Events: Summer Cocktail Contest, Taste Of The Wasatch, Chefs On Parade July 19, 2017July 19, 2017 by Stuart Melling PCARA Cocktail ContestPark City Cocktail Contest – Looking to beat the summer heat? Might I suggest a trip to the cooler climes of Park City and while you’re at it a refreshing beverage or two for good measure. If you do, you’re in for a treat as this month sees the return of the annual Summer Cocktail Contest.Through July 31st, guests of participating restaurants can check out their unique creations and vote online for their top picks. Twenty six restaurants are competing this year, with votes being cast over on the Park City Restaurant Associate website: https://parkcityrestaurants.com/contest/park-city-cocktail-contest/Mixologist Jeff LaBounty of Silver Star Café won the 2016 contest with the “LaBounty Bourbon Ice Bomb.” The sipper was a fusion of Sugar House Bourbon, Warre’s Otima 10-Year-Old Tawny Port, Bianca Vermouth, house-made balsamic organic cane syrup, black-walnut bitters and peach bitters. The mixture was carefully funneled into a hollowed ice sphere, only to be broken table-side with a small mallet, transforming the cocktail from a globe of liquid to a refreshing drink on the rocks.The winning cocktail and its creator will be featured in a marketing campaign following the contest leading into PCARA’s popular Fall “Dine About” event. He or she will also receive a $200 cash prize and city-wide recognition from a destination known for its award-winning bar and restaurant scene. This year’s participants include:Apex at Montage Deer Valley: Ginger PassionBaja Cantina: Baja SunriseBilly Blanco’s: Rat Rod Rum PunchBistro 412: The Local “Jito Rita”The Brass Tag: AlbionButcher’s Chop House and Bar: Patio VibesCoal & Lumber: Mountain QueenDeer Valley Grocery~Café: Kambuch Fresca Eating Establishment: The FuzzThe Farm: Raspberry White Balsamic SpritzerFirewood: FirelineFlanagan’s On Main: Guav TownGhidotti’s: Peachy RyeGlitretind: Miner’s Bloody BreakfastGrappa: Rosé RoyaleHandle: Pineapple ExpressHyatt Centric: Spicy Jack RabbitLespri Prime Steak & Sushi Bar: Bourbon & BartlettPowder at Waldorf Astoria Park City: The Red VelvetRed Rock Junction: The Salty Patio DogRoyal Street Café: Spicy Watermelon Rosé SpritzerSilver Star Café: Mine FireSquatters: Golden BulleitSushi Blue: Spicy HummingbirdTupelo: The Odd DuckWasatch Brew Pub: Fool’s GoldTaste Of The Wasatch 2016 – TuscanyTaste Of The Wasatch 2017 – If you didn’t see our preview for Taste Of The Wasatch 2017, be sure to go check it out, and yes, get tickets ASAP. At the time of press only a handful of tickets for the VIP area remain, which include guaranteed, covered seating and early access to the event at 11 a.m.In addition to our first post about the event, I’ve now seen a list of this years silent auction prizes and can confirm what the organizers have been telling me: it’s the best ever line up of prizes in the event’s history. Some highlights for foodies from the nearly 100 items on auction include:* Private dinner for 12, libations included with Tupelo Chef/Owner Matt Harris* 2 gift certificates for sushi-making lessons for 2; handmade sushi plate set; organic soy sauce; chopstick gift set; tea; tea cups at Soy’s Sushi* Outlaw Distillery basket with distillery tour for 2; t-shirts, and bottle of whiskey and whiskey stones * Whole hog breakdown class with take-home results for 6 people with Beltex Meats’ Philip Grubisa* Private tasting event for up to 20 people at Mountain Town Olive Oil* One night deluxe accomodations at Hotel Monaco with Bambara gift certificateThe list goes on and on with plenty of non food items as well (everything from signed sports memorabilia to holidays), but if you want to see them all you’ll just have to head up to Solitude with the rest of us on August 6th. And if you do, remember proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction benefit 100% Utah based charities that fight hunger locally. Every penny stays locally and every dollar you spend makes a real difference. And I guarantee you delicious food while you’re flexing your philanthropic muscles. Just look at some more of the dishes recently announced:* Chedda Burger – cherry tomato jam, Thai peanut sauce, confit porkbelly, cream cheese and arugula on a beef patty* Pallet Bistro – hamachi with pressed melon salad, local greens and chile verde vinaigrette* Tin Angel Cafe – “Angels with Dirty Faces”: Medjool date stuffed with gorgonzola picante wrapped in speck* Lake Effect – Chipotle BBQ beef nacho with charred corn salsa, crumbled cotija, and pickled radishMore information on the event and tickets can be found at https://www.tasteofthewasatch.org/Chefs On Parade – Finally, this years Salt Lake Parade of Homes has a culinery twist. This year sees a new event called Chefs On Parade. 5 culinary experts will be hosted in 5 different homes that will be in the parade just days before the opening day of the parade. Each chef will offer a unique appetizer, allowing attendees both an early preview of those homes before the public, plus a tasty bite too.Restaurants and chefs for the event include: * Café Madrid and Franck Peissel* Park City Culinary Institute and Mindy Booth* LUX Catering & Events and Don Sanchez* La Caille and Billy Sotelo* Mountain Land with Shirley Zorn. The event will be running from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are priced $40 and can be purchased online at: https://register.growtix.com/e/salt_lake_parade_of_homes_2017More events…As ever, check out our full event calendar here for even more upcoming food and beverage events: https://www.gastronomicslc.com/events/ Stuart 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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