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Events: Stanza, Meditrina, Dine O Round, Festa Italiana, SL Mag Cocktails

Stanza – Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar welcomes William Davis (Wilson Daniels Wines) as he presents his portfolio of paired wines with new chef Jonathan LeBlanc’s five-course tasting menu on Wednesday, September 13th @ 6:30 p.m. LeBlanc notes:

Wilson Daniels carries some amazing Italian wines. I’m pairing a special tasting menu based on what’s coming off the farms, I’m loving the flavor combinations and look forward to sharing them with our guests

The eye popping reading menu for the night is as follows:

On arrival
* Bisol ‘Crede’ Prosecco

Course one
* Garnet yam gnocchi, local Uinta wild mushrooms, broccoli rabe, winter squash, golden raisins, Parmesan, garlic sage butter sauce
* Castello DI Volpaia Chianti Classico riserva DOCG

Course two
* Brazino, cipollini onions, caby artichokes, heirloom tomatoes, cerignola olives, pesto broth, extra virgin olive oil
* Arnaldo‐Caprai Montefalco Rosso DOC

Course three
* Pink grapefruit sorbet, brunoise melons, turbinado syrup, mint

Course four
* Maiale da latte, braised pork belly, cheeky trotter crepinette, sweet potato puree, fava beans, red sorrel, pork au jus
* Tenuta Sette Cieli ‘Indaco’

Course five
* Forelle pear, crème di cassis, Clifford Farms honey-buttermilk gelato, almond tuile
* Prosecco cocktail

Cost is $100 per person (or $60 per person without wine pairings).

54 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 746-4441

Meditrina: shrimp with cheddar grits
Meditrina: shrimp with cheddar grits

Meditrina – It’s wine social time at our favorite tapas restaurant. As per past social events, guests can enjoy 4 wines and 4 light food pairings for just $40 – $20 food, $20 wine; all in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Also of note this time around, wines will be poured blind, giving wine aficionados who know their stuff the chance to test their skills and compete to win a a gift certificate for the restaurant.

The fun social is held on September 13th @ 6.30 p.m. with menu as follows:

Course one
* Local peaches, house ricotta, shishitos, prosciutto, pomegranate balsamic

Course two
Prawn “corn dog,” tamarind ketchup, plum mostarda

Course three
Meditrina-grown heirloom tomatoes, caramelized onion grit cake, lemon tomato broth, nasturtium

Course four
Spice-dusted spare ribs, red wine oyster sauce

65 W 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 485-2055

Downtown Dine O Round 2017
Downtown Dine O Round 2017

Dine O Round – The 15th annual Downtown Dine O’ Round, begins on Friday, September 15th. During the two week event diners can sample a range of specially priced set meals at downtown SLC restaurants. Restaurant-goers do not need to sign up for anything, carry any cards or clip coupons. All one needs to do is ask for the Dine O’Round menu from their server.

This is the first year Dine O’ Round will offer three tiers of dinner pricing to better accommodate a growing number of downtown restaurant options with $15, $25 and $35 options. Options range from gourmet – Current, Finca, Copper Onion, Stanza – even the new White Horse Kitchen – to casual options. Newcomers this year include the aforementioned White Horse, plus Fat Jack’s Burger Emporium, Rib and Chop House, Lake Effect, Carnegie’s and HSL. The lunch crowd is not forgotten during Dine O’Round, with nearly half of the establishments putting together two-item meals for either $5 or $10.

Diners are also offered the opportunity to “win dinner for a year” via a photo contest. Following the trend of diners posting photos to the social media network instagram, restaurant-goers can upload photos from their Dine O’Round experience to enter by using the hashtag #DineORound and tagging @downtownslc on Instagram to be automatically entered to win.
Nick Como, communication director for the Downtown Alliance writes:

Dine O’Round is important to encourage diners to try a new restaurant or return to an old favorite during the seventeen delicious days of the event. Our fantastic restaurateur partners have elevated Salt Lake City’s brand as a culinary hotspot with quality dining options, culinary talent, and varied ethnic cuisines

