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Utah food news: Oprah like Utah Pop Art, Winning gelato at Grand America

By Kathy Stephenson

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jul 22 2014 07:05 pm • Last Updated Jul 22 2014 07:05 pm

Z’Tejas at Gateway to close Aug. 2

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill will close its only Utah location at The Gateway Mall. The last day of business for the Salt Lake City restaurant, at 191 South Rio Grande, will be Saturday, Aug. 2. "We are sad to leave a market where we’ve been able to showcase the best of southwest cooking for the last 13 years" Steven Micheletti, president and CEO of Z’Tejas said in a news release. Those with gift cards should use them immediately. However they will be accepted at other Z’Tejas locations in Arizona, California and Texas. Until the closure, Z’Tejas is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

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Oprah likes Utah’s Pop Art Snacks

Utah’s Pop Art Snacks, makers of gourmet flavored popcorn such as rosemary with Italian truffles and Thai coconut curry, are featured in the August issue of "O, The Oprah Magazine." Pop Art’s nori sesame popcorn, one of six flavors the company makes, was named "The Find!" of the month. Made with toasted seaweed and sesame seed, editors praised the popcorn for being "rich in umami, the undefinable savory quality — also found in mushroom and cheeses — that makes these flavors so deliciously addictive." Pop Art is sold in stores across the country and in Utah. Find a location at popartsnacks.com. A 5-ounce bag costs around $4.50

Winning gelato at Grand America

Good taste runs in the Caputo family. Mary Caputo — wife of Tony and mother of Matt who operate Tony Caputo’s Market and Deli in Salt Lake City — is the winner of the Grand America’s summer gelato contest. Her Orange Mango Mimosa flavor will be on sale in the hotel’s La Bonne Vie shop through Labor Day. Earlier this month, the Grand America asked fans to suggest new summer gelato flavor combinations. Judges selected the three finalist and produced a batch of each flavor so customers could sample and vote. ‘Suite Dreams’ by Maddie Merril and ‘Mediterranean Summer’ by Deanah Navarra, were also finalist.

Where » La Bonne Vie inside the Grand America Hotel, 555 S. Main, Salt Lake City

Open » Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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Pie & Beer Day fundraiser

On Pioneer Day, sample pie from some of Salt Lake City’s best bakeries and beer from Beer Bar. Participating eateries include Pago, Tulie Bakery, Eva Boulangerie, Cafe Trio and Copper Onion. The event is a fundraiser for KRCL.

When » Thursday, 3-5 p.m.

Where » Beer Bar, 161 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets » $15 pie pass includes samples of six pies; beer samples are $1 each

Barbecue Showdown in Midvale

The Intermountain Barbecue Association will hold a Days of ’47 barbecue competition that includes judging classes, food samples and live music. There is also a separate chili cook-off and Friday night movie.

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