck in Whitefish A Montana ski weekend

42 Turkey to Go


Pre-made meals make the holidays a breeze

On the Bright Side

Delicious scents of the season

44 Dining Out

Show guests the delicious side of region

21 Sink into Luxury and Comfort Upscale sofas for holiday entertaining

24 Gallery Walk Highlights of the arts scene 6


36 Delights of Ponza

Italian island attracts Romans on holiday

40 The Smart Traveler Journey without baggage

48 Rick, Dark Goodness

A well-appointed home coffee bar







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FIT TO BE TIED Suiting options for men and women looking to make a statement this fall By Theresa Tanner

Subtle Patterns An understated plaid makes a fall sport coat stand out, especially when paired with a paisley tie and solid slacks. A. Robert Talbott Carmel Classic Fit Sport Coat B. Banana Republic Classic Fit Plaid Blazer

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Mix textures for a more casual, relaxed look. We especially like to see them in some of fall’s favorite hues.


C. Jos. A. Bank Reserve Collection Tailored Fit Corduroy Soft Jacket D. Banana Republic Boyfriend Fit Shiny Blazer

Classic Silhouette If you want an elegant, pulled-together look, a standard, black wool suit rarely misses the mark.


E. Tom Ford Shelton Pinstripe Flannel Wool-Silk Suit F. BOSS Jabina Stretch Wool Suit Jacket

Elegant Embellishments Add just a touch of sparkle and shine to your suit with the right accessories. G. MIKOL Round Marble Cufinks H. Shinola Coin Edge Stud Earrings I. Echo Mini Foulard Silk Scarf J. David Donahue Medallion Silk Tie





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By Tricia Jo Webster

Hair color trends tend to follow the seasons. In summer, when everything is bright and bold, we sunkiss our tresses and infuse them with sunshine. Likewise, our color tends to reflect the season as the days get darker, with just enough warmth to battle the bitter cold. “We see a total transformation for winter from light to dark,” said Jeri Ward, an owner at Mod Hair & Body in downtown Spokane. “Just like we tend to wear darker clothes in the winter, we go darker with our hair.” Balayage, a hand-painting technique that creates a softer, natural-looking effect that showcases darker roots and lighter ends, remains a favorite treatment as the seasons change. Bringing in a darker root shadow and foiling in some subtle hints of chestnut, copper or milk chocolate is a simple way to add instant warmth to a winter look, Ward says. As far as hair tones … “Everything gets warmer in the winter,” according to Douglas McCoy, owner at House of POp in downtown Spokane. Blondes go from buttery bright to muted champagne. Brunettes go chocolate brown, but with coppery tones that brighten up looks that might otherwise be drab.


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“But one really cool thing that I’m excited about this year are copper reds,” McCoy said. The hot hue, more of an orange-red than traditional red, is a sideways slip from the neon colors that were so popular earlier this year. “These copper reds aren’t meant to look natural, but they are more mainstream and wearable, for just about everybody.” And although some of those neon trends will linger through this winter season, they’ll take on more of a matte finish and be much more muted than the colors of the spring and summer. Speaking of summer and those lovely long days spent lounging in the sun and in the pool … As much fun as those days were, there’s a good chance they wreaked havoc on your hair. “Everyone’s hair gets pretty thrashed over summer. So it’s really important to repair the damage and keep your hair healthy and moisturized through the winter,” said Sarah Picicci, one of the owners at Salon Dolce in north Spokane. Moisturizing hair masks are a good idea throughout the year, but they’re especially important when the

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bitter, dry air rolls in. Masks can be done at a salon or at home. They’re generally great for all hair types, but those with thinner hair might not want to do them as often. Picicci suggests applying a hair mask after showering, then giving your hair some serious time to drink in the moisture by wrapping it in a towel overnight, followed by a thorough morning rinse. Increasing the moisture in the air at home is another way to help hair and skin thrive during the winter months. Running a humidifier, or keeping a pan of boiling water on the stovetop, can make a noticeable difference, Picicci says. With all the special attention given to caring for hair and skin during these brutal months of winter, scalps are often overlooked. Luckily, there are products designed specifically for giving crowns a little extra love. Scalp scrubs rebalance the scalp and clear the skin of oil and product residue. Many salons offer this soothing treatment, but you can do them at home as well — just use a product designed specifically for the scalp. To ensure that color stays gorgeous for as long as possible, opt for sulfate-free cleaners and conditioners, and only shampoo when it’s absolutely necessary. There’s really no need to shampoo every day, McCoy says, so it’s fine to just rinse some days, or reach for dry shampoo instead.

“The big thing for color care in general is: Cleaners and conditioners tend to be your worst nightmare,” McCoy said. “The more you wash your hair, the more you’re pulling color out.” And the more you dry, curl or flat iron your hair, the more moisture you’ll strip out. Let hair air dry when you can, or wash it at night and let it dry while you sleep. Minimizing time with styling tools is a great winter goal, but if you simply can’t go without your morning flat iron session, protect hair with a product that will take the brunt of the heat. Ward and Picicci both advocate for turning down the heat on styling tools, until you find the lowest temperature necessary to achieve the results you’re after. Or maybe it’s time to make peace with your hair’s natural texture — letting hair do what it wants to do is the ultimate in lowmaintenance chic. “Winter is the perfect time to do that. Fluffy, tousled hair that looks lived-in is fantastic in the winter,” McCoy said. P

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Rejuvenating Treat(ment)s New alternatives to the facelift By Staci Lehman

The saying is that you are only as young as you feel. But if your face is giving away your real age, you may want to look into the many new skin treatments that can keep you looking younger and healthier.

Dr. Travis James, D.O., a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology in Spokane Valley, agrees. “It’s just a way you can almost do a non-surgical facelift anymore with the products that are available,” he said.

“There can be lots of different benefits,” Shannon Shibley, a medical esthetician at North Idaho Dermatology in Coeur d’Alene, said of facials and other treatments. “You can definitely work on different things, like hydration, anti-aging or acne.”

Like other treatments, there are many options when it comes to injectables. “We’ve got six different kinds of fillers, four different kinds of neurotoxins,” said Magnuson.

But with so many facial treatment options — chemical peels, microdermabrasion, lasers, injectables and more — how do you know what is right for you? “A lot of them (clients) are very, very intimidated because there’s so much to choose from; they’re confused,” said Chalon Magnuson, a master esthetician at Werschler Aesthetics Spokane Dermatology Clinic. Luckily, the doctors and estheticians at many area dermatology offices, medical spas and salons offer complimentary consultations to discuss your concerns, whether wrinkles, sun damage or age spots.

