Lima Greenhouses

  Last week I visited the Lima Greenhouses in Vinegar Flats. This is a third generation business run by the Taylor family located along Latah Creek just down the hill from downtown. They have traditionally grown landscaping and house plants but the latest generation has recognized that they have the unique opportunity to provide year […]

Shepherd’s Grain

  Shepherd’s Grain is a collective of 30 farmers that utilize a remarkable no-till method of wheat production to produce the best flour I have worked with. My opinion of Shepherd’s Grain is shared by the best bakeries in the Northwest. From Pearl bakery in Portland to Seattle’s Grand Central and Macrina bakeries to Petit […]

Milk Crate Garden

This summer we have been doing a lot of thinking about how to green up our space. Gardening is part of my blood and it has been a hard thing to realize that this year I wouldn’t have the time to commit to a garden to the level I hoped to. This has freed me […]

Estella Farm

Usually when I visit a farm I expect to see things growing. My recent visit to Estella Farms was more about the future growth of the farm itself. Local businessman John Crow has land in Deer Park that is ready to become a multi-use agricultural park. He is starting off by repairing the 100 year […]

Finn River Farm Cidery

For all of the excitement in American food today, I think that the growth and creativity in the beverage market is where the greatest advances have come. Much has been said about the rise of craft brewing and now craft distilling but cider seems to have found a new vitality in the market place and […]

Central Scrutinizer July Edition

  100th Tour De France We are wheeling out the TV to watch the biggest bicycle event of the year. The live broadcasts of the end of the race starts most days at 7:00 a.m. and then at about 8:00 a.m. the rebroadcast of the full race begins. Check NBC Sports website for details.   […]

Food For Your Ears

Food is tied to music in so many ways it is beyond the need to explain the relationship. The relationship is stronger than ever but it is definitely changing. The days of listening to the classic rock station in kitchens and soft jazz in the dining room are over. In fact the back kitchen music […]

Ketchup Conundrum

A couple of weeks after opening our doors, a Spokesman-Review blogger wrote about an enjoyable breakfast he had at the restaurant. The praise was diminished somewhat by a lengthy rant about the coffee “not tasting like coffee”. The morning of their visit some Ethiopian Sidamo was served instead of our usual darker than dark morning […]

Books, Barbecue and Self Discovery

Later today a custom smoker will finish it’s journey from Centerville, Georgia to Central Food. Toys are great and I won’t argue that this is a big boy toy in many ways but it is more importantly a tool for self discovery. One of the questions that comes up is “why cooking?” I always answer […]

Bloomsday and Mother’s Day

The first year is all about learning. We are about to learn what two big events have in store for us. Bloomsday is a massive community event that we happen to be stuck inside of. Automobile access won’t be possible, but we will be about a 100 yards from where 50,000 people finish the race […]