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Enoteca’s grand opening

Enoteca in Post Falls celebrates the grand opening of its expanded shop and new drinking options Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Now called Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge, the wine and beer shop has been stretched and the drinks menu now includes hand-crafted cocktails and a full liquor selection, said owner Russell Mann. Enoteca doesn’t serve food and only those 21 and older are allowed in the shop, 121 E. Seltice Way in Post Falls, one block north of Exit 5 on Interstate 90.

The grand opening schedule is packed with fun including specials on growler fills, fresh hop beers on tap, giveaways, drink specials and bourbon, wine and beer tastings. Get all of the details from the Enoteca website www.corkjoy.com or the business’s Facebook page. Reach the shop at (208) 457-9885. It is open 11 a.m. to close during the grand opening events.

Scratch meals debut

A scratch-cooking pilot program made its debut at The Community School Café last week.

The first menu on Thursday included herb-roasted chicken, butternut macaroni and cheese and roasted vegetables. The pilot is a collaboration of Spokane Public Schools, Empire Health Foundation and Cook for America. The school is also including produce grown in the school’s garden.

Spokane Public Schools director of dining services Doug Wordell said they hope to review the results of the pilot and see it if can be expanded to other kitchens in the district.

We’re closed

“Come In, We’re Closed: An Invitation to Staff Meals at the World’s Best Restaurants” (Running Press, $35) draws diners behind the scenes to the staff meals served at 25 famous eateries. A custom in France and Japan, staff meals are becoming popular at some restaurants. Authors Christine Carroll and Jody Eddy gathered the stories and recipes in the book. Look inside today’s Food section on page C7 for the recipe for Chocolate-Peanut Butter Crunch Bars from Ad Hoc in Yountville, Calif.

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