Slow Food Utah's Feast of Five Senses is one of the first Utah food events of the fall.

I remember moving here in August eight years ago and one of the first “official” invitations I received was to the Feast of Five Senses. That year, the event was held at Copper Moose Farms in Park City–a gorgeous mountain night eating and drinking as the stars came out. I didn't know many people in the Salt Lake food community when I arrived, but by the time I left I had new friends.

That's what good food and wine can do.

This year's Feast of Five Senses (Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Memorial House in Memory Grove in Salt Lake) will be the 10th such dinner. It's also the 25th anniversary of the founding of Slow Food, a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.

Tickets are available online at or by mail to Slow Food Utah, PO Box 581213, SLC, UT 84158-1213.

Cost for members to attend is $100 per person, with a $25 optional wine pairing, and $125 per person and $25 optional wine pairing for non-members. Seating is limited so early reservations are highly recommended. For membership info: There is a member discount for all Slow Food Utah events throughout the year.

Slow Foods Utah's Feast raises funds for Slow Food programs and for their micro-grant program which fills gaps that they see in traditional funding sources for food-related projects. The money goes mainly to small-scale food growers and producers, community innovators and educators. In past years, Slow Food Utah has funded schoolyard and community gardens, Utahns Against Hunger’s Real Food Rising program and has helped small farmers build greenhouses and barns, purchase a tractor, and expand their livestock operations.

That's a lot to celebrate in one evening. But thanks to volunteers, sponsors like Muir Copper Canyons Farms and Sysco Intermountain and a kitchenfull of local chefs, it will be a night to remember:

  • Nathan Powers of Bambara

  • Jen Gilroy of Meditrina

  • Frederick Perez of Del Mar al Lago

  • Kali Matson of Caffe Niche

  • Wendy Robinson of Liberty Heights Fresh

  • Amber Billingsley Angelilli of Vinto

  • Emily Glassman of Em's

  • Adam Kreisel of Chaia Cucina

  • Cheese Professionals of Caputo’s Market and Deli

  • Courtney McDowell of Finca

  • Francis Fecteau of Libation LLC will be pairing a wine with each course

  • Uinta Brewing will be providing beer pairings