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Utah Chefs Vie for James Beard Best Chefs Award

A number of Utah chefs/restaurateurs have been nominated in the Best Chefs category of the James Beard Awards for 2020 in the Mountain Region: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.


Utah Chefs Vie for James Beard Award

A number of Utah chefs/restaurateurs have been nominated in the Best Chefs category of the James Beard Awards for 2020 in the Mountain Region: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

According to the folks at James Beard Foundation, the nominated individuals for Best Chefs are “Chefs who set high culinary standards and also demonstrate integrity and admirable leadership skills in their respective regions. A nominee may be from any kind of dining establishment but must have been working as a chef for at least five years, with the three most recent years spent in the region.”

Congratulations to all of the Utah chefs who’ve been nominated for this prestigious award. They are: Jen Castle and Blake Spaulding (Hell’s Backbone Grill), Nick Fahs, David Barboza and Mike Blocher (Table X), Briar Handly (Handle), Peggi Ince-Whiting (Kyoto) and Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen (Laziz Kitchen). Good luck to you all – you make us proud!

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Chefs & Conversation @ Yuta

There’s a very cool event coming up next week to be held at Yuta Bar at Blue Sky Ranch in Wanship. Chefs & Conversation, on Tuesday, March 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will feature former NYC James Beard chefs Galen Zamarra of Yuta restaurant and Zakary Pelaccio of Fish & Game in Hudson, New York.

Moderated by man-about-town ParkCityGuy Cabot Woolley, “The discussion will tell lively stories of working in NYC kitchens, chef-owned restaurants, and deciding to leave NYC for greener pastures,” say the folks at Yuta. In addition, Chef Pelaccio will host a book signing following the discussion.

The Chefs & Conversation event is complimentary and open to the public. Specialty Vida Tequila cocktails and a full bar will be available for purchase throughout the evening. The evening also kicks off Yuta’s new weekly dinner special – Hacienda at Blue Sky. Hacienda Night will feature a weekly rotation of authentic Mexican specialties served family style in Yuta and Yuta’s Bar. In the warmer months, they will offer this menu with a chef’s table on the outside deck. The Hacienda menu will be $45 per person (plus tax/gratuity). Specialty Vida tequila drinks and full bar available at regular prices.

A Shebeen with Bad Colleen @ Hearth on 25th

A Shebeen with Bad Colleen @ Hearth on 25th

Got plans for St. Patrick’s Day weekend yet? Here’s what is sure to be a fun-filled evening. On Saturday, March 14th in the Title 32B Lounge at Ogden’s Hearth on 25th, Irish band Bad Colleen will perform live.

It’s called A Shebeen with Bad Colleen. According to the Hearth on 25 folks, “A shebeen was originally an illicit bar or club where excisable alcoholic beverages were sold without a license. In 1903, James O’Mara, an Irish businessman and politician introduced the bill which made St. Patrick’s Day a national holiday. O’Mara later introduced the law which required that pubs and bars be closed on March 17th after drinking got out of hand. Imagine that… Prohibition on St. Patrick’s Day! This law was repealed in the 1970’s.”

Well, thankfully the Title 32B Lounge is fully licensed. Reservations for A Shebeen with Bad Colleen are required and there will be two seatings: 5-5:30 p.m. and 7-7:30 p.m. with a non-refundable $5 cover charge (21 and over, of course). St. Patrick’s Day beverage and food specials will also be featured. Reserve your spot online or by calling 801-399-0088.




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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