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Events: Stanza, Avenues Proper, BGR, Celebrate The Bounty


Wednesday August 1st is the date for this downtown Italian eateries next wine dinner. The four course menu by Jonathan LeBlanc will be paired with selections from Vosca, Dolfo and Roncus. Call for reservations, price is $85 per person with the evening commencing at 6.30 p.m. prompt. Menu as follows:

* Vosca Chardonnay DOC upon arrival

Course One
* Bruleed melon, prosciutto & burrata, frisee salad, Cavalli balsamic
* Dolfo Rose 2016

Course Two
* Tiger prawn risotto rucola, heirloom tomato, Pecorino
* Dolfo Pinot Noir 2012

* Cassis sorbet

Course Three
* Rack of lamb, orzo, mint pistachio pesto, cucumber crème fraiche, oven roasted Campari tomato
* Dolfo Merlot 2013

Course Four
* Lemon ricotta cheesecake, roasted stone fruit, local wildflower honey, candied walnuts
* Roncus Ribolla Gialla

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

avenues proper
Avenues Proper patio at night

Avenues Proper

If craft spirits are more your fancy, check out this unique meet up of two of my favorite local businesses: Avenues Proper and Waterpocket Distillery. This particular collaboration is the next event in AP’s series of Patio Dinners, held later in the night outdoors. The fun menu is as follows:

* Robbers Roost / Notom Amaro cocktail
* Spicy cornbread with honey peach glaze, Robbers Roost whiskey butter

* Waterpocket Blanco Rum
* Scallop ceviche with ginger gremolata, candied oranges, chiffonade mint

* Oread Herbal Liqueur
* Herbed spiced duck breast with toasted saffron meringue, Chinese 5-spice, blood orange gastrique

* Cocoa & Rum Liqueur
* Cocoa braised short rib with mole negro, raspberry red eye gravy

* Coffee & Rum Liqueur
* Caramel swirled cascara ice cream

August 8th is the date for this unique dinner, starting at 8 p.m. Cost is $75: $50 for food and $25 for pairings. Call the restaurant directly for reservations.

376 8th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
(385) 227-8628

Sliders and beer at BGR Sugar House
Sliders and beer at BGR Sugar House


The following evening (August 9th) in Sugar House – the focus is beer. At BGR’s Summer Slider And Local Beer Pairing event you can sample several creative sliders, each paired with a local craft brew. Cost is just $25 per person and includes: 3 sliders, 3 beer pairings (4 oz) and 3 Sides. Menu as follows:

* Wellington slider
* Epic Los Locos

* Korean BBQ slider
* Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen

* Ahi tuna slider
* Limited release of Shades Of Pale Mojito beer (this beer was limited release and is already sold out all over town. That means the olnly place you can taste it is here)

* Sides: grilled asparagus, sweet potato fries, garlic fries

Guests must be 21+ to attend and you must bring your photo ID, no exceptions. This event should be a fun and affordable way to check out this great new addition to the Sugar House area.

1202 E Wilmington Ave, Ste 120, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(801) 487-6301

Celebrate The Bounty 2018
Celebrate The Bounty 2018

Celebrate The Bounty

This years Celebrate The Bounty event is taking a different tack for 2018, in more ways than one. The celebration of all things local is back on Thursday September 13th, this year in the historic Eagle Building – the upcoming new home to Caffe Molise and BTG Wine Bar.

Moreover the event itself is taking a new approach by pairing Utah eateries with Utah distilleries to collaborate on a killer cocktail / tasting combo – each using their favorite local products. Restaurants signed up so far so far include:

The Rest
The Dispensary
Cafe Trio
Caffe Molise

Joining them with creative cocktails are:

Dented Brick Distillery
Honest Johns Bitters
Salt City Vodka
New World Distillery
Kid Curry Spirits
Ogden’s Own
Sugar House Distillery

Celebrate the Bounty is Local First Utah’s annual fundraiser and is the place for Salt Lake City’s foodies, localvores and locally-minded consumers to come together and explore spectacular offerings from Utah’s finest locally owned restaurants and now distilleries! Tickets will go on sale shortly at:

Eagle Building
404 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Tacofest 2018

Tacofest 2018

Finally – a quick mention of this fun event coming back again on August 11th. This all ages event features multiple taco venders from around Utah, participating in three contests: The Best Traditional Taco, The Best Veggie Taco, and The Best Creative Taco awards.

Last year, with the help of everyone involved, Tacofest raised $7,500 for Meals On Wheels – feeding over 1,000 MOW recipients! 2018 hoeps to be even bigger and better with food vendors as follows:

Jurassic Street Tacos
El Calor Restaurant
Asadero Rio Sonora
Chronic Tacos
Maize Food Truck
Fajita Grill
Nene Sammy Taco Truck
The House of Rob Sauce
Taco Cartel
El Mini Taco
Tacos Lamanitas

Cost is just $5 for adults, Kidds under 13 are free. The venue will be at Centro Civico Mexicano, the same as last years inaugural event.

Tickets are available online:

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