All the Italian you need to know. Experience Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe on SIP.
WE HAVE A WINNER!
Congratulations! Please email me your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitestone's Scared to Pieces
How does dinner for 2 at Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe Sound? Even sweeter it includes their wonderful Gelato. (Value is up to $45.00 total which will cover anything on the menu for dinner plus gelato). But wait there's more...
In addition you'll take home a set of these darling Italian wine glasses.
It's easy to enter. Simply leave a comment anywhere on www.sipofspokane.com and invite at least 10 friends to join the Sip of Spokane facebook page and you'll be entered to wine via random drawing
(Please post a comment on facebook that your task has been completed, so I know to enter you for the random drawing made at the end of the week. Thanks so much for following SIP)
Let's begin with dessert. Though the varieties change up, and I can't pass up the peppermint candy, today I discovered the first wino bonus; BLUEBERRY MERLOT GELATO! And yes, you can taste the Merlot. It's magnificent. They also carry a VERY BERRY ZINFANDEL. It's good to know delivery day is Tuesdays. But you could call and they'll order you a pint or better yet a tub (30 servings) and invite some friends (me) over for a chilled Merlot or Zin.
As if that alone wasn't reason enough to go, Ferrante's is also one of my favorite restaurants for tasteful, yet casual dining. It really is charming; Café tables, cool light fixtures, great paint colors and sidewalk patio dining. There's a delightful gift shop with a unique selection of truly special finds. You know, the "one for you, one for me" kind of gift buying.
But here's the second wino bonus; Ferrante's may have the least expensive wine-by-glass prices around. (Maybe don't tell them that). Expect a very nice selection of local, regional and Italian wines, which are also available to purchase and take home.
This is a fantastic place to call ahead and get gourmet-take-away. The menu is simple, classic Italian. Ferrante's specialties are perfect hand-tossed thin crust pizzas, just-right baked calzones, pastas served with Tuscan bread, creative salads and of course the Italian street-side quality Gelato. They use the freshest ingredients available and that makes all the difference.
If you've experienced Ferrante's then you know what I'm talking about. If not, get there already, you are missing out.
I am confident you'll be charmed to make their acquaintance. Ferrante's is located on the South Hill at 4516 South Regal Street, Spokane, WA 99223 509.443.6304 http://www.doitalian.com/
ICE WINE COMMETH: December 2013 UPDATE. Record-breaking low temperatures in portions of the Pacific Northwest made it ideal conditions for the picking grapes for ice wine. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates harvested and began crushing grapes at Columbia Crest in Paterson, Washington, after temperatures in the Horse Heaven Hills dipped to 10 degrees. Frozen berries of Riesling on the vine are about to be picked near Paterson, Washington. It's also happening in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, where conditions made for one of the earliest harvest of ice wine. ABOUT ICE WINE: Frigid temperatures produce a winter gift for Washington wineries. Remember that 2008 winter bitter cold weather? Well it had a delicious upside. It has allowed Northwest winemakers to harvest the rare and delectable Ice Wine. Ice wine (or icewine, as one word, or in German, Eiswein) is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and ot
"Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon or good people and noble ventures" M.F.K. Fisher, Vin et Formage. Washington State is not yet necessarily known for cheese. But the culinary landscape of Washington is dotted with well-known and well-anointed cheeses and cheese makers having Washingtonians take pride in their products. It seams only appropriate that the nation's second largest wine producing region, have a handle on cheese as well. Though there are other notable cheese makers in Washington State, a good EAST vs.WEST rivalry is represented by Cougar Gold and Beecher's. First a few basics about Wine and Cheese, that may just be the dynamic duo of the culinary world. The just go so well together and even though it really comes down to personal taste, certain guidelines have been proven favorable in pairing this iconic food couple. Here are some of those basic truths: • White wines match best with soft cheeses and
Latah Creek Wine Cellars was asked for your help in choosing a new label for the Monarch Red series. The label features art by Edward W. Gilmore. The Original painting that inspired the label hangs in the tasting room. Artist rendition prints and giclees are available to pair with your wine.The new labels were designed by BHW1, Scott Kneshaw designed the one on the left, which is currently on the delicious Monarch Red. Thanks for your vote. Here were the results: At Latah Creek Winery. Over 500 votes were cast during their 28th Anniversary celebration weekend. Votes from the weekend with nearly 500 corks: #1 - 24% #2 - 35% #3 - 8% #4 - 19% #5 - 15% After looking at the results, Mike Conway thinks should have had either #3 OR #5 as they were variations of the same theme so both weren't needed. The clear-cut winner though was #2 - very similar to what they did initially but with black background. SIP of Spokane had 129 votes. Here's where we voted: #1 - 21% #2 - 33% #3 - 5