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A New Gourmet Market Featuring Locally Made Foods Opens in Ogden!

A New Gourmet Market Featuring Locally Made Foods Opens in Ogden! Catering and Box Lunches at Caffe Molise. SLC Mardi Gras Dinner at Stanza


Monarch Gourmet Market & WB’s in Ogden

Drop into The Monarch in Ogden on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and you’ll discover a pop-up Gourmet Market featuring a delectable array of artisan foodstuffs. In a COVID-compliant environment, you’ll find vendors in the climate-controlled building selling items like cured meats, cheeses, German pastries, honey, breads, olives, pickled foods, oils, and much more. The Monarch’s Gourmet Market vendors include Petra’s Backstubchen, Hugo Coffee Roasters, Volker’s Bakery, Z’s Hot Sauce, Beehive Cheese, Great Harvest Bread Company, Wasatch Roasting Company, and many more. 

And while you’re at the Monarch, stop by WB’s Eatery for a great meal, cocktail or glass of wine, meal kits to take home, or shop the bodega for items ranging from WB’s CBD Oil and Cocktail Box Gift Set, to a Caffeine & Culture Gift Box, Blueberry Lavender Jam, WB’s Coffee, make your own Hard Seltzer Kit, WB’s Eatery Lunchbox, gift cards and more. 

2nd Annual Mardi Gras Dinner @ Stanza

On Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m., Executive Chef Jonathan LeBlanc and his talented team will host their 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Dinner at Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar. I attended last year’s inaugural Mardi Gras dinner at Stanza and it was one of the most enjoyable nights of the entire year, not to mention delicious. 

Dinner kicks off with Blue Crab & Corn Bisque paired with a French 75 cocktail, followed by Shrimp & Tasso Ham – Wild Louisiana White Shrimp, Tasso Ham, Sweet Onion-Pepper Jelly, Pickled Okra, and Slap Ya Mamma Hot Sauce Beurre Blanc accompanied by a Blood Orange Daiquiri. The next course is a Mardi Hog Tamale – crispy Braised Pork Belly, Chili Pork Boudin, Cotija Cheese, Charred Corn, Avocado Salsa Verde and alongside, a Hibiscus Mezcal Sour. Ambrosia Sorbet will be followed by Jambalaya Stuffed Quail with Duroc Bacon Braised Greens, Roasted Root Vegetables, Grand Marnier & Cognac Jus and paired with a Classic Sazerac. For dessert, there’s Southern Pecan Pie with Vanilla Bean Gelato, Madagascar Chocolate Sauce, Mascarpone Cream, and Candied Pecans paired with Brandy Milk Punch.

The Stanza Mardi Gras dinner is $85 per person ($65/food & $20 drink pairings), plus tax & gratuity. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For reservations, click here. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Catering & Box Lunches @ Caffe Molise

You already know that Caffe Molise offers in-house dining for lunch and dinner in their expansive, COVID-compliant dining rooms. But, did you know they also do catering, including delicious box lunches for all types of occasions and events? Yep. 

Pictured above is just one example: Grilled chicken and pesto panini with side salad and dessert. They also offer vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free menu selections. For more information, email info@caffemolise.com



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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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