Neurotoxins are products like Botox that are injected into the face to paralyze muscles so they don’t droop. Fillers do just what their name suggests — fill space where collagen has been lost due to aging.

Sun is what causes a large part of our aging.

No matter your complaint, it seems modern technology and science has Dr. Travis a solution. For uneven skin tone, the Fractional Co2 Laser resurfaces and tightens skin. The IPL, Intense Pulse Light, is a noninvasive alternative for sun damage, rosacea, age spots, freckles and redness. There are acne facials that exfoliate the skin and extract dirt and oil. And for those who want to look younger, there are injectables like Botox and fillers. Shibley says injectables are the most popular treatment at North Idaho Dermatology, and for good reason. “I am super pro-Botox because you can spend all kinds of money on anti-aging creams and products and it never touches what Botox can do,” she said.

“With fillers you inject it to lift and fill the face,” said James, “Like the lines around your mouth … you’re actually putting product in there to lift it and fill the space.” If you are not ready to take the plunge into injectables, Shibley says a good place to start is with chemical peels that slough off dead skin cells and stimulate collagen.

Other popular non-invasive treatments include microdermabrasion — gently James “sanding” off the top layer of skin to lighten scars and sun damage — and micro needling, which uses tiny needles to create hundreds of invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. This stimulates the body’s wound healing process. “Micro needling keeps the collagen stimulated and lets you keep ahead of those lines showing up … there is no downtime for the most part,” said James. He also says it is one of the best values for your money. “A Fraxil laser is something celebrities do,” he said. “Basically the laser creates little columns of injury that your body works to heal, which turns over the cells quicker. And it’s about $1,000 to get a full face treatment. A micro needling treatment November 2017


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is around $350 and does a similar thing, so it’s a pretty cost-effective measure to treat fine lines and marks.” While middle-aged women are generally the most likely to get these treatments due to aging issues and access to disposable income, James, Shibley and Magnuson all say they are seeing younger people using them as preventative measures and some are working on men. “Ninety percent of the women are between the ages of 30 to 70 and maybe 5 percent under 30 and 5 percent over 70 … I have two men clients and that’s it,” said Magnuson.

And if you do invest in treatments, no one has to know. “If it’s done right people don’t even know you’ve had it,” said James. “The biggest compliment to me is when a patient says people tell them they look like they’re doing so well. We want to make people age well, we don’t want to take a person who is 70 and make them look 30.”

Man or woman, all three practitioners say to start with the basics when it comes to skin care: hydration, exfoliation and sunscreen.

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Photo courtesy of Dandles Candles

Local candlemakers offer scents of the season By Tricia Jo Webster

Have you finally made peace with the shorter days and warmed up to the idea that there’s something special about the longer nights of winter? Starry skies drive us indoors where logs crackle in the fireplace, comfy throws lure us to our favorite chairs and festive aromas float from the kitchen … or, perhaps, that scrumptious scent is coming from that gorgeous candle that’s casting an intimate glow in the corner? Whether you’re seeking something to cozy up your home or something special to give this holiday season, your senses will be pleasantly satiated with the soy candles created by a few of our area’s premier candlemakers.



“Soy is a renewable resource that, pound-for-pound, burns longer, cleaner and with less smoke than petroleum-based products,” said Dana Haynes of Dandles Candles. Which is to say that, in addition to their incredible scents, they’re also better for the environment, and better for your home. From now until Christmas, Apple Butter is the cream of the winter crop at Dandles Candles, offering a rich blend of apple, cinnamon and clove that pays heady homage to our state’s most prized produce. “It’s just like Grandma used to make. Smells so good you want to eat it,” said Haynes.




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Dandles features a pair of pumpkin scents — because there is no such thing as too much pumpkin — Perfect Pumpkin, a straightforward pumpkin spice, and Pumpkin Crunch Cake, a candle that might just inspire you to get your bake on. The winter collection at Dandles highlights another regional essence — evergreens. White Pine, a luscious blend of pine and vanilla, made its debut last year. “This one really smells like Christmas,” Haynes said. Cranberry Spice, Plumberry Spruce, Christmas Fir, Jack Frost and the fresh, clean scent of Mistletoe round out Dandles’ holiday faves. Sizes span from 4-ounce Mason jars ($8/18+ hours of burn time) to 2-wick, 24-ounce ribbed jar candles ($25/90 + hours of burn time). Dandles Candles are available online at, and at select area retailers including Lucky Vintage, To Market, Simply Northwest and Paint In My Hair; check the website for a full list of retail locations. Check out the annual Open House over the weekend of Nov. 10-11, at the Dandles Candles Studio: 6511 W. Jedi Lane, Spokane. The seasonal lineup at Sweet Birch Co. includes decadent concoctions like Pumpkin & Cashmere, a specialty blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove that cleans the air and energizes the mind; Apple Orchard; Cinnamon & Clove; and Rhubarb & Fig, an energy booster that fills the air with the subtle, upbeat scents of orange and pine. This year’s winter features include Spice Ridge, a candle that brings together

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the aromas of cedar, spruce and pine. “This one is perfect for homes that have artificial Christmas trees,” said Sweet Birch owner Laura Knecht. Spiced Orange, a twist on the classic spice scent, is “really happy and pleasing, especially when it’s cold outside. Come inside and sense the warmth of cinnamon and clove,” Knecht said. Winter Frost, Knecht’s new favorite, has a dominant birch tree note that’s complemented by pear, cinnamon and peppermint. And Caramel Vanilla fills your home with classic, buttery baked goodness. All Sweet Birch scents are available in two sizes: 3.5-ounce minis ($9/20 hours of burn time) and standard 7-ounce jars ($14/40 hours of burn time), tea light packs ($5/6-pack and $10/10-pack) are available in all scents as well, and make perfect stocking stuffers. Shop the Sweet Birch Co. website,, and choose either the flat $5 shipping fee or the local pickup option for those who live nearby (they’re located in Spokane Valley). You can also find a selection of Sweet Birch products at Salon Capello and Craft Studio. Pauper’s Candle Company, a sustainable Sandpoint company that, since 2012, has been creating products 20


using only solar energy, offers seasonal scents that include everybody’s favorite, Pumpkin Spice, as well as Cinnamon Red Hot, Spiced Pear, Cinnamon Clove and the warm fruity spice blend of Harvest Moon. Pauper’s Krista Webber says the Three Trees scent, which features cedar, pine and balsam fir, is perfect for those who have artificial holiday trees at home but want all the fresh scents of the real thing. Northwoods Christmas is a crisp, clean blend that brings in a little bit of fir and pine, and Christmas Cabin evokes all the warmth and coziness of the holidays, finished off with cinnamon bark and balsam fir. All of Pauper’s scents are available in 7-ounce tumblers ($12.95/25 hours of burn time) and 4-ounce ($7) air freshener spray bottles. The spray bottles are recyclable and you’ll find a video tutorial on its site that shows you how to clean your finished candle tumbler. “Our candle tumblers make perfect juice glasses,” Webber said, which makes them two gifts in one! Purchase online at or find them at local retailers, including Fringe & Fray, Under the Sun (Bonners Ferry) and Azalea’s Handpicked Style (Sandpoint). P



