Thursday, September 26, 2013

Beer festival, Mustard Seed anniversary and a Happy Meal brouhaha

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Crews are setting up tents, tables and port-a-potties in Riverfront Park today for the Inland NW Craft Beer Festival, which starts tomorrow. There’s more information on that in today’s Entree newsletter — hint: tickets are $5 cheaper if you buy them today — along with details about this weekend’s 30th anniversary celebration at the Mustard Seed.

If you’re missing the old Oktoberfest theme, head over to theĀ Spokane Public Market this weekend for their beer-and-brats celebration.

One of the best things about the beer festival is the selection of fresh hop beers, and we’ve got a story in this week’s issue about why local hops matter.

We’ve also got a story about the Spokane cronut scene, and an update about Nectar Tasting Room that only mentions a big development — the wine bar is installing a commercial kitchen, with an expanded menu coming later this fall.

If you missed it yesterday, there are now signs up in Kendall Yards with the three new restaurants that will be joining Central Food here soon. (Probably not too soon. From what we can see from Inlander HQ, the sites are all still in the moving-dirt-around phase.)

When Ionic Burritos closed last year, the Logan-area spot briefly became a Rusty Roofs Burger and Shake Shack location. Now, based on business and liquor licenses, it looks to be reopening as restaurant called Our House Thai.

After a family brought a child with a Happy Meal into Syringa in Couer d’Alene, a Facebook post sparked a debate over whether it’s ever OK to bring outside food into restaurants (and became a case study in how businesses should or shouldn’t use social media).

Tomorrow, Sept. 27, is the day all medium drinks at Dutch Bros. are $2, with half of that going to help a 21-year-old Spokane woman fighting cancer and the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

Qdoba is opening its newest Inland Northwest location today, in Hayden.

Washington Grown, a TV project sponsored by Washington Farmers and Ranchers to feature local food businesses and growers, is premiering on Northwest Cable News this Sunday. Here’s the trailer:

Read previous food news here.

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Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...