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1. Hold the phone: Jason Stratton has announced he’s closing Aragona as we know it and reopening the space as an Italian restaurant called Vespolina. Aragona will remain open until early September and is serving a five-course prix fixe menu with menu favorites until the shuttering. Luckily, the dining room’s décor will survive in its current resplendence. We covered the restaurant in its early days; see here.
2. It’s finally happened! Baker extraordinaire Rachael Coyle has announced she's opening up a brick and mortar bakery in Greenwood this winter, specializing in the French, British and classic American pastries that made her pop-up bakery at Book Larder over the past year so successful. Coyle is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York and has worked as a pastry chef at The Herbfarm, Le Pichet and Café Presse. The final pop-up at Book Larder is this Saturday. For ongoing updates, check the Coyle’s Bakeshop Facebook Page. Last year, we chose her as best bakery pop-up and profiled her here.
3. Each Wednesday, Urbane’s monthly Featured Farm Nights spotlight a local producer. Upcoming farm nights include an August 27 team-up with Palouse Pastured Chicken, a free-range GMO-, soy- and corn-free poultry and egg producer. An a la carte menu will focus on chicken and eggs, including a fried chicken dish with mashed russet potatoes, braised Newaukum Valley greens and onion gravy; deviled pastured eggs with roasted jalapeno and prosciutto; and a fresh blueberry gin fizz cocktail, topped with whipped egg white.
4. Wine & Spirits Magazine named Wildwood Spirits Co.’s Kur gin one of the top eight gins in their August issue. Wildwood is a project of Chef John Howie and Distiller Erik Liedholm.
5. The “gluten-free” labels on food packages have, until this week, been unregulated. Now, though, food manufacturers can only use that term if the food “contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten,” reports NBC News.