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Red Banjo Turns 60, Indian Cooking Classes in Salt Lake and More

Kitty Pappas passes away. Red Banjo Pizza celebrates its 60th year in business this summer. Learn Indian cooking with Red Butte Garden.


R.I.P. Kitty Pappas

Longtime local foodies were saddened to hear from her son, “Crazy George,” of the recent passing of Kitty Pappas, whose venerable namesake Kitty Pappas Steak House Cafe in Woods Cross has been family run since Kitty and her husband opened the restaurant in 1947. George said that his mom asked for “no service/funeral, but in the coming weeks we’ll have a celebration of life.” 


Red Banjo at 60

Congratulations to Tana Toly and her family. She is co-owner of Park City’s Red Banjo Pizza, which celebrates its 60th year in business this summer. Red Banjo opened in 1962. 

“What a privilege it has been for four generations of our family to serve Park City for the last six decades,” said Tana Toly. “Since 1962, we have endured and thrived through the community’s evolution from silver mining town to international ski mecca. We look forward to continue tossing pizzas for locals and visitors well into the future, wherever that may lead.”

Learn Indian Cooking with Red Butte Garden

Red Butte Garden invites you to “join instructor Purnima Gandhi as she prepares delicious Indian cuisine from various regions of India. You will be introduced to traditional Indian spices including cumin, cardamom, turmeric, coriander, and other ingredients and techniques used to prepare traditional Indian dishes.”

These are online, interactive cooking classes taking place this summer on August 18 and September 15, with additional classes in the fall/winter. According to Red Butte Gardens, “Three recipes will be sent in advance so students can obtain all ingredients. All recipes will have instructions for preparing ingredients before class in order to follow along. We hope you will join her [Purnima Gandhi] and be a part of her love of cooking.”

The cost for Cooking with Purnima is $44 for Red Butte Garden Members and $55 for the general public. 



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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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