The business of food is more than just putting ingredients on a plate. It’s a calling. At least, it is for Jeremy and Kate Hansen, who just opened their fifth business in Spokane, and it will soon be joined by 2 more (the highly anticipated brasserie at the Ridpath, and a gin bar!).
Our trip to Biscuit Wizard today was no different. It is housed in Saranac Commons, where their existing bakery, The Common Crumb, is located. It has a prime spot right by the entrance, and immediately guests are greeted by the smell of fresh biscuits and the hard-working staff behind the open counter.
This incredible power couple in the Spokane food scene has been making quite the splash in our city. They focus on hiring quality people, developing their talent and providing an environment for authentic camaraderie to be fostered. They painstakingly source local and organic ingredients, and are mindful about the impact their suppliers and their business practices have on the community at large.
During our quick interview with Jeremy Hansen (who was working behind the counter alongside his new staff, looking like a proud, doting dad, and graciously took a break to talk to us), he mentioned that his goal is to help shape new chefs gain the skills they need to be successful in the industry. Biscuit Wizard has every element of a commercial kitchen, and its new inhabitants were busily moving about learning all of its dynamics.
The menu was quirky and full of delicious, rich, comfort-food classics. We ordered four, and my sons were thrilled to each get a different one and share.
We had the Kryngshame (named after Hogwash Whiskey Den's mixologist, Simon), which featured a fried chicken apple sausage with apple brandy pie and cinnamon mascarpone, the Murtopia, which highlights the super-secret Spokane "syrup society's" Murtopia rum barrel aged maple syrup and cheese curds with brown gravy, the Big Le Biscuit with a classic bacon and bacon confit with white Russian gravy, and the Son of a Biscuit, with pork and beans.
The Big Le Biscuit.
The biscuits range from 3.00 to 12.00 (for the Big Le Biscuit), and there is truly something for everyone. In their very cheeky fashion, they also have kale salad available for the health conscious, or possibly to balance out the decadence of the other menu items.
Something you may not know is that Biscuit Wizard is committed to sustainability, organic ingredients and even compostable trays and silverware. They really go the extra mile to put their money where their heart is - in being responsible business owners and thinking about their impact on the community - even beyond their profit margins.
That said, this kind of place is the ultimate "soul food", because it's not just a restaurant. It's building a community.