Meditrina-Lewandowski Wine Dinner
Evan Lewandowski—owner and winemaker at Utah's own Ruth Lewandowski Wines—is teaming up with owner/chef Jen Gilroy and her team at Meditrina for a winemaker dinner on Wednesday, June 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The six-course dinner includes pairings of four different new Ruth Lewandowski releases, including 2015 Naomi, 2015 Rosé, 2015 Feints and 2014 Boaz. Menu items for the evening include dishes such as ryeberry salad, Jamaican jerk-fried chickpeas, chicken rillettes with pickled pear, brown butter cherry and duck confit risotto and lentil salad with Kalamata olives, mushrooms, sundried tomato pesto and toasted pine nuts. For dessert, there will be housemade chile chocolate truffles and cheese. Evan Lewandowski will also be on hand to discuss his artisan wines. The cost is $40 per-person for food and $30 for the optional wine pairings. Phone 801-485-2055 to reserve your spot.
Utah County's First Brewery
Look for Strap Tank Brewery—Utah County's first brewery—to open in early June, at 569 S. 1750 West in Springville (StrapTankBrewery.com). The brewery, restaurant and pub is named for the unique 1907 Strap Tank Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, made with a strap-on gas tank. The owner is Rick Salisbury of Salisbury Homes, an avid vintage motorcycle enthusiast. Stay tuned here for more opening info.
Cav's Pizza Man
Anyone who has been paying attention to the NBA playoffs this year has seen plenty of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. (If you have been watching the playoffs, you've also seen him during commercials as a spokesperson for KIA Motors.) Still haven't had enough? Well, he has brought his skills to Utah, opening Fast-Fire'd Blaze Pizza—a company backed by James—on May 26 in Lehi (3370 N. Digital Drive), near Cabela's and the new Porsche/Audi dealership (not KIA?). The Chipotle-style build-your-own artisan pizza casual eatery serves pizza, salads, s'mores pies, blood-orange lemonade and more, including gluten-free dough and vegan cheese options. Other Blaze investors include Maria Shriver and Patrick Schwarzenegger. As of press time, LeBron is busy playing basketball and is unlikely to be seen in Lehi anytime soon.
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