Events: Tastemakers 2017

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Tastemakers 2016 - random dish from 2016
Tastemakers 2016 – random dish from 2016

Salt Lake Magazine’s premier summer food event – Tastemakers – is back for 2017, and also it’s seventh year. Apparently the de rigueur gift for such an anniversary is copper, so I’ll force myself to raise a copper mug with a Moscow Mule this weekend. It’d be impolite not to.

For this years event its all change from the past few years. The two-day food and wine progressive tasting event will be shedding its former digs at Gallivan Plaza, and instead setup shop at The Gateway on June 8th and 9th (5-10 p.m.) each day. If you’ve not been before, this years event promises to be the best yet.

At the time of writing more than 40 restaurants and producers have signed on to provide samples, pours and tastings of their efforts; scroll to the end of this article to see the full list. As well as restaurants pitching up at The Gateway, several around town will also be serving samples directly from their restaurant for Tastemakers attendees. Open top, hop-on-hop-off buses will be available to whisk guests from the main pavilion at The Gateway to additional, off-site participating downtown restaurants. Yep, you read that right.

The general pass for the two day event is $30 per person and gives guests access to the venue and tastings from all participating restaurants and vendors. Guests receive a Tastemakers Passport, to be stamped after each sampling. The Passports are valid for both nights of the event and are later redeemable for discounts and coupons at participating restaurants throughout the summer too.

Alcohol is not included with the basic ticket, but can be purchased on site. A VIP pass is also available priced $85 per person and includes access to the VIP pavilion, exclusive VIP tastings and five-drink passes. Five signature Tastemaker cocktails will be served at the event as well as wine and craft brews. Tickets are on sale now and the VIP ones usually sell pretty quickly.

And, as a final cherry on top – a portion of all proceeds will benefit Head Start Utah, a program that promotes school readiness for young children from low-income families. So now you have no excuses at all.

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Pictures from 2016 event, restaurant information follows:

Tastemakers 2016 - Moudi Sbeity of Laziz
Tastemakers 2016 – Moudi Sbeity of Laziz
Tastemakers 2016 - Laziz Kitchen
Tastemakers 2016 – Laziz Kitchen
Tastemakers 2016 - Laziz Kitchen dishes
Tastemakers 2016 – Laziz Kitchen dishes
Tastemakers 2016 - Liam Connolly of Proper Brewing with colleague
Tastemakers 2016 – Liam Connolly of Proper Brewing with colleague
Tastemakers 2016 - Jen Gilroy of Meditrina
Tastemakers 2016 – Jen Gilroy of Meditrina
Tastemakers 2016 - Meditrina
Tastemakers 2016 – Meditrina
Tastemakers 2016 - GR Kitchen
Tastemakers 2016 – GR Kitchen
Tastemakers 2016 - GR Kitchen yogurt
Tastemakers 2016 – GR Kitchen yogurt
Tastemakers 2016 - GR Kitchen gyro
Tastemakers 2016 – GR Kitchen gyro
Tastemakers 2016 - The Farm
Tastemakers 2016 – The Farm
Tastemakers 2016 - The Farm wild boar bratwurst
Tastemakers 2016 – The Farm wild boar bratwurst
Tastemakers 2016 - crowds at Gallivan Plaza
Tastemakers 2016 – crowds at Gallivan Plaza
Tastemakers 2016 - crowds at Gallivan
Tastemakers 2016 – crowds at Gallivan
Tastemakers 2016 - mad skillz
Tastemakers 2016 – mad skillz
Tastemakers 2016 - beef dish
Tastemakers 2016 – beef dish
Tastemakers 2016 - beef dish
Tastemakers 2016 – beef dish
Tastemakers 2016 - Market Street crab cake
Tastemakers 2016 – Market Street crab cake

Participating restaurants and producers for Tastemakers 2017 are as follows at time of press:

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Beehive Cheese Company
Bulleit Bourbon
Cache Toffee Collection
Chip Cookies
Chocolate Conspiracy
Creminelli
Cuisine Unlimited
Cummings Studio chocolate
Distillery 36
Don Julio
The Eklektik
Eva’s
Finca
Fleming’s Steakhouse
Frida Bistro
Harbor Seafood & Steak
Harmons
Himalayan Kitchen
Hugo Coffee
Ketel One
La Caille
Laziz Kitchen
Market Street Grill
Michelangelo Ristorante
Mountain Town Olive Oil Company
New Yorker
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Park City Culinary
Redstone Olive Oil
Rodizio Grill
Ruth’s Chris
Spencer’s For Steaks & Chops
Texas De Brazil
Prohibition
Proper Brewing Co
Provisions
Stoneground
Squatters
Sugarhouse Distillery
R&R BBQ

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