Food & Wine Briefs – March 2022

Richland’s Solar Spirits launches cocktail line

Solar Spirits Distillery of Richland has launched Pioneer Cocktails, premixed cocktails in a bottle.

Pioneer Cocktails are sold in the Solar Spirits tasting room and each bottle contains the equivalent of about four cocktails.

The lineup includes the Martinez, which pairs Old Tom Jim with cherry liquor, Negroni, described as a bitter, herbal cocktail with a touch of sweetness, and Gimlet, which is made with gin, lime and simple syrup.

Solar Spirits sells its own branded lines of whiskey, flavored vodkas and gin, all distilled in small batches.

Solar Spirits also serves fresh-made cocktails in its tasting room, 2409 Robertson Drive.

Tasting room hours are 3-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Call 509-371-1622.

Kennewick’s Brazilian grill to expand to Spokane

After finding success in the Tri-Cities, the owners of Boiada Brazilian Grill are opening a second location in downtown Spokane.

Friends and Brazilian-born restaurateurs Josiane Ballin and Hélio Vieira told the Spokane Journal of Business they plan to open the all-you-can-eat Spokane restaurant this spring, after some remodeling that will bring the look of the 7,000-square-foot former Maracas Mexican Restaurant’s esthetic in line with Boiada’s Brazilian flair.

Ballin said Boiada, which translates to “herd” or “cattle,” specializes in the churrascaria style of Brazilian grilling, in which meat is cooked rotisserie-style and salted with coarse salt.

Ballin told the Spokane Journal of Business she and Vieira plan to replicate their Kennewick restaurant at the Spokane location, including the menu and hours of operation. When the Spokane Boiada opens, it will employ up to 35 people.

Ballin and Vieira opened the first Boiada location in Kennewick in November 2019. Ballin claims the fact that the restaurant managed to survive the first couple of years of the Covid-19 pandemic is a testament to its popularity.

“Based on the success of this one in the Tri-Cities, we’re very confident that it’s going to be successful in Spokane as well,” Ballin said. “We want to bring the same concept and part of our culture to that area.”

Four Feathers launches bulk wine boutique

Four Feathers Wine Services, a Prosser bulk wine producer, has launched Studio, a winery within a winery.

The boutique wine program is designed to work with wineries wanting to elevate their custom bulk wines.

“The level of quality in our Studio program is well above that of traditional bulk wines,” said Rebecca de Kleine, general manager and director of winemaking.

Studio will allow Four Feathers to showcase fruit selected from its 3,500 acres of wine grapes and offer clients custom selected batches.

It can designate vineyard blocks for the Studio program and custom farm the grapes to meet standards for higher tier wines. 

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Piroshky popup coming to Kennewick

Seattle-based Piroshky Piroshky is bringing its sweet, savory and vegan Russian pastries to Kennewick on March 30 as part of its 30th anniversary tour of the U.S.

Area residents can pre-order at The minimum order is $40 and pickup is 4-6 p.m. March 30, at the Kennewick Elks Lodge, 15 S. Colorado St.

March 29 is the deadline to order.

Piroshky Piroshky launched in Pike Place Market in 1992. 

Soroptimists’ breakfast fundraiser is April 14

Soroptimist International of Pasco-Kennewick holds its annual Dream Builders Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. April 14 at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland. The breakfast highlights the contributions the nonprofit makes to help local women and girls with career planning, awards and scholarships.

The club will give 20 scholarships totaling $35,000 this year.

Breakfast is free but attendees are asked to make a tax-deductible donation.

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