Pinon Market sold
Victoria Topham recently sold Pinon Market & Cafe, which she opened in 1996 on the corner of 1300 South and 2000 East in Salt Lake City. Topham said she will start a new business called Petite Feast that specializes in home meal preparation and small-event catering as well as cooking classes. Pinon's new owners, Roger MacDuff and Bernadette Brockman, plan to keep the market's the name. For more information, go to http://petitefeastutah.com/
The Annex by Epic
Epic Brewing is expected to open The Annex, a gastropub that pairs food with beer on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The Annex will brew beer on site, as well as serve Epic's 36 bottled beers. There also will be a full liquor menu. Chef Robert Angelilli formerly of Avenues Bistro and The Grand America has created a menu of classic pub fare with offerings such as duck fat fried almonds, house-made sausages and beer-battered oysters. Vegetarian and vegan options also will be available.
Where • 1048 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City; 801-906-0123
Open • Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight
Prices • Entrees from $8 to $12.
Preserve the harvest
The Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park has received a grant from Ball to help educated cooks about canning fruits and vegetables. Instruction booklets and coupons are available at the organizing booth on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ball also is sponsoring canning classes at Harmons City Creek. The next one is Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6-9 p.m. and will explain how to can tomatoes. Go to http://wasatchgardens.org/ for more information and to register for the Summer in a Jar series.
Billy Sotelo, who recently left Oasis Cafe and Faustina and previously worked at Glitretind Restaurant and Fresco Italian Café, is now the executive chef at La Caille. He plans to add new items to the Sandy restaurant's menu, including potato-crusted sea bass with braised leeks and roasted chicken with truffled rice.
With Sotelo's departure, long-time employee Jared Young was promoted to executive chef and operations manager at Oasis and Faustina.
The restaurant also named Joe Kemp, as it's new chef de cuisine. Kemp grew up in Florida and has worked at five restaurants mostly in Maryland. Along with those changes, Faustina will add a small plates line-up that will be available in October. Everything on the dinner menu will cost $25 or less.
Local dish challenge
The Garden Café at the Grand America is the only Utah restaurant participating in the James Beard Foundation's Taste America Local Dish Challenge. Through Oct. 31, Chef Thomas Call will feature Koosharem Steelhead trout with beets, roasted pine nut puree and brown butter vinaigrette to showcase local food. The Grand America Hotel will donate $1 from each dish sold to the foundation's Taste America education drive. Diners are also encouraged to post pictures of their dish on Instagram with #JBFTasteAmerica and the hashtag of your city. The city with the most photo uploads will win a donation to give to a local food charity.
Where • Garden Café at the Grand, 555 S Main Street, Salt Lake City; 801-258-6708
Cost • $16 for lunch, $29 for dinner
Farm to Glass
During September, 13 local mixologists will compete in Salt Lake Magazine's Farm to Glass Cocktail competition. The drinks, which must use seasonal ingredients from the Downtown Farmers Market, are available at Taqueria 27, Wild Grape Bistro, Frida Bistro, Faustina, Finca/Pago, Copper Onion, Takashi, Caffe Niche, Plum Alley, Kristauf's Martini Bar, Pallet, Tin Angel Café and ZY. Patrons will determine the winner of the best original cocktail through an online vote at: saltlakemagazine.com
Oktoberfest in Sandy
Enjoy a German bratwurst for lunch and a traditional sit-down German meal for dinner during the Grace Lutheran's Oktoberfest. The event includes local beer, a carnival and a marketplace with 60 vendors.
When • Saturday, Sept. 21, noon
Where • Grace Lutheran, 1815 E. 9800 South, Sandy
Admission • free; $15 for carnival passes.
Details • www.gracelutherhanoktoberfest.com
Trolley Wing closed
The Trolley Wing Company at Trolley Square closed its doors after almost 14 years in business. The lease at the mall wasn't renewed, though the restaurant could open in a new space. Opening in November 1999 in an old trolley car, it had moved inside the mall. Follow Trolley Wing Co. on Facebook for updates.
The Homestead Resort will be host a Harvest Moon Hootenanny, an Appalachian-inspired event with food including grits with roasted chilies and cheese and cornmeal-dredged catfish; speciality drinks like a Cherry Moonshine Hoot; and music performed by West Virginia-based Brown Chicken Brown Cow Stringband.
When • Saturday, Sept. 21, 4-8 p.m.
Where • 700 North Homestead Drive, Midway; 866-937-6288
Cost • Adults, $25 in advance or $35 day of; $20 for kids 12 and under.