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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.”

 

Local Stars Serve Dinner to Benefit Homeless

Local Stars Serve Dinner to Benefit Homeless

Sports stars and local T.V. personalities will be serving dinner at the HuHot Mongolian Grill tonight to support Blessings Under the Bridge.

 

Jessica Kovac and her husband Mike started serving brown bag meals to the area's homeless in 2007. Since then it has grown into a weekly meal service and non-profit. Their brown bags include sandwiches and home made baked goods, as well fruit and toiletries. Each recipient is offered a bottle of water and coffee or cocoa.

 

“Blessings Under the Bridge has just boomed so much,” says Kovac, adding that she and her husband never expected their weekly ministry to become a non-profit. BUTB estimates that it takes only $12.00 to provide brown bags for ten homeless.

 

Buffalo Wild Wings coming to Spokane Valley

Buffalo Wild Wings coming to Spokane Valley

 

You've undoubtedly seen the commercials if you've ever watched a sporting event, yet there has never been a Buffalo Wild Wings in the Spokane area. But the wait is soon to be over.

Buffalo Wild Wings confirmed to KXLY Wednesday that they intend to have a restaurant open in the Spokane Valley by the end of 2013.

“We are delighted to let you know we will be bringing our award winning wings and sauces to Spokane in the third quarter,” Leslie Bryant of Buffalo Wild Wings said in an email. “We will bring approximately 120 new jobs to the area.”

A public records request found that the company submitted a grading request permit for the land located at 14702 East Indiana Avenue, near the Spokane Valley Mall.

Buffalo Wild Wings touts 16 signature sauces – ranging from Sweet BBQ to Blazin' – and five seasonings. While waiting for the Spokane Valley branch to open, you can get more acquainted with the restaurant at the company's website.

Restaurant Week: Participating Valley/Liberty Lake eateries

Restaurant Week: Participating Valley/Liberty Lake eateries

 

Spokane Restaurant Week starts this Friday throughout the Inland Northwest.

“Restaurant Week is your opportunity to try as many restaurants as your schedule will allow for affordable, fixed prices,” the week-long event's website says.

Most restaurants are offering a few options for each course for a fixed price of either $18 or $28 a person.

Over 50 restaurants are participating from the West Plains to Liberty Lake, with the majority being in Downtown Spokane.

Here are the restaurants participating in the Spokane Valley/Liberty Lake area: