Spokane’s Bob Lombardi has made it to the season finale of season four of Food Network’s “Halloween Wars.”
Only two of five teams remain in the creepy culinary competition, which carries a grand prize of $50,000.
Lombardi, 57, is sworn to secrecy about the outcome of the show, filmed last December in Los Angeles. There’s a hefty penalty if he breaks the confidentiality agreement.
But he did say this: Molecular gastronomy, particularly the use of liquid nitrogen, plays a part in the final episode.
The pastry chef and sugar artist has taught culinary arts at Spokane Community College for more than 30 years. And he’s no stranger to Food Network.
He was the challenge champion in the first episode of “Sugar Dome” in 2012. But last year, his team was eliminated in the second round of season three of “Halloween Wars.”
This year’s winner will be named Sunday at the end of the fourth hourlong episode. The seasonal finale, “Haunted Carnival,” airs at 9 p.m.
Hills’ Restaurant is hosting its 35th Brewer’s Dinner Sunday night.
The event starts at 6 p.m. and features beer pairings from Kootenai River Brewing in Bonners Ferry.
Appetizers are pale ale-poached shrimp and Gruyère cheese-filled phyllo bundles with a pale ale and sweet pepper sauce. The salad features elk sausage with spicy summer greens and a dried cherry and Scottish ale vinaigrette.
The main course is lightly smoked and porter- marinated steak with local mushrooms, porter-roasted garlic and mashed potatoes, and butternut squash with porter butter. Dessert is huckleberry ice cream with a porter glaze and rye ale cookie with huckleberry frosting.
Dinner is $49. Reservations are required. Call (509) 747-3946. The restaurant is at 401 W. Main Ave.
Growler fills will be available for $10.
Dave Hill of Hills’ Restaurant is selling his handmade knives and glass appetizer plates online.
He does custom orders. To see a selection of his handiwork, visit www.etsy.com/shop/DaveHillKnives.
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