Great Salt Lake Chili Affair 

Also: Deer Valley Resort's Brass Tag is a winner

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A Spicy Affair
If you're a chilihead like me, you'll want to mark your calendar for Wednesday, Sept. 30. That's the date of this year's Great Salt Lake Chili Affair, a benefit to support The Road Home's efforts to combat homelessness. The spicy affair will take place from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Salt Palace Convention Center and will feature chili, along with salads, breads, desserts and more from many of Utah's best restaurants and chefs. The event includes food and drink, a silent auction and live entertainment from groups such as Rejuvenation, Tausala, Capoeira and others. "The Great Salt Lake Chili Affair is a great way to have a wonderful time with your friends and family while supporting the people The Road Home serves," said event chairman Tony Smith. "To me, this [small] investment is really in people and their hopes and dreams of being able to find a home." Tickets are $42 a person, or for $300, you can reserve a table for eight. Kids 12-and-under get in free. Tickets can be purchased online at TheRoadHome.org.

Brass Tag Wins Brass Ring
According to online voters, Deer Valley Resort's Brass Tag restaurant has Park City's best cocktail. During the month of July, the Park City Area Restaurant Association held its Summer Cocktail Contest, pitting 16 of Park City's best bars, restaurants and mixologists against one another. I miss the "live" version of the cocktail contest (since I got to be a judge), but allowing folks to taste and vote for their favorite Park City cocktail is more democratic. Brass Tag bartender Josh Hockman won the contest with his "Evangeline" cocktail: 1 1/2 ounce Beehive Distillery Jackrabbit Gin, 1 barspoon cassis vinegar, 1/2 ounce basil-infused Utah honey, and 3 ounces rose lemonade. "This contest was a blast, and we're honored that voters loved Josh's creation," said Deer Valley Food & Beverage Director Jodie Rogers. According to PCARA Executive Director Ginger Ries, the Evangeline scored earned 3,287 votes out of 10,526 total votes, taking first place. More information at DeerValley.com

Quote of the week: A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. —Aesop

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