There’s lots to catch up on since there was no Food Blotter last week, since it was Thanksgiving and I was in India. For proof, this is what I ate for breakfast on Thanksgiving:
Anyway, back to the Inland Northwest... Last week, Chairs Public House opened its doors at 1305 N. Hamilton.
The River City taproom also opened, at 121 S. Cedar St.
Tomorrow is opening night at Sante’s new Butcher Bar.
It’s also the first-ever food truck rally in downtown Spokane, which makes it worth braving the cold for First Friday.
Two Knights Homebrew in Post Falls is hosting its grand opening this Saturday at 5 pm with a number of local breweries.
In this week’s Entree newsletter, we have news about the beer and wine Revel 77 is adding to their menu. We also have more details from chef Adam Hegsted, who is opening two restaurants in Kendall Yards this coming spring. (He also just launched a Kickstarter campaign, and here’s the Yards Bruncheon menu.)
Exciting news for people who don’t get to Sandpoint much: MickDuff’s has signed on for distribution of their excellent beer down into the Coeur d’Alene, Moscow and Lewiston areas.
This Sunday is the annual Santa breakfast at Madeleine’s. (Call for reservations.)
Morning Sun Bakery is celebrating its one-year anniversary with two weeks of cinnamon roll specials.
Just one week left to contribute to Batch Bakeshop’s Kickstarter campaign. They’re just about halfway to the goal.
Read previous food news here.
Yards Bruncheon, a diner-style breakfast and lunch spot, is expected to open as soon as February. Wandering Table, a Northwest-centric tapas and cocktail restaurant, will open soon after.
In the campaign, Hegsted explains how the project got its start four years ago with the Wandering Table supper club concept, which creates meals entirely with local and seasonal food:
“I won't say it was all easy, it started a little rough and a little unrefined, but people could see the passion, creativity and love for what we do. Slowly as we grew, honed in on our technique, service and ability to create a restaurant on a beach or in a park, the "restaurant" got better. We now have a chance to create two restaurants with real walls and floors.”
The Kickstarter goal — $34,000 — is modest compared to the total cost of construction, so this seems to be more about community buy-in than financing the operation. It says: “For us to be able to create these restaurants we need help with funding our beginning inventories.”
Rewards for people who contribute include truffles, tickets to the pre-opening party and full 12-course dinners. For just $10 you can get your name on the wall of one of the restaurants as a supporter.
Hegsted, currently executive chef at the Coeur d' Alene Casino and Resort, also writes about the challenges of moving to something that’s entirely his own:
“We are going from a stable restaurant world on to our own projects which are a little tough at first. Obviously this is a huge undertaking and is a little frightening to go out on my own. I am willing to risk this for a chance to create in an uninfluenced atmosphere where food is the leader and will guide our decisions.”
In the past, Kickstarter has had the reputation for giving long-shot ideas a chance. This year we’ve seen an increase in established companies using it as a way to fund new projects or side ventures, from Sante’s trip to the James Beard House in New York to the new game from Cyan, creator of Myst. Batch Bakeshop, a farmers market favorite, has a campaign right now working toward an actual storefront sometime next year.
The Yards/Wandering Table campaign wraps up at the end of the year, with a Dec. 31 deadline.
Look for an interview with Hegsted later today in this week's Entree email newsletter (or sign up here.)
There will be no food blotter next week, since I assume you’ll be busy eating Thanksgiving dinner (and I’ll be out of the country). So here’s what you’ve got to tide you over until the first week of December.
Butterball, the nation’s largest turkey supplier, announces a turkey shortage! A shortage of fresh, large birds specifically, not the frozen varieties. And other suppliers say there will be plenty. I’m always skeptical these announced shortages of seasonal foods are just a marketing ploy to make you run out and buy one, but Butterball’s reason just sounds sad: “We experienced a decline in weight gains on some of our farms causing a limited availability of large, fresh turkeys,” a Butterball spokeswoman said last week. Does anyone else picture depressed turkeys on a hunger strike?
Or eat out for the holiday — check out the Thanksgiving menu at Masselow’s.
Make sure to check out tomorrow's Cat Friday post for a special Thanksgiving edition on popular holiday dishes that cats (and dogs) should definitely avoid.
If you’re looking for wine to get you through this festive season, this weekend is the Holiday Wine Festival.
Another Dutch Bros. location is coming to Nevada and Francis.
