Prideful Cider 

Mountain West Hard Cider, Artful Fare and a Chef on the Move

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Prideful Cider
To help celebrate and support Utah's LGBT community, Mountain West Hard Cider (MountainWestCider.com) will release a limited edition bottles labeled Ruby's Gay Hard Cider, available during the month of June in conjunction with Pride Month. The cider will still be the original Ruby Cider on the inside—crisp, semi-dry and traditional with 6.8 percent ABV—but each bottle features a snazzy, eye-catching label with the word "gay" very prominent. "We value diversity and inclusion. We always have and always will. We are happy to show support and celebrate Pride Month in style," said owner Jennifer Carleton via a press release. A portion of proceeds from Ruby's Gay Hard Cider will be donated to the Utah Pride Center during June. You'll find the cider at the Mountain West tasting room (425 N. 400 West) and at select restaurants and bars such as Piper Down, Whiskey Street, Metro Bar, Good Grammar, Dick N' Dixie's and Club Jam.

Artful Fare
In case you missed it, Uptown Fare has moved from its Main Street, Park City location, where it thrived for nearly 22 years, into Park City's Kimball Art Center (1401 Kearns Blvd., KimballArtCenter.org). Serving homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts, Uptown Fare has long been a favorite gathering place for locals and savvy tourists alike. Those of us who loved Karleen Reilly and her crew's lip-smacking foods (mmm ... cheeseburger soup!) and warm hospitality for lunch can now enjoy both along with art, sculpture, photography and more, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Indoor and patio seating is available.

Chef on the Move
Phelix Gardner, formerly chef de cuisine at Pago and Finca, has taken over the reins at the new Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar (454 E. 300 South, 801-746-4441, StanzaSLC.com). Meanwhile, replacing Gardner at Pago is Culinary Institute of America graduate Curtis Lindley, who is relocating from Napa Valley, where he was most recently executive sous chef at Evangeline (a four-star French and Creole restaurant). Chef Lindley began his tenure in the Pago kitchen last week. Welcome to Utah!

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