Rest easy with stylish options for holiday seating By Renée Sande

By Renée Sande

Photo courtesy of Addison Homes

If a luxurious sofa that’s comfortable sounds like an oxymoron to you, be prepared to have those dated thoughts dashed. Top furniture sellers in the area have some beauties that don’t sacrifice comfort, just waiting for you to take home, and just in time for the holidays. In fact, CR Laine, a veteran furniture manufacturer going 60 years strong, is the No. 1 vendor of Madison Home Fine Furnishings in Spokane, for just this reason. By focusing on the perfect union of style, comfort and color in each of their pieces, they’ve built a name for themselves as one of the best in the industry. “CR Laine not only produces attractive-looking sofas that are comfortable,” said Lam Le, designer and buyer for Madison Home. “But they do so at a great value.” Le says one of the most popular CR Laine models is the Patterson, which delivers on the current aesthetic of clean lines with a transitional-contemporary style. Available with either semi-attached back cushions or loose pillow backs, the Patterson has 8-way hand-tied cushions for the ultimate in comfort seating and is available in 15+ finishes as well as a wide array of fabrics to match any home or office décor. “They do this look really well,” said Le. November 2017


Another style enjoying a well-deserved resurgence in popularity is a time-honored classic: the Chesterfield. Encompassing all the luxury of its name’s origin, the Chesterfields of today are certainly not going back in time when it comes to comfort. “It’s that classic look that’s still designed to be comfortable — with a spring-down cushion and a refined pitch to the seat,” said Le. A popular Chesterfield choice at Madison Home is the Wright Mid Sofa by Lillian August. The Chesterfield is also a top seller at The Tin Roof in Spokane, where it is done beautifully by Bernhardt with the London Edge.

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Available in leather and rolled arms, the London Edge gets literal with the classic look. “The tufted look is so popular right now, and Bernhart is a top-of-the-line seller for us, the most luxurious there is,” said Tin Roof Interior Design Admin Erin Chase. Other first-rate choices for a luxurious seat at The Tin Roof include anything made by Lexington, Lee and Flexsteel. Bernhardt London Edge

“Flexsteel is really the most durable and affordable you can get, while still providing that comfort and luxury,” said Chase. Perfect for the smaller space, the two-cushion Flexsteel Digby feels roomy with its slim tapered arms and a tightly padded back, while still offering “surprising comfort.”

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Chase says that when it comes to fabric, a great choice is Sunbrella, a textile best known for its outdoor uses. “We’re really seeing a new influx of using Sunbrella indoors,” said Chase. “They’ve come a long way; it’s not only extremely well-wearing but with a beautiful appeal and very comfortable.” Also well-wearing, while providing comfort that’s often overlooked, is leather. Mary Sanders, Certified Home Furniture Consultant at Koerner Furniture in Coeur d’Alene, touts the Broyhill brand for its leather pieces, specifically the Laramie. Made in the USA, Broyhill’s DuraCoil seat cushions provide long-lasting comfort and resiliency. And the interlocking wood frame is built for maximum strength and durability “Leather can be very comfortable and durable — even for pets and kids — while still providing that kind of Northwest luxury that’s so popular here,” said Sanders. “But to really get that comfort, you’ll want to go more natural with the leather, choose one that that hasn’t been as processed and stripped of the natural oils and characteristics.” Another luxury fabric that can’t be beat for its softness and warmth, as well as luxurious look, is chenille. Sanders says the Stanton 257 Sofa in chenille is definitely a top seller. “Stanton does a really nice deep, cushy sofa; while a little more casual, it’s still an understated luxury that definitely feels luxurious.” P November 2017





Photo by Andrea Jensen

Current exhibits and beloved annual events set tone for the holidays

First Friday, downtown Spokane, Nov. 3 & Dec. 1 There’s no more magical time than the winter holidays to take in Downtown Spokane’s First Friday, which showcases local artists at over 20 galleries, restaurants and retail locations in the downtown area. Bundle up to take a walk along “city sidewalks, busy sidewalks … dressed in holiday style” as you enjoy a variety of styles of artwork. Many venues also host an artist’s reception on First Friday with live music and other activities.

By Theresa Tanner

A visit to galleries and museums on a brisk fall day is a lovely way to share local arts and culture with visitors, especially if you’re searching for one-of-a-kind gifts or mementos.

Karen Laub-Novak: A Catholic Expressionist in the Age of Vatican II, Jundt Art Museum, open through Jan. 6. The religious holidays of winter can spark a spiritual curiosity or appreciation in many. During this season of reflection, Gonzaga University’s Jundt Art Museum features a traveling exhibition by Roman Catholic artist Karen Laub-Novak. The installation includes three dozen paintings, drawings and prints by the artist that were “influenced by the Cold War, the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, and eventually the postmodern era of the culture wars of the 1990s,” according to a press release from the University.

The Feels, Chase Gallery, Spokane Arts, open through Dec. 29 The common gallery/museum phrase “Look, don’t touch” won’t be heard during the current exhibit at The Chase Gallery on the lower level of Spokane City Hall. “The Feels,” was inspired by a classroom of children eager to touch and interact with artwork. Currated to explore how shapes, textures and emotion can communicate art through senses beyond sight, the exhibit features six artists — Bill Dilley, Eva Silverstone, Dan McCann, Michael Haynes, Theresa Henson and Chris Tyllia — who use their hands, eyes and hearts to create.

2nd Friday ArtWalk, downtown Coeur d’Alene, Nov. 10 & Dec. 8 Like its Washington neighbor, Coeur d’Alene also hosts a regular art walk highlighting artists at local shops and restaurants — conveniently scheduled on the second Friday of the month, so active art lovers can enjoy both events. Organized by the Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance, the nearly 20 participating venues are within a mile of one another. The featured galleries for November and December, respectively, are Studio 107 and Emerge. You may also want to pop over to the Coeur d’Alene Resort to see the Holiday Light Show, on display along the waterfront from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

19th Annual Small Artworks Invitational, Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, Dec. 1 – Jan. 6 The yearly exhibit features gift-sized pieces that are 12 inches or smaller by a variety of artists, both local and beyond. Among this year’s confirmed participating artists are Chris Bivins of Eatonville, Wash.; Jessica Bryant of Coeur d’Alene; Mel McCuddin of Spokane and Sandra Trujillo of Milledgeville, Ga. The gallery will host an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 1, and a second reception on Dec. 8 in conjunction with 2nd Friday ArtWalk.