Last week we wrote about a controversy over the Dawn of the Donut logo, and whether they copied it from an artist who does zombie-donut art and figurines. It sounds like that’s on its way to being resolved, and DOTD also has a food truck in the works. Read more about that in today's Entree newsletter. Also included in this week's edition: more news about Batch Bakeshop's storefront plans, which we mentioned here last week.
Rock City Grill is apparently losing their executive chef after 13 years, and is seeking a new one.
Also, this week’s story on the Garland Theater makeover includes an update on former Casper Fry chef Joshua Martin — he left to teach in the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy and developed the Garland’s new snack menu.
Hopped Up Brewing got its security camera stolen — right after the thief looked straight into the camera.
Read previous food news here.
The finger pointing and accusations we reported on last week seem to be put to bed with the controversial Dawn of the Donut artwork. The flood of angry responses on DOTD Facebook site seems to have actually paid off. DOTD took down all of their previous logo and have replaced it with placeholder donut pictures.
Today, DOTD posted this on their Facebook:
"We are thrilled to be working with John Sumrow to create a joint project of zombies for our shop and promote his art. Keep checking for updates!"
Likewise, on artist John Sumrow's Facebook page he also posted what appears to be an agreement:
"Just got off the phone with @dawnofthedonutzombie in Spokane WA. We are in talks to resolve the stolen artwork issue. Thanks to all my friends & fans for the support! You guys \m/"
We reached out to Sumrow and he informs us that nothing really has been set in stone yet, but "most likely I am going to remake the artwork for them." Sumrow also notes that DOTD reached out to him and were very humble and apologetic, and that he is going to retain licensing rights.
Batch Bakeshop, a baked-goods favorite at the South Perry Thursday Market and area coffee shops, is making plans for a dedicated storefront by early next year. And if you want to help and get tasty rewards like shortbread cookies or party cakes, they launched a Kickstarter campaign this week.
This week’s Entree newsletter has an update about drinking-and-painting establishment Pinot’s Palette and the news that Chairs Public House will be opening as soon as next week:
In the mornings Chairs Public House will be very much a coffee shop, but in the evenings it will turn into a bar, [Chris] Nichols says, adding that ideally they're hoping to be open from 6 am- 2 am. They plan to serve the full gamut of coffee, espresso, beer, wine and spirits. Expect it to be "gastropub-ish," Nichols says.
Daybreak on Ash, a coffee shop and cafe that’s also applied for a liquor license, is planning on a December grand opening.
It looks like there are new plans for the old Beignets space downtown on Wall near Madeleine’s — a spot called Daiquiri Factory. Could this be related to the Daiquiri Factory empire in Houston and Rock Island, Illinois? Or the one in Atlanta? We’ll keep you posted.
If you missed it last Friday, the old Berg’s Shoes spot by the Davenport is being transformed by design firm HDG into a noodle shop.
Forgot this one last week — we could be getting some new restaurants (eventually) on Main across from the Liberty Building. The former Dutch’s building was purchased by investor Chris Batten and Bobby Brett, owner of the Spokane Chiefs and Spokane Indians teams, with the intention of restoring it. Brett told KXLY: “I’m hoping we can get some restaurants on the ground level, and also some retail establishments.”
If you happen to be in Harrison this weekend, the Tin Cup will be having a pie tasting on Saturday to help you make decisions about what to order for the holidays. Or just to eat pie.
Santa’s Little Helper from Doma Coffee Roasting Company is almost back for the season. The coffee is great, but part of the fun is seeing the new bag artwork by Chris Dreyer.
Everyone wants to see the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile! Stop by! Get a Weiner Whistle! I don’t totally get the appeal, but I love this from KXLY:
Hannah Carlson and Michael Tierney are two of 12 recent college graduates selected to drive Wienermobiles across the country for one year after college. Almost six months into their journey, Hannah and Michael have visited 24 states. Hannah said she was driven to apply for the Hotdogger program by the absurdity of driving a giant hot dog around.
“There’s only going to be a few instances where I can drive around in a hot dog and have it be acceptable,” said Hannah.
LA Weekly has this interesting piece about the demise of longform, professional food writing and the overreliance on press releases. Yeah, check the liquor licenses, you lazy bloggers.
Finally, from a… let’s just say reader, further evidence that nothing good ever comes from a late night at Shari’s.
Read previous food news here.
