For 15 years, Slow Food Utah Feast of Five Senses has brought together local farmers, chefs and food artisans for a night of joyful celebration, one amazing meal and dedication to a good cause. This annual event is the primary fundraiser for Slow Food Utah’s microgrant program which funds projects for small farms, food producers and nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, the program has distributed more than $120,000 to bolster projects throughout the state.
While we can’t gather in a typical fashion this year, Slow Food Utah introduces A Moveable Feast on Saturday, September 26. This year, 10 local restaurants have paired with 10 local farms to create 4-course meals packaged to take home for Your Personal Feast. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. Go to slowfoodutah.org to select the desired restaurant and purchase meals.
On September 26, participants will pick up their meal and recreate the feast. Each order comes with a menu and special instructions from the chef so you can plate your Feast in the comfort and safety of your own home. Additionally, participants will be sent instructional videos to advise on wine pairings and table setting. Join our Facebook live feed to share photos and engage with the Slow Food community.
“Since the very first Feast of Five Senses, our chef and food artisan friends have supported this event by donating the food, labor, and craftsmanship that go into each dish. This year, with so many in the food business struggling to stay afloat, we are giving back!” says Gwen Crist, Slow Food Utah Board Chair.
Proceeds from each meal purchased will be split 50/50 with the participating restaurants, helping to support their costs and pay the partnering farmers for their crops. The circle goes around! This year, your support funds not only the Slow Food microgrant program. but also our local restaurant and farming community.
Participating restaurants, chefs and locations:
Afterword by Tupelo | Chef Matt Harris | Heber
Blended Table | Chef Tom Grant | Salt Lake City
Franck’s Restaurant | Chef Robert Perkins | Holladay
MakanMakan | Chef Daniel Yuswadi | Sandy
Oquirrh Restaurant | Chef Drew Fuller | Salt Lake City
Porch | Chef Jen Gilroy | Daybreak
Saffron Valley Indian Restaurant | Chef Lavanya Mahate | Sugar House
SLC Eatery | Chef Logen Crew | Salt Lake City
Zest Kitchen | Chef Casey Staker | Salt Lake City
Those wishing to contribute to the microgrant fund can make a donation at slowfoodutah.org. Our presenting sponsor, Harmons, will match donations up to $5,000. Funds collected will directly support our microgrant fund. Grant applications open in 2021 and will be awarded in March to support projects from local farms, community organizations, school gardens and food producers. These grants fund projects in the local food community that support Slow Food’s mission of good, clean and fair food for all.
The title page to Ernest Hemingway’s last book, A Moveable Feast, bears this inscription: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” We believe that once you have delighted your senses with the beautifully prepared bounty of the Utah harvest, the experience stays with you for a lifetime!