Throughout the month of March, each time you visit any of eight Spokane restaurants (listed below) and drink a beer (but not just any beer), you'll be aiding efforts to keep the Spokane River a healthy, thriving waterway.
Kicking off this Friday and running through March 31, the inaugural Riverkeeper Riverwalk campaign is a fundraising and awareness event that benefits lovers of local beer, local businesses and the Spokane River. It's a win-win-win.
To partake in the campaign, visit any of the following eight bars and restaurants — all appropriately located very near to the river's edge — to trigger a donation to the Spokane Riverkeeper by ordering a meal or a pint of River City Brewing's newest version of its Riverkeeper IPA. The 2016 Riverkeeper IPA launches this Friday, having been updated with eight hop varieties from its previous version.
Even better, those who pick up a special check-off sheet that was distributed in this week's Inlander can turn it in after visiting at least four of the eight restaurants to get a commemorative pint glass from River City Brewing. Visit at least seven of eight places and you'll also be entered into a drawing for a river rafting trip from ROW Adventures.
The check-off sheet is also available at participating restaurants and an event launch party at the downtown Numerica Credit Union branch (Friday, March 4, from 5:30-8 pm) that features Spokane River photography by Charles Gurche.
For each of the 300 pint glasses being given away during the campaign, Numerica has pledged to donate $5 to the Spokane Riverkeeper. If all are distributed (which we imagine won't be hard to do) that's a total of $1,500, not to forget the donations from participating restaurants.
The Spokane Riverkeeper, a program of the Center for Justice overseen by the actual Riverkeeper, Jerry White, is tasked with protecting and preserving our region's landmark waterway. The Riverkeeper is responsible for, among many other efforts, helping clean up trash along the river, protecting native fish species, regulating and preventing pollution and educating the public about the importance of protecting the Spokane River.
Spokane's flourishing food scene is grabbing some deserved national attention again.
This time, Inland Northwest chef and restaurant owner Adam Hegsted — chef-owner of The Wandering Table and The Gilded Unicorn in Spokane, and The Cellar in Coeur d'Alene — has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Best Chef Award.
Hegsted is a semifinalist for the Northwest region, which lists a total of 20 chefs mostly from Seattle and Portland.
James Beard Awards are a big deal for those in the food and hospitality industry. Semifinalists are chosen from a pool of more than 20,000 nominees from across the country — landing a James Beard Award means you're one of the best chefs in the nation.
Spokane's culinary creatives are no stranger to this accolade, as last year we also saw Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie and Common Crumb Chef Jeremy Hansen named a semifinalist.
This year's awards are to be presented during the 2016 James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago, on May 2. But first, we'll be rooting for Hegsted to be named a finalist in an announcement about a month from now, on March 15.
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