A Uniquely Utah Wedding Menu

A “uniquely Utah wedding menu?” What does that even mean? Fry sauce? Funeral potatoes? Carrot Jell-O? Think again.

Utah is experiencing a culinary renaissance. From world-class chocolatiers to renowned artisanal cheesemakers, this state has developed a food landscape that’s as unique and diverse as its famous parks and recreational areas. Your Utah wedding is a chance to show out-of-state guests that this is the place…for fantastic food. Here’s how.

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Snacks and Sips

As your guests arrive, you’ll want to make sure they have some nibbles and drinks to enjoy before dinner begins. A charcuterie board featuring Utah fruits, meats, and cheeses is a fantastic option. Utah boasts several cheese-makers that rival the best cheeses made anywhere, including Rockhill Creamery, Heber Valley Cheese, and Beehive Cheese. Sample a variety to find what you like. Among our favorites include Honey Lavender Cheddar (made by Heber Valley) and Aggiano, Barely Buzzed, and 2021 winner Red Butte Hatch Chili (all made by Beehive).

If you’re also going to offer alcohol, why not give your guests a taste of something unique and local? You may want to work with your planner or caterer to customize your own signature cocktail utilizing Utah’s finest spirits like Beehive Distilling’s Jack Rabbit Gin, High West or Black Feather Whiskey, or Distillery 36’s internationally acclaimed “Brigham Rum.” It’s also a good idea to have an assortment of local beers on hand from Epic, Uintah, or Squatters. 

Utah Wedding Menu
Interesting fact: The name “Brigham Rum” is a nod to Mormon leader Brigham Young who commissioned Utah’s first alcohol distillery in the 1860s and controlled the production and distribution of “spirituous liquors” in the state. After Prohibition, production of any kind of alcohol was illegal in Utah until 2006 when High West Distillery opened in Park City. Since then, Utah’s spirit industry has been has been thriving. (Photo Courtesy of Culinary Crafts)

For the non-drinkers on your guest list, you can offer a fun soda bar, boba teas, or “mocktail” versions of your signature drink. 

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Let’s Talk Greens

Utah is an agricultural state, and one way we really shine is with our year-round production of local greens. Start dinner with a selection of legumes from Utah’s excellent traditional or hydroponic producers including Bangerter Farms, Snuck Farms, or Brickhouse Growers.

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The Main Course

Entrées offer lots of enticing ways to feature locally sourced foods, but a perennial Western favorite is fresh trout.

If fish isn’t your thing, Morgan Valley lamb and Moroni turkey are two great Beehive state alternatives. Red Bird chicken and Snake River beef and pork are also very popular in Utah, especially the American Wagyu beef. You can even go a little more “wild” with local buffalo, deer, or elk!

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