Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Tons of action happening over the next few weeks at Flanker. Check out the info below.

Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club is celebrating its first anniversary with a new high-energy concert series, delicious brunch, and a Super Bowl watch-party for the ages. Reservations for the Super Bowl Watch Party and Anniversary Brunch are highly recommended and can be made at www.flankerslc.com

Grammy Award-Winning Artist Anderson Paak who is DJing under his alter ego DJ PeeWee, said, “I’m super excited and honored to be spinning at Flanker for their 1 year anniversary! It’s gonna be the best way to start the year off right! Can’t wait to get the people moving and grooving! Salt Lake, here Wee come, baby! ” 

“It’s been an exciting first year and we look forward to building on our success,” said
Bryan Bass, Chief Marketing Officer of Carver Road Hospitality. “In addition to our anniversary festivities, Super Bowl Sunday was our most popular event last year and we’re going to make this year even bigger and better. As the best place in town to watch the big game, we expect this party will sell-out so sports fans should secure their reservations right away.”

While no excuse is needed to come enjoy the food, drinks and atmosphere, the Flanker Anniversary event line up is not to be missed: 

Friday, January 27 – ‘PARTY GOERS’ CONCERT

In the first installment of the new Salt Sessions concert series, the Party Goers will deliver an electric performance. Salt Sessions are modeled after the popular NPR Tiny Desk series where artists play original work made for the big stage but performed in an intimate setting. New artists will be announced each month. 

PARTY GOERS is known for high energy live performances and their swaggerous investigation of hip hop, house and electronic music. The three members reside in various locations strewn through the Rocky Mountain West, and in many ways their music reflects this geographic. Sampled sounds from the forest creating tech-house soundscapes, high-elevation hip hop beats, side-chained kicks gasping for oxygen, gritty MPC laden tracks scratched by countless turntables…a sonic collage that strikes original. It’s a party.

The pre-show entertainment will be DJ Gabba from 6:30PM to 8:30PM and DJ Karma will close out the evening. 

Saturday, January 28 – DJ SOXXI and DJ PEE WEE aka ANDERSON PAAK  

DJ Soxxi hails from Las Vegas and mixes buoyant sounds with screaming dance music. She illustrates a raw, unrestrained style of hard house while maintaining an approachable opening to club-goers. She symbolizes in life and music that anything is possible and there are no boundaries. 

Anderson Paak is fresh off a New Year’s Eve collaboration with Bruno Mars and ready to party in Salt Lake City! At the 64th Grammy Awards he won Song of the Year for Leave the Door Open. In addition to his solo career, Anderson Paak formed the duo NxWorries, regularly plays with the band Free Nationals, and collaborates with Bruno Mars in Silk Sonic. This Grammy award winning rapper not only dazzles with his high-energy sets, he also gives back to under-served communities through his Paak House initiative.

Sunday, January 29 – ANNIVERSARY BRUNCH WITH MYSTIC MUSE

Help celebrate 365 days of food, cocktails, sports, karaoke, concerts, dance parties, and so much more at Flanker + Kitchen and Sporting Club. Toast with a spicy mimosa, chai mule, a bloody maria, any artisan cocktail you crave or sip from the well-rounded beer selection. Enjoy eggs benedict four ways, steak and eggs, shrimp and grits, and the famous hot fried chicken sandwich. 

Eat, drink and converse while Sea Jay, known as DJ Mystic Muse, spins intoxicating tunes. Mystic Muse is a multidisciplinary artist who creates meditative and striking environments for people to dance and live in the present moment. She often paints live during her sets adding an ethereal nature to her work. The more the merrier at the Anniversary Brunch so book your group reservation now

Sunday, February 12 – SUPER BOWL AT FLANKER KITCHEN + SPORTING CLUB

No matter who is playing, the Super Bowl is always one of the most watched events around the world. Come for the atmosphere, more than 60 TV, large LED screens and stay for the unbeatable food and drink offerings. Sports fans wanting the best seats at Utah’s premier Sporting Club & Kitchen should book your reservation now, before Flanker is sold out for the biggest game of the season.

