Taste Utah TV Series Highlight Park City Restaurants

The Park City Area Restaurant Association (PCARA) is announcing their partnership with the Utah Restaurant Association (URA) to create twelve new episodes featuring Park City restaurants for the Taste Utah TV series.  Taste Utah is an interactive dining guide featuring innovative videos of the best restaurants in Utah. The series currently focuses on dining options in Northern, Wasatch Front, and Southern regions of the state, and will soon be joined by segments dedicated to greater Park City.

“We are honored to partner with the Utah Restaurant Association and participate in the Taste Utah TV series,” said Ginger Ries, executive director of the Park City Area Restaurant Association. “It is a welcomed opportunity to showcase our region’s world-class dining among incredible company in the restaurant industry across the state.”

A new Taste Park City section of Taste Utah is now accessible on tasteUT.com and  showcases 30 PCARA and URA members in four of Park City’s distinct dining districts: Historic Main Street, the Resorts, Prospector, and Kimball Junction. Each 4-6-minute episode follows hosts Katy Sine and Jami Larson to select restaurants. The duo interviews owners and executive chefs for an insider’s view on the history and vision of the establishment, along with behind-the-scenes tours and cooking tips for signature dishes from the kitchen. The interactive dining guide gives consumers the opportunity to explore the dining culture, find new dining destinations, and see what they can expect at each restaurant. Food enthusiasts are encouraged to share their dining experiences by posting their favorite restaurant photos to Instagram using #tasteParkCity and hashtagging the restaurant’s name to be featured on the Taste Utah website.

“The Taste Utah TV series provides a unique platform to promote our state’s diverse dining scene,” said Melva Sine, executive director of the Utah Restaurant Association. “We are thrilled to feature so many of Park City’s award-winning restaurants that help elevate Utah’s reputation as a must-visit food destination.”

Episodes 1-5, featuring Tupelo, Ritual Chocolate, Shabu, Glitretind, Bakery at Windy Ridge, Riverhorse On Main and The Brass Tag, have already been filmed and will be available on tasteUT.com. Upcoming Taste Park City episodes include:

Episode 6 (March 4): The Farm

Episode 7 (March 11): Silver Star Cafe

Episode 8 (March 18): Red Rock Brewing

Episode 9 (March 25): High West Saloon

Episode 10 (March 31): Cafe Terigo

Episode 11 (April 7): Myrtle Rose

Episode 13 (April 21): Yuki Yama / Wasatch Brew Pub

Park City Food and Wine Classic Tickets on Sale

Tickets are now available for the 13th annual Park City Food & Wine Classic from July 6 – 9. Utah’s Wasatch Mountains will welcome internationally-known chefs, vintners, sommeliers, brewers, and distillers to offer an unforgettable experience of food and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and live music paired with access to world-class mountain recreation including hiking, mountain biking, cycling, fly fishing, and more.

The Classic kicks off July 6 with Wine on the Mountain, an exclusive event to sample exquisite culinary creations, spend one-on-one time with wine experts, and enjoy live music in an intimate setting at Montage Deer Valley. Historic Main Street’s Stroll of Park City takes place July 7 with offerings from Park City’s extensive collection of award-winning restaurants and local retailers. Stroll VIP tickets allow guests to enjoy 30 extra minutes and skip the lines. The Toast of Park City on July 8 features an impressive selection of premium wines, beer, spirits, and gourmet food purveyors, along with live music on the lawn of the DeJoria Event Center near the Uinta foothills. Toast tickets include complimentary round-trip transportation from Park City.

Tickets can be purchased online at parkcityfoodandwineclassic.com. Be sure to check the website frequently for updates on additional culinary events as they are confirmed for this year’s Classic.

Event proceeds benefit the People’s Health Clinic, a nonprofit healthcare provider that serves uninsured individuals and families in Utah’s Summit and Wasatch counties.

High West Named Distiller of the Year

High West Distillery received Distiller of the Year in Whisky Advocate’s 23rd annual awards. The award exists to recognize excellence in the world of whisky. The publication noted: “High West delivers innovative and delicious whiskeys, expands the definition of what it is to be a distiller, and pioneered a successful new paradigm for craft distilling.”

We’re speechless to receive such a great honor. It is a testament to the hard work and passion the team here at High West puts into making our endeavor successful every single day. I’d like to give a special thanks to my co-founder, Jane Perkins. We’d be nowhere without her. -High West co-founder David Perkins

You can find out more about the distiller of the year award by clicking here.


