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Food Network ideas are rolling in


I’m just back from vacation and wading through the suggestions that readers left on my voice mail and in my e-mail box for Guy Fieri from the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

The show is planning to film at Spokane and Coeur d’Alene restaurants this summer.

I’ll compile everything you sent my way and share it in next week’s column.

For the record, some readers got the mistaken impression that I have some pull with the Food Network. I don’t.

Producers for the show have already done their own research on area diners, drive-ins and dives.

I was just curious to hear what readers of this section might have said if they were asked where Fieri should stop.

Didn’t get a chance to weigh in? Call or e-mail before Friday and I’ll include your suggestion in my story.

Fill yer Jelly Belly

The Jelly Belly touring bus is making a special appearance at Spokandy Chocolatier, 1412 W. Third Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

The experts touring with the bus will share insider secrets to the making of Jelly Bellies, according to a news release.

Visit the bus and get a taste of the latest flavors, if you dare. BeanBoozled, a new line, features such nasty-sounding goodies as skunk spray and pencil shavings.

They’ll also have the top banana and coconut flavors for those who aren’t quite up for the weirder varieties.

Jelly Belly makes 92 flavors of beans, along with a host of other confections including licorice, jells, gummies, seasonal sweets and chocolate treats.

Spokandy is one of Spokane’s oldest candy and confections stores, opening in 1913. The factory downtown offers all of the store’s treats as well as a view of the candy-making process.

Reach the store at (509) 624-1969 or

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 (509) 459-5446, fax to (509) 459-5098 or send an e-mail to

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