Valentines’ Day 2016 dining

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alamexo tableside guacamole
Alamexo: Guacamole prepared tableside

Alamexo For El Dia del Amor y la Amistad, chef Matt Lake and his culinary team will be cooking up a number of dinner specials in addition to the normal menu:

* Especial de la Cocina – Filet de Res con Ricado Negro: Filet mignon seasoned with black chile paste, served with handkerchief tamale, jalapeño relleno & salsa molcajete $27

* Pescado Veracruzana: Halibut cooked in salsa Veracruzana with roasted tomatoes, sweet peppers, olives, and capers, topped with crispy plantains $24

* Sangrado torta del corazón: Dark chocolate cake soaked in jamacia & raspberry puree topped with sweet goat cheese mousse $7

* Amor Añejo: Espolón Añejo, damania, fresh citrus $11

* Amistad Añejo: Espolón Añejo, lemon, mint, agave, and Grand Marnier $11

268 State St #110, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 779-4747
www.alamexo.com

bambara local partner logoBambara * – The restaurant is serving a host of specials February 13th and February 14th, from Kumamoto oysters with blood orange mignonette, to a tangerine and Roquefort salad, lobster chowder, bass with caviar butter and a bone-in grand ribeye for two. Enjoy a classic champagne cocktail, made with Zonin Prosecco, Demerara sugar, Angostura bitters, and a lemon twist, and set the stage for later with a “sappy love dessert.”

“We’re serving up some spice and some romance, a dash humor, a little sappiness – all the ingredients that make a great relationship,” general manager Nicole Willis said. “We’d love to have you join us for what’s sure to be a great date night.”

202 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 363-5454
www.bambara-slc.com

caffe niche dining room
Caffe Niche: Dining room

Caffe Niche * – A special four-course $50 Valentine’s tasting menu will be offered exclusively on Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The menu includes:

One
* Red hot cinnamon and honey “jello shot”

Two (choice of one)
* Baby greens salad with raspberries, candied walnuts, and champagne vinaigrette
* Wild mushroom bisque with truffle cream

Three (choice of one)
* Rosemary herb crusted lamb chops with savory cherry compote, warm bulgur wheat and haricots verts
* Lobster mac-n-cheese with spiral pasta, cheddar, Swiss, and Teleme, lemon roasted asparagus
stuffed quail with fig and blue cheese, wild rice pilaf, wilted chard
* Pappardelle with sage, wild mushroom and artichoke, in white wine cream sauce

Four (choice of one)
* Berry bowl – chocolate box filled with whipped cream and mixed berries
* Red velvet cupcake

779 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
(801) 433-3380
www.caffeniche.com

cafe trio Cafe Trio Cottonwood * – The Cottonwood location’s new executive chef Mike Sparks has created three specials to complement the dinner menu of fresh, contemporary Italian cuisine:

* Seared sea scallop: piquillo & almond romesco, fried leek, olive oil poached potato, fresh lemon $12

* House made spinach linguine: mussel, clam, peppadew peppers, caramelized fennel, preserved lemon, tarragon white wine sauce $20

* Pan seared bass: celery root puree, glazed radicchio, warmed fennel & caper vinaigrette, watercress, crispy celery root $27

6405 S 3000 E
(801) 944-8746
www.triodining.com

Cafe Trio Downtown * – Chef Tara Juhl at the downtown location also has three decadent specials to complement the normal menu:

* Caputo’s burrata salad with blood oranges, arugula, kalamata & basil vinaigrette, grilled ciabatta $12

* Beet and goat cheese ravioli. Beet pasta, goat cheese and Parmesan filling, with brown butter, hazelnuts & chives $20

* Scallops with wild mushroom and champagne risotto. Shaved pecorino, microgreens $30

680 S 900 E
(801) 533-8746
www.triodining.com

current fish and oyster dining room from above
Current Fish And Oyster: Dining room from above

Current Fish & Oyster * – A trio of Valentine’s Day specials from chef Logen Crew complement his new menu of fresh seafood dishes from regional America:

* Fritto Misto di Mare: (fried assorted seafood) chervil, beech mushroom, sultana mustard $18

* Flash Marinated Slivers of Fluke: citrus, hearts of palm, Thai herbs $12

* Red Snapper en Croute for Two: onion petals, endive, tarragon, champagne sauce $47

