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Raise your glass to Barrels and Bites

Wed., April 4, 2012

Support the Spokane Public Market’s efforts to spiff up its downtown building with tickets to the wine tasting and fundraiser Barrels and Bites on April 13.

Chef L.J. Klink, co-owner of Klink’s on The Lake at Williams Lake, will work with Spokane Public Market vendors to find local ingredients to inspire his menu of gourmet hors d’oeuvres. The appetizers will be paired with wines from one of 10 local wineries. Klink recently appeared on the Food Network’s “Extreme Chef.”

The fundraiser will be after hours at the market, 24 W. Second Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and guests must be 21 or older.

Participants will be able to tour the market building and learn more about renovations and capital improvements planned with proceeds from the fundraiser. Wines featured by the participating wineries can be purchased during the event.

Raffles and silent auctions are planned throughout the evening, which marks the one-year anniversary of the Spokane Public Market.

The market is home to more than 60 area vendors and is governed by a volunteer board. The market is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn more or purchase tickets at, call (509) 280-8166 or visit barrelsandbites.

Easy to swallow recipes

Students in Washington State University and Eastern Washington University’s combined communications disorders program have created a new cookbook for those who have dysphagia, a swallowing disorder.

The students dreamed up tasty recipes for the Dysphagia Cookbook and hosted a potluck to showcase the dishes as part of a class assignment. Now the compiled recipes are available online for anyone who needs them.

The online book also includes resources and tips for easier swallowing, thickening or thinning foods and adding more protein and calories. The book is online at

Find a link to the book and pictures of the student potluck on our blog, blogs/too-many-cooks/.

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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