Food news: Vote for Park City Chef and Festival; new low-calorie cookbook by Utah bloggers

First Published      Last Updated Apr 07 2015 08:57 pm

Vote now for Park City chef and food festival

Briar Handley, the chef/owner of Handle in Park City, and the annual Park City Food and Wine Classic have been named finalists in two separate national competitions. To win, they need Utah fans to vote online.

Chef • Wednesday, April 8, is the last day to vote for Handley, a contender in Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chef competition. He is one of 10 finalists in the Southwest region. Handley, who worked at Talisker on Main before opening his restaurant, gets praise from Food & Wine editors for "presenting familiar ingredients in wonderfully unexpected, often contrasting ways." Plus, he's an ace motorcycle mechanic. To vote for him, go to foodandwine.com/blogs/2015/04/01/the-peoples-best-new-chef-southwest-chefs .

Festival • The Park City Food & Wine Classic is a finalist in USA Today's 10 Best Readers Choice travel awards competition. The annual event, in its 11th year, is a contender in the Best General Food Festival category, earning kudos for its offbeat class offerings such as Vino and Vinyasa, which pairs wine and yoga; SUPs and Suds (stand-up paddle boarding with beer); and Gallop & Grill (horseback trail rides with barbecue). Fans have until Monday, April 13, to vote at 10best.com/awards/travel/best-general-food-festival .

Utah bloggers publish new low-calorie cookbook

Utah bloggers Sara Wells and Kate Jones will be traveling around the state this week, signing copies of their new cookbook, "400 Calories or Less With Our Best Bites." Wells and Jone write the OurBestBites.com blog, which has more than 2.5 million page views a month and 60,000 email subscribers. The new cookbook, by Shadow Mountain Publishing, costs $21.99 and will be available at the following signing events:

Wednesday, April 8 • 3-5:30 p.m. at Kitchen Kneads, 1211 N. Main, Logan; 435-752-9220

Wednesday, April 8 • 6-7:30 p.m. at Deseret Book, 1309 N. Main, Logan; 435-752-0033

Thursday, April 9 • 6:30 p.m. at Orson Gygi, 3500 S. 300 West, South Salt Lake; 801-268-3316

Friday, April 10 • 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Deseret Book, 45 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City; 801-328-8191

Saturday, April 11 • 1 to 3 p.m. at Deseret Book U. Village, 1076 S. 750 East, Orem; 801-224-0055

Grow West Garden Fest

Learn about all the gardening resources available in the Salt Lake Valley during the Grow West Garden Fest, sponsored by Wasatch Community Gardens. This family festival offers information about community and school gardens, workshops and youth activities. Bring your wallet and enjoy a combo plate from El Ranchero Chido, a local taco cart.

When • Thursday, April 9, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where • Sorenson Unity Center, 1383 S. 900 West, Salt Lake City

Cost • Free

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