Food briefs: New name at Cucina Toscana

Published February 4, 2014 9:22 am
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New owner, name for Cucina Toscana

Salt Lake City's Cucina Toscana restaurant has a new name and owner. The restaurant will now be called Toscana, said Ken Murdock, a local real-estate developer who recently bought the building and restaurant at 307 W. Pierpont Ave. Last week, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control approved the transfer of the restaurant's liquor license to Murdock. The restaurant changes come just 18 months after Valter Nassi, the face and personality behind Cucina Toscana, left to start his new restaurant, Valter's Osteria.

Pig & Jelly Jar cleaning up after fire

Salt Lake City's Pig and a Jelly Jar restaurant, 401 E. 900 South, will be closed for a few weeks while crews clean up after a kitchen fire.

The blaze happened after business hours a few weeks ago, said chef/owner Amy Britt. "We still aren't sure of the cause."

Sweets at the Saturday Market

Besides eggs, cheese, meats and winter vegetables, customers at the biweekly Winter Farmer Market can purchase locally produced artisan chocolates, gourmet cupcakes, handmade caramels and other sweet treats for their Valentine.

When • Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where • Rio Grande Train Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City

Details • slcfarmersmarket.org

'Sinful Zins' at Mediterina

The February wine social at Meditrina will showcase several Zinfandel wines from various makers including Carol Shelton, Bucklin, Limerick Lane and Turley, which has a limited allocation in Utah.

When • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where • Meditrina Wine Bar, 1394 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City; 801-485-2055

Cost • $20 for food, optional wine pairings are an additional $25.

Pizza box sculpture inspires students

Weilenmann School of Discovery, a charter school in Park City, has created a 12-foot-tall interactive sculpture out of pizza boxes as a way to raise money for the school and inspire students' education. The sculpture will be on display during February at the California Pizza Kitchen at Salt Lake City's Gateway Mall. Every Thursday in February, customers can mention Weilenmann when they order and the store will donate 20 percent of their bill to the school.

Students formed the sculpture into the shape of a tree, called the "Possibilitree," to match this year's school theme, "Dwell in Possibility." For the "fruit," students have created individual sculptures of things that inspire them, from skis to musical instruments. Customers also will be able to write their hopes and dreams on a piece of paper and hang it on the tree.

'Top Chef' casting call

"Top Chef," the Emmy Award-winning series on Bravo, is looking for chefs interested in competing in Season 12 of the high-stakes culinary competition. The closest casting call to Utah will be March 3 in Los Angeles. But other casting calls will take place in Dallas and Atlanta on Feb. 18 and New York and Chicago on Feb. 24. To learn more or to download an application, visit TopChefCasting.com.

Dinner showcases Cedar City wines

Salt Lake City Pizza and Pasta joins with the Iron Gate Winery in Cedar City for a five-course wine pairing dinner. The menu, prepared by Chef Dave Wager, includes Blue Point oysters, pan-seared scallops, beef tenderloin and crème brûlée, all paired with the Utah wines.

When • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Where • Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta, 1063 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City; 801-484-1804

Cost • $30 for dinner, optional wine pairing an additional $20.

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