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Bartenders compete at art benefit mixer

A nonprofit children’s art program, Art on the Edge, plans to host its first Martini Mix Off and Casino Royale on Friday at the Coeur d’Alene Casino.

Bartenders from Brix, Bonsai Bistro, BarDenay, Capone’s, The Eagles, Two Seven Public House, The Porch, The Elk, 315 Martinis & Tapas, O’Shays and the Coeur d’ Alene Casino are expected to compete to shake up the best libations. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at the competing bars or at the Art on the Edge Web site,

Tickets include martini tasters, appetizers, music and entertainment. A live auction, including a booze cart “that could satisfy Mr. Bond,” is planned. The event is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m.

For more information, contact Art on the Edge at (208) 676-0917.

Grant helps retool SCC program

The Spokane Community College culinary arts and hospitality program is about to begin a three-year transformation using a $50,000 grant from the Welty Endowment for Systemic Program and Professional Development.

According to a news release, the grant is the first to be awarded since the endowment was announced in 2008. The endowment is managed by the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation.

Culinary arts instructor Julie Litzenberger said in the news release the grant will help update the curriculum for the hospitality industry, including an aging work force, rising food costs, technology, nutrition, “philosophy-driven” food choices and new food trends.

“We realized sustainability must be at the core of our curriculum. We want to create healthier kitchens and healthier students who are committed to living and cooking around a healthier lifestyle. We have a social responsibility to do this – for the environment, for the industry and for ourselves.”


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