Executive Chef Nathan Powers Named "Best Chef"

and Bambara Named "Best SLC Restaurant

SALT LAKE CITY, February 24, 2010 - Executive Chef Nathan Powers and Bambara restaurant have received top awards from Salt Lake Magazine at the annual Dining Awards ceremony held February 23 at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.  The magazine named Executive Chef Nathan Powers Salt Lake City's "Best Chef" and Bambara the "Best SLC Restaurant."

"Bambara, one of Utah's best dining rooms, has brought on Nathan Powers and his mastery of flavor and confidence of restraint.  Powers knows what's essential and what's gratuitous and relies on time-tested flavor combinations with precise execution," says Salt Lake Magazine. These kind of places create a real food culture -- restaurants that become an essential part of the community."

"It's fitting to receive these great honors in our 10th year," said Art Cazares, general manager of Bambara. "It's a great tribute to our culinary program and to our staff, a very nice anniversary present indeed."

"I want to thank my sous chefs and entire crew, my wife and family, all of my purveyors and Salt Lake Magazine for this great honor." said Nathan Powers, executive chef of Bambara.

Bambara was also noted as being home of the daily three-course Power(s) lunch, "a downtown staple" with choice of soup or salad and entree with a cookie to take back to the office.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (801) 363-5454 or visiting http://www.bambara-slc.com. Bambara is located at 202 South Main Street.

About Bambara

Bambara is an approachable New American Bistro and is one of downtown Salt Lake City's liveliest restaurants. Executive Chef Nathan Powers introduces new menus seasonally, using time-honored techniques applied to the best organic and sustainable ingredients. His cuisine embraces straightforward New American fare, including a wide variety seafood and hearty game. Powers has been cooking with the culinary industry's best in some of the world's most acclaimed restaurants for more than 20 years, including Jeremiah Towers' Stars, Hawthorne Lane, and Mark Franz's Farallon.

Bambara is open for breakfast, and dinner seven days a week, and lunch, Monday through Friday. Dinner appetizers at Bambara range from $5-$12; salads $6.50-$8.50; entrees $18 to $32.  Lunch items range from $5 to $16. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (801) 363-5454 or visit http://www.bambara-slc.com. Bambara is located at 202 South Main Street.


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