Taste of the Wasatch
Tickets are available for Taste of the Wasatch, a culinary fundraiser for Utahns Against Hunger. The event, previously called Taste of the Nation, features food from more than 50 restaurants and resorts, as well as offering samples of craft beer and boutique wines. There will be live music and both a live and silent auction. All proceed stay in Utah to help fight hunger.
When • Sunday, Aug. 5, noon to 4 p.m.
Where • Solitude Mountain Resort, 12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon, Solitude
Cost • General admission, $90; VIP seating in the shade, $125; VIP table of 10, $1,200
Details • http://www.tasteofthewasatch.org or 801-328-2561
Free Creamies for bird lovers
Tracy Aviary visitors will receive free Creamies ice cream (while supplies last).
When • Friday, July 27, beginning at 9 a.m.
Where • Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City; 801-596-8500
Olympic food fit for queen
The Escala Provisions Co. in Park City will celebrate the start of the 2012 London Olympics by offering English feasts fit for the Queen. For breakfast, the restaurant inside the Hyatt Escala Lodge will serve English bangers and mash, eggs, chai tea porridge with Devonshire cream, and roasted local tomatoes. High Tea will include a finger sandwiches with Utah trout, cucumbers, egg and watercress, curried chicken salad and Brie and apricot compote. Dinner is all-you-can eat fish and chips.
When • Saturday, July 27; breakfast from 7-11 a.m.; dinner 5-10 p.m.
Where • Escala Provision Company, inside the Hyatt Escala Lodge, 3551 North Escala Court, Park City
Cost • Prices vary
Details • 435-940-1234 or http://www.escalalodge.hyatt.com
Zy chef offers class
Chef Matt Lake at Zy Food, Wine & Cheese will show guests how to prepare two of the downtown Salt Lake City restaurant's signature dishes: scallops with almond, curry and red wine reduction, and pecan pork with wild mushrooms and sautÃ©ed greens. Attendees will get to sample what is prepared and take home recipes.
When • Saturday July 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where • ZY Food Wine & Cheese, 268 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Cost • $20, wine pairings available for an additional $10
Register • 801-779-4730
Iris, daylilies for sale
Intensive breeding has transformed the iris and the daylily from a garden's supporting players to divas, and the newer varieties of the flowers offer better texture, form and color. These flowers will be offered at special prices at a salt and auction sponsored by the Utah Iris Society, American Iris Society and Utah Daylily Society.
When • Saturday, July 28. Public sale 10 a.m. to noon; premium iris auction at 1 p.m.
Where • Sugar House Park Garden Center, 1602 E. 2100 South
Details • utahirissociety.org
Snowbasin wildflower tour
Ride the gondola to the top of Snowbasin Ski Resort where instructors will teach how to identify and photograph wildflowers. Price includes instruction, gondola ride, a copy of the book Wildflowers of the Mountain West, plus drinks and snacks. Sponsored by the Ogden Botanical Gardens
When • Saturday July 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where • Snowbasin Ski Resort, 3925 Snow Basin Rd. Huntsville
Cost • $75 or $60 for garden members
Details • Call Ogden Botanical Gardens 801-399-8080 or register online at http://wildflowerstour.eventbrite.com.
Chocolate lovers night
Local chocolatier Shirl Shepherd, owner of Pa's Chocolates, will offer a workshop on making chocolates and demonstrate chocolate-dipping techniques. Participants will get a hands-on lesson, as well as the chance to make chance and eat their own chocolate creation.
When • Monday, July 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where • Utah State University Botanical Center's Utah House, 725 South Sego Lily Drive, Kaysville
Cost • $10 per family (up to six members) or $3 per person
Details • Call 801-593-8969 or register online at http://chocolateloversnight.eventbrite.com.
$5 appetizers at Oyster Bar
The Market Street Oyster Bars in Salt Lake City, Cottonwood and South Jordan are offering $5 appetizers everyday from 4 to 6 p.m. and after 8:30 p.m. The "5 for $5" menu includes: jumbo shrimp cocktail, hot spinach, crab and artichoke dip; crab-stuffed mushrooms; fried calamari; and hickory-smoked salmon. Also, on Mondays, fresh oysters are half-price all day. Raw oysters on the half shell are served on ice with choice of cocktail sauce, horseradish, mignonette sauce and lemon.
Locations • Downtown: 54 W. Market St. (350 South), Salt Lake City, 801-531-6044; Cottonwood: 2985 E. Cottonwood Parkway, 801-942-8860; and South Jordan, 10702 S. River Front Parkway, 801-302-2262.