September is one of the best months for dining. Local produce is bountiful, wine dinners are popping up, the fair comes to town and the city begins to mellow towards fall temperatures. Get out your calendar and don’t miss out on these upcoming events.
Bodegas las Orcas tasting menu and wine pairings at Finca
Chef Phelix and his team have developed a fantastic tasting menu which pairs with the Bodegas las Orcas wines perfectly, from the Gambas Escabeche (farm arugula with pickled shrimp, tomato, cucumber, pickled melon) to the Cordero (grilled lamb ribs, blackberry, piquillo tater tots, bravas sauce).
The tasting menu and wine pairings are available a la carte or as a fixed price of $45 food and $45 wine + tax/gratuity, Thurs. Sept. 3 to Sat. Sept 5. during dinner (5 p.m. to close) at FINCA 327 W. 200 S.
Winemaker Raimundo Abando of Bodegas las Orcas will be at FINCA in person on Friday, Sept. 4 to mingle with diners and talk more about the story of each of his wines.
Goldener Hirsch Iron Gate Winery dinner and tasting
On Friday, Sept. 4, Goldener Hirsch Executive Chef Ryan Burnham will partner with Douglas McCombs of IG Winery for a four-course wine pairing dinner. McCombs will pour his award winning Chardonnay, Petite Syrah, Tempranillo and Late Harvest Zinfandel. Chef Burnham will pair these with a distinctive, locally sourced tasting menu. Cost of the dinner is $135 per person (tax & gratuity not included). For this dinner, hotel rooms will be offered at a special rate ($120) for reservation holders. Please call 435-649-7770 for reservations and information.
The Utah State Fair
Farm animals, butter sculptures and crazy fried foods on sticks. Who could ask for more?! It’s all happening at the Utah State Fair for 11 days.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 62 and older and youth from 6-12. You can also save $2 on a regular priced adult gate admission ticket at Smith’s Food and Drug checkout stands.
Salt Lake City Greek Festival
Opa! It’s time to dine and dance at one of downtown Salt Lake City’s best tasting celebrations—the Salt Lake City Greek Festival—hailed as the largest cultural event in Utah. Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral to enjoy all things Greek at the Greek Festival. This annual celebration includes food, drink, arts, crafts, dancing and music over three days highlighting the Greek culture, food and lifestyle.
Downtown Dine O’ Round
Featuring the top 50 downtown Salt Lake City restaurants, Dine O’ Round is a fun way for downtown diners to try new dining locations and/or return to favorites. Participating restaurants offer $5 or $10 two-item lunches, as well as $15 or $30 three-course dinners in addition to their existing menus.
Simply visit a restaurant participating in the Dine O’ Round listed here and ask about their special offer—some of which change daily or weekly.
Eat Local Utah Week
The official 2015 Eat Local Week Utah is September 12-19 with the mission of rallying Utah communities to eat more locally produced food—in turn supporting local farmers, producers and economy, and thereby preserving Utah’s agricultural heritage.
There are three levels to the Eat Local Utah challenge—from the strictest Hardcore level, the Easy-Does-It level or the intro DIY level. Each prompt you to think about your eating habits and replace more and more foods you consume with those grown, raised, produced or caught within Utah boundaries. Many items are clearly marked with the Utah’s Own label which makes your buying decisions that much easier.
To learn more about the Eat Local Utah challenge levels and to sign up for the Eat Local Utah Week, visit here.