Eat Drink SLC 

Also: Real Men BBQ Competition, Hearth Brunch

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Eat & Drink with the Birds
Eat Drink SLC is a new collective of foodies, restauranteurs, food & drink purveyors and such with the stated mission of "building recognition for Salt Lake's status as a vibrant food and drink scene (locally) and destination (nationally)." The goal is to help raise the visibility of local food and drink business and the organization will donate proceeds from events and fundraisers to local nonprofits "that strengthen places, people and art in our community." The first Eat Drink SLC will take place July 9 at Tracy Aviary in Liberty Park. According to spokesperson Tracey Thompson, "Eighteen of Salt Lake City's hottest restaurants, a bevy of family-owned wineries, craft distilleries and award-winning brewers" will be in attendance. The summertime food & drink Tracy Aviary social will run from 6-9 p.m. and feature live music. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at EatDrinkSLC.com.

Real Men BBQ Competition
On Saturday, June 20, Ogden's Your Community Connection Family Crisis Center is adding a national barbecue competition—Real Men Can Cook—to its annual fundraiser. They've partnered this year with the Kansas City Barbecue Society and Great Western BBQ Events. The YCC Family Crisis Center provides domestic-violence shelter and rape-crisis services to victims and their children. The pre-Father's Day event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium in Ogden (668 17th St.). The gourmet buffet including barbecued meats from the Real Men Can Cook competition, along with sides provided by YCC's community cooks, such as Dutch-oven potatoes, smoked pork & beans, potato salad, shrimp salad, nachos and desserts including blueberry cobbler, bread pudding, stuffed raspberry angels, Grunander fudge and more. Tickets are $20 per person, and $10 for kids age 4-12. Children 3 and under eat free. Live bands and children's activities will also be featured. Purchase tickets at YCCHope.org.

Hearth Brunch
Speaking of Ogden, Hearth on 25th (195 25th St., 801-399-0088, Hearth25.com) has introduced brunch, served on Friday and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. featuring red velvet Belgian waffles, scallops & grits, pulled pork skillets and more.

Quote of the week: Nothing helps scenery like ham and eggs. —Mark Twain

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