Nothing that is alive today could be so without something having died first. I am so excited that even from here in Salt Lake City, we are able to make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in California … all by drinking more wine! Truly good farming practices, truly good winemaking equals truly good wine doing good for a good cause. I would like people to know that the Dinos to Diamonds project is here to stay, and although it will take on different forms from year to year, it will always be a wine dedicated to doing good in the lives of people around usAlso at Under Current – and just in time for the holiday gift-buying season, oops, went there again – this spirited educational event on November 25th, 2 – 4 p.m. Led by Amy Eldredge and assistant manager Ryan Manning, the afternoon will focus on a wide variety of Scotch Whiskeys including production, history and tasting notes. The event will feature two classic Scotch-based cocktails and six tastings, all paired with bites from Alan Brines’ kitchen at Current. Cost to attend is $55. Guests will begin with a demonstration and taste of the Fitzroy cocktail, made with Famous Grouse Scotch, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters and Laphroaig. Then they will explore nuances of Scotch Whiskeys including: The Feathery, Balvenie Caribbean Cask; Glenfiddich 15-yr, Alexander Murray, Sheep Dip and Laphroaig. To close out the event another cocktail will be demonstrated and served, the Penicillin, make with Famous Grouse Scotch, lemon, honey, ginger and Laphroaig. 279 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 574-2556 undercurrentbar.com Current Fish And Oyster – Meanwhile at sister restaurant Current just a few days later (November 29th) the next event in their educational series, this time riffing on the seasonal Beaujolais Nouveau release. Most people, of course, know something about Beaujolais Nouveau from France, released in November and drunk once a year. Current Fish & Oyster’s GM Andrew Cliburn is instead inviting guests to discover the new American wine movement with several of America’s finest wineries at a “New World Nouveau Bash” (starting 6 p.m. on Current’s mezzanine). The event will be setup as a casual “come as you are” mix and match stroll to wine tasting stations around the room paired with bites from Current chef Alan Brines. Notable American wineries include: Scribe, Broc Cellars, Martha Stoumen, Lo-Fi, Fausse Piste and more. Cost to attend is $70 per person. Cliburn notes:
These wines are different, made from amazing raw ingredients throughout California and Oregon. These winemakers create dazzlingly fresh and delectable nouveau wines that are meant to celebrated with amazing food and lots of friends. The wines we’re pouring are what Beaujolais Nouveau WANTS to be…fresh, friendly, uncomplicated, meant for drinking from the bottle, meant for celebrating the end of harvest and the coming of the winter solstice.279 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 326-3474 currentfishandoyster.com Stanza – Lastly, head down to this fabulous Italian restaurant on Tuesday November 28th (6.30 p.m.) for this treat of a wine dinner. Focused on, and featuring wines of Southern Italy in collaboration with Francis Fecteau of Libation the cost is $100 ($65 without wine). The menu for this sure to be outstanding 5-course paired dinner is as follows: 454 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 746-4441 stanzaslc.com 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.