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Dojo Asian Inspired Cuisine and Lounge

No word on specific menu items yet, but the Tribune recently reported on Dojo, a new Asian-themed restaurant and lounge. The restaurant is the work of Kelly Shiatoni and Kirk Terashima, former sushi chefs at the popular Tsunami restaurant. This is on the cusp of opening according to their facebook page, in downtown Salt Lake City. From the trib’s Kathy Stephenson:

“Sandwiched between Iggy’s and the Homewood Suites, Dojo specializes in small plates to share although the menu also includes noodles, sushi and other Japanese-American fare like pork belly sliders and ribs. Prices range from $9 to $14”.

Dojo Asian Inspired Cuisine and Lounge
423 W 300 South Ste. 150, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
(801) 328-3333

Website: Facebook page

The Wild Rose

Ken Rose’s popular restaurant group already includes Tiburon Fine Dining and Epic Casual Dining. Joining these two comes a third restaurant from Rose, The Wild Rose. The restaurant is now open at The District in South Jordan.

The menu reads closer to Tiburon’s finer fare that that of Epic’s more casual slant. Appetizers peak at $14 for diver scallops and $31 for the Australian rack of lamb. Pork belly, beef tenderloin and double cut pork chops join reductions and demi glaces for a substantial and rich reading menu.

I’ve yet to read any concrete, trusted reviews of the new restaurant, but I know the other two eateries have legions of devoted fans. I expect this new restaurant will be equally popular. Ken Rose certainly seems to have a savvy for opening upscale restaurants in areas you wouldn’t normally expect. One to watch with interest.

The Wild Rose
11516 South District Drive, South Jordan, UT 84096
(801) 790-7673


Southern European tasting tours at Caputo’s Market & Deli

Caputo’s is set to expanding it’s range of tasting and educational classes to include group tastings. Groups can now arrange customized culinary tasting tours of Southern European foods to accompany a delicious family-style meal for corporate gatherings or group celebrations. In addition to appetizers, optional bar, meal and dessert, guests will be guided though three miniature tasting and education tours by Matt Caputo and his team of culinary professionals.

Optional wine pairings can be added to further enhance this celebration of culture and education and is managed by Francis Fecteau, one of Utah’s most knowledgeable and passionate wine experts. Francis will educate with stories behind some of Southern Europe’s most interesting wines and various specialty beers.

“We had a customer who had been to our chocolate and cheese classes ask us to put something together for an incoming group,” said Matt Caputo, director of marketing. “It is a natural pairing of the two things we do best….education and quality Southern European foods. We look forward to sharing these educational evenings as a private function for our guests.”

A typical evening would feature a reception with antipasti and optional wine or beer pairings, then one-of-a-kind tasting tours and education featuring a culinary journey through the wide range of cheese from around the world, the nuances of fine chocolates and an introduction to the real world of balsamic vinegars, olive oils and charcuterie. After the tasting tours, Caputo’s culinary professionals will serve up an amazing family-style meal for your guests. Menus can be customized to fit individual budget and tastes. The evening is complete with an Italian dessert buffet.

Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli
314 W. 300 S. Salt Lake City,UT
(801) 531-TONY

Steak, steak and more steak

Those with a keen interest in upscale steak houses will already be aware of the loss of Donovan’s in the hotly contested “downtown fancy steak zone” – that’s my name for that area anyway! With that space now empty, Christopher’s Seafood & Prime Steakhouse, (presently inside the Peery Hotel) has moved to the space on 134 W. Pierpont. Time will tell if this seemingly cursed location will be boon or bust for Christpher’s, who successfully operated out of their 110 West Broadway location for over a decade.

Tis’ the season at Frida Bistro

Looking for somewhere to host your next holiday party, what about Frida Bistro for an interesting twist? From a recent press release:

Frida Bistro has developed a new menu that offers a variety of options and price points available to its guests, who can now customize meals while still enjoying the sophisticated atmosphere that has made Frida Bistro a Salt Lake City favorite. A widened selection of appetizers, bocaditos, and soups and salads give the former Frida menu a new spin by making the dining experience more flexible and more affordable.

As the holiday celebration season arrives, Frida Bistro is the perfect venue for intimate and large gatherings alike. The Rico Warehouse (attached to Frida Bistro) can comfortably accommodate 50-200+ guests. For a medium-sized group, which must be wined and dined, the restaurant can be rented either halfway or completely for a private party. The Estudio Diego is a separate private room in the restaurant with full access to servers and the bar, and can accommodate parties of 5-20. It is ideal for small business meetings, meet and greet gatherings, holiday parties, cocktail receptions or showers.

Frida Bistro
545 W 700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 983-6692


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