Join Utah Global Diplomacy for a trip around the world in this culinary diplomacy adventure!
In collaboration with ethnic restaurants in the Salt Lake Valley, you will taste sample dishes created by chefs that showcase their culture and cuisine. By attending this event, you will experience how food is an integral part of global and cultural awareness and be adventurous by possibly challenging your palate and expanding your culinary knowledge.
What is culinary diplomacy?
Culinary diplomacy is a form of cultural diplomacy that uses food and cuisine as a means to promote cross-cultural understanding and international relations. It involves the use of food and cuisine to create a bridge between different cultures and nations, fostering mutual respect and understanding through the sharing of food traditions, recipes, and culinary techniques. Culinary diplomacy can take many forms, from cultural exchange programs and food festivals to formal state dinners and international food summits. Through culinary diplomacy, nations can showcase their unique culinary heritage, build relationships, and promote cultural and economic exchange.
Treasure Brie, Silver Medal at the Utah Cheese Awards 2021 - Best of the West
Hidden Treasure , Brie with black truffles
Silver Queen, goat cheese with vegetable ash Best of Show - Utah Cheese Awards 2019, and Gold Medal at the Utah Cheese Awards 2021 - Best of the West
Mini white goat nuggets, mini goat brie, Bronze medal at the Utah Cheese Awards 2021 - Best of the West
Fromager Corinne Zinn pairs her Belgian cheese-making experience with the Utah terroir to bring “Cheese With Altitude” to Park City and beyond. Bring Utah Terroir – Taste of Place – to your table with these Authentic European-style cheeses made right here in Park City with local milk. Enjoy the unique floral and mountain fresh notes found only in cheese made at high altitudes in Utah.
For Corinne, the best reward is the smiles on the friends who taste and love her artisan cheeses. But others have also recognized the mastery of fromager Corinne Zinn. Our Silver Queen recently won Gold for Adjuncts Exterior in the 2021 Utah Cheese Awards “Best of the West” competing with many fine creameries in 8 western states. Also, among many excellent cheeses, our Treasure Brie and Mayflower Feta won Silver in their categories and the White Nuggets claimed a Bronze. Even in the first years (2019 and 2020), they received 7 Utah Cheese Awards including the “Best of Show” in 2019 for our Silver Queen Aged Goat. Make sure to try our hand-crafted cheeses and let us know your favorites!
Bhutan: Bhutan House Restaurant
Bhutan House Restaurant Featuring: Chef Kiki Sharma What you will taste: Vegan vegetable steamed momo (dumpling) along with momo sauce. Allergies: Soy, Gluten
In 2010, the Sharma family came to Utah after spending more than two decades in a refugee camp in Nepal. Their family of five specifically asked to be placed in Utah after hearing it was a dry, but beautiful place. The mountains made them feel like they were home!
After four years in their new home, they began a catering business, selling Nepalese, Bhutanese, and Indian food at local farmer's markets. In 2017 their dreams came true when they purchased their current location in Sandy, Utah, and opened the Bhutan House Restaurant. All this was made possible through Spice Kitchen Incubator.
Now, Bhutan House is happily family-owned and operated. They are proud to be the only restaurant in the Salt Lake Valley to offer cuisine from all three places they have lived: India, Bhutan, and Nepal.
Visiting the Bhutan House makes you part of the Sharma family.
Democratic Republic of Congo: Mama Africa
Mama Africa Featuring: Chef Cathy Tshilombo-Lokemba What you will taste: Beignets Allergies: Gluten
Cathy Tshilombo-Lokemba, affectionately known as "Mama Africa," produces intensely spicy, yet disarmingly tasty Pili Pili sauce. A refugee, former clothing designer, and restaurateur, "Mama Africa" creates the best authentic African hot sauce we've tried. Utah-based and beloved by local folks, her family recipe is as hot as they come.
But for our Dining Around the World event, she is featuring her beignets. Democratic Republic of Congo beignets are a delightful and popular treat enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. These delectable fried doughnuts are a beloved part of Congolese cuisine, offering a burst of flavor and a comforting texture. Made from a simple dough mixture, typically consisting of flour, sugar, yeast, and sometimes mashed bananas or other ingredients for added richness, the beignets are shaped into small rounds and deep-fried until golden brown.
