Events: Taste Of The Wasatch, SLC Taco Fest, Stanza August 3, 2017 by Stuart Melling Taste Of The Wasatch – plate of food from 2016Taste Of The Wasatch 2017 – Last nag about this one. Tickets are almost sold out, but if you act especially quick, you might snag one of the few remaining ones. My advice is you do. If you need any last encouragement to get a ticket to the best food event and fundraiser of the year, how about the full menu, now available online? Here’s a snippet:Aerie Restaurant at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort – Pork meatball, roasted eggplant tomato sauce, aged Parmesan cheeseAvenues Proper – Pork belly tostada with house kimchiBeehive Cheese – Assortment of hand-rubbed artisan cheesesBeltex Meats: – Not Your Average Corn Dog: kettle corn grits, pork confit, apple creme, pickled mustardBlue Boar Inn – Poached shrimp and kale caesar saladCena Ristorante – Spicy lamb sliders; tomato cherry sauce and pickled vegetablesChabaar Beyond Thai – Curry puff, curry, rice and kombuchaChaia Cucina Catering – Spicy chilled roasted Mirasol pepper bisque with goat yogurt and crispy shallotChedda Burger – Cherry tomato jam, Thai peanut sauce, confit porkbelly, cream cheese and arugula on a beef pattyCopper Onion – Smoked eggplant tartlet with an heirloom tomato relishDeer Valley Resort – Pacific rock fish ceviche; Meyer lemon, fresno chili, fresh cilantro, tequila; white corn tortilla chipsEven Stevens – Duck or beet pastrami with kraut, mustard seeds and dillFire and Slice Pizza – Margherita pizza with basil, sauce, fresh mozzerella, rosemary oil; rosemary and parmesan flat bread with bacon jam or mascarpone spread (mascarpone and jalepeno jelly)Fireside on Regent – Heirloom tomato and mayonnaise tea sandwiches on sliced Pullman; fire-roasted corn on the cob with chili, lime, and cotija cheeseFranck’s – Caramelized Utah peach and Vadouvan emulsion, toasted quinoa, slow-roasted eggplant, pickled shallot, Thai basilGarage On Beck – Fried Mormon funeral potatoes with holy ranchGarden Café at Grand America – Shrimp Aguachile carrot juice, cucumber, cilantro; grilled stone fruit toast ricotta, arugula, radishes; assorted pastriesGlitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge – Fatty shoulder ribs with spicy smoked molasses grilling sauce; Utah corn, peach, pasilla peppers, snow cap beans and feta cheeseGR Kitchen – Falafel with kafteri sauceHarbor Seafood and Steak – Scallops and caviar—pan-seared natural Maine scallops, caviar, avocado mash, micro sorrel, yuzu-buzz button beurre blancLa Caille – Smoked Berkshire pork short ribs with stone fruit and chateau La Caille Enchante glazeLake Effect – Chipotle BBQ beef nacho with charred corn salsa, crumbled cotija, and pickled radishMartine – Cold duck salad over Bibb lettuce with pickled grapes, Point Reyes blue cheese and walnutsMeditrina – Chilled buttermilk soup, cucumber, Granny Smith apple, tarragon oil; house chorizo meatballs, spicy tomato sauceMountain Town Olive Oil – Black truffle popcorn made with Butter Olive Oil and Black Truffle Salt; marinated tomato, cucumber, basil with Tuscan herb fused olive oil and Sicilian lemon balsamicNow breathe, relax, count to ten. That is just the half of the menu. Yep half. And between you and me, I know of several more secret menu items that will show up on the day too… You can find the full official menu for this Sunday’s event on our sister site, The Utah Review. GA tickets are $105, VIP $150, and the event runs noon till 4 p.m. at Solitude Mountain Resort; tickets include drink tickets too. Here’s our own full preview – don’t miss this one.Solitude Mountain Resort 12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Solitude, UT 84121 https://tasteofthewasatch.org/SLC Taco FestIf you want to exercise your eating (and philanthropic) muscles before Sunday’s big event up at Solitude, check out this more modest fundraiser on Saturday August 5th. Tickets for the 2017 SLC Taco Fest are just $5 and proceeds go to support Meals On Wheels.The event is all ages and multiple taco vendors (tacos not included with ticket price) will compete in three contests: The Best Traditional Taco, The Best Veggie Taco, and The Best Creative Taco awards. Mexican Civic Center. 155 South 600 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 https://www.24tix.com/event/829212391/slc-tacofest-2017The Gateway Olympic fountainFood Truck And Brewery Battle – The following Saturday, August 12th, head to The Gateway for this other delicious battle. Attendees will be able to purchase food from more than a dozen local food trucks that have opened for business over the past 18 months along with pours from local breweries. After sipping and sampling, guests can vote for their favorites online to help kick off the Salt Awards, The Salt Lake Tribune’s recently minted award ceremony. Food trucks include: Pizza Cone Zone, Ginger’s Garden Cafe, Touch of Polynesia, Komrades, Monsieur Crepes, Taste of Louisiana, Crumbs Donuts, Made in Brazil, Bandera Brisket, Falafel Tree and Soup-er SandwichBrews being poured come from Epic Brewing Company, Proper Brewing Co., RoHa Brewing Project, Fisher Brewing Company and Mountain West CiderThe Gateway 18 North Rio Grande Street https://www.gastronomicslc.com/event/food-truck-brewery-battle/Fisher Brewing logoStanza – New chef Jonathan LeBlanc will be offering his first tasting menu on August 17th. Partnering with brew-masters from Fisher Brewing, LeBlanc will be cooking up a special four-course menu. Brewers from Fisher will be on hand to discuss the nuances of each beer paired carefully with LeBlanc’s menu, which reads as follows:* Braised pork belly, Yukon potato puree, Fuji apple butter with parsnip chips* Gulf shrimp and Tasso ham, okra, pickled red onions, crystal hot sauce beurre blanc* Pomegranate lacquered duck breast, foie gras ravioli, sweet potato butter with duck fat potato crisp* Butter pecan pound cake, toasted coconut gelato, praline brittleThe dinner begins at at 7 p.m. and cost is $85 ($60 for LeBlanc’s menu and $25 for beer pairings). 54 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 746-4441 www.stanzaslc.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. 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