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Utah Jazz Highlight Players Competing in the FIBA World Cup Through Local Restaurant Collaborations

Post District Development Debuts First Restaurant - Urban Hill on 12/15

The Utah Jazz are highlighting their five players who will be participating in the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) World Cup by collaborating with local restaurants to offer unique player-oriented dishes that reflect their national teams. Jazz fans in Utah are invited to dine at participating restaurants throughout the tournament, which takes place August 25 through September 10, to taste the thoughtfully curated dishes and player-favorited options. 

FIBA World Cup games will be played across five host cities in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Japan, as teams from around the globe compete for the Naismith Trophy and World Champion title. Participating Jazz players will represent five countries in the tournament – more than any other NBA team – with participation from Lauri Markkanen (Finland); Jordan Clarkson (Philippines); Walker Kessler (USA); Kelly Olynyk (Canada); and Simone Fontecchio (Italy). 

“Nutrition is a crucial part of our players’ routines, and most of them are foodies off the court,” said Anthony Zamora, Utah Jazz Vice President of Nutrition, Culinary, & Hospitality. “We are excited to bring the excitement of FIBA to Utah in a fun, unique way that showcases our athletes and gives Jazz fans a taste of what their favorite players opt for when eating at some of the standout restaurants in our community,” 

The local restaurants that have created unique player-oriented dishes for diners to enjoy throughout the FIBA World Cup include: 

Harbor Seafood & Steak Co. – 2302 E Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, UT, 84109

  • The Sheriff’s Crab-Stuffed Squash Blossom: A celebration of  Walker Kessler joining Team USA. Tempura fried blossoms with canadian red crab, cream cheese, onions, serrano chiles, cilantro, sweet soy glaze & sesame seeds served over garden squash and sunburst tomato

Sol Agave – 749 W 100 N, American Fork, UT 84003

  • Lohikeitto Salmon Soup: Paying homage to Lauri Markkanen’s home country of Finland. Wild Alaskan salmon served with carrots, leek, potatoes, in a creamy fish broth garnished with fresh chopped dill 
  • Pilipinas Pork Belly Taco: A traditional Filipino dish honoring Jordan Clarkson, served on a soft yellow corn tortilla, filled with crispy-edged tender pork belly, tomato-mint relish, with a drizzle of spicy habanero sauce

Urban Hill – 510 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

  • The Blues Lamb Arrosticini Skewers: Representing Simone Fontecchio and Team Italy (The Blues).  Italian lamb skewers with house made Italian salsa verde and rosemary powder

Mint Sushi – 4640 S Holladay Village Plaza, Holladay, UT, 84117

  • Road Warrior’s Jalapeno Hamachi: Celebrating one of Kelly Olynyk’s favorite foods and Team Canada (The Road Warriors). Yellowtail belly served with jalapeno slices, jalapeno vinaigrette, and ponzu sauce

Yum Yum Food Truck – location varies (live tracker here)

  • Flame Thrower Adobo Combo: A celebration of Jordan Clarkson’s heritage and Team Philippines. Pan fried chicken with garlic and onions stewed until tender, served with a side of rice and fries

Stanza – 454 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

  • 5-Course Player Tasting Menu:

Caviar ConeA tribute to Kelly Olynyk and Team Canada. Black sesame cone with creme fraiche, chives, and caviar

Pork & Vegetable LumpiaA tribune to Jordan Clarkson and Team Philippineswith spicy sweet and sour dipping sauce  

Arrosticini Skewers: A tribute to Simone Fontecchio and Team Italy, with turmeric 

italian couscous

Norwegian MeatballsA tribute to Lauri Markkanen and Team Finland, Venison meatballs with potato puree, sauteed peas, and fig agrodolce

Local Apple PieA tribute to Walker Kessler and Team USA, with homemade vanilla ice