Winemaker Dinner 

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Shallow Shaft Winemaker Dinner
On Jan. 18, Peri Ermidis, Kurtis Krause and the crew up at Alta’s Shallow Shaft restaurant will host a special evening with Italian winemaker Roberto Stucchi, featuring the wines of Badia a Coltibuono. Stucchi produces world-class Chianti, Riserva, Sangioveto and Cultus Boni at the 11th-century Badia a Coltibuono estate in Tuscany, which was sold to Stucchi’s great-great grandfather, Guido Guintini. At press time, the specific wines were still to be determined. The dinner menu includes ribollita with braised Tuscan kale and crisp prosciutto; fried sardines with pomodoro olives and caperberries; crisp pheasant thigh with fried potatoes, dried fruit and verjus brown butter; Chianti-braised beef oxtail with goat-cheese polenta and rucola; and for dessert, a wine-roasted pear with pannetone, zabaglione and Amano Acumare milk. The cost of the dinner is $35; optional wine pairing is an additional $40. For reservations, phone 801-742-2177.

Nicholas & Co. “Best Company to Work For”
Utah Business magazine has honored Utah’s food-service professionals Nicholas & Company as one of the “25 Best Companies to Work For” in its December 2011 issue. According to Utah Business, the award honors companies “that are committed to their employees’ success on and off the job. From lavish vacations to flexible schedules to inclusive wellness plans, these companies put their employees first.” Among the perks that Nicholas & Company offers are free barber visits and massages, discounted gym memberships, a wellness consultant and even pet insurance for employees’ furry friends. Visit NicholasAndCo.com for more information.

Thai This!
A trusted food informant of mine contacted me to sing the praises of a newly opened restaurant at 2836 S. 5600 West called Thai This. The restaurant offers a menu that straddles both Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, with Thai standards like massaman curry and pad thai, along with Vietnamese pho and banh ganh, a chicken-noodle soup that my informant said was as good as any soup he’s had in his life. Thai This makes me want to try that! Phone 801-971-0473 for information.

Quote of the week: Fish is the only food that is considered spoiled once it smells like what it is. —P.J. O’Rourke

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