It's official. Park City's food scene has been discovered.
This year, the popular food-centric magazine Bon Appétit chose Park City as one of two sites for its high-profile Grub Crawl, an event that invites guests to sample a handpicked assortment of restaurants in a location their staff deems as up-and-coming gastronomic destinations.
This year's picks were Nashville, Tennessee, and Park City. And the selection committee's instincts must have been right on because both events sold out well in advance.
Park City's Grub Crawl is tonight, Sat. Aug. 16, with 240 participants set to break up into six groups of hungry diners that will rotate between eight Main Street restaurants.
According to Bon Appétit Executive Chef Mary Nolan, who was packing her bags on Friday for her first trip to Park City, the Grub Crawl's selection committee "is always looking for that burgeoning new food city." She said Park City stood out because of its diverse offerings (from contemporary Western to Asian fare) and its historic setting. "I am excited to try it all myself," she said in a telephone call from her home in Allentown, Penn.
Nolan said the event, now in its third year, attracts everyone from "super foodies" to travelers who just appreciate dining out. "Now more than ever, food is such a big part of our culture," she added.
Guests will begin at Zoom, located in a restored railroad depot at the base of Main Street, where Nolan said she will make some welcoming remarks.
For more information about Bon Appétit's Grub Crawl, visit: http://bagrubcrawl.com/event-days/park-city-crawl-b/
Unfortunately tickets for the event, which was advertised nationally, are sold out.
However, as of Friday there were a limited number of tickets to the after-party still available.