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Events: Summer Cocktail Contest, Taste Of The Wasatch, Chefs On Parade

PCARA Cocktail Contest
PCARA Cocktail Contest

PCARA Cocktail Contest

Park 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:

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 Passion

Baja Cantina: Baja Sunrise

Billy Blanco’s: Rat Rod Rum Punch

Bistro 412: The Local “Jito Rita”

The Brass Tag: Albion

Butcher’s Chop House and Bar: Patio Vibes

Coal & Lumber: Mountain Queen

Deer Valley Grocery~Café: Kambuch Fresca

Eating Establishment: The Fuzz

The Farm: Raspberry White Balsamic Spritzer

Firewood: Fireline

Flanagan’s On Main: Guav Town

Ghidotti’s: Peachy Rye

Glitretind: Miner’s Bloody Breakfast

Grappa: Rosé Royale

Handle: Pineapple Express

Hyatt Centric: Spicy Jack Rabbit

Lespri Prime Steak & Sushi Bar: Bourbon & Bartlett

Powder at Waldorf Astoria Park City: The Red Velvet

Red Rock Junction: The Salty Patio Dog

Royal Street Café: Spicy Watermelon Rosé Spritzer

Silver Star Café: Mine Fire

Squatters: Golden Bulleit

Sushi Blue: Spicy Hummingbird

Tupelo: The Odd Duck

Wasatch Brew Pub: Fool’s Gold

Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Tuscany

Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Tuscany

Taste 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 certificate

The 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 radish

More information on the event and tickets can be found at

Chefs On Parade

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:

More events…

As ever, check out our full event calendar here for even more upcoming food and beverage events:

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