Latest updates from around the food scene

Eat Drink SLC postpones big bash

Sad news from one of the best food and drink festivals in the state. Eat Drink SLC reports that they’ve decided to revisit the 2020 furloughing of the event. Writing to their Facebook followers the organization stated:

Like you, we were hoping to be popping corks, clinking glasses, and celebrating summer 2021 with our annual Eat Drink SLC. Unfortunately, at this time, a grand July event is just not in the cards. We have been actively monitoring COVID-19 developments in our region, and the health and safety of our partners and guests are of paramount importance.

Instead, our team is working on a slightly downsized EDSLC plan for later this year, and as soon as it’s fully baked, you’ll be the first to know! Stay tuned for more updates, and feel free to reach out with any questions, thoughts, or simply to say hello. We miss you and hope to see you all VERY soon!

Fans of the grand festival that focuses on a dazzling array of local restaurants and wine/cider/beer, can at least take some modest solace in that mention of a smaller event. As ever, I’ll keep you posted as and when I hear more.

Pretty Bird eyes possible Idahoan adventure

Pretty Bird - Nashville style hot chicken. Credit, Pretty Bird
Pretty Bird – Nashville style hot chicken. Credit, Pretty Bird

A single enigmatic social media post from Pretty Bird owner Viet Pham this past week suggests the next home for the quickly expanding brand. Pretty Bird, home to Pham’s popular take on Nashville fried chicken, recently expanded to Sugar House, with a third location set for Park City too. And next? How about Idaho…

A picture of Boise airport was accompanied by the simple one liner:

Pretty Bird, Pretty Bird – can you say Pretty Bird?

Casual onlookers might raise a curious eyebrow but the path to our nearby neighbors is well trodden for local brands looking to spread their wings and hit the franchise trail. Should Pretty Bird fly North they’d be preceded by the likes of Cupbop, R&R BBQ and Mo Bettah’s before them.

Own a piece of Mountain West

Local cider crafters Mountain West are taking to crowdfunding for the next stage of their evolution – hoping to spread the good word of their craft cider around the mountain West region. The Utah based brewer is looking to raise $1 million (insert your own doctor evil meme) from local would be investors to scale out of state.

Micro-investors can sign on the dotted line for amounts starting at $250. Check out the full pitch here: https://www.startengine.com/mountain-west-cider

Park City dining deals

This one via the Park City restaurant association. Headed your way in just under two weeks, a great way to save some dollars:

We are excited to announce the return of the Dine Local, Save Local promotion! All you have to do is sign up and we’ll mail you a $25 gift certificate while supplies last. Once you receive your gift card, you can redeem it after spending $50.00 or more on food items (excluding taxes, gratuity, alcohol, and any service fees) at a participating restaurant from May 15 to June 30, 2021.

Sweet Rolled Tacos

Via press release

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Sweet Rolled Tacos’ Gateway location is rolling out ten new, children’s-themed tacos during the month of May in an effort to “Taco ‘Bout Mental Health.” This delectable shop, located at The Gateway in Restaurant Row, will host several events, including story time for families on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. thru May 31st. Each story complements the theme of that day’s special taco with a focus on uplifting messages and providing resources. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from children’s taco sales will be donated to The Children’s Center. There will also be a free outdoor fitness class, outdoor free movie under the stars, and the “I am Light” walk through The Gateway. Visit the full calendar of events

“The topic of Mental Health is something that is near and dear to my heart because I have battled depression throughout my life and am proud of how far I’ve come in conquering it,” says Missy Weech, co-owner of Sweet Rolled Tacos. “I know first-hand how debilitating it can be, and seeing children suffer from mental health issues is heartbreaking. Battling mental health diseases can leave people feeling hopeless and exhausted, joyless, and alone. In light of the pandemic this past year and social unrest, it is more important than ever to discuss mental health issues and work to remove the stigma associated with these ailments.”  

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