First Night Spokane, downtown Spokane, Dec. 31 One of the most popular arts traditions in Spokane since 2001, First Night is a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrating community and the love of the visual and performing arts. This year’s theme is Renaissance. Event highlights include dance and vocal competitions, “A Knight’s Tale” Teen and Young Adult Renaissance Dance, live music, hands-on activities for children and much more. Kids age 10 and under receive free admission with button purchase, by an accompanying adult. P

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Top from left: 2nd Friday ArtWalk (photo by Andrea Jensen); First Night Spokane (courtesy photo). Middle from left: “Narrows & Crescents and an inking of Michigan” (Eva Silverstone); “Modern Critters” (Dennis Meiners). Bottom from left: “Unrequited Love” (Mel McCuddin); “The Borrowers” (Shelle Lindholm); “Short Service” (Bill Dilley); First Friday Spokane (courtesy photo). November 2017



Hygge Feeling

The Danish concept of coziness suits a Northwest winter



By Cheryl-Anne Millsap

This is the time of year when comfort seems to matter most. Autumn brings jewel-toned leaves to replace the green grass of summer. Darkness falls earlier each day and lighted windows seem to glow. We bring out blankets, stock the woodbox and focus on making our homes into comfortable shelters from winter’s worst. We call this effect “cozy,” but the Danish have an even better word for it: Hygge. Hygge is as difficult to define as it is to pronounce; hoo-guh is close (a quick YouTube search will provide several auditory examples). Hygge is a focus on the joy of simple things: a fire in the fireplace, a big pot of soup simmering on the stove, or a hot cup of cocoa cradled in your hands. It is warm flannel sheets and bright sunlight streaming through windows. It is time spent with friends and family, practicing a true appreciation of moments of contentment and happiness.


Hygge is finding joy in the everyday. Here are some simple ways to put this Danish concept to use in your home. Warm and Cozy It’s easy to bring warmth to your home without touching the thermostat. Candles flickering in votives and in sconces warm dark corners, bringing intimacy to any room. A log fire snapping and popping in the fireplace provides a kind of background music for the season. A woven blanket or throw tossed over a comfy chair, a basket of magazines nearby and a steaming cup of tea make spending time indoors a treat even when the weather outside is at its nastiest. Naturally Nice Think natural and organic. Fill your home with natural scents, not the canned “pumpkin spice” perfumed air fresheners. The smell of fresh-baked bread or something delicious roasting in the oven can take the edge off the roughest day. Bowls of dried lavender bring a whiff of freshness and summer sunshine to a cold and cloudy day. Cinnamon sticks and dried citrus carry the fragrance of autumn and the festivity of the upcoming holiday season. Pools of Light Turn off the harsh glare of overhead lights, especially florescent bulbs, and create instant warmth and mood with soft pools of light. Strategically placed lamps create a friendlier atmosphere. If you choose LED lights, look for those with warmer glow and use timers to have lamps on when you return home from a long day at work. Unplug and Connect Once you’ve focused on bringing hygge into your home, make the most of the atmosphere you’ve created. Sink into a comfortable chair, pick up a book or pull out a board game. Most importantly, put down your phone or tablet. Nothing kills a hygge moment like being tethered to work emails or scrolling endlessly through social media feeds. The Company You Keep One of the most important elements of hygge is spending time in the company of family and friends. Invite friends over for a simple meal. Linger over a jigsaw puzzle or play charades with the grandchildren. Watch a favorite movie and share a bowl of popcorn. Focus on the people who mean the most to you. P









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The Nutcracker Ballet (photo courtesy of State Street Ballet) By Joe Butler

The holidays are all about family traditions, from trimming the tree with the same treasured decorations to pulling out the same special dinnerware that may only be used a few times each year. A favorite family tradition for many in the area is getting everyone together to take in one of the many holiday-themed performances. Some local theater and music groups wrap up their fall/winter seasons with something touching, sentimental and full of laughs and tears. Others slip in something extra to their usual schedule to appeal not only to regular patrons but less frequent theater-goers. Several touring holiday shows also make a point to stop in the Inland Northwest this time of year. Get out your calendar and make a plan to see the most festive displays of holiday cheer on local stages this season.

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Ballet & T heatre “A Christmas Story: The Musical” Spokane Civic Theatre, Nov. 17-Dec. 17.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (photo by Jacob McEacheran)

The 1983 classic film involving bunny suits, major prizes, frozen flagpoles and oh-so-desired Red Ryder BB guns is now a cheery musical. The 1950s-era story retains the same nostalgic and whimsical spirit as the film but is now supplemented by catchy, versatile tunes, including the self-explanatory “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out.”

“Christmas with a Twist” Coeur d’Alene Resort, Nov. 24-Dec. 17. The annual holiday cabaret at the Coeur d’Alene Resort always offers a lively combination of heartfelt storytelling and musical entertainment. This year, producer Ellen Travolta requested stories from the community about favorite holiday memories, from mealtime mishaps to unforgettable Christmas gifts.

“The Nutcracker Ballet” Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Nov. 30-Dec. 3.

Holiday Pops Celebration (photo by Kim Larsen)

The Spokane Symphony teams up with the nationallyknown State Street Ballet and 75 local dancers to present one of the most beloved ballets of all time. Whether you’re more of a Nutcracker novice or know every note and appreciate the fine distinctions between spinning Snowflakes and Sugar-Plum Fairies, nothing beats a live performance. concerts-tickets/nutcracker

“Traditions of Christmas” Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, Salvation Army Kroc Center, Dec. 8-23. The original song-and-dance spectacular returns with a cast of 70 performing impressive Radio City Music Hall-style production numbers of holiday classics. Along with more than 400 costumes and even live animals on stage, audiences will enjoy what could be the region’s largest kickline/tap routine.

Traditions of Christmas (photo courtesy of Laura Little Theatricals)




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Mannheim Steamroller INB Performing Arts Center, Nov. 18. Sure, this group’s annual Christmas-time visit to Spokane technically precedes Thanksgiving, but it won’t be all that hard to hold on to the holiday spirit and musical magic all season long. Producer/director Chip Davis and the other performers have been creatively re-arranging favorite Christmas classic tunes into distinctive and modern and catchy pieces for the past 30 years.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Spokane Arena, Nov. 24. A rock ‘n’ roll Christmas. Why not? If your family prefers raucous revelry and indoor pyrotechnics to same ol’ silver bells and ho-hum chestnuts roasting on open fires, then you’re the perfect audience for this year’s theme: “The Ghost of Christmas Eve.” Expect a high-volume musical spectacle but with holiday twists.

