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.

WINE DINNER SEPTEMBER 13 AT STANZA ITALIAN BISTRO & WINE BAR

Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar welcomes William Davis with Wilson Daniels Wines as he presents his portfolio of paired wines with Chef Jonathan LeBlanc’s five-course tasting menu on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is just $100 per person (or $60 per person without wine pairings). Reservations are a must and can be made by calling 801-746-4441. Reservations may be made on www.stanzaslc.com but a notation about the wine dinner needs to be included.

The pairing of Wilson Daniels wines and Stanza’s menu include: Bisol ‘Crede’ Prosecco upon arrival; Course One of Garnet Yam Gnocchi with Castello DI Volpaia Chianti Classico riserva DOCG; Course Two of Brazino paired with Arnaldo‐Caprai Montefalco Rosso DOC; a palate cleanser course of Pink Grapefruit Sorbet; Course Four of Maiale Da Latte (braised pork belly) with Tenuta Sette Cieli ‘Indaco’: and  a final course of Forelle Pear with Bisol ‘Crede’ Prosecco cocktail.

“Wilson Daniels carries some amazing Italian wines. I’m pairing a special tasting menu based on what’s coming off the farms,” says Executive Chef Jonathan LeBlanc. “I’m loving the flavor combinations and look forward to sharing them with our guests.”

Founded in 1978, Wilson Daniels is a fully integrated, family-owned marketing and sales company representing a highly selective portfolio of the world’s most distinctive wines and spirits. Wilson Daniels continues to pursue and elevate the standards of excellence set by founders Win Wilson and Jack Daniels through developing long-term, strategic partnerships with luxury producers that possess profound respect for terroir, and are benchmarks in their region.

Stanza is located at 454 East, 300 South in Salt Lake. Reservations can be made by calling 801-746-4441, info@stanzaslc.com or by visiting www.stanzaslc.com.

 

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.”

Village Baker Downtown

I was excited when I saw that the Village Baker was moving into the main floor of the new 111 Main building in downtown Salt Lake City. I’ve been a fan of Village Baker since I lived down in Draper and frequented their West Jordan location. The new downtown shop opened a couple months ago, and has had a brisk business ever since, without a doubt helped by the continued growth of the downtown workforce and the accompanying strain this growth has placed on downtown lunch spots. I rarely venture out for lunch past about 11:45 because lines at almost every downtown dining spot will be 10-15 people deep. Maybe I’ll develop a new measure of downtown economic growth and base it on the line length at 12pm at sandwich shops.

Breakfast sandwiches, coffee, soups, salads, pizza, sandwiches, a variety of sweets and pastries–you name it, and this place will likely have it. As opposed to Kneaders, Village Baker’s bread selection is less rustic and artisan and centers more squarely on traditional American bread pan breads: honey wheat, honey white, French, and sourdough, with other specialty breads such as sunflower whole wheat, raisin, multigrains, and cinnaburst loaves produced on a rotating weekly schedule.

One popular sandwich is the turkey cranberry ($3.74 for half, about $7 for whole). The turkey, which was somewhat clumsily and unevenly placed in the sandwich, mayonnaise and cranberry sauce were contained by two thick slices of honey wheat bread. This sandwich is one of their more popular menu items, and I can see why: it’s delicious. I wasn’t initially sold on cranberry on my sandwiches, but once I tried it, there was no going back. For an extra $2.50 you can make your sandwich a combo and get a beverage and your choice of either chips or a large cookie. Sorry Lays, but I’m going for the homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookie every time.

On another visit I tried the turkey, provolone, and avocado sandwich ($4.32 for a half sandwich and I think around $7 for the whole). This one came served with thin slices of bread despite my request for the thicker slices, and was, simply put, anemic and a little bit sad. It lacked the filling robustness I’m accustomed to at Village Baker. This sandwich was a boring dud.

The pizza is delicious, and extremely well priced at about $2 per slice. At that price I have to imagine they will give some other downtown pizza places a run for their money. The slices are generous, sauce well balanced, cheese is perfectly stretchy and gooey, and the thicker crust has the perfect chew. I’m a fan.

Their cookies are good, but sadly not as good as those that I remember from the West Jordan location. At West Jordan, the cookies are thick and chewy, whereas at the downtown spot they are much thinner. This results in a crisper, drier cookie that makes me yearn for their more robust southern brethren.

For breakfast, I was impressed by their savory breakfast roll ($3.59), which features hash browns, red and green peppers, mozzarella and bacon. The rolls are packaged for a quick to-go option, but the kitchen is more than happy to warm it up for you, which I would highly recommend if you have the time.

The space itself is bright, cheery, and well decorated. During the warmer months, patio tables are placed outside on the sidewalk, greatly expanding their capacity. During the colder times, diners are restricted to limited seating on the main floor, but Village Baker anticipated this and came up with a brilliant solution: they build a mezzanine floor above the kitchen, where I imagine 30+ hungry diners can fit at any given time.

