It’s a wrap – September 2017 September 30, 2017 by Stuart Melling Mountain West Cider – desolationMountain West Cider – Announced in the last month, the new Desolation Prickly Pear Hard Cider from Utah’s only hard cider brewery, should now be widely available in Utah DABC stores. Personal note, I think this is their best creation yet. Mountain West continues to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bottle of Desolation Cider to The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), in an effort to help protect and defend the Utah’s red rock wilderness and spectacular public wild lands that inspired the Cider’s creation. Jennifer Carleton, co-owner of Mountain West Hard Cider writes:We are thrilled to continue our partnership with SUWA, as their conservation efforts impact not only those who call Utah home, but also the over 4 million visitors to Utah’s great wilderness areas. We will continue to do our part to support the very canyons that inspire our ciders, and look forward to spreading SUWA’s message to an even broader audience now that Desolation is available for purchase throughout the state. “With the addition of our latest and greatest Desolation Hard Cider, we now have a solid lineup of ciders representing Mountain West in DABC stores throughout the state. Desolation’s addition of prickly pear fruit to the cider during fermentation imparts subtle flavors of melon and results in a 6.9 percent ABV cider with a slight rosy color. Prickly pear juice, also known as the ‘cactus apple’ was chosen for Desolation Hard Cider because the prickly pear plant is common to deserts throughout the southwest.If you want to check out a range of Mountain West creations stop by their 4th West Oktoberfest event this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. Along with several other brewers, highlights include:* Giant Jenga, cornhole, ring toss, ladder golf, live music * DIY pretzel necklaces, kids craft area * Take-your-own Photo Booth * Mountain West Cider and Red Rock Brewery gift card raffles * Humane Society Fundraiser * Drink Specials: Ruby-mosas, and Red Eyes, plus more * Fresh pressed cider (non-alcoholic) from The Green Urban Lunch Box * Other freebies and giveaways! * Kid and Dog Friendly!The event runs until 6 p.m. Sunday, October 1st and includes food trucks Gerlach’s, Shylo’s Mobile Cafe and Normal Ice Cream with drinks from RoHa Brewing Project, Salt City Vodka and Red Rock Brewery.Also available right now, discounted tasting tours at the brewery that include take home glassware, via Groupon.Mountain West Cider 425 N 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 United States https://www.facebook.com/events/130004364282853/Hop Rising goes pinkSquatters Brewing – In partnership with the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign, the SLC brewery is raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research during the month of October. Squatters #1 selling brand – Hop Rising Double IPA, will be temporarily packaged in a pink can during October, breast cancer awareness month. Squatters Craft Beers has pledged to donate $0.05 for each pink can of Squatters Hop Rising sold during the campaign.Real Men Wear Pink advocates, alongside or in memory of the women in their lives touched by cancer, will join in the fight against this deadly disease. Activists are encouraged to don their hop pink, mobilize their communities and compete to be the top fundraiser in support of lifesaving research and patient-support services. Amy Tangaro, marketing manager with Squatters Craft Beers writes,We are so excited to be partnering with Real Men Wear Pink on this awareness campaign. We have two men within our brewery that have signed up as Real Men Wear Pink Advocates so far with more to come. Unfortunately, you don’t have to look far to find people who have been affected by breast cancer. As a company, we have always taken pride in giving back to the community that has been so gracious to us. We are thrilled to jump on another opportunity to do just that!Squatters Hop Rising is currently sold in 19 states and the pink cans will be distributed to each, including Utah, where Hop Rising remains the top-selling craft beer in the the state. Log Haven – bison with poblano chile gritsLog Haven – It’s been a bumper month for Log Haven. As well as winning the Salt Lake Tribune’s SALT Awards readers choice for Best Fine Dining restaurant (see below) they also picked up two other nods for their exemplary work.Forbes/Open