CRAVE NW AT SPOKANE VALLEY, the Inland Northwest’s premier food and drink celebration, will be held June 15-18 at CenterPlace Regional Event Center, a state-of-the-art 54,000 square foot event facility at Mirabeau Meadows Park in Spokane Valley, Washington. Presented by the City of Spokane Valley, CRAVE NW is a unique culinary event that will showcase the creative talents of visionary chefs from around the Northwest. From fresh seafood and ranch-raised meats to farm-to-table produce and inventive desserts, a wide variety of local, regional and international flavors will be featured. Culinary highlights include a Grand Tasting Tent, Global Street Foods Carnivale, Seafood Bash, Fire & Smoke Fare, and Father’s Day Brunch. In addition to artisan food samplings, CRAVE NW will offer wine, craft beer and specialty cocktail tastings, with an emphasis on Northwest producers and ingredients. A distinguished group of award-winning brewmasters, coffee roasters, winemakers, distillers and mixologists will present a bountiful array of liquid refreshments. Innovative social and educational experiences will also be offered, providing attendees an opportunity to interact directly with chefs and exhibitors, including seminars, hands-on classes, wine pairings, cocktail tours, and chef-hosted parties.
The culinary and creative force behind CRAVE NW is Spokane chef and restauranteur Adam Hegsted. Chef-owner of The Wandering Table, The Gilded Unicorn, Yards Bruncheon and Eat Good Café in Spokane, Hegsted was a recent Northwest region semifinalist for the prestigious 2016 James Beard Best Chef Award. “This has been a dream of mine for some time, and now is the time to do it,” states Hegsted. “We have some great things going on right now in our region, and CRAVE NW will help us get to the next level.” Hegsted’s partner for the event is Vision Marketing, a marketing services company with significant experience in trade and consumer show production and management. “We’re delighted to partner with Adam to produce CRAVE NW,” notes Tom Stebbins, who co- owns Vision Marketing with his wife, Karen. “Our goal is to create truly an extraordinary event that is the best of its kind in the Inland Northwest.”
A complete listing of CRAVE NW’s participating chefs, vendors, exhibitors, and sponsors will be announced in April.
About Spokane Valley, Washington
CRAVE NW presenting sponsor, the City of Spokane Valley, is centrally located in the heart of the Inland Northwest along the banks of the Spokane River. The Valley, as locals refer to it, is conveniently located along I-90, just 15 minutes from the Spokane International Airport. With an average 260 days of sunshine every year, 76 nearby lakes and rivers, and hiking trails, ski resorts, and golf courses all within a short drive – the city is perfectly positioned for residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors and explore the beauty of the surrounding region. From the traditional to the eclectic, Spokane Valley offers a wide-ranging selection of hotels, conference and event facilities, shopping and restaurants offer a range of options to suit both business and leisure travelers’ needs. Info: http://spokanevalley.org.
About Chef Adam Hegsted
A proud Inland Pacific Northwest native, Adam Hegsted is a graduate of Northwest Culinary Academy and Art Institute of Seattle. As owner of Eat Good Group, which features a wide array of restaurants in Spokane as well as Le Catering Company, Hegsted has acquired his culinary inspiration from the bounty of the surrounding region, as well as seasonal cuisine and nostalgic foods from his past. A 2016 James Beard Award regional semifinalist, Hegsted was honored to be invited to cook as part of the James Beard Foundation’s Dinner, as well as participate in the Food Network’s SOBE Wine & Food Festival in Miami, and Star Chefs International Chef Congress in New York. Hegsted has received numerous national and international accolades, including being named one of the best chefs in the nation by BestChefAmerica.com, Innovator of the Year by the National Beef Council, Catalyst Magazine’s Top 50 Most Powerful People in Region, and United Fresh’s National Innovator Award. He is proud to be part of a greater culinary community in the Inland Northwest. Info: http://eatgoodgroup.com.
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