Will you be joining us today at our Celebrate the Bounty extravaganza? There’s gonna be a veritable “who’s who” of local restaurants and businesses, tons of local foods and drinks.
If that weren’t enough, we’ll also be hosting an incredible silent auction filled to the brim with products donated by those very same local businesses. Curious yet?
Here are a few sneak peeks into the auction of the year:
1. Dinner Around the World
You’ll be bidding on a collection of dinners at restaurants around the city, each representing a different world cuisine. Experience the tastes of America, Mexico, Spain, Greece, the Middle East, France, and Japan.
2. All-Expenses-Paid Trip for Two Down the Colorado River
Talk about a local getaway. You’ll embark on a multi-day trip through the Westwater Canyon portion of the Colorado River.
3. Special Combination Packages for Neighborhood Districts
Whatever neighborhood you live in, you can spoil yourself with this package without having to drive anywhere. We’ve got unique deals for the Avenues, 15th and 15th, Highland, and Foothill neighborhoods.
That’s just the tip of the auction iceberg, but if you want to see the rest, you’ll just have to come see for yourself!
If you follow the Local First movement, you are already familiar with our 10 Reasons to shop locally. You probably remember Reason #1: Recent Utah studies have shown that locally owned retailers return four times the rate of their revenue to our economy when compared to national chains. That’s a great reason, and we are equally motivated by the other nine. At Celebrate the Bounty, our fall benefit to be held tomorrow night, the Union Pacific Depot will be bursting at the seams with the best local restaurants, and our finest food and beverage artisans. We will be gathering together in a room full of reasons to shop locally. Here are just a few:
Frida Bistro/Rico’s Brand: Reason # 3 Creating Local Jobs One of the founders of Local First movement in Utah, Jorge Fierro, started out at the Downtown Farmers’ Market selling beans by himself a dozen years ago. Now he employs 84 people who produce and serve his authentic local Mexican fare. Happily for all of us, Jorge not only creates jobs, but also unforgettably delicious food. We are salivating in anticipation of his contributions to Celebrate the Bounty!
Tin Angel Café: Reason #5 Passion and Expertise
Have you ever heard Jerry Liedtke, chef and owner at Tin Angel, talk about local food? He is truly a passionate expert. This passion is what propels the menu at the Tin Angel where he balances each dish with a careful eye for fine flavors. Since 2007, he and his wife Kestrel and their best friend Robin Fairchild have been leading the local movement here in Utah by presenting a menu dedicated to the use of sustainably grown, fresh, local and organic ingredients. We can’t wait to taste what they bring to the table for the party! We know they’ll bring their passion and their joie de vivre.
SLC POP: Reason # 7 Innovation and Product Diversity A seasoned professional, but new this year to Celebrate the Bounty, Katie Weinner is well known as a culinary innovator. Expect to taste a revelation at her table. SLC POP hosts private, multi-course dining experiences featuring an original flair. Katie’s innovation reflects the heart of Reason #7 to buy locally; the authentic expression which satisfies our senses and is inherent to independent business endeavors.
We can’t help but notice that the reasons to shop locally are also compelling reasons to enjoy yourself at tomorrow night’s benefit. Today is the last day to buy tickets online, they will not be available at the door. Join as we celebrate a room full of reasons to buy locally!
We are delighted to debut a diverse Utah wine menu this year at Celebrate the Bounty. From Cedar City to Cache Valley, six Utah wine makers and one local wine broker are gathering at our collective table! This Thursday at Union Pacific Depot, a dozen different libations will compliment the offerings of over 30 local chefs and food artisans. A few of the highlights:
Kiler Grove Winegrowers, Utah’s first urban winery, was established in 1999 by avid wine lovers. They blend and bottle elegant Rhine-style wines here in Salt Lake City, Utah from the grapes grown on a family vineyard. Kiler Grove will present their Trebbiano, showing citrusy melon and grapefruit flavors, with a long finish. On our red menu, their medium-bodied classic Zinfandel expresses the inherent red cherry, blackberry, pepper, and olive flavors and aromas for which this wine is loved.
Vine Lore, a locally-owned wine brokerage, will present a selection from Willamette Valley Vineyards. With a passion to make Pinot Noir, they tend their vines by hand. These small-batch wines capture a unique sense of place with distinctive elegance and aromatic complexity.
