FOOD BLOTTER: New name for Dawn of the Donut; year-round food truck park planned

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Dawn of the Donut's new owners plan to transition to the new name Casual Friday Donuts.
  • Dawn of the Donut's new owners plan to transition to the new name Casual Friday Donuts.

In this week's print edition we included a brief update on plans of new owners of Dawn of the Donut. A month ago the business's out-of-town owner announced he'd be closing the business, but Joe and Amber Owens of Celebrations Bakery have since purchased it and are already in the process of rebranding the shop, including the new name Casual Friday Donuts.

In case you missed it, Nectar Wine & Beer is to be the newest food-related business addition to the growing Kendall Yards neighborhood. The bottle shop and wine bar venture is owed by Josh Wade, of downtown's Nectar Tasting Room. 

Spokane interior design firm HDG, known for its work on several local restaurants including Volstead Act, NUDO and Crafted Taphouse, recently on its Facebook page made a vague announcement concerning future plans for the long-empty Hod Rod Cafe in Post Falls. 

East Spokane is slated to get a permanent, year-round food truck park, set to open in early 2015 at the site of the current Sprague Food Park at Sprague and Perry

A new country music club called The Nashville North is set to open on Oct. 24 in the former Big Al's Country Club spot near the Idaho state line. The club is planning to serve barbecue by Bohica Smoke. 

The second season of the locally-produced series Washington Grown, documenting local ingredients' journeys from farms to restaurant kitchens, premieres this Sunday (at noon and 8:30 pm) on Northwest Cable News channel. 

From the current Inlander, we have updates on the new gluten-free bakery and food purveyor Cole's Fine Foods, in North Spokane.

The Shop's new cupcake brand South Perry Cupcakes, which opened a few weeks ago, offers gluten-free and some gluten-free-and-vegan treats in delicious flavor combinations like lemon vanilla. 

Readers are stoked about the newest food truck to debut in Spokane's mobile food industry, King Burrito, which usually rolls around downtown on the weekends, but has a stationary weekday spot on West Third Avenue. 

Oktoberfest season is upon us! Here's a round-up of upcoming local beer and food events inspired by this fabulous German tradition.

TONIGHT, OCTOBER 3

First Friday Octoberfest Dinner Concert | Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie Chef Jeremy Hansen is preparing a four-course, reservations-only dinner ($65/person) paired with local seasonal beers at the restaurant. The public can get in on the tastiness, too, with $15 and $25 tasting tickets available during the event, from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Big Sky Beer Dinner | The Lincoln Center's Connoisseurs Club hosts Montana's Big Sky Brewing for a special five-course dinner featuring seasonal beers from the brewery. Dinner is from 6-10 pm tonight, and tickets are $55/person.

SATURDAY, OCT. 4

Harrison Oktoberfest | The rural Idaho town hosts its 7th annual community celebration with live music, microbrew and home brew tasting, food, vendors and more. Admission is free; events run from 1-7 pm.

Two Seven Oktoberfest | The South Hill pub hosts its 6th annual event, with an outdoor beer garden serving German-style beers in one-liter steins available for purchase. The event also includes great local music from Mama Doll, Hey! is for Horses and Crystalline. Admission is free, events run from 1-8 pm. 

Central Lutheran Oktoberfest | The local church festival features a home brew beer tasting and contest, with traditional homemade German foods. Proceeds benefit local food banks and meal programs, and tickets are $15/advance; $20/door; event runs from 2-7 pm.

Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest | Spokane's German American Hall celebrates the motherland tradition with traditional German food and music by the Concordian Choir, the Portato Accordion Ensemble, the Norm Seeberger Band and the Oom Pas and Mas German Band from Odessa, Wash. Admission is $12; event begins at 6 pm.

NEXT WEEKEND, OCT. 10-12

Republic Brewing's Oktoberfest | The northeastern Washington brewery is pouring Bavarian-style beers and serving up brats, kraut and live music, with games and a costume contest. Event runs Oct. 10-11, Fri from 4-8 pm and Sat from 2-8 pm. 

Browne'sToberfest | Browne's Tavern in the historic Spokane neighborhood of the same name hosts a celebration with live music at the restaurant on Oct. 10-11 from 3:45-10 pm both days. Admission is $5.

Sandpoint Oktoberfest | The North Idaho lake town's fall festival features local beer and wine tasting, live music, food vendors, kids' activities and arts and crafts vendors. There's also an international chef cook-off planned. Admission is free; event runs Oct. 11 from 12-5 pm. 

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