Starting Small

Starting Small

The Moscow Farmers Market has a history of helping local food businesses gain traction
With the last of the molasses ginger cookie batter mixed, Connie Rosendahl starts collecting her baking supplies before returning the kitchen to its rightful owner. Rosendahl's business, Sisters Cookie Company, has shared the oven and counters at a pizza shop in downtown Moscow a couple of mornings a week for a year.

Down Home

Scotty's Doghouse is a pub built for its neighborhood
With a yellow exterior and athletic-themed stickers on the windows, Scotty's Doghouse, the newly opened sports bar near Gonzaga, is everything it seems it would be — and a little bit more. Owner Scott Wilburn's passion for skiing inspired the bar's sports theme, and with nine TVs, it's nearly impossible to walk in and not catch some sort of sporting event playing.

Social Hour

Bernd Barrel fills a social void in Sandpoint
Back in 2007, Sandpoint was awash in wine bars, including Coldwater Creek's second-floor sanctuary located above its downtown retail space. Shoppers could pop up to the sleek room, renovated to the building's near-original 1900s brick-and-timber quality, order a glass of excellent wine, and enjoy the upper-level view.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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