We welcome the return of Castle Creek Winery all the way from Moab! They will be sharing their Outlaw Red, a bold no nonsense red table wine much like a noble cabernet, and Lily Rose White, a light fruity easy-drinking white.
Last but not definitely not least, Slide Ridge Winerypresents CaCysir, a dessert wine created from a delicious blend of local Utah apples, fermented with pure high-mountain wildflower honey. Enjoy aromas of baked apples and honeyed tangerine zest with the pleasant undertones of clove, allspice, and cinnamon.
We have already bragged about the offerings of Ruth Lewandowski Wines, Hive Winery and IG Winery in previous blogs, but if you need a refresher course on Utah wine, join us this Thursday at Celebrate the Bounty! Buy tickets at www. localfirst.org/celebrate before they sell out, because tickets will not be available at the door.
Local First Utah is pleased to debut an all-local menu of handcrafted cocktails at our fall fundraiser. Thanks to our three spirited sponsors for their generosity and for their help in designing an original menu of local libations!
Sugar House Libations is a new beverage artisan, and this is their first time at “Celebrate the Bounty.” Their Raspberry-Mint, Pear Ginger, and Strawberry Thyme syrups are featured on our cocktail menu. Megan Pales of Sugar House Libations wants you to know what you are drinking, and she’ll be happy to tell you that they don't use fake ingredients. Their flavor infused syrups are all handcrafted and made with fresh, locally sourced fruit and herbs, as well as organic fair-trade sugar.
Already well-established, but new to this festivity, is Ogden’s Own Distillery presenting Five Wives Vodka and Underground Herbal Spirit. With a subtle sweetness and a smooth finish, Five Wives is made with Wasatch mountain water gathered five gallons at a time from a spring in Ogden. It’s a key ingredient in our delightful concoction, Thyme with Five Wives. The fall flavors of The Ginger Underground, featuring Underground Herbal Spirit and Pear Ginger Syrup are palate pleasing, as well as seasonal. Unforgettable Underground features a blend of 33 herbs and spices and gets much of its sweetness from agave and plum extracts.
Last, but not least, we welcome the return of Vida Tequila! A Utah-owned, family company, Vida is famous for their generous support of community minded events. They are also internationally renowned for offering the best of traditional tequila combined with the most modern methods of production. Our innovative “Celebrate the Bounty” cocktail, Chanito’s Mojito, is named in honor Frida Bistro’s chef, and features Vida Añejo. Versatile Vida Añejo is aged in French Oak barrels for 24 months and triple distilled, revealing the balanced essence of the purest agave.
We recognize all three of these local businesses for their passion and creativity, and celebrate the bounty of their generous spirit!
Thank goodness for dessert! Dessert can comfort us on bad day, or bring us some kindness when the world seems as though it’s turned its back. Dessert has the power to bring us home or transport us to another world. That’s why we’re so thrilled that these three sweet geniuses will be joining us at Celebrate the Bounty, so we can celebrate dessert!
Condie’s Candies is one of the founding members of our Local First Leaders Circle. Condie’s, a family run business in Salt Lake City has been making handmade chocolates since 1924. Today, sisters Karen, Michelle and Nannette are keeping the family business alive -- and delicious -- by using fresh, quality ingredients like real butter, cream, roasted nuts and premium chocolate. At Celebrate the Bounty you can enjoy some of Condie’s decedent offerings, such as their infamous pecan rolls, as well as assorted truffles, caramels and toffee. Condie’s only operates seasonally so tasting one of their unique sweets is a real treat!
Cupcakes seem to have taken the dessert world by storm and it’s easy to see why, especially when creativity and organic ingredients are the stars of the show. Cupcakes by Kasthuri, a Salt Lake City cupcake catering establishment, is raising the bar for cupcakes around the country. Kasthuri uses only organic and all natural ingredients like free-range eggs, fair trade sugar, and French Valrhona chocolate plus she sources most of her ingredients locally. With inventive and worldly flavors like cardamom cake with saffron buttercream frosting topped with pistachios, even the craziest cupcake enthusiast will be surprised by Kasthuri’s flavors. We can’t wait to try the creative creations that Kasthuri will be serving at Celebrate the Bounty!
