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Trio Cottonwood Beer Dinner, Forage Closes, Ballet & Beer 

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Trio Cottonwood Beer Dinner
Spring is in the air at Café Trio in Cottonwood (6405 S. 3000 East) and on Tuesday, April 19, the restaurant and beverage director Jimmy Santangelo will host a multi-course dinner featuring five different spring-friendly wheat beer styles, from traditional Hefeweizen and Kristallweizen to infused ales, brewed by Squatters and Wasatch breweries. Each beer will be paired with a special menu of contemporary Italian fare created by executive chef Tara Juhl. The cost per person (21 and over) is $35 for food and $20 for the optional beer pairings. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling 801-944-8746 or at

Forage Closes
It was with a tinge of nostalgia and sadness that I reported last week's closing of Fresco Italian Cafe. I had enjoyed many wonderful evenings there over the years. And, although I've dined much less frequently at Forage restaurant, it's with sadness that I must report its closing as well. I think in the two-plus decades that I've been writing about food and restaurants in Utah, the two eateries that made the biggest impact and were the most important in terms of elevating the culinary scene in this state, were Metropolitan and Forage, both now shuttered. What chefs Viet Pham and Bowman Brown created at Forage was a menu and dining experience that could pass the muster anywhere: Paris, San Francisco, New York City—you name it. The lease ran out on current owner Brown's cramped space at Forage, and he's hopeful to be working again soon in a larger space and kitchen. I'm hopeful, too.

Ballet & Beer
The Ballet West premiere of The Nijinsky Revolution (see p. 20) on the evening of Thursday, April 14, will be a bit different than the standard opening night. Prior to the performance at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, from 7-8 p.m., light appetizers from Le Croissant and craft beer from Epic Brewing will be served, in addition to non-alcoholic beverages. The ballet begins at 8 p.m.; food and drink service will continue in the lobby. To purchase tickets, visit or call 801-869-6938.

Quote of the week: Memories are like mulligatawny soup in a cheap restaurant. It is best not to stir them. P.G. Wodehouse

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