One of everyone’s favorite summer parties is back in less than four weeks time. The Third Annual Eat Drink SLC returns to Tracy Aviary on July 6th and with it, a bevvy of food and drink providers (full list at end of this article).
The garden party of the summer runs from 6.30 to 9.30pm and guests (21+) can sample cuisine from a who’s who of Salt Lake’s leading restaurants and purveyors; sip from a selection of 80 wines from an international assortment of family-owned wineries; taste craft cocktails from small-batch distilleries, including several which are locally owned and operated; and enjoy local beers from award-winning Utah craft brewers.
The cool (literally and figuratively in the summer hear) grounds of Tracery Aviary are setup with three unique ‘pods’, grouped areas with their own culinary mix and musical genre, guests can explore in any fashion they like. “Eat Drink SLC is a delightful way to celebrate our community’s coming of age as a culinary hotspot and raise visibility for the vibrant food and drink scene with both locals and tourists,” according to Tracey Thompson, President of Vine Lore Wine and Spirits, the event’s Presenting Drink Curator. Thompson notes that Eat Drink SLC marries food and drink in a way not found in other Utah events. “Eat Drink fosters an appreciation of the synergy between food and drink,“ says Thompson “not just one or the other but how the marriage of the two.”
Eat Drink SLC is hosted under a nonprofit partnership umbrella consisting of Tracy Aviary and SB Dance. These two organizations represent, respectively, a place and an arts-maker that contribute to the unique character of SLC. A third nonprofit – Race Swami – represents an organization that empowers underserved youth from Salt Lake’s west side, many of whom are from families involved in the food and beverage industry. Eat Drink SLC’s mission is to honor the entire industry’s food chain including customers, business owners, managers, servers, culinary professionals, purveyors and agricultural workers. EDSLC has raised over $28,000 for its causes to date.
Tickets are priced $90 in advance, and there’s point quoting the day of prices, the event sells out in advance earlier and earlier each year. They can be purchase online at eatdrinkslc.com. Admission includes all food and drink and a complementary signature wine glass. Guests must be 21 years old and over.
O.k. enough with the words, want to see what happened last year and get a feel for the event? O.k. here goes:
2017 Food partners
La Barba Coffee
The Blended Table
The Copper Onion
Fire And Slice
Park City Culinary Institute
Appellation Wine Co.
Bronco Wine Company
Canoe Ridge Winery
Elk Cove Vineyards
Haraszthy Family Cellars
Rutherford Wine Company
Ruth Lewandowski Wines
Leonardo LoCasio Selections
Precept Wine Co
Premium Port Wines
3 Badge Enology
Tricycle Wine Partners
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Kirk and Sweeney Dominican Rum mixed by Takashi Restaurant
Bozal Mezcal mixed by Copper Common
Walthen’s Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon mixed by Whiskey Street
Beehive Distilling mixed by Nice and Easy Bartending
Expect more names to signup closer to the big day too.
See shots from Eat Drink SLC 2015 here too for even more!.
Founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review. Former restaurant critic at the Salt Lake Tribune. Stuart is largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words he doesn’t understand. Ate all the pies.