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Food events this weekend

Tastemakers Salt Lake City

This Thursday and Friday (5-10pm) check out Tastemakers – “a tour of Utah’s innovative culinary landscape”. This two-day tasting event allows you to sample tastings and pairings from Utah’s best chefs and most unique restaurants in both a ‘dining pavilion’ and through a ‘culinary stroll’. Tickets for the event are just $30.

Featured restaurants include: Pagoda, The Coffee Shop, Garden Cafe, Bambara, Gracies, Ichiban Sushi, Joffees Coffee, Silver, Ruby River, Caffe Niche, Benihana, Cafe Molise, J.Wongs, Naked Fish, Ruth’s Chris, Squatters/Wasatch Brewing, Market Street, New Yorker and Pallet. If you need further convincing, here is a sneak preview of just three restaurant’s offerings:

Christopher’s: Stuffed Tenderloin of Beef Portabella mushroom, caramelized onion and baby spinach stuffed USDA Prime beef tenderloin with balsamic demi glace.

Easy Street: Lobster Mac & Cheese The Easy Street classic: Lobster and penne pasta with Utah white cheddar sauce.

Gracie’s: Gracie’s Crown Ribs Tender pork ribs crowned and braised in ancho-chili BBQ sauce accompanied by cornbread, wilted spinach and pommes frites.

See The Salt Lake Magazine website for tickets.

Living traditions

Also this weekend is the 27th annual Living Traditions Festival – one of my personal favorite events of the year. As ever this fabulous celebration of Utah’s varied culture is equally resplendent with dining options.

“From Indian tacos to egg rolls, from falafel sandwiches to curries, and from Swiss tortes to tiramisu some of the cuisines you can sample include: Vietnamese, Tongan, Bosnian, Lebanese, American Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Basque, Thai, Sudaneese, Greek, Filipino, Swiss, Turkish, Tibetan, Salvadorian, Laotioan, Thai plus many more! Don’t forget to hit up the ATM first though, as its usually a cash only event.

Food stalls are scheduled to open Friday 5–10pm, Saturday noon–10pm and Sunday noon–7pm. See you there!

Salt Lake City & County Building
450 S 200 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84111


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