First Avenue Coffee

The Roxane inspired by Roxane Gay
The Roxane is a non-alcoholic take on one of Roxane Gays favorite drinks.  House-made juniper berry syrup, tonic water and grenadine create a lively and fun take on the classic Gin and Tonic.

Volstead Act

Learning to Gin inspired by Joseph Haeger
Gin, honey, fresh lime juice and angostura bitters. Grab a friend and dive in to this variation on the classic Gimlet, based on Joseph Haegar’s “Learn to Swim”, a plunge into the genesis and evolution of friendship. The color is amber/gold and every ingredient has been said to have medicinal properties.



The Black Bonfire inspired by Janaka Stucky
Bonfire Toffee liquor, Bourbon Whiskey and Angostura Bitters. Based on the “witchy” work of Janaka Stucky, this modern take on the old fashioned will help make your night just a little more mystical.

The Wandering Table

Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral inspired by Laura Read
Gin, Crème de Violette, Grandeza Orange Liqueur, Charcoal, Rose.

The Endling inspired by Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum
Bacoo 12 Year Rum, Blood Orange, Ginger Beer.

Landscape with Sage inspired by Keetje Kuipers
Pear Vodka, Sage, Lemon, Champagne.

Eastern Montana Special inspired by Joe Wilkins
Shot of Jim Beam and a High Life.

Gracious Serpent inspired by Claudia Castro Luna
Tequila, Green Chartreuse, Chili Verde Liqueur, Lime, Apple

Dazzle and Charm inspired by Dujie Tahat
Empress Gin, Hibiscus Simple, Egg White, Lemon, Soda.

Neato Burrito/Baby Bar

Ripped Van Winckel inspired by Nance Van Winckel
Tequila, grapefruit, lime, topped with soda.


Yards Bruncheon

The Ritz inspired by Melissa Kwasny
Champagne, vodka, lemonade, and Lilett blanc. A platinum mimosa, fancy and vintage!


Bellwether Brewing

Spelt inspired by Jennifer Boyden’s “The Mouths of Grazing Things”
7% ABV, 30 IBUS 100% spelt from Homestead family grains in Ritzville, WA. Aged since July in red wine barrels.

Rooftop Braggot inspired by Claudia Castro Luna’s “This City”
7% ABV, 20 IBUS, Pilsner Malt, Lager.



Blackberries Grow for Free inspired by Kelly Schirmann
Gin, lime juice, blackberry/ginger syrup, fernet Branca, dash of orange bitters, on the rocks with mint garnish.

The New World inspired by Kelly Schirmann
Tequila, carpano antica vermouth, Mezcal, Cynar, Angostura bitters, orange twist garnish.


Gilded Unicorn

Rowdy Wendell inspired by Joe Wilkins
Thyme-Coriander liqueur, Nocino, bourbon, topped with a flamed orange peel.

The Ranch-Hand’s Bite inspired by Joe Wilkins
Salted crostini topped with braised brisket, white cheddar, sweet onion jam, and a thin bruleed orange wedge; served with a sife od smoky chili dressing.


See the 2018 Inspired Partnerships below!



2017-2018 The Wandering Table Inspired Partnership

Lights: Lemons inspired by Maggie Smith – Ravo Vodka, Limoncello, Fresh Lemon, Chamomile Citrus Tea, Champagne>

Where Honey Comes From inspired by Maggie Smith – Montgomery Spirits Barrel Aged Aquavit, Smoked Honey, St. Germain, Scotch, Orange Flower Water

At Your Age I Wore a Darkness inspired by Maggie Smith – Tequila, Blood Orange Liqueur, Ancho Chile Liqueur, Pomegranate, Activated Charcoal

Jess Walter’s Drinks Here – Barrel Aged Old Fashioned

Caca Dolce inspired by Chelsea Martin – Chicarones tossed in spicy cheddar powder, gummy bears, pickled onions and chilies

Marrow Island inspired by Alexis Smith – Chicken fried mushroom with biscuit and bone marrow “gravy”

Book of Exodus inspired by Kat Smith – Borscht with roasted beans and nettle cream, smoked potato salad with pine nuts and crispy chips fried nettle leaves, elderberry risotto with cured huckleberries

A Summer’s Lynching inspired by Juan Carlos Reyes – Smoked charcoal flan with blackberries

Get Lit! 2017 Author Inspired Food & Drink Partners


The Wandering Table Inspired Partnerships

1. Meghan Daum, My Misspent Youth and The Unspeakable. Daum will be reading with Justin Torres on Sunday, April 23. Tickets can be purchased here.

Appetizer- Unspeakable Deviled Eggs. Deep fried deviled eggs with smoked egg yolk, sourdough aioli and bacon jam.

