Made with Love

Made with Love

Bruncheonette offers breakfast flavors years in the making
Husband-and-wife team Allen Skelton and Joile Forral don't go looking for specific dishes on their dining travels. The pair behind the Couple of Chefs food truck and catering business instead scan menus for fresh approaches.

No Tricks

Coeur d'Alene's Mudge Chocolates makes treats everyone can feel good about
Candy is everywhere you look this time of year, as ubiquitous as pumpkins, foretelling the cultural phenomena known as trick-or-treating, when kids come home with sacks full of sugary booty. While the inhumanly high amounts of sugar children are able to consume during this time is plenty of cause for alarm, what concerned Mudge Chocolates creator Winona Smith were the unnatural ingredients in many commercial candies, particularly food dyes.

Stirring Up Success

How a bartender worked her way up to own a Spokane restaurant
When the Melting Pot opened a Spokane location in 2008, Kim Silva was a bartender at the new restaurant. Now, she and her husband actually own the place.

Drinking Gold

Perry Street Brewing went big at the Great American Beer Festival
At the awards ceremony for the Great American Beer Festival — the biggest craft beer celebration in the country — it's best for brewers who've entered their creations into the contest not to get their hopes up. At least that's how Perry Street Brewing owner and brewer Ben Lukes went into it.

Tapping In

A new gastropub finds a groove in Moscow's growing culinary scene
Decked out with stylish seating, exposed brick and concrete and a large bar shaped to highlight a long line of taps, Tapped Taphouse & Kitchen in Moscow is settling into its niche after its first year. With entrées in the $10-to-$15 range, familiar yet adventurous appetizers and a craft beer list that focuses on brewers west of the Rockies, Tapped owner Joel Cohen was looking to fill a gap between cheap eats and pricey dining rooms.

UPDATE | The Pie Hut

You'll want more than just one slice
A pple, cherry crumble, coconut, chocolate peanut butter, huckleberry cheese and their two most popular — crème brûlée and sour cream lemon. Name a flavor and The Pie Hut probably has it, with roughly 50 fresh-baked pies by the slice ($3.75) or whole ($13 to $15) daily.

Pies, Poetry and Prose

Inside the pie-centric world of local writer Kate Lebo
Kate Lebo and I sit at her kitchen table, under a framed Ladies' Home Journal magazine page. Set within a shopping story, opposite a giant ad for a coffee pot, is one of Sylvia Plath's first published poems.

Mediterranean Munchies

The new Kabob House packs its menu with Middle Eastern flavors
"Big" is the name of the game at the new Kabob House Mediterranean Grill in Spokane. It's true with the food, as sandwiches arrive with generously overstuffed pitas and dinner plates full of delicious Greek rice and salad underneath the entrées.

New But Familiar

South Hill Grill recaptures some of Maggie's old spirit, adds new twists
Owners expect some turbulence when opening a new eatery, especially one in the same spot as a defunct old favorite, so Cory Ehrgott knew there would be challenges in bringing his own vision to life in the former location of Maggie's South Hill Grill. What he couldn't predict, though, was the March fire next door at Studio K Bar & Grill just a couple of months after he bought the place and started renovating, adding a bar, installing a garage-style roll-up door and expanding the patio.

Beer Notes

Fresh hops are everywhere this month, and other news from the craft beer world
UPDATED with new dates for the Lantern Tap House's fresh hop festival, which was postponed due to high winds.

Always Experimenting

Townshend Cellar is back in business on Green Bluff
As Michael Townshend arranges bottles of sparkling wines behind bottles of whites, his father Don announces he'll begin pulling out the reds. After all 29 bottles are arranged across the bar, both stand back in disbelief at the number of wines in front of them, each with a story behind it.

Sweet on You

Cooler weather brings cravings for warm, comforting desserts in the region
If summer is all about cooling off with ice cream, winter is all about warming up with comfort foods. Temperatures drop, nights shorten, and our inner caveman — some researchers link cravings to primal genetics signaling us to prep for winter — wants bready, cakey, sugary.

Wrap it Up

Sweeto Burrito made me rethink everything that can go into a tortilla
Iheard about a place that had taken drive-in-style burger and fries and made them in burrito form. After a month of abstaining from such culinary excess, I finally found myself at the new Sweeto Burrito in north Spokane, ordering something called the "All American."

Bigger Beer

The Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival is a sign of how far we've come
There are several metrics by which we can measure the brewing explosion that has taken place in the Spokane area over the past half-decade. We can talk about the number of new breweries, or the emergence of growler stations and beer bars.

By the Numbers

North Idaho Cider changes ownership focus, adds to cider line
North Idaho Cider may have fewer partners since the departure of two founding members, yet the numbers look good, say remaining owners Jeff Selle, Keith Allen and Matt Peterson. In the past year, they have nearly quadrupled their cider offerings from two to seven and doubled the places carrying their ciders.

Power Play

Crafted Taphouse + Kitchen scores big with adjacent Victory Sports Hall
The new Victory Sports Hall is a win-win. For sports fans, Victory offers a stepped-up sports bar serving the same lineup of food and beer that have made neighboring Crafted Taphouse + Kitchen a popular hangout since opening in January 2014.


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