More than 50 restaurants and food purveyors cooperated last Sunday in making Taste of the Wasatch once again a delightful and profitable way to fight hunger in Utah. Food lovers got to sample the best of Northern Utah's restaurants gathered at Solitude Mountain Resort and 100 percent of the money raised goes to Utahans Against Hunger, the Utah Food Bank and the Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership.

And, thanks to the inscrutable wisdom of the Utah Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, children were spared the horror of seeing adults eating well and drinking responsibly while raising money for a good cause. Yes, the DABC, for the first time, prohibited minors from attending the Taste of the Wasatch with their parents, lest they be tempted to someday pair an affordable red with their Wagyu beef.

Because of the new restriction, one lonely paterfamilias said his clan had to forgo their annual tradition of buying a table at the fund raiser because the extended families' offspring were barred.

The only line at the event was in front of Vinto's booth where Statue of Liberty impersonator and pastry chef Amber Billiingsley scooped out a signature gelato.

Top of page: Pastry Chef Romina Rasmussen of Les Madeleines offers a laminated brioche (with roasted garlic and pecorino cheese or with fruit), one of the fest's hits. The 'stache called Clint frightened off any kid who may have to penetrate the DABC puritanical perimeter.

Below: The Copper Onion's Chef Ryan Lowder offers a cantaloupe gazpacho.

Other participating Restaurants:

Aerie Restaurant

Avenues Publick House & Restaurant

Beehive Cheese

Blue Boar Inn

Canyons Resort


Cena Ristorante

Chaia Cucina Catering

Communal Restaurant

Cucina Toscana

Cucina Vanina

Del Mar al Lago

Edge Steakhouse

Empire Lodge Deer Valley 

Fire and Slice Pizza


La Caille

Liberty Heights Fresh

Log Haven

Luna Blanca


Pallet Bistro

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Plum Alley

Riverhorse on Main

Sage’sVertical Diner, Cali’s Natural Foods

Salt Bistro at The Leonardo


St. Bernard’sThe Yurt

The Copper Onion

The Forklift 

The Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge


Utah Food Bank Kids Café


Whole Foods Market


Zest Kitchen & Bar

rt Institute of Salt Lake City

Carlucci’s Bakery 

Christina’s Cakes

Deer Valley Royal Street Café

Eva's/Eva's Bakery

La Bonne Vie at Grand America

Pago, Finca

The Montage at Deer Valley

The Rose Establishment


So Cupcake

Stein Eriksen Lodge

Tulie Bakery