Some days you just deserve to have gelato, and on those days aren’t you thankful that Dolcetti is there for you? Dolcetti Gelato scoops up handmade gelato, macaroons and Belgian Waffles, along with espresso and tea, in the hip and vibrant 9th & 9th neighborhood, as well as in Park City. Inspired by their travels, owners Mark and Elizabeth, wanted to bring a piece of Italy back to share with Utah. In their quest for the best, they studied from the world’s finest gelato makers. They pay close attention to their ingredients, sourcing most of them locally in order to make seasonal flavors like the peach sorbetto they are currently serving. You won’t want to miss their delicious gelato assortment at Celebrate the Bounty! Tickets are going quickly, so get yours soon!
There is a saying at MacCool’s that reflects its character, “Strangers are friends that haven’t met yet.” Visit any one of MacCool’s three Wasatch front locations in Ogden, Layton, or Salt Lake, and it won’t take you long to feel at home. The fresh and delicious fare made from mostly locally procured ingredients is just one reason. Friendly staff and a familiar atmosphere will also remind you that you are close to a source of good food and friendship at MacCool’s. We are anticipating a mouth-watering taste from MacCool’s at Celebrate the Bounty, as Mic and his team will be serving an herb roasted BBQ lamb rib, gold beet & herb potato wedge skewer.
Hive Winery is located in Layton, Utah close to sources of fresh fruit and honey. “No grapes are harmed” in the making of their unique fruit wines, made from locally grown raspberries, cherries, peaches, black currants, strawberries, apricots, and more. Jay also produces a traditional honey wine called mead. Along with his Stinger Hard Cider, and his “Liquid Sunshine” Peach Wine, he’ll be bringing his Summer Mead to share at Celebrate the Bounty. With its notes of clover and sage, the Hive Winery’s semi-sweet Summer Mead recently was awarded a 2013 Gold Medal from the Mazer Cup International Mead Competition.
The idea of regional pairings isn’t new. The time honored tradition of “terroir” suggests that the best ways to pair food and drink is to simply match items from the same region. We think that’s true of our Utah food artisans as well.
Liz Butcher could search far and wide for a European style sheep’s cheese to pair with her delectable hand crafted jams, but luckily, she only needs to look one county over to the Snowy Mountain Sheep Creamery in Eden, Utah. Whether a classic like Butcher’s Bunches Ramblin’ Raspberry Preserves or something a little more on the wild side like Back in Black, a combination of berries soaked in Amaretto and swirled with Amano chocolate Butcher’s Bunches jams are will pair perfectly with the cheese produced by Snowy Mountain Sheep Creamery. Happily for us, these two northern Utah artisans will be featured together at Celebrate the Bounty, so party attendees will see for themselves just how delightful these local pairings are.
For more than a decade, Rico Foods has produced an array of authentic salsas, guacamoles, ceviche and beans. At Celebrate the Bounty, Laurie’s Buffalo Gourmet will pair their delightful chips with the delicious dips of Rico Foods. Whether it’s a mildly-spiced “gringo” level guacamole paired with an all natural “sesame medley” chip, or a heat-infused “loco” level salsa piled onto a traditional “thick & hearty toasted corn” chip, pairing these two locals together brings an element of elegance to a time honored snack duo.
Don’t miss these local pairings, and many, many more at Local First Utah’s annual fundraising, Celebrate the Bounty, on Thursday, October 10th from 6-10 pm at the Union Pacific Depot. Tickets are on sale now!
Fettuccine Alfredo is nowhere to be found on the menu at Caffe Molise. If you were to dine in Molise, Italy, the region for which Caffe Molise is named, you would be hard pressed to find it on a restaurant menu there either. Caffe Molise serves authentic Italian cuisine of from a small region in Italy just south of Rome, characterized by aromatic herbs, spicy sausages and the frequent use of polenta. Their menu stays true to these elements, including “Arista” a spice-rubbed, oven roasted pork tenderloin with a black mission fig compote, and the “Polenta con Salsiccia” which is served with spicy sausage, roasted peppers, onions, marinara and provolone. Almost as alluring as the food, is Caffe Molise’s patio. Unparalleled in Downtown Salt Lake City, it’s easy to understand while on the shade-dappled patio, why it’s Italian tradition to linger even over a midday meal.
