Summer Wine-Down at Solitude
When the snow melts and the temperature rises, Solitude Mountain Resort (12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, solitudemountain.com) keeps entertaining Utah diners with its rustic mountain scenery and crisp, inversion-free atmosphere. Throughout the summer, Solitude's Honeycomb Grill hosts its Summer Wine-Down every Thursday from 3:30-9 p.m. Summer Wine-Down is a three-course, prix-fixe menu created to highlight different wines from Meiomi Winery and Hill Ranch Vineyards. For an idea of what we're looking at, Thursdays in July feature an heirloom tomato and stone fruit gazpacho, grilled shrimp skewers topped with cilantro salsa concluding with duck confit. Summer Wine-Down meals last until early October, and diners can check out a host of other activities via the resort's website.
Honey tasting at 3 Cups
Who among you hasn't taken a long, hard stare in the mirror and seriously considered beekeeping as a hobby? If that question even remotely resonates with you, then you'll want to check out Beekeeping 101 at 3 Cups Coffee (4670 S. 2300 East, 385-237-3097, 3cupscoffee.com) on Saturday, July 13, from 5-7 p.m. The workshop teaches attendees everything they need to know about caring for a thrumming hive and how to safely remove the good stuff like honey and beeswax without committing bee genocide—or turning the hive against you. In addition to getting the inside scoop on beekeeping, attendees are also privy to a honey tasting to help distinguish between different flavors of honey. Bee there or bee square.
Costa Vida opens 100th store
Whether you're a lover or a hater of the fast-casual Mexican food scene that is thriving in Utah, reaching that centennial store milestone is a big deal for any locally-based restaurant chain. Recently, Costa Vida (costavida.com) announced the grand opening of its 100th store in South Jordan's Daybreak neighborhood (5440 W. Daybreak Parkway). Costa Vida's first location opened in Layton back in 2003 and though the bulk of Costa Vida's locations are here in Utah, the restaurant chain has expanded throughout the country and even into the great white north of Canada. If you want to eat 100 burritos to celebrate, HMU.
Quote of the Week: "The only reason for making honey is so I can eat it."
—Winnie the Pooh
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