Holiday Pops Celebration Spokane Symphony, Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Dec. 16-17. Featuring Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara, Spokane Symphony Chorale and Spokane Area Youth Choirs, this annual tradition delights music lovers of all ages with festive holiday tunes and an appearance by Santa Claus himself to lead an audience sing-along.

This is What Christmas Sounds Like Clarion Brass, Dec. 19-20. Another beloved tradition, the local brass ensemble performs two shows — one at Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene and another at St. John’s Cathedral in Spokane — featuring rousing renditions of new holiday arrangements alongside traditional favorites that will keep your spirits bright until Christmas day. P

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A first-timer braves the slopes in Northwest Montana By Theresa Tanner

When my husband and I planned a ski weekend trip to Whitefish, Mont., with another couple, I had never actually skied before. I planned to take a few lessons at Mt. Spokane before the January trip, but I secretly wondered if I might spend the weekend hiding in the lodge bar with a beer and a book while my friends tackled the mountain. Two ski lessons and many bruises later, we were on our way to Whitefish, approximately 250 miles from Spokane. We took U.S. Highway 2 on our starting leg and planned to take U.S. Highway 93 on our return journey. Both offer scenic views of lakes and mountains across the Northwest terrain, although the former takes a little longer.


cross-country skiers make their morning runs, and a short drive to Whitefish Lake itself, frozen over and attracting ice anglers to its stilled waters. We arrived in Whitefish just around sunset, which meant we were just in time for night skiing at Big Mountain. Of its nine lifts in daily operation, a night pass provides access to Chairs 2, 3 and 6 for three-and-a-half hours for $23. Not a bad deal, although skiing on a new mountain in the dark was quite intimidating for this novice. My husband and friends patiently helped me down the beginner’s Chipmunk Run a few times before I retired to recoup in the warmth of the Base Lodge bar as they tackled a few more runs.

We arranged to stay at an Airbnb that our friends visited several times before, often enough to develop a friendship with the host. Making meals together and learning more about her life in Whitefish made our stay feel more like a visit with a friend than other rental situations.

We had all worked up an appetite, and headed to Pescado Blanco (, which touts itself as a “Mountain Mexican Kitchen,” blending local, seasonal ingredients with a range of regional culinary styles.

And we couldn’t have asked for a better location, either: right across from Whitefish Lake Golf Club, where we watched

A few unique offerings are the Bison Enchiladas and the Shrimp Diablo, which features chili-seared tiger shrimp and house elk


chorizo in a roasted habanero sauce. Knowing that I would be skiing again the next day, I opted for something a little lighter: shrimp tacos with an airy guacamole cream sauce. For our second day on the mountain — wonderfully sunny with bright, blue skies — we purchased Beginner Area lift tickets (also $23), which allowed us to use Chairs 6, 9, 10 and the Big Easy Carpet (a “magic carpet” surface lift that is mostly used by young skiers who only started walking a few years earlier). It’s a package that offers safe trails for a beginner while also providing several options for more experienced or adventurous skiers. I spent most of the day practicing turns and stops on Chair 9’s Under Easy and Over Easy Runs before finally building up the confidence that I wouldn’t plow into anyone at the bottom of the Chipmunk Run, where many people congregate in front of a fire pit and ski racks before heading inside to the Base Lodge Cafe for a warm lunch. After our day on the slopes, our mountain fun continued at The Bierstube, a rustic bar located at the resort’s upper village that’s filled by 4 p.m with tired but enthusiastic skiers of all ages throughout the winter. The mountain’s first après ski bar — housed in its current location since 1967 — underwent an exterior renovation this year with new siding, doors, windows, roof and deck ready for the 2017/18 season. You’ll find the same historic photos, signs and memorabilia celebrating Big Mountain ski culture adorning the interior walls. Before leaving the next day, we dipped into downtown Whitefish for a hearty breakfast at Swift Creek Café ( and window shopping at a variety of art galleries and boutiques. Whitefish Mountain Resort ( provides a great atmosphere for new skiers to find their feet, and I hope to return soon (with a few more ski runs under my belt) to explore the dozens of other trail runs along the mountain, including a visit to Summit House, which — at nearly 7,000 feet above sea level — offers the only mountaintop dining in Montana with majestic views of Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley. P Right from top: The Bierstube; French toast at Swift Creek Cafe, Swift Creek Cafe exterior (photos by Theresa Tanner).

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By Dan Webster



There were five of them in the bachelorette party. Five young Italian women, one of whom wore an emblazoned T-shirt. On it was the profile of a woman, ironing in the kitchen, a ball and chain attached to one leg. I looked over at my wife. She nodded. The bride-to-be, we agreed. The five were sitting maybe five rows ahead of us, readily apparent among the crush of passengers packed onto the ferry that had just left the mainland Italian port of Formia. All of us were bound for Ponza, the largest island in Italy’s Pontine Archipelago, which sits just 20 miles off the country’s western coast, midway between Rome and Naples. Also apparent was the fact that we two were some of the only — maybe the only — native English speakers on the vessel. Ponza, we discovered, is where Italians, particularly Romans, head for a holiday. But that’s what we were looking for: the chance to experience a part of Italy the way Italians do. That language practice would serve us well in the weeks to come when we would join friends for a road/train trip through Italy’s regions of Puglia and Abruzzo. Puglia and Abruzzo (also known as Abruzzi) are situated on the east coast of the country, along the Adriatic Sea. In Puglia, we would drive around such scenic towns as Lecce, Ostuni, Alberobello (site of the famous Trulli houses), Villanova and Locorotondo. We would stay in a variety of lodgings. In Puglia, we would luxuriate in the Risorgimento Resort in Lecce, and at the farm/restaurant/resort Masseria Salinola in Ostuni — both a couple of levels above our typical travel style. In Abruzzo, we would enjoy an ocean-view room in Pescara’s beach-front Hotel Maja, and eat one-of-a-kind pizza at Trieste Pizza. But before all that came Ponza, a place my wife had heard about a couple of years before on a flight from Milan to New York. Her seatmate told her he was from Ponza and how beautiful it was. The bit of research we did only piqued our interest. We learned that Ponza may have been named after none other than Pontius Pilate (disputed). It figures in Homer’s Odyssey (fairly well accepted). And it has been used at times as a penal colony and where angry Roman husbands banished their “disobedient” wives (fact). It’s even where the ousted Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was held shortly after his overthrow in 1943. So last summer, at the beginning of our extended Italian jaunt, we decided to check out Ponza for ourselves. After spending the night at the stylish Gioberti Art Hotel, set only a block from Rome’s main train terminal, we traveled by rail south to Formia. In Formia, we stayed overnight at the old-world Grande Albergo Miramare, which lived up to its name. Not only was it grand, it boasted a magnificent view of the sea from the terrazza of our room. The next morning, we caught the 9 a.m. ferry, joining the throngs walking on board. After stowing our luggage, we found seats and then began to enjoy watching the bride and her bridesmaids while listening to the conversations around us. All Italian.

