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Summer 2023 Cocktail Contest and More Foodie Events and News

Food happenings this week include the reopening of Bambara, Eat Drink SLC at Tracy Aviary, and Park City Summer Cocktail Contest.


Bambara Reopens

After a top to bottom renovation and redesign, Bambara restaurant in downtown SLC has reopened featuring Chef Patrick LeBeau’s interpretation of modern bistro fare inspired by classic European recipes and reimagined using ingredients from the greater Utah area.

New dinner menu items include bison tartare; scallop crudo; prosciutto beignets; black garlic ricotta cavatelli; thyme roasted chicken; scallops a la plancha, Marcona almond crusted halibut; bison Wellington, and much more, including a new array of craft cocktails. Bambara is open daily for breakfast and dinner. 

Eat Drink SLC 2023

Tickets for the 9th annual Eat Drink SLC are now on sale for the food and drink soiree taking place at Tracey Aviary on September 13 & 14, 2023. 

Ticket holders are invited to “Nibble, nosh, sip and swirl the evening away while enjoying live music and dance on Tracy Aviary’s lush grounds at Eat Drink SLC 2023 on September 13th and 14th, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Festival-goers, aged 21 and over, sample seasonal fare from many of Salt Lake’s leading restaurants and purveyors; sip from a selection of over 100 wines from an international assortment of family-owned wineries; taste craft cocktails from small-batch distilleries, including several which are locally owned and operated; enjoy local beers from award-winning Utah craft brewers; and choose from a variety of complex & compelling non-alcoholic beverages. Each of the two nights feature a different mix of food and libation partners. Attendance is capped at 350 lucky ticket holders for each night.”

“A decade ago, we started Eat Drink SLC because it was time to recognize the fabulous chef-driven and locally owned restaurants, esteemed mixologists, and elevated beverage programs that make Salt Lake a culinary destination,” says Tracey Thompson, President of Vine Lore Wine and Spirits, one of the event’s organizing partners. “And now, Eat Drink has become the valley’s signature culinary event.”

Food and drink partners—too many to list here but including: local restaurants such as Copper Onion, Whiskey Street, Provisions, Urban Hill, Pretty Bird Chicken, Yoko Ramen and Xiao Bao Bao; Award-winning wineries including Lorenza,Obsidian Wine Co., Duckhorn, and Piattelli, and Utah-owned distilleries Beehive Distilling, Holystone,Ogden’s Own, and Waterpocket.

Eat Drink SLC is hosted under a nonprofit partnership umbrella consisting of Tracy Aviary and SB Dance. These two organizations represent, respectively, a place and an arts-maker that contribute to the unique character of our community. Net proceeds support these two organizations and a third nonprofit—Women of the World–a small & mighty boutique organization that empowers refugee, immigrant, and asylum- seeking women and their families to achieve self reliance in their new home of Salt Lake County. Over the years, Eat Drink has raised over $95,000 for Salt Lake County nonprofits.

Photo courtesy of M.S. Meeuwesen on Unsplash

PC Summer Cocktail Contest

Grab a drink and cast your votes in the annual Park City Area Restaurant Association Summer Cocktail & Mocktail Contest. Voting is now open and will continue through the month of July for imbibers to try brand new locally-sourced craft cocktails from Park City’s talented community of bartenders and mixologists.

According to the PCARA, “This year’s Cocktail / Mocktail contest challenged participants to submit recipes featuring at least two ingredients sourced from Summit County purveyors. We mean it when we say ‘drink locally’ and encourage locals and visitors to safely try as many contest cocktails as possible throughout the month of July to support our community of restaurants and small businesses.”

Twenty-two bars and restaurants are competing in this year’s contest featuring 22 cocktails and 3 cocktails. For participating restaurants & bars and to vote, visit

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