Remembering Valter

Several years ago, as Chocolot was starting to really get some traction, we considered opening a brick and mortar location in Salt Lake. My mom and I stopped by the office of Ken Milo, a local architect and at the time the owner of Cucina Toscana restaurant and some nearby commercial spots.

As we walked through the old Caputo’s location, as well as the basement of Cucina Toscana, Ken introduced us to a gregarious Italian named Valter. Part Einstein, part Mr. Bean, and part Doc Brown.

It was so long ago that I don’t remember much of the conversation, but I remember him treating us like we were long-lost relatives, and wouldn’t let us leave until he showed us his newest project he was working on at the time: his gelateria.

In this humble basement sat several thousand dollars’ worth of stainless steel equipment, cranking out his gelato. He gladly scooped several different flavors and insisted we try them and tell him what we thought.

I remember being struck at the time by just how friendly this man was. It was nearly shocking to see someone as unguarded as Valter. As we continued our tour of the facilities, we said our goodbyes. Aftewards, I asked my mom how he knew Valter, because he was so friendly to her. “I’ve never met him before,” was her reply.

And that was it. For him, it was one of a million similar interactions he had over the years with his guests. But for me, it’s a very small interaction that has stuck with me for many, many years.

I’m sure most everyone is familiar with Maya Angelou’s wise words, in which she said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Valter was this quote personified. The world would be a different place if we all acted a bit more like Valter.

The Future

As we are still very much in the early stages of this pandemic, my heart goes out to all of those involved in the restaurant/hospitality industry. For years, I (and many others) have been touting the ever-growing food scene in Salt Lake. In the past 10 years, our dining scene has seen growth and transformation that I don’t think anybody could have fully imagined. So it pains me to think of what the state of the industry in our salty city will look like a year or two from now.

Gabrielle Hamilton

This piece in the New York Times, written by Gabrielle Hamilton, is a heartbreaking glimpse into what is going on in the industry right now. Even more disheartening is that Hamilton is an award-winning chef and author—someone who you would expect to be able to financially able to weather a financial storm such as this. And if Prune may not survive after all of this is over, what is going to happen to all of the mom-and-pop shops out there that don’t have the sizzle and star power of a James Beard award-winning chef? Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

It would be nigh impossible for me, in the context of a pandemic, to argue for the necessity of my existence. Do my sweetbreads and my Parmesan omelet count as essential at this time? In economic terms, I don’t think I could even argue that Prune matters anymore, in a neighborhood and a city now fully saturated with restaurants much like mine, many of them better than mine — some of which have expanded to employ as many as 100 people, not just cooks and servers and bartenders but also human-resource directors and cookbook ghostwriters.I am not going to suddenly start arguing the merits of my restaurant as a vital part of an “industry” or that I help to make up 2 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product or that I should be helped out by our government because I am one of those who employ nearly 12 million Americans in the work force. But those seem to be the only persuasive terms — with my banks, my insurers, my industry lobbyists and legislators. I have to hope, though, that we matter in some other alternative economy; that we are still a thread in the fabric that might unravel if you yanked us from the weave.Everybody’s saying that restaurants won’t make it back, that we won’t survive. I imagine this is at least partly true: Not all of us will make it, and not all of us will perish. But I can’t easily discern the determining factors, even though thinking about which restaurants will survive — and why — has become an obsession these past weeks. What delusional mind-set am I in that I just do not feel that this is the end, that I find myself convinced that this is only a pause, if I want it to be? I don’t carry investor debt; my vendors trust me; if my building’s co-op evicted me, they would have a beast of a time getting a new tenant to replace me.But I know few of us will come back as we were. And that doesn’t seem to me like a bad thing at all; perhaps it will be a chance for a correction, as my friend, the chef Alex Raij, calls it.

