Tupelo Preview Dinner

A new restaurant on Main Street in Park City has opened, name Tupelo. I was invited to a preview dinner at the restaurant last week. You can find my photos and writeup over at The Utah Review. 

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 

Escala Provisions Company Restaurant & Bar on Urbanspoon

Disclosure: I was treated to this meal by the restaurant