The prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) will bring its popular "World Cuisine Boot Camp" to Salt Lake City in October. During this five-day, intensive class CIA chef Dave Bruno will introduce students to cooking methods and equipment used in global cuisines from the Mediterranean, Latin America and Asia. One lucky cook can win free tuition worth $1,995 through "The CIA-Viking Dream Chef Contest." To enter write a 50-word essay that answers the question "How would a free five-day Culinary Boot Camp class change my life?" Email responses to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Include a telephone number. The winner must be able to spend all five days in class. No substitutions will be made and no money will be exchanged in lieu of classes. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
When • Monday-Friday, Oct. 8-12, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where • Viking Cooking School, 2233 S. 300 East, Salt Lake City.
Cost • $1,995 per person
Details • ciachef.edu/enthusiasts/ciaonlocation.asp or 801-464-0113.
They know cheese
Three Salt Lake City cheese experts are part of the first class to pass the Certified Cheese Professionals exam, a new certification offered by the American Cheese Society (ACS). Matt Caputo of Tony Caputo's Market and Deli, Andy Fitzgerrell of Whole Food Market, and Troy Petersen of Tony Caputo's on 15th are among 121 food professionals from around the country that passed the exam at the most recent ACS Conference in Raleigh, N.C. Participants are tested on a broad range of topics including raw ingredients, the cheese making process, storing and handling cheese, selecting distributors, marketing and communicating about cheese, nutrition, and regulations and sanitation. The professional exam program was developed over an eight-year period by more than 100 industry experts.
Several northern Utah chefs and caterers are participating in "Get Fresh," a raw food cooking competition and fundraiser for the Junior League of Ogden. Chefs will have 45 minutes to assemble their creation made with fresh, local ingredients. Attendees can watch, sample and vote for their favorites. Live music as well as food and beverages for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the programs of the Junior League of Ogden.
When • Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where • Oasis Community Garden, 2445 Monroe Blvd., Ogden
Cost • Admission is free; samples $1
Details • juniorleagueogden.org
Eden eats in Salt Lake
Eden Grinshpan, host of The Cooking Channel's culinary travel show "Eden Eats," kicks off a new season Friday, Sept. 14, by taking an ethnic food tour of Salt Lake City. Grinshpan's Utah visit includes fish and chips, Mexican beans, Kenyan and Pakistani cuisine, Tibetan food as well as an treats from an Argentinean bakery. She ends her trip with a hot sauce recipe from the Congo. Each week on "Eden Eats," Grinshpan visits a different city discovering original recipes and interacting with the immigrants and locals who share their culture and traditions through food. Check local listings for times.
Meat me at MacCool's
Scott Shaffer of Saag's Specialty Meats in California will prepare a four-course dinner featuring the company's bratwurst and sausages as well as local produce, cheese, wine and beer.
When • Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:45 p.m.
Where • MacCool's Public House, 1400 S. Foothill Dr.; 801-582-3111
Cost • $29
Tickets are still available for this year's Feast of the Five Senses, the annual fundraiser that benefits Slow Food Utah's micro-grant fund. Eight Utah chefs will create a meal using the bounty from local farms and food producers. Participating restaurants and markets include: Liberty Heights Fresh, Lugano, Caffé Niche, Bambara, Finca, Alta Club, Vinto and Les Madeleine's Bakery.
When • Sunday, Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m.
Where • The Alta Club, 100 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City.
Cost • $85 for dinner, optional wine or beer pairings $35. Purchase online at www.slowfoodutah.org
Win a trip to Beer Fest
Win a trip to The Great American Beer Festival Oct. 11-13, during the "Ultimate Beer-cation Giveaway." One winner and a friend will get round-trip airline tickets to Denver, a two night hotel stay and tickets to the festival. To enter go to the "Visit Denver" page at Facebook.com/VISITDENVER. "Like" the page and then fill out the entry form. Deadline to enter is midnight on Sunday, Sept. 16. The Great American Beer Festival is considered to be the most prestigious and coveted beer competition in America. Last year it featured 2,375 different American brews from 500 breweries last year. Tickets for this year's contest are sold out.