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.
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.
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.
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.
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.