Gourmet Way Events - Every Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., enjoy a flight of food and wine pairings. $15/per person; $10/per wine club member. Classes include: Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Summer Vegetables with a French Accent, $40; July 31, 6-8 p.m., Chicken Under the Stars, $40. Call to reserve a seat. Gourmet Way, 8222 W. Government Way, Hayden. (208) 762-1333.
Cooking Classes at the Kitchen Engine – Today, 5:30 p.m., Secrets of Thai Cooking: Red Coconut Curry Shrimp, $39; and Sunday, 2 p.m., Make Salmon Great, $55; Aug. 9, 2 p.m., Barbecue Ribs, $45; Aug. 10, 5:30 p.m., French Macarons, $45; Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m., Artisan Pizza, $45; Aug. 12, 5:30 p.m., Fish Tacos, $39. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 328-3335.
Pilgrim’s Events - Free tastings include: Aug. 5, 3:30 p.m., Beer Tasting: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.; Aug. 7, 3:30 p.m., Meet the Winemaker Tasting: Efest Wine; Aug. 19, 3:30 p.m., Beer Tasting: Scuttlebutt Brewing Co.; Sept. 4, 3:30 p.m., Labor Day Beer and Cider Picks; Sept. 11, 3:30 p.m., Meet the Winemaker Tasting: Snake River Winery. Other events include: today, 6:30-8 p.m., Rethinking Your Vitamin Regimen, free; July 30, 6:30-8 p.m., Juicing for Health and Healing, $10/person; Aug. 6, 6:30-8 p.m., Healthy Summer Cooking Shortcuts, $10/person; Aug. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Hormones!, free; Aug. 27, 6:30-8 p.m., Elimination Diet Support: A Guided Journey to Ultimate Health, free; Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m., Urban Farming Movie: “Growing Cities,” free. Call for reservations. Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.
Friendship Kitchen - Community meal on Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., St. George’s Parish Center, 2010 N. Lucas St., Post Falls. Free. (208) 773-4715.
Food Truck Rally at the South Perry Thursday Market - Shop for local produce, honey, eggs, bread and crafts while enjoying live music. Then grab dinner from an array of local food trucks. Thursday, 3-7 p.m., The Shop, 924 S. Perry St. Free admission. (509) 534-1647.
Christmas in July Food Drive - Positive Life Radio is going to be playing Christmas music on Friday to help get you in the giving spirit. You can bring your food donations to one of the 17 locations around the Inland Northwest. Open from noon-6 p.m. Spokane area locations include: Better Living Center, 15 E. North Foothills Drive; Spokane Costco locations, 7619 N. Division St. and 5601 E. Sprague Ave.; Super 1 Foods, 305 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene; Super 1 Foods, 805 E. Polston Ave., Post Falls. For more information and a full list of locations, please visit www.plr.org. (800) 355-4757.
Vino! Tastings – Friday, 3-7:30 p.m., Bertani of Verona, Italy; Saturday, 2-4:30 p.m., Buried Cane and Cadaretta; July 31, 3-6:30 p.m., Dunham Cellars of Walla Walla; Aug. 1, 2-4:30 p.m., Orin Swift Wines. Vino! Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. $10-$15. (509) 838-1229.
Cowboy Supper Show - Enjoy an evening of food and entertainment at a cowboy supper show. The experience includes an outdoor melodrama (complete with Hollywood-style special effects), a chin-wipin’ chuck wagon-style indoor barbecue supper and a nostalgic hour of cowboy trail music performed by a local favorite, the Riders of the Rockin’ B. Shows are Friday and Saturday and Aug. 28-29, Sept. 25-26 and Oct. 9-10. Doors at 5:30 p.m., Rockin B Ranch, 3912 Spokane Bridge Road, Liberty Lake. $45.95/adults; $16.50/age 10 and younger. (509) 891-9016.
Rocket Market Tastings - Tastings include: Friday, Chile and Argentina on a Dime, $20; July 31, Australia on a Dime, $20. Reservations are requested. All tastings at 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (509) 343-2253.
Nuts About Chocolate - This tasting event features tons of chocolate and prizes, and you can learn how to turn your love of chocolate into a business. Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth Ave. Free. (509) 220-2674.
