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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012

Moxie in downtown Spokane is closed. (Lorie Hutson)

Moxie is closed 

Moxie is closed. The sign in the window of the restaurant announced the closure on June 6. It says chef/owner Ian Wingate is closing the eight-year-old downtown Spokane restaurant due to personal health issues. (A previous incarnation of the Asian fuision restaurant opened in Liberty...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

Customers place their orders at a Chipotle restaurant in Gilbert, Ariz. Since going public in January 2006, Chipotle has jumped from $44 a share to $327.85. (Associated Press)

Chipotle opens Wednesday, June 6 

Food with integrity? That is what national chain Chipotle Mexican Grill says will be on the menu at the new Spokane location when it opens Wednesday, June 6. So, what does that mean? Chipotle is one of the few fast-food chain restaurants committed to buying...

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

The twice-baked almond croissant goes great with a latte at Taste Café and Gourmet to Go.  (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Thursday Night Throwdown tonight at Indaba

Latte lovers: Drop what you're doing tonight and head to Indaba Coffee, 1425 W. Broadway Ave., for the second Thursday Night Throwdown Inland Northwest. Thursday Night Throwdown is a friendly competition to see who can make the best latte art - whether you're a home...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012

Trusting your gut

In journalism school, you learn quickly how dangerous it is to say someone is the "first" person to do anything. The moment you think about putting something like that in print, those who have gone before emerge quickly. That's why I was skeptical that Adam...

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FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

Chef Adam Hegsted practices his dishes for the upcoming dinner at the James Beard House in New York City. (Lorie Hutson)

Practice for James

Chef Adam Hegsted is practicing for his upcoming dinner at the James Beard House in New York City. Hegsted, who is the executive chef at the Coeur d'Alene Resort and Casino, and a team of chefs and servers presented the meal he's planning to make...

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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012

Spring Release Weekend starts Friday

Spokane area wineries will host a weekend of wine tasting starting Friday at noon for the annual Mother's Day Spring Release Weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, members of the Spokane Winery Association will offer samples of new wines, tastes of wines still in the barrel...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012

Gourmet dorm eats

My former colleague Jamie Neely, who is now an assistant journalism professor at Eastern Washington University, sent along some links to some videos her students have been producing for the student newspaper. "Dorm Gourmet," she said, is an "authentic student perspective on dorm cooking, and...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

Camelina oil an alternative to olive oil

The Greenwalt family of Ritzville is growing little-known camelina. They planted the oil seed and first pressed it in May 2011 and are now selling oil from the crop as Camelina Gold. My story about them will be in Wednesday's Food section, including details on...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

Hisako Akiyama, 89, Emi Suemori, 90 and Charlotte Tetsuka, 86, help with senbei quality control and packaging at Highland Park United Methodist Church. (Lorie Hutson)

Making senbei

The members of Highland Park United Methodist church worked hard for two days last week on traditional Japanese senbei crackers for an upcoming fundraiser as part of Japan Week festivities. Church members, many of them Japanese-Americans, make the crunchy, salty and sweet rice crackers for...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012

Samoan Sunset Smoothie (Judith Van Dongen)

Dysphagia cookbook  

Dysphagia is a disorder that makes it difficult for people chew and swallow. Students in the joint Washington State University and Eastern Washington University communications disorders program held a special potluck as part of a class assignment to share recipes for easy-to-swallow foods for fictional...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

Chef Adam Hegsted explains to his guests at The Wandering Table his philosophy that “gets people excited about food and community.” His “nomadic chef’s table” 10-course meal was held in the backyard garden of Riverfront Farm in the West Central neighborhood.  (J. BART RAYNIAK)

Wandering Table links

The Wandering Table will meet the James Beard House this summer. Chef Adam Hegsted and sous chef Ryan Stoy will be cooking at the James Beard House in New York in June. The honor is something Hegsted has dreamed of since he started cooking. The...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

Urs Moser, the executive chef at the Spokane Club, shows off a plate of crab cakes. Moser will lend his talents for cooking and wine pairing at the annual Hospice of Spokane fundraiser. Look for this story in Wednesday’s Food section. (Jesse Tinsley)

Wine and food pairings at Taste of Life

Aack! I almost forgot about my promise to share the food and wine pairings planned for Hospice of Spokane's benefit "Taste of Life." The event will be held on March 30. There is more information and tickets for sale here. This is the menu chef...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

Chef Bob Rogers of Masselow's Restaurant at Northern Quest Casino and Resort will be among the chefs demonstrating recipes from the new cookbook "Signature Tastes of Spokane" at The Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. on March 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.  (Courtesy of Northern Quest Casino & Resort)

Chef demonstrations on Sunday

Spokane-area chefs featured in a new local cookbook will prepare the recipes they shared for "Signature Tastes of Spokane" at a fundraiser on Sunday at The Kitchen Engine. The event will be held noon to 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public,...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012

The Steam Plant has updated the interiors, menus and names of restaurants inside the historic landmark.
Stacks at Steam Plant is the full-service restaurant. The Steam Plant Brewing Co. and Pub serves more casual fare alongside the beer brewed on site. (Courtesy of Stacks at Steam Plant / Brett Fontana)

Steam Plant unveils updated interior, menus

The restaurants inside the landmark Steam Plant recently announced changes to the interior decor, menus and even names. Updates to interiors of the restaurant and pub formerly known as the Steam Plant Grill were completed recently, and there are new names for the restaurant, microbrewery...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2012

Pete Taylor raised more than $13,000 for his spice business SAVORx with a Kickstarter campaign. These crab tacos are one of the recipe spice packs the new business will offer. (Courtesy SAVORx.)

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...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012

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...

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

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...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2012

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...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

Zane Lamprey of HDNet's "Drinking Made Easy."

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...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

Talk about too many cooks...

Last week, @epicurious posted a great list of reknowned and/or celebrity chefs who are on Twitter. I went one further and created a Twitter list to collate their tweets in one spot. Click here to follow this list. Lots of good stuff. I know this...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

Spocasual? Or, Spokasual?

A colleague told me this morning that she heard a local restaurant is advertising "SpoCasual" dining. (Or, is that SpoKasual?) I'm a little worried about what diners might show up wearing, considering how casual we are with casual dress these days. What do you think?...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

SAVORx launches Kickstarter campaign

Pete Taylor is serious about spice - a passion he'd like to share with a new business called SAVORx. Taylor, a Coeur d'Alene chef who trained at the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, and I met last summer to talk about his plans to launch the...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012

Sante Restaurant in the Liberty Building prides itself on European-style meals made with Northwest ingredients. Chef Jeremy Hansen, right, owns the restaurant with his wife, Kate, left, and makes house-cured meats including weisswurst, chicken terrine, duck prosciutto and others that also are sold at the deli.  (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Sante kitchen back in business Thursday

Sante Restaurant and Charcuterie will fire up the kitchen tomorrow to serve a full menu for the first time since a Dec. 11 kitchen fire. The grease fire caused $35,000 in damage and forced the restaurant to trim breakfast and lunch service, and eliminate dinner...

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