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Central Food donates entire food inventory to Hope House

When Central Food owner David Blaine decided to temporarily close the restaurant in Kendall Yards earlier this month to ensure safety and financial stability amid the coronavirus pandemic, he was left with a kitchen stocked full of unused food.

Platter, please: Central Food’s New Year’s Day Brunch Platter returns Jan. 1

You don’t have to be hungover to enjoy the New Year’s Day Brunch Platter at Central Food in Kendall Yards. But the expansive offering just might help cure what ails you after a night of revelry and imbibing bubbly. Served on baking sheets so large they have to be wheeled to tables, the specialty platters typically include a smorgasbord of house-made bread, pickled vegetables, fresh fruit, deviled eggs, sliced meats, a variety of fruit and other spreads, bacon, tacos, an oversize cinnamon roll and more.

Mom’s day sale

Everything at the Kitchen Engine will be 10 to 50 percent off during the store’s Mother’s Day sale today through Friday. The store is located at 621 W. Mallon Ave., Suite 416. Call: (509) 328-3335. On the Web:

Spicing up winter: Cardamom serves up legendary flavors

In winter, when temperatures drop to bone-chilling degrees, warmth can often be found in the kitchen. During the cold months, I find myself gravitating toward the warming the spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, curry, white pepper and cardamom, which generally get pushed to back of the cupboard during the summer months.  But it is cardamom that holds my heart, keeping it warm on the coldest of days, not only for its flavor, but through the memories it brings. It is one of the first spices I remember tasting as a child.

No recipe required at farmers market

David Blaine made it up as he went along. Armed with a stainless steel bowl but no shopping list, the Spokane chef stopped at nearly a dozen booths, picking up one or two items at each.

A feast for the eyes and ears

We’ve all asked or been asked the same question when it comes time to dine in unfamiliar surroundings: Where’s a good place to eat? Most answers are a question: What do you want? Italian, seafood, steak or a sandwich? Fancy or casual?

Delicious food, front and center

Central Food. Maybe the weakest – OK, that’s a bit harsh, but it’s certainly the least descriptive – name we can think of for a food establishment. Why? Because it doesn’t begin to tell you what this 8-month-old restaurant in Kendall Yards has to offer. Not knowing exactly where we were going except it’s on the north side of the Spokane River, finding Central Food was like stumbling across an oasis after a trip through an area we didn’t want to get lost in.

Benson’s mural at Central Food reflects affection for Spokane

Brothers Cain and Todd Benson recently created a love letter to Spokane – a 77-foot-long mural in Greenstone Homes’ Central Food building in Kendall Yards. The mural has adults and children blowing bubbles that float throughout the piece, passing others, including a bulldog, as well as the river, the Monroe Street Bridge, and the city’s skyline.

Central intelligence

David Blaine wasn’t dreaming about the day he would run his own restaurant. As his daughter approached high-school graduation, Blaine and his wife naturally began talking about the changes her departure would bring. Those conversations about the future never involved fancies of taking on extra-long hours, unpredictable schedules and broken instantaneous hot water heaters.

Central Food opens

Two and a half years in the making, chef David Blaine’s new restaurant Central Food is ready. Amid the continuing construction at Kendall Yards, the eatery opens at 7 a.m. daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Central Food overlooks the Spokane River at 1335 W. Summit Parkway, but it’s so new that Bing and Map Quest get the location wrong. It is two blocks south of Broadway Avenue where Cedar Street meets Summit Parkway.