Thursday, August 29, 2013

FOOD BLOTTER: Burger King delivery, waffle cones and a local beer life lesson

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Hopefully you didn’t ruin your appetite for food news at Pig Out in the Park. Like with swimming, you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating anything chocolate-dipped or deep-fried before reading this.

Tonight is the Inland NW Ale Trail kickoff at Saranac Public House. Pick up a map, drink local beer. Festivities begin at 5:30.

This week’s Entree newsletter has news of some chains coming to town: Teriyaki Grill in Couer d’Alene, Buffalo Wild Wings in the Valley and Nothing Bundt Cakes on the South Hill. Read more about them here, plus Coeur d’Alene new barbecue festival that benefits the Panhandle Parks Foundation. (Subcribe to the weekly newsletter here.)

In other chain restaurant news both flattering and fattening, Burger King selected Spokane to be among its locations with delivery service. It’s a special honor, of a sort, to see Spokane on the list since the other 14 cities on the list are pretty bigs ones. The press release quotes the Burger King director of Non Traditional Channels and BKDelivers: “This expansion was an easy decision as both Minneapolis and Spokane have some of our most loyal guests and the BURGER KING® brand is excited to offer them the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to them in the comfort of their home, dorm or office.” The one location offering delivery in Spokane for now is on the North Side, but two additional locations near Gonzaga and in Spokane Valley will be added soon.

There’s been a lot of construction and activity at the former Ugly Bettie’s ever since the bar closed in July. Now we know what’s coming soon: Borracho Tacos & Tequileria, featuring Mexican cuisine, infused tequilas and more.

It’s a full week away, but it’s going to seem sooner because of Labor Day, so: On Sept. 7, the Hierophant Meadery & Apothecary is hosting a grand opening and mead tasting in Green Bluff. On the same day, Manito Tap House is having a 2nd birthday party with music and, naturally, an impressive list of rare beers you won’t find too many other places.

If you missed it earlier this week, a server at the Flying Goat got a $500 tip as part of a road trip project called Aaron’s Last Wish.

Mad Bomber Brewing Company, a startup in Hayden, has an ambitious Kickstarter campaign going to raise money for unanticipated costs for permits, fees and equipment. The name of the brewery comes from the owners’ experience as Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians (the job of the guys in The Hurt Locker) and other military jobs. “It turns out that taking apart explosive devices is much simpler than starting a business, especially one that involves the production and sale of alcohol,” the Kickstarter message says.

The newly renamed Inland NW Craft Beer Festival announced the lineup this week. A huge number of the breweries, especially the local ones, have either come into existence or substantially upped their distribution and brewing capacity in the past year.

Speaking of beer and the fall, how soon is too soon for fall seasonals? Does anyone want to drink pumpkin beer when it’s still 90 degrees out?

If you were initially skeptical of Instagram video, feel free to be won over by this sweet little process video showing the birth of a waffle cone at The Scoop.

The zombie donut at Dawn of the Donut now has a name: Dee Leschuse.

After applying for a liquor license a while ago, Little Euro in Spokane Valley is now serving mimosas with fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Finally, a valuable life lesson from Paradise Creek Brewery that WSU students won’t learn in class:

Feast on previous food news here.

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