Table100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America list name checked the Millcreek eatery as one of only two destinations in Utah while The Knot magazine (wedding mag) also bestowed Log Haven with another Best of Wedding Award for the businesses combination of location, service and food. Owner Margo Provost writes:I would like to thank our clients and guests who shared their wedding experiences on TheKnot. We will continue to provide a beautiful Natural backdrop in the hillsides of Millcreek Canyon, Nourishment from our Chef Dave Jones, his kitchen team, and General Manager Ian Campbell, and a Nurturing spirit to all of our brides, grooms and their families and friends. You are the heart of Log Haven. Fireside On Regent – pizzaFireside On Regent – A quick update on Michael Richey’s Regent Street eatery, new hours for the fall are as follows:Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday 5 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.26 Regent St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 359-4011 firesideonregent.comUber Eats – As of Wednesday September 20th, this new food delivery service is live in Salt Lake City. UberEATS is offering delivery of full menus from nearly 50 favorite Salt Lake City restaurants. Much like competing service Grub Hub that’s operated here for some time, the prices are the same as the restaurant, you just pay a delivery fee and tip your driver.UberEats charges a flat rate $5.99 delivery fee, plus tip – which is all handled within the app, no need to look for cash down the sofa. Signup with my referral code (eats-stuartm138) and get $5 off your first two orders – I’ll get $5 too.Launch restaurants include:3 Cups Del Mar Al Lago El Chihuahua Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria Freebirds Gandolfos Green Pig Homies Bburgers And Shakes Johnny Slice Legends Sports Pub Pars Pie Hole Pig & A Jelly Jar Piper Down Safrron Vaelly Siam Orchid SM Sushiritto Sweet Lake Biscuits And Limeade Tonyburgers Zabb Noodles ZaikaUberEATS general manager in Utah said Clay Carroll writes:We’re partnering with some great local restaurants so that Salt Lake City customers can get the food they love quickly and conveniently, no matter what they like best, “UberEATS is for anyone who needs an easy and reliable way to get their favorite food–no matter what they’re doing, where they are, or what time it is.See more here, expect the list to grow quickly over time. UberEATS will initially deliver in Salt Lake County, from the Airport down to SR-175, and from the Wasatch range to SR-154 to the West. The Mandarin founder Gregory Skedros Happy Birthday – While Veneto recently turned one, and Manoli’s turned two, Bountiful’s Mandarin restaurant is celebrating 40 years in business. They’re marking the occasion with an interior remodel too. The business opened in 1977 when Gregory Skedros (and his late wife Jenny) created their original 60 seat restaurant.The Mandarin has expanded 2 times since then, to its current size of 200 seats. At 89 years of age, Gregory Skedros, still greets guests nightly. Along with his daughter Angel, the father-daughter duo have been working side by side for over 30 years. For the past 10 years, Angel and her husband Paul Manfredini have functioned as owner-operators of Mandarin, employing 65 staff.The restaurant is currently currently closed for the businesses annual 3 week break. During the close, a major remodel will also finalise to welcome guests when the business opens again on Monday, October 9th at 5 p.m. 348 900 N, Bountiful, UT 84010 (801) 298-2406 mandarinutah.comWhiskey Street bar manager Chris Neidiger and GM Chip Macomber collect their Salt Award . Credit SL TribuneSalt Awards – Finally, the Salt Lake Tribune’s Salt Awards where habnded out this week. As well as several critic picks the reader choice awards went to the following businesses:Brewery – Red Rock Brewing Coffee Experience – Buzzed Coffee Truck Downtown Nightlife – Whiskey Street Fine Dining – Log Haven Food Truck – CupBop Signature Burger – Lucky 13 Breath Enhancer Vegetarian / Vegan – Buds Brunch – Ruth’s DinerStuart 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. The current businesses we work with include: BGR Bourbon House BTG Wine Bar Caffe Molise Cafe Niche Current Fish & Oyster Feldman's Deli Kyoto Log Haven Oasis Cafe Saffron Valley SLC Eatery Stanza Italian Bistro Taqueria 27 Whiskey Street White Horse For a list of all our past relationships see our historical partnerships.