MeditrinaAn extra special congratulations to Meditrina today; one of our favorite restaurants in Utah and now celebrating 10 years in the biz. By any measure that’s huge success in what’s a cutthroat and challenging industry. For those newer to the SLC dining scene, owner and chef Jen Gilroy was ostensibly the first to bring the newfangled concept of tapas (hey it was back in 2008 here) to Utah diners. These days you’ll find the stuff everywhere from The Cheesecake Factory to Chillis. To celebrate that decade of excellence the restaurant will offer a special anniversary deal from November 13th – 17th with a special “two plates for $10 menu and an epic $10 Saturday Brunch Buffet Bash”. During the birthday week, diners can choose from new menu items such as seared acorn squash with maple gastrique, savory pepita granola, and minted yogurt; slightly-pickled apple & potato Cakes with raclette cheese sauce and crispy shallots; poutine-ish—frites, squeaky cheese, and mushroom beurre blanc. Or diners can Meditrina’s classics such as their mushrooms & brie or bourbon sriracha popcorn chicken. These, along with a couple of other dishes will be offered at 2 for $10 all week long. The anniversary week culminates on Saturday, November 17th (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) with an epic $10 Saturday Brunch Buffet Bash with $3 mimosas all day. Chef Josh McNeely will be preparing some of Meditrina’s most popular brunch items such as chicken biscuits with green peppercorn gravy; bananas foster French toast; and mushrooms & brie burger sliders to name a few. Reservations are requested and recommended. The Central 9th restaurant’s recently introduced regular fall menu and new boutique wine list will also be available during the anniversary celebration. Owner and chef Jen Gilroy writes: The last ten years have been full of ups and downs, and our guests are the only reason we get to continue to do what we love in an area that is up and coming in Salt Lake City. Meditrina is open for lunch Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Utah Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday 3-5 p.m., dinner Tuesday-Sunday 5-9 p.m., Sunday brunch 10.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. 165 W 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801) 485-2055 meditrinaslc.com
Cafe NicheCafé Niche’s chef Andy Morrison’s hearty fall harvest specials are a great way to usher in the cooler weather and the oncoming winter holiday season. The rotating three-course dinner menus are served nightly, Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. with offerings changing every Friday. Cost per person is $30 and does not include beverages, tax or gratuity. Wine pairings will be offered tableside by the knowledgeable staff. November’s 3-course offerings include a starter course of choice of soup or salad and a dessert. Menu as follows: November 2-8 Cioppino with halibut, shrimp, scallops and squid served in tomato sauce of leeks, garlic, fennel, celery, oregano, chili flakes, served with grilled baguette, white wine, olive oil and parsley. November 9-15 Pomegranate-braised lamb shanks with pepper, onion, garlic, tomato paste, thyme, cinnamon, cumin, all spice, bay leaf, red wine, pomegranate juice, honey, chicken broth, carrots, red wine vinegar served over brown basmati rice with parsley, roasted carrots and pomegranate seeds. November 16-21 Double cut pork chop with bacon jam served on creamy white polenta with grilled apples and Swiss chard November 22 A special Thanksgiving Day menu will be featured November 23-29 Crab stuffed artichoke with saffron lemon butter on arugula salad November 30 – Dec 6 Herb-roasted game hen with grilled endives, roasted beets, arugula, goat cheese, pickled herbs, roasted lemon vinaigrette 779 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (801) 433-3380 caffeniche.com
Oasis CafeLikewise, this other restaurant in the popular La Salle group is offering a similar Fall menu. Oasis Cafe’s Efren Benitez will offer the following menu. Each weekly three-course $30 menu starts with a choice of soup or salad: November 5 – 11 Pan roasted mahi-mahi, wasabi mash potatoes, baby bock choy, ginger vinaigrette with pumpkin cheesecake for dessert November 12 – 18 Sliced beef tenderloin with cauliflower purée, sautéed spinach with crispy quinoa, port reduction, finishing with peach cobbler ala mode November 19 – 25 Pan roasted escolar with roasted acorn squash, sautéed green beans, roasted artichokes, tomatoes, soy sauce reduction with a last course of blueberry cheesecake November 26 – December 2 Pan roasted halibut with white polenta with mascarpone cheese, Mediterranean tomato sauce, chive oil, ending with lemon cake roulade 151 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (801) 322-0404 oasiscafeslc.com
StanzaOn November 14th (from 6.30 p.m.), Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar welcomes Silvio di Silvio from Kobrand Wine for a presentation of wines from Fuedo Maccari paired with cuisine from Jonathan LeBlanc and Amber Billingsley. The five-course Italian tasting menu is priced $95 per person (or $60 per person without wine pairings). Reservations are a must and can be made by calling 801-746-4441. “Fuedo Maccari, producing well-regarded Nero d’Avola-based wines, is an estate assembled from more than 50 separate plots, giving rise to a diversity that promotes complexity in the wine,” says Keith Foust, general manager. “The first offering after the Prosecco, is from young vines, the second from old and the third is a silky rose selection. The fourth is a Super Tuscan from Tenuta Sette Ponti. Legend has it that the background of the famous Mona Lisa are the vineyards from which Sette Ponti cultivates. I’m eager to share these with our guests so they can learn the nuances of each.” Menu is as follows: On arrival * Indigenous Prosecco Brut DOC upon Arrival Course one * Seared scallop with crawfish butter sauce, sweet pepper argodolce, veal sweetbread and pickled chanterelle mushrooms * Feudo Maccari Nero D’ Avola IGP 2015 Course two * Short rib cannelloni with wild mushroom ragu, parsnip puree and black truffle * Saia Nero D’ Avola DOC 2013 Course three * Wild foraged rose hip sorbet * Feudo Maccari Rose di Nero D’ Avola IGP 2015 Course four * Bandera quail with spicy pork boudin, potato nest, braised pork belly, sunny side quail egg, Southern Comfort-Brigham peach au jus * Tenuta Sette Ponti, Oreno Toscana IGT 2015 Course five * Pecan pie cannoli with bourbon Ricotta cream, flaked Solstice Chocolate, candied pecans and Steen’s cane syrup * Cocchi Vermouth di Torino 454 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 746-4441 stanzaslc.com
Avenues ProperThe last event of this popular dinner series will be held November 28th starting at 6 p.m. As ever, the Avenues Proper team pair a cellared beer lineup with selections from the kitchen team. These events almost always sell out, so make reservations quickly. Cost is $55 for beer and pairings, with featured beers in no particular order: * Squatters Craft Beer 2015 Barrel Fever whiskey barrel double bock * Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co. 2017 The First SnoAle bière de garde * Shades Brewing 2017 Hogshead Reserve #4 bourbon barrel Belgian quad * Proper Brewing Co 2017 Mabon weizenbock 376 8th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 (385) 227-8628 avenuesproper.com
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