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Fresh Sheet: Roast House set to celebrate fourth year

Wed., Dec. 25, 2013

Roast House is celebrating its fourth anniversary on Jan. 6, and everyone’s invited to the party.

Festivities run from 4 to 6 p.m. at the boutique coffee roaster. On the menu: espresso, bubbly and a buffet prepared by chef Adam Hegsted.

The event is free and open to the public, but owner Deborah Di Bernardo asks partygoers to RSVP by Jan. 3.

Roast House, opened Jan. 4, 2010, specializes in organic coffees that are grown sustainably by farmers who receive fair prices for their crops. Beans are roasted in small batches at their facility, 423 E. Cleveland Ave., Suite C, in Spokane.

For more information, call (509) 995-6500 or visit

Volunteers needed

Spokane Regional Health District is seeking new members for its Food Advisory Committee.

The 13-member volunteer board is a cooperative effort between the district’s Food Safety Program and the local food industry. It aids in development of educational materials and classes, and provides input on district policies, procedures, regulations and fees.

Representatives are needed for the food service and grocery industries, temporary food events, medical institutions and consumers. Terms run for two years.

Meetings take place the first Wednesday of February, June and November. There’s also a special member selection meeting in January.

Applications are due Jan. 6. For an application, call (509) 324-1560, ext. 2, or visit

Growing its audience

The television show “Washington Grown,” produced by Spokane’s North by Northwest Productions, is making its way to another network.

Beginning Jan. 6, the program will expand to KSPS in Spokane as well as other PBS affiliates in Eastern Washington. Show times are Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.

A project of a coalition of agricultural groups known as Washington Farmers & Ranchers, the 22-minute show aims to educate the public about farming practices. It debuted in October on Northwest Cable News (channel 23 in Spokane).

Spokane locations – like Sweet Frostings, Second Harvest, South Perry Pizza, Cyrus O’Leary’s Pies, Dry Fly Distilling and Dick’s Hamburgers – are featured in the 13-episode series.

Plans are underway for a second season, scheduled to air in October.

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