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About

The Dish Spokane aims to be THE source for anything up and coming in Spokane, focusing particularly on the growing food and drink scene. Written by industry people, for industry people, we hope to push this culture to the forefront of this awesome city as it continues to grow. We want the phrase “Fuck Seattle, man. Spokane is where it’s at.” heard all across this country. Help us make it happen!

CONTRIBUTORS

BEN YERDEN

FOOD WRITING. MUSIC. NATURE. COMEDY. ET AL.

It’s easy to fall in love with food and cooking. It’s much harder to maintain that passion, sobered by the realities of the professional kitchen. But when that fatigue becomes normal, when that busy line turns into a choreographed dance between sauté, grill, pantry, garnish and whatever…to do it at a high level is hard as hell and highly addictive. 

But there’re always a thousand grandmas who could out-cook me any day.

So, with that said, I love food, especially in burgeoning Spokane.

MIKE OEHM

CONTRIBUTOR, WRITER, BAR MANAGER, DAD

I am not a food blogger. I am not a photographer. I am not a writer

I am a 34-year-old single dad to two beautiful girls, ages 4 and 9. I moved to Spokane in 2012, upon acceptance to EWU, where I majored in applied developmental psychology and minored in addiction studies. I grew up in a small town called Sumner, Washington, about 45 minutes south of Seattle. To say that I fell in love with Spokane would be an understatement – and she has loved me back. It probably goes without saying, but she has kicked me in the dick a time or two as well. We always manage to get past it.

My experience in the food and beverage industry started in the dish pit at 15 years old, working for a family-owned Italian restaurant in Sumner called Aversano’s. Throughout my high school years, I moved my way through each position the owners thought I could handle (host, busser, prep/line cook, expo, etc.). I gained my bones behind a bar during the martini craze in the early 2000s, which has, at times, diminished my desire for “mixology” and craft cocktails. Once out from behind the bar, I found what I truly love to do: serve my friends good food while making sure they are happy and satisfied with their time in my restaurant. 

My time in the industry has afforded me opportunities to manage my own team, build and execute budgets and be a key player in opening brand-new establishments. I truly love what I do. What’s my end game? To own my own spot, providing top-quality and authentic service while serving good food in a space where it’s okay to laugh as loud as you want and maybe even say, “fuck” a time or two.
I write for fun. I won’t ever write what I think you want to hear. That being said, here’s your fair warning: my content is brutally honest, crude and crass, and I’m a bit cavalier toward what anyone thinks about it. I am not political nor religious. I am merely a product of my experience and the relentless pursuit of not being a dick. If we are ever lucky enough to meet in the light of a neon glow, I’ll have a shot of tequila – lime, no salt –and whatever IPA is on draft. 

Cheers,
Mike

BRYAN TOSTON

FOUNDER, DESIGNER, MARKETING DIRECTOR

I have worked in the restaurant industry for most of my working life, from fast food to fine dining. I have a passion for cooking, tasting, drinking, experiencing. There is no better bonding experience than a good meal. I also have a passion for design & marketing. When it came time to leave the restaurant industry for that world, I just couldn’t give it up all the way. So I started Kraken Creative with restaurateur Matt Goodwin. We make restaurants our focus, showcasing the best of Spokane’s food and drink scene. 

I started The Dish to help grow the newest and (in my opinion) best part of the new Spokane – the restaurant and bar scene. I want Spokane to take its rightful place among the world’s chefs and expert mixologists. I want to provide a spot for all you psycho restaurant workers to come each week and feel at home. I want you to read what other industry folks are writing and relate, or write in with alternate views. The Dish will be a place to go for everything industry related in Spokane, as well as (eventually) an awesome place to find out what’s going on on any particular day! Thanks for reading. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for cooking. Most of all, thanks for making my drinks.