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Catch these Utah foodie events before the calendar wraps for 2022

Porch restaurant in Daybreak Utah (Porch)

The calendar what now, I hear you wail from the back? I hate to tell you, but we’re barely six weeks before kicking off the new year. And in the food world, the year ends even sooner. In just a couple weeks time, restaurant’s go into party mode; that is to say hosting family get togethers and office bashes. Thoughtfully paired wine dinners switch out to, “would you like the chicken or fish madam.” I jest of course, but those last few weeks of the year are money makers for a cash starved sector – so don’t expect too many more of these this year. These? Oh right, yep, here we go:

Meet the winemaker at Porch

Thursday November 17th sees Daniel Ansen of Domaine Ansen stop by Daybreak’s Porch restaurant (pictured top).  The event which starts at 6.30 p.m. promises an evening of “incredible wine, robust hospitality, and inspired food pairings” by chef and owner Jen Gilroy. The five course menu is priced $65 per person with wine pairings $35 per person. This event will be limited to 30 guests. Menu as follows:

  • Vanilla-scented seared ahi, crispy root vegetable, apricot onion chutney, micro greens
    • Domaine Ansen Cremant d’Alsace Blanc de Noir
  • Melted leek and camembert soup, pickled pear
    • Domaine Ansen Edelzwicker
  • Baby Kale, jasmine-poached shrimp, shaved fennel, creamy shallot dressing
    • Domaine Ansen Rose de Pinot Noir
  • Coq au vin, rustic root vegetables
    • Domaine Ansen Pinot Noir (special order wine)
  • Vanilla bean crème brûlée, Grand Marnier-stewed berries

Call the restaurant on (801) 679-1066 for reservations.

Friendsgiving at Grid City

Grid City - seasonal special beer
Grid City – seasonal special beer

Just a couple days before Turkey day drops, South Salt Lake’s Grid City invite you to come raise a glass with friends, rather than surly curmudgeons, ahem, I mean family. GC are offering seatings at both 5.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. with the five course paired meal also available as a vegan option too. Cost is $65 per person, menu as follows:

  • Fried green bean casserole balls, fried smoked corn stuffing balls, sweet and spicy cranberry dipping sauce
    • Hoppy Seltzer or House Pilsner
  • Butternut squash soup with sage and rosemary served in a homemade bread bowl
    • Elderflower Seltzer or Yuzu Wild Rice Lager
  • Smoked turkey, garlic mashed potatoes gravy, roasted Brussels, carrots, cranberries, balsamic glaze, spiced candied pecans
    • Raspberry Sage Seltzer or Imperial Pale Ale
  • Spoonful creme fraiche, cranberry sauce raw walnuts, Spoonful cranberry ginger sorbet, shaved dark chocolate
    • Rose Seltzer or Nitro Honey Cream Ale
  • Pumpkin pie, with whipped cream
    • Aperitif Seltzer or Imperial Brown Ale

Reservations can be found online both here for 5.00, and here for 8.00.

Drink cider, help kids, win

Scion Cider - interior and bar
Scion Cider – interior and bar

Can’t say fairer than that. That’s the premise behind this fundraiser over at Scion Cider in the Central 9th area. The collaborative bash with neighbors Central 9th Market and Chef Max Nelson seeks to collect supplies and cash donations for Utah Foster Kids. Speaking of which the organizers are asking for:

  • Children’s socks – all sizes – newborn to teenager
  • Children’s pajamas – all sizes – newborn to teenager/young adult
  • Children’s books – all ages
  • Cash donations welcome

The flyer for the event encourages attendees to wear their PJs – with prizes promised for the snazziest togs (prize give aways will be held at 7.00, 8.00 and 9.00 p.m.) Snacks will be provided by Nelson (until they run out) and as ever you can work your way through Scion’s improbably diverse collection of International ciders while patting yourself on the back for helping those in need. The bar opens at 4.00, festivities start at 6.00 p.m. and remember, Scion is a 21+ only bar.

