Events: The Art Of Catering 2015, Avenues Proper, Zest, Franck’s, Faustina
The Art Of Catering 2015 * – Salt Lake City cooks, caterers, chefs, or even culinary-wannabees looking to up their game – get your diaries out – The Art Of Catering 2015 is coming to Salt Lake City this August.
The annual Art Of Catering Food conference “makes its debut in a new city each year offering an intimate training event for chefs, owners and professionals in the catering industry who are dedicated to creating inventive and quality culinary experiences. Through up-close and personal learning experiences, attendees will see techniques used by the most successful chefs, examine new ingredients and recipe components, and develop new menu ideas to take back to their own businesses.
Beyond the training the event includes ‘Lunch+Learn’ sessions, local facility tours of Salt Lake City’s culinary scene, plus the option to attend the Tuesday night party, ‘Boots, Buckles & BBQ’, for more inspiration and presentation ideas.”
If like me, you have hazy memory of attending work related conferences and falling asleep to yet another drab PowerPoint presentation slide, take a moment to consider that many of the educational sessions at Art Of Catering feature hands on experience, demos and tastings:
I’m not sure about you, but that’s the kind of education and work I can get on board with. Sessions cover a wide spectrum of topic pertinent to the catering business, everything from boning up on “artisan mustards and seeds that are quickly becoming a hot trend for chef’s worldwide” through to learning about the latest beverage trends and techniques, including crafting drinks with herbs and how to make and use homemade bitters. Suffices to say, if you’re in the catering or culinary-crowd pleasing game – this event looks set to be a triple whammy of fun, flavor and valuable information.
The event runs August 10-12 and is held at the University of Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium. Register by June 30th to take advantage of early bird rates.
For full details on this deliciously-educational conference, see the online brochure here.
275 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
www.zestslc.comAvenues Proper – Om Wednesday June 24th the popular Avenue’s pub continues its series of vertical beer tasting dinners. This time around they’ve selected 3 vintages of the Redrock Reve from their own cellar – specifically the 2012, 2013, and 2015 examples of this barrel-aged and bottle conditioned Belgian trippel. While all the same beer, their flavor profiles are very unique as result of their respective ages.
Each vintage will be paired with a dish designed by chef Justin Soelberg crafted to compliment the individual beer. The cost for dinner is $55, which includes both food and the beer. The event is quite limited and reservation only – maxing out at 22 guests. Head brewer of Red Rock Brewing, Kevin Templin, will be joining in on the fun to discuss his great ales too.
376 8th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
www.avenuesproper.comFranck’s – On Friday June 26th at 7:00 p.m. join chefs Adam Vickers and Robert Perkins on the garden patio for an Italian wine dinner. Price is $35 for food and $35 for wine; the menu of summery dishes and wines is as follows:
* Artisan antipasti cured meats, cheeses & veggies
* Jeio Prosecco, Veneto Italy
* House made gemelli pasta, charred tomato sauce, grilled swordfish
* 2013 Fantinel, Pinot Grigio, Italy
* Grilled lamb belly, roasted sausage, brined pork, sweet twister peppers, seasoned watermelon
* 2009 Cacciata, Tuscany Italy
* Strawberry short cake citrus macerated strawberries, balsamic reduction
* Caravella Limoncello
6263 S Holladay Blvd, Holladay, UT 84121
www.francksfood.comFaustina * — EPIC Brewing head to downtown SLC and Faustina to pair their brews with Faustina’s fine cuisine on Thursday, July 2 at 6 p.m.
EPIC’s team will be on hand to educate diners about EPIC Brewing fundamentals and the distinctions of each selection, along with tasting notes for beers complementing Faustina’s special beer-centric menu creations. The menu is $45 for the five-course dinner and $20 for the beer pairings.
“Our series of beer dinners with EPIC have been hugely popular and sell out quickly,” said Tyler Jolley, managing partner. “There are so many new savory options and we had fun ‘researching’ them all.” Faustina’s five-course dinner includes:
* Cous cous and citrus salad roasted heirloom beets, radicchio and pimento agave
* Paired with Intermountain Wheat Beer
* Grilled asparagus, chorizo, toasted pine nuts, fresh basil and poached egg
* Paired with Imperial IPA
* Crispy pork belly watermelon, citrus, nasturtium blossom and smoked espelette
* Paired with Straight Up Saison
* Blackened lamb loin sweet potato purée, mint gastrique, charred tomato and feta butter
* Paired with Smoked Porter
* Polenta cake, grilled peaches, currants and sweet cream gelato
* Paired with Brainless Golden Belgian Ale
454 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
www.faustinaslc.comFather’s Day Salt Lake CityCaffe Niche * – What more do you need than brats, beef and beer for Father’s Day? That wasn’t rhetorical – head to Caffe Niche on May 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. for just that. In addition to the weekend brunch menu (which is served from 9 a.m.), Niche will dish up specials for dad that include: local Utah elk sliders smothered with cheddar cheese, bacon and red onions; Tooele Valley beer bratwurst cooked with EPIC Intermountain Wheat, sauerkraut and Creole mustard sauce; and barbecue pulled pork sandwich with house made barbecue sauce. All will be served with sides of Niche’s special slaw and potato salad.
