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Don Chareunsy
FEATURES EDITOR
Don Chareunsy donc@spokesman.com (509) 459-5446

Don Chareunsy joined The Spokesman-Review on April 29, 2019, as Food Editor for the Features Department – that’s restaurants, bars, chefs, food and beverage, recipes and more. On July 22, he became Assistant Managing Editor - Features (or Features Editor) and leads the department’s six weekly sections – Food (Wednesdays), Serendipity (Wednesdays), Health (Thursdays), 7 (Fridays), Today (Sundays) and Family (Mondays). Check out the Gonzaga University alumnus on Instagram @dchareunsy.


Most Recent Stories

A&E >  Food
Nov. 25, 2020, 4 a.m.
According to thediscoverer.com, the latest dining hotspots are not always in the expected cities – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Portland, blah, blah, blah – and the blog has named “five remarkable and unexpected foodie destinations that are wowing those with an appetite for the unknown,” with our own Lilac City making the list.

A&E >  Food
Nov. 22, 2020, 4 a.m.
My heart is breaking for the culinary industry after Gov. Jay Inslee’s second shutdown of indoor dining in restaurants was issued on Nov. 15 and continues through at least Dec. 14. Chef and restaurateur Adam Hegsted echoed the same sentiment when I dined Tuesday night at Coeur d’Alene Casino’s Chinook in Worley.

A&E >  Food
Nov. 20, 2020, 8 a.m.
What an autumn it has been for pastry chef turned entrepreneur Ricky Webster of Spokane. Webster opened his first business, the gourmet cheese and artisan bakery Rind and Wheat, in Browne’s Addition in October. Then on Wednesday afternoon, he learned that he won not once but twice in the 2020 Real California Pizza Competition.

A&E >  Music
Nov. 12, 2020, 11 a.m.
Gonzaga University’s Theatre & Dance Department is presenting its second annual “Dance Presents! Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and the free event, livestreamed from the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, will feature original choreography by Kyle Davis, principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Gonzaga Ballet Ensemble.

A&E >  Food
Nov. 11, 2020, 4 a.m.
The holiday season is in full swing as kitchens everywhere are filled with baked goodness in the form of savory and flavorful meats, fresh and crispy vegetables, mouth-watering side dishes and comforting and decadent breads, pastries and desserts.

Nov. 5, 2020, 2 p.m.
Spokane singer-songwriter Liam St. John performed Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy” for his blind audition in the new Season 19 of NBC’s “The Voice” on Oct. 20, and his appropriately sexy rendition caught the attention of coaches and newly engaged couple Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton.

A&E >  Music
Nov. 5, 2020, 2 p.m.
Spokane resident Jan Oliver answered questions over the phone after her son, Liam St. John, 29, joined Gwen Stefani’s team on the new Season 19 of NBC’s “The Voice” on Oct. 20: How proud are you of Liam’s debut on “The Voice”? All our family is incredibly proud of him and so excited for his dream coming to reality.

Oct. 29, 2020, 6 a.m.
RetailMeNot surveyed people about Halloween, with topics including activities and favorite candies, and RetailMeNot found that 80% of respondents say their plans are changing due to the coronavirus pandemic, as everyone is still looking to create normalcy.

A&E >  Food
Oct. 28, 2020, 4 a.m.
With the presidential election on Nov. 3 weighing heavily on my mind, I decided that I would finally drive over to Post Falls to check out the White House Grill and the Oval Office Bistro & Martini Bar. Why not drink away reality – responsibly, of course – for one afternoon, right? Sunday was the chosen day.

A&E >  Food
Oct. 21, 2020, 4 a.m.
Michael Wiley, 43, was born and raised in Spokane and got his start in the restaurant business at the Old Spaghetti Factory downtown at age 17 in 1994. Fast forward 26 years, and Wiley has since opened Wiley’s Downtown Bistro and runs a catering business, Wiley’s Catering Co.

A&E >  Food
Oct. 21, 2020, 4 a.m.
The Steel Barrel Taproom and Genus Brewing owner Peter McArthur and chef and restaurateur Chad White are a culinary match made in heaven. After introducing McArthur to me last Thursday at Steel Barrel, White credited McArthur for allowing him to share the downtown taproom space with his Zona Blanca.