The Red Iguana
There is not much to be said about the food at Red Iguana that hasn’t already been said. Apart from receiving local accolades for decades, the Red Iguana has been featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Dives & Drive-Ins, and has twice been featured in the New York Times. The food, authentic Mexican cuisine made from hand-crafted family recipes, has done its part to make the Red Iguana a local institution, but an equally authentic element of Red Iguana’s success are the relationships built by owners Lucy Cardenas and her husband, Bill Coker.
In 2010, riding a wave of popularity brought on the national coverage the restaurant earned, the Red Iguana was serving 700 people a day, 363 days a year. Most restaurants having achieved that level of acclaim would happily surf the crest of the wave for as long as possible. But, Lucy and Bill knew that they were losing long time, loyal customers. The kind of customers who would visit the restaurant weekly, ordering the same entrée; the kind of customers who had known Lucy since she was seven, when her mother and father, Maria and Ramon Cardenas owned and operated the restaurant. So, they took a risk, one that is not often prescribed in the restaurant world. They opened a second location of the world-famous Red Iguana and called it – Red Iguana II. Their gamble paid off, and Red Iguana II is a success. Located just two blocks away from the original restaurant, Red Iguana II serves the same menu, with the same traditions, and the same authenticity. The only difference is the decorations on the walls, and a shorter line at the door.
We are happy to welcome the return of these authentic and iconic restaurants to Celebrate the Bounty! Make sure check out Caffe Molise owner Fred Moesinger’s newest endeavor, the BTG Wine Bar, located at 63 West 100 South. BTG is only open for a short season, so don’t miss it!
Throwing a party like Celebrate the Bounty requires a lot of attention to detail. Sure, there’s the food and the drinks, but by no means are those the only stars of the evening. Especially for You Flowers and Momentum Recycling are coming to the table by donating their services in support of the local business community.
Especially for You Flowers
Especially for You Flowers is a staple of the Broadway neighborhood business district in downtown Salt Lake City. For 26 years, Especially for You has been creating custom floral arrangements available for delivery throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Marci Rasmussen, the shop’s owner, is well known for her leadership in the Broadway neighborhood and in the local movement. Her long standing support of Celebrate the Bounty is just one of the many ways that she gives back to Salt Lake City.
Momentum Recycling opened their doors in 2008 with a mission of helping the greater Salt Lake community reduce landfill waste. They focus on providing services for businesses, specializing in items that are often hard to recycle. In 2012, responding to the growing demand for better glass recycling options, Momentum opened a new plant that made it possible for them to offer curbside glass recycling to Salt Lake City residents. We’re grateful that Momentum is donating their recycling services to Celebrate the Bounty.
These generous partners remind us that when we buy local services we keep our money in our own economy and strengthen our community.
One of the great wonders of traveling is experiencing new flavors and new cuisines. A corresponding delight is coming home to food that represents far more than just a full belly: Comfort food. Two Celebrate the Bounty restaurants who have made their own mark on the traditions of comfort food are Pig & A Jelly Jar and Station 22 Café.
Pig & a Jelly Jar
Specializing in house made sausage, waffles and jams, Pig & A Jelly Jar serves a fresh, made from scratch menu with a unique twist on comfort food. The “Blue Plate Special” features the freshest available ingredients, and the whims of the chefs. As well, “Sunday Supper” – the only evening meal served at Pig & a Jelly jar – is a three-course, family style meal. Like the “Blue Plate Special” the “Sunday Supper” menu changes regularly to highlight the best available ingredients of the season.
Station 22 Café
Located in the heart of Downtown Provo, Station 22 Café specializes in the concepts and flavors of “vernacular cuisine” – foods rooted in specific American regions and family traditions. By drawing on their roots, harkening back to the flavors of Grandma’s house, potlucks and family-gatherings, Station 22 Café delivers reinvented classic dishes and fresh versions of family recipes.
The heart-warming flavors and welcoming atmosphere of an era gone by, are hallmarks of the food made by both of these restaurants. We’re delighted to have them be a part of Celebrate the Bounty!