The cuisine of Italy brings people together—perhaps this is why last year's Festa Italiana drew more than 20,000 attendees. That's a high bar to set, but the organizers of this year's event are expecting yet another huge turnout. In preparation for the fourth annual Festa Italiana, the Italian-American Civic League and Alfa Romeo of Salt Lake have planned a two-day festival that includes an all-inclusive celebration of Italian music, art, culture and food. Fifteen food vendors serve up regional cuisine from all over Italy. Admission to the event is free, and proceeds benefit Catholic Community Services. Festa Italiana kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 15 from noon-10 p.m. and wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 16 from noon-7 p.m. at The Gateway (18 N. Rio Grande Street). For more info and a full schedule, check out festaitalianaslc.com
Conclusion of Eat Local Week
Although Eat Local Week wraps up on Saturday, Sept. 15, there are still plenty of ways locavores can take part in the annual celebration of Utah's agricultural rock stars. Harmon's Grocery near City Creek (135 E. 100 South)is hosting a Summer in a Jar workshop from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13—attendees can experiment with making and canning their own salsas for a mere $15. Purchase tickets at eventbrite.comThe Downtown Farmers Market (350 W. 300 South, slcfarmersmarket.org) helps conclude this year's programming with the second annual Fermentation Festival from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The event celebrates cheese, yogurt, kombucha—and I'm sure kimchi and sauerkraut make an appearance at some point. Much like watching horror movies outside of October, just because Eat Local Week is ending doesn't mean you can't still support local growers.
Zulu Piri Piri Opens
Adding to Lehi's culinary diversity, an African fusion restaurant backing a good cause has opened its doors. Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille (2951 Club House Drive, Lehi, facebook.com/zulugrille) has already generated quite a buzz. Its menu revolves around grilled chicken marinated in piri piri, a sweet and spicy blend of peppers indigenous to the African continent. The menu reads like a mixtape of traditional African cuisine by way of New Orleans, and Zulu Piri Piri donates a meal to underprivileged and abused children in Africa for ever meal purchased. Working directly with the South African nonprofit Home of Hope, Zulu Piri Piri hopes to bring a bit of African culture to the Silicon Slopes while helping children in need.
Quote of the Week: "The cuisine of a country is the only exact attestation of its civilization."
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