Market Boom

Market Boom

A new report shows how the Moscow Farmers Market has become a major player in the region's small business economy
For years, Brush Creek Creamery only sold its cheese at the Moscow Farmers Market. Rebeccah Salmeri, manager and co-owner of the Deary, Idaho, creamery, says that's where they've built relationships with customers and other vendors who have the same desire to build a small, home-based business that keeps them out of the "rat race."

Savory Slurps

Umami Ramen brings traditional Japanese noodle bowls to the Lake City
Bin Sun is on a quest. The owner of Liberty Lake's Ding How pan-Asian restaurant and the former Ugly Fish Asian bistro in Coeur d'Alene went to Japan last year expecting to expand his knowledge of sushi, yet returned home with a newfound love of ramen.

Brew Tunes

A group on the Palouse unites history and a love of singing with the art of craft beer
With a pint in hand, Palouse Choral Society Director Sarah Graham leads a crowd at Clarkston, Washington's Riverport Brewing Co. through a round of an unfamiliar, alehouse-inspired tune from the year 1611. The early verse is a little quiet, but the "hey-nonny-nonnies" ring out as more and more singers add their voices.

Meet Your Brewer: Orlison Brewing's Rachel Nalley

A love of science and how things are made took her from casual beer connoisseur to craft brewing grad
Simple curiosity led Rachel Nalley to craft beer.

A Wine for All Patios

Getting to know Vinho Verde, an ideal summer refresher
On a particularly hot day several years ago, I decided to broaden my wine horizons. I'd been slowly drinking my way through WineWise, an informative wine primer published by the Culinary Institute of America.

UPDATE: CEDAR STREET BISTRO

A new wine bar, expanded menu and live music attract to this longstanding Sandpoint fave
Some folks may still remember when Coldwater Creek had its swanky retail outlet inside Sandpoint's Cedar Street Bridge. Or when new owners reopened it in 2007 with the idea of transforming it into a mixed-use shopping and dining space.

Hearty Appetites

Creative growth in Spokane's culinary and cultural scenes inspired a well-known local chef to start a food festival to match its pace
With 10 events featuring 50 chefs spread out over four days, Chef Adam Hegsted's vision for a "big and grand" food festival is soon to be a reality. The upcoming Crave!

Door to Table

Local and national meal delivery services are growing in popularity, combining convenience and healthy nutrition for people on the go
Culinary trends have come a long way since the advent of Chef Boyardee canned spaghetti, Swanson TV dinners, and microwaveable Hot Pockets, yet convenience is still a powerful factor in how we eat. Our on-the-go lifestyles often rely on fast food and fast-casual restaurants, takeout, delivery pizza and groceries, and even sit-down restaurant food.

Eat Your Veggies

A new cookbook explores the bounty of the Pacific Northwest through produce
A couple of years ago, Kim O'Donnel got into a conversation with an editor at Seattle's Sasquatch Books. "They wanted to publish a vegetarian cookbook with a Northwest focus," says O'Donnel.

East Mountain Eats

North Spokane's Five Mile neighborhood gets some gastropub grub with the new Cascadia Public House
Adding to a list that includes a brewpub, stone-fired pizza, German fare, a tiny sushi joint, burgers and plenty of fast food, the folks who live near or frequent the businesses of Spokane's Five Mile Shopping Center now can add a Northwest-inspired gastropub to the tally. And though the neighborhood lost its sole Southwestern food spot before Cascadia Public House's debut last month, the transition from Ash Street Tacos and the adjacent Tonicx bar's departure to Cascadia's arrival was swift.

Meat Madness

I love brisket more than is probably safe — or healthy — for a guy my age
About a year after our first child was born, my wife suggested I take up a hobby. I'd become a guy who worked a lot and parented a lot, then filled the rest of his time with watching basketball or baseball or football, which is not the sort of guy I ever expected to become.

Lone Star

A new North Idaho grill offers an unexpected and healthytake on Southwestern classics
Steve Eller is a tall drink of water with Texas-sized ambitions for his new Cosmic Cowboy Grill's location and menu with a healthy twist on Southwestern food. As a former commercial real estate broker, Eller followed the first rule of real estate — location, location, location — when deciding where to construct the eatery, located at the prime junction of Highway 95 and Interstate 90 in Coeur d'Alene.

Washington's Finest

A look inside one of the state's most acclaimed — and far-flung — fine dining locales
If you drive two hours north of Seattle and hop onto a ferry, you'll arrive at Lummi Island, home of the Willows Inn. While the guest rooms are cozy, most people are there for the food.

Kitchen Confidence

A new North Idaho business promotes healthy cooking and skill building for budding young chefs
They may need to stand on tiptoes or use two hands to push the spoon through thick cookie batter, but the KinderCooks students at the newly opened Young Chefs Academy make up for their small size with big enthusiasm. Finley Dupree, for example, is a 5-year-old ponytailed pixie who loves to cook, says mom Kim Dupree, who owns the Blue Plate Cafe in nearby Hayden and cooks with Finley at home.

Grape Expectations

Spokane's profile is on the rise, thanks in part to the burgeoning Washington wine industry
When John Allen first began working in the Spokane wine industry in the mid-1980s, things were different.

Celebrating the Craft

Prepare your liver; the third annual Spokane Craft Beer Week is here
Now in its third year, Spokane Craft Beer Week has become an annual highlight for craft beer enthusiasts across the Inland Northwest. Running from Monday, May 15 through Sunday, May 21, this year's Craft Beer Week offers daily events featuring nearly 40 regional breweries and a half-dozen beer bars.

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