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Food briefs: Crawdad contest, sustainable start up series

By Kathy Stephenson

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jul 30 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jul 30 2014 01:01 am

Crawdad-o-Rama at East Canyon

Cooks and crustacean fans are invited to attend East Canyon State Park’s Crawdad-O-Rama Dutch oven cook-off. Categories include a crawdad main dish, best Dutch oven side dish and best Dutch oven dessert (no need to include crawdads in this category). Cooking begins at 5 p.m., judging at 7 p.m. Participating in the event is free, but cooks must register in advance at eastcanyonstatepark.utah.gov.

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When » Aug. 23, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where » East Canyon State Park, 5535 S. Highway 66, Morgan

Details » 801-829-6866

Sustainable Startup series continues

The Sustainable Startups series continues with a discussion among three Utah business owners about how they conserve water. Panelists are Pat Crowley, owner of Chapul cricket bars; Stephan Jacob, owner of Cotopaxi outdoor gear and apparel; and Alen Peacock, with Space Monkey, a computer storage solution company. The discussion will be followed by a reception with food and drinks from Salt Bistro, Mamachari Kombucha, Laziz Foods, Cupcakes by Kasthuri and Uinta Brewing. The event also includes samples of Chapul bars and Cotopaxi gear.

When » Wednesday, July 30, 5:30 p.m.

Where » The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City

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Tickets » $10 at sustainablestartups.org

New Deer Valley restaurant opens

Brass Tag, a restaurant that specializes in brick oven cuisine, recently opened at the Lodges at Deer Valley. The menu, created by executive chef Jodie Rogers and sous chef Ryan Swarts, includes house-cured duck and parma prosciutto flatbread, cheddar truffle chive spätzle, tandoori-rubbed quail, a chop of the day, oven fired chimichurri chips and wood-oven shrimp skillets. Entrées cost $10-$16; appetizers, salads and sides, $4-$9.

The Brass Tag name is tied to Park City’s rich mining history, as miners used to check in and out of work using a brass tag. If a tag remained on the board at the end of a shift, everyone knew to launch a search. The brass tag theme is incorporated into the restaurant’s décor, menus and merchandise.

Where » 2900 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City; 435-615-2410.

Hours » Open nightly for dinner from 5:30 to 9. Full bar 4 to 10 p.m.

Salt City Vodka now in stores

Salt City Vodka, a new corn-based spirit — and the first produced by Elevation Distillery in Midvale — is now available in state liquor stores across the state. The 750-ml bottle, which costs $19.95, has a blue and peach-colored label and showcases the Utah mountains and the Salt Lake City skyline. It includes the dome of the state Capitol, the top of the LDS Church Office Building and the spires of the LDS Temple.

"We wanted to highlight our favorite designed buildings in Salt Lake and give the bottle that feeling of awe when you look up at those gorgeous Wasatch Mountains that dwarf our humble city," said Elevation co-owner Aaron Ilott.

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