Utah's artisan cheese makers have been on quite a roll. First, Uintah's Beehive Cheese Company (BeehiveCheese.com) won six prestigious awards in August at national cheese competitions. At the American Cheese Society competition in Providence, R.I., Beehive Cheese Company garnered four awards for its Promontory 12-month aged cheddar, Promontory Cheddar (standard), Barely Buzzed and Teahive cheeses, respectively. Beehive then followed up with two more wins at the Idaho Milk Processor Association competition with Smoked Big John's Cajun and Promontory. Kamas' Gold Creek Farms won three medals at the American Cheese Society competition with its Truffle Butter, Smoked Cow Milk Romano and Pimento Bay Cheddar. Congrats!
Wines of Italy @ Franck's
To celebrate the end of the patio season, Franck's restaurant (6263 S. Holladay Blvd.) is hosting a wine dinner on Monday, Sept. 21, highlighting wines of Italy. Discussing the wines will be special guest Brian Moore, of Frederick Wildman & Sons, one of the country's top wine importers. The four-course dinner kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a goat-cheese tart, caramelized pineapple, roasted almonds, ancho chili crème Anglaise and herb salad paired with 2012 Santi Soave Monteforte, followed by a course of sable fish and calabrese Bolognese, with an asiago baguette, peppadew chili, fried capers and lemon confit, plus 2012 Santi Valpolicella "Salone." The third dinner course will be plum-roasted Red Bird chicken "shank" with Utah corn & mint succotash and garlic-plum aioli paired with 2012 Marzianno Abbona Barbera d'Alba "Rinaldi." The final course is pressed 44 Farms Prime beef belly with olive-oil-whipped potatoes, currant-red-wine sauce and honey-glazed heritage snow peas served with 2005 Melini La Salvanella Chianti Classico Riserva. Seating is limited, and the cost is $80 per person (tax & gratuity not included). Visit FrancksFood.com or phone 801-274-6264 to book a table.
A New Habit
Habit Burger Grill opened its newest location Sept. 3 at Timp Plaza (232 N. West State, American Fork), with pre-opening events to raise money for the Boy Scouts of America, Utah National Parks, Cystic Fibrosis and Girls Scouts of Utah nonprofits. Visit HabitBurger.com for more details.
Quote of the week: Anybody who doesn't think that the best hamburger place in the world is in his home town is a sissy. —Calvin Trillin