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Chomping champs face off at July 4 hot dog eating contest

Current women's champion Miki Sudo, left, of Las Vegas, and challenger Michelle Lesco, of Tuscon, Ariz., feed each other a hot dog Monday, July 3, 2017, during the weigh-in for the 2017 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, in Brooklyn Borough Hall, in New York. Ms. Suto weighed-in at 126 pounds, while Ms. Lesco tipped the scales at 104.5 pounds. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)
Record-setting eaters are gearing up to gobble at the renowned Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest in New York. Nine-time champion and record-holder Joey “Jaws” Chestnut downed 70 franks and buns in 10 minutes last year and is defending his title Tuesday against Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie. Meanwhile, three-time champ Miki Sudo is defending the women’s title against record-holder Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas.

Seasonal Kitchen: Chard

Raw and chopped, chard can be tossed into salads, like this colorful creation with radishes and chickpeas. (Sylvia Fountaine)
Not only is chard colorful and inspiring in the kitchen, it is a nutritional powerhouse – full of anti-inflammatory agents and a multitude of antioxidants – but one of the most significant health benefits of chard is its unusual ability to regulate blood sugar.

Fresh Sheet: Braggotfest 2017

More than 10 special blends will be on tap at this first-time festival celebrating Inland Northwest’s braggot collaborations.

Crave chef spotlight: Rick Moonen wants each dish to have a story

Rick Moonen (Courtesy photo)
An advocate for sustainable seafood and the author of the 2008 cookbook “Fish Without a Doubt: The Cook’s Essential Companion,” he’s planning a slow-poached steelhead trout with dashi broth, soba noodles, wild mushrooms, fava beans and “seaweed that tastes like bacon.”

Shota Nakajima takes Spokane

Shota Nakajima
Seattle chef Shota Nakajima, who appeared on the recent Food Network series "Iron Chef Gauntlet," will be preparing a Japanese dinner June 22 in downtown Spokane.

Coming soon to Kendall Yards: Paper and Cup

A new coffee shop is coming to Kendall Yards. Paper and Cup, an outpost of the popular Chaps Diner and Bakery, is slated to open as early as next week. June 16 is the target opening date, but that could be pushed back to late June because of construction.

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