Stanza Argentinian wine dinner

Lots of space at the beautiful Stanza this holiday
Stanza interior

Chef Paul Cafaro is putting out an extra special Argentinian themed menu for this wine dinner; which also sees by Javier Zunga of Piattelli Vineyards on hand with some Winter warming reds. The event will be held on Wednesday. November 30th at 6.00 p.m. Cost is $120 per person ($120 food, $30 wine). Menu as follows:

  • Baled polenta, provolone, oregano, red pepper, crostini
    • Piattelli Vineyards, Rosé of Malbec
  • Choripan, beef and pork sausage, chimichurri, sourdough baguette, parmesan truffle fries
    • Piattelli Vineyards, Malbec-Tannat, 2019
  • Mojito sorbet with Torrontés wine float
  • Asadao Arentino, grilled Wagu short rib and flank steak, Yukon Gold gnocchi
    • Piattelli Vineyards, Grande Reserve Malbec, 2019
  • Dulce de leche alfajore, sugar cookie, dulce de leche, chocolate, espresso gelato
    • Piattelli Vineyards, Grande Reserve Trinitá

Call the restaurant on (801) 746-4441 for reservations.

Holiday French wine dinner

Meanwhile, a little further out, pencil December 13th into your diary for this Summit county party. Kicking off at 6.00 p.m. Midway Mercantile will be hosting Cam Mercer of Mercer Beverage. Cost for the meal and wine is priced $240 and according to the promo notes, should be a “slate of amazing French wines for this opulent dinner” on Tuesday, December 13.” Wines you can expect will include:

  • Chassagne-Montrachet
  • Pommard,
  • hambolle-Musigny
  • Three more more wines of lesser pedigree (and price) but equally good taste: Pouilly Fume, Syrah, Viognier

Call the restaurant on (435) 315-4151 for reservations.

Utah Cheese awards results

Utah Cheese Awards 2022
Utah Cheese Awards 2022

This past weekend fans of all thinks funky celebrated down at Shades to hear who won this year’s Utah cheese awards. Didn’t make it? Here are the details and also the following press release:

The Utah Cheese Awards a cheese plate food contest of the intermountain west completed it’s sixth year Saturday hosting over 150 at a tasting reception, market and medal ceremony at Shades on State in Salt Lake City, Utah. The contest awarded 49 medals and two best of shows. It received 77 entries from fifteen companies in total of five states.

The best of show in cheese went to Caputo’s Market of Salt Lake City for Mesa Tome a hard goat milk cheese made by Mesa Farm Market in Caineville, Utah and aged by Caputo’s in their caves in Salt Lake City. Mesa Tome was described as soft, delicate, balanced and slightly smoky by the judges. This is the second time that cheese has won best of show. Runner up was Snake Creek Six-Year Sharp by Heber Valley Artisan Cheese of Midway, Utah. The cheese won gold in the cheddar category this year and in 2021 as well. It was described as intense, funky, creamy, rich and sweet. Heber Valley also took home the most total medals with nine.

The best of show in the non-cheese category went to Fired Up! caramel sauce by Four Country Gals of Beryl, Utah. It is a Mexican style goat milk sauce flavored with Porter’s Fire whiskey made by Ogden’s Own Distillery. The sauce was noted as spicy. Runner up was Orange Blossum Honey by Rango Honey of Tempe Arizona. Judges described it as floral, thick and rich.

The contest held two judgings. Saturday, August 27 at Beehive Distilling in South Salt Lake and Monday, August 29 at the Blue Square Building owned by Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

The 2022 Salt Lake City judges were Alex Springer, food writer for The City Weekly of Salt Lake City; Aldine “Punk Rock Farmer” Grossi, a sustainable agriculture advocate and a radio personality on KRCL 91 FM, and Chad Hopkins founder of Hopkins Brewing Company, a Sugar House, Utah brew pub.

In Logan the judges were Ted Mathesius a chef and consultant for US Foods; Kerry Bringhurst, station manager for Utah Public Radio which was a contest sponsor; botanist Steve Ripple; Julie Young, a USU professor and Casey Byrne, manager of the Logan Utah State Liquor Store.

The results were announced and medals presented at a tasting reception and market held at Shades on State in downtown Salt Lake City. Aldine Grassi announced the winners and medals were given out by long-time show volunteer, Kendall Marie. The complete results will be posted online at by November 15, 2022

Mere morsels

Not small news by any means, but just a few tidbits of info I came across while scouring social media and more.

Afghan Kitchen – the Afghani restaurant with two locations recently released a whole new menu, you can read it here

Carson Kitchen – a new menu is expected to hit the downtown SLC Location shortly, it landed recently at the Vegas location, you can see it here.

More closures – I’ve written a little about major closures of late, but a couple of other restaurants also called it a day in the past few months; notably Red Robin Foothill and Thai curry kitchen in Ogden.

Chef changes Pierson B. Shields takes over at St. Regis while Jason Franey leads the line at Blue Sky.

Tacos Don Rafa – the long loved taco truck are expected to continue to operate at the former Sears site a while longer, here’s a video from the team encouraging folks to come on down.

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