September 11, 2013 in Food

Kitchen Engine celebrates seven years with prizes, deals

By The Spokesman-Review
Events focus on food forests

 Spokane residents who want to learn more about turning public parkways into community food forests are invited to a couple of upcoming events.

 Food forests are low-maintenance, urban woodland ecosystems that grow fruit and nut trees, berry shrubs and other edible plants.

 The Inland Northwest Food Forest Council is working with city officials to establish a Spokane food forest in conjunction with community gardens. 

 Friday, author Toby Hemenway will present a daylong food forest workshop at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. Participants will learn about the idea behind food forests as well as practical information, such as tips for getting started, which plants to use, and what to expect as the food forest grows. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register at for $75, or pay $85 at the door.

 Monday, Jacqueline Cramer, co-founder of Seattle’s Beacon Food Forest, will share her experiences and insights during a free evening talk. Her food forest implementation discussion takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Womans Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth Ave.

The Kitchen Engine celebrates its seventh anniversary today through Friday with door prizes, deals and cooking demonstrations.

The event features more than $3,000 in giveaways, 15 percent to 70 percent off sale items and food samples from local chefs and culinary enthusiasts. Treats are slated to be prepared by Julia Balassa-Myracle, master chocolatier and owner of Chocolate Myracles; Amy Juran, pastry chef and baker at Chaps; and Angela Monson, KQNT AM 590 news anchor and – according to the news release – a “passionate foodie.” (I’ll be there from 1 to 4 p.m. today, too.)

Festivities run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the store, 621 W. Mallon Ave., Suite 416.

For more information, visit www.thekitchen or call (509) 328-3335.

Apple artistry

The Artisans at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown seek pie-makers to enter their seventh annual apple pie baking contest, part of the free Old Fashioned Sunday in Autumn event.

First- and second-place prizes will be awarded for the best apple pies, as well as apple combination pies. Bakers may enter both categories and are encouraged to submit more than one recipe. There’s no entry fee.

Pies must be delivered between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday or 8 and 9 a.m. Sunday. Following judging, pie à la mode will be for sale at the old dairy-barn-turned-arts-center, 16 miles south of Pullman.

Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also feature live music, antique tractors, vendors, a quilt exhibit, and an ice cream-making demonstration.

For more information, visit or contact contest coordinator Julie Hartwig at (509) 229-3414 or

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