By Carla Beocklin
One of the greatest treasures in the Salt Lake area seems better suited for the rustic Provence countryside. At the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy rests a
French estate that boasts twenty acres of vineyards, exotic birds, dazzling greenery, and an ambiance that both teases and satiates. The site of elegant parties, plush weddings, and atmospheric events, La Caille is truly a beautiful destination.
The lavish gardens and French atmosphere complement the main attraction at La Caille: the food. Rather than merely serving a meal, La Caille provides a dining experience overseen by Executive Director and Chef Brandon Howard. Howard has led the culinary development of and directed the operations for several prominent Utah restaurant locations, such as Market Street Grill and Oyster Bar, Park City Mountain Resort, and The Point at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Howard’s standout menu makes a concerted effort to use local products throughout the meal, and dishes such as poached sugar beets and traditional coquilles Saint-Jacques are to be savored.
New developments at La Caille will make this summer its most exciting yet. The opening of The Chateau, a new building on the grounds of La Caille, debuts a charming location for private events. Equipped with wi-fi, projector, and sound system, The Chateau offers a twenty-seat boardroom with a walk-out balcony and main-floor dining rooms for break-out sessions, welcome breakfasts, buffet lunches, and seated dinners, all perfect for retreats or off-site business meetings. Also a glamorous space for weddings, The Chateau’s exquisite design is ideal for celebrating, creating, and connecting.
Sunday brunch on the patio, complete with fresh Beignets Francaise, is a tradition at La Caille. Fresh air, the calls of peacocks, percolating fountains, and, of course, gorgeous food completes the perfect summer weekend. Take a post-meal stroll through the gardens and vineyards and visit with the two new black swans in the pond, then stay for a wine sampling in the new Tasting Room, opening this fall. Be sure to also check out La Caille’s one- acre vegetable and herb garden, which harvests produce for the restaurant and supplies the Utah Food Bank with extra goods for distribution.
As the leaves change and summer turns to fall, La Caille hosts a variety of events to entice any visitor. A monthly dinner series welcomes winery owners and producers to share their products, and the Sunday and Tuesday night three-course Commonwealth Menus are prix fixe and offer smaller plates and lighter fare. September’s Fall Harvest Dinner includes a walking tour of the property that pays careful attention to the produce grown on- site, such as the greenhouse that provides herbs and specialty greens for the restaurant. October’s popular annual black tie Tango Dinner Dance includes live music, dance lessons, tango performances, and an Argentine menu (book early as the event fills up quickly).
La Caille’s seasonal offerings and enchanting environment make it one of the most unique dining destinations in the region, and an experience not to be missed.
9565 S. Wasatch Blvd., Sandy, Utah | 801-942-1751 | lacaille.com