Harmons sponsored a cooking demonstration to kick off Utah’s Pioneer Day celebration. The event was held July 12 on the second floor of Harmons City Creek in Salt Lake City, in its cooking school space.
The event precedes “Flavors of Utah,” an annual event that takes place in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., that highlights Utah business and products on a national stage. The event was hosted by Utah Sen. Mike Lee and the Utah Congressional Delegation, Associated Food Stores (AFS), the Utah Food Industry Association and Zion’s Bank and features more than 20 local Utah food vendors. AFS CEO Neal Berube, Zions Bank Chairman Harris Simmons, Sharon Lee (wife of Sen. Lee) and Ian Richins of Woods Cross, Utah, who recently participated on Food Network’s show “Chopped Junior,” were in attendance, with cooking instruction led by Harmons’ Chefs Casey Bowthorpe and Evan Francois using foods that were made exclusively in the state of Utah.
A Utah State Capitol sendoff is scheduled for July 19; the national tasting celebration is July 25 in D.C.
Flavors of Utah is designed to “capture the artisan craftsmanship and the spirit of the Beehive State’s ingenuity.” The 2019 vendors include Heber Valley Cheese, Lower Foods, Taffy Town, Gusto Brazil, Creminelli Fine Meats, Mtn Ops, Pepperlane, Julieann Caramels, Madbrook donuts, Kodiak Cakes, Houwelings Tomatoes, Squatters, Apple Beer, Beehive Cheese, Chef Shamy Butter, USU Aggie Ice Cream, Sweet Candy Company, Butcher’s Bunches, Rocky Mountain Pies, Utah’s Own with support from Harmons, Lifetime, Utah’s Credit Unions, Walmart, Ski Utah and the Utah Office of Tourism.