Inaugural Salt Lake Food and Wine Fest


A Series of Ticketed Events Celebrate Salt Lake’s Food, Wine & Spirits Scene, July 7-13

The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association (SLARA) presents the first-ever Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest to showcase the emerging gastro capital’s dynamic culinary offerings. Advance certificates are now available for a menu of themed events that encourage participants to discover and indulge in the food, wine and spirits that have become a prevalent aspect of Salt Lake’s vibrant culture. In addition to individual events and educational seminars taking place from July 7 to 13, participating restaurants will feature special offerings and menus all week long. The festivities officially kick of with SLARA’s Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest joining forces with Eat Drink Salt Lake to promote the best food and wine experiences Salt Lake has to offer on July 6 at Tracy Aviary.

“Given the extent to which Salt Lake’s food and beverage scene has evolved and matured, SLARA believes this is the ideal time to launch an annual event that promotes and celebrates the fact that we have become a significant culinary capital of the Mountain West,” says Michele Corigliano, Executive Director of SLARA. “The Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest will feature a range of delectable events designed to showcase our area’s top talent while appealing to both culinary novices and connoisseurs.”

The following events will be held during the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest. Complete details, pricing, and online purchase of gift certificates that provide entry to events at:

July 7 and 8: Wine Education Seminars

Themed wine seminars like Vive la France, A is for Argentina, and Premium Ports will be hosted by Cliff Dining Pub, Kimi’s Chop and Oyster House, Finca, East Liberty Tap House, Manoli’s, and Cucina.

Saturday, July 8
Bubbles & Lunch
Location: Encore Bistro at Eccles Theater
Three course lunch and sparkling wine will be served at this new, downtown bistro. Music by DJ Christopher Gawel.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 8
Meet Your Maker – Sponsored by Alpine Distilling, Beehive Distilling, Dented Brick Distillery, Mountain West Cider, Sugarhouse Distillery, and Waterpocket Distillery
Get schooled in the art of producing spirits and mixology from Utah’s local, craft distilleries. Music by DJ Christopher Gawel
Location: Park City Culinary Institute, Salt Lake City Campus
Time: 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 9
Wine Education Dinner and “Meet the Maker” led by Melinda Kearney of Lorenza
Location: East Liberty Tap House
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Reservations not required

Monday, July 10
Progressive Food & Spirits Walk
Walk, dine, and sip specialty cocktails by local distilleries Alpine, Beehive, and Dented Brick. Music by DJ Gawel
Location: 15th & 15th neighborhood at Mazza, Trestle Tavern, and Caputo’s.
Time: Three start times at 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 11
Progressive Food & Wine Walk
Walk and enjoy food and drink pairings at three participating restaurants.
Location: Stanza, Current, and Gourmandise
Time: Three start times at 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Individual Restaurant Events, July 7 to 13 – visit for complete list.

Check website daily – more pop-up events to be added.

Media interested in previewing the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest or covering specific events may contact Hilary Reiter at Redhead Marketing & PR, 435.901.2071 |







May Events at The Paint Mixer

The Paint Mixer will offer its first-ever Play it Forward workshop at its studio on Park City’s Main Street. This four-week journey, from May 16 to June 6, explores ways for participants to move their ideas forward in a peer-based group setting. Jill Johnson and Kirsten Gunnerud of Rocket Trike will lead the group in making progress on their individual project ideas, such as books, new business concepts, products or adventures. Founded by Gunnerud, Rocket Trike is a group of individuals who create workshops that inspire participants to live more soulful, heart-centered lives through the power of play, creativity, support and momentum. Johnson and Gunnerud boast a successful track record of using creative tools to help people, businesses, and organizations break through. For more information about this workshop, visit

“There are so many talented, creative individuals in our community who may have unique ideas that have been brewing for some time, but can benefit from inspiration, motivation and guidance to help them come to fruition,” says Jill Johnson, who also owns The Paint Mixer. “We think this collaborative, small-group workshop will provide helpful encouragement and feedback while enjoying some healthy camaraderie and collaboration.”

Designed to accommodate work and parenting obligations, the workshop will be held on Tuesday mornings, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Two one-on-one sessions are also in

cluded in the $300 fee.

The Paint Mixer’s Salt Lake City (Sugarhouse) and Park City studios will offer the following themed events for the public throughout the month of May:

Sugarhouse/SLC Events

May 6, Noon
New painting class offering – Unicorn painting
$25, all ages

May 10, 6:30 p.m.
Fundraiser for Utah Open Lands
$45, 21 and over, portion of ticket sales donated to Utah Open Lands

May 9 & May 23, 6:00 p.m.
Paint, Wine and Dine at Hotel RL
21 and over, drinks and food available for purchase starting at 6:00 p.m. and painting on wine bottles to follow at 6:30 p.m.

May 14, Mother’s Day, 4:30 p.m.
Mom & Me painting
All ages, $30

May 19, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
‘80s Night: Paint a Record class
21 and over, $30

May 29, Memorial Day Mimosa Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Waves of Memories
21 and over with $3 mimosas offered

Park City Events

May 12, 7:30 p.m.
‘80s Night: Paint a Record class
21 and over, $30

May 14 – Mother’s Day, 4:30 p.m.
Mom & Me painting
All ages, $30

May 20, 3:00 p.m.
New painting class offering – Unicorn painting
All ages, $25

May 29, Memorial Day, 6:30 p.m.
Rustic Flag
All ages, $25

Offering a unique mix of art and entertainment for all ages, The Paint Mixer has studios in two locations: Park City’s Main Street and the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City. In addition to a variety of theme nights, on- and off-site events for corporate groups and private parties are offered regularly. An artist leads participants, who need not have painting skills, through fun, step-by-step instruction to recreate a featured work of art. Music, mingling with others, and wine/beer/food tastings create a fun and relaxed social setting conducive to connecting, discovering and expressing. At the end of each session, guests depart with their masterpieces and fond memories. In addition to theme nights for the public, The Paint Mixer hosts private gatherings for birthday parties, bachelorette parties, teen workshops, bridal/baby showers, and more. For more info, visit