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Fresh Sheet: Restaurant week returns

The fourth annual Inlander Restaurant Week kicks off Friday with a record-setting number of eateries in Spokane and North Idaho.

There’s 104 this year. That’s up from 97 last year, 74 in 2014 and 53 in the event’s inaugural year.

Restaurants will be offering special three-course menus – appetizer, entrée and dessert – for a fixed price of either $19 or $29, excluding tax and tip.

New this year is a charity component. Using the hashtag #IRWRaveReviews, social media users can post a review of the restaurant they visit during the week, and a donation will be made to Second Harvest, the region’s largest hunger-relief network. It distributes more than 2 million pounds of food each month to more than 250 sites in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Started in 2013 as a joint project between the local alternative weekly newspaper and Visit Spokane, the region’s nonprofit marketing organization, Inlander Restaurant Week aims to spotlight the area’s growing food scene. The 10-day promotional event runs through March 6. Reservations are recommended.

For a list of participating restaurants as well as a look at special event menus, visit http://inlanderrestaurantweek.com.

Wine, Stein and Dine

Tickets are on sale for this year’s gala at the Greyhound Park and Event Center in Post Falls.

For $45 per person, 21-and-over event-goers can sample wine, beer, hard ciders, appetizers and desserts from more than 85 regional wineries, breweries and restaurants. There’s also a silent auction, raffle, entertainment and a wine glass or beer stein to take home.

The 20th annual event benefits the Post Falls Education Foundation, which provides teaching grants in the Post Falls School District. The gala is 7 to 10 p.m. March 5.

Tickets are for sale in Post Falls at: Columbia Bank, Mountain West Bank, Trading Company, Super 1 Foods, Enoteca Fine Wine & Beer, the school district office and Post Falls Chamber of Commerce. Or, contact lorettar@windermere.com or (208) 661-1880. On the Web: www.pfefwsd.org

Sweet breakfast

Sweet Frostings, the Spokane cupcakery, is now offering breakfast items at its downtown Spokane location.

Look for yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, fruit and veggie cups and bagel sandwiches. And that’s not all. Lunch is coming soon.

Sweet Frostings is located at 15 S. Washington St. Call: (509) 242-3845. On the Web: sweetfrostingsbakeshop.com.

Cookbook giveaway

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Spokesman-Review Food section has a few Irish cookbooks to give away. For details about how to snag one – while supplies last – visit the Too Many Cooks blog at www.spokesman.com/blogs/too-many-cooks.

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