The second annual Summer Hunger Jam will be Friday at The Gateway's fountain, 90 S. 400 West, 6-9 p.m. The concert features the talent of the Wasatch Music Coaching Academy, Nancy Hanson and headliner Nathan Osmond, and includes a variety of rock, folk and country music. The concert is free, with cash and food donations to the Utah Food Bank encouraged.
The Hunger Jam kicks off the first-ever Hunger Action Month, with food drives and other events organized by Feeding America. The winners of the Summer Business Food Drive will also be announced at the concert. Nearly 100 businesses throughout Utah participated in this competition.
Utah's High Adventure Mountain Film Festival Gala Awards Dinner takes place Sept. 20, 7 p.m., at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center. The festival runs Sept. 18-21 in Ogden. Nominated films will be discussed by filmmakers, and short clips from the award-winning films will be shown. Tickets are $50 (www.utahadventurefest.org or 801-392-9181).
Talisker executive chef Gavin Baker will open a "guerrilla" restaurant, Mist, in Park City for 10 nights in September. Through Sept. 13, the Rikka Studio at Kimball Junction will be the setting for 20 diners. Baker will serve a 10-course meal, with wine pairings, for $250 each. Talisker is a private club and resort property in Park City.
Guerrilla restaurants, a popular concept in the United Kingdom, are temporary restaurants usually housed in makeshift facilities for a limited time. It allows chefs to try out their creations on a restricted audience, who find out mostly by word of mouth (435-649-6445 or www.guerrillafoodnetwork.com).
Alta Lodge hosts a fall hiking and dining weekend Sept. 13 and 14. The Saturday afternoon guided hikes are followed by a reception with wine, appetizers and a six-course dinner. Guests stay overnight at the lodge, with a brunch Sunday morning. Price is $125 per person for the package (322-4631 or e-mail [email protected]).
Harmons Grocery Stores celebrated its 76th anniversary with a two-week food drive that netted $9,897 in groceries for the Utah Food Bank. Harmons donated $1,000 and encouraged the public to buy Harmons' $10 Food for Families Bags, prefilled with nonperishable food. Many customers made single donations, and 897 customers bought the food bags.
Utah Food Bank barrels remain in Harmons stores year-round for those who want to contribute nonperishables.
Roxberry Juice, a smoothie and juice bar in American Fork, announced plans to open two more stores in Highland and Murray in October. Owner Brad Davis of Sandy said he plans to make Roxberry Juice a national brand, by using fresh-squeezed orange juice, 100 percent fruit juice and individually quick frozen fruit. Also on the menu is are sweet rolls, called the "Roxi Roll."
The American Fork outlet, opened in March, has a retro soda shop-style interior. Davis was a partner and executive with the Zuka Juice and Rumbi Island Grill concepts. He is also selling jams and jellies under the Roxberry Juice label (www.roxberryjuice.com).The Blue Boar Inn & Restaurant in Midway has named Eric May as its new executive chef. May has been the restaurant's chef de cuisine since October of last year. May was trained in New York at the Peter Kump Cooking School, and worked at the Man Ray Restaurant in New York, L'escale Hotel-Restaurant in Greenwich, Conn., Wahso Asian Grill in Park City, and the Homestead Resort in Midway (888-650-1400).
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