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Three Spokane area businesses are finalists for Good Food Awards.
Coffee roasters Doma and Roast House, and restaurant Santé made it through the first round of judging for the 2014 competition, sponsored by Seedling Projects of San Francisco.
The California public benefit corporation is dedicated to supporting the sustainable food movement. According to the organization, finalists “represent the best from America’s growing movement of talented and socially conscious food entrepreneurs.”
This year, there were some 1,450 entries, double the number since the awards launched in 2009.
Finalists were named after 225 experts sampled entries in 10 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, oils, preserves, pickles and spirits.
Winners will be announced Jan. 16 at a gala in San Francisco. Seedling Projects board member and renowned chef Alice Waters will present the awards.
Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie, 404 W. Main Ave., will reopen for dinner tonight after a break-in overnight.
The restaurant closed Friday at breakfast and lunch while workers cleaned up broken glass. Thieves smashed the glass and grabbed the cash register, according to owner and chef Jeremy Hansen.
The restaurant lost a small amount of cash that was in the register, but thieves did not haul off a prosciutto or any wine.
Sante is keeping the restaurant's Facebook page updated.
These two you may have known about already.
- Trader Joe's will open Oct. 28 in the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center. Good luck with parking that weekend. Smartly, TJ's knows it has to be open a few weeks prior to Thanksgiving.
- Title Nine, the fashionable outerwear and sports wear apparel company, recently opened a store on South Perry in the Perry Street District. A good company, with an interesting gamble on where it's set up its shop. See our earlier story.
And not least, the Sapphire Lounge, at the corner of Lincoln and First, will do a grand opening this weekend. This is the front-side intimate lounge-eatery attached to the Hotel Ruby, operated by Jerry Dicker and partners.
The lounge will do a soft opening tonight and Friday. Saturday is more or less a formal opening, according to Dicker. The lounge normally operates Wednesday-Saturday, with the option of reserving the space for functions the other days of the week.
Sante restaurateur Jeremy Hansen did not remain in the executive chef role. An earlier story from the SR described him as the architect behind the Sapphire Lounge menu. Dicker said they chose to go separate ways.
Paul Samson, the bar manager, will still be working the lounge, said Dicker.