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Food-centric SLC fundraisers in September

September is shaping up to be a month of food-based fundraisers for some of our favorite (and very worthy) causes. Mark your calendars for the Salt Lake City Greek Festival, Birds & the Bees and the Flowers & the Trees and the Feast of Five Senses.

Greek Festival desserts
Greek Festival desserts
Heather King
Feast of Five Senses
Feast of Five Senses
Heather King

Salt Lake City Greek Festival

Sept. 5-7

The 39th annual Salt Lake City Greek Festival is the largest cultural event in Utah. The celebration includes food, drink, arts, crafts, dancing and music from September 5-7 highlighting the Greek culture, food and lifestyle. Don’t miss your chance to try some lesser-known Greek delicacies in addition to old favorites. The main line will lead you through the cafeteria but for the specialty foods including the lamb on a spit, Greek fries and loukoumathes among others, visit the perimeter stalls around the tent. Perhaps the best part of the Greek Festival is that the entire gym is filled with Greek desserts.

Admission is $3 per person (children under 5 are free) and food is sold a la carte. Much of the money raised does go to support various charitable organizations in Utah.

For more information, visit www.saltlakegreekfestival.com.

279 S. 300 West

Salt Lake City, UT

Birds & the Bees and the Flowers & the Trees

Sept. 12

Beehive Cheese and Roosters Brewing Company present the eighth annual Birds & the Bees and the Flowers & the Trees celebration to benefit Red Butte Garden. Enjoy Roosters handcrafted brews, award-winning Beehive Cheese and delicious food Friday, September 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Red Butte Gardens.

For the first time, the dynamic duo will host the event in Salt Lake City. Attendees can stroll through magnificent gardens, enjoy a spread of small plates, watch the sunset and listen to live music from Patrick Briggs.

Tickets are $60 and include a commemorative stainless steel tasting mug to mark the occasion. Tickets are limited and the event is anticipated to sell out. Tickets may be purchased at www.beehivecheese.com.

300 Wakara Way

Salt Lake City, UT

Feast of Five Senses

Sept. 21

On Sunday, September 21, some of Utah's most talented chefs will transform the bounty of Utah's local food producers and artisans into an evening of delicious food and conviviality to raise funds for Slow Food Utah's wide range of programs.

Slow Food Utah is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing everyone to the table to celebrate the pleasures of good, clean, fair food. This annual fundraiser allows Slow Food Utah to offer a wide range of programs and to fund their micro-grant program in order to fill gaps that they see in traditional funding sources for food-related projects, especially for small-scale food growers and producers, community innovators and educators.

The 10th annual Feast of Five Senses will take place at Memorial House in Memory Grove in Salt Lake. The evening will begin with appetizers, mingling and silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and chef presentations.

Gwen Crist, President of Slow Food Utah, explains, “The theme for this year is ‘Heirloom: Celebrating our Food Heritage,’ and will highlight ingredients and dishes that are part of our collective food heritage, our heirlooms from the past and for the future.”

Some of the chefs on the 2014 roster are:

  • 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

Tickets are available online at www.slowfoodutah.org. Cost for members 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.