Santé Restaurant and Charcuterie in Spokane and Evans Brothers Coffee in Sandpoint have been named Good Food Award finalists.
The bistro is a finalist in the charcuterie category for its five-spice duck prosciutto and tasso ham. The roaster is a finalist in the coffee category for its Kenya Gatundu Karinga AB.
The 2016 winners will be announced in January. Local finalists are two of 263 restaurants and food producers recognized for “representing the best from America’s growing movement of talented and socially responsible food crafters.”
There were 1,937 entries this year – a 33 percent increase – in a total of 13 categories for the sixth annual awards.
Spokane’s Roast House was a 2014 winner, the region’s first. DOMA Coffee Roasting Co. in Post Falls was a finalist in 2014 and 2015.
The awards are sponsored by Seedling Projects of San Francisco, a public benefit corporation dedicated to supporting the sustainable food movement. On the Web: www.goodfoodawards.org.
Pinot’s Palette opens CdA studio
Pinot’s Palette is opening in Coeur d’Alene this week.
Customers can drink wine and beer while re-creating a particular painting during a two- or three-hour session. The grand opening is Friday and Saturday at the studio, 728 N. Fourth St. Call (406) 860-1049. Email CDA@pinotspalette.com. On the Web: www.pinotspalette.com/cda.
The Spokane location opened last year at 23 W. Second Ave., Suite 100. It was the first in Washington state. There are more than 50 Pinot’s Palette locations nationwide. The two local studios are owned by Jackie Casey of Coeur d’Alene.
Free Thanksgiving dinner
The fifth annual free Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Thursday, and everyone’s welcome.
Dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fedora Pub & Grill, 1726 W. Kathleen Ave. in Coeur d’Alene.
Last year, the Fedora fed more than 1,700 people, said owners John and Mallory Malee. This year, they’re expecting about 2,000 diners.
For more information, call (208) 765-8888 or email email@example.com.
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/fedoras-freedinner. Or, mail contributions to the Fedora, in care of Thanksgiving. The zip code is 83815.
“Top Chef California”
Spokane-born Chad White will compete on the next season of Bravo’s “Top Chef.”
Shortly after the premiere, the 32-year-old chef plans to return to the Inland Northwest, swapping San Diego for Spokane to open his new Native Post and Provisions restaurant here.
Meantime, the TV series takes a road trip through the Golden State with stops in Palm Springs, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego.
White’s BravoTV.com bio describes his fare as “eclectic urban style and Baja influenced food.”
The two-night premiere of the show’s 13th season airs at 10 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3. Dec. 3 is also White’s San Diego going-away party. He’s slated to arrive in Spokane Dec. 7.
On the Web: www.nativeprovisions.com.
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