279 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 326-3474
www.currentfishandoyster.com

fresco italian cafe Fresco * – Chef Adrian Harris’ has created a special dinner menu for lovers filled with his favorite traditional and regional Italian specialties that will be offered for the entire weekend. The cost for this four-course Valentine’s menu is $60 and it’s offered exclusively on February 12th through February 14th, from 5 p.m. The menu is as follows (one selection from each section):

Oysters ala carte
* Rose mignonette

Appetizers
* Carpaccio – quail egg / horseradish mostardo / watercress
* Leek tart – capicola /tomato / gruveria fonduta
* Creamy polenta – wild mushrooms / pomodoro / Fontina
* Calamari – njuda / gigante beans / caper crème
* Savory chevre cheesecake – peppadew jam / arugula / saba

Salads
* Caesar – romaine / focaccia crouton / creamy Parmesan dressing
* Cranberry and clementine – arugula / leonora / hazelnut / champagne vinaigrette

Entrees
* Seared sea bass – Venus Rice / Broccolini / Chestnut / Lardon
* Baked gnocchi – – Italian sausage & pepper ragu / pangratto / mozzarella
* New York Strip – wild mushroom risotto / fagiolini / Chianti jus
* Bucatini – eggplant meatball / creamy vodka sauce / basil
* Raviolo al uovo – leek / lemongrass / potato/lobster / chive
* Chicken involtini – budino di pane / winter squash salad / Madeira

Dessert
* Chocolate raspberry cake – with raspberry sorbet

1513 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 486-1300
www.frescoitaliancafe.com

log haven interior
Millcreek canyon’s Log haven

Log Haven * – Valentine’s specials will be offered during the “Four Nights of Passion”, 11-14th February, in addition to their regular menu, guests will find:

Appetizers
* Grilled shrimp cocktail. Avocado, chipotle-lime cocktail sauce
* Roast Beet Soup. Buttermilk creme-fraiche, toasted almonds
* Honey-roasted heirloom carrot salad. Whipped ricotta,toasted pistachios, cherry-balsamic reduction

Entrees
* 44 Farms “sweetheart” ribeye for two. 24 ounce size, in the shape of a heart, roast fingerling potatoes with house bacon, cipollini onions and portobello mushrooms, port wine
* Piedmontese top sirloin steak & maine lobster tail. Glace de veau, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetable, drawn butter

Drinks
* Blushing Geisha. Ty Ku liqueur, Grey Goose L’Orange, pomegranate juice, rose nectar
* Innocent Geisha. Pomegranate juice, rose nectar, ginger ale, vodka, cranberry shrub

6451 Millcreek Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
(801) 272-8255
www.log-haven.com

Oasis Cafe * – Oasis Cafe will be offering a set price dinner menu that’s indulgent, while healthy at the same time. Chef de Cuisine Efren Benitez’ four-course dinner menu will be available on both the 13th and 14th. The cost is $40 per person, and is as follows (one selection each course):

Amuse Bouche
* Smoked salmon and English cucumber with caviar, chives, sour cream, lemon zest
* Sweet potato bruschetta with cherry tomatoes, avocado, sweet basil, saba

First Course
* Garden vegetable salad with heirloom tomatoes, carrots, yellow squash, pine nuts, feta, poppy seed vinaigrette
* Shrimp bisque with chives, toasted baguette

Entrées
* Applewood smoked bacon wrapped Alaskan halibut with Gorgonzola mashed potatoes, mango and fig puree, micro greens
* Beef wellington with parmesan polenta, zucchini, rosemary demi-glace
* Stuffed Chicken Breast with dried fruit chutney, rice noodles, saffron tomato broth

Desserts
* Red wine poached pear
* Pistachio cheesecake
* Dark chocolate panna cotta

151 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
(801) 322-0404
www.oasiscafeslc.com

Others – A few other notes from restaurant’s social profiles and websites:

Culinary Crafts | Two popups, one on Mapleton one in Park City
Brass Tag Deer Valley | $53 prix fixe menu.
Eating Establishment | Serving lobster and filet mignon for $79.99 a person.
Finca | Six course tasting menu
Frida Bistro | A four course meal
Meditrina | Tease, tempt, seduce and gratify wine dinner
Pago | Tasting menu for $85
SLC POP | A unique popup experience at the Red Moose
Zest | “Serving up our special aphrodisiac menu all of valentine’s weekend.”

* Gastronomic SLC is a proud local partner of Bambara, Caffe Niche, Fresco, Current Fish & Oyster, Cafe Trio, Oasis Cafe, Log Haven.

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