Often enjoyed with a dusting of powdered sugar, these Congolese beignets are a delightful indulgence that can be savored at any time of the day, whether as a breakfast delight or a sweet snack to satisfy cravings.
Germany with a Turkish Twist: Deziria
Deziria Featuring: Chocolatier Onion Birsoy What you will taste: 35% Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts, 35% Milk Chocolate, and 70% Dark Chocolate Allergies: Nuts, milk, and soy
German Recipes Living the American Dream - Growing up in Germany, but originally from Turkey, instilled Oniz Birsoy with a deep appreciation of quality chocolate. But after moving to the United States, she couldn’t find chocolate that lived up to her expectations at a price point everyone could enjoy.
Determined to share her love of chocolate, she fine-tuned a combination of farms, ingredients, processing, packaging, and trade to create the most desired flavor of chocolate for all. Today, you can find Deziria chocolate on the shelves of a growing number of grocery stores in Utah and beyond, including Walmart and Wholefoods.
Every Bar is Joy-Tested! Indulging in a high-quality chocolate should bring pleasure without guilt. So, Deziria looks at every aspect, from the cocoa farm to the grocery store shelf, to make sure each step promotes equality and integrity.
Perhaps you feed it to the one you love tangled in the couch while blue light flickers on the screen, or maybe you savor it all by yourself. Love and chocolate pair well with family road trips, picnics, podcasts, the great outdoors, and snuggling inside on rainy evenings. It’s designed to be the chocolate you reach for over and over again, proving high-quality chocolate doesn’t need to be reserved for special occasions.
Italy: Salt Lake Culinary Education
Salt Lake Culinary Education Featuring: Chef Chris Holbrook What you will taste: Grilled Octopus with Chorizo Tomato Risotto Allergies: Dairy, Pork
Former Restaurant Owner, Chef Chris Holbrook has over 35 years of experience in the restaurant business. He has held every position from dishwasher, cook, general manager, regional training instructor, food research and development, to the regional manager.
Currently, Chef Chris is the owner of Salt Lake Culinary Education. He teaches culinary institute curriculum, recreational classes, and private and corporate cooking experiences. Additionally, he offers personal chef and catering services.
Peru: INTI Specialty Coffee
INTI Specialty Coffee Featuring: Barista Audrey Evans What you will taste: Peruvian Coffee & Hot Chocolate Allergies: Dairy
You’ve just found the most popular coffee store in Salt Lake City! At INTI Specialty Coffee, they're all about old-school service and state-of-the-art merchandise. They source exactly what you need, working with suppliers to get you the best coffee! They started their business in 2010 and, since day one knew that by offering the best in all categories, they could make a big difference for their customers. In addition, their prices are competitive and their service is simply superb.
At INTI Specialty Coffee, they bring a high-quality coffee store to the Salt Lake City area. Their passion for excellence drove them from the beginning and continues to drive them today.
Puerto Rico: Papito Moe's
Papito Moe's Featuring: Chef Jesus Vasquez What you will taste: Traditional Puerto Rican Seasoned Rice "Arroz con Gandules" Gluten Free and Vegan Friendly
Marinated Pork Shoulder "Pernil" Gluten Free
Boricua Chicken and Garlic Sauteed Onions Contains Dairy
Garlic Shrimp "Camarones al Ajillo" Gluten Free, Contains Shellfish and Dairy
Allergies: See Above
"Hola - Nice to meet you," welcomes Jesus and Kim, proud Boricuas and owners of Papito Moe’s. They moved to Utah in 2013 from the East Coast (New York and Philly) and were having a rough time finding our favorite traditional Puerto Rican Cuisine here in Utah. They were sad that they could not find one place here that had Puerto Rican Food. And they were hungry for our Sabor (Flavor) from home and went through withdrawal. At the same time, they wanted others in this beautiful state to experience the flavors and decided to start Papito Moe's.
Fast forward to 2015, they got their start as a food truck and slowly grew into a brick and mortar. Their focus is to provide great vibes, authentic flavors, and great services. They serve handcrafted and freshly made Authentic Puerto Rican Food the Papito Moe's Way. Their restaurant and catering menu features island favorites like, Mofongo, Arroz con Gandules, Pernil, Alcapurrias, Bacalaitos, Tostones, Yuca and More.
