The month of September falls in that in-between seasons time of year… when the summer craze of playing underneath the glistening sun has faded away but it’s still too early to count the fallen leaves of autumn. September might be overlooked by some, but this month is about to make itself a whole lot more memorable by holding an event that will add a kick of green to your diet.
Utah’s Eat Local Week, taking place September 10 through 17, will celebrate the state’s amazing local food culture with events, prizes and, of course, an abundance of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The purpose of the week-long event is to encourage people to eat organic goods that are grown close to home.
Inspired by the healthy bash, we decided to look up some of Utah’s freshest, heartiest and most nutritious restaurants to pay a visit during this special week. Here’s where you’ll find us celebrating Eat Local Week:
Zest Kitchen & Bar | 275 200 W, Salt Lake City
Making a mark in Salt Lake City not only as a healthy organic vegetarian restaurant, but also an innovative cocktail bar utilizing fresh, local ingredients, Zest Kitchen & Bar is the perfect place to celebrate the week. Grab favorites like organic barbacoa tacos, seasonal wild mushroom and herb flatbread and try the delicious signature cocktails including crisp apple, summer beet sangria and high zest whiskey sour.
Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm | No.20 North Highway 12, Boulder
Located on the ground of the Boulder Mountain Lodge, Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm doesn’t just use fresh fruits and vegetables from the state, all its produce is grown just three miles away in the restaurant’s own no-harm organic farm. From sustainable vegetables and herbs to grass-fed local lamb and beef, you can be sure your meal here will be as organic as it gets.
Pago | 878 S. 900 E., Salt Lake City
Pago offers seasonal, new American cuisine with an ever-changing menu to reflect the best seasonal ingredients one can find from local providers. Try dinner specialties like garlic scape risotto, halibut, Niman Ranch tri tip steak and more.
Rustic Chicken | 3158 East 6200, South Holladay
Now this is a place that knows how to create a delicious chicken meal. The chef at Rustic Chicken brines the chicken overnight while incorporating fresh herbs and spices, and cooks it all for three hours to guarantee freshness. To seal the deal, all meals use produce from local farmers. We’re sold!
Sage’s Café | 234 900 South, Salt Lake City
Enjoy scrumptious and healthy options in the cute café area and end the day by hanging out in the Jade Room, where a full bar and seasonal small plates are available for celebration. Sage’s Café uses ingredients from local producers in the area, including: Lundberg Family Farms, Moab Brewery, M and M farms and more.
Which other fresh and healthy restaurants should we pay a visit to this Eat Local Week? Let us know in the comments below.