Sample menus and participating locations can be found at A full list of participating restaurants is as follows:

$5 lunch
Bocata, Gracie’, Green Pig Pub, Tony Caputo’s

$10 lunch
Bourbon House, Blue Iguana, Caffe Niche, Cannella’s, Carnegie’s Public House, Cedars of Lebanon, Current Fish & Oyster, Cytybyrd, Fat Jack’s, Gourmandise, J. Wong’s Asian Bistro, Lake Effect, Les Madeleines, Market Street Grill, Market Street Oyster Bar, Martine, Rib and Chop House, Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, Squatters Pub Brewery, Stanza, Stoneground Kitchen, Taco Taco, The Rose Establishment, Tin Angel Café, Toasters, White Horse, Zest,

$15 dinner
Blue Iguana, Bocata, Bourbon House, Cannella’s, Cedars of Lebanon, Fat Jack’s, Gourmandise, Green Pig Pub, Red Rock Brewing Co.,
Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, Squatters Pub Brewery, Taco Taco,

$25 dinner
Blue Iguana, Cannella’s, Gourmandise, Gracie’s, Pleiku, Tin Angel Café, Zest

$35 dinner
Caffe Niche, Carnegie’s Public House, Christopher’s Prime Steakhouse, Current Fish & Oyster, Finca, The Garden Restaurant,
HSL, J. Wong’s Asian Bistro, Market Street Grill, Market Street Oyster Bar, Martine, Oasis Café, Rib & Chop House, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Stanza, Stoneground Kitchen, Texas de Brazil, Whiskey Street, White Horse

Festa Italiana – Festa Italiana will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. This third annual festival will provide locals with an authentic Italian street festival experience that is prevalent in many other cities across the country. Admission to Festa Italiana is free and open to the public.

Highlights of the festival include: more than a dozen local Italian restaurants serving unique and authentic Italian food, non-stop performances by Italian musical artists, beer and specialty Italian wine, and local and Italian artist showcases. Festival director Nick Fuoco writes:

After visiting Italian festivals in some of the great cities across the country, our organization wanted to bring Italian culture, food, and entertainment to the people of Salt Lake,It is our goal to give a little taste of what we know as Italian-Americans to everyone who attends the festival

Festa Italiana is a non-profit festival, funded in part by residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts, & Parks (ZAP) Program. A portion of this year’s proceeds will go to support Catholic Community Services.

For additional information, visit

237 Beetknik at pallet
Pallet: 237 Beetknik cocktail from 2015 contest

Salt Lake Magazine Cocktail Contest – Salt Lake magazine presents its fifth annual Farm to Glass Cocktail Contest, a month long cocktail crawl where locals get the chance to try and judge libations created by local bars and restaurants around town. 17 local mixologists are competing to have their creations be chosen as the best original cocktail this year. Mary Malouf, Food Editor at Salt Lake magazine says:

It’s all about promoting local businesses and Utah fruit farmers. Our goal is to have as many people as possible see how our bar scene is gaining momentum, how important agriculture is to local businesses, and that there are fun things going on in Utah

The Farm to Glass Cocktail Contest is a people’s choice award too. Throughout the month of September, locals will purchase and judge the tasty concoctions by voting online for their favorites. The winner will be announced at the annual Cocktail Contest Party on October 8th. Guests will sample all competing cocktails and enjoy light bites.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Utah Bartenders Guild for alcohol awareness and education. The full list of participants is as follows:

Alamexo, White Horse, HSL, Fireside on Regent, Good Grammar, Manoli’s, Solitude Resort, Zest Kitchen & Bar, Water Witch, Squatters, Tin Angel, Finca, Stoneground, Takashi, Bambara, Table X and Ruin.

2017 Tomato Sandwich Party – Finally don’t forget this 100% free event runs 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. this weekend – Saturday, September 9. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the best of the Summer at this kick-off event for Eat Local Week! On the menu? Delicious (and free!) pesto and heirloom tomato sandwiches. Enjoy live music and take a stroll through the beautiful and productive Grateful Tomato Garden.

Grateful Tomato Garden
800 S 600 E, Salt Lake City

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