In August, Berg’s Shoes in downtown Spokane closed after more than 70 years in the same location on Sprague Avenue across from the Davenport. The shelves were emptied, and the shop looked vacant for the past couple of months.
Now there are signs of what’s to come papered across with the windows. Spokane architecture and design firm HDG, which designed neighboring Fire Artisan Pizza and moved into new digs earlier this year, is planning to open a restaurant called NUDO. The new branding indicates it will be a soba noodle shop.
HDG posted a photo on Facebook today with the comment: “We are bringing a little funk that will go well with our neighbor, Fire Artisan Pizza!! BOOM”
The Coeur d’Alene WinCo opened today! The Boise-based, employee-owned chain opened a new store in California today, too. Stock up on bulk candy before all the little kids stick their hands in there.
The South Perry winter market begins today, across the street from the outdoor spot at Buddhio yoga studio.
This Saturday the downtown Sweet Frostings is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary with $1 cupcakes all day. Stop by and keep them company — all the other ground-level businesses in the Hutton Building have cleared out ahead of the STCU remodel.
Alberta Bake Shop opened on Tuesday, and you can read more about it in this week’s Entree newsletter. There’s also more on the Trickster’s expansion and Mad Bomber Brewing opening.
Coffee equipment worth $10,000 was stolen from a closed-up espresso stand in Hayden last week.
Chef Bob Rogers, who’s been the chef at Masselow’s since it opened in 2009, has been promoted to the position of Executive Chef for all of Northern Quest Resort & Casino, overseeing its 14 bars and restaurants.
Paragon Brewing in Coeur d'Alene has been looking for a home for a while, and it sounds like they'll officially be moving into Sully's Irish Pub come spring.
The new Total Wine & More in Spokane Valley is planning on a Nov. 21 grand opening.
This isn’t local, but it’s a favorite of mine: The Lagunitas seasonal Brown Shugga is back at Rocket Market and Rocket Bakery on 1st.
A number of restaurants are creatively using local beer in their food offerings, and Saranac Public House ups the ante this week with a dessert special featuring two local beers: a chocolate stout pudding made with No-Li Wrecking Ball Stout, garnished with a Laughing Dog Imperial Coffee Porter brown sugar cookie.
Finally, the annual Snowlander Expo is much better this year with the addition of the PowderKeg Brew Fest. There will be lots of beer and cider, and this week’s issue has a few to be excited about in particular, like the new Saison d'Froid from Ramblin' Road. Each brewery or cidery will have one or two offerings. To answer a reader question earlier, yes, Ninkasi will be pouring its Sleigh'r seasonal ale.
Some other locals: River City will be pouring its new Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout — but if you can’t wait for the Expo, they tapped the first keg Wednesday at the reopened Wild Dawgs, which we also featured this week. Orlison will have its dark Underground Stout Lager, and Hopped Up will have its Spruceter Winter Ale. Wallace Brewing will be bringing its 1910 Black Lager and winter seasonal.
This week we have a story about the Pumpkin Spice Latte phenomenon unleashed by Starbucks a decade ago and now present, by consumer demand, at many local coffee shops that make their own versions. Revel 77, one of the shops we featured, says requests for peppermint are already picking up, too.
Starbucks fans reached another holiday milestone last Friday with the release of the red cups — “one of the first cues that the holidays are upon us,” a Starbucks press release says. There are whole sites devoted to counting down the days until the red cups appear.
Check out the seasonal rise of Pumpkin Spice Lattes according to Google Trends, which is based on web searches. The craze reaches new levels of insanity every year!
These coffee symbols hold astonishing cultural meaning for some people. Starbucks capitalizes on the genuine love for its products with other products, like gift cards shaped like red cups and limited-edition Swarovski crystal-adorned mugs.
But fans have made their own spinoffs, too, for corporate-meets-DIY latte-inspired folk art. A few examples of just how crazy we are:
At this point it’s probably worth mentioning that Pumpkin Spice Lattes and seasonal lattes in general are solidly considered a “white girl” thing, along with Uggs, yoga pants and Pinterest. I haven’t seen any great analyses of how this came to be, or what the divide between Starbucks aficianados and Pinterest “Make your own like I do!” DIY-ers means for modern feminism — but the Internet is full of easy jokes about oblivious, privileged white girls and their PSLs. This, however, is the best thing:
Pumpkin spice is people.— Shawn Vestal (@vestal13) October 22, 2013
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