Salt Lake Food and Wine Fest
An eclectic combination of chefs and mixologists has assembled for this year's Food and Wine Fest, and it's hard not to get excited. From Sept. 11-16, the event brings Salt Lake's best and brightest together for 17 unique experiences ranging from a garden harvest dinner culled from Table X's onsite garden (1457 E. 3350 S., tablexrestaurant.com) to a Japanese whisky tasting at Post Office Place (16 W. Market St.). The marquee event in this week-long celebration is the Meet Your Maker gathering in Salt Lake's bustling Regent Street area. Attendees can waltz back and forth as eight local chefs prepare signature dishes that pair well with the 80 some-odd wines, beers and cocktails available. Get the schedule and purchase tickets at saltlakefoodandwinefest.com
Tsunami Unveils Farmers Market Roll
While sushi isn't something that comes readily to mind when I think of the Downtown Farmers Market, the folks at Tsunami (multiple locations, tsunamiutah.com) are gearing up for a tasty fundraiser to benefit local green thumbs. Throughout September, Tsunami is teaming up with Urban Food Connections of Utah (slcfarmersmarket.org) to create a Farmers Market Roll, proceeds from which go to benefit the Downtown Farmers Market. The roll consists of Anaheim peppers, shallots, heirloom tomatoes and bell peppers procured from local market vendors. Tsunami is featuring this roll at each of its four locations, and chef Drew Kawaguchi is teaching youngsters how to roll their own sushi at the market on Saturday, Sept. 8—just in time for Eat Local Week.
Thanksgiving's Heroes Shrimp Boil
For the past three years, the Bowen Adams real estate team (bowenadams.com) has worked with local school districts to organize a gigantic shrimp boil to help raise money for families that can't afford a Thanksgiving dinner. What began as a humble effort to help 10 families get enough food to last through Thanksgiving weekend quickly expanded into an annual fundraiser that has provided enough food to feed 2,000 local families. For Thanksgiving 2018, the team is hoping to feed 2,500 families. This year's event is held at the Luxe Auto Spa gallery (49 E. 3300 South) where attendees can enjoy their meals amid one of Utah's finest collections of imported luxury cars. The event takes place on Friday, Sept. 7, 6-9 p.m., and tickets can be purchased in advance at thanksgivingsheroes.com for $75 or at the door for $85.
Quote of the Week: "Making sushi is an art, and experience is everything."
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