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Cocktails, BBQ, sake, feasts aplenty – five fab food events

Kaze Sushi - maki roll

Cocktail contest shakedown

SL Mag farm to cocktail contest
SL Mag farm to cocktail contest

This Sunday, more than twenty of SLC’s best restaurants will go head to head to be crowned the winner of Salt Lake Magazine’s Farm-To-Glass Cocktail Contest Shakedown. If you’re free, you can sample all the entrants efforts – each tasked with using local and seasonal ingredients in their cocktail creations. Participating restaurants include:

  • Alpine Distillery’s Pie Bar
  • Bambara
  • Copper Common
  • Good Grammar
  • Harbor Seafood and Steak
  • Lake Effect
  • London Belle
  • Park City Culinary Institute
  • Post Office Place
  • Proper Brewing Co
  • Ruth’s Chris
  • Spencer’s
  • The Ruin
  • Takashi
  • Thistle & Thyme
  • Tin Angel at the Eccles
  • Tuscany
  • Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar
  • Water Witch
  • Dented Brick
  • Waterpocket
  • Holystone Distilling
  • Sugar House Distillery
  • Hammer Spring Distillers

The party runs 6-9 p.m. at Publik Downtown this Sunday (October 13th). Tickets are priced $45 ($20 for designated drivers) and include a selection of small bites served throughout the evening with samples of many of the farm to glass specialty cocktails

Beer Bourbon & BBQ

Tastemakers 2017 - looking down on whole event
The Gateway during Tastemakers 2017

The Gateway in downtown SLC is bringing back the popular Beer, Bourbon and BBQ event back for the second year, on Saturday, Oct. 12th from 4 – 10 p.m. 

The event is free to attend and samples of scary-good bourbon, craft beer and BBQ are available for purchase. Attendees can also enjoy games, live music and Broadway Media’s U92 DJs and “as a ‘gateway’ to Halloween, there will be a rockin’ costume contest with prizes.+

Beer and bourbon options abound with Waterpocket Distillery’s Robber’s Roost Whiskey, Ogden’s Own Distillery’s Porter’s Rye WhiskeyToasted Barrel Brewery, and Mountain West Hard Cider. BBQ will be dished up by Pat’s BBQR&R BBQ and UMU Polynesian BBQ.

400 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 456-0000

Feast Of The Five Senses

Feast Of The Five Senses 2018 - Saffron Valley savory semolina pudding
Feast Of The Five Senses 2018 – Saffron Valley savory semolina pudding

A quick heads up that tickets for this fun fundraiser are almost sold out. A little more than two dozen tickets remain at the time of writing. We previewed the 2019 event a few weeks ago here.

If you love local food, beer, cocktails and well – a great time – don’t miss this event. All proceeds go to the excellent Slow Food Utah too.

Kaze sake tasting dinner

Kaze Sushi - maki roll
Kaze Sushi – maki roll

One of downtown SLC’s newest are offering their first ever dinning event on Tuesday, 22nd of October. The sake tasting event will feature guest speakers who will educate diners on the sake making process as well as the different varied styles.

Kaze chef Hiro will serve menu of traditional Japanese dishes to pair alongside the sake; including a variety of appetizers, sushi, onigiri and miso soup. Price is $35 per person, and the event is limited to 30 attendees.

65 E Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 800-6768

Pago pumpkin dinner

Pago: pumpkin tasting menu 2016
Pago: pumpkin tasting menu 2016

There’s np denying Fall is finally here, and for this 9th an 9th restaurant that means one thing – their annual pumpkin tasting menu.

Impressively returning for the 10th year in a row, each course of the gourd-driven menu is thoughtfully paired with orange wine (skin fermented white wine) for maximum fall pleasure. Notes from the restaurant state they’ll be: “opening some ridiculous bottles for the reserve pairing. Gravner! Paola Bea! Mythopia!”

Price for the tasting is $65 per person ($35 for food, $25 for pairings) and the full menu is available online here.

878 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
(801) 532-0777

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