- Via PBS.org
A Taste of Africa
Pierpont Place (163 W. Pierpont Ave., 801-598-4444, pierpontplace.com) also hosts a delectable food event on Friday, April 20 for those interested in the cuisine of Mama Africa, one of Utah's most venerated culinary treasures. Cathy Tshilombo-Lokemba (pictured above) made a name for herself as Mama Africa during her many appearances at local events like the Downtown Farmers Market, Craft Lake City and other public gatherings. She specializes in glazed ribs, samosas and fried plantains, all of which are on display at the event. To top off a truly multicultural experience, the food is accompanied by the music of Ngomba Africa. Doors open at 6 p.m and admission is $25.
Under the Sea Sips
For those who prefer to dine with fish instead of on fish, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (12033 Lone Peak Parkway, Draper, 801-355-3474, thelivingplanet.com) is hosting a bacon-themed Sips Under the Sea dining event on Friday, April 20. It's worth noting that when they say "bacon-themed," they mean a seven-course meal featuring everyone's favorite crispy cured pork in its porcine glory. As the title implies, sipping is also a big part of the evening, with a cash bar stocked with beer, wine and cocktails. The menu definitely has bacon-lovers in mind—dishes like candied pig strips with maple dipping sauce and Sriracha pork belly and pineapple skewers promise to deliver the sweet-meets-salty kick that's made bacon more popular than ever. The event lasts from 7-11 p.m., and tickets are $39.95 per person ($5 discount for aquarium members).
Drafts Burger Bar
Longtime fans of Drafts Sports Bar & Grill at the Westgate Park City Resort & Spa (3000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City, 435-655-2270, westgatedestinations.com/drafts) have voiced their desire for a more burger-focused joint, and lo, Drafts Burger Bar was born. What was once a place that maintained a casual relationship with burgers is now a haven for spectacular burger craftsmanship. As if that wasn't good enough, Drafts Burger Bar has also developed a line of batshit crazy milkshakes, such as the Wake Me Up Before You Coco, adorned with a whole chocolate donut, and the Vanilla Ice, equipped with a Hostess Twinkie.
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