<b>Hidden Gems</b>

Hidden Gems

Those cranberries on your Thanksgiving table could be from... Idaho?
Cranberries. Good for jams, adding zing to your morning muffin, and, of course, something that will be on your Thanksgiving table this week, even if it's one of the feast's more overlooked dishes.

Roll it Up

Fleur de Sel expands with a speedy new creperie on the South Hill
The employees at a rustic French creperie on the South Hill are already greeting some repeat customers by name. And they've been open only a week.

International Comforts

Wine Grotto Cafe brings European-inspired dining to Hayden
Jan Dirk van der Kolk knows how to feed a crowd. Born in Holland, he's traveled the world, cooking for hotels (Switzerland) and oil rigs (Norwegian sea), owning restaurants (Spain) and feeding such diverse groups as health care workers and the former Queen of the Netherlands, Princess Beatrix.

'Ain't No Soup Kitchen'

Derek Mobley's ministry of cooking
At the kitchen at Union Gospel Mission, apron-clad workers scurry in and out of walk-in refrigerators. They chop vegetables.

An Uncommon Venture

In Kettle Falls, two brothers are farming tomatoes by their own rules
Down on the Columbia River, about 15 miles out on the Inchelium Highway, a simple tomato farm has made successful headway into local markets in its first year. With 6,000 plants on one acre, the farm has sold several thousand pounds.


Melone's Public House changes names, adjusts its menu
Melone's Public House has a new name: Rivelle's River Grill. Located inside Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone development, it's still serving pub-like American fusion food catering to health-conscious eaters.

Fresh Focus

A new corner market in northeast Spokane offers health-conscious products, produce and to-go meals
In the midst of preparing dinner on a crisp Friday evening, a mother in the house behind the market sends her young son off with a wad of dollar bills in his hand and an errand: get some fresh carrots. Owners Barb and Floyd Pagarigan know Aiden and his family — they're already regulars — and greet the boy as he walks in.

Winter Beer is Here

PowderKeg returns to the convention center this weekend. The blustery conditions this week may have been reminder enough that winter is upon us, but if not, the arrival of winter beers will do the trick.

Drinking to Health

Gaiwan Tea House takes tea to the next level
It's not a misspelling or mispronunciation when Matt and Snowy Kaufmann pronounce it la-TEA, instead of latte. And their Gaiwan Tea House might have you rethinking your morning routine of drive-through java jitters, with their tea house intended to nourish mind, body and spirit.

Next Step

Years after a lucky accident brought them into winemaking, Barrister Winery's founders celebrate their success
Greg Lipsker and Michael White like to say that they started Barrister Winery by accident. The two, Inland Northwest attorneys who became fast friends after meeting through work, were on a family trip through Nelson, British Columbia, when they realized that they didn't have any wine.

What's Brewing?

No-Li and Orlison team up, and there's a new brewery in Post Falls
You always hear about the collegial nature of the Inland Northwest's craft brewing scene. The brewers are mostly all friends who love each other's beer and are known to lend a helping hand when needed, but it seems that No-Li Brewhouse and Orlison Brewing Co. have taken things to the next level.

A Bit of Everything

Marketplace opens in Cheney, hoping to cover a lot of bases
A yellow building sitting on a busy street in Cheney is a new spot for brunch, drinking and picking up local honey and salsa. The chairs in the restaurant half are occupied by locals and college students; the other half is a store shelving deli meat, baked goods, pumpkins and locally made soap.

Gem State Vines

Fine wine doesn't come to mind when you think of Idaho, but that could soon change
In the steep, narrow canyons of the Lewis-Clark Valley, cold air slides downhill along the ground, draining low enough and fast enough to protect grapevines from disease and frost. Producers in the region are aware that few people expect wine from Idaho, but that hasn't stopped them from winning awards over the years.

Last Chance

The Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival restaurant Deng Chu hosts its final fixed-price menu this weekend
Although the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival has been extended for 14 days past its originally planned finale — it now runs through Sunday, Nov. 15 — the collaborative culinary experience, Deng Chu Chinese restaurant, is having its grand finale of sorts this weekend. The in-festival restaurant, operating in the large, open-air picnic shelter (dress warmly — it's cold even with the outdoor heaters) on Riverfront Park's northeast edge, will offer the final menu of its five featured weeks of regional Chinese food this Thursday through Saturday evening.

Considering the Alternative

A group of researchers at WSU are exploring the potential of quinoa on the Palouse
There's something missing from the glass case inside Washington State University's College of Agriculture, Human Resources and Natural Sciences building. Its contents — wine, apples, honey, Cougar Gold cheese — attest to the university's 123-year-old legacy of food systems education.

All-Day Service

Fine Brewed went from a drive-through to a full eatery and pub
For obvious reasons, Renee Bordelon couldn't serve wine or beer at her drive-through espresso stand on Highway 95 in Coeur d'Alene. Ditto for sit-down breakfasts.


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