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Try the inari at the Fall Food Festival.
Try the inari at the Fall Food Festival.

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Spokane Buddhists’ festival Sunday

The Spokane Buddhist Temple celebrates Sunday with its annual Fall Food Festival.

The temple, 927 S. Perry St., will offer eat-in or takeout yakisoba bento box lunch, senbei and sushi from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours of the temple will be available during the 21st annual festival.

The box lunch is $12. Chicken and vegetarian options are offered. Senbei, Japanese rice crackers, are $4. They will also make char-shui (barbecue pork, $5) and sushi including futomaki ($7), inari (four for $5), California roll ($6) or a combo for four futomaki and two inari ($6).

Call ahead to pre-order (509) 534-7954 and a temple member will call back to confirm your order.

Taste Italy at WSU

There are still tickets available to “A Taste of Italy” at Washington State University on Saturday.

The WSU School of Hospitality Management will host the dinner, showcasing Italian chef Andrea Trapani and sommelier Camilla Carrega. Wines made by Darel Allwine of Col Solare will be paired with each course, and he will talk about the wine choices during dinner.

Trapani and Carrega are instructors at the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy, where WSU students study abroad each summer. Money raised by the dinner will help fund student scholarships.

The Apicius instructors will be coming to WSU after a stop at the James Beard Foundation in New York City, where they will make an Italian Riviera-inspired lunch.

The five-course meal at WSU will be served beginning at 5 p.m. at the Hospitality Dining Room, Todd Addition 268.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or contact WSU chef and instructor Jamie Callison at (509) 335-7426.


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