Tastemakers

Bucket List—To die-for experiences in Utah dining

Shop the Downtown Farmers Market

Sponsored by the Downtown Alliance, Salt Lake's Downtown Farmers Market features real farmers selling real food grown locally. Every Saturday, Pioneer Park is filled with farmers and food vendors selling everything from Sudanese stew to wood-fired pizza to waffles and burritos. June–October, Saturdays from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. slcfarmersmarket.org

Eat at the Payson Salmon Run

The town of Payson has been putting on the Salmon Run for over 50 years; last year, 4,400 pounds of fish were flown from Alaska to Utah. The Payson fire department builds giant pit grills and cooks the salmon, town volunteers dish out the sides. Aug. 2, 2013. Memorial Park, 300 S. Main St., Payson, 801-404-7193, paysonutah.org

Have a Beer at Shooting Star Saloon

The oldest continuously operating bar in the state is a true relic of the Old West, with the slightly bizarre addition of a stuffed real St. Bernard, "The Dog." 7350 E. 200 South, Huntsville, 801-745-2002, shootingstarsaloon.co

Eat at Forage

The most exciting restaurant in Utah provides a dining experience like no other. The prix fixe menu is as much adventure as meal, with unique dishes from the imaginations of award winning chefs Viet Pham and Bowman Brown. 370 E. 900 South, SLC,801-708-7834, foragerestaurant.com

Dine in a Yurt

The mountain sleigh ride through snowy woods under laser-bright stars culminates in a hearty chef-prepared feast in the luxurious Viking Yurt at Park City Mountain Resort—equipped with a baby grand piano. 435-615-9878, thevikingyurt.com

Tailgate at the U

Serious cooks convene with serious Utes fans before each home game and produce epic meals from whole pigs cooked in cajachinas to mammoth dutch oven breakfasts. Some people never make it to the game. Parking lots opposite Rice-Eccles Stadium, SLC, tickets at utahutes.com

Attend a Chocolate Class at Caputo's

The best selection of artisan chocolate in the country is on the shelves at Caputo's Deli. Learn how to taste the best in one of Caputo's chocolate classes. Check the class schedule for both store locations at caputosdeli.com. 314 W 300 South, SLC, 801-531-8669; 1516 S.1500 East, SLC, 801-486-6615.

Eat a Pig at St. Regis

The view and the pig are both unparalleled-sitting in this alpine lap of luxury, you feast on the summit of soul food: whole slow-cooked pork plus other barbecue specialties and all the fixin's from chef Shane Baird-skillet-cooked cornbread, slaw, shortcake-even banana pudding. 2300 Deer Valley Dr. East, Park City, 435-940-5700, stregisdeervalley.com

Get a Ticket to Tastemakers

Salt Lake magazine's own walk and dine downtown event has become a springtime must-do for Utah foodies. Two nights of sampling the best from Salt Lake restaurants by strolling from place to place and tasting in the big pavilion. tastemakersutah.com

Eat At Hell's Backbone Grill

Utah's original farm-to-table restaurant is located in the phenomenal beauty of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It's received kudos from the New York Times, Food & Wine magazine, the Wall Street Journal and every other newsoutlet you can think of. Open seasonally. 20 N. Hwy. 12, Boulder, 435-335-7464, hellsbackbonegrill.com

Get Cozy at Fireside Dining at Deer Valley

The epitome of lodge dining in the Rockies. Everything is cooked in one of the giant rock fireplaces. You move from fire to fire, filling your plate with everything from traditional raclette to whole leg of lamb twirling on a spit. Open seasonally at Empire Canyon Lodge at Deer Valley Resort. 9200 Marsac Ave., Park City, 435-645-6632, deervalley.com

Savor the Summit

Park City's longest dining table stretches the length of Main Street for the Park City Area Restaurant Association's annual event. Live music provides a sound track, each restaurant provides its own section of table and vie to be the most memorable, and hundreds of guests celebrate the best mountain scenery and food. This year, on June 22. savorthesummit.com


Chantelle Bourdeaux—As an active member of Slow Food Utah, director of sales for A Priori foods and organizer of SLCBites, Bourdeaux has her hands in most of the good food in Utah. In short, she knows where to shop. 

