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A culinary celebration: Crave Food and Drink reveals lineup of VIP events, chefs and restaurateurs

UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

The 2019 Crave Food and Drink Celebration, from July 11-13 at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley, has announced its lineup of participating chefs and restaurants and four ticketed, VIP and walk-around tasting events, with pop-up event announcements to come at the three-day feast for foodies.

The four VIP and walk-around tasting events next month are the culinary showcase of Crave. They are:

Seafood Bash, Thursday, July 11, 6-9 p.m., $75-$170

Fire and Smoke, July 12, 6-9 p.m., $65-$160

Grand Tasting, July 13, 12-4 p.m., $35-$110

Foods From Around the World, July 13, 6-9 p.m., $70-$165

The initial 2019 Crave restaurant and chef lineup is as follows:

Seafood Bash

Anthony’s Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, Rick Reichelt and Randy Wilson

Barker BBQ, Colin Barker

Black Cypress, Niki Foros

Cochinito Taqueria, Travis Dickinson

Cosmic Cowboy, Chris White

Craft & Gather, Stefan Reynolds

Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar, Chris Sylvia

FSA Corporate, Alexa Wilson

Hay J’s, Patrick Fechser

Honey Eatery & Social Club, Justin Klauba

Iron Goat, Travis Tveit

Luna, Joe Morris

Mallard’s, Molly Patrick

Marcus Whitman, Grant Hinderliter

Max at Mirabeau Park Hotel, Shawn Matlock

Mount Spokane High School Pro Start Team

Sweet Frostings, Sally Winfrey

Fire and Smoke

Barneday, Nick Mikkelson

Barker BBQ, Colin Barker

Black Cypress, Niki Foros

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort, Steven Walk

Culinary Stone, Patricia Herbert

Duffified Experiences (Pennsylvania), Brian Duffy

Fam Inc., Mark Singson

Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar, Chris Sylvia

Folk Art Management, Matthias Merges (Chicago)

Iron Goat, Travis Tveit

Masselow’s, Tanya Broesder

National Beef Commission, Laura Hagen

One Night Stand Craft BBQ, Bob Watts

Republic Kitchen & Taphouse, Jesse Waldman

Ruins, Tony Brown

Sweet Frostings, Sally Winfrey

Washington State University, Will Wohlfeil

Foods From Around the World

Black Cypress, Niki Foros

Brandon Rosen (San Francisco)

Cochinito Taqueria, Travis Dickinson

Doughlicious, Emily Crawford

Iron Goat, Travis Tveit

Los Hernandez Tamales, Felipe Hernandez (2018 James Beard winner)

M8, Frank Mao

Skylar Sinow (since Dragon’s Den, Sinow has been a finalist in “Chopped Canada Teen” and chef ambassador for two Vancouver notable brands)

Thai Bamboo, Alex Santos-Cucalon

Tu, David Phu

Victor He (Vancouver)

Vine & Olive, Paul Mason

Wandering Table, Ian Wingate

Yards Bruncheon, Nick Onustack

The culinary announcements are on the heels of the news that “Iron Chef America” champion and “Top Chef Masters” contestant Anita Lo; documentary filmmaker Joanna James (“A Fine Line”); and Mareya Ibrahim, “The Fit Foodie Chef,” are among the headliners of next month’s Main Stage at Crave, with more headliners to be announced. The focus of this year’s Crave Main Stage programming is on women in the culinary industry.

Crave was created by local chef and restaurateur Adam Hegsted (Wandering Table, Gilded Unicorn, Incrediburger & Eggs, Le Catering) and is in partnership with Newman Lake-based Vision Marketing.

“I love seeing all the people and connecting with everyone. We have such a strong community here in the hospitality industry,” Hegsted, chef and owner of Eat Good Group, said previously. “It’s really amazing to see everyone putting their best foot forward and showcasing what they do.” Check back for a chat with Hegsted in Food in the coming weeks ahead of Crave.

Hegsted, his culinary team and Vision Marketing hosted a dinner in Seattle on May 29 to promote Crave. Attendees raved about the inventive eight-course menu – by Hegsted, Aaron Fish (Eat Good Group) and Doughlicious’ Crawford – with wine pairing.

Chefs Emily Crawford, Aaron Fish and Adam Hegsted pose for a photo before the Crave Food and Drink Celebration dinner Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Seattle. (Don  Chareunsy / The Spokesman-Review)
Chefs Emily Crawford, Aaron Fish and Adam Hegsted pose for a photo before the Crave Food and Drink Celebration dinner Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Seattle. (Don Chareunsy / The Spokesman-Review)

The meal: Green apple sorbetto with dill and lime; Lacianto kale with lemon dressing, Brush Creek cheese, hazelnuts, black pepper croutons and lemon zest; Eggs on Eggs on Eggs (64-degree eggs, cured fish roe, Escoffier eggs, crème fraiche and Idaho chips); tater tot casserole wontons with short rib, mushroom ragout and green onions; and baked potato dashi with bacon, sour cream tofu, chives and cheddar miso.

Also: morels with baked brie, sherry reduction and thyme; red wine butter poached halibut with pan-fried crab, shaved celery-rhubarb salad, celery som, grain salad, basil and radishes; and pecan pound cake with strawberries, caramelized ginger cream, green strawberry preserves and pink-black peppercorn ice cream. Coeur d’Alene Cellars provided the wine, Mountain Lakes Brewing Co. and Millwood Brewing Co. the beer and San Pellegrino and Aqua Panna the water.

With that delicious preview, imagine the offerings that Crave will boast at its four signature events. Crave, with the continuing goal of connecting the local culinary community and highlighting chefs, restaurateurs and food vendors in Spokane and the Pacific Northwest, was launched in June 2017, and the second festival was in July, both at CenterPlace.

The Spokesman-Review is partnering with Crave for the first time this year, and applications for 2019 Crave bloggers/social media ambassadors are being accepted through June 27, with decisions made by July 2. For more information about Crave, go to https://cravenw.com/.

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