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And that continued for the next two and a half hours. When we arrived at the Porto di Ponza, we found a cab driver who spoke at least a few words of English. Though we speak some Italian, we were thankful that the driver could understand us because our bed-and-breakfast was a bit hard to find. He was even helpful when, after dropping us off some 300 steps below our hillside rental in the Santa Maria neighborhood, he talked a neighbor into guiding us the rest of the way. At the B&B Ponza Suite (look for it on, we found our small, but comfortable and — most important — air-conditioned room. And while the manager’s English was worse than our Italian, we were able to communicate, mostly because she was patient and encouraging and didn’t wince as we threw out nouns and verbs with the vague hope that they made sense. After checking in, we began to explore. Right away, we realized that we were only a 15-minute walk from the port. Unencumbered by our bags, we were able to make the trek with little effort — even given those 300-plus steps. In fact, it doesn’t take much effort to get around the whole of Ponza, which is five-and-a-half miles long by a mile-anda-half wide. There is a problem, though: Basically the top of an extinct volcano that rises from the Tyrrhenian Sea, Ponza’s mountainous landscape is too big for the average tourist to hike but not big enough to warrant renting a car. Yes, you can drive on from the ferry. And you can even rent a car once you get there. But parking is limited. The best options: Rent motor scooters or boats (motor or sail), take guided tours or hire private drivers. We did the latter by asking among the cabbies working the port how much it would cost for an island tour. We ended up with a friendly driver who charged us 60 euro (not quite $70) for what turned out to be a 90-minute trip. Photo by Mary Pat Treuthart

And while she spoke no English, we were able to understand most of what she said as she drove up over the top of the island. She stopped at a number of turnouts that afforded great views of the island’s beaches (some of which were closed because of collapsing cliffs, others that are accessible only by boat), including the tourist-friendly Cala Fonte. Returning to the port, we were ready for food. Because, of course, what would an Italian getaway be without dining? Ponza has its share of good restaurants, which for us had already included the port-side Oresteria by Ponza Fish for lunch. The friendly staff at Pizzeria da Luciano, overlooking Santa Maria beach, served us a tasty early dinner. After which, while lounging on the terrazza of our rental, we watched as the lights of Ponza blinked on, one by one. Caught up in that magic glow, it was hard not to wonder: Was that bridal party having as much fun as we were? Both of us hoped so. That ball and chain had looked heavy.




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The Smart Traveler

A light suitcase leads to easy travel By Cheryl-Anne Millsap

Travel engages and enlightens us and creates memories that last a lifetime. But, as airlines restrict both legroom and baggage allowances, it’s never been more important to pack light and pack smart. Think carefully about every item, no matter how large or how small, that takes up space in your luggage and look for ways to save space and lighten up. Chances are you’ve packed twice as much as you really need. With these tips you can travel lighter and spend more time having fun.

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Products like Eagle Creek Pack-it Cubes help keep clothing sorted and organized, and protect privacy when your suitcase is opened. A similar product is Mumi Packing Cubes, which are available in an assortment of colors — great for keeping track of what belongs to whom!

Leave the big bottles at home. Inexpensive and TSA-friendly containers of soaps, lotions and other toiletries are easy to find at discount and drug stores, and can be refilled from your home-sized containers. Try to multipurpose when possible. Instead of packing shampoo, body wash, hand soap and little packets of laundry detergent, products like Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Liquid Soap can handle multiple tasks.

One tip for traveling with small children is to pack an outfit for each day, complete with socks and undies in a large reclosable freezer bag. This saves time, reduces lost items and eliminates the need to dig through a suitcase each morning.



Take Along Tech Nothing kills a vacation quicker than a dead cellphone or camera battery. A small mesh tech bag is another good thing to keep in your suitcase, ready to go whenever you are. In addition to phone and camera chargers, savvy travelers take along an inexpensive cigarette lighter connector to cadge a brief charge in shuttle vans and taxis. Take advantage of solar power with Everything Tech Gear 20000 mAH Waterproof Solar Power Bank to recharge on the go.

Pack Light Leave the denim at home and focus instead on lightweight, easy-to-clean-fabrics. Denim may be comfy but it’s heavy and takes a long time to dry. Inexpensive, washable microfiber clothing that can be washed by hand and dried overnight in a hotel room are a better choice. Instead of bulky sweaters and coats, lightweight fleece, cotton, silk or cashmere layers that compress well and save precious space in luggage are better options. Store a rain shell and folding travel umbrella in your suitcase so you don’t have to worry about forgetting them on your next trip. Resist the temptation to pack too many shoes. They take up valuable space and add extra weight. Waterproof boots, comfortable walking shoes and a pair of dressier flats or heels should see you through almost any weather and situation.

Plan Ahead for Souvenirs As a space-saving trick, keep one or two large compression bags in your luggage. On your return trip, you can fill them with bulkier items like laundry and press them flat, freeing up valuable space for souvenirs and bulky items. When traveling in the U.S., another option is to mail home souvenirs, coats and laundry in U.S.P.S. flat-rate boxes.

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Cook at home with little oven time By Joe Butler

A complete Thanksgiving dinner typically can take 7-8 hours to prepare. Sure, there are various time-savers, like substituting premade pie crusts instead of rolling, pinching and tucking all the dough yourself, or grabbing a can of Reddi-Whip instead of whipping your heavy cream by hand. Delays can include frantic store runs for forgotten ingredients or a mandatory wine break … or two. Either way you’re still talking about a whole lot of kitchen time, which, for some, is really part of the fun. Thanksgiving dinner has really become the ultimate annual American ritual, where generations take part in creating and consuming wonderful food while making treasured memories. Ovens and baking pans that don’t see much use the rest of the year are put to the test, and a casual ‘eat whatever you can find’ approach to mealtime is transformed into a schedule as tightly regimented as any endurance event. And, just like successfully crossing the finish line of a marathon, or maybe one of those messier muddy runs, it sure feels good when you’re done. Of course, individual Thanksgiving experiences may vary. If you and your family are always on the go, it’s hard enough taking the time to herd the gang into the dining room for mealtime, or firing up the oven for a pizza, let alone a 20-pound bird.