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Best pita and lahvosh. And the stuffed roti chicken is one of the best deals in town. Shahrazad Restaurant and Market, 1615 W. 2100 South, SLC, 801-972-3468, shahrazad1001.com

Best summer treat. A raspberry milkshake is one of Utah's summer delights and you can get a good one lots of places, from Arctic Circle, to IceBerg to LaBeau's at Bear Lake.

Best farm to plate. Salt Lake's Downtown Farmers Market is one of the best true farmers markets in the country-everything really is grown and/or made in Utah. slcfarmersmarket.org

Best new chocolate. Valrhona invented a new chocolate this year called Dulcey. Our favorite local use of the new flavor comes from Ruth Kendricks' Chocolot Artisan Chocolates-the salted caramel she calls Dulce de Leche. chocolot.com

Best club that will accept even you. The Creminelli Club brings some of the finest artisanal meats in the world right to your door. Every three months, members receive a shipment that might include salami, almonds, cheese and a detailed Tasting Guide. creminelli.com/club

Best birthday cake. Leslie Seggar started Tulie Bakery because she couldn't find a good birthday cake.The almond croissants, sandwiches and everything are good, but it's the cakes we come back to. 863 E. 700 South, SLC, 801-883-9741, tuliebakery.com

Best bagels (and knish,and latkes, and, and ... ) These are the real deal and the only ones in town. We wish they were open early and Sundays, but we're not complaining. feldmansdeli.com

Best 'cue. Thick, smoke-ringed brisket and ribs with real meat on the bones are standouts at R & R., 307 W. 600 South, SLC, 801-364-0443, randrbbq.net

Best beer news. Squatters and Wasatch have made their union complete. Check out their remodeled pub in Park City and have a sip of their new Ghostrider pale ale to celebrate. wasatchbeers.com

Best bread. We've said it before and we mean it: Harmons bread is as good as the staff of life gets in Utah. Baked onsite at the Brickyard, City Creek and Bangerter Crossing stores. harmonsgrocery.com

Best pastrami. Former Vienna Bistro chef/owner Frody Volgger now runs Caputo's Butcher Shop. Hand-cut local meats, fantastic sausages and house-smoked pastrami. 314 W. 300 South, SLC, 801-531- 8669, caputosdeli.com

Best selection of sushi-fresh fish. Aquarius Fish Co., hook, line and sinker. Go. Fish. 314 W Broadway, SLC 801-553-5653, aquariusfish.com

Best burrata. This hand pulled, mozzarella-cum-cream cheese makes a meal with summer vegetables. Caputo's version is as fresh as it gets and wrapped in a real leaf. $9.49. 314 W. 300 South SLC 801-531-8669, caputosdeli.com 

Food Sources 

In the cart: rack of ribs, R & R BBQ; Ghostrider Pale Ale, Squatters Pub Brewery; pastrami and knackwurst, Caputo’s Old World Butcher shop in Caputo’s Deli; box of chocolates, Chocolot; bread, Harmons; lahvosh, Shahrazad Restaurant and Market; Creminelli Club, Creminelli Fine Meats; local wine, Kiler Grove Winegrowers; fresh fish and sushi supplies, Aquarius Fish Co.; fresh burrata, Caputo’s Deli; Charming Beard coffee, Nobrow Coffee Werks; bagels and knish, Feldman’s Deli.In hand: brisket sandwich, R & R BBQ; raspberry shake, Arctic Circle.On shoulder: Downtown Farmers Market tote bag, Downtown Farmers Market.On bucket: small layer cake, Tulie Bakery

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