Do you remember what you were doing right now, say nine or ten years ago? I do. Given this website’s Tardis like capabilities there’s an embarrassingly-detailed inventory of the calories I’ve consumed. Around this time in 2012 I was taking a first glimpse at a new joint called Taqueria 27 while also recounting the openings of Veloce (now closed), Restaurant Caterina in Sugarhouse (now closed) and someplace called Valter’s.
Also on the docket back in August 2021 – the original Caputo’s Chocolate Festival. This was to be the first in a series of recurring events, an experiential expression of Matt Caputo’s latest obsession – fine chocolate. Suffices to say, when the likes of someone like Caputo get obsessed, we all benefit.
Skip forward in time, and this December marks the tenth installment of the event; one that has bloomed handsomely over the years. With Covid casting a pall over many a gathering, 2021’s iteration will mirror the virtual event of 2020. Proceedings will take place over zoom from the comfort of your finest eating pants and sofa – alongside a box of impeccable treats to sample.
As ever one particular chocolate artisan is featured for the event; Caputo’s will spotlight Luisa Abram Chocolate from São Paulo this time around. Abram’s product will support a range of dishes created by chefs from Manoli’s and Avenues Proper, as well as a special creation by Caputo’s house pastry chef. I’m told to expect both savory and sweet dishes, and no, you don’t need to do any cooking yourself. Sofa. Zoom. Chocolate.
As well as the bites, attendees will also receive a cocktail mix from mixperts Undercurrent. The event will take place on Thursday, December 2nd and starts at 6.00 p.m. Tickets are priced $125 (in person pickup at the downtown store) or $150 for the tasting kit shipped directly to your door. Tickets are limited to 200 attendees and as with anything these days – expect a sell out so move quick if you’re interested. Tickets must be purchased in advance on Caputo’s website and all proceeds from the Chocolate Festival are donated to the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with multiple local publications from Visit Salt Lake to Salt Lake Magazine, not least helped to consult on national TV shows.
I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for the better part of fifteen years. I’m largely fueled by a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of big words I don’t understand. What they’re saying about me: “Not inaccurate”, “I thought he was older”, “I don’t share his feelings”.
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