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Harmons Celebrates Its 90th Birthday, Five Wives Vodka Event in Ogden and BBQ Festival in Salt Lake

Harmons celebrates its 90th birthday. Five Wives Vodka invites you to. their End of Summer Luau in Ogden. Rock ‘N’ Ribs Festival in Salt Lake.


Happy Birthday, Harmons!

Happy Birthday to my favorite local grocer: Harmons. Family-owned and locally run since 1932, Harmons turns 90 this month. The grocery chain started with humble beginnings as a fruit stand selling 2 cups of strawberries for 15 cents and a pound of Utah peas for 5 cents back in 1932. 

Here’s what the good folks at Harmons have to say about their mission and the idea that “food is our common bond.” 

“At Harmons, we believe that diversity is essential to our communities and we are saddened by events that have resulted in the loss of life. We strive to be a part of the kindness, understanding, and equality that we believe will change our world for the better. Diversity is what makes food unique, delicious, and wholesome. We believe this is also true of any community, state, nation, or country. We encourage diversity within our company and will continue to do so, striving to exhibit kindness, empathy, inclusion, and equality. We intend to be a part of the change for the better and encourage all associates to truly listen with the intent to the experiences and viewpoints of others. Working together, we believe our world will change for the better.”

Photo courtesy of Lee Vue on Unsplash.

Fives Wives Luau

Ogden’s Five Wives Vodka invites guests 21 and over to end the summer with a bang at their End of Summer Luau, which takes place on September 29th starting at 4:00 p.m.

The End of Summer Luau will be held at the Side Bar at Ogden’s Own Distillery Amphitheater (615 W. Stockman Way, Ogden) with dinner beginning at 5:30 and a luau show starting at 6:15. In addition to live performances and authentic Polynesian food, there will be a special tiki cocktail menu available. According to the folks at Five Wives Vodka, “In collaboration with Hana Entertainment & Aliitasi you will experience live performances of drummers, ukulele and other musicians along with Samoan Fire-Knife and dancing from 4 different islands.”

“Enjoy traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian Food including Kalua Pork, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Teriyaki Chicken, Macaroni Salad, SPAM Musubi, Coconut Cake, and much more to fulfill your heart and stomach desires. Our very own ‘Liquid Chefs’ from Side Bar @ Ogden’s Own Distillery have created tantalizing tiki cocktails that will feel as though you are on the beaches of the islands.”

Tickets for the dinner and show are $25 per person or $10 for just the show and can be purchased by clicking here

Photo courtesy of Andrew Itaga on Unsplash.

Rock ‘N’ Ribs Festival This Weekend

If you, like me, are a barbecue and music lover then you know exactly where to be this Saturday: at the Rock ‘N’ Ribs Festival in downtown SLC. 

Rock ‘N’ Ribs will be hosted by The Gallivan Center on Saturday, September 17th, from 1 to 6 p.m. Entrance to the festival is FREE and attendees can sample some great local BBQ with plates starting at $3. In addition to BBQ and live music, the Rock ‘N’ Ribs Festival also features an activity area for the kids and a merchant marketplace. Bands include Reloaded, Moose Knuckle, B.D. Howes, and Scarlet Rain. 



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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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