For the Love of Food
Creminelli Fine Meats (creminelli.com) is hosting a gift card giveaway to help support their colleagues in our local restaurant scene. They've purchased $20k worth of gift cards from their favorite restaurants from Salt Lake, New Orleans and New York City, and are hosting an effort to give these gift cards away to anyone in need of securing a future dinner at one of their favorite places. Gift cards are distributed in $100 increments, and all it takes to enter is filling out an online form at creminellicontest.com. In Salt Lake, the contest could nab you a gift card to Freshie's, Pizza Nono, Feldman's Deli, Spice Kitchen, Caputo's Market, Carmine's, Bento Truck, SLC Eatery, Honest Eatery and Les Madeleines.
Chow Down Challenge
For those who want to help local restaurants and look good on social media, Bank of Utah has issued a Chow Down Challenge to raise money for restaurants across the state. Those interested in participating just need to order takeout or delivery from one or more of the qualifying restaurants on Bank of Utah's website (bankofutah.com), then post a picture of the ensuing feast on social media using the hashtag #BoUChowDown and tagging both Bank of Utah (@bankofutah) and the restaurant name. Once that's done, Bank of Utah will donate $20 to that restaurant. If your Instagram feed is full of food pics, this is a great way to keep your followers happy and support local flavor.
Online Cooking Classes
The Park City Culinary Institute has been a community staple when it comes to brushing up on home cooking skills, and they've shifted several of their cooking classes to an online format. Home chefs can sign up for PCCI's classes online and then use their laptops or mobile devices to visit the class via Zoom from their own kitchens. These classes are around two hours long, and feature a virtual demonstration from one of PCCI's chefs who will also offer real-time feedback on each student's work. Classes can be booked online at parkcityculinaryinstitute.com. It sounds like a great way for all those up-and-coming home cooks out there to expand their repertoire, while supporting a great organization like the PCCI.
Quote of the Week: "Cooking well does not mean cooking fancy." –Julia Child