Wine, Women and Shoes - A little black dress affair to benefit the Idaho Youth Ranch. Sip wine, shop the marketplace and show off those fabulous shoes. Saturday, 6-9:30 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $150; $200/VIP. (208) 660-6707.
Country Breakfast - The program is supported by donations in any amount that you feel you can afford. No one is turned away for inability to donate. Breakfast is open to the public from 7-10 a.m., Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Lane, Blanchard, Idaho. (208) 437-1037.
Payette Brewing Launch Party - Special release of Blood Orange from 3-7 p.m. Brewery reps will answer questions and give away swag from 5 to 7 p.m. $4 pints of Fly Line Vienna Lager, Payette Pale Ale and Rustler IPA. Tuesday, 3-7 p.m., Saranac Public House, 21 W. Main Ave. (509) 443-3865.
INCA After Dark - Classes include: July 29, Margaritaville Grill, $59; Aug. 5, Sensational Salmon, $59; Aug. 19, Mouthwatering Mediterranean Small Plates, $59. For more information or registration, visit incaafterdark.scc.spokane.edu or call. All classes are 6-8 p.m., Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. (509) 533-8141.
Kootenai Health Foundation Signature Cocktail Event - Guests get to sample custom cocktails created by local mixologists featuring Bardenay Vodka. Guests will vote with dollars for their favorite mixologist and for their favorite cocktail. The winning drink will be served at the Festival of Trees Gala on Nov. 28 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Convention Center. July 30, 6 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $35. (208) 625-4433.
Old World Roots, New World Expressions - Experience Oregon wine through Old World Roots and New World Expressions. July 31, 3 p.m., Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Highway, (509) 466-1644; Aug. 1, noon, Total Wine & More, Spokane Valley, 3802 E. Indiana Ave., (509) 922-1530. Free.
Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival - Celebrate all things huckleberry with a huckleberry pancake breakfast, live music for the family, huckleberry crafts and treats, and a huckleberry pie eating contest. Check out the summer activities too, including the Cranky Jennings Mining Company, Monkey Motion air jumper, Zip Line, hiking, biking, chairlift rides, climbing wall, disc golf, and more. Hosted hikes and shuttles to the ripe huckleberry picking areas (depending on availability) will take place throughout the day so plan on picking till your fingers turn purple. Aug. 2, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Road. (208) 263-9555.
Basic Food Preservation - Discover which of the three main food preservation methods best fits your needs. Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Free. (509) 893-8400.
Feed Medical Lake - A free meal the second Monday of the month, 5-6 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett St., Medical Lake. (509) 714-1150.
Cooking with Master Chef Steve - Cooking experiences with Master Chef Steve W. Geving of Les Toques Blanches Chefs Hall of Fame. Reservations required. Aug. 11, Summertime European Awesome Entertaining; and Sept. 8, Cruisin’ America: Route 66 Food Meccas. Classes 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Lane, Blanchard, Idaho. $25/person. (208) 437-1037.
Pickling Summer Vegetables - Cucumbers aren’t the only vegetables you can pickle to perfection. Learn how to safely pickle and preserve your summer vegetables. Extend your garden’s summer bounty into the fall and winter months. Registration required. Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m., Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road, (509) 893-8260; Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m., Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., (509) 893-8390; Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., (509) 893-8400; Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m., Deer Park Library, 208 S. Forest Ave., (509) 893-8300; Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m., Cheney Library, 610 First St., (509) 893-8280.
“Our Favorites” Cooking Class Series - All-time favorite classes and recipes from the last four years, including: Aug. 12-13, Northwest Fresh. Call to make reservations. Classes held 5:45-8:30 p.m., Two Cooks with Love Catering, 11712 E. Boone Ave. $45/single; $70/couple. (509) 939-4527.
Silver Mountain Brewsfest - 40 craft beers, 20 breweries and one big party at the top of the mountain. The Clumsy Lovers, Civilized Animal and Dog House Boyz will be performing in the mountaintop amphitheater, gates open at 1 p.m. Aug. 15, Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho. (866) 344-2675.
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