Bewilder Brewing dinner and tour
If you’ve managed to survive this Monday’s windstorm with fence and roof intact – relax at this food and beer event tomorrow night (Tuesday October 25th) at Bewilder Brewing. Starting at 6.30 p.m. sharp, enjoy a five course paired menu alongside four 8 o.z. beers – including a special new release.
Cost for the event is $49.99 (or $39.99 if you don’t want to drink) and a vegetarian option is available too. Bonus points – enjoy a full tour of the brewery as part of the ticket price. Bargain.
445 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Avenues Proper cellar dinner
The day after, Wednesday 27th from 6 p.m. sees Avenues Proper host their last cellar dinner of 2021. In this year long series of smarty paired dinners, the brewery couples a range of cellared beers from some of Utah’s best brewers, with one off special dishes. Food is $50 with optional beer pairing $30. Menu as follows:
- Duck pate, crispy duck fat cracker, dried fruits, pistachios
- Toasted Barrel BA Dubbel 2018
- Celery root risotto, braised fennel, focaccia bread crumbs
- Proper Mabon 2017
- Blackened white fish, parsnip puree, green chermoula
- Proper BA Geol 2020
- Pineapple upside down cheesecake, spiced cracker crust
- Shades BA Belgian Quad 2016
376 8th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Manoli’s gyro pop up
The next day (Thursday 28th), and changing things up from their popular Summer spit roast, this downtown fine dining Greek restaurant are offering a fun popup lunch option; swing by and grab a hand stacked pork gyro. Pre-orders start at 9.00 a.m. with pickup in person orders only running 11.00 a.m. through 2.00 p.m.
402 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Pago pumpkin tasting
Back for the TWELFTH year in a row, Pago’s annual celebration of the iconic seasonal gourd. This year’s pumpkin tasting menu – a multi course pairing dinner – is available for one night only; served alongside the regular Pago menu on Sunday October 31st. Yep spooky night.
878 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Franck’s Halloween dinner
Speaking of ghouls and goblins, the Cottonwood Height’s fine dining destination are also offering a themed menu for the big night. Only 20 spots are available for this Halloween evening meal, and costumes are encouraged. The event starts at 6.00 p.m. with passed appetizers and a cocktail hour. Proceedings then move to the restaurant’s private dining “orangery” space. Menu as follows:
- Sweet meat pumpkin tamale, pepita mole, guajill chili emulsion, preserved pineapple cove, cotija relish, pineapple bubbles
- Crispy wagyu beef short rib, half sashimi white shrimp, wasabi-squid ink risotto, Thai basil coulis, pickled lychee, caramelized hazelnut, miso-burgundy sauce
- Cider and caramelized apple cake truffle, sweet and sour Granny Smith apple, pecan streusel, caramelized apple gelato
Price for the meal is $65 per person for food only. Themed cocktails, wine and beers are available for purchase.
6263 Holladay Blvd E, Holladay, UT 84121
Log Haven haunted Halloween
On the same topic, a reminder that “Haunted Haven” is back at the Millcreek Canyon restaurant. Take the scenic drive up and on October 29th, 30th and 31st enjoy a range of spooky specials by chef Dave Jones, not least a range of specialty cocktails too.
Due to the Covid concerns the restaurant will be putting the usually tarot card readings on hold for now – but guests are still encouraged to dine in costume, and the restaurant will be decorated to the hilt as ever.
6451 Mill Creek Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Midway mercantile bubbles dinner
Finally, November 2nd is the date for this sparkling event up at the Midway eatery. Notes from the restaurant are follows:
This is going to be a lot of fun; flavorful food, fizzy bubbles and levity! Prosecco, cava, California bubbles, Moscato do Asti, and a genuine small grower champagne. Knowing John, there will be at least one additional bottle and some surprises! Weather is no longer allowing us to populate the patio, so the seating for this event is more limited due to being indoors. If this proves popular, there is a good chance of another event on Tuesday, November 2nd. You don’t want to miss this! Reserve your seats now by following the link below.
99 E Main St, Midway, UT 84049
Ogden restaurant week
Looking a little further head in the dining crystal ball, Ogden restaurant week will return for a ninth year in early November. Here’s the press release for the November 4-13 bash:
Foodies, culinary connoisseurs, food junkies, and everyone who loves food can start scouting out restaurant menus and planning out their week online at ogdenrestaurantweek.com. This year those participating will be able to download a free mobile pass to view this year’s restaurants and menus and be entered to win prizes. During this extended week, 20 locally owned and independently operated restaurants in downtown Ogden will be showcasing their unique dining experiences through a special menu only available during Ogden Restaurant Week.
This year Ogden Restaurant Week is pleased to offer a free online pass for the public to participate. This pass will be available for signups starting October 30th and will list all of the participating restaurants, their location, and their special menus for the week. To sign up visit www.ogdenrestaurantweek.com. Participants are encouraged to sign up for the pass to participate and when arriving to a participating restaurant, to use the pass to check in to that location. Checking in to two or more restaurant locations will enter the participant into a chance to win prizes.
Ogden boasts an affordable, eclectic, downtown lifestyle that is growing in the arts and culinary scene. During Ogden Restaurant Week, diners will discover locally sourced menu items and drinks from a wide range across the culinary scene.
Each restaurant will offer a unique Restaurant Week menu giving foodies and casual diners alike the chance to explore a new culinary experience. Participating restaurants will continue to offer regular menu items at regular prices alongside their Ogden Restaurant Week menu. To fully round out your Ogden dining experience be sure to order a cocktail made with top-shelf local spirits from New World Distillery or Ogden’s Own Distillery or order a local beer from Roosters, UTOG or Talisman Brewing Co. 2021 Participating Restaurants:
- Warrens Craft Burger
- Rovali’s Ristorante Italiano
- WB’s Eatery
- Tona Sushi
- Pig & a Jelly Jar
- The Garden Grille & Lounge
- Ogden River Brewing
- Bangkok Gardens
- Ramen Haus
- Waffle Love
- Union Grill
- Table Twenty Five
- Lucky Slice
- Hearth on 25th
- Sonora Grill
- Roosters Brewing Co.
- Thai Curry Kitchen
- Laan Thai
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