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.
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.
I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade. I’m largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand. I ate all the pies.