More than 20 locally owned restaurants from across the state of Utah brought their finest work to this year's Celebrate the Bounty. In the mix were Communal Restaurant, Pizzeria 712, Station 22 Cafe and Black Sheep Cafe, all of whom are significant supporters of our Local First Provo chapter.
Communal and Pizzeria 712 led with dessert. Communal served up a "Locals Only PB&J" made with homemade peanut butter, chocolate ganache using Amano Chocolate and garnished with a reduction of Concord grape jelly and beet juice. Pizzeria 712 offered a delightful panna cotta paired with slices of locally grown apples.
Station 22 managed to take us down South and keep it local. Their bite-sized portions of chicken and waffles were topped with crispy bacon and deep-fried purple sage leaves, united under the banner of a perfectly sweet maple syrup.
Black Sheep Cafe won our first ever "Best Taste" award at Celebrate the Bounty with their Hog Jowl Tacos. The tacos featured braised hog jowl (you just have to try it to believe it), maple bay leaf barbeque sauce and sweet pickled jicama.
Local First Provo wasn't just represented by restaurants. Each year, at Celebrate the Bounty, Local First Utah recognizes individuals who we have witnessed work tirelessly to promote local businesses and support their communities through our LocalMotive Awards. Two of this year's winners were Scott Manning and Kate Chandler, who have been promoting the cause of localism in Provo long before Local First Provo existed. They contribute countless hours to their community through their work at the Provo Bike Collective, and their endeavors to unite the music and art scene in Provo and Utah County.
We are proud to say that Rico Brand, the parent company of Frida Bistro, is hosting this year's Celebrate the Bounty event.
Rico Brand was started by Jorge Fierro in 1998 when Jorge discovered the absence of quality Mexican food in Salt Lake City. He started selling his beans at Pioneer Park Farmers' Market and the company blossomed from there. Jorge opened Frida Bistro in 2012 and has been receiving awards ever since.
Made with quality local ingredients and thoughtful construction, the food made by Frida Bistro's chefs is full of color and marvelous flavors.
They will be highlighting their pork belly with brown sugar, orange and jalapeno glaze with mushrooms and mashed potatoes at Celebrate the Bounty. You won't want to miss it!
Come celebrate our wonderful Utah owned restaurants with us! Purchase your tickets here for the exclusive and fabulous event.
Celebrate the Bounty, Local First Utah's annual fundraiser is just a couple of weeks away. Join us at Rico's Warehouse (545 South 700 West) in the heart of the Granary District on Thursday, October 11th, for the best party of the year!
With more than 20 restaurants participating this year, and close to 50 silent auction packages on display, this year's event truly does offer a spectacular opportunity to celebrate all that local retailers, restaurants and service providers give to our community. Because there is so much "bounty" at this year's fundraiser, we're starting the celebration today! Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages, our e-newsletter, and our blog to get the scoop on all the details about this year's event. We'll be showcasing some of our most enticing silent auction packages (a week's stay at a London flat, anyone?) as well as share the heart and soul behind behind the restaurants, sponsors and local businesses who donate so very much to the cause of Local First.
Don't forget to buy tickets for this year's Celebrate the Bounty, with so much goodness celebrate, we're expecting a sold out event. Tickets cost $55 for food and beverage, and $50 for food only.