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By Invitation Only

By Invitation Only

In Salt Lake City we have a little thing called By Invitation Only.  Started by Justin Kinnaird back in 2010, it has become Utah’s premier underground dining event.

I was asked to be the guest Chef for the October 2011 event.  A special thanks to Justin for putting this together, Karl, Dominic, Lee, Washington and my lovely wife for helping out in the kitchen. Photos are courtesy of Carrie Butler, check out her stuff at


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The Menu (a mix of Halloween and Fall flavors)

AppetizerSmoked Deviled Eggs with Caviar

Smoked Deviled Eggs with Caviar

Truffle Salted Roasted Pumpkin Seeds





Butternut Squash ShootersSoup

Creamy Butternut Sqaush Shooters




SaladHoliday Caprese Salad

Hoilday Caprese Salad





Tender Roast Beef with Wild Mushroom Demi-Glace, Maryland Crab Cakes with Spicy Red Pepper Remoulade Sauce served with Tri-colored Potato Stacks and steamed Baby Carrots and Spinach  



DessertVanilla Ice with Chocolate Dirt

Homemade Vanilla Ice with Chocolate Dirt and Raspberry sauce



KSL News was there to cover the event.  Check it out right here!

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About the author, Shawn

Chef Shawn has worked in almost every segment of the foodservice industry. He holds business degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Accounting and Professional Sales. He is Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) through The American Culinary Federation. A Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) through the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is the author of The First Timer’s Cookbook and The First Timer’s Bakebook. His work has been recognized nationwide as well as being a regular contributor to numerous food service publications and outlets and is the recipient of numerous awards-most recently the 2015 Culinary Educator of the Year through the local American Culinary Federation’s chapter-Beehive State Chef’s Association.

He the owner of multiple food service businesses and currently the host of the Business Chef Podcast.

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