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Cougar Crest Winery opens new tasting room

Wed., Sept. 14, 2011

Cougar Crest Estate Winery has a new Spokane tasting room.

The tasting room, 8 N. Post St., Suite 6, will serve all of Cougar Crest’s wines. Tastings, wine flights and wines by the glass will be available during regular hours, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

There will be extended hours during the First Friday events in downtown Spokane.

“This new location, in the heart of Spokane, will bring our winery into the daily lives of the people who have shown us their whole-hearted support for the last 10 years,” said owner and winemaker Deborah Hansen in a news release.

Hansen, who was raised and educated in Spokane, said in the release that she and her husband, Dave, have been waiting for an opportunity to expand the reach of their Walla Walla winery into the Spokane market for more than a year.

Reach the tasting room and manager Samuel Crosby at (509) 241-3850. There is more information about the winery online at

Kitchen Engine anniversary today

The Kitchen Engine celebrates five years today, Thursday and Friday with more classes, demonstrations and samples than you can shake a whisk at.

Local cookware from Lloyd Industries Man Pans and Fat Daddios will be part of the fun. And check out the local talent from DOMA Coffee Roasting Co., Angelina Olive Oil Co. and Zak! Designs. There are also daily giveaways and door prizes.

Here are some of the other highlights:

Today, 6-7:30 p.m. Nathan Steinbauer, the former executive chef at Luna, will demonstrate brown butter apple glaze for salmon.

Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Julia Balassa-Myracle of Chocolate Myracles will show customers how she rolls chocolate truffles.

Friday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Cheney blogger Heather Scholten, of Farmgirl Gourmet, will demonstrate her recipe for peach salsa.

Scholten was recently chosen to participate in celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party. Catch up on the action at

A complete schedule of the Kitchen Engine events is available online at

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 email to


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