I just received an invitation to join a table at Savor the Summit in Park City, one of my favorite summer eating events. I like Taste of the Nation, too, and the Park City Food & Wine Festival. But I've always wondered: why doesn't Salt Lake City have its own food and wine event? After all, we've got more - and, frankly, more better - restaurants than our up-the-hill neighbor.

Okay, so now - abracadabra! - we do. The Downtown Alliance, this magazine and other tummy-minded types - Nicholas & Co., American Express, Squatters and Wasatch Brewery, Strong Audi - are sponsoring the first ever Tastemakers Salt Lake City on May 19 and 20.

Tastemakers is a two-day strolling food event - you'll be able to taste dishes from all kinds of restaurants, some with tables in a tasting pavilion set up next to Squatters and some within walking distance.

Note here - one cool thing about this event is that it's inclusive, involving restaurants from all over the state, including Park City.

You basically buy a passport online (here) for $20. It's good for both nights of the event, PLUS it will be redeemable for restaurant discounts and coupons all summer long.

Yes, there are wine and beer tasting opportunities, too.

We hope this will grow into something as longlasting and looked forward to as those up-mountain events, only this is Salt Lake City-centered. Yay!