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Clover, Arbor Crest host wine dinner

Clover is partnering with Arbor Crest Winery to host a six-course wine dinner.

Wines will be served with each course – from lobster and scallop ceviche with a 2014 sauvignon blanc to duck with hazelnut brown butter with a 2012 Four Vineyard Merlot to salted caramel budino with chocolate ganache, whipped brie and truffled cherries with a 2012 Van Loben Sels Cabernet.

Tickets cost $80. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. March 18.

Clover is located at 913 E. Sharp Ave. Seating is limited. Call (509) 487-2937. On the Web:

Culinary trip to France and Italy

People to People Ambassador Programs is hosting a Food and Wine Delegation to France and Italy in September.

John Allen of Spokane’s Vino! WineShop is leading a trip to four culinary centers: Paris, Nice, Florence and Rome. Participants will attend cooking classes and go sightseeing from Sept. 16 to 26. The trip costs $6,399 per person.

For more information, including the itinerary, visit

Swain shares salmon recipe

Davenport-raised food blogger Cindy Swain made another appearance on Italy’s most popular cooking show.

Swain recently competed on the new “Master Blog” segment of “La Prova del Cuoco,” which pits two bloggers against each other on national television. The segment featured expats from two countries: the U.S. and Thailand. Swain made Salmon Wraps with Kale Chips but lost to a Pad Thai recipe.

In a recent email, Swain said she knew she “didn’t have a chance” against Pad Thai. “I would have even voted for her recipe if I could have.”

The segment, which aired in February, marked her second appearance on “La Prova del Cuoco.” Last fall, Swain won the grand prize of 2,000 euros competing in the show’s regular cooking contest – “La Gara Culinaria” – in which teams are made up of a professional chef and a home cook.

Swain founded Italicana Kitchen and writes about food from Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region.

Look inside today’s Spokesman-Review Food section for Swain’s salmon recipe. To read about her cooking show experience, visit

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