Logan-based Butcher's Bunches Handcrafted Preserves took third-place in a Grow America competition among women-owned businesses. Finalists were chosen based on a public votes. Industry professionals then selected the winners. Liz Kennard Butcher created Butcher's Bunches in 2009. She uses local fruits and other ingredients including Amano Artisan Chocolate and whiskey blends from High West Distillery and little to no sugar in her products. The preserves can be found in various locations, including Harmons, Whole Foods, and Lee's Marketplace. They sell online for $8 for 10 oz. jars.
Wasatch Brew Pub and Squatters Pubs will celebrate American Craft Beer Week with brewmaster dinners. The menu includes a ginger and carrot soup, steak and shrimp and black and tan Brownie.
When • Wednesday, May 15-Sunday, May 19, 6-9 p.m.
Where • Wasatch Brew Pub, 250 Main Street, Park City; Squatters Downtown, 147 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City; Squatters Roadhouse Grill, 1900 Park Ave., Park City.
Cost • $50/person, plus tax and gratuity. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or 801-328-2329 ext. 238
Queens' Tea seeking funds
The Queens' Tea, the Utah-based company that sources loose leaf teas from growers in Japan and China, has launched a fundraising campaign through RocketHub. The company owners hope to open a storefront at 902 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City. Michael Ferguson and Seth Anderson are seeking $20,000 for a larger commercial kitchen space as well as the retail space, where they want to teach classes on the ritual, history, science and preparation of tea. Their teas are now available at Wasatch Front Farmers Market Store in Murray, Utah Co-op Market in Murray, Home Grown Farmers Market in Sandy and will be available at Dolcetti Gelato and Blue Star Juice Bar and Coffee Cafe, both in Salt Lake City. For more information, go to http://www.rockethub.com/projects/23949-the-queens-tea-startup-campaign-there-s-a-queen-in-everyone.
Farmers Markets opening
Markets are now open in St. George, Ivins, Moab, Springdale and Murray. Here are the details
St. George • The Downtown Farmers Market at Ancestor Square in St. George opened Saturday, May 11, and will run through Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon, at 2 W. St. George Blvd. Some 30 vendors from Washington and Iron counties will sell produce, plants, jewelry and crafts. Live music from 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Ivins • Tuacahn Saturday Market is open Saturdays through Dec. 14, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins. Local painters, artists and crafters as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Moab • Moab Farmers' Market is open Thursday nights through mid-October, from 5-8 p.m., at Swanny City Park, 100 W. Park Drive. Local and regional produce, meat and cheese, handcrafted goods, art and baked goods are available plus live entertainment.
Springdale • Zion Canyon Farmers Market runs Saturdays through Oct. 19, from 9 a.m.-noon, outside the Bit N Spur Restaurant, 1212 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale.
Farmers market preview
Get a sneak peak at the Wheeler Farm market on Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at 6341 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City. Besides shopping at 100 vendors, there will be a 5K run to raise money toward building the Wheeler Farm Learning Center, along with farm demonstrations, music and kids activities. The Wheeler Farm market officially launches Sunday, June 2.
Pago and Finca restaurant in Salt Lake City will celebrate the new play "The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County" with a dinner and cocktail specials. During the May 16-26 run of the play about an elderly Mormon widow and her family Pago, 878 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, will feature a dinner special, while Finca, 1291 S. 1100 East, is offering an original cocktail with a "Righteous Housewives" theme.
Products made by the Yee-Haw Pickle Co. in Park City will be available in Associated Food Stores beginning May 13. The stores will carry the Hot Damn Dills, pickle spears spiked with chili peppers; Giddy-Up Garlic Dills, spears loaded with fresh garlic; and No Frills Dills, dill-only spears, for $7 to $8 per 24 oz. jars. The two-person company started in 2011 after they couldn't find any all-natural, locally sourced pickles. They've been selling their hand-cut, hand-packed and naturally processed products at Whole Foods and several Harmons stores.
Agriculture grants awarded
Two Utah companies received grants this month from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help them develop business and marketing plans. Boulder-based Full Moon Farms, which makes Southwestern hard cider from vintage apples, received almost $9,500; and Three Sisters Farm and Garden, in Kamas, earned $10,000 so it can start making organic pestos, sauces, soups and preserved produce.
Utah celebrity chef
Viet Pham, co-owner of Salt Lake City's Forage restaurant, is one of three chefs from around the country who will participate in Food & Wine magazine's Chefs Club at the St. Regis Aspen Resort. Pham, who will use locally sourced ingredients for his dishes, was named along with co-owner Bowman Brown one of the magazine's Best New Chef in 2011. The menus will debut in mid-June and Pham and the other chefs will make occasional appearances at the restaurant to lead culinary classes and other events through next May. In June, Pham will be a contestant on the ninth season of "The Next Food Network Star."