Tomato Days – Wasatch Community Gardens celebration of those seasonal, red, round things is back in full swing. This year’s Tomato Days Dine-Around runs August 15th through September 15th; five restaurants will be serving up special tomato based dishes as follows:
Caprese toast with local heirloom tomatoes, burrata spread, and balsamic reduction
Caprese sandwich with local heirloom tomatoes from LC Organics in West Valley City, with fresh mozzarella and house grown basil on a house made French country loaf, $9
A base layer of beef steak tomatoes, buttered in a cast iron pan; three eggs, topped with a sumac onion mix, a sprinkle of cherry tomatoes, zaatar and another slice of a large tomato; baked in a stone fired oven, $17
Tin Angel Cafe
Heirloom tomatoes baked atop a blend of chevre and ricotta cheeses with basil, thyme, lemon juice, pine nuts, and extra virgin olive oil; served with crostini, $12.50
PBLT, house braised pork belly, heirloom tomato relish, arugula, and garlic aiolo served on a toasted baguette. A veggie version is available too, $8.95. Served at the Salt Lake City, Sugar House, Draper, St. George, Ogden, Logan and Provo locations.
Visit any of those participating restaurants and ask for special and Wasatch Community Gardens will receive a portion of the proceeds. The month long comes to a close on September 9th (11 a.n. – 2 p.m.) with the 2017 Tomato Sandwich Party – a 100% free event at The Grateful Tomato Garden. Per the Garden’s own blurb:
Bring your friends and family and join us at our Annual Tomato Sandwich Party! We’ll be serving delicious (and free!) pesto and heirloom tomato sandwiches. Enjoy live music and take a stroll through our beautiful and productive Grateful Tomato Garden. We hope to see you at this kick-off event for Eat Local Week!
Black Sheep Cafe @ Epic Brewing Sugar House – If memory serves – Black Sheep’s efforts at Epic’s Sugar House location was the fourth roll of the dice. Well, another one bites the dust. The following post was made on Black Sheep’s Facebook post recently.
Black Sheep and Epic Brewing have had a great run and a wild ride together this last year, but unfortunately, we find ourselves in a place where we must part ways and pursue separate ventures. We part on friendly terms and with a bow of respect to each other as friends, business partners and fellow craftsmen of artisanal food and drink. As our valued guests, we thank you for your continued support along the way and we will always cherish the memories of your visits.
While Black Sheep moves on to our next venture, Epic will stay right here, but give them a few weeks to get themselves together to reopen. Epic looks forward to reconnecting with the community here in Sugar House. In the meantime, pop-up dinners will be held in the Salt Lake area until a new location is found. We invite you to visit Black Sheep’s flagship location at 19 N University Ave in Provo.
Thank you for all the love, support and patronage. Cheers! The Black Sheep Team
48 E 2100 S #110, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Manoli’s – The menu has recently been refreshed at this 9th South Greek restaurant. Dishes include Kakavia pictured above –
clams, scallops, tomato-ouzo broth, shaved fennel, crispy halloumi and garlic croutons. The full menu can be found online here.
402 East Harvey Milk Blvd (900 S), Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Current Fish And Oyster – A couple of tweaks to the opening hours for this La Salle restaurant. The restaurant will be shuttering its weekend brunch hours but instead, begin opening every day for dinner, including Sunday starting at 4 p.m. GM Andrew Cliburn writes:
We have such great restaurants within the LaSalle and Trio Groups who have been known for their amazing brunches for a long time. We wanted to focus on playing to our strengths as a company. Current is such a hot spot for the freshest seafood for business and social lunches and dinners it just made sense to add one more dinner to our week and let the other brunch spots really shine.
Highlights from the current menu, overseen by chef Alan Brines include:
A shared plate of tender grilled calamari with lemon aioli, jalapeño, grilled fingerling potatoes and scallions; fish and chips entrée of crisp, moist and super fresh ale battered rockfish with a remoulade, spicy coleslaw and house-cut fries; Chef Brines’ signature entrée of caramelized organic salmon with soy-sake marinade, charred broccolini, boniato and orange-tamarind sauce, and the popular 44 Farm New York steak served with a scallion potato cake, grilled asparagus, blistered tomatoes and a flavorful green and red chimichurri that perfectly complements the tender beef.
Current’s pretty patio will still be available for evening and weekday lunch dining, weather permitting.
279 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Stanza – We mentioned chef Jonathan LeBlanc’s new additions to the menu last month. This month sees them offered as part of a new “express business lunch” menu. The three-course menu is just $15 and will change weekly to take full advantage of seasonally available ingredients from local farms. The goal is to have start-to-finish lunch served in a casual atmosphere in 45 minutes. The menu at press time was as follows:
* Choice of soup or caesar salad
* Choice of sandwich
The Capri: heirloom tomatoes, basil, whole milk mozzarella, arugula, aged balsamic, ciabatta
Chicago Italian Beef: 10-hour roasted top sirloin, house made giardiniera, provolone, red peppers, Italian roll
* Cannoli alla ricotta, house made cinnamon shell, ricotta cream, pistachio, chocolate
Planned dishes for upcoming weeks include dishes such as gnocchi al fungi and bucatini alla carbonara.
54 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Bill White Group – A trio of seasonal summer value menus are being offered up in Park City. Options (click for menus) include
Monday’s at Grappa
$5-9 small plates, $12-14 entrees
Tuesday’s at Windy Ridge
$2 tacos, $4 margaritas
Thursday’s at Ghidotti’s
$5 pastas, $5 glasses of wine
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