A Party with a Purpose

The 25th Chef’s Culinary Classic is focused on children but is tastefully disguised as a delicious culinary experience.  The evening featured six exquisite courses precisely paired with outstanding wines. But make no mistake, this swanky event is really a party with a purpose. The reason of the decadent evening is to raise funds for children treated at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Washington. The historic Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane was the perfect venue for this fancy affair.

The glamorous event kicked off with a Champagne Social Hour with passed hors d’oeuvres in the historic Davenport Hotel’s Hall of Doges. Guest were red carpet ready. The gourmet starters were courtesy of Chef Jeremy Hansen, owner and executive chef of Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie and Inland Pacific Kitchen.

The Dining Experience:

The doors opened to the Grand Pennington Ballroom which was stunningly set for this premier dining event. The event commemorated Chef Jim Wolters of Manito Golf and Country Club as the visionary who launched this remarkable dining event 25 years ago. Wolters thanked those who gave their time and talent over the years to making this fundraiser a tasty success.

The year-long menu planning and pairing process is what makes this event so remarkable. The thoughtful coursed dinner was presented by the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy. KXLY reporter Casey Lund was the back for his third year as the emcee.

Six thoughtful courses of exquisite dishes are paired precisely with outstanding wines from around the world generously provided by Southern Wine and Spirits. The best part is it’s all for the benefit of children in our community. Wolters is retiring and officially passing the hat to Chef Joshua Martin who dreamed up tonight’s magnificent menu with the menu planning team. This team consisted of Martin, Wolters, Chef Bob Lombardi, Chef Peter Tobin and Chef Curtis Smith.

The chefs, faculty and students of the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA) were dedicated to bringing guests a meal to remember. A special thank you goes to Chef Jim Wolters and his chefs at Manito Club for their many years of dedication. Joining INCA students and staff in the kitchen were a pair of WSU culinary students and a Pro Start high school student. The menu was the shinning star of this event and received well-deserved rave reviews from guests.

Kirsten Carlile, director of Children’s Miracle Network of the Inland Northwest reminded us that right now, local children are being cared for by Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Hearts are being healed, broken bones are being mended, and tender care is given to every child who needs it. Carlile thanked all who help make a difference in the lives of thousands of children, as well as comfort and a little  peace of mind for their families.


Stunning ice scupture in the glamorous historic Davenport Hotel’s Hall of Doges.

About CMN:
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids by raising funds for Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Each year this non-profit hospital provides the finest care, research, and community outreach helping children with diseases and injuries of every kind. 100% of the funds raised locally stay in the Inland Northwest to benefit children suffering from all afflictions including cancer, cystic fibrosis, trauma and abuse, regardless of their family’s race, religion, background or ability to pay for services.