Alamexo – Celebrate Dia de los Muertos – aka Day of the Dead – on November 1st and 2nd at either Alamexo restaurant. Owner and head chef Matt Lake says of the traditional event:
It’s actually a very happy celebration, a big party that dates back long into history. On the first day, families remember children and on the second, adults. It’s believed that the spirits of loved ones are allowed to join the living on these days so it’s a joyous reunion.
Downtown Alamexo will serve borrego con mole negro ($25) featuring a braised leg of lamb in a traditional mole negro and a dessert pan de muerto with candied pumpkin ($8). Drink specials downtown will feature two special mezcals: Mina Real Mezcal Reposado ($10), an ecologically sustainable mezcal made with agave slowly cooked in a brick kiln and double distilled in pot stills, aged in American oak casks; and Bozal Tobasiche single maguey mezcal ($14) a special-order, refined wild maguey with herbaceous, smoky, and cedar notes.
At the Cantina in the 9th and 9th neighborhood, chef Lance Ellis will be serving mollete ($12) made with house made Mexican bread, spicy black beans, Oaxaca cheese, chorizo, and pico de gallo. The Cantina’s specialty margarita will include Espolòn Añejo X ($16) a limited release extra añejo that has been aged for six years to create an increased level of depth and intensity. At Alamexo Cantina, margaritas are served “One Way,” with or without salt. Each margarita is made with damiana, Cointreau and fresh lime. Damania grows wild in Mexico and is said to incite desire.
Alamexo | 268 State St #110, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 | (801) 779-4747
Cantina | 1059 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 | (801) 658-5859
Porch – Just over a week later, head on over to Daybreak for this extra special Fall Harvest Wine Dinner. Held on Thursday, November 9th at 7 p.m. the meal is priced at an ultra reasonable $65: $40 for a four course seasonal menu and an optional $25 for four small wine pairings.
The menu for this special meal at Porch is as follows:
* Artisan cheese course, accoutrements
* Faire La Fete Cremant de Limoux, France
* Fall salad, arugula, crispy butternut, Drake’s chevre, toasted pepitas, pumpkin spice vinaigrette
* Bedouet Vigneron Muscadet Sevre et Maine, France
* Grilled flank steak, heirloom carrot risotto, preserved lemon, tarragon oil
* Root:1 Carmenere, Chile
* Spiced molasses cake, chevre cream cheese frosting, preserved Utah peaches
* Blandy’s Malmsey Madiera
The dinner is limited to just 50 guests, call to reserve, credit card required at booking.
11274 Kestrel Rise Rd G, South Jordan, UT 84009
BTG – On the same evening (Nov 9th) in downtown SLC, BTG Wine Bar are hosting one of their very favorite Californian wine producers, Carol Shelton. Shelton will team up with BTG sommelier Louis Koppel to lead guests through a four course menu crafted by chef Fred Moesinger, paired with four of Shleton’s wines. The 4 wines poured include:
* “Coquille Blanc” Rhone-style White Blend;
* “Wild Thing” Zinfandel
* Rockpile Reserve Petite Sarah
* “Black Magic” Late Harvest Zinfandel
The price to attend is $70, breaking down to $35 for food and $35 for wine. Dinner begins promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited.
63 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
– Caputo’s Chcocoolate Festival – It only seems like ten seconds since this yearly celebration of fine chocolate began; it’s back on November 8th for it’s six year however. This time around, Lithuania’s Chocolate Naive is the star product under the spotlight; and as ever, local chef’s will use this to craft a variety of dishes for guests.
The culinary lineup for the 2017 edition includes Alexa Norlin of Normal Ice Cream, Alicia Pacheco of The Rose Establishment, Manoli Katsanevas of Manoli’s, Courtney McDowell of Pallet Bistro, and Seth Adams and Mark Peterson of Riverhorse on Main. The evening will also offer wine and spirits from Francis Fecteau and Waterpocket Distillery, craft cocktails from Beehive Bitters and Sugar House Distillery, and brewed-to-order coffee from La Barba Coffee Roasters.
The sixth annual Caputo’s Chocolate Festival takes place on Wednesday, November 8th, beginning at 7 p.m. at the downtown Caputo’s. Tickets are priced $40, plus an additional $20 for optional alcohol beverage pairings. Space is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative.
314 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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