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Adam Hegsted’s Pocket Bar opens on 1st Avenue; Vintage Spokane at Davenport today; National Ice Cream Day today

UPDATED: Sun., July 21, 2019

Spokane restaurateur and chef Adam Hegsted and Emily Crawford of Doughlicious celebrated the grand opening of Pocket Bar on Friday afternoon. Pocket Bar is a local beer and wine bar featuring Doughlicious’ savory and sweet hand pies, a large selection of local beer (Iron Goat, Iron Horse, River City), cider and more.

Good Foods salads and handmade pretzels also are on the menu, with items made from scratch using as many local ingredients as possible. The cozy Pocket Bar, at 1017 W. 1st Ave., is on the same block as the Montvale, First Avenue Coffee and Scratch and across the street from the Fox.

The five featured pocket flavors Friday, with Tyll on the till: pepperoni, cheeseburger, ham and cheese, steak and potatoes and curry, which is the vegetarian option. The adults, who ordered grapefruit cider, enjoyed the curry and steak and potato flavors, while the kids in the group devoured the pepperoni and cheeseburger pockets, as well as a dessert flavor.

Gluten-free options will be added to the menu, said Hegsted, whose favorite pocket flavor is cheeseburger and also works with Crawford as part of his company, Eat Good Group. Eat Good Group’s Chef de Cuisine Aaron Fish also was onsite for the grand opening.

Vintage Spokane

Vintage Spokane has announced in its ninth year that the wine-and-food experience, one of the largest wine-tasting events in the Inland Empire at the Davenport Grand Ballroom on Sunday, will feature a record number of restaurants, along with wine from more than 50 Northwest wineries.

The 25 restaurants have eclipsed last year’s record total – in fact, Vintage Spokane has nearly tripled its number of restaurants since 2017. Restaurants on Sunday include James Beard Award winner Los Hernandez Tamales, DeLeon’s Taco & Bar, Steam Plant Kitchen, Manito Taphouse, Barrel Steak and Seafood House, Steelhead Bar and Grille, Melting Pot of Spokane and more.

More than 50 wineries – including DeLille Cellars, L’Ecole No. 41, Maison Bleue, Maryhill Winery, Pambrun Winery, WIT Cellars, Woodward Canyon and more – will pour their award-winning wines.

Visit Spokane also will feature local brewers and distillers, exhibitors and a wine store. Tickets are $65 and include three hours of tasting from 3-6 p.m., 14 tasting tokens and a complimentary wine glass. VIP tickets are $80 and include an extra hour of tasting, 18 tasting tokens and an upgraded glass.

Proceeds benefit the Spokane Youth Sports Association. Ticket prices, hours and a full list of wineries and restaurants are available at

National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day is Sunday. To get your dessert fix, click on The Spokesman-Review’s 2019 Summer Guide for a feature on ice cream and froyo in Spokane. Enjoy!

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