Briefs: Buck's Grill House makes a 'Food Paradise' appearance, plus family Solstice party at Red Butte, and sampling sparkling wines at Copper Onion
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Moab restaurant on 'Food Paradise'

Buck's Grill House in Moab will be featured on the Dec. 19 episode of "Food Paradise," which airs at 9 p.m. on The Travel Channel. Chef/ower Tim Buckingham said the episode, which was filmed in August, will showcase the restaurant's signature buffalo meatloaf. "I put the buffalo meatloaf on the menu when we first opened in 1996 and it has been our most popular menu item ever since," said Buckingham, who has since added elk, rabbit, duck and boar to the menu. "Game seems to be a good fit for this region. The locals are used to eating it and the foreign tourists are intrigued by it." Buck's Grill House is located at 1393 U.S. 191. It is closed for the holidays, but will reopens on Jan. 17. The restaurant is open at 5 p.m. on Thursday-Monday. For more details, call 435-259-5201.

New chef at Ichiban

Thomas Ontko is the new executive chef at Ichiban Sushi, 336 S. 400 East, Salt Lake City. Ontko previously worked in New York City at the famed Nobu Japanese restaurant and its sister establishment, Nobu Next Door. Since taking over the Ichiban kitchen, Ontko has updated the menu and added new plates such as tempura shishito peppers and steamed Asian buns with five spice braised pork. Ichiban is open Sunday-Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday 5 to 11 p.m. For more information, call 801-532-7522 or visit the Watkins Restaurant Group website at watkinsrg.com.

Celebrate the Solstice

Families can celebrate "the return of light" during a Winter Solstice party at Red Butte Garden. Walk through the garden, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, and make a wish at the Yule Log. There will be craft projects for children, including beeswax candles, candle holders, greeting cards, ornaments and luminaries.

When • Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where • Red Butte Gardens, on the University of Utah campus, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City; 801-585-0556

Cost • Garden admission is half-price Dec. 1 through Feb. 28. Regular admission is $8 adults (ages 18-64); $6 children (ages 3-17) and seniors (age 65+). Admission is free for children under age 3, for U. students and garden members.

World of bubbles

Sample sparkling wines from around the world without having to commit to a whole bottle at The Copper Onion. Through Jan. 1, the Salt Lake City restaurant is offering five sparkling wines by the glass including Cava from Spain, Prossecco's from Italy, sparkling wine from California, plus a rosé and traditional Champagne from France. Beverage director Jimmy Santangelo and the restaurant is able to offer sparkling wines by the glass thanks to its new Perlage Champagne Preservation System, which maintains the qualities of sparkling wine — aka bubbles — once the bottle has been opened.

When • Through Tuesday, Jan. 1

Where • The Copper Onion Restaurant, 111 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City; 801-355-3282

Cost • Sparkling wine by the glass ranges from $8 to $23; a slightly larger quartino (about 1/3 of a bottle) is $14-$38; and full 750 ml bottles are $36-$114.

New Year's dinner at home

Get recipes and tips to make an elegant New Year's Eve dinner at home. Harmon's chef Evan Francois will show participants how to make oysters two ways, marinated rack of lamb and a trio of chocolate desserts.

When • Saturday, Dec. 29, 6:30 p.m.

Where • Harmon's Bangerter Crossing Cooking School, 125 E. 13800 South, Draper; 801-617-0133.

Cost • $65 per person; reservations required at 801-617-0133. Or visit harmonsgrocery.com, and click on "Cooking School."