On Wednesday, Dec. 1, the Shallow Shaft restaurant in Alta will host a wine dinner featuring Saracina and Atrea wines with special guest John Fetzer. The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. to meet the winemaker, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Featured courses and pairing choices during the wine dinner will include pumpkin bisque with 2009 Atrea the Choir; Thai-spiced prawn with sweet green curry and grilled naan paired with Saracina Sauvignon Blanc 2008; roasted King salmon with funghi fritti, melted leek and buerre rouge and Atrea Old Soul Red 2006; and seared Colorado Elk with blueberry sage butter and Saracina Petite Syrah 2005. For dessert, there’s a Mavrodaphne-poached pear with Kourtaki Mavrodaphne. The cost per person for the dinner is $40 with optional wine pairings priced at $25. Additional glasses are $8. Make reservations at ShallowShaft.com or call 801-742-2177.
I know, you’re thinking Eric Clapton. Actually, Layla Mediterranean Grill & Mezze is a new Middle Eastern restaurant opened by Raouf and Layla Tadros at 4751 Holladay Blvd. (formerly Confetti’s). Featuring mezze-style dining (similar to Spanish tapas), Layla offers dishes based on family recipes such as chicken and beef shawarma, warak malfouf, traditional hummus and much more in a bistro-like atmosphere. “Because my dad is from Egypt and my mom from Lebanon, the most important aspect was to preserve our family recipes … basically, our family heritage” said Tony Tadros, a son and a chef at the restaurant. LaylaGrill.com
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