SLC chocolate festival returns for eleventh installment

After taking two years of Covid-induced (online) hiatus, Caputo’s annual chocolate festival is back for 2022 in person. This year’s event marks eleven consecutive years for the celebration of craft chocolate, with each episode centering around one specific name in the world of craft chocolate. Prior events have seen producers from afar as the UK and Iceland head to SLC.

For 2022, Kailua Hawaii’s “Mānoa’s exceptional bean to bar chocolate” will be the belle of the ball, with a number of local chef’s gathering at the downtown Caputo’s to get creative with the stuff. This year’s participants will include:

  • Post Office Place
  • The Lakehouse at Deer Creek
  • HSL
  • Central 9th Market
  • Caputo’s Market & Deli

Their concoctions will be paired with cocktails, wine, and coffee from:

  • Island Time
  • Post Office Place
  • Libation Inc
  • La Barba Coffee
  • Cultivate Craft Kitchen

All proceeds from the chocolate festival are donated to the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative. Tickets are priced $60 per person, $90 with alcohol pairings. They can be purchased online here.

Grid City seltzer release event

Grid City sage seltzer party poster
Grid City sage seltzer party poster

Tomorrow night sees one of South Salt Lake’s best release a hotly anticipated new seltzer. If you haven’t tried their rose seltzer, where have you been this last year? Their latest creation “clocks in at a modest 10.3%” according to Grid City founder Drew Reynolds who dropped me the info. “it’s a raspberry sage seltzer made with pinot noir grapes. I think you’ll find it different than anything you’ve ever had.” and like I said its a party” he added.

Tomorrow night (Thursday November 3rd) will see a launch party at Grid City for the new fizz. The party runs 6.00 – 9.00 p.m. w

Midway Mercantile wine dinner

Also on the 3rd, check out the following wine dinner up at the popular Midway Mercantile. Notes from the restaurant are as follows:

Our good friend Maggie Heile from Vin 7000 hosts us on a tour of locally available uniquely sourced value-driven wines. This allows us to offer this dinner at a price many have forgotten and that we hope inspires our local friends to enjoy one of our wine dinners. A 6-course dinner with John’s incomparable food pairings, enjoyed under our covered and heated pergola, with delightful Maggie Heile sharing stories and tasting notes on each wine. We will feature the following wines:

  • Paula Kornell Brut
  • Leo Steen Rosé
  • Russian River Vineyards Chardonnay
  • Chester Pinot Noir (from Russian River Vineyards)
  • Rock Horse Ranch Red Blend (Cab, Merlot, Sangio)
  • Covenant Red C Red Blend (Cab, Syrah, Malbec, Merlot)

$115, includes tax and gratuity

Cheese tasting reception

This weekend will see the winners of the 2022 cheese awards announces. The event will be held on November 5th at Shades brewing in downtown SLC. Cheese lovers might want to take note of this tremors looking cheese buffet that will be offered at the event. The menu should be as follows:

  • Porcini Mushroom Cheddar / Beehive Cheese Co.
  • Huckleberry Cheddar / Ballard Cheese
  • Monterey Jack / Heber Valley Artisan Cheese
  • Mesa Tome / Caputo’s Market
  • Aggiano / Aggie Creamery
  • Old Juniper / Aggie Creamery
  • Sourdough Bread / Mooonbread
  • Apples
  • Dried Montmorency Cherries / Monties
  • Raspberry Preserves / Courtesy Cheese Utah LLC
  • Raw Honey / Bees Brothers
  • Mexican-style Goat Milk Caramel Sauce / Four Country Gals

As well as that the event will see a small market of “invited artisan producers from the Intermountain States. Take home some award winning cheese or hot sauces, and find gifts for the upcoming holiday season.” These include:

  • Ballard Cheese, Gooding, Idaho
  • Tounguespank Spice Co, Lehi, Utah
  • Circle K Woodworks, Farmington, Utah
  • Mooonbread, Draper, Utah
  • Bear River Bottling, Logan, Utah

Reception sponsor Shades Brewing will have their entire line of beers available for purchase and at 4.00 p.m. the awards ceremony will announce the winners of the this years competition. Meet local cheesemakers and other fine food producers as they pick up their medals

Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 on the day. More info and online sales here.

New West Knife Works

New West KnifeWorks
New West KnifeWorks

One for my chef friends, who might want to take note of this special offer from Park City boutique knife crafter, New West. Running through till November 18th the company are running a hospitality appreciation month special, offering some great discounts. Here’s the info from the company press release:

New West KnifeWorks, a universally beloved knife maker, is offering special industry discounts to those who enroll in their Pro Program from now until November 18th. The Pro Program is a membership-based program for qualified hospitality professionals, offering discounts and limited-time deals.

New West KnifeWorks Pro Program members can receive pro-deal discounts including free and discounted laser engravings and knife sharpening, at their Park City Main Street location. In addition to pro-deal discounts, the location will host special in-store events throughout Hospitality Month. Members only require a pay stub or proof of employment within the hospitality industry to enjoy the perks provided.

“We have stores in Park City, Napa Valley, and Jackson Hole. Those places depend on their hospitality workers to thrive. The cost of living in these places is very high, and affordability for those who work in hospitality can be a challenge,” said Corey Milligan, founder of New West KnifeWorks. “This is our way of saying thanks to all those who make Park City a prime destination. We couldn’t do it without them.”

For more information, hospitality industry professionals can visit the New West KnifeWorks location at 625 Main Street, Park City, or call (318) 502-8042. Potential new members can also sign up for the Pro Program online.

Restaurant closures

It appears as though Toasted Barrel Brewery have closed their doors for good. I stumbled across the news about the loss the local SLC brewer (412 W 600 N) on social media, and the business website does confirm the closure of their operations.

Cache county based Rockhill cheese have also announced this will be their final year in business as well. Writing on Facebook the local cheesemaker posted, “It’s sad news that this is Rockhill Creamery’s final year in business. It’s been a privilege to have been part of Rockhill’s story. The remaining cheese is available for purchase in whole or half wheel quantities. Whole wheels are $200. Half wheels are $100
Please send an email with what you would like to parkermeasom@rockhillcheese.com, and we can arrange your order from there. The remaining varieties for order include: Wasatch Mt., Wasatch Reserve, Escalante Hispanico, Snow Canyon Edam, Mt. Gog Montasio, Zwitser Gouda, and BooBoo Baby Swiss. Thanks for your support!”

In other news

2022 holiday gift guide

With the holidays coming up quickly be sure to check out our Utah foodies gift guide. Locally made products, services and gifts galore for that picky eater in your life. All given our seal of approval.

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