Chinese New Year at Mandarin 

Also: Valentine's Day at Powder

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Gung Hay Fat Choy!
The Chinese New Year is nearly upon us, and Bountiful's Mandarin restaurant (348 E. 900 North, 801-298-2406, MandarinUtah.com) is ready to ring in the Year of the Sheep with a hearty gung hay fat choy ("wishing you happiness and prosperity"). The two-week celebration begins Thursday, Feb. 19, and ends Thursday, March 5. During that time, the Mandarin kitchen staff will offer a special Chinese New Year menu priced at $20 per person, for parties of four or more. The New Year's menu includes items such as chicken soong Imperial lettuce wrap; salmon spring roll with sambal aioli; orange chicken with noodles; eight treasure vegetables; beef with asparagus; lychee-raspberry & Saigon cinnamon housemade ice cream; and specialty beverages like the Gingerita and pomegranate spritzer. In addition, a vibrant traditional lion dance will be performed by an eight-person troupe at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, and Tuesday, March 3.

Take a Powder
This information reached me too late to include in last week's City Weekly Valentine's Day restaurant roundup ("Romance & Restaurants," Feb. 5).However, if you've yet to settle on a venue for dining out on V-Day, Powder restaurant in Park City's Waldorf-Astoria (2100 Frostwood Drive, 435-647-5566) at press time still had some spots available for romantic dining Saturday, Feb. 14. Executive Chef Ryker Brown is featuring a four-course prix fixe menu with optional wine pairings ($139 per couple; $199 per couple with wine pairings). Included in the evening is lobster bisque paired with 2012 Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Chardonnay; baby gem lettuce with smoked pancetta, anchovy and herb vinaigrette paired with 2011 Folie á Deux Pinot Noir; "surf & turf" of grilled Wagyu bavette steak and spot prawns with butternut squash, bacon and leeks, paired with 2012 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; and a dessert of raspberry mille-feuille with chocolate and Rosé sorbeto and 2010 Andrew Quady Essensia Orange Muscat from California. The Powder Valentine's Day dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit ParkCityWaldorfAstoria.com for more information.

Quote of the week: I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regrettedmost of them, but never the potatoes that went with them. —Nora Ephron

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