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Trestle Tavern to open in Fresco location

Diners in Salt Lake City's 15th and 15th neighborhood have been mourning the recent closure of Fresco. But soon they will have reason to celebrate, as Trestle Tavern, a casual dining concept from the Pago Restaurant Group, will take over the beloved neighborhood space, said co-owner Scott Evans. The group completed the sale of the building, at 1513 S. 1500 East, last week and the space will undergo a light facelift before opening in about 90 days. With 42 seats inside and 50 out, the intimate restaurant will continue to have "one of the best patios in the state," Evans promised. While menu details are still being worked out, Trestle Tavern will serve casual fare with a nod toward Eastern European pub food, including pierogies, chicken paprikash, fried chicken and hamburger with locally-raised beef. The drink list will include cider, beer and wine. The Pago Restaurant Group includes Salt Lake City's Pago, Finca, Hub and Spoke and East Liberty Tap House and is owned and operated by Evans, his wife Shannon, sister Wendy Evans and Briant Stringham. Jameel Gaskins, the Pago Restaurant Group's director of operation, will become an operating partner in Trestle Tavern.

Sample Sugar House celebration

Enjoy 10 days of dining deals during Sample Sugar House, part of the annual Sugar Days celebration. Twelves restaurants will be offering three-course meals for $15 or $30; sponsored by the Sugar House Chamber of Commerce.

When • Friday, April 22, through Sunday, May 1. Check individual restaurants for times.

$15 specials • Wasatch Brew Pub, Mellow Mushroom, Bruges Waffles & Frites, Sugar House BBQ, Pei Wei, Even Stevens, Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta and SOMI Vietnamese Bistro.

$30 specials • The Annex by Epic Brewing, Red Lobster, Este Pizzeria and Kimi's Chop & Oyster House.

Prizes • Share photos of Sample Sugar House on social media — use the hash tags #samplesugarhouse and #dineutah — for a chance to win a dining certificate to every participating restaurant.

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UVU culinary students win knowledge bowl

The Knowledge Bowl team from Utah Valley University's Culinary Arts Institute took first place at the 2016 American Culinary Federation (ACF) Regional Conference held recently in Kona, Hawaii. Members of the championship team included Alissa Clarkson, Julia Green, Colleen Webb (team captain) and Emily Williams. In the Jeopardy-style game, culinary students are tested on a range of topics including baking and pastries, savory cooking, math, sanitation practices and product identification. This year's team went undefeated in a field of eight, besting college teams from California, Washington and Colorado. The UVU team now will compete against the three other regional winners during the National ACF Convention in Phoenix, July 15–19.

Utah entrepreneurs come together for food festival

Get a taste of more than 30 Utah food businesses during the 2nd Annual Foodtrepreneur Festival, presented by the Women's Business Center and the Downtown Farmers Market. Hear the stories behind local food companies, sample products and talk to the founders who can answer questions and serve up inspiration.

When • Thursday, April 27; panels at 4:30 p.m., food and beverage showcase at 5:30 p.m.

Where • The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City

Cost • Free, but reserve a spot at

Two gold medals for Sugar House Distillery bourbon

Sugar House Distillery's Bourbon Whiskey recently won two gold medals at the 2016 American Distilling Institute (ADI) annual conference in San Diego. Judges awarded the Utah-made spirit "Best Bourbon" and "Best of Category." The designation is given to independently-owned companies that distill and bottle on-site and which sell fewer than 100,000 proof gallons annually. More than 350 bourbons were entered in this year's competition, and a committee of 23 experts independently judged all spirits. Sugar House Distillery also produces vodka, silver and gold rum and malt whiskey.

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