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The Launchpad

Kitchen Spokane is a food industry incubator giving startups a place to experiment
Businesses are often created to fill a void — to give the community something it lacks, supply people with what they're looking for, and of course make money where it's not already being made. In Jayme Cozzetto's case, he worked in the restaurant industry as co-owner of Bangkok Thai and had friends calling him, asking if he knew of an incubator for small food businesses.

Next Venture

Santé takes yet another culinary step with the opening of Common Crumb
In a few short weeks, Jeremy and Kate Hansen, co-owners of Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie, will add to the West Main Avenue renaissance with the opening of Common Crumb Artisan Bakery in the Saranac Commons. "It's kind of the next progression in our food journey.

Taste of Idaho

Coeur d'Alene Casino is the perhaps unlikely home to some of the region's best locally sourced food
The first thing one notices when entering the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort is the peaceful atmosphere. All of the entrapments one might expect from a casino — the din, the cigarette smoke, the flashing lights —aren't there.

Slices of History

Hillyard gets a new pizza joint that helps recapture its past
Back in the early 1900s, when the Great Northern Railway ran through town and locomotives were being manufactured, Hillyard was a bustling community. In the decades since, the depot closed and the bustle slowed.

UPDATE | The Cellar

New tastes from chef Adam Hegsted
In 2007, we photographed Adam Hegsted at Coeur d'Alene's Brix Restaurant for a story on his award-winning Taste of Spain dish. Seven years, numerous national awards, and several restaurants later, Hegsted is back at the restaurant, which changed its name to the Cellar in 2010.

Pickle Pride

The pickling gospel is spreading to a new generation
Pickling parties are a family event at the Musser house. Sometimes there's a gaggle of friends and relatives; other times it's Dave Musser, his wife Brianna and their feisty 3-year-old daughter picking the bounty from their garden.

Liquid Nutrition

Spokane's upper South Hill gets in on the fresh juice trend with Guice
Partly obscured by the yellow-leaved trees edging the strip mall parking lot, it's easy to miss the tiny gray building as traffic zips up and down the busy South Hill arterial. But those who've discovered Guice, a freshly made juice and smoothie stand and one of the newest additions to the city's bustling southern edge, are likely to head back to the little gray hut for a fast and healthy snack.

Complete Picture

Pend d'Oreille Winery puts the finishing touches on its expansion
With the opening of the Bistro Rouge Cafe, Steve and Julie Meyer's vision for expanding their Pend d'Oreille Winery is nearly complete. When they purchased the historic Belwood building, the plan was to refurbish the building to house an expanded retail area, wine tasting room and a cafe-turned-restaurant.

Shake It Up

Spokane artist Sheila Evans finds new inspiration in old drinks
"I have a bit of a shaker problem.” That's a potential career-ender for an artist whose craft relies on a steady hand.

Frankly Tropical

Hayden gets a Hawaiian hot dog joint with the arrival of Lavadog
The island theme inside Lavadog is apparent once you take in the bright yellow walls covered with images of crisp ocean waves and erupting volcanoes. The blue countertop is even painted in such a way that it looks perpetually wet.

Split Decision

Sandpoint's Thai Nigiri offers Asian food in two forms
Can't decide on Japanese or Thai food? A recent addition to Sandpoint's dining scene means you can have your curry and eat it (with chopsticks), too.

Family Spice

One woman keeps her mom's memory alive with Mama Torres Salsa
Among the sights, sounds and smells at the Thursday Market in the South Perry District, Mama Torres' salsa booth stands out. A long table hosts a simple setup.

Coffee Currency

The Vault opens in downtown Coeur d'Alene and honors the town's history
A new Coeur d'Alene coffee shop is banking on its central Sherman Avenue location and welcoming interior to earn its way into the hearts of area coffee lovers. Vault Coffee takes its name from the building's 1904 origin as the Exchange National Bank, which informs décor and even some of the menu.

Take Your Pick

Rio Grill has more options than your stomach will know what to do with
It's like a delicious game of Red Light, Green Light. When you turn the wooden dowel on your table so the green side faces up, a server comes over with an immense skewer holding flame-roasted meats and, with a butcher knife, cuts pieces onto a wooden plataforma for you to grab with your tongs and place on your plate.

Food Update | Java on Sherman

The history endures, just much, much bigger
At least the name still fits.

Not the Wurst Off

Oktoberfest might be winding down, but there are ways to enjoy German cuisine all year
The pilsner buzz might have lasted longer than some of the area celebrations of Oktoberfest, but fear not, liebchen, opportunities to celebrate German culture are plentiful in the Inland Northwest. So if you got a taste for German cuisine this fall, you're not out of luck.

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