The UMOCA (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art) gala is one of the best yearly parties in Salt Lake City. The theme this year was “unprohibited”—1931 prohibition, in tribute to the year the institution was founded—and The Fallout was the perfect venue to channel a Chicago-basement speakeasy. Jazz hounds from across SLC might have arrived in Duesenbergs and Rolls (valet of course). Decked out in boas and boaters, feathers and fedoras, attendees chased the green light like they were Gatsby, gazing across the bay. Liquor and beer flowed from two bars while guys and dolls mingled and mock cigarette girls walked around with trays of peppermint stick candy called “Lucky Lights” and “Stallions.” Attendees were encouraged to attend wearing “ritzy underground” dress.
Bill Allred of X96‘s Radio From Hell emceed the proceedings, which included a silent auction on artwork, live auction for trips to Montreal, Los Angeles, Miami and New York—as well as excellent food catered by Blended Table, which was splendid as always, including baby lettuce salad, spring peas with browned butter and prosciutto garnish, scalloped potatoes, meatloaf with demi-glace and a dessert of berry and whipped cream trifle.
During what is UMOCA‘s largest annual fundraiser, attendees had a chance to support local artists, enjoy a meal and drinks from local distillery Beehive Distilling and meet local tastemakers and business owners who help make Salt Lake City a thriving post–Volstead Act metropolis.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald