- Mikey Saltas
Devour Patio Tour
Patio dining is definitely one of the few positive aspects of Utah's rising summer temperatures. There's nothing quite like a balmy summer night spent sampling some of Salt Lake's finest food while listening to the sounds of our fair city. For those wanting to check out some of downtown's best patios, look no further than Devour Utah's Patio Tour. As a City Weekly sister publication, Devour is one of the area's finest local foodie periodicals, so you can trust that organizers have chosen four of downtown's most eclectic patio dining spots for attendees to visit by chartered bus. The event takes place on Sunday, July 15, from 1-6 p.m., and a spot on the bus is $50. Tickets can be purchased at devourutahstore.com.
Cooking at Red Butte
Eating outside during warm summer nights is a pleasant experience, and the prospect of cooking outside is just as tantalizing. As part of Red Butte Garden's Cooking in the Garden series, local chef Purnima Gandhi teaches a class on Indian cooking on Thursday, July 19, from 6-8 p.m. Set against the backdrop of Red Butte's herb garden, Chef Gandhi demonstrates a few techniques while students follow suit—it's a hands-on cooking environment, so attendees can practice some of their own cooking as the sun sets. Tickets are $55 per person, or $44 for garden members, and are available at redbuttegarden.org/indian-cuisine. Event-goers can also pick up a copy of Ghandi's cookbook for $28.
A Proper Tasting
Beer aficionados seeking a bit of culinary culture will want to check out this tasting arranged by Trolley Square's We Olive (602 E. 500 South, 801-448-7489, weolive.com). The olive oil alchemists of We Olive hosts Jack Kern of Proper Brewing Co., a certified cicerone—which is like a less snooty wine sommelier but for beer. Kern walks diners through samplings of four beers, which the chefs at We Olive pair with their own creations, like beer-braised pork tacos and chocolate panna cotta. Not only is this event a great way for beer fans to expand their knowledge about their frothy beverage of choice, but it serves as a fine example of how seriously Utah takes its beer. The drinking commences on Monday, July 16, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite for $35.
Quote of the Week: "Nothing ever tasted better than a cold beer on a beautiful afternoon with nothing to look forward to than more of the same." —Hugh Hood
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