stores, for instance, provide a complete turkey or spiral ham dinner for around $50, or roast beef for around $80. Along with the entrée, the box includes accompanying side dishes, veggies and even a pie. Rosauers gives Spokane-area residents even more options; not only can you order and pick up your ready-to-be-heated turkey dinner at the Deli, but it can be brought to your front door, courtesy of Rosauers Delivers. Patrons can order online ( at from the Spokane Valley, North Spokane and South Hill stores, add the $7.95 service fee, and then sit back and wait for the temperature controlled van’s arrival. Ordering Thanksgiving dinner-to-go may be as easy as calling your favorite eatery, provided they offer this service and are open that day. Residents who don’t want to get off the couch can try UberEATS, which offers deliveries from about 100 Spokane-area restaurants. When your food is ready, a driver will pick it up and bring it to your door — you can even track its journey on your smart phone. Like the ride service, costs vary by time of day and location. Other delivery options include, which picks up food from dozens of Spokane restaurants, and, which partners with about 70 Kootenai County food and dessert establishments. P

A handful of Spokane-area restaurants do keep their doors open on Turkey Day for those who want someone else to do the cooking — and the clean-up. The Davenport Hotel’s Special Event Brunch that day is particularly lavish. But there’s another option: having someone else gather and prep the ingredients for your meal, but you heat and serve it yourself. This presents a perfect shortcut that still allows you to truthfully say you made Thanksgiving for the family — but did so using your time well! Many local supermarkets offer pre-cooked Thanksgiving meals that are easy to pick up, take home and cook. Safeway

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Show out-of-town guests the delicious side of the Inland Northwest By Sarah Bain

During the holidays, it’s lovely to spend time with family and friends around the fireplace, sipping cocktails while waiting for the roast to come out of the oven. It’s also spectacular to go out on the town to discover the cuisine of our region, giving the cook a night off while exploring some of the area’s finest restaurants.

Upscale. Contemporary. Panoramic.

Elegant. Exceptional. Exciting.

On the seventh floor of the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Beverly’s is a dining experience that you will not forget. Make sure to start your table with the fresh oysters and end with the shareable beignets.

As the days grow dark earlier and the temperatures fall, there’s no better place to feel special than by stepping into Churchill’s Steakhouse where you and your guests will be treated like royalty. As the only Eastern Washington restaurant to ever receive the Achievement of Distinction in Dining Award from the Distinguished Restaurants of North America, Churchill’s is the place to impress your East Coast friends. You won’t find a better steak in town. On a recent visit to celebrate our anniversary, my husband and I enjoyed every aspect of our meal from the crab and corn chowder to the hearty steaks cooked to perfection. The most difficult part of the evening was deciding on whether or not to embellish our steaks with crab meat and an asparagus crown or to add a side dish to the meal (yes to the peppercorn cream sauce and the Cougar Gold mac and cheese). When it’s time for dessert, the Chocolate Sack is an unforgettable experience on its own — just make sure you ask for several forks to share.

Historic. Seasonal. Decadent. Do you want a lazy Sunday morning with your guests followed by the best brunch in the region? Take them to the Historic Davenport Hotel for a spread of seafood, pastries and a carving station sure to please every palate.

Thinking about taking family and friends for a drive on one of those perfectly crisp but sunny afternoons? Don’t miss Beverly’s in Coeur d’Alene for one of the best dining experiences in the region, along with the breathtaking views of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

If you arrive early and the wine cellar is open for tours — meet one of the Sommeliers at 4:30 p.m. to embark on your tour — you can impress your guests by selecting your wine from more than 2,000 selections and 14,000 bottles. And, if you are lucky, you can catch the sun as it sets over the lake.

Extraordinary. Refined. Intimate. For a cozy evening, head over to the Gonzaga district to dine at Clover, housed in a Craftsman-styled home and boasting some of the best, most original, cocktails in the region. Executive chef Travis Dickinson takes the ordinary — chicken, scallops, pork — and transforms them into some of the most unusual dishes, paring them with the finest ingredients that are locally sourced when available. Our children love to dine at Clover on special occasions, and it meets the needs of our vegetarian daughter and meat-loving sons. The housemade pretzels with sharp cheddar cheese sauce appeal to all. And the historichome setting reinforces the snug sentiment of the season. What’s changed in the region over the past 15 years is the proliferation of fine dining restaurants. There are so many to choose from that featuring only a few proves difficult.

The bonus, of course, is being able to dine in the beautiful hotel. During the holidays, brunch is moved to the Grand Pennington Ballroom, which makes every guest feel like nobility. After brunch, your guests will thank you for the leisurely stroll through the hotel to gaze at the beautiful holiday decorations.

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1898 Public House 2010 W. Waikiki Road., Spokane (509) 466-2121

Beverly’s 101 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene (208) 765-4000

The Cedars

The Cedars Floating Restaurant 1514 N. Marina Drive, Coeur d’Alene (208) 664-2922

Churchill’s Steakhouse 165 S. Post St., Spokane (509) 474-9888

Churchill’s Steakhouse


Clover 913 E. Sharp Ave., Spokane (509) 487-2937

Historic Davenport Hotel 10 S. Post St., Spokane (509) 789-6848



Italia Trattoria 144 S. Cannon St., Spokane (509) 459-6000

Ruins 825 N. Monroe St., Spokane (509) 443-5606

The Wandering Table 1242 W. Summit Parkway, Spokane (509) 443-4410


1898 Public House

Churchill’s Steakhouse photo by Mojo Lab. Historic Davenport Hotel photo by Jesse Tinsley. The Wandering Table photo by One Stop Media. Other photos courtesy of restaurants.



Wild Sage Bistro 916 W. 2nd Ave., Spokane (509) 456-7575

A smattering of local culinary highlights: Wild Sage Bistro and its Soon-to-Be Famous Coconut Cream Layer Cake with lilikoi sauce. 1898 Public House at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club offers open dining to all. This restaurant has one of the best happy hours in the region. The Wandering Table, one of Adam Hegsted’s many restaurants. The best thing to do here is show up, give them a price per person ($25 to $65) and let the chef choose your courses. Italia Trattoria, where chef and owner Anna Vogel takes Italian food to a whole new level. You can impress your guests by ordering charred octopus to start and wild boar with cavatelli pasta.

The Cedars Floating Restaurant, open only for dinner, has a view of Lake Coeur d’Alene that is spectacular and the salad bar is one of the best around. The Cedars offers a wide variety of quality seafood, and if you like marinated steaks, try one of their Biergarten steaks. All of these restaurants require or recommend reservations, and many of their menus change monthly or seasonally. If you are celebrating an anniversary or a birthday, make sure to let them know. Also, be sure to call ahead for any concerns with allergies or special requests, so they can accommodate your needs. P

Wild Sage Bistro

Ruins, with its rotating and seasonal menu, is an excellent option for late-night dining, as it’s open until midnight. Craft cocktails and eclectic dining make it a great place to take visiting friends and family.