The Father’s Day special menu costs $19* per person, and $6 for a flight of EPIC beers specially selected for this menu. Seating will be available on Niche’s secluded garden patio, weather permitting. Niche will not be open for dinner on Father’s Day.
779 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
www.caffeniche.comFinca* – What better way to celebrate dad than with a hearty tasting menu (think applewood smoked pulled pork, grilled house-made sausage, smoked ham hock boston baked beans, bourbon flan and more) as the perfect backdrop to sip and savor hand-selected whiskey pairings throughout the meal. Most of the best whiskey gets scooped up before it ever hits the state store shelves but Finca are happy to share their favorites with you and dad. In addition to the selected pairings, the restaurant will also offer a few extra special options from their private stash too!
The Father’s Day tasting menu and whiskey pairing is available from 5 p.m. – 10 p. m. and is priced $35 for food and $32 for whiskey.
327 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
www.fincaslc.comPago * – In addition to the regular menu chef de cuisine Drew Fuller and his team have made a few fun additions including:
* Brunch: Pork Chop with eggs and gravy. Beef pastrami benny (eggs benedict) with house-made English muffin
* Dinner: 18oz Zabuton “Steak for 2” with fried potatoes, roasted vegetables, truffle butter
* Dessert: German chocolate cake with chocolate butter cake, coconut and pecan German chocolate frosting
878 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
www.pagoslc.comFather’s Day Park City
Finally, a quick roundup of special treats for dad in the mountains, courtesy of the Park City Restaurant Association:
501 Main will be offering a Father’s Day brunch and dinner specials for dads all day on June 21st.
Enjoy a three-course meal at Deer Valley’s newest restaurant, The Brass Tag. Dinner starts with a fire roasted garden vegetable gazpacho, followed by a choice of entrée including The Brass Tag Burger, oven roasted quail piccata or the mushroom trio and summer vegetables vegetarian option. Dinner is followed by a snickerdoodle cookie skillet for $34.00 per person.
Cisero’s will offer a spectacular Father’s Day Brunch buffet including herb & pepper crusted slow roasted prime rib, Caesar salad, eggs benedict, Florentine benedict, quiches, chilled shrimp, cheese blintzes with berry sauce, French toast crème brulee. Cold grilled asparagus with lemon dill aioli, potatoes gratin, crisp bacon, Italian sausage and fresh pasties.
Deer Valley Grocery Cafe
Deer Valley Grocery Café will offer a grilled beef tenderloin medallion sandwich accompanied by cabot white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, artisan greens, tarragon aioli and bacon tomato chutney served on a stone ground herb ciabatta bun. This will be served with trio chips for $15.75.
Stein Eriksen’s award-winning restaurant will be serving its famous Sunday brunch June 21, supercharged for Father’s Day. Try no fewer than two dozen gourmet items: lobster bisque, chilled watermelon gazpacho, eggs Benedict, spring berry crepes made to order with strawberry gelato, horseradish-crusted prime rib, pancakes, wild salmon, eggplant, salads and so much more.
What better way to celebrate dad than with some of the best steaks in town? Enjoy a special savory bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin and herb-roasted shallots, served with a choice of sides. The meal also includes an opening choice of Park City’s best salad bar, Caesar salad or wild mushroom and rice soup, plus a dessert of flambéed New Orleans-style bread pudding with vanilla bourbon sauce.
Special Gift for Dad: $74.99
High West Distillery & Saloon’s exclusive Rendezvous Rye Barrel Select makes the perfect Father’s Day gift. High West’s delicious, award-winning Rendezvous Rye was aged an additional five months in a French oak that held Vya sweet vermouth, giving it wonderful tasting notes of baking spices, cinnamon toast, snickerdoodle, bitter vermouth herbs, vanilla and dried fruit. This is an extremely special gesture, one dad can savor with close family and friends over a warm summer evening, or enjoy for special occasions in the weeks and months ahead.
Riverhorse On Main
One of the most acclaimed Park City restaurants will be serving brunch for Father’s Day. Try dishes like stuffed French toast with orange cream-cheese filling and warm syrup, duck confit eggs Benedict with classic hollandaise sauce, buttermilk pancakes, homemade biscuits, huevos rancheros and much more. Outdoor seating will be available, offering a great view of Park City and the Silly Sunday market. Riverhorse’s award-winning wine list will also be on offer.
Father’s Day Discount
Park City’s award-winning home for freestyle Asian cuisine is offering a special discount for dads this Father’s Day. Take $25 off any food purchase of $75 or more; limit two per table.
* Gastronomic SLC is a proud local partner of Caffe Niche, Faustina, Finca and Pago. Gastronomic SLC has been given media access to the Art Of Catering event.
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.
I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade. I’m largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand. I ate all the pies.
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