They have been blessed to be Featured on Food Network's, Diners, Drive-in's, and Dives, and Voted Top 3 by Best of Salt Lake and Best of Utah for Best Latin American Restaurant and Best Fast Casual. They are Utah's Favorite Puerto Rican food option. Come try for yourself and Savor the Taste of the Island.
Serbia: Dali Crepes
Dali's Crepes Featuring: Chef Dalibor Blazic What you will taste:
Nutella, Banana, Almonds, Dark Chocolate & Caramel Drizzle
Bavarian Cream, Strawberries, Graham Crackers, Dark Chocolate & White Chocolate drizzle
Dali Crepes was founded by Dalibor Blazic in 2012 in Salt Lake City, UT. Dali is full of enthusiasm when he speaks about food and, of course, especially crepes! His love of crepes can be traced all the way back to childhood when his mother made crepes for him before school.
Crepes are a popular food in Serbia, where he was born and raised, and they are often served for both breakfast and dinner. Dali speaks fondly of his native country and says that Serbians are very hospitable people. If you go there, you will never leave hungry, and you will find friendship and respect.
This same hospitality is offered at Dali’s café and is at the core of his philosophy and his recipes.
At an early age, Dali realized he had a passion for the culinary arts. At 14, he left his family and went to another city to attend a special school where he could focus on restaurant management and hospitality with a culinary major.
Years later, following a position at Grand America in Salt Lake City, Dali realized that it's harder to be creative when working for someone else. With the goal of pushing himself to see how far he could grow, he set out to test an idea for his own restaurant.
In his spare time, he arranged to sell crepes outside a local restaurant on Friday and Saturday evenings and found huge success! He soon branched out to catering, opening his own catering business in 2016. After working four different jobs to save enough money, Dali's diligence paid off, and in 2020 he opened Dali Crepes Catering and Café, a brick-and-mortar restaurant that has become a beloved spot for newcomers and foodies alike in Salt Lake.
The great thing about crepes, Dali notes, is that they are very versatile and each crepe can be customized.
They can be cheap or expensive, sweet or savory, and, most importantly, made exactly to one's own tastes. When making crepes at home, you can experiment with fillings and ingredients to craft the perfect sumptuously sweet or savory dish.
As Dali says, "Special food for special days!”
Sudan: Mother Of All
Mother Of All Featuring: Chef Kaltum Mohamed What you will taste: Details coming soon. Allergies: Details coming soon.
Chef Kaltum Mohamed learned to love cooking as a child by helping her mother in the kitchen and quickly realized her passion for food.
Kaltum wants to share her East African culinary traditions with all of Utah. Her cuisine is reminiscent of Sudan with unique spices and a beautiful presentation. Some of her specialties include gima, a crispy potato dish of peas, beef, and Sudanese spices; sambusa, a triangular pastry filled with vegetables and spices; falafel; and basbusa, a sweet, syrupy semolina cake.
In addition to catering through Mother of All, she owns Ali Baba Grocery and Bakery at 389 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City.
Ukraine: Cafe Mriya
Featuring: Chef Maryna
What you will taste:
Borscht - fresh beets, beef/pork shank, onions, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, and dill, then topped with a dollop of sour cream.
Allergies: Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs
Cafe 'Mriya' (translates as a 'wish' or a 'dream') is a prototype of the cafe/deli that will be adjacent to the Ukrainian Center once it's established. Food is a big part of the Ukrainian culture and a fun way of bringing family and friends together. By sharing the traditional Ukrainian food, we hope to share not only the tasty meals, but also a part of its rich culture. At the present moment, 'Mriya' offers take out, frozen batch orders, and sells pastries at the Evermore Farmer's Market each Saturday through October.
What you will taste: Specialty Vinegar Mixers and Mocktails
Taste Founders, Char and Morgan Coleman have always loved great food. Every trip they take seems to end up centered on finding the best, most interesting local flavors. But it’s not just that, they love sharing that love of food with others. It’s not unusual to find them in a grocery store telling complete strangers that ‘they have to try this.’ They believe that food brings people together, "it’s how we celebrate, mourn, and often find comfort". While Taste functions primarily as an artisan chocolate factory, they enjoy creating new flavors and experiences for everyone through their cafe's unique drinks and foods.