Cocktail- Misspent Youth. Absinthe, orgeat, froth and a breathe of orange flower water.

  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) absinthe
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) orgeat
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 dash orange flower water
  • 2 ounces half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

2. Emily Ruskovich, Idaho. Ruskovich will be reading with Jamaal May on Friday, April 21. Tickets can be purchased here.

Appetizer- Roasted Potato-Chip Salad. smash fried red potatoes, goat cheese, pinenuts, arugula and honey mustard topped with warm potato chips and sea salt.

Drink-Mountain Huckleberry- Idaho huckleberry vodka, rosemary, huckleberries, beet juice.

3. Leyna Krow, I’m Fine, But You Appear to be Sinking. Krow will be reading on Sunday, April 23 as part of the We All Lived Here: An EWU MFA Alumni Reading and Reception.

Appetizer- Deep Dark Calamari- Squid ink fried calamari and vegetables with squid ink aioli, onion ash and seaweed.

Cocktail-Boston Cream Pie- Irish Cream, Pie Crust Vodka, Hazelnut and Chocolate Bitters

  • 1 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 1 oz. Vodka infused with pie crust and vanilla bean (strained)
  • 1 oz. Frangelico
  • Splash of chocolate liquer
  • dash chocolate bitters
  • Cocoa powder and pie crust for dusting class.

2016-2017 Yards Bruncheon Inspired Partnerships

Yards Bruncheon will feature poet Jamaal May. May will be reading with Emily Ruskovich on Friday, April 21. You can purchase tickets to that event here. He will also be reading at the Poetry Salon held later that night at Brooklyn Deli.  He will also host a workshop on Saturday, April 22. You can purchase tickets here.

Entree- God of Wood Fritatta. Kale and red oak lettuce, cotija, roasted peppers and avocado. Topped with fresh avocado, cotija cheese and cilantro.

Drink- Spicy Lemonade-Jalapeno slices, ginger syrup, fresh lemonade

2016-2017 Gilded Unicorn Inspired Partnerships

Gilded Unicorn will feature Jason Rekulak who is the author of The Impossible Fortress.

Appetizer- Tuna Helper. Sweet pea salad with seared bacon cured tuna, cheddar, crispy noodles and sunflower seed aioli.

Cocktail- Vanna White- Sprite, Gin, Lime Juice and Cucumber.

  • 3 oz Sprite
  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 3 slices Cucumber

2016-2017 Lindamen’s Partnerships

“The Birds and Bees”:

A split of Prosecco, 1 oz. St. Germaine, orange zest

Inspired by Chris Howell’s latest collection of poems, Love’s Last Number. Chris will be reading with Nance Van Winckel and Albert Goldbarth on Thursday, April 20. Tickets can be purchased here.

“SP&B”- Sweet, pink and boozy:

1 oz. Makers Mark, 1/2 oz. cherry syrup, top with 7-up, garnish with marinated Queen Anne cherry.

Inspired by Rachel Toor’s piece, The Old Town, which you can read here. Rachel will be reading at the Northwest Boulevard Reading on EWU’s Cheney campus on Friday, April 21 and featured during The MFA at EWU: A Faculty Discussion on Sunday, April 23.  

2016-2017 Hogwash Whiskey Den Inspired Partnerships

Brambling Bear (inspired by Sam Ligon and Kate Lebo)

Soft muddled blackberries, Dry Fly bourbon 101, Cinnamon liqueur, Crème de mure, Lemon. $12

Drink by Simon Francis Moorby

2016-2017 Butcher Bar Inspired Partnerships


Rusty Shiv (inspired by Ben Cartwright)

Scotch, Drambuie, Banane liqueur, Lemon, Angostura. $11

Drink By Mariah Brooks

2016-2017 Garageland Inspired Partnerships

Drinks – $9

Suffering Fools (Glori Simmons) – Gin, Blue Curacao, Orgeat, Lime, Ginger Beer

Haiku Not Bombs (Shin Yu Pai) – Martin Miller’s Gin, Cochi Americano, Pamplemouse Rosé

Ram Hands (Ellen Welcker) – Indian Rum, Honey, Cardamom

The Impossible Fortress (Jason Rekulak) – Bourbon, Peach, Cassis, Amaretto, Lime, O.J.


We The Animals (Justin Torres) –fries served “animal style” (topped with caramelized onion, american cheese, and 1000 island dressing)  $7

The Principles Behind Flotation (Alexandra Teague) – beer battered alligator served with fries and spicy remoulade   $15

2016-2017 Zona Blanca Inspired Partnerships

Leche de Tigre with octopus, shrimp & tilapia. Peruvian inspired by The Moor’s Account!