Service is of the “order at the counter and take a number to your table” variety. I’ve always been helped by cheerful people at the order counter as well as those delivering my food. I’ve had them ask me how things are as they walk by delivering orders to other tables, which is greatly appreciated and shows me they care.

Does downtown seriously need another soup and sandwich place? Yes. While I’d love to see a bit more variety hit downtown dining spots, demand for noontime noshing continues to strain eateries, so it’s nice to have another sandwich spot to help relieve some of the lunch rush pressure. Village Baker is a top-notch addition, and I’m glad they chose to come downtown. Judging by their crowds, I think they’ll do just fine.

Park City Food & Wine Classic’s “Stroll of Park City” begins July 7th

The Park City Food & Wine Classic’s “Stroll of Park City” takes to Park City’s Main Street on Friday, July 7.

One of the Classic’s signature events, the Stroll welcomes guests to Park City’s historic district to sip, savor and socialize at a variety of renowned restaurants and art galleries. Featuring more than a dozen Stroll Stops, each location offers a unique offering of wines, craft beers, or spirits and unforgettable small plates, giving patrons a taste of Park City’s award-winning dining scene.

The event is one of more than 20 experiences offered at the Classic. Tickets for all events and seminars are now on sale on the Classic’s website, www.parkcityfoodandwineclassic.com.

WHERE: Park City’s Historic Main Street.  Below are this year’s Stroll Stops:

Bistro 412
Bodega on Main
Bret Webster Gallery
Buona Vita
Butcher’s Chop House & Bar
JGO Gallery
Main & Sky
Prothro Gallery
Provisions
Riverhorse on Main
Wasatch Brew Pub

Additional vendors and beverages will be at the following locations:

Miner’s Park
Town Lift
Wasatch Brew Pub Parking Lot

WHEN: Friday, July 7, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wristbands, glasses and tasting notes will be available at Noon at the Bob Wells Plaza on Swede Alley and 5th Street (adjacent to the State Liquor Store, 460 Swede Alley).

COST: GA – $95, VIP – $135. Guests must be 21 or older and have a ticket to enter. To purchase tickets, visit www.parkcityfoodandwineclassic.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Park City Area Restaurant Association (PCARA) and PCARA members participating in the Stroll.

 

Utah Community Action’s Summer Dinner Program Begins June 5th

From a recent press release:

Utah Community Action’s summer dinner program is offering free meals to families to address summer food loss and nutrition needs. The program offers free dinners to children 0-18 and adults can purchase a meal at a low cost of $3.00.

Utah Community Action’s Central Kitchen conducts the summer food program, which runs for 11 weeks at four sites throughout Salt Lake County. Family enrichment is also a part of the program with activities planned daily to engage everyone and to create a more inviting atmosphere.

The program will run Monday-Friday, June 5th-August 18th (closed July 3-4th and 24-25th), at the following Head Start locations:

Cathy Caputo Hoskins
Head Start

6447 West 4100 South
West Valley City, UT 84128
4-6:30 pm
James R. Russel
Head Start

1240 American Beauty Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
4-6:30 pm
Magna Head Start
8275 West 3500 South
Magna, UT 84044
4-6:30 pm
South Salt Lake Head Start
2825 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
4-6:30 pm

For more information about the summer dinner program and our nutrition services, visit utahca.org or call 801.977.1122.

MidiCi, The Neapolitan Pizza Company joins The Gateway

From a recent press release:

In its ongoing effort to transform itself into a social and entertainment hub distilling all the best that downtown Salt Lake City has to offer, The Gateway has announced that they’re adding MidiCi, The Neapolitan Pizza Company, to its growing tenant roster.

“We’re so in love with everything MidiCi is about,” says Jenny Cushing, Vice President of Leasing at Vestar. “They put people at the center of what they do, and they’re particular about their food quality, service, affordability and the kind of atmosphere and experience they want to create. And that’s hand-in-hand with what we’re trying to create here at The Gateway. This is just the start.”

MidiCi has made a name for itself by offering authentic Neapolitan thin crust pizza, baked in handmade wood-fired ovens imported from Italy—right in the center of its restaurants—so that patrons can see exactly what goes into everything they make. From an extensive menu full of fresh and natural ingredients to a robust wine, beer, dessert and espresso selection, it’s all part of an authenticity and care that they bring to everything they offer.

“We like to create a place where people can put down their phones and enjoy the moment that they’re in,” says Amit Kleinberger, CEO of MidiCi. “And that’s why we’re so excited to be a part of the resurgence at The Gateway—because they’re building the kind of place where people can come and just enjoy themselves, and be present to the moment. This is a really exciting step for MidiCi, and we’re excited to play a role in what The Gateway is becoming.”

MidiCi will be opening in late 2017 as part of The Gateway’s new “restaurant row,” on the south end of the property.

Stein Eriksen Lodge’s Corporate Chef Zane Holmquist Awarded Chef of the Year

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the Utah Restaurant Association, in partnership with Devour Utah magazine, hosted their 2017 Utah Restaurant Industry Awards Gala naming Corporate Chef Zane Holmquist of Stein Eriksen Lodge as Chef of the Year.

