Spokane-area wineries bring home medals, plus notable restaurant openings and transitions | Food News | Spokane | Interior of the Pacific Northwest

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Craftsman Cellars wines recently won two gold medals. |Courtesy picture

As many admirers of the Craftsman style know, the moniker implies the pinnacle of craftsmanship, from the utmost attention to detail to an in-depth knowledge of materials and processes. That’s the philosophy behind Spokane-based CRAFTSMAN CELLARS (1194 W. Summit Pkwy.), which recently won two double gold medals at the 2021 Seattle Wine Awards.

“We are very excited about this as we only submitted three wines, and two of them received double gold,” said Margo Shelman, co-owner of Craftsman Cellars with husband and winemaker Greg Shelman. .

The 2017 Craftsman Cabernet Sauvignon and 2017 Malbec are the winners of the annual competition, which is open to any wine – including fruit wine – or mead produced with grapes from an American wine-growing area (AVA) of Washington. .

Other recognized Spokane area wineries include Arbor Crest, Barili Cellars, Cougar Crest Estate Winery, Liberty Lake Wine Cellars, Maryhill Winery, van Loben Sels Cellars, and Winescape. Awards were also presented to Pend Oreille Winery, based in Sandpoint, as well as Hierophant Meadery. Visit seattlewineawards.com/results.


The lights are on at NEON PIZZA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino’s newest restaurant located at the resort’s northern family entrance. Look for New York-style pizzas – cheese, pepperoni, supreme or margherita – as well as a handful of burgers and other classic American dishes. The atmosphere is set to 80s music, complemented by a retro video game room.

BOIADA BRAZILIAN GRILL (245 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.) introduces diners to what is traditionally a long, all-you-can-eat meal. The rodizio churrasco ($40.95/dinner; $57.95/dinner) features a rotating selection of proteins ranging from lamb chops to filet mignon to bacon-wrapped chicken, carved and served to your table. It also includes an all-you-can-eat assortment of vegetable and fruit salads, starches like bread and mashed potatoes, soup, and traditional Brazilian dishes like feijoada (black bean stew and pork sausage). The new restaurant, located in the former home of the Mexican restaurant Maracas, offers a full bar with wine, beer, cocktails, including Brazilian drinks like Caïpirinha with rum-like cachaça, lime and passion fruit ($12.95). Visit boiadabraziliangrill.com/menu-spokane.


The Pizza Co. North Spokane (9225 N. Nevada St.) has been renamed THE MANGO TREE – NORTH SPOKANE. The new North Side restaurant has the same menu as its downtown location, offering Indian and Pakistani cuisine and offering daily specials for lunch ($15). This is the third Mango Tree restaurant in the area since 2018, when Rakesh Kaushal opened the first Mango Tree in Coeur d’Alene. Info about facebook.com/themangotreeNS.

You heard right: STELLA’S CAFÉ (19 W. Main Ave., inside Saranac Commons) has brought back its popular McRuins menu. On Mondays, when many other places are closed, Stella serves restaurateur Tony Brown’s version of, well, whatever he has in mind that day. Expect the unexpected: fishwiches ($13), Taco Bell soft tacos ($7), Northern Thai poutine ($12), Twix bars fried in Dr. Pepper batter ($6). Visit instagram.com/_stellasrestaurant. ♦

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