Established in 1941, Commellini Estate is a fourth-generation, family owned wedding venue and caterer that serves the Inland Northwest with all-inclusive onsite wedding packages and customizable catering services. Located in North Spokane, tucked alongside Dartford Creek and surrounded by towering pine trees, Commellini Estate has been proudly influencing the Spokane food and event culture for decades. With that tradition, as well as deep ties to nature and the community, comes a certain sense of responsibility.
With the original buildings and property serving a dual purpose as both business and home of the Estate’s founders, Albert and Leda Commellini, the importance of developing sustainable practices for the betterment of future generations was recognized early on. The history and family recipes of Commellini Estate have been built on not only supporting local business and the community, but on creating a culture of ecological balance. That longstanding tradition continues today as Commellini’s shops locally and partners with local farmer’s markets to source the freshest products available as a nod to their storied past.
While many have heard the legends surrounding Commellini Estate of underground tunnels, midnight bootleggers, and visits from famous patrons, few know the agricultural roots of the Estate. In 1941, Leda Commellini, the family matriarch and heart of the then named Commellini’s Restaurant, was incredibly passionate about the quality of ingredients served to her customers. So much so, that along with her brother Albert, they opened the AC Chicken Ranch behind the restaurant in order to supply the freshest poultry possible for her now famous Chicken Cacciatore, amongst other dishes. At the height of its operation, the ranch had 100,000 chickens in various stages of development. Known for their community engagement, Albert and Leda ensured the AC Chicken Ranch supplied not only Commellini’s, but multiple other local businesses as chickens were in short supply during WWII. Even though the chicken ranch has long been closed, Leda’s passion and strict standards for her ingredients carries on to this day in every recipe prepared.
Today, in an effort to maintain those sustainable practices, Commellini Estate participates in three local farmers’ markets. It is here that relationships have been formed with local vendors such as Browning Beef, to continue to provide customers with the freshest ingredients possible. For example, Browning Beef cattle ingest only what a cow would naturally, grass in the summer and hay in the winter months. The stress-free environment and natural food sources have noticeably and positively impacted the caliber of the dishes. Efforts to become more sustainable derive from a desire to support the local economy while simultaneously providing quality products for customers in a manner that contributes to the environment’s well-being.