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Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your Ghosts and Ghouls? IHOP wants to help kick off the festivities with a free Scary Face pancake for all kids 12 and under on October 31.

From 7 am to 10 pm, each child can receive one of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes decorated with a whipped topping smiles and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then kids can use a kit of delicious toppings – eight pieces of candy corn and two mini Oreos – to finish decorating the face however they choose.

If you can't make it on Halloween, don't worry too much – the Scary Face pancake is available as a regular menu item all month long.

Alaskan Brewing hosts Spokane scavenger hunt

Alaskan Brewing hosts Spokane scavenger hunt

The Alaskan Gold Rush is coming to Spokane! But don't head for the river just yet – this gold rush requires a little more patience.

Organized by Fast Eddies owner Matt Goodwin and Alaskan Brewing, the Gold Rush is a six-week scavenger hunt spanning bars across the city, where each clue leads you closer to the grand prize: a gold nugget worth $2,000.

“They're hiding it today because it's kicking off tomorrow,” Goodwin said. Everyone, even the bar employees are eligible to win because it's someone from the brewery who's hiding the prize. “They won't even tell me where it's hidden.”

Every Friday for the next six weeks, bars will offer a deal on Alaskan Brewing products and post a sign with that week's number to text. Each text message delivers a clue, more specific than the last until the final week.

Spokane Valley app reaching out to local businesses

Spokane Valley app reaching out to local businesses

Did you know the city of Spokane Valley has an app? It features shopping, eating, hotels and recreation at just the touch of a button and tap into your phone's GPS to let you know what's closest to you.

This summer city staff are working to make the app even better – reaching out to local businesses to help upload their information onto Google My Business, which then makes it accessible on the app.

In addition to business names and locations, users can take a look at detailed information, reviews and driving directions. General information about Spokane Valley and public events and activities are also available.

Spokane Valley says the app encourages potential customers to shop, play, dine and stay by maximizing information.

Businesses who don't want to wait to be contacted in order to share their information can call the city directly to set up an appointment at (509) 720-5038.

Clayton chef finds surprise success as buttercream sculptor

Clayton chef finds surprise success as buttercream sculptor

There’s spectacular cakes, and then there’s the art that Chef Rebecca Wortman creates with buttercream frosting and sugar pieces. Using the common cake topping, Wortman makes sculptures that have captured the eye of the confectionary world in just a few short months.


“I wanted to do something different,” said Wortman of her sculptures. “And it’s turning out to be good.”

Spokane Valley launches smart phone app

Spokane Valley launches smart phone app

The Spokane Valley has launched a new app designed to help visitors and residents get to know the city.


"The app was developed to help visitors as well as community members explore and enjoy Spokane Valley's unique features and qualities," said City of Spokane Valley Human Resources Director John Whitehead, who led the team that developed the app.

Local companies finalists for Good Food Awards

Local companies finalists for Good Food Awards

Three local companies are finalists for the Good Food Awards presented by Seedling Projects. Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie, Roast House and Doma Coffee Roasting Co. will find out at a special ceremony in January if they’ve won.

Big praise for Spokane craft beer

Big praise for Spokane craft beer

Over the last year Spokane has seen a boom in the success and popularity of locally made craft beers. People are starting to take notice, and on Friday night, for the first time, the Washington Beer Commission and the Washington Brewers Guild held their meetings in Spokane.

 

“They see there’s this completely new hot spot in Spokane,” explained John Bryant of No-Li Brewhouse. It’s a hot spot that even the grandfather of craft brewing is noticing.

 

Charlie Papazian is the President of the Brewers Association, and back in the 80s he wrote the first American book on home brewing. The Complete Joy of Homebrewing is widely considered to be the Bible of homebrewing for people creating their own craft brews.

 

“He invented for the most part what craft beer is in America,” said Bryant. “He chose to come to Spokane for a reason.”