We’ve discovered these terrific Slovenian wines that pair perfectly with Chef LeBlanc’s Italian tasting menu. I spent some magical time there in my travels, so it’s a very special dinner for me. Because of a shift in the Italian/Slovenian border recently, there is a lot of crossover in cuisine and wine so it’s fun to be able to explore the subtle differences and share those with our guests.Course one * Pacific oyster veloute with Sevruga caviar * Zampato Sauvignon Blanc Course two * Prosciutto crudo with melon, rocket and burrata * Zampato Cabernet Sauvignon Course three * Sweet Italian sausage orecchiette with rapini-almond pesto * Dolfo Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Blend Course four * Herb roasted lamb loin with white bean puree, artichoke barigoule, parsley-mint salsa verde * Dolfo Merlot Course five * Lake Bled cream cake with cabernet sweet cherries * Jelinek Slivovitz (plum brandy) 454 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 746-4441 stanzaslc.com Alamexo Cantina – Newly opened sister restaurant to downtown’s Alamexo Mexican Kitchen, Alamexo Cantina in the 9th and 9th district urges guests to “Find Your LaPlaya with weekend winter warmers”. Specialty margaritas and $1 tacos are on the menu in the Cantina’s bar every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. through January. Served only in the bar, the tacos offered will change each week and will have one meat option and one vegetarian. Options include artistic creations like tacos carnitas y salsa verde cruda, tacos flor de calabaza y salsa frijoles y hoja Santa, tacos de bistek y salsa molcajete and tacos Hongos y salsa guajillo; these are items that owner Matt Lake says, “we can do some really fun and adventuresome tacos that I normally wouldn’t be able to put on my daily menus.” Specialty margaritas, concocted by the team based on what local ingredients are in season, will change weekly too. For those wanting to extend the revelry into dinner, Matt and his culinary team offer their “all day, your way” menu too, Lake writes:
Our all-day menu always is always right for any time of day, whether you stop in for just guacamole and a margarita, a lunch of shared plates with friends, or a dinner with the entire crew, tasting some of everything. We don’t dictate how you create your meal … you can mix and match to create the perfect experience.1059 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 (801) 658-5859 alamexocantina.com
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