Q4U BBQ Truck 

Also: Tastemakers, Gene Kwon Sentenced

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Where’s the Q4U?
You might recall that Q4U restaurant in Taylorsville was once ranked among the top 10 barbecue restaurants in the United States by various publications, including Sunset magazine. So, some of us were left wanting when Q4U closed. Well, if you haven’t heard, barbecue whiz Tommy “T” Brown is back, this time with his shiny Q4U BBQ Truck. T has partnered with Sam’s Club (6525 S. State) in Murray and brings the truck there on Fridays and Saturdays to raise funds for the Primary Children’s Medical Center. In addition to classics like pulled-pork and hot-link sandwiches, T is also cooking up barbecue meatball sandwiches and something called a barbecue “sundae” (pork, beans and slaw). To find the Q4U Truck’s whereabouts throughout the rest of the week (it’s closed Sundays and Mondays), visit Facebook or Q4UBBQTruck.com.

In Good Taste
The annual Tastemakers dining event takes place May 30 & 31, at the Gallivan Center pavilion and nearby restaurants, from 5 to 10 p.m. Two-day passes ($30 regular or $75 VIP) entitle pass holders to sample tastings and beverage pairings from some of Utah’s best chefs. Tastings are from local restaurants including Aristo’s, La Caille, Gracie’s, Silver, Caffe Niche, Les Madeleines, Oh Mai and others. There’s also a culinary stroll of downtown restaurants including Benihana, Cafe Molise, J. Wong’s, Naked Fish, Ruth’s Chris, Squatters/Wasatch Brewing, Market Street, New Yorker, Texas de Brazil and Zy Restaurant. For tickets and event details, go to TastemakersUtah.com.

Kwon Con
Back in 2007, I sat down with restaurateur Gene Kwon to discuss his latest venture: Park City’s Hapa Grill. Kwon was on a roll, his restaurant group having opened new Mikado restaurants and Kampai, taken over Ichiban Sushi and even launched Harry’s Bar & Grille at the E Center. Well, in a classic case of “Oh, how the mighty have fallen,” Kwon was sentenced recently to one to 15 years in prison, following a guilty plea on counts of theft, securities fraud and a pattern of unlawful activity. Hopefully, the investors will find restitution.

Quote of the week: He was a bold man that first ate an oyster. —Jonathan Swift

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