Better Campus Cuisine

Better Campus Cuisine

Modern trends in meal plans at local colleges and universities range from allergen-free eating to a focus on sustainability and diversity
Food is important to Chase Wilcutt, a former 230-pound defensive lineman from Onalaska, Washington, who visited two other comparable universities before selecting Whitworth University, where he now plays defensive end for the Pirates. "I made a chart, actually," says Wilcutt, who liked Whitworth's food and appreciated the unlimited meal plan option, which is called all-you-care-to-eat — versus all-you-can-eat — in the parlance of today's college dining services.

Favorable Fruits

One Tree Hard Cider's new downtown cider house showcases the growing regional industry with 20 taps
Joining the ranks of numerous craft breweries in the west end of downtown Spokane, regional craft cider is now part of the tasty, local mix. Much to the excitement of One Tree Hard Cider's fans, the Spokane Valley-based cidery announced earlier this year its plans to open a full-service cider house — essentially a taphouse featuring hard cider, and serving food — in the downtown core.

Journey South

The Observatory sent its staff to Kentucky to learn about whiskey, and they lived to tell about it
Most of us have had jobs where hanging out at length with co-workers was more a trial than a treat. And even when there's genuine camaraderie among work peers, spending an inordinate amount of time together can push a friendly vibe into a testy one.

Fermented and Fresh

A new, Spokane-based kombucha brewery is churning out refreshing, tart-meets-slightly-sweet beverage treats
The two local women behind one of the region's newest craft beverage companies want to turn preconceived notions of their product on its head, in a few ways. It was with this thought in mind that Damn!Bucha founders and owners Jamie Sweetser and Linda Johnson chose the catchy moniker — first suggested by Johnson's husband — for their small business.

Dining For a Good Cause

Two tasty benefit dinners support local nonprofits working to end food insecurity and aid hospitality workers
Welcome to a new era of nonprofit fundraisers. Though many local organizations still offer largely traditional events (formal galas, auctions, etc.), a growing number are choosing innovative ideas, often coupled with excellent food.

On a Lark

Behind the scenes of a recent book by one of the Pacific Northwest's top culinary talents
When Chef John Sundstrom moved to Seattle in the early '90s, it seemed like a whole other world to him. Raised in Utah, Sundstrom went to culinary school in Vermont and cooked in California before moving to the Northwest in his mid-twenties.

Organic By Design

City Beach Organics fills a necessary niche in Sandpoint's dining scene
"We're just really, really passionate about healthy living, and eating more simply and living more simply," says Mandy Edmondson, who recently opened City Beach Organics with her husband, Bob Edmondson. The couple relocated to the area last year from Northern California, where they'd run an organic food home delivery business called Country Organics.

Sharing the Bounty

Why a local couple grow and give away their harvest each year to fight hunger in rural Eastern Washington
Dr. David Bare works in the secular realm, yet you get the sense upon meeting him that he and his wife, Ruth, feel a calling towards helping others. Their good deeds are done by the ton, every one a nutritious, sustaining mouthful.

The Son and the Moon

In North Idaho, a new, family-owned Japanese eatery moves into the former Yellow House café spot
Daniel Moon has nearly worn a path between the dining area and modest kitchen of his family's new restaurant, Little Kyoto Japanese Kitchen and Sushi, while his father, Byoung "David" Moon, and mother, Young Moon, prepare food orders in the kitchen. Lunchtime is busy in the Hayden restaurant located inside a converted house built in 1940 — every table is full from noon to around 2 pm on a recent Monday — and Daniel Moon has his hands full with bento boxes and sushi rolls on the pared-down lunch menu.

How Does Your Garlic Grow?

Go beyond the grocery store's typical offerings and try some of the lesser-known varieties of garlic, grown by a local farm
Last year, I was taking a lap at the Thursday Market in the South Perry District when I noticed something I'd never seen before in the market: garlic.

Flaky Frenzy

A new spot from a familiar name offers both classic and creative twists on biscuits and gravy inside the Saranac Commons
Whether you like to keep it classic, or you're more open to flavorful adventure, a new biscuits-and-gravy spot in downtown Spokane hopes to sate the hunger of all biscuit lovers. Opening earlier this month, Biscuit Wizard joins a growing list of local eateries owned by culinary couple Chef Jeremy Hansen and his wife Kate Hansen, who also operate Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie, Common Crumb Artisan Bakery, Inland Pacific Kitchen and Hogwash Whiskey Den.

Everyday Sunshine

The new De Leon's Taco & Bar makes every day "Taco Tuesday" in North Spokane
The idea of relegating the taco — arguably the world's most perfect food — to one day of the week based on, originally, a Taco John's promotion, is absurd at face value. But every Tuesday, our Facebook feeds fill with restaurant posts offering their "Taco Tuesday" deals and friends making plans for downing a few with some beers.

Taste of the Past

A special fundraiser dinner in Moscow explores culinary and local history
You're cordially invited to dine through the decades at three historic Moscow, Idaho, venues next Friday evening. Your travels will begin at the Kenworthy, which opened as a theater in 1926.

Meet Your Brewer: Mark Irvin

The founder of Northern Lights, now head brewer at Bennidito's Brewpub, reflects on region's craft beer industry over the decades
"I remember when I shared samples of my very first pale ale," recalls Mark Irvin, head brewer at Bennidito's Brewpub.

Suds Collective

A new beer bar is bringing life back into a historic building on East Sprague
After sitting dormant for more than a year, the little brick building in east downtown Spokane is alive again. Workers from nearby businesses, along with friends of Community Pint owners TJ and Sarah Wallin, trickle in on a late Thursday afternoon to beat the heat and chat over pints of ice-cold beer from one of the 24 tap handles.

Here, There and Everywhere

Drinking local in the Inland Northwest has never been so easy, challenging and delicious
The concept seems simple enough: "Drink Local."


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