TASTE ART ADVENTURE
Adventures for the Foodie
One of the best ways to sample a town’s offerings is to sample its menus! The Park City area is packed with award-winning dining, so whether you’re looking for the locals’ favorite, a sweet treat, or a place to go for après, this guide has got you covered.
Distill and Chill
The Alpine Distilling Gin Experience at 350 Main is a fun and intimate way to learn about the art of distilling and history of gin. Make a reservation and your group will have a chance to handcraft batches of gin and distilled botanicals of your choice. Besides the distilling lesson, you’ll also get a delicious four-course meal and a 750ml bottle of your custom gin to take home. To make a reservation, call (912) 891-5854. Cost is $400 per couple.
Alpine Distilling is Park City’s premier locally owned and operated craft distillery. Their distinctive flavors have won prestigious awards and praised by the world’s most renowned chefs, mixologists, sommeliers and critics. Since the 1700’s, the Sergent family has been distilling spirits. Rob Sergent, founder of Alpine Distilling, is the first family member to distill professionally.
A Warm Meal
At the luxurious Deer Valley Resort, Fireside Dining at the Empire Canyon Lodge provides a beautiful winter ambience for family dining. Four courses of European favorites, including raclette and fondue offerings, are all served from stone fireplaces. A full bar is available as well as specially selected wines and imported beer to complement the cuisine. Fireside dining is open 5:45 – 9pm. Wednesday through Saturday.
After dinner, continue the winter adventure with a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the resort. Get cozy with your loved ones and take in the winter vistas of a snow-covered mountain.
Cross the Border
For authentic southwest flavor, make sure to visit Chimayo on 368 Main Street in Park City. Designed after the Chimayo Mission in New Mexico, the restaurant has authentic décor, design and dishes. Be sure to try the duck enchilada or the ahi tuna tacos, prepared under the direction of their master chef hailing from Mexico, Arturo Flores.
Chimayo is part of the Bill White enterprises, which also includes Bill White Farms. This non-profit provides a place for adults and children alike to learn how to be more connected to their food and the planet. The Farms educate the public on how to grow their own food and support local growers through free, ongoing sustainability tours. Locally grown produce is also available for purchase.
FOLLOWING THE BREAD CRUMBS
No trip is complete without a visit to a great bakery – or two! Luckily Summit County is home to Red Bicycle Breadworks, a shop that used to sell loaves from the back of a red bicycle trailer, but has become so popular it now has a stationary home in Park City’s Market. Try their handcrafted artisan loaves made from quality local ingredients such as organic flour milled in Northern Utah, salt mined from an ancient seabed in Central Utah and natural leavenings.
Next on the bakery tour is Volker’s Bakery in Kamas. Since emigrating from Austria, Volker Ritzinger has taken the bread scene of Summit County by storm. Make sure you get there early in the day to have the widest selection of all the fresh, European artisan style breads Volker’s has to offer.
Local’s Favorite: At Red Bicycle, ask for the Stick Bread with olive oil and sea salt. This loaf is affectionately called “crack bread” by frequent customers and once you get a taste, you’ll want another one!
Learn to cook delicious food in a comfortable setting with a spectacular view at Mindful Cuisine in Park City. At Make and Take events, you’ll prepare items such as canned or baked goods to take with you. And at Make and Eat events, you’ll enjoy an appetizer prepared by the chef before class, then prepare and share a full meal with your classmates. Each event is complete with recipes and tips to recreate the items at home.
Mindful Cuisine celebrates the benefits and community that comes from quality, well-prepared food. Check out their schedule of cooking classes here.
Meet the Founder: Linda Elbert grew up as the only child of parents who loved to cook, so she has always placed value in good cuisine. She attended a local professional culinary school as a hobby and fell in love with the industry. She graduated with distinction and then attended another culinary institute. After completing additional courses and joining food organizations, she founded Mindful Cuisine where she hopes to build a close community fostered by good food.
Dining and Mining
A great way to get to know a city is to take a walking tour, and with Park City Food Tours you get a few delicious bites to go along with your history lesson. A guide takes you along Main Street sharing facts and trivia about the silver mining history of Park City. Along the way, you’ll stop at various restaurants and shops for tastes of the town.
Get your group together and book your food tour of Historic Park City. It’s the perfect way to explore – and experience delicious food at an amazing price.
Mountain Town Olive Oil Co. hosts The Next Course, a tasting class you won’t want to miss. Each class samples 3-5 recipes prepared by talented chefs with an optional wine pairing. The recipes feature new and different ways to use Mountain Town Olive Oils and vinegars, as well as helpful recipe hints. You get the recipes to take home, a sample of products, and a discount to shop in the store afterwards.
Oils and vinegars are a fun and popular way to try new flavors and recipes. Check out the Next Course and try some gourmet oils and vinegars in Park City.
Mountains of Culinary Talent
Five gourmet chefs from Park City were selected to create a meal at the famed James Beard House in New York City this fall. They collaborated on creating the menu, which highlighted each chef’s expertise and flavor. The New York City event featured a hors d’oeuvres reception, a 5-course tasting menu and wine pairings for each course.
The elevated level of culinary talent in our mountain town is showcased through the five chefs who were selected for this renowned event.
Find the Chefs:
Jodie Rogers, Deer Valley Resort Food and Beverage Director – 2250 Deer Valley Dr., Park City
Briar Handly, Handle Chef and Partner – 136 Heber Ave, Park City
Seth Adams, Riverhorse on Main Executive Chef and Owner – 540 Main St., Park City
Zane Holmquist, Stein Eriksen Lodge Vice President of Food & Beverage and Corporate Chef – 7700 Stein Way, Park City
Matthew Harris, Tupelo Chef and Owner – 508 Main St., Park City
Park City has a host of gourmet coffee and tea houses to choose from. Lucky Ones Coffee (125 Park Ave., Park City) is a coffee shop that employs and empowers individuals with disabilities. Pink Elephant Coffee (509 Main St., Park City) serves small batch artisan coffee roasted in Utah. Townshend’s Teahouse (1241 Center Dr. #L160, Park City) offers fresh, expertly-crafted loose leaf tea. Stoked Roasters + Coffeehouse (268 Main St., Park City) serves six Signature Series Blends of high-quality coffee made from certified organic green beans. Park City Coffee Roaster (1764 Uinta Way, Park City) roasts small batches at a time to bring you traditional old-world coffee. You’ll know when they’re roasting as their corner of Kimball Junction smells delicious. And, Atticus Coffee & Teahouse (738 Main St., Park City) is a cozy place to grab a sip and browse thousands of new and used books.
IF YOU DECIDE TO STAY
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