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These Chefs Cook For Extra Funds, Not For Profit

The Spokane Food Bank’s second annual “Taking A Bite Out of Hunger” fund-raiser May 22 at the Spokane Arena will feature food samples from some of the finest eateries around: Luna, Clinkerdagger, Europa - even Spokane Care Services.

In a cook-off, the downtown alcohol detox center won out over eight other agencies that receive food bank assistance to earn a special spot at this year’s “Bite” (plus a $1,000 check from Safeco Insurance).

Competing agencies were asked to prepare something they would typically serve to their clients. It was a difficult decision for the judges (including yours truly), who chomped their way through everything from Arroz con Pollo to Cheese Garden Pasta.

In the end, Spokane Care Services’ Single Crust Chicken Pot Pie, a tasty blend of veggies and cream of chicken soup over a flaky biscuit, came out on top. “I’m from the South, so that’s the way I cook,” said kitchen manager Pam MacArthur.

But the real winners are the people who regularly eat at all the agencies’ tables. With food being one of the basic pleasures in life, however hard life might be, it’s nice to know the less fortunate among us are in good culinary hands.

Tickets to the “Bite” are $35. For reservations, call 534-6678.

Bowl games

On the cereal scene, Cheerios has come out with Team USA Cheerios in honor of the Olympics - a gold, silver and bronze blend of regular oat Cheerios, the corn rings from Multi-Grain Cheerios and Frosted Cheerios (which may be safer than eating those little sugar bombs by themselves). A portion of proceeds from the first 1 million boxes sold will benefit the U.S. Olympic Team.

And Post’s maple-flavored, appropriately pockmarked Waffle Crisps taste surprisingly like the real thing, assuming you make waffles using a cup of sugar and a gallon of syrup. Try them as a snack straight out of the box, an idea our dogs heartily endorse.

Just Say Yes

If you’re looking for something relatively healthy to pour on your cereal, Spokane’s Broadview Dairy is producing a new fat-free, low-lactose milk in partnership with Say Yes Foods Inc., a Nevada company.

Broadview boasts that Say Yes “has the taste and consistency of a 2 percent milk product.” Well, 1 percent, maybe. The stuff is certainly more substantial than skim milk, although you can definitely tell the difference when it’s stacked up against 2 percent.

Look for it in regular and chocolate versions at Albertson’s supermarkets, various convenience stores and, starting May 1, in selected schools.

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MEMO: We’re always looking for fresh food news. Write to: The Fresh Sheet, Features Department, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210. Call 459-5446; fax 459-5098.

We’re always looking for fresh food news. Write to: The Fresh Sheet, Features Department, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210. Call 459-5446; fax 459-5098.



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