Wild grapes.

I love date nights. 

Especially around the holidays. Everything feels a little bit more festive! Last night, we arranged a car and headed into Salt Lake to one of our favorite old neighborhood haunts: The Wild Grape.

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One thing we’ve missed since moving up the hill is a good place to eat, right in the ‘hood. We used to belly up at The Wild Grape bar once a week, chatting with the bartenders who turned into good friends, watching the game and enjoying a yummy burger or pasta. So when we learned that the Grape was hosting a wine dinner featuring Orin Swift wines, we knew we wanted in!

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We sipped on a mulled wine cocktail (delish) and read over the menu for the evening. Halibut cheeks, duck, elk bourguignon, charcuterie, chocolate mousse…all paired with some of our favorite wines. This was going to be a GOOD DATE.

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From start to finish, everything was delectable. I even loved the frisee salad, munching up the weed-like greens that I’d normally pick around. The duck was served with incredible pesto/mint mashed potatoes. But the winner of the evening had to be the elk stew over handmade pasta- out of this world!

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A special treat was a glass of Orin Swift’s Mercury Head, a big red blend. The Wild Grape offered a limited pour and proceeds went to the Utah Food Bank. So tasty.

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We ate a lot. We drank too much. By the time we scraped the last scrumptious spoonful of chocolate mousse off of the plate, we were ready to wave goodbye to our friends and head back up the hill.

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Rich food and big wines made for a sluggish Monday, but it was worth it. We have a busy week full of holiday cheer, and our fun night at the Grape was the perfect way to kick it off!

And I really do love date nights. 

17 replies »

  1. Sounds like my kind of night! Everything looks absolutely delicious. I’m just about to head out for my own – much more casual but still oh so necessary – date night 🙂 PS…have I mentioned how amazing those bangs look on you?!

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