Pressing Issues

Pressing Issues

Making cider on a fine autumn afternoon on the Palouse
When it comes to fall traditions, I favor the kinds that result in something delicious ending up in my belly.

Simple by the Slice

Piccolo Artisan Pizza Kitchen wants to stay true to Italian traditions
Not all pizzas are created equal. At least that's what Piccolo Artisan Pizza Kitchen wants to show the Inland Northwest by using traditional Italian cooking methods to create their gourmet pies.

Hoppy Celebration

A few tempting beers from the Inland NW Craft Beer Festival
For the second year, the Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival is taking the field at Avista Stadium, the home of the Spokane Indians, for a two-day celebration of our region's brewing industry. As the craft beer scene has grown, so has this festival, which now takes place over the course of two days (Friday and Saturday) and includes 31 breweries from the state of Washington.

Fill 'er Up!

Steady Flow Growler House brings beer by the jugful to the Valley
While stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Ashton and Cassaundra Preston lived near a bar that introduced them to world of craft beer. After moving to Colorado, the couple discovered that growlers could allow them to easily enjoy craft beer in their own home.

Glass of Health

The Wellness Tree brings fresh juices to South Perry
The Wellness Tree Health Clinic and Juice Bar is like walking into an Apple store with a splash of Douglas fir. Maybe a little more than a splash.

Oktöber in September

After a dry spell of more than 30 years, Oktoberfest returns to Spokane
Over the next few days, don't be surprised if you hear resonant shouts of "Prost!" emanating from the Spokane Convention Center. An Oktoberfest celebration is returning to Spokane after a hiatus of more than three decades.

UPDATE | Beverly's

New fall flavors, and deals for early diners
After serving lighter food this summer, Beverly's in Coeur d'Alene is joining many restaurants around the Inland Northwest soon switching to a fall menu full of savory comfort food. Combining hearty food in complex ways creates the big fall flavors showcased in some of their new entrées, such as bacon-wrapped diver sea scallops with roasted organic fingerling potatoes, Boursin, spinach and a pesto-and-roasted-pepper butter sauce ($38-$40).

Growing Goodness

Food For All aims to keep Spokane well-fed
Whitney Jacques has always loved plants. Her childhood memories of growing up in the woods of Chugiak, Alaska, include installing a little garden with help from her dad and loving — or rather, over-loving — her houseplants to the point of drowning them.

Monster Potential

A seasoned chef shows flair with Kaiju Sushi & Spirits
Frank Ciccone couldn't help himself. Although crazy busy as executive chef at Crickets Restaurant & Oyster Bar, when a neighboring space became available, Ciccone saw its potential.

A Taste of Fall

Our restaurants are moving into autumn with new menus
Chefs around the Inland Northwest have already begun experimenting with new, innovative dishes as we begin to say goodbye to those hot summer days and welcome fall's approach. Fall flavors tend to demand a little heavier, more filling creations, and with an abundance of farms in this area, these chefs luckily don't have to look very far to find fresh ingredients to make them.

What's Brewing?

Fresh hops are coming, and so is the beer festival season
September is my favorite beer month of the year. That's, of course, because hops have been — or are being — harvested and getting ready to be made into fresh hop beers.

Local Foods Do Good

Don't forget the Spokane-area standbys when you're cruising Pig Out in the Park
There's a lot of food at Pig Out in the Park.

Beyond the Hut

Kiko's Harbor House Grill brings quality food to McEuen Park
Randy and Akiko Folk have run the Tiki Hut at Coeur d'Alene's Independence Point for five years, but knew they could offer more than just typical concession food if they had more room and a kitchen.


Come for the beer, stay for the tasty grub
Despite writing up Daft Badger Brewing just weeks after the Coeur d'Alene operation opened early this year, we managed to omit them from our otherwise comprehensive Beer Issue last month. Don't take our mistake as a reason to overlook this brewpub, located in Coeur d'Alene's midtown area.

Independent Spirits

The booze-making boom hits North Idaho with the opening of Mill Town Distillery
Brewing beer might have been easier, in terms of production and business planning, but Jessie and Victor Vachon had different ideas. "We have to do our own thing," says Jessie from inside Mill Town Distillery, the seventh Idaho-based distillery and the first of its kind in the Panhandle (Coeur d'Alene's Bardenay is based in Boise).

UPDATE | Uva Trattoria

A new downtown CdA location comes with some new specials
Timing is everything. When Steve Van Zeveren and his sister, Lisa, first were developing Uva Trattoria, their first choice was a downtown Coeur d'Alene location.


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