Food: Ushering in the winter market season; a cupcake win and fry sauce

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The summer market season may have ended, but Utahns can still get fresh foods straight from the source at three new winter markets.

Downtown "pop up" market • This market, sponsored by the Downtown Alliance, will take place once a month at a different Salt Lake City location. Fresh produce, local meat, cheeses, dairy products and baked goods will be available. The market kicks off Saturday, Nov. 17 at Rico Foods Warehouse, 545 W. 700 South, Salt Lake City, and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for dates, times and locations for markets offered December through April.

State Fairpark Saturday market • On the first and third Saturday of each month, through March 16, vendors will sell produce, food products, crafts and holiday items at the The Utah State Fair Park, 155 N. 1000 West, Salt Lake City. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Closed Dec. 15 and 29). The next market is Saturday, Nov. 17, and the twice-month markets will run through March 16. For information, call 801-538-8400 or visit

Wheeler Farm Sunday market • Produce and other items from local venders will be sold on the first Sunday of every month at Wheeler Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, Murray. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through March. The next event is Sunday, Dec. 2. For details, visit

Mini's Cupcakes wins with fry sauce

Leslie Fiet, owner of Mini's Cupcakes in Salt Lake City, along with her assistant Stephanie Deer, won Sunday night's episode of "Cupcake Wars" earning them $10,000. The episode, which was filmed in July, was especially notable because it introduces Food Network judges and viewers to Utah fry sauce.

In the initial round, participants were required to create an all-American cupcake to fit the episode's cheerleader theme. The Mini's team created a cheeseburger cupcake with bits of ground beef, and frosted with a mixture of heavy cream and ketchup — a la pink fry sauce. It was garnished with lettuce, tomatoes and French fries.

In the second round, the Mini's team impressed judges with more traditional cupcake flavors including: a coconut cupcake with lime/mascarpone filling; a fresh lime and basil cake with raspberry filling; and a double shot chocolate espresso cupcake. This week, customers can sample the three sweet flavors — sorry, not the hamburger at Mini's stores. A six-pack (2 of each flavor) costs $15.

Mini's Cupcakes • 14 East 800 South, Salt Lake City; Open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mini's Cupcakes • 1751 S. 1100 East; Salt Lake City; 801) 746-2208. Open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.