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6.20.13

Cidery

CIDERY OPENS ON GREEN BLUFF

Breweries may be popping up here and there in Spokane, but cideries aren't as common. That's why Will Jordan opened his cidery, Twilight Cider Works, a few weeks ago on Green Bluff.

Jordan currently works in health care, but when he and his wife moved up to Green Bluff a few years ago to help at their parents nearby orchard, starting a cidery seemed like a reasonable outlet.

The apples used in the cider are harvested from both Green Bluff growers and from around the state.

So far Jordan has three blends. Two of them, named New Traditions and Inland Empire, are a mixture of dessert and culinary apples that make for new American-style ciders, he says. The other combines a single variety of apples with cherries and is called First Harvest because cherries are harvested first in the season.

Jordan plans for Twilight to have its bottled cider in local stores. But for now he says you can pick up bottles in their tasting room on Green Bluff at 18102 N. Day Mount Spokane Road and come in for a tasting on weekends from noon to 6 pm. Tastings during the week can be scheduled by appointment.

JO MILLER

TWO TEMPORARY CLOSINGS AND AN OPENING

We have some tidbits of local food news for you:

Ringo's Little Vegas Casino Bar and Grill in Spokane Valley closed recently, but it is only for the summer. The closure is due to “unexpected situations" that caused them to shut down the casino portion of Ringo's, according to a notice posted to the door by management. They are restructuring and plan to reopen in fall.

You might have heard about the fire last weekend that damaged Geno's on North Hamilton Street as well as nearby apartments. Due to the damage the restaurant is closed. But after repairs are finished, they plan to be up and running again in a month, according to an update on Geno's Facebook page.

There's one more thing we thought we'd mention just so you can start getting stoked now. A zombie themed donut shop is planning to open on North Division Street in August. Yes, we said a zombie themed donut shop. You can follow them on Twitter for updates.

JO MILLER

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An Evening in Tuscany

Central YMCA | 930 N. Monroe St.

Dinner and silent auction benefiting the YWCA's Alternatives to Domestic Violence Safe Shelter. | June 22 at 6 pm | $50 | 863-2882more...

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Juicing Workshop

Sun People Dry Goods Co. | 32 W. Second Ave.

Learn how to use a juicer to make healthy concoctions intended to help combat negative health symptoms. | June 22 from 3-5 pm | Free, pre-registration required | 368-9378more...

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Authentic Mexican Cooking

The Kitchen Engine | 620 W. Mallon Ave., Ste. 416

Learn to make fresh dough, classic fillings and sauces and how to wrap tamales. | June 23 at 2 pm | $45, registration required | 328-3335more...

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Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs

2804 E. 29th Ave.
368-9624

The South Hill is still on a Bruchi's high from the reopening of the go-to cheesesteak shop's location in April. It was closed for more than a year — during which time another shop briefly operated in its stead — before coming back with a face-lift.

According to manager Marissa Broemmeling, daughter of founder Bruce Greene, Bruchi's was closed by the previous owner for family reasons. Greene bought it back, and now the family-owned restaurant is doing better than ever, she says.

Although it's in the same location, Bruchi's might as well be a completely new restaurant. Signs hang on new brick walls, more seating is available and the serving station has been completely revamped. Customers now order directly from the chef before paying, minimizing lines and getting food out quicker.

The updated menu is different from other Bruchi's restaurants. Less popular sandwiches were taken off, while healthier options like salads, chicken primavera and a choice of wheat bread were added. The mouthwatering Classic and Supreme remain reigning customer favorites. more...

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Silver Spoon Tea House

1427 W. Sixth Ave.
995-0074

It's teatime. It's a time for party dresses and bow ties, a time to be ladylike and gentlemanly, to sip and not slurp, nibble and not chomp. But at the Silver Spoon Tea House, it's not necessarily hoity-toity when it comes to afternoon tea.

Sylvia Erickson says her teahouse is not snobbish. By all means, come in your frilly garb with your hair all done up — but you can wear jeans, too. “We want people to experience the formal aspect of everything," she says.

Erickson and daughter Lara McHenry opened the Silver Spoon Tea House the first day of June. They wanted something they could do together that had a laid-back feel, says Erickson, who previously owned and leased restaurants in Colorado and Montana.

McHenry, who worked in real estate, says they wanted to create a place in Spokane for tea enthusiasts.

Silver Spoon operates out of a house built in 1903 on the lower South Hill that's in the Spokane Register of Historic places as the Levi Monroe House. Erickson furnished multiple rooms in the Queen Anne-style house with antiques, set up outdoor seating on the wraparound veranda and serves everything on authentic china.

There are two ways to go about teatime at Silver Spoon. You can come in during the morning and early afternoon and sit in the French-style patisserie room, or you can make a reservation for a formal afternoon tea service. more...

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