The long-awaited Tastemakers has arrived! A two-day progressive food and wine tasting event graced the streets of Salt Lake City giving patrons the chance to sample some of the best tastings Utah has to offer. If you were not fortunate enough to make it to this year’s event, or were turned away after being faced with the “Sold Out” sign, fear not! Next year’s event is sure to bring about even more tastings from Utah’s ever growing food scene. Save your pennies today and don’t skimp on the VIP passes next year, as they are worth every bit.

Read more about this event in Amanda Rock’s review!

Root veggies came in troves as much as your stomach could bear, and apparently mine could withstand quite a bit. Photo: Talyn Sherer


Now that Handle Salt Lake (HSL Restaurant) has opened its doors, any food junkie looking to get their fix should never succumb to the siren-like calls of the fast-food chains littering the streets of Salt Lake Valley. On April 13, the VIP party for select friends and family of cityhomeCollective and HSL alike was the perfect introduction to what is sure to become one of the biggest names in fine dining within our little city. Patrons from all walks of life came out to drink, eat and gaze upon the amazing décor and design provided by cityhomeCollective’s finest producers of eclectic and contemporary design. The HSL layout jumps right off the page from a cityhomeCollective catalog, with perfectly balanced pastel colors that are complemented by modernized furniture and well-placed mood lighting. The food itself deserves an award, as each and every dish being served was a masterpiece within its own right. From the perfectly battered chicken with its unique dipping sauces to the quinoa and barley salad with basil olive oil drizzle, my palate was exploding with excitement throughout the night. A personal favorite—and my greatest addiction—was the pork belly pizza with cilantro and jalapeño slices. Since then, not a night has gone without me counting the intervals between my last visit to HSL and my next.

Urban Lounge has always played an incredible host for any number of events and tonight was no different.

The Dirty 30. A coming of age? A thirty pack of Keystone beer? A moment where one begins to hit their sexual prime? We ponder which of these definitions applies to us as we enter into our 30th anniversary of SLUG Magazine. Do all of them apply? Do none of them? This is truly too deep a thought to consider as we look toward the future of the magazine and reflect on the days of old. Instead of drowning ourselves in a pool of tears and having a mid-mid-life crisis, we decided to throw a time warp party and invite out all our friends for a night of bingo, bananas and bombs of the Jager variety. Saturday night at Urban Lounge is almost always a good idea when you are looking for an interesting story to tell your work friends on Monday, and this week was no different. Whether you were looking to score some free SWAG, relax over a chill game of bingo, dance your heart out to a group of musicians dressed in home-made sesame street-esque attire or just grab a drink and play some custom-made arcade games—we had it all. Thanks to the melodic jams of Cool Banana, Durian Durian and Finale Grand, our anniversary party was given a soundtrack that would propel us into the next 30 years with that funky, yet sophisticated style we are always known for. As an added bonus, guests received a free screen-printed shirt at the door, ready to decorate to their hearts desire ensuring that we would all be dressed to impress as we surpass this milestone. If you missed out on our time warp party, there is no need to worry, as we have you covered on all the highlights in the gallery below. Next time, mark your calendar to see what we have in store for year 31.

Monday night was one to remember—or perhaps not, depending on how much you had to drink. Red Rock opened their doors to SLUG Magazine and many more beer lovers to try out four vintage beers from their Rêve private reserve. We drank, we ate and we drank some more as glass upon glass was filled and refilled with Rêve beer from 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. While the details became a little hazy towards the end, the event was spectacular all around.