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EATS Park City reaches its third Fork in the Road fundraiser

Annual event promotes healthy foods in schools

EATS Park City embarked on its mission to build a healthier generation by ensuring every student in Park City has access to fresh, nutritious, appealing food.

Since then it has worked with the Park City School District to plant school gardens, host cooking classes and taste tests that have changed the school-lunch menu.

This past year, the nonprofit's programs have grown exponentially, with new ideas sprouting up all the time.

"The momentum and energy in this town around what we're doing has been fantastic," Executive Director Ann Bloomquist told The Park Record. "It's been so much fun to see so much progress this year."

With the goal of maintaining its progress, EATS — which is an acronym for Eat Awesome Things at School — will host its third annual Fork in the Road fundraiser, a dinner gala, from 6:30 -9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Park City Mountain Resort's Legacy Lodge.

The premiere sponsor is the Vail Epic Promise.

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"Fork in the Road will celebrate that progress and keep the momentum going into next year," Bloomquist said.

The evening will start with a silent auction and hors d'oeuvres, created by Park City Mountain Resort Executive Chef Alex Malmburg.

"Chef Alex has pulled out all the stops for the menu," Bloomquist said. "One of the key hours d'oeuvres is a Tamarind soy quail satay, just to peak our guests' taste buds."

The silent auction, which will feature 150 items, will close at 7:30 p.m.

"We have 33 local restaurants participating in the silent auction this year," Bloomquist said.

Some of the other items include Chicago Cubs tickets, home parties with Freshies food truck, a 20 percent-off party at Gallery MAR, Interconnect passes, rafting on the Weber River, cooking classes spa sessions, concert tickets and tickets to the Sundance Film Festival.

An array of food stations will open after the silent auction closes.

"These stations will be amazing, because we're EATS Park City, so when you come to one of our events, you know there will be some wonderful food," Bloomquist said with a laugh.

There will be nine food stations, including a seafood raw bar, a salmon plank bar, a beef tenderloin bar and a salad shaker bar.

"Everyone will be able to taste the great food that Chef Alex has prepared for the gala," Bloomquist said.

The evening will also include an opportunity drawing.

"The winner will get a trip for two to Napa Valley, California, for a wine experience that will include airfare, car rental, two-night stays at exclusive places, including the Hopler and Sutter Home Estates, a place that requires an invitation to stay at," Bloomquist said. "It will be capped off with four VIP wine tours."

A live auction will be the highlight of the fundraiser.

"It's modeled after the celebrity auctions, but will feature four celebrity chefs from local restaurants in Park City," Bloomquist said.

Those celebrities are:

  • Executive Chef Alex Malmburg of Park City Mountain Resort
  • Chef Clement Gelas from Talisker
  • Chef Jodie Rogers, director of food and beverage at Deer Valley
  • Chef John Murcko of Firewood

"We're going to auction them off and they will create a 10-person, in-home dinner for the winners," Bloomquist said. "They will come to your home and cook for you."Fork in the Road will also include music, a photo booth and mystery lunch bags that are decorated by Miss Denine Therrien's kindergarten class.

"I'm not going to say what are in the bags, but they are wonderful prizes," Bloomquist said

Tickets for the gala are $100 per person and can be purchased by visiting EATSParkcity.org.

The opportunity drawing tickets are $25, and you don't have to be present to win. Bloomquist said.

A portion of the money will go toward cooking classes

"We were able to facilitate cooking classes in all the Park City School District's elementary schools last year, and reached more than 240 students," Bloomquist said. "Next year we want to expand to Ecker Hill Middle School and Treasure Mountain Junior High."

Some of the money will benefit school gardens.

"We want to expand beyond the three outdoor gardens at Ecker Hill Middle School, Trailside Elementary and McPolin Elementary," Bloomquist said "We want to at least get two more, this year.

"Plus, we need to maintain our indoor gardens that are at all seven schools."

EATS Park City will also allocate funds to school taste tests, which is one of its most popular programs.

"Last year, we introduced 11 new menu items and 10 made it to the school lunch menu," Bloomquist said. "Our goal this year is to introduce nine more items."

A new snack program is another important item on the list for funding.

"The McPolin PTO (parent teacher organization) and The Market have been doing a snack program with fruits and veggies for three years now," Bloomquist said. "We've watched it and learned more about it and decided we would like to duplicate it at the other elementary schools."

The fundraiser also has another purpose.

"Ultimately the goal for EATS Park City is a healthy community food system, and while we can teach the kids in the schools, if they're not surrounded by the same messages in the community, it's not as likely to become part of their lifestyle," Bloomquist said. "Events like this and other community partnerships help promote that healthy foods system, and all of it feeds into the same messages we want to bring in.

"I can't tell you how grateful I am for all the community's support. This has been one of those things that have grown organically up around me. If you would have asked me five years ago where EATS Park City would be today, I would never have guessed it would be as big as we have grown in this short amount of time."

The third annual Fork in the Road fundraiser, a dinner gala, for EATS Park City will be from 6:30 -9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Park City Mountain Resort's Legacy Lodge. Tickets are available by visiting http://www.eatsparkcity.org.

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