Free online wine pairing from Pago

Here’s a fun event that Scott Evans is putting on this Saturday. See below for more info.

Join us LIVE for a this Saturday, April 25th at 7pm on Facebook for a fun and interactive wine pairing event with Pago Restaurant Group Owner and Sommelier, Scott Evans.

Scott is pairing the Freghino wine from Agricola La Segreta in Umbria, Italy with Pago’s 3-Course Braised Short Ribs + Whipped Potatoes + Roasted Vegetables Meal.  Follow along as Scott talks about why he selected this pairing and shares his tasting notes with you.

Purchase the 3-Course Short Ribs meal from Pago – order online for curbside pickup
Purchase the Freghino wine from the DABC wine stores – search inventory here so you see how many bottles are available at each store (item #906908)

Or just grab a glass of wine of your own and join us for a fun and casual conversation. Scott will answer live questions and give insights into how he selects wine, and what he looks for in wine pairings with food.  Anyone can join in FREE (even if you don’t order a meal)!

Come hungry and with your questions about wine. Hope to see you Saturday!

My Cuisine Wishlist for Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City continues to broaden its culinary chops, offering a wide variety of cuisines from around the globe. However, we still have a ways to go. Often we only have one or two restaurants offering a particular cuisine, and to use baseball parlance, I’d love to see us have a deeper bench. In no particular order, here’s my list of cuisines I would like to see in the city.

Cuban

We desperately need a solid Cuban food restaurant. And I’m not just talking about the sandwich. We need a place that offers ceviche, plantains, yucca fries, empanadas, vaca frita, and roasted pork. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a solid Cuban sandwich, head over to Beltex Meats early on Saturday mornings to pick up one of their Cubans. They only make a small amount of these sandwiches on Saturdays, and always sell out. And it’s no wonder they are so popular, since the sandwich features their in-house smoked ham, roast mojo pork loin, house-brined pickles, Weber’s mustard, Swiss cheese, fennel marmalade, and Red Bicycle bread. It’s the best Cuban I’ve tasted anywhere.

Beltex Meats November 2016
Prepping the Cubans at Beltex

Continue reading “My Cuisine Wishlist for Salt Lake City”

Ridge Vineyards Wine Dinner at tupelo

tupelo Park City, historic Main Street’s home for inspired fine dining, invites guests to an exclusive wine dinner featuring Ridge Vineyards. These single-vineyard wines hailing from California’s Sonoma and Santa Clara Counties will be paired with four handcrafted courses from tupelo’s kitchen on Wednesday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m.

“Ridge Vineyards produces some of the best wines in Northern California, and we know the palates here in Park City will thoroughly enjoy them,” said tupelo Park City Chef & Owner Matt Harris. “Our menu is focused on the season, and we look forward to pairing some of our autumn harvest with the vineyard’s exceptional varietals.”

Chef Harris and his team will prepare four courses and close with a decadent dessert course, each to complement a thoughtfully selected Ridge Vineyards wine. The full menu includes:

1st

Black Bass Crudo, Compressed Apple, Spruce Tea, Lemon, Ginger Crumb, Dashi

2016 Ridge Estate Chardonnay

2nd

Suckling Pig, Caramelize Shallots, Grilled Concord Grapes, Braised Endive, Toasted Pecans

2016 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel

3rd

Roasted Duck Breast, Tupelo Farms Chokecherry Gastrique, Roasted Autumn Vegetables, Acorn Squash Puree

2016 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

4th

Braised Rabbit Risotto, Wild Mushrooms, Spiced Bordelaise Sauce

2015 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Chocolate Truffles & Autumnal Macarons to Finish

The 21+ event seats only three dozen guests. Tickets are $180 per person for dinner and four wine pairings before tax and service fee. More information and reservation details can be found here: https://tupeloparkcity.com/events/ridge-vineyards-wine-dinner

To learn more about the Ridge Vineyards Wine Dinner at tupelo, contact Christa Graff with Graff Public Relations, LLC, at 435.640.7921 or christa@graffpr.com. Additional information, hours of operations and reservations are available at tupeloparkcity.com.