El Chubasco

I won’t lie, my taste buds may have been influenced a bit by my ravenous post mountain bike situation, however, I am here to declare the following important factual information: the carne asada burrito at El Chubasco is hands down the best rendition in all of our fair state. And I don’t say that lightly, with strong competition such as Hector’s giving chase in a close 2nd.

But up here the meat still looks like meat, is crispy in all of the right places, and has a healthy dosage of melty cheese, black beans, and pico to make this food baby the top food baby around.

If you haven’t been to El Chubasco, get there. I think they have other stuff on the menu, but I haven’t really ever checked.

1890 Bonanza Drive, Park City

Park City Valentine’s Dining

Planning to impress the Mr. or Mrs (hopefully belonging to you) for Valentine’s in Park City? Check out the info below. The Kumamoto’s from High West sound particularly delicious.

Cuisine Unlimited
$35, $40 or $55 per person catered dinner, minimum 10 people
For those celebrating Valentine’s Day with friends and loved ones at home, Cuisine Unlimited is your one and only. The gourmet caterers are offering a choice of three delicious dinners: Forget Me Not ($35), Hearts & Roses ($40) or Cupid’s ($55). Each comes with a starter, like red-and-white beet salad with Cara Cara oranges and Burrata cheese, or wild berry and flowered salad. Entrees include chicken wellington, rack of lamb, pepper-encrusted beef tenderloin and Portobello mushroom torte. Desserts feature raspberry torte layered with French butter cream, tiramisu with long stemmed chocolate-dipped strawberries and chocolate diva cake.

Deer Valley Grocery~Café and Snow Park Bakery
Place dessert orders for Deer Valley Grocery~Café (435-615-2400) or Snow Park Bakery (435-645-6623) by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 11 for items to be picked up Saturday, February 14 by 5 p.m.
Heart Shaped Chocolate Decadence, 5” (serves 2): $7.00 each
Chocolate Pot De Crème with whipped cream and raspberries: $7.00
Chocolate Dipped Long Stem Strawberries (½ dozen): $16.50
Red Velvet Cake, 6” (includes a special Valentine’s Day note): $25.00
Passion Fruit Gelèe Hearts (½ dozen): $5.25
Sweetheart Shortbread Cookies: $4.00 each

Eating Establishment
$59.95 per couple prix fixe
Park City’s longest-running full-service restaurant is serving a very special dinner for two. The evening opens with an appetizer to share, followed by a choice of filet topped with green peppercorn and red wine sauce, or salmon with champagne sauce. Each is served with roasted red potatoes and asparagus. For dessert, share chocolate cake or cheesecake.

Empire Canyon Lodge (daytime)
Deer Valley’s Empire Canyon Lodge will feature Sweetheart Cookies with Valentine’s Day sayings for $3.00 during the daytime.

Fox School of Wine
$25 per person wine tasting
The school’s Weekend Wine Series continues with “Romantic Wines to Share,” where guests will be lighting candles and pouring wines sure to light their fire. Register at www.foxschoolofwine.com.

Good Karma
$34.99 per person two-course prix fixe, or $49.99 per person five-course prix fixe
Park City’s favorite destination for Indo-Persian delicacies is serving a pair of Valentine’s Day specials. Choose between two- or five-course dinners for two. The restaurant’s popular regular menu will also be on offer.

Grub Steak
$51.75 per couple prix fixe
For those in love with a meat-lover, there’s no better place than Grub Steak, a true Park City institution. For Valentine’s Day, enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu opening with a choice of Caesar salad, mushroom soup, or Grub Steak’s famed 45-item salad bar. Then enjoy tenderloin of certified Angus beef stuffed with king crab meat, wrapped in apple-wood-smoked bacon and a choice of side. Dessert is a decadent chocolate lava cake with fresh raspberries and Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream.

High West Distillery
High West Distillery will be running a small plate special for Valentine’s Day.  The special includes Kumamoto Oysters on the half-shell with Yuzu and Rose Water Mignonette “cocktail” sauce mad with High West Vodka 7000’.  The Oysters will be a sous vide preparation and then chilled.  $12 for 4 Oysters.

Powder at The Waldorf Astoria
$139 per couple prix fixe, $199 with wine pairing
Powder is pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s Day. Its four-course prix fixe menu opens with lobster bisque with tarragon, fennel and espelette, followed by a salad of baby gem lettuce with smoked pancetta, anchovies and fine herb vinaigrette. Then feast on a “surf n’ turf” of grilled wagyu bavette and spot prawns with butternut squash, bacon and leeks, before finishing the evening with raspberry “muelle feuille” chocolate and rose sorbeto. A wine pairing is also available.

