In conjunction with Halloween and their newest exhibit, Perceptions: The Illusion of Reality, which focuses on the human senses, The Leonardo and Salt Bistro will be home to a truly unique dining experience on Friday, Oct. 23, called Dining in the Dark. Dinner guests will be blindfolded during the meal, prompting them to rely on the senses of taste, touch and smell during chef J. Looney's six-course meal. The items eaten will be "revealed" at the end of each course. The dinner, which runs from 7-9 p.m., is for guests 21 and older and costs $75 for dinner and wine pairings, or $55 for designated drivers (food only). To reserve a seat (and a blindfold), visit TheLeonardo.org/event.
Utah is nothing if not "family friendly." With that in mind, a trio of entrepreneurial moms has opened the Storybrook Play Cafe in Millcreek (1538 E. 3300 South, 801-669-0628, StorybrookCafe.com). It's a cafe with pastries and beverages from Pierre's Bakery, La Barba Coffee and Baking Blondie Sweets that offers a modern play space for toddlers while parents and caretakers can sip coffee, enjoy a nosh and relax. "The unique Storybrook Play Cafe is a welcome addition to Millcreek Township—a community that values family-friendly spaces and is a hotspot for new business," said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. Admission is $6 per child (free for parents, caregivers and kids over 12).
Rabanada Benefits Image Reborn
The Image Reborn Foundation (ImageRebornFoundation.org) provides weekend retreats for breast-cancer survivors at no cost, giving them a chance to reclaim a sense of personal power and live beyond breast cancer. Through the end of October, the Brazilian restaurant Rodizio Grill (600 S. 700 East, Trolley Square, 801-220-0500, RodizioGrill.com) will donate 100 percent of its sales of rabanada—cinnamon pastry with a creamy center, served with vanilla ice cream and laced with caramel sauce—to the Image Reborn Foundation. Wary of wild game? Conquer your fears with rattlesnake sausage, wild hog, spicy elk and bison on the Rodizio menu during October.
Quote of the week: Food is to eat, not to frame and hang on the wall. —William Denton