Did you know that Utah may be the site of America’s oldest known chocolate, dating back to as early as A.D. 750? Well, chocoholics young and old will ascend to the Natural History Museum of Utah (301 Wakara Way, 801-581-6927, NHMU.Utah.edu) this weekend for The Ultimate Chocolate Festival, taking place March 22 & 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will explore the world of Utah chocolates in conjunction with the ongoing Chocolate: The Exhibition, running through June 1, and will include award-winning chocolate-makers, pastry chefs and restaurateurs. Each hour will feature a chocolate-tasting, along with Mayan dancers from the Utah Hispanic Dance Alliance, cacao-seed-grinding demonstrations and more. Tickets range from $8 to $11, depending on age.
Tasty Tuesday Trio
On Tuesdays, Franck’s (6363 S. Holladay Blvd., 801-274-6264, FrancksFood.com) offers a unique tasting menu in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu. Tasting Tuesdays is a prix fixe three-course meal for $30 per person. The menu changes weekly, but recent dishes have included a goat-cheese creme brulee with chile mayo as a first course; diver scallop and Duroc pork belly as a second course; and miso pot de crÃ¨me with peanut brittle, passion fruit tapioca and green-tea cake for dessert.
Rodizio Grill (602 S. 700 East, Trolley Square, 801-220-0500, RodizioGrill.com) now serves brunch on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items like bacon and eggs, banana bread, spinach soufflé and brunch cocktails will be available in addition to Rodizio’s regular churrascaria all-you-can-eat menu. The cost for the all-you-can-eat brunch is $22.95 per person.
Fans of honest, well-made burgers, shakes and fries—like myself—love Tonyburgers (613 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-419-0531, Tonyburgers.com). For folks in Davis County who mourned the passing of the Centerville Tonyburgers, I’m pleased to announce its return. Tonyburgers is back in Centerville at 84 Parrish Lane, next to the new Dick’s Market.
Quote of the week: If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. —J.R.R. Tolkien