- Derek Carlisle
Tastemakers Hits Downtown
If you're curious about downtown Salt Lake's culinary scene, but a little short on time, Salt Lake Magazine's Tastemakers event is a great way to kick off the weekend. For eight years running, Tastemakers has provided a singular dining experience with a restaurant crawl of epic proportions. The two-night event features food and drink from more than 40 local restaurants, including Pig and a Jelly Jar, Texas De Brazil, Del Mar al Lago, The Garage and the newly minted Rico Cocina y Tequila Bar. In addition to the food pavilion at the Gateway (400 W. 100 South), Tastemakers features a tasting bus that takes ticket holders on a culinary tour of downtown. The event takes place on June 14 and 15 from 5-10 p.m. Tickets are $45 for a general pass and $85 for VIP access, which comes with five free drinks and access to 15 extra tasting options. Tickets are good for both nights of the event and are available at eventbrite.com. Don't forget to pace yourselves.
Bacon Dinner at Hoof and Vine
As part of its monthly wine-pairing events, Hoof & Vine (7680 S. Union Park Ave., Midvale, 801-569-4645, hoofandvine.com) is hosting a bacon-centered dinner on June 16. Those who are familiar with the restaurant's crusade for reinventing the American steakhouse won't want to miss an evening where Chef Ken Rose digs deep into his appreciation for all things grilled, smoked, sliced and served. If you're not already interested, do the words beef tenderloin, braised Kurobuta pork belly or fried funeral potatoes do anything for you? The four-course meal costs $65 or $50 without the wine pairing, and reservations can be made over the phone. It's the bacon-wrapped dinner you've been waiting for.
Father's Day BBQ Buffet at Snowbasin
For that blues-and-barbecue-loving dad in your life, Snowbasin Ski Resort (3925 E. Snowbasin Road, Huntsville, 888-437-5488, snowbasin.com) hosts an entire day of live music, free gondola rides and copious amounts of smoked meat. It all kicks off with a barbecue buffet that includes beer can chicken sliders, pork chops, flank steak and maple-bacon cheesecake among other tasty dishes. The buffet is at Needles Lodge, which is a free gondola ride up the mountain, promising a breathtaking view as attendees enjoy all the barbecue goodness that they can eat. The event coincides with the second night of Snowbasin's Blues, Brews & BBQ music series, where Los Lobos headlines. Tickets are first come, first served, and they're priced at $40 for adults, $20 for youth and $30 for dads.
Quote of the Week: "Barbecue sauce is like a beautiful woman. If it's too sweet, it's bound to be hiding something." –Lyle Lovett
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