Events: Feast Of The Five Senses 2016

Feast Of The Five Senses is an event I always look forward to in the dining calendar. Not least for an evening of great food, wine and friends – but also as signal of the changing seasons. In my mind the Feast serves as a fond farewell to the summer season and cheery welcome to Autumn and Winter flavors.

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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Jewett Center For The Performing Arts
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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – dining room space
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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Francis Fecteau pouring guests a welcome glass

The theme for the 2016 Feast Of The Five Senses is Eat It All: A Mindful Meal summed up as follows by the guys at Slow Food Utah: “Focused on the philosophy of wasting less and utilizing more, with dishes created from the unique and the unusual, nose-to-tail, root-to-fruit, local, seasonal, fresh, delicious.”.

If you’ve not attended before, the event celebrates some of the best in Utah. The night begins with a reception of canapes and small plates. Guests mingle, help themselves to a drink or three and check out a range of silent auction items – provided by local producers and businesses.

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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Tyler Stokes of Provisions showcases his chicken liver pate with smoked bacon
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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Provisions’ chicken liver pate
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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Tin Angel Cafe serving up Greek chicken spanakopita appertizers
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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Bowman Brown offering mushroom tarts and infused tea

As the evening progresses, guests sit down for a formal set meal, with wine and beer pairings on offer too. Through the meal, chefs take to the stage briefly to detail their dish, plus a few accolades are handed out to star performers too. Participating chefs for 2016 include:

* Amber Billingsley of Amour Cafe
* Adam Kreisel of Chaia Cucina
* Carl Rubadue of Rubadue’s Saucy Skillet
* James Plant of Bon Appetit
* Jerry Liedtke of Tin Angel
* Lavanya Mahate of Biscotts Pastry and Chai
* Mariah Christensen of Harmons Specialty Cheese
* Oscar Ortega of Muir Gourmet
* Peter Korth of PJK’s Creamery
* Philip Grubisa of Beltex Meats
* Stuart Stein of UVU Culinary Arts Institute
* Tom Grant of Blended Table
* Tyler Stokes of Provisions

As ever, wine pairings are curated and poured by Francis Fecteau of Libation LLC; beer is courtesy of Red Rock Brewing, coffee by Caffe Ibis. New for this year – craft cocktails by Manoli’s and High West Distillery.

 Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 - Liberty Heights Fresh' duck confit
Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Liberty Heights Fresh’ duck confit
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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Silent auction, Vida Tequila package
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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – table settings
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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Meditrina, goat milk panna cotta

The Feast serves as the primary fundraiser for Slow Food Utah’s micro-grant program. In 2015, the Feast raised more than $16,000 for the micro-grant program, with grants awarded to 13 local farmers, artisans, school and community gardens, and education programs. Since its inception, the micro-grant program has provided more than $85,000 to more than 90 worthy food-centric projects.

Tickets go on sale today for the 12th annual Feast of Five Senses. The Feast is being held Sunday, October 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Westminster College’s Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, 1840 South 1300 East, SLC.

Tickets are available at SlowFoodUtah.org and are $100 for SFU members and $125 for non-members. Wine pairings are available for an additional $25.

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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Cafe Bon Appetit, short rib ravioli
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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Amber Billingsley, squash gelato, quince sorbetto
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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Logen Crew, beef and pork meat loaf and veggies served family style
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Feast Of The Five Senses 2015 – Romina Rasmussen, gingerbread with brandy poached pairs

Want to see more? Check out these pictures

Pictures from 2014: https://www.gastronomicslc.com/2015/09/10/event-feast-of-the-five-senses-2015/

Pictures from 2013: https://www.gastronomicslc.com/2014/08/24/event-feast-five-senses-2014/

* Disclaimer: I often attend this event as an invited media guest of Slow Food Utah.

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