Café Madrid

Posted - Jan. 20, 2004 at 3:39 p.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

"Tapas" are a wonderful way to enjoy great food. They are extremely popular in Spain where tapa restaurants are plentiful. Most restaurants in Spain also offer tapas in conjunction with regular menu offerings.

So what are tapas? Well, tapas are small portions of a wide variety of food offerings. Instead of a large plate with a big entrée, people of Spain enjoy small portions of maybe five or six different taste sensations.

Café Madrid in Salt Lake City is Utah's only, truly authentic Spanish tapas restaurant. Located on 39th South, just above 20th East in the old Engh Floral development, Café Madrid presents one of the most delightful aspects of Spanish cuisines blended with world-class service.

The restaurant is now re-opened under expert new management and ownership. Gabriela McAfee is a native of Northern Spain. She had over 20 years of food experience in her native country before coming to Utah, and she was a waitress for the original owners of Café Madrid.

Gabriela and her husband, Todd, decided to buy the restaurant and brought in Nacho Basurto from Spain. Nacho is a very close friend of the family. His talent and experience won him the prestigious award of National Champion Head Chef of Spain and third place in the internationally acclaimed "Taittenger" European Head Chef competition.

I had a chance to meet this very famous chef. He has revised the menu of Café Madrid and brought to Utah the food and preparation that earned him his worldwide reputation.

Café Madrid still offers a wide selection of great entrees. However, might I suggest you really go eat like the Spanish love to eat. Try an evening of Tapas Calientes (hot appetizers) or the Tapas Frias (cold appetizers). It's a great, tasty experience.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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