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Foodie Opera Night and a Crafty Cocktail Class 

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Foodie Opera Night
Looking for a unique way to enjoy Valentine's Day? The Utah Opera has you covered. On Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m., O.P. Rockwell in Park City (268 Main, 435-615-7000, will host a performance by the Utah Opera of Bon Appétit!, a one-act opera inspired by the life of Julia Child, composed by Lee Hoiby. In addition to the short-form opera, in which "the flamboyant master chef teaches the makings of a classic French chocolate cake—Le Gâteau au Chocolat L'Éminence Brune"—the evening will also feature a 10-course pop-up dinner catered by Culinary Crafts. The part of the Julia Child role will be performed by Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Victoria Livengood, who appeared in Utah Opera's 2014 production of Salome.

"On occasion, the stars align for love and a fantastic dinner-theater opportunity, and this Feb. 14, we have an opportunity for both," says Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth. According to Mary Crafts-Homer, CEO and founder of Culinary Crafts, the Bon Appétit! evening "will transport guests across the ocean to an intimate French bistro, where aromas of fresh baked bread, veal ragout simmering on the stove and succulent roasted chicken waft through the air." Tickets ($175 per person) are available at

Crafty Cocktail Class
On Wednesday, Feb. 17, Finca restaurant (327 W. 200 South, 801-487-0699, hosts the first of five craft cocktail workshops presented by Craft Lake City ( The Feb. 17 workshop will feature a tequila lecture and tasting with local tequila company Vida Tequila ( Vida Tequila was founded in 2003 by Utah-based owners John and Lisa Barlow. "Pinchos"—small bites—will also be provided during the workshop. Craft Lake City is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the stated mission to "educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community through science, technology and art." The cost for the tequila workshop is $50 for materials. Pre-registration is required and tickets are available at for participants 21 and over.

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