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10.10.13

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DISTILLERIES ON THE WAY

First, the Inland Northwest craft brewing scene exploded and then a few cideries popped up. Now a couple of startups - alongside Tinbender that we told you about a couple months back - are appearing on the lonesome distilling scene, occupied mostly by Dry Fly.

21 Window Distillery | Spokane Valley

Last week was Michael Thompson and Guy Farmer's first bottling run at their new distillery, 21 Window. Thompson, a Volkswagen aficionado, chose the name in honor of the "holy grail" of the VW buses, Farmer says. This Valley distillery will be making small-batch vodka from Washington state apples. Because other people tend to use various wheats, Thompson says they wanted to try something a little different. "The microbrew business is thriving in the area [and] all the local microbrewers have their own following," Thompson says. "We're just trying to do the same." Plans for a release party have yet to be confirmed, but they're hoping to have one by the end of October.

2 Loons Distillery | Loon Lake

Just about 30 miles north of Spokane, another distillery is in the process of setting up their space in Loon Lake. Greg and Trish Schwartz are the owners, and Greg says they're hoping to be in production by Christmas or the first of next year. Using Washington products to flavor their spirits, the Schwartz's will be producing a variety of whiskeys, gins and liqueurs.

JO MILLER

SPOKANE VALLEY GETS A CELEBRATIONS BAKERY

Celebrations Bakery has been serving up cupcakes, custom cakes and cake pops for more than three years on Garland Avenue and now they're spreading the sugar-filled love to the east. Because business is booming at the Garland location, Celebrations decided to branch out to Spokane Valley and open another Celebrations at the intersection of South Sullivan Road and East Fourth Avenue near Froyo Earth and Forza Coffee. The new location is set to open late October or early November. And once it's open, business hours will extend at both locations to be open earlier and later.

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Coffee Pour Competition

Indaba | 1425 W. Broadway Ave.

Hand-brewed coffee competition with judging on aroma, flavor, aftertaste and other characteristics, with prizes for 1st-3rd place. |Oct. 11 from 7:30-10:30 pm | Free | 443-3566more...

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Evanson Distilling Open House

Evanson Distilling | 1620 E. Houston Ave.

Grand opening of the new locally-owned distillery, featuring vodka tasting, food and more. | Oct. 12 from noon to 6 pm | Free | 481-8847more...

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Signature Chefs Auction

Red Lion Hotel at the Park | 201 W. North River Dr.

Annual fundraiser event for the March of Dimes featuring an auction, food prepared by notable Inland Northwest chefs and beverages from local wineries and breweries. | Oct. 12 at 6 pm | $150 | marchofdimes.commore...

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Nothing Bundt Cakes

2525 E. 29th Ave.
747-2004

Samuel Canty and his family were on their way to a friend’s house for brunch with the intention of bringing a coffee cake. Instead, his dad suggested picking up a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes, a bakery the rest of the family had never heard of.

Canty had been looking into a couple of different franchise opportunities, but once he tasted Nothing Bundt Cakes, it caught his attention. "We tried it and it was amazing," he says. Now, the 25-year-old - along with his mom - is opening a Nothing Bundt Cakes on the South Hill, and the family came back to the Northwest just to do so.

The Bundt-cake bakery chain has about 70 locations nationwide, but this will be the first to open in Washington. It’s a homecoming not only for Canty, but also for Nothing Bundt Cakes cofounder Debra Shwetz, who grew up on the South Hill. Shwetz was crowned the 1975 Lilac Princess, attended Lewis and Clark High School and later graduated from the University of Washington.

At the Spokane location’s official opening on Friday, Oct. 11, the cakes Shwetz dreamed up with cofounder Dena Tripp in Las Vegas will finally make their way into the mouths of her fellow Spokanites.  

Nothing Bundt Cakes has nine year-round cake flavors and one seasonal flavor. (From October to Christmas you can get pumpkin spice.) Each cake - whether it’s white chocolate raspberry, chocolate chocolate chip, red velvet or cinnamon swirl - is wrapped in chunky strokes of pedal-shaped cream cheese frosting. more...

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Cafe Carambola

610 W. Hubbard Ave., Ste. 110, CdA
208-676-8784

Fresh, bright, tropical and yet prominent throughout Latin America, the carambola fruit is the inspiration for the Coeur d’Alene cafe of the same name. Run by Colomba Zavala-Aguilar, her father Juan and husband Carlos, Cafe Carambola serves lunch-only crowds in a cozy storefront along Northwest Boulevard.

Cafe Carambola’s menu features salads, soups, drinks, quesadillas and tortas (sandwiches) that reflect chef Colomba’s fusion cooking style. From-scratch French bread, for example, reflects French influences on Central Mexican cuisine, while the contents of Carambola’s sandwiches run the cultural gamut from the El Cubanito (pulled pork and pineapple salsa) to El Argentino (with chimichurri).

Recipes blend travel experiences, family get-togethers, and Colomba’s classic training at San Francisco’s Le Cordon Bleu and its affiliate, the California Culinary Academy. Look for daily soup specials like the zesty sweet potato, as well as seasonally changing, Mexican-style fresh fruit coolers. more...

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