Royal Street Café, Deer Valley Resort
Featuring Chocolate Raspberry Hearts; a flourless chocolate torte, chocolate mousse and raspberry sauce as a special Valentine’s Day dessert for $8.00

The Brass Tag
The Lodges at Deer Valley

Enjoy a unique Valentine’s Day special at The Brass Tag located inside the The Lodges at Deer Valley.  Guests can savor brick-oven roasted Scottish salmon with sautéed baby kale and roasted red peppers, wrapped in Idaho potato strings, topped with lump crab salad, tarragon butter and warm saffron lemon cream for $30.

Hyatt Escala Dinner

Hyatt Escala Lodge, which I recently had the pleasure of visiting, is hosting a New Year’s Eve buffet. Check out their press release below.

New Year’s Eve Festivities

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 6:00 p.m. – Midnight

What: Ring in 2013 with a sumptuous evening buffet featuring a lavish raw bar with fresh seafood, flavorful roasted meats carved to order, and a kids buffet perfect for the little ones. Award-winning artist Rich Wyman provides live original rock piano and powerful vocals to mark the occasion. A champagne toast is included in the pricing of the event. Menu highlights include:

Jumbo Lump Crab Salad with Smoked Jalapeno Aioli

Shrimp Martinis with Roasted Tomato & Horseradish

Coconut and Lime Ceviche

Seafood Cioppino with Herb Garlic Ciabatta

Grilled Halibut with Lemongrass Broth, Roasted Asparagus & Garlic Whipped Potatoes

Herb Roasted Tenderloin of Beef with Natural Jus & Ragout of Wild Mushrooms

Garlic Crusted Leg of Lamb with Mint Glace & Rosemary Jus

Kid’s Buffet: Chicken Tenders, Mini Sliders, House Made Macaroni and Cheese, Broccoli, Tater Tots, and Decorate-Your-Own Cookies

Pricing: $109 Adults; $39 Children under 12 years of age

Escala Provisions Company is located at 3551 N. Escala Ct. in Park City. For reservations, contact Escala Provisions Company at (435) 940-1234 or visit www.OpenTable.com. For more information, visit the Hyatt Escala Lodge website at www.escalalodge.hyatt.com.

I was invited to try out the “new” restaurant at the Hyatt Escala at The Canyons resort, Escala Provisions Company, or EPC. I put new in quotes because technically the restaurant’s been around for a year, but went through a major overhaul and rebranding a few months ago. The interior was completely redone, and the AAA Four Diamond Hyatt brought in one of their chefs from Atlanta to reinvigorate the menu and start a new, exciting chapter at the hotel.

The design of the restaurant seems to be classy and refined, yet down to earth. Granite tables, fancy fireplace, and heavy silverware are complemented with servers in casual jeans and shirts, and a friendly, welcoming attitude. I felt really comfortable dining here.

Chef Jesse McDannell grew up in New York, and has spent time cooking at various restaurants inside and outside the Hyatt brand. As we talked throughout the evening, he mentioned that up until a year or so ago, Hyatt corporate had fairly tight control on the menu offerings at all of their restaurants, but then decided to allow the chefs to run their own restaurants and choose what goes on the menu. This shift has allowed Chef McDannell the opportunity to focus on what is important to him: high-quality ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Provo River trout, Cox honey, Pierre Country Bread and local vegetables are some of the local ingredients used throughout the menu.

Please click the photos to see the accompanying captions to get an idea of our meal. But let me just say: I was so impressed with everything that came out of the kitchen. My favorites from the evening: jumbo lump crab cakes, chicken and pancetta mac and cheese, pan seared scallops, short rib ravioli, and the Willis Farm braised lamb shank were incredible. For dessert, if you’re looking to hit your sweet tooth (or really terrify your doctor at your next blood sugar test) go with the s’more cake or the cranberry brioche bread pudding.

Portions are very generous. My wife and I could have easily shared a couple appetizers and left feeling satisfied. 

You can check out my full set of photos on my Flickr page.

EPC is open for breakfast and dinner. Don’t forget the crab cakes.

Breakfast: Wednesday – Sunday 7am-11am
Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday 5pm – 10pm

3551 Escala Court, Park City, Utah
(435) 940-1234 

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Disclosure: I was treated to this meal by the restaurant