Whether you say "tomato" or "tomahto," Wasatch Community Gardens (824 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-359-2658) is teaming up with a number of local restaurants for Tomato Days. Through the end of September, participating restaurants will be featuring tomato-themed menu items, with a portion of the proceeds from sales going to benefit Wasatch Community Gardens and its programs. Participating restaurants include Les Madeleines, which is featuring an heirloom tomato Caprese sandwich on housemade rustic bread, Caffe Niche, Avenues Bistro and others. See the full list at WasatchGardens.org.
Are You Ready for Some Football?
During the University of Utah college football season, Rodizio Grill (600 S. 700 East, 801-220-0500, RodizioGrill.com/Salt-Lake-City) is inviting Ute fans (or those who root against them) to take in both home and away games on Rodizio Grill's giant flat-screen TV. For a mere $15 per person, football fans can enjoy a Brazilian spin on tailgating with unlimited Gaucho wings, Brazilian sausage, salads and more. Beverage specials will also be available.
Winemaker Trio @ Finca
In what promises to be one of the don't-miss wine & food events of the year, on Saturday, Sept. 13, Finca (1291 S. 1100 East, 801-487-0699) and Bon Vivant Imports will host a winemakers dinner featuring not one, not two, but three different Spanish wineries in one evening, along with a special six-course dinner. The wineries and representatives in attendance will be winemaker/owner Raimundo Abando from Solar de Randez in Rioja, winemaker/owner Maria Alfonso of Volvoreta in Toro, and export manager Dayne Bower of Camino Alto in La Mancha. Menu items include cordero with confit of eggplant with cherry tomatoes, verbena & mint chimichurri; charred green beans and house-cured tuna with ajo blanco, pickled cherries and fried shallots; arroz a la plancha with wild mushrooms and venison; and much more. The cost is $45 per person for food and $45 per person for the optional wine pairings, plus tax and gratuity. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Quote of the week: Licorice is the liver of candy. —Michael O'Donaghue