English kings reportedly tossed back 300 oysters as an appetizer. The late, great American writer Jim Harrison famously had 144 oysters in one sitting just to see if he could. In 19th century England, high society dandies thought the best way to polish their boots was with Champagne. Marilyn Monroe once took at least one bath in it.And now, Current Fish & Oyster is bringing both together for the holidays, starting with their “Oysters and Bubbly” educational class on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. Cost to attend is $75 per person. Reservations are a must for the class and can be made by calling (801) 326-3474. Select pairings will be featured daily until New Year’s Eve too. Offerings will rotate and will come from leading Champagne houses Larmandier-Berner, Ruinart, Pierre Gimmonet, Pierre Peters, Scar of the Sea, Simonnet-Febvre and others. Both East and West coast oysters are flown in daily and are paired by expert staff with some surprises to help broaden perspective and palate. Oysters range $3 – $3.75, bubbly $8-25 by the Glass and $35 – $200 by the bottle. 279 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 326-3474 currentfishandoyster.com Avenues Proper – Two events coming up at his gourmet micro brewery slash restaurant. First, on Sunday November 19th, the restaurant’s first annual harvest dinner. Executive chef Jeffrey Springer and chef de cuisine Vance Lott are teaming up with local wine broker Russell Rayner for an extra special six course menu, Cost for the dinner is $105 (food $65, wine pairings $40) and reservations can be made by calling (385) 227-8628. Menu is as follows: * Scallop crudo, pickled hon shimeji, lavender meringue * Trimbach Gewürztraminer 2013 * Duck liver stuffed pepper, smoked ricotta, grilled persimmon * Sauvion Vouvray 2016 * Oyster shooters, cranberry walnut mignonette * Château Bonnet Bordeaux 2015 * Juniper braised beef cheeks, smoked red beets, rosemary polenta, crispy leeks * Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir 2014 * Buffalo skirt steak, crispy sunchokes, blueberry gastrique * Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 * Brown butter mousse, mirror glaze, caramel, poached fuji apples * Pacific Rim Vin de Glaciere 2014 Also, stay tuned to Avenues’ Facebook page, as the final cellar beer pairing dinner of the year is soon to be annoucend – and these things sell out fast. As ever, the guys serve up some cellar aged brews and pair them with special dishes. The last event of the year will feature all tripels: Red Rock Brewing Marvella (2016), Proper Brewing Co Tripel Stamp (2017), Red Rock Rêve (2015), and Shades of Pale Beer Hogshead Reserve (2016). Stay tuned for the pairing menu, but in the meantime, you can make your reservation by calling (385) 227-8628. 376 8th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 (385) 227-8628 avenuesproper.com Celebrate The Bounty – Lastly, don’t forget we’re giving away two tickets to this fun foodie event tomorrow – worth $130! If you haven’t entered to win already, go ahead and check out this previous post. You can read more about this great event featuring some of Utah’s finest and entry takes just 30 seconds. For even more events checkout our full event calendar: https://www.gastronomicslc.com/events/
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.