Events: Spencer’s, Veneto, Stanza, Caputo’s October 21, 2016October 21, 2016 by Stuart Melling Spencers. Alaskan king salmon at a prior wine dinner with Elk CoveSpencer’s – Tonight (October 21st) enjoy a delicious looking menu over at Spencer’s steak house. The Vine Lore led wine pairing event promises a five course tasting paired perfectly with Duckhorn Vineyard wines. Special guest John Kapranopoulus of Duckhorn will be on hand to lead guests through the meal, which costs $70 for food, $40 for wine. Menu as follows:Spencer’s: Duckhorn Vineyards pairing menuHilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801) 238-4748 www.spencersforsteaksandchops.comVeneto – Tomorrow night, October 22nd, join Marco and Amy Stevanoni – owner operators at Veneto – as they welcome Mariano Buglioni, the owner of Buglioni Wines in Valpilicella.Veneto has been garnering some great reviews for its classic Italian dining, and with wine broker Marco at the helm, you can bet the wine pairing dinners at Veneto are going to be something special. Dinner consists of a five course meal paired with Buglioni wines including Amarone, Ripasso and Recioto. And remember, no tipping at Veneto!370 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 359-0708 www.venetoslc.comPago: pumpkin tasting menu 2016Pago – Back for the sixth year, is this celebration of all things pumpkin. The multi course menu built around fall’s favorite vegetable is offered October 28th through October 31st – you can see what last years menu looked like here. Cost is $45 for food and $45 for optional wine pairings.878 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (801) 532-0777 www.pagoslc.comAlso of note for Halloween, two other seasonal events – one at Kimi’s and a pub crawl downtown. Stanza: bar and loungeStanza – Onto November then, and the first “Flight & Bite” event will hit the lounge area at Stanza. The cost is $14 and includes two 2-1/2 oz. splashes of wine and two “bites” of Stanza’s Italian Bistro cuisine, carefully paired with the flavor profile of each wine selection. The recurring event will be held on the first Wednesday (5–7 p.m.) of every month and is held by sommelier Jimmy Santangelo who will guide diners through a tasting of each wine. Most of these selections are brought into the state by special order and will be sold in flights in the restaurant the remainder of the month, while supplies last. The first two events are as follows:Wednesday, Nov. 2: The hills of Piedmont $14 ($10.75 wine and $3.25 bites). Explore the varietals of Piedmont with a California version of the white wine Arneis from the hills of the Santa Ynez Valley and classic Barbera tucked in the hillside of Asti in Piedmont. * Palmina Arneis ‘the little rascal’, Santa Ynez Valley 2015 * Vietti Barbera d’Asti ‘tre vigne’, Piedmont DOCG 2014Wednesday, Dec. 7 Not your Mama’s Prosecco $16 ($13 wine and $3 bites) Celebrate this holiday season with a series of sparkling wines as we dive deep into the nooks and crannies of Prosecco and taste the best sparkling wine of the area. * Borgo Molino Millesimato Brut, Valdobbiadene DOCG * Villa Sandi ‘Rivetta Cartizze DOCG “With over 30 wines available by the glass of mostly Italian selections, this is a great way for our diners to be a little adventurous and to try some of these amazing wines we are special ordering,” says Santangelo. “Plus, if people can’t join me at the bar on the first Wednesday of each month, these special order wines will be available at Stanza throughout the month, while our supply lasts.”454 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 746-4441 www.stanzaslc.com Caputo’s Market And Deli – Amano chocolate is the muse for the fifth annual chocolate festival at Caputo’s in downtown SLC. Local producer Amano Chocolate holds the title of most award-winning chocolate in America, having won Gold and Silver very recently at the International Chocolate Awards for two different bars.At this year’s festival, an all-star culinary lineup will be showcasing the bold, bright flavors and aromas found in Amano’s bars with unique gastronomic applications ranging from sweet to savory to boozy.The fifth annual Caputo’s Chocolate Festival takes place on Thursday, November 17th, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $35, plus an additional $15 for optional alcohol beverage pairings. All proceeds from this event will be donated to benefit the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative. 314 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101 (801) 531-8669 www.caputosdeli.comStuart MellingHi, 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 a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand. What they’re saying about me: “Not inaccurate” “I thought he was older” “I don’t share his feelings” Signup to our free newsletter and never miss a single update. We will send you an email just once per week with every story from the last seven days. You can signup for free here. This article may contain content provided by one of our paid partners. These are some of the best businesses in Utah. 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