The annual award ceremony has honored food service professionals for the last 30 years, and past winners are among the elite of restaurant professionals. Award recipients are nominated by their industry peers.

“What an honor it is to receive this award among such talented company in Utah’s restaurant industry,” said Holmquist. “My team and I are so passionate about the dining experience we’re able to provide our guests, and I am incredibly grateful to be part of the Stein Eriksen Lodge family who allows me to do what I love every day.”

Holmquist joined the Stein Eriksen Lodge team in 2000 and was promoted to Executive Chef in 2001 and Corporate Chef in 2016. In 2005, Holmquist was invited to showcase his work at the renowned James Beard House and was the recipient of the Governor’s Culinary Artisan Award. He has made appearances on NBC’s TODAY Show, Sirius Radio’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Good Things Utah, Park City TV and Park City’s KPCW radio program. Holmquist’s cuisine has been featured in publications such as SKI Magazine, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Sunset Magazine, Food Arts, Salt Lake Magazine and City Weekly.

Other Park City award winners included tupelo, High West Distillery, and Stein Eriksen Lodge’s Glitretind Restaurant who earned the prestigious “Taste Utah” award, recognizing their successful contributions in Utah business and their value as members of Utah’s restaurant community. All award recipients, including Holmquist, will be featured in the July issue of Utah Business magazine.

Beyond the state level, Glitretind Restaurant recently received national recognition for earning Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence, an award the restaurant has earned consistently since 2007. The award recognizes wine lists that “display excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions, typically offering 350 or more selections. These restaurants are destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team.” Click here for the Glitretind Restaurant listing.

Brunch at Fireside on Regent Begins June 3rd

Fireside on Regent is off to a solid start, and now that they have their feet under them, Chef Richey is opening for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30-2pm beginning June 3rd. Richey is no brunch novice, having previously expanded Pago’s menu to include brunch as well. Expect to see French toast, croque madam, burgers, hash, salads, and special brunch-only pizzas on the menu.

Fireside on Regent
126 South Regent Street, Salt Lake City

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“Slice of Ice” Iceberg lettuce, sundered tomato aioli, “landshark” ham, poached egg, chives

 

7th Annual Tastemakers at The Gateway

Tastemakers is back for its 7th year, this time at The Gateway in SLC on June 8th and 9th from 5pm to 10pm. This is one of my favorite food events of the year in SLC–food purveyors from across the spectrum (restaurants, chocolatiers, cheese makers) are all in attendance, giving out tastes of their signature dishes.

The VIP pavilion will feature additional food producers as well as plenty of alcohol providers. In addition to wine and craft beers, there will be five signature Tastemakers cocktails available at the event.

Hop-on-hop-off busses will also circulate through the city, dropping ticket holders at various participating restaurants in Salt Lake.

The general pass is $30 per person and gives guests access to the venue and tastings from all participating restaurants. Alcohol is not included, but can be purchased on site. The VIP pass is $85 per person and includes access to the VIP pavilion, exclusive VIP tastings and a five-drink passes. Tickets are now on sale at tastemakersutah.com.

Guests receive a Tastemakers Passport, to be stamped after each sampling. The Passports are valid for both nights of the event and are later redeemable for exclusive discounts and coupons at participating restaurants throughout the summer. Instructions and a stroll area map will be available online and on the Tastemakers mobile site.

A portion of all proceeds will benefit Head Start Utah, a program that promotes school readiness for young children from low-income families.

In addition to The Gateway, Tastemakers is also sponsored by Nicholas & Co., Bulleit Bourbon, Don Julio, Spark Solutions Group, Wasatch Brewery, Ketel One Vodka, Squatters Craft Beers, Presto Print, Southern Wine & Spirits and Kostizi.

Participants include:

BEEHIVE CHEESE COMPANY

FINCA

CACHE TOFFEE COLLECTION

FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE

CHIP COOKIES

FRIDA BISTRO

CHOCOLATE CONSPIRACY

HARMONS

CREMINELLI FINE MEATS

HIMALAYAN KITCHEN

MICHELANGELO RISTORANTE

HUGO COFFEE

MOUNTAIN TOWN

LAZIZ KITCHEN

OLIVE OIL COMPANY

MARKET STREET GRILL

NEW YORKER

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY

PARK CITY CULINARY

RODIZIO GRILL

CUMMINGS STUDIO CHOCOLATE

RUTH’S CHRIS

REDSTONE OLIVE OIL

SPENCER’S FOR STEAKS & CHOPS

THE EKLEKTIK

TEXAS DE BRAZIL

EVA’S

STONEGROUND

SQUATTERS

SUGARHOUSE DISTILLERY

PROPER BREWING CO

350 MAIN

PROVISIONS

PROHIBITION

LA CAILLE

CUISINE UNLIMITED

R & R BBQ

DISTILLERY 36

HARBOR SEAFOOD & STEAK CO.

KETEL ONE

DON JULIO

BULLEIT BOURBON