Chef Ricky Webster announces local bakery and cheese shop Rind and Wheat

click to enlarge Ricky Webster plans to open Rind and Wheat, a local bakery and cheese shop, this fall. - ARI NORDHAGEN
Ari Nordhagen
Ricky Webster plans to open Rind and Wheat, a local bakery and cheese shop, this fall.
Baking has been Spokane chef Ricky Webster's true passion since childhood.

Although the chef's journey since moving from L.A. to Spokane in 2017 has taken him from running a local hotel kitchen to consulting with other restaurants for food service company Sysco Spokane, he's now ready to branch out on his own. 

Next up for Webster is Rind and Wheat, a specialty bread, pastry and cheese shop near downtown Spokane (exact location to be announced), set to open sometime this fall. To help the project get off the ground, Webster launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $12,000 and which runs through Friday, Sept. 4.

In between his professional culinary duties, which has included constructing a life-size gingerbread house in the lobby of his former employer Hotel RL (now the Centennial Hotel), Webster was crowned champion of two major network TV baking competitions; he won Hallmark's Christmas Cookie Matchup last year and Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge in 2018. Webster and a baking assistant, Megan Gaines, also competed on Food Network's Holiday Gingerbread Showdown in 2018, and Webster has been a two-time finalist (2019 and 2020) for the national Real California Pizza Contest.

In an introduction to Rind and Wheat on Kickstarter, Webster writes: "In early 2017 [my boyfriend] Andrew and I relocated to Spokane from Los Angeles. After a few months of wandering the city and discovering all it had to offer, we noticed there really wasn't an artisan cheese shop that could fill our craving for a tasty cheese board. I immediately began dreaming up what that cheese shop would look like if I could open one. I envisioned something like what I had experienced in New York, London and Los Angeles; where by smell alone, you'd KNOW you entered a cheese shop. I'm talking about the perfect grilled cheese, a crusty baguette with a hunk of brie or even a slice of country loaf with a smear of fresh chevre."


Earlier this spring when he was temporarily furloughed from his role as Sysco's business resource manager, Webster began putting together a business plan for Rind and Wheat. Besides a curated selection of specialty cheese from around the world, fresh-baked breads and pastries, Webster plans for the shop to sell locally made beer, wine and other artisan products that showcase the region's bounty.

While the future of public dining experiences remain shaky amid the global pandemic, Webster envisions several ways to stay viable and keep customers safe in the meantime through subscription services, online ordering and wholesale accounts.

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Chey Scott is the Inlander's food and listings editor. She compiles the weekly events calendar for the print and online editions of the Inlander, manages and edits the food section, and also writes about local arts and culture. Chey (pronounced Shay) is a lifelong Spokanite and a graduate of Washington State University...