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SAVORx raises $13,000

Chef Pete Taylor has raised more than $13,000 to launch his spice business SAVORx, no tattoos required. Yet.

Taylor, chef at Cavanaugh’s Resort at Priest Lake, used the popular crowd source website Kickstarter to raise money for his spice business.

“It was probably the most intense 33 days of my life,” Taylor said.

The Kickstarter campaign netted $12,710. He was also given $610 in personal checks from donors who wanted him to have the money even if the online fundraising campaign failed. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing endeavor, so if fundraising falls short of goal the would-be entrepreneur receives nothing.

The idea behind SAVORx is to sell high-quality, pre-measured spices along with recipes and videos of Taylor making dishes. Taylor hopes to persuade home cooks to toss the tired spices in their cupboards and start using whole, fresh spices that they toast and grind themselves.

Kickstarter donors are promised incentives for giving money, and Taylor will be sending recipe spice packs to more than 130 people and hosting two different dinner parties. He offered to tattoo something on his body for a donation of $5,000 but no one took him up on the offer on Kickstarter. However, he said he’s negotiating with a company that might still give in $5,000 in exchange for some ink.

Taylor said he’s already in the process of overhauling the SAVORx website,, and plans to quickly add some new spice packs and videos, along with whole spices and spice grinding equipment. He hopes to have rewards to donors fulfilled by the end of March.

After that, he’s planning a trip to India with Austin Bishop of Sure Shot, the videographer who shot the cooking demonstrations and campaign videos for his new business. They hope to film a documentary about spices and find direct sources for importing spices. Taylor said he’s planning another Kickstarter campaign to fund the trip.

Spokane: Where the drinking is easy

Tune in tonight for the Spokane episode of “Drinking Made Easy” on HDNet.

Comedian Zane Lamprey and “stunt drinker” Steve McKenna check out libations at Steam Plant Brewing Co. and Pub (formerly Coeur d'Alene Brewing Co. at the Steam Plant Grill) where they try the Huckleberry Beertini. They also try the Monkey Gland at Bon Bon and sample the Blueberry Creme Ale at Northern Lights Brewing Co.

They also stop in to Dry Fly Distilling, Steelhead Bar and Grill (where McKenna pours a shot from a balcony above the bar into McKenna's open mouth) and the Baby Bar.


The HDNet series features Lamprey and “stunt drinker” McKenna traveling the U.S. in search of local drinks and drinking customs, according to a news release. The show features Monterey, Calif., Miami and Tampa, Fla., Cape Cod, Washington D.C., Seattle, Santa Barbara, Calif., Aspen, Colo., and other cities.

“Drinking Made Easy, Spokane” airs on HDNet tonight at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. It also runs again on Saturday at 2 p.m.

There will be profanity

Here’s a chance for a taste of dining purgatory.

Gordon Ramsay and crew will be shooting an episode his new Fox television show, “Hotel Hell,” at the Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d’Alene Feb. 20-24.

For those familiar with Gordon’s “Kitchen Nightmares” show, “Hotel Hell” has similar format with the celebrity chef offering ideas to help turn struggling business around.

While filming is happening, the restaurant and inn will be open to the public by reservation only. Producers are looking for people who want to dine or stay there during the filming and be a part of the show. It is not a free ride. Those who dine will have to pay for their meals and drinks. Rooms will only be available on a select night and rates have not yet been determined, but guests will pay for their room. Those who stay will be asked for feedback by Ramsay.

For a chance to dine or stay, email reservation requests to Be sure to include first and last name, phone number and the size of your party in the request.

- Lorie Hutson

A list to re-read every so often

I guess you can't “boil” it down to seven deadly sins, or even Ten Commandments, but this list of the most common cooking mistakes from the folks and Cooking Light certainly reminded me of kitchen transgressions I occasionally commit and then must atone for. I plan to bookmark and read periodically.

Which ones are you guilty of committing most often? (I tend to crowd the pan, Mistake No. 10)

Drinking Made Easy Spokane Style

Comedian Zane Lamprey and drinking buddy Steve McKenna have hit Spokane with their “Drinking Made Easy” road trip.

The drinking duo checks out libations at the Steam Plant Brewing Co and Pub (formerly Coeur d'Alene Brewing Co. at the Steam Plant Grill) where they try the “Huckleberry Beertini.” They also try the “Monkey Gland” at Bon Bon and sample the “Blueberry Creme” Ale at Northern Lights Brewing Co.

They also stop in to Dry Fly Distilling and the Baby Bar.

The HDNet series featues Lamprey and “stunt drinker” Steve McKenna traveling the U.S. in search of local drinks and drinking customs, according to a news release. The show features Monterey, Miami, Tampa, Cape Cod, Washington D.C., Seattle, Santa Barbara, Aspen and other cities.

“Drinking Made Easy, Spokane” airs Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern on HDNet, which is available nationally via DIRECTTV and through Dish Network. Check local listings on Comcast, Concept Communications Corp. and Northland Communications for more details.

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