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2.21.13

Big Chop at Manito Tap House

SPOKANE RESTAURANT WEEK

It’s here – ten days to taste what Spokane restaurants do best. Tomorrow kicks off the first-ever Spokane Restaurant Week. Seattle does it. Denver, San Diego and other cities do it too. So The Inlander and Visit Spokane got together and decided it was about time Spokane had its own restaurant week. It’s the perfect opportunity to give local eateries a boost in the slow season and you a chance to experience restaurants for cheaper than usual.

So here’s how it works: There are 53 participating restaurants, and they’re not only downtown. Restaurants on the South Hill, north side, in Spokane Valley, and out to Airway Heights are taking part too. Each eatery has assembled a prix fixe menu for either $18 or $28. At most locations each menu has three courses including a main dish, an appetizer or salad, and dessert. Many have several options for each course.

To plan how you want to spend this food-filled week peruse the restaurant list and the menus on the event’s website or look for a full guide in this week’s Inlander. You’ll see everything from rock salt roasted prime rib at Clinkerdagger to black boar truffle risotto at Manito Tap House to chocolate peanut butter mousse cake at Twigs Bistro.

And what’s a restaurant week chockfull of good eats without something good to drink? You can pair your dishes with drinks from local breweries and wineries such as River City Brewing and Caterina Winery.

JO MILLER

SPOKANE BREWS HEAD OVERSEAS

The Swedes will soon be getting a little taste of the Pacific Northwest. At the Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival last fall, the Swedish government awarded Spokane’s No-Li Brewhouse distribution in their country. In a couple weeks No-Li’s Crystal Bitter ESB and Born & Raised IPA will ship out to Sweden, which is the second largest export market for American craft beer. Currently No-Li is also distributed in Colorado, Maryland and Washington D.C.

The Spokane brewery, which started in the 1990s, is no stranger to international recognition. Last year it won gold at the Japan International Beer Competition, silver in Brussels, and bronze at the European Beer Star Competition. It also does well on its own turf. Seattlepi.com named Crystal Bitter best ESB in the Northwest.

JO MILLER

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Beer Apocalypse

Rocket Market | 726 E. 43rd Ave.

Another chance to sample Elysian Brewing Co.'s "12 Beers of the Apocalypse," released last year. | Feb. 22 at 7 pm | $20, reservations required | 343-2253more...

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Lincoln Center Campout

The Lincoln Center | 1316 N. Lincoln St.

Celebration of the inaugural Spokane Restaurant Week (Feb. 22-March 3) featuring samples and tastings of cuisine by local food industry purveyors. | Feb. 22 at 6-10 pm | $28/person | 327-8000more...

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A Time for Wine

Sons of Norway | 6710 N. Country Homes Blvd

Wine tasting and auction featuring hors d'oeuvres and live music benefiting the Shadle Park HS Class of 2013 Senior All-Nighter. | Feb. 23 at 7 pm | $30-$50 | 413-8073more...

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Spokane Restaurant Week

Feb. 22-March 3

Good ideas are often their own best ambassadors. They don’t need someone to proselytize on their behalf; they speak for themselves.

And Restaurant Week, by all accounts, is a good idea. The event gives restaurants of all styles and sizes a means to woo customers en masse. In turn, diners will have the opportunity to sample new fare — or revisit longtime favorites — at an affordable set price. Tim Zagat, who’s credited with co-founding the very first Restaurant Week, has been quoted as calling it “a win-win” for everyone involved. That would explain why a concept that emerged as a four-day promotional stunt during the 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York City has since been eagerly adopted by cities around the world.

This year, thanks to a collaborative effort of The Inlander and Visit Spokane, our city can count itself among that unofficial list of global participants for the first time. more...

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Meet Your Chef

Patrick Fisher, Hay J's Bistro

How long have you been cooking?
I started at Percy’s in the Valley when I was 16 or so. I actually started as a dishwasher then I worked my way up.

And how long have you been cooking at Hay J’s? You’re a co-owner, aren’t you?
Yeah. Me and my mom, she’s my partner. We’ve been open, well in May, it’ll be seven years.

Are there challenges in coming up with a fixed-price menu?
No, there aren’t really any challenges. We have winemaker group dinners that have fixed-price menus. I guess, maybe, the biggest challenge would be timing because there’s different courses so timing between the starter, the entrée, the dessert. Quite honestly, we’ve done lots of winemaker dinners and stuff like that, but that’s where everyone is eating at the same time. When people order at different times, that’ll be little bit trickier — all the starters coming out at different times.

Your restaurant is in between Spokane and Coeur D’Alene. Who are you hoping to attract during Restaurant Week?
Hopefully new guests. We are actually really busy with what we have right now — mostly from Liberty Lake, Post Falls, the Valley, we do get a lot from downtown Spokane, but I would say our base is the Liberty Lake area. We decided this could be a way to see if there’s new blood out there and we could get new guests to come in and then come back more regularly.

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