The Wandering Table

Italia Trattoria

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Coffee C Coffee Coff Rich, Dark Goodness A well-appointed coffee bar is an essential for holiday entertaining … and life in the Northwest. By Theresa Tanner

Breville The Oracle® Touch, $2,499.95

A commercial-quality automatic espresso maker for the home that will cause coffee connoisseurs to swoon. Luckily, you’ll be revived in no time — just press a few buttons to brew a cup that’s programmed to your exact taste and specifications. Available at The Kitchen Engine.

The KitchenAid® Siphon Coffee Brewer, $249.99

Osaka Pour-Over Coffee Dripper, $54.95

Smooth wood, refined stainless steel and borosilicate glass marry in this tableside coffee maker for a full pot of coffee to accompany your breakfast spread or dessert serving. Available at Atticus Coffee and Gifts.

Eric Frinkle, president and coowner of The Kitchen Engine, calls this unique immersion vacuum coffee brewer “a chemistry set.” Water boils in the carafe and is pushed up to the brew unit, then released back into the carafe when coffee is brewed and ready to serve in about five minutes. Available at The Kitchen Engine and Williams Sonoma.

KeepCup Brew Glass Coffee Cup, $28

The sleek, soda lime glass cup won’t slip out of your fingers thanks to a natural cork band made in Portugal from wine cork manufacturing waste product. Available at Atticus Coffee and Gifts.



Chemex® Pour-Over Glass Coffee Maker, $36.95–$45.95

Another elegantly designed maker that lives up to its reputation in making full-flavored coffee without bitterness or sediment. The polished wood collar and leather tie bring a rustic hominess to this quality, glass coffee maker. Available at Atticus, The Kitchen Engine and Williams Sonoma.


Airscape Kitchen Canister, $24.50–$29.50 Keep your coffee beans fresher for longer while displaying them on your coffee bar. The patented valve lid forces air out and locks in place, with a second clear lid allowing you to gauge content amount quickly. Made from restaurant-grade, 18/8 stainless steel. Available at The Kitchen Engine.

Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Maker, $299.95 Not only does this maker produce a quality cup of coffee quickly, but its unique copper finish really stands out among other countertop appliances. A special copper heating element also keeps a consistent water temperature throughout brewing for optimal flavor. Available at Williams Sonoma.

Coffee e Coffee fee Zojirushi Thermal Serve Carafe, $29.95

Once that delicious pot of coffee is prepared, keep it warm and ready to refill your guests’ mugs with vacuum insulated carafe. Available at Wollnick’s General Store.

YETI 20 oz. Rambler, $29.99

A true Northwest coffee bar is stocked with reusable to-go cups, and there’s no better vessel to keep your coffee warm on cold, winter days than a YETI. Available at The Kitchen Engine.

Caramel Kitchen Sauces, $12 (10 oz. bottle)

Want some sweetness in your coffee? This family-owned micro creamery in Coeur d’Alene features flavors that complement fall perfectly: salted caramel, cinnamon vanilla, pumpkin spice and more.

ESPRO Press P7, $99.95–$119.95

This stainless steel French press keeps coffee hot for hours, with no risk of breakage if you need to bring your coffee bar on the road for a weekend on the mountain or a holiday visit with non-coffee drinking relatives. Available at The Kitchen Engine.

Porlex Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder, $69.99

For the freshest coffee possible, grind your beans right before brewing. This hand grinder works great at home, and is portable enough to fit inside a French press when traveling. Available at The Kitchen Engine.

Locally Roasted Coffee, prices vary

What better way to share the taste of the Northwest with friends and family than locally roasted coffee? Two of Spokane’s longest running coffee roasters — both open since 1993 — are Cravens Coffee and Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters. The Kitchen Engine stocks Doma Coffee, Vessel Coffee Roasters and City Centre Coffee. Roast House Coffee is served at a number of local cafes and restaurants, and can be purchased at grocery stores from Airway Heights to Liberty Lake.

November 2017


Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chicken and Kale Prepare this cardamom-scented chicken-and-kale stuffing while the squash halves are roasting, and the recipe comes together in about an hour.

2 acorn squashes (1 1/2 pound each), halved pole to pole and seeded 3 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1 cup couscous 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces 1/4 cup flour 1 onion, chopped fine 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups kale, chopped 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted 1 cup Parmesan, grated Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush squash halves with 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper, then place, cut-side down, on a baking sheet. Roast 45 to 55 minutes, until flesh is soft and tender. Meantime, bring stock and 1 tablespoon oil to boil in a medium saucepan, add couscous, remove from heat and cover with lid. Let couscous stand, covered, for 5 to 6 minutes. Fluff with fork. Set aside.

Story and photo by Adriana Janovich

Winter squash – sweet, nutty and thick-skinned – make natural, edible bowls. Not only are they dramatic-looking on dinner plates, these gourds are good for you. The soft, rich, comforting flesh is fat free, high in Vitamin C and low in calories. Hemispheres of acorn squash – readily available this time of year and often slightly deeper than their counterparts – work particularly well for single servings. Fill the basins with ingredients like caramelized onions, winter greens, wild mushrooms, bacon, apples or dried cranberries along with couscous, quinoa, rice, orzo, wheat berries 50

or bulgar. Or, opt for extra-creamy, super-comforting mac ’n’ cheese. Use a measuring cup, teacup or small, squat bowl as a mold, firmly packing in the filling then turning it upside down to create a uniform mound atop the depression – and a pretty presentation. Sprinkle pecorino, Parmesan or gorgonzola on the mixture, browning it in the oven just before serving. Enjoy bites of savory stuffing along with the flesh of the squash boats until only the skin remains, collapsed on the plate – a sign of a consumed, hearty, comforting and satisfying cold-weather supper.


Season flour with salt and pepper and use to coat chicken. Heat remaining oil in a large and heavy-based saucepan and sauté chicken, in batches if necessary, until golden and thoroughly cooked. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Add onion and garlic to the pan and sauté gently for 3 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if necessary. Add kale and spices, and mix until well combined. Turn off heat and return chicken to the pan. Gently stir in couscous, pine nuts and 1/2 cup Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove squash halves from oven. Using a large spatula, gently turn over each one, then fill each one with the chicken-and-kale mixture. Use a measuring cup, shallow mug or other, small and squat container as a mold, firmly packing in the filling. Turn filled container upside down atop the mixture in the depression of each squash half to create a uniform mound. Sprinkle each one with remaining cheese. Broil until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, then serve. Yield: 4

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