The holiday season is officially here so it’s time to celebrate with friends and family. Consider tickets to one of these interesting dining events as a memorable gift that will never be forgotten. From sake pairings and beer tastings to Thanksgiving out, there are plenty of activities to chose from this month.
Kyoto sake dinner
Kyoto Executive Chef Peggi Ince-Whiting is happy to welcome diners to her “chef’s table” sake dinner on Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. Peggi will feature a wide range of sake styles with a carefully paired meal of seared Hamachi, Chawan mushi, turkey chipotle shumai (dim sum), miso-marinated top sirloin, Shiso mint chicken and yuzu cake for dessert. The cost to attend is $35 for dinner. The optional sake pairings and dinner is $55. Reservations should be made by calling 801-487-3525.
Libations at the Leonardo
On November 19 from 7-9 p.m., drink to barley wine and barrel-aged beer. Local brewery experts will be on hand to explain the science behind these brewings while Chef J Looney will prepare bites to sample along with the beers. Cost of the event is $55 per person for the food and beer pairing or $20 for food only. Leonardo members receive $5 off. Register here.
Chateau La Caille wine release party
In honor of the Beaujolais Nouveau annual release date in France, La Caille will celebrate their very own estate-grown wine—the Chateau La Caille Seyval Blanc—with a ceremonial opening. The release party begins at 6 p.m. and features a reception with champagne, appetizers and a three-course dining experience. The pairing dinner will also be featuring the 2015 Beaujolais in addition to the Seyval Blanc. Cost of the dinner is $60 with the optional wine pairing $35. Reservations can be made by calling 801-942-1751.
South Indian Food Festival
The South Indian Food Festival continues through November 22 at the Avenues E Street location of Saffron Valley. This once-a-year event is a culinary journey into the cuisine of the southern states of India and promises menu items that are authentic and unique to the region.
Thanksgiving brunch at Oasis Café
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, Oasis Café will once again open for brunch including traditional breakfast dishes, soups, salads and sandwiches. Guest favorites include the German buttermilk pancake with blueberry compote, eggs Benedict Florentine, Chef Efren’s breakfast burrito; the toasted Brie sandwich or a traditional Reuben sandwich. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 801-322-0404 or visiting OasisCafeSLC.com.
Thanksgiving brunch at Finca
Enjoy Thanksgiving Day brunch at Finca from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 26. Chef Phelix and his team are planning a bountiful buffet complete with a cold sea bar; traditional Thanksgiving offerings such as roasted turkey breast, honey and sherry glazed ham, chorizo and smoked oyster dressing, olive oil whipped potatoes; and seasonally inspired Spanish tapas and mains. Cost is $45 per person plus tax and service.
Thanksgiving dinner at Caffe Niche
New Executive Chef Andy Morrison will hold his first ever Thanksgiving celebration with a special three-course Thanksgiving Day feast. The menu includes a choice of curried butternut squash bisque or house salad; entrée selections of traditional turkey dinner, smoked ham or seared swordfish; and dessert options of honey pecan pumpkin tart or chocolate verrine. Wine pairings will be hand selected and are available at an additional cost. Dinner begins at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and costs $40 per person. A smaller portioned $15 turkey dinner is available for children 8 years old and younger. Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling 801-433-3380 or online at www.caffeniche.com.
Beaujolais at Current Fish & Oyster
Through November 30
Through the end of November, Current will feature a variety of French Beaujolais wines on its menu. Beaujolais nouveau is officially released every year on the third Thursday of November. Current will also feature older vintages of Beaujolais as well.