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Mardi Gras Dinners, Tucanos’ 20th Anniversary and Casanova di Neri Dinner in Salt Lake City

What is going on this February in Salt Lake City? Mardi Gras Dinners at Stanza, Tucanos’ 20th Anniversary at the Gateway and Casanova di Neri Dinner at Veneto.


Mardi Gras Dinners

Mardi Gras Dinners @ Stanza

Can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year? No worries. Executive Chef Jonathan LeBlanc of Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar has you covered. On the evenings of Fat Tuesday, February 25 and again on Thursday, February 27, he will host 5-course Creole & Cajun Mardi Gras dinners at Stanza.

Jonathan LeBlanc

With his southern roots and upbringing, Chef LeBlanc has a deep knowledge of Creole and Cajun cooking. He’ll be sourcing all his ingredients directly from Louisiana and his dinner selections will be paired with classic Louisiana cocktails. “I am continually asked when I’m going to let my Cajun/Creole side loose and what better time than during Mardi Gras,” said LeBlanc. “Creating this menu has been a labor of love, as it represents where I’m from, my family and friends, and my roots.”

The tentative Mardi Gras menu and drink pairings are:

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp
with southern stone ground grits
Pimm’s Cup 1 Italian spritz

Gulf Seafood Gumbo
toasted dark roux, holy trinity, popcorn rice, horseradish new potato salad, rum barrel hot sauce
Sazerac (classic cognac cocktail)

Crab Stuffed Mirlitons
shrimp Creole sauce, five-pepper brunoise
Hurricane (class rum cocktail)

Peach-Southern Comfort Sorbet

Red Fish Pontchartrain
dirty rice dressing, corn maque choux, crawfish étouffee sauce, crispy cracklins
Epic Brewery Double Skull Doppelbock (a little something local)

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
Frangelico crème anglaise, brûlèed marshmallows, pecan praline
chicory root coffee

The cost for the Creole & Cajun Mardi Gras dinners at Stanza is $90 per person ($60/food & $30 optional drink pairings), plus tax & gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 801-746-4441.


Tucanos Turns 20

Congratulations to Tucanos Brazilian Grill founder Steve Oldham and co-founder Joe Heeb and their team, who opened the first first Tucanos Brazilian Grill 20 years ago in Provo, Utah. Since then, Tucanos has added nine locations ranging from Albuquerque and Greenville to St. Charles, Newport News, Colorado Springs and The Gateway in SLC.

To help celebrate their 20th Anniversary, this month and throughout 2020 Tucanos will offer a unique monthly special treat added to guests’ Churrasco meal at no extra charge. January’s 20th Anniversary Treat is a BBQ Shrimp Skewer: Savory jumbo shrimp grilled over a wood-fired, open flame grill, slathered with Tucanos’ famous Amazon Curse BBQ Sauce.

Casanova di Neri Dinner @ Veneto

The Italian wine estate of Casanova di Neri produces some of the world’s finest wines, in particular, its renowned Brunello di Montalcinos such as the single-vineyard Cerratatto and multi-vineyard blend Tenuta Nuova.

Casanova di Neri Dinner

On Friday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m., Veneto Ristorante Italiano will host a very special wine dinner featuring the wines of Casanova di Neri. That evening, Gianlorenzo Neri, the son of winery owner Giacomo Neri, will share insights and stories about this world-class winery of Montalcino in central Italy. Guests are invited to join Giacomo and Veneto owners Amy and Marco Stevanoni for a five-course dinner paired with four wines, including the opportunity to taste two vintages of Casanova di Neri’s world famous Brunello di Montalcino, Tenuta Nuova. The cost for the evening is $190 per person and reservations can be made by calling 801-359-0708 or by clicking here.




Food writer Ted SchefflerOriginally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.

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