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Food briefs: Ann Romney to promote family cookbook in Salt Lake

Published October 4, 2013 11:15 am

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Ann Romney, wife of former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will be Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 4, one day before the beginning of LDS General Conference, to sign copies of her new cookbook, "The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes and Favorite Traditions."

Earlier this week Romney appeared on "Good Morning America" to promote the full-colored hardback book, published by Shadow Mountain, a division of Deseret Book. She also is expected to appear on "Rachel Ray," Friday morning.

"The Romney Family Table" includes personal memories, holiday traditions and family photos taken over the last four decades. The 125 recipes include Mitt's favorite meatloaf, the buttermilk pancakes that the family shared with their Secret Service at the end of the presidential campaign and the apricot coffee cake (see box) that the family has on Christmas morning.

When • Friday, Oct. 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where • Deseret Book , 45 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Cost • $29.99 at the event

Sage's Cafe moving to new location

Sage's Cafe is in the process of moving to 234 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City. Owner Ian Brandt, said the restaurant's last day of service at 473 E. 300 South was Sunday, Sept. 29. It is expected to reopen sometime in early November at the new location, which was previously the Jade Cafe.

Brandt said he was forced to move because the landlord — who operates Dick N' Dixies bar next door — would not allow Sage's to renew its lease. Brandt, who also operates Vertical Diner, Cafe SuperNatural and Cali's Natural Foods, sees the move as an opportunity.

"We are excited to relocate to a larger space that can host special events for speakers, music, multi-media arts, culinary events, community events, classes, wine tastings and so much more," he said in a recent news release.

Sage's joins a few other restaurants and bars in Salt Lake City's Central 9th business district including No Brow Coffee Works, Aroy-D Thai and Try-Angles.

While Sage's Café will keep most of its classic vegetarian and vegan dishes such as the carrot butter pate, shiitake escargot and mushroom stroganoff, the relocation allows Brandt to change the menu to include more eclectic flavors.

Because the move had to be done quickly, Brandt said remodeling the interior and exterior of the restaurant will be a work in progress. He also hopes to get a full-service liquor license from the state that will allow him to sell cocktails and spirts in addition to wine and beer.

Brandt said the grape vines, which were planted 15 years ago when the restaurant first opened, will be cut back so that the outdoor metal work can be taken to the new location. However some of the cuttings will be saved over the winter to plant next year.

Park City Dine Around

Get a great meal without breaking the bank during a new "Dine Around," sponsored by the Park City Area Restaurant Association.

During this week-long event that runs Oct. 3-13, Utah diners can enjoy a three-course dinner for $15 or $30 per person — no coupons required.

To get the deal, visit one of the 26 participating restaurants and asked the server for the Dine Around menu.

From American to Asian and Mediterranean to Mexican fare, here's a list of participating restaurants: 501 on Main, Apex, Baja Cantina, Bangkok Thai on Main, Bistro 412, Butcher's Chop House, Cena Ristorante, Chimayo, Cisero's, Flanagan's on Main, Ghidotti's, Grappa, Grub Steak, Lespri Prime Steak & Sushi Bar, Powder at Waldorf Astoria, Red Rock Junction, Reef's Restaurant, Riverhorse on Main, Shabu, Silver Star Café, Squatters Roadhouse Grill, Sushi Blue, Tavern, Wahso, Wasatch Brew Pub and Zoom.

Bambara helps STOMP out hunger

Diners at Bambara, in downtown Salt Lake City, can help STOMP Out Hunger by ordering the three-course lunch special. The restaurant will donate $1 from every lunch ordered between Oct. 4-11 to the Utah Food Bank. The promotion coincides with the arrival of the international percussion show STOMP, at Kingsbury Hall Oct. 4-6. To save $5 on STOMP tickets, patrons can use code "HUNGER" and STOMP will donate $5 for each ticket sold to the Utah Food Bank. The daily three-course lunch special, priced at $13, includes soup or salad, choice of entrée a house-made chocolate chip cookie. —

Apricot Coffee Cake

2 cups sugar

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

5 eggs

5 cups flour, divided

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 (16-ounce) jar apricot preserves

Powdered sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch springform pan.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream sugar and butter together. Add 1 cup cream and vanilla and blend well. Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each one. Add four cups of flour, baking powder, and salt to the batter. Beat together until well blended. Remove 1 cup of batter into a separate bowl and set aside. Spoon the rest of the batter into the prepared pan.

To the reserved 1 cup batter, add remaining 1 cup flour and mix well to form a soft dough. Lightly flour a countertop surface and roll the dough into an 8x10-inch rectangle. Using a ruler, cut the dough lengthwise into eight 1-inch-wide strips.

Cover the batter in the pan with the preserves. Lay the pastry strips over the top of the cake in a crisscross pattern. Lightly brush the pastry with 1 tablespoon cream. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until the center of the cake is slightly puffy.

Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. When cake has cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Servings • 8

Source: "The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes and Favorite Traditions."