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Savor the Summit: Park City’s biggest dining room

July 19, 2011

For the last two years, I swore I would get up to Park City for Savor the Summit and things got in the way. This year, it was a necessity. Cool Park City air, the finest restaurants, and sharing the experience with 2000 others along a nearly mile-long row of tables. What’s not to love?

As great as Savor the Summit sounds, it’s even better in person. As the restaurants are setting up the massive grand table, there’s live music and a spirits garden to grab a drink. It’s a perfect evening to walk along Main Street to visit the art galleries and shops, and see each restaurant decoration theme. From western themed picnic tables, garden awnings, and beautiful posh lounges, each setting established a great mood for the dining experience to come.

I had the pleasure to dine at Easy Street, the luxurious steak and seafood grill at The Sky Lodge hotel. This was no basic dinner. The first course was a selection of “petite bruschettas and crostinis” which included a smoked salmon topped with pickled red onion and fried quail egg. Each was incredible, rich, and diverse in flavor. Next up, a grilled octopus salad with a sweet chili glaze. As someone who’s not always a fan of octopus, I was quite pleased with the perfectly cooked dish. The next course was a nice palate cleansing watermelon salad with arugula, goat cheese, and tarragon vinaigrette. The main course was rotisserie buffalo tri-tip with grilled potato, braised rainbow chard, and topped with a huckleberry demi-glace. I could have eaten that 100 more times.


Finally, dessert. White chocolate cheesecake with strawberries, and Remy Martin V.S.O.P. Wow! I know that’s not a technical term, but it was delicious. Absolutely heavenly. It was a perfect end to the evening, the atmosphere, the new friends, and a wonderful night in Park City. For anyone with concerns over dietary restrictions, don’t let that stop you from enjoying this event. Just let the restaurant know when you make your reservation. The chef at Easy Street prepared special dishes for one of the nearby diners, as she let them know she was gluten-intolerant. They really do work hard to make this is a great event.

Savor the Summit is an event you should not miss. Of all the dining events throughout Utah, this is the top. Plan ahead for next June. Menus range from $50-250, wine pairings available at most restaurants. It’s worth every cent for the food and experience. I’ll keep you posted when restaurants begin taking reservations for the event.

Yelp Eats!

July 10, 2011

You’ve no doubt heard of Yelp, and I’m sure many of you use it to find great local places to eat. This week, they have put together something incredible that will help you try something new at a great price.

Introducing: Yelp Eats! For one week (July 11-July 17), 8 great Salt Lake area restaurants will be offering a special Yelp Eats menu that features three choices each of appetizers, entrees and desserts or drinks at 50% off! Check out the menus on Yelp now.

1. Call to make reservations (book early!) and say you are calling for Yelp Eats. Dinner only.
2. Request the “Yelp Eats” menu when booking and make sure you get the menu at the restaurant – they’ll also be offering their regular menus.
3. Anyone (yelpers and non-yelpers) can enjoy this deal. So spread the word!
4. Even though the prices are 50% off, your servers will be working at 100% so please tip on the full menu price.

Atlantic Café & Market, Bohemian Brewery, Cucina Vanina, Faustina, Meditrina, Metropolitan, Stoneground, and The Wild Grape will be offering these specials nightly, so don’t miss out on this incredible promotion. It is open to everyone, so even if you’ve never used Yelp before come check this out. While you’re at it, sign up and you’ll love what you see.

July 2011: Upcoming shows

June 29, 2011

In the ongoing quest to keep all of you faithful Salt Lake people in the know, I thought I’d put together a list of upcoming shows that will (or at least should) sell out. Here’s a highlight of some of the upcoming shows I’m most excited for. Hopefully you’ll find something you like.

Blake Bard is a very funny man. One of the funniest comedians in Salt Lake, and he’s presenting: The Naked Truth with Blake Bard at The Fifth. It’s a combination of Comedy, dance, poetry, & body-painting. Friday, July 1, 8pm. Tickets are $8 (link to

Very cool funk by an incredible musician, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at Jupiter Bowl (Park City) July 2nd, 9pm. Tickets are $25 (link to

Toad The Wet Sprocket has reunited for a new album and tour, and they’re here at Gallivan Center July 7. Tickets are $25 (link to SmithsTix).

Remember Howard Jones from the illustrious 80s? Like to get to know you well, What is love, No one is to blame, Things can only get better. So many hits, and he’s bringing them all to Sandy Amphitheater on July 9. Tickets are $17 and up (link to SmithsTix).

The Utah Reggae Fest is July 16-17 at Ogden Amphitheater, and will feature The Dirty Heads, The Supervillains, Codi Jordan Band, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, and much more. Tickets are $15 per day, or $25 for 2-day ticket (link to

Then another reason to go to Ogden, Irish Music Festival at Ogden Amphitheater July 31. Featuring Young DublinersThe Wild CeltsSwaggerSlaymaker HillHeathen Highlanders, and more. Tickets are $15 (link to