 

 

Park City “Dine About” Happening Now

WHAT:           The Park City Area Restaurant Association (PCARA) welcomes foodies to its fifth annual “Dine About” this fall. The two-week restaurant event features savory two-course lunches and three-course dinners at more than two dozen area dining establishments, all at an incredible value.

PCARA partnered with Stay Park City to offer exclusive lodging packages for guests during Dine About. Thanks to their unique local perspective, Stay Park City provides hand-picked accommodations situated in the heart of historic Park City, tucked in surrounding neighborhoods, and nestled in the mountains at the guaranteed lowest prices. Dine About lodging offers can be booked here.

WHERE:         Foodies can enjoy Dine About at more than 30 participating restaurants:

Baja Cantina

Bistro 412

Brass Tag

Butcher’s Chop House

Café Terigo

Cena Ristorante

Chimayo

Deer Valley Grocery~Café

Escala Provisions Company Restaurant & Bar

Fletcher’s

Grappa

Grub Steak Restaurant

Handle

Lespri Prime Steak Sushi

Park City Marriott – DEN

Park City Marriott – Timbers

Powder at Waldorf Astoria

Purple Sage

Red Rock Junction

Red Tail Grill

Riverhorse on Main

Riverhorse Provisions

Shabu

Silver Star Café

Squatters

Sushi Blue

Trio Café Park City

tupelo

Twisted Fern

Wasatch Brew Pub

Versante Hearth & Bar

Visit parkcityrestaurants.com for full menus.

WHEN:           Sunday, October 1 – Sunday, October 15

PRICE:            Two-Course Lunch: $10 and $15 per person

Three-Course Dinner: $20 or $40 per person

2017 Downtown Dine O’Round

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The 2017 edition of the Downtown Dine O’Round kicks off September 15th and runs through October 1st. During the Dine O’Round, over 45 downtown restaurants offer various dining specials. Participating restaurants will offer either a $5 or $10 fixed price lunch, and $15, $25, and $35 three-course dinners.

The Dine O’Round is an excellent way to try out some restaurants that perhaps aren’t in your normal rotation. New additions this year include HSL, Rib and Chop House, Fat Jack’s, and White Horse. I’m particularly interested in what White Horse’s $10 lunch will include, as I’ve been meaning to try that place.

You can find more information, check out some menus from last year, and make reservations at the Dine O’Round website.

Dave and Busters Coming to Gateway

In another step toward re-establishing itself as the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, The Gateway has announced that they have reached an agreement with entertainment and dining chain, Dave & Buster’s, to open its first Utah location on the property.
In addition to its $100 million redevelopment plan, The Gateway and its parent company, Vestar, have been looking for a big name, family-friendly venue to anchor its rebranding effort.

“This is a huge win for us,” said Edie Trott, marketing director at The Gateway. “We like to offer our visitors something exclusive and unique, and Dave & Buster’s is the perfect one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment experience that we think people can get excited about.”

“Vestar has a long, fortunate history of working with Dave & Buster’s throughout our portfolio,” said Jenny Cushing, Vice President of Leasing at Vestar. “They’re synonymous with the kind of entertainment we’re dedicated to bringing to The Gateway. This latest announcement is just the start of a series of new developments that we’re excited to share with all of Salt Lake City.”

With restaurants in 34 states, and internationally, Dave & Buster’s has found success with a unique combination of entertainment and dining, offering its customers the opportunity to “eat, drink, play and watch,” all in one location.

“We take a great deal of care with how we grow our business—and coming into the Salt Lake market appealed to us for a number of reasons,” said John Mulleady, Senior Vice President of Development. “The Gateway provided us with the perfect opportunity to introduce Utah families to our brand of entertainment and dining. With something to offer everyone—at any age—we think this brings something special to the community.”