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Fresh Sheet: miFlavour goodies land at Huckleberry’s

Wed., July 5, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

The online bakery miFlavour is still searching for a permanent storefront. But, now there’s a way to buy some of its decadent desserts in person – instead of only on the web.

A limited selection of miFlavour’s treats are now available at Huckleberry’s Natural Market, 926 S. Monroe St. Look for biscotti, bars and French macarons made by Ella Piskun, who owns miFlavour with her husband, Max, and is working on a line of unicorn-themed goodies.

For specialty cakes, custom orders and other desserts, find miFlavour at www.miflavour.com.

Four stars

The Blackbird has been named a four-star certified green restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association.

The Spokane restaurant implemented 81 measures in order to receive the designation. It scored highest in the energy category. Other categories are disposables, furnishing and building, food, chemical and pollution, waste and water. In all, it earned just under 308 total points.

Only 27 restaurants have received four stars from GRA, a nonprofit organization that encourages restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable. Four stars is its highest rating.

The Blackbird’s accomplishments include installing Energy Star equipment, using LED lights as well as furniture made from salvaged materials, and locally sourcing dairy products, eggs, meat and produce.

The Blackbird opened in 2015. The restaurant specializes in smoky, Southern-inspired fare created by executive chef Molly Patrick, who also oversees the kitchen at the eatery’s sister establishment, Manito Tap House, opened in 2011. It, too, has been honored with four stars by GRA for its environmentally friendly building and practices. Both restaurants are owned by Patrick McPherson.

The Blackbird is at 905 N. Washington St. Call (509) 381-2473. On the web: theblackbirdspokane.com.

Manito Tap House is at 3011 S. Grand Blvd. Call (509) 279-2671. On the web: manitotaphouse.com.

Scrumpy released

Liberty Ciderworks has released a special batch of cider to benefit Second Harvest.

Spokane Scrumpy Cider is made from apples rescued from backyards, roadsides and abandoned local orchards.

Volunteers collected more than 6,000 pounds of fruit that otherwise would have gone to waste and delivered it to Second Harvest for the cider. Liberty Ciderworks pressed the apples last fall, and the juice was allowed to ferment with wild yeast found on the fruit.

The limited release is expected to last through the summer. Liberty Ciderworks is bottling almost 100 cases, then putting about 600 liters in kegs for sale around town. Scrumpy is available in the tasting room now by the bottle and on tap.

“We love the Scrumpy Cider project. Not only does Second Harvest appreciate the generous donation from Liberty Ciderworks that allows us to get more food to more people, but rescuing unused apples is in line with our tenet of no food waste,” Second Harvest chief development officer Drew Meuer said in a news release.

Second Harvest gives food to thousands of people in need throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Liberty Ciderworks is at 164 S. Washington St. Call (509) 321-1893. On the web: libertycider.com.



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