A&E >  Music
Oct. 20, 2020, 8 p.m.
There is no doubt that Spokane singer-songwriter Liam St. John’s night was made on tonight’s second episode of Season 19 of NBC’s “The Voice.” After performing Marcy Playground’s “Sex & Candy” and pitched by judges and real-life couple Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani afterward to join their team, St. John, 29, chose Stefani.

A&E >  Food
Oct. 14, 2020, 4 a.m.
Rene Moya and his wife, Yumi Moya, are livin’ la Lumpia Loca. Running their small business Lumpia Loca – it is just the two of them – specializing in Filipino fare favorites lumpia and pancit can certainly be described as crazy from the start.

A&E >  Food
Oct. 7, 2020, 4 a.m.
For this catch-up, the “Top Chef” Season 13 cheftestant and James Beard nominee discussed the 2020 Whiskey Barrel Weekend at Coeur d’Alene Resort, his just-announced new location for Zona Blanca, his just-announced new menu for Steel Barrel, his new project with Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park and his new winter menu at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars.

A&E >  Food
Sept. 30, 2020, 4 a.m.
Let us take a walk down memory lane to revisit “the freshman 15,” that first year in college when we are faced with a new routine, environment and stress. We are away from home full time without adult supervision, and we live on an unlimited meal plan, so we eat, eat and eat and gain weight.

A&E >  Food
Sept. 23, 2020, 4 a.m.
This is likely the first and last time I will use lyrics from Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” for a headline and story, but it is appropriate for the topic at hand this week: fried chicken. Lacy Muszynski, writing for MSN.com, recently named Park Inn as one of the best holes-in-the-wall for fried chicken in America.

A&E >  Food
Sept. 21, 2020, 1 p.m.
Prohibition Gastropub's John Leonetti announced on Prohibition Gastropub's Facebook page on Thursday that chef Michael Wiley will assume ownership and operation of the restaurant on Oct. 1, as Leonetti and his family are moving to Phoenix after operating the business located at 1914 N. Monroe St. for five years.

A&E >  Music
Sept. 17, 2020, 1 p.m.
With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down the Spokane Symphony in the spring, musical director James Lowe returned home to Scotland with his fiancée, food educator Charlotte Maberly, and the couple adopted a dog, Humphrey. Lowe and Maberly also wed in an intimate ceremony in Scotland last month. 

A&E >  Food
Sept. 16, 2020, 4 a.m.
If the coronavirus pandemic was not already enough (and it really is), this last weekend’s record-setting hazardous air quality in Spokane made me give up (for the most part). Like much of the population, I have become a shut-in now to keep myself and others safe.

A&E >  Food
Sept. 9, 2020, 4 a.m.
As I write this Running Tab column on deadline on the late Friday afternoon before the Labor Day weekend, my mind keeps wandering to my only plans for the next three days: salmon fishing on the Columbia River about two hours outside town on Saturday morning.

Sept. 3, 2020, 8 a.m.
Legendary singer-songwriter Ronnie Milsap, whose original March 24 date at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox was rescheduled for Sept. 26, has canceled the concert for this month. Milsap’s team is working on scheduling another date, as he is still planning to perform in Spokane.

Sept. 2, 2020, 2 a.m.
I have always been an avid fan of inventive fusion cuisine, when two dissimilar items or categories of food are joined in harmony. Think Japanese and Italian, eggs and/or peanut butter on cheeseburgers and kimchi with fried rice.Now add pastrami and tacos to that list – a tacastrami taco, to be exact.

Aug. 26, 2020, 2 a.m.
Start spreading the news: For Leo Walters, it is bon voyage for bread and viva vegan Cheez. The owner of Glorious Artisan Bakery, which opened at 1516 W. Riverside Ave. in Browne’s Addition in 2018, has ended his business of baking artisan bread and is closing this Saturday his brick-and-mortar establishment.

Aug. 26, 2020, 2 a.m.
Restaurateur Abe Fox, executive chef Jon Green and business partner Eddie Gulberg have opened their restaurant Wooden City Spokane in the historic Genesee Building downtown this month after the coronavirus pandemic pushed back their original target date of spring.

Aug. 20, 2020, 2 p.m.
When life served up a double whammy for Kristopher James – first a divorce, then the coronavirus pandemic – the born-and-raised Spokane resident turned lemons into lemonade. Or, in his case, photographs into visual and digital art.