Sparkling Wine Festival in Salt Lake City


One of our favorite things about the holiday season is celebrating with a glass of bubbly.  Sparkling wine is the most celebratory of all drinks!

The inagural Sparkling Wine Festival hosted by the LaSalle and Trio Restaurant Groups is the ideal way to celebrate the holidays and usher in the new year. Beverage Director Jim Santangelo has selected some of the finest sparkling wines from around the world that will be paired with each chef’s special winter delicacies. These will be available from Dec. 3 through the end of January 2016 and prices will vary by restaurant.

If you’re looking to be educated in all things bubbly and delicious, Santangelo and Under Current Bar’s general manager Amy Eldredge will also offer the next in their seasonal line of educational events, a “Winter Sparkling Wine” forum on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Under Current Bar. The evening will include a lively discussion on bubbles and small bite pairings from Executive Chef Logen Crew. The cost to attend is just $55 for the event (or $30 without sparkling wine pairings). It’s a great value!  RSVPs are required and can be made by emailing


Jimmy Santangelo, photo credit: Adam Finkle

“A bottle of bubbles will make any occasion a celebration!” says Santangelo. “Sparkling wine is always a home run with food pairing. In fact, I’ve paired sparkling wines with each course throughout the meal. It’s very versatile….and tasty!!”

Participating restaurants include: Current Fish & Oyster, Under Current Bar, Fresco Italian Café, Café Trio (Downtown and Cottonwood), Oasis Café and Caffé Niche.


Selected Sparking wines will include:

Oasis Café: Zonin Prosecco – a lively Italian Sparkling wine bursting with white peach and pear flavors.

Caffe Niche: Sumarroca Brut ‘Reserva’ Cava, Spain 2011- This vintage Cava tastes more like premium Champagne but without the price tag.

Fresco: Adami ‘Garbel 13’ Prosecco, Italy – bursts on the palate with honeydew melon with a green apple like finish.

Café Trio(s): Michelle Brut Rosé, Columbia Valley, WA – dry blush colored sparkling wine bursting with raspberry and strawberry.

Under Current Bar: Sofia ‘blanc de blancs’ Sparkling Wine, CA – Sparkling wine in a can, with your own straw! Enjoy the holidays all on your own with this delicious juicy fresh pears, melon, and honeysuckle.

 Current Fish & Oyster: Willm Cremant d’Alsace blanc de blancs Brut, France – This sparkling wine from Alsace is made in the same methodé traditionnelle used in Champagne to produce sparkling wine. Think fresh apples, peaches and apricots in a glass.




Festa Italiana: Celebrate Italian culture in Salt Lake City on September 19-20

Festa Italiana


Salt Lake City, ready yourselves for two days of Festa Italiana. The inaugural street fair is hosted by Italian American Civic League and will feature Ricci Martin, the son of famous Italian crooner, Dean Martin as well as Utah Opera performing excerpts from Tosca. A celebration of all things Italian, there will be music, art and most importantly, your favorite Italian restaurants ready to serve up authentic Italian eats. “It is our goal to give a little taste of Italian-American culture to everyone who attends the festival.” says Nick Fuoco, the event chair. They also have fun events planned like a bocce ball tournament.

Festa Italiana poster


Located in front of the Rio Grande Depot on 300 S. and 400 W. (and conveniently close to Caputo’s Market and Deli!) the festival  will run Saturday, September 19 from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm and Sunday, September 20 from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Admission is free and a portion of proceeds will support Catholic Community Services.  Follow their Facebook page for more information. (I’m waiting patiently to hear what my favorite Italian restaurants will be serving!)

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Stay tuned for a recap of all the food we ate and Italian culture we enjoyed!  It’s sure to be an eventful weekend. We can’t wait!