Wasatch Mountain Table Series – A popular escape from the summer heat returns for the 2016 season next week. Taking place on the lawn at The Inn on July 3rd, July 24th, August 6th and September 4th – each dinner offers a unique experience. The multi-course meals are served al fresco alongside Big Cottonwood Creek and focus on the product of local farmers and ranchers.
“The Wasatch Mountain Table Dinner Series provides one of the most serene, beautiful dining atmospheres you could wish for on a summer night,” said Andrew Fletcher director of food and beverage at Solitude Mountain Resort. “Each event is started with an appetizer reception, then at dusk, our communal table is lit by candlelight, creating a magical ambiance for each course served under the majestic Wasatch Mountains.”
Cost for the Wasatch Mountain Table Dinner Series is $125 for dinner plus wine/beer pairings; dinner is $85 without pairings. The July 3rd theme is Pigs N’ Pinot; – a 5 course porcine focused dinner paired with the wines of Elk Cove Vineyards.
The July 24th theme is Cuisine of the Mountain West, with optional wine pairing from Cinder Winery of Snake River Valley, Idaho. The August 6th event is titled Farmer’s Harvest and the September 4th event, Hops and Hoppers, with the evening beginning with an assortment of Utah’s best beer (optional) and a fly casting clinic.
Solitude Mountain Resort is also offering a Wasatch Mountain Table Lodging Package for the series. Guests attending one of the Wasatch Mountain Table events can receive a $99 hotel room rate at The Inn at Solitude or 20 percent off condominium-style accommodations at select Solitude Resort lodging managed properties. Remember, temperatures drop quickly at sunset, do bring a jacket.
Manoli’s – Looking for something more casual and lighter? Vine Lore’s popular Mix And Mingle event pops back up at Manoli’s next week on Wednesday July 6th at 6.30 p.m.
Like past events, the laid back format invites you to drop anytime during 6-9 p.m. and talk turkey – well wine in this case – with an distiller or winemaker. At the Manoli’s event you will find Melinda Kearney from Lorenza Wine Company – known for their dry, delicate and authentic Rosé wine. Stop by, chat with fellow wine lovers and Kearney and enjoy some of Manoli’s award winning cuisine.
402 E 900 S #2, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Cannella’s – On the same evening (July 6th), Vine Lore are also hosting a more formal wine event at this downtown Italian stalwart. Beginning at 6.30 p.m. cost is $35 for food and $25 for wine.
The wine in question – Uvaggio – the result of two guys who: represent a triple threat: too much experience, a low threshold for boredom and a desire to do something unique, which is why we make wines in California with grape varieties indigenous to Italy.
Host for the evening is winemaker Jim Moore of Uvaggio and the menu is as follows
* Sweet and savory canapes, green apples, goat cheese, almonds on toasted baguettes
* Uvaggio Vermentino
* Beef carpaccio, arugula, shaved parmesan, honey mustard vinaigrette
* Uvaggio Barbera
* Roasted pork, fig and port reduction, garlic mashed potatoes, sugar snap peas
* Uvaggio Primativo
* Mango panna cotta, rose and lime simply syrup
* Uvaggio Muscato Dolce
204 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Sugar House 4th of July Arts Festival – If you’re looking for food and fireworks on the 4th, head to Sugar House. At the popular Sugar House Park event the following food vendors are currently lined up to feed the crowds during the day:
Bruges Waffles And Frites
The Cluck Truck
Reefs Food Truck
The event itself runs all day long from 9.00 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. on July 4th with a variety of activities including live music, a pet parade(!), art vendors and one of the best fireworks shows in the valley. Full details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/SugarHouseChamber
1330 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Franck’s – A little further ahead in the calendar check out the Annual Beer Dinner coming up on Monday, July 18th at this Cottonwood favorite. Dinner begins at 6.30 p.m. and cost is $65 per Person ($58 food only). As per last year, award winning beer from Epic Brewing Company will be paired with four unique menu items by chefs Adam Vickers and Robert Perkins; all served on Franck’s garden patio. Menu as follows:
* Warm Caputo’s burrata, Crumb Brother’s sourdough bread, brown butter-apple puree, shiso leaf-apple salad
* Epic Straight Up Saison
* Avocado & chorizo tart, edamame succotash, sea salt macerated local tomato, baby coriander
* Epic Los Locos
* Whole grilled durham ranch wagyu N.Y. char grilled summer vegetables, spring onion aioli
* Epic Imperial IPA
* Chocolate stout cake, cotton candy grapes, grape gelato, smoked cotton candy
* Epic Imperial Stout
6263 Holladay Blvd E, Holladay, UT 84121
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.
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