Restaurant Association plans annual Savor the Summit dinner party for 2,500
For nine years, the Park City Area Restaurant Association has hosted the longest dinner party in Utah — Savor the Summit.
Featuring a mile-long table running down the middle of Historic Main Street, Savor the Summit boasted more than 2,500 dining guests last year, according to Ginger Ries, executive director of the Park City Area Restaurant Association.
"That number does not take into account the seats on the restaurants’ dining decks or the tables inside," Reis told The Park Record. "It was a wonderful turnout."
This year’s Savor the Summit celebration will be held on Saturday, June 18, beginning at 6 p.m.
While some restaurants are sold out, there are still seats available for reservations.
"You can always find the most current listing of who is sold out and who still has seats available on the website — savorthesummit.com," Ries said. "We update the website daily."
Of the Association’s 80 restaurants, 26 are participating this year, and two of those are new, according to Ries.
"They are Tupelo, which is located on upper Main Street, and Bodega that is on lower Main," she said. "Those are our two new flagships coming in and we’re excited to have them join."
While most of the restaurants participating in Savor the Summit are located on Main Street, there are two — Cuisine Unlimited and J&G Grill — that aren’t.
"Cuisine Unlimited is a catering company that is based in Park City and Salt Lake City, and the J & G Grill is at St. Regis Deer Valley," Ries said. "Both of them participated last year, as well."
The Cuisine Unlimited station during Savor the Summit will be located just below the Riverhorse on Main, 540 Main St., and the J & G Grill station will be close to Bangkok Thai at 605 Main St.
"Cuisine Unlimited is building a temporary kitchen on Swede Alley and will shuttle their food through the alley," Ries said. "St. Regis utilizes kitchen located at Main & SKY."
In addition to the dining, Savor the Summit will also include live music.
Musicians include Spencer Aamodt, Andres Teyes Trio, Steve Stallings Trio, Chad & Kristo, Nelson Cambell Trio, Dave Terran Trio and Ryan Walsh.
"We have music programmed up and down Main Street to create a fun atmosphere," Ries said. "Also, some of the restaurants are booking musicians to play at their specific sections on the Main Street table."
Savor the Summit fits nicely within the mission of the Park City Area Restaurant Association.
"The goal of the association is to showcase and promote the culinary options in the Park City Community," Ries explained. "Between our efforts and the efforts of the Park City Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau, we have certainly made Park City a culinary destination. And we want to continue to shine.
"What makes Park City unique is that our culinary offerings are so broad in taste and in budget," she said. "Yes, we have amazing flagships of fine-dining restaurants, but we also have amazing restaurants for families and after-hours dining. We’re not all about fine dining. We’re about all types of dining."
Over the past few years, Ries has seen a rise in the quality of the restaurants’ offerings during Savor the Summit.
"I think all the restaurants across the board have stepped up their game," she said. "It’s fun to see people enjoying their dinners at the table, but it’s also great to feel the energy of the effort and creativity the restaurants put into their specific spaces."
Speaking of spaces, since there isn’t any parking on Main Street during the event, guests are encouraged to park at Park City High School and ride the busses, Ries said.
"We have partnered with Park City High School and are encouraging people to park at the high school and take advantage of our amazing free transit system," she said. "Parking at the high school will be super convenient — and give yourself a little time to get downtown."
Ries is happy with how the event has continued over the years.
"This is our ninth season and it has turned into, I think, a Park City tradition," Ries said. "It’s the kick-off to the summer and Mother Nature has blessed us every year and we hope she will bless us again this year.
"If you don’t have reservations, I encourage everyone to visit the website and make the reservations," she said. "Even if you’re not dining on the street, it’s so fun to just be there walking along the street. You can see the dining settings, hear the music and visit the shops."
The Park City Area Restaurant Association will host its eighth Savor the Summit on Saturday, June 18, at 6 p.m. This year’s event will feature more than 24 restaurants, a beer and wine spirit garden and live music throughout the night. For more information and to check on reservation availability, visit http://www.savorthesummit.com .
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