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Savor the Summit celebrates a decade of unique dining experiences

Reservations still available for June 17

Park City's largest outdoor dinner festival has aged gracefully.

Savor the Summit, which is known visually for the mile-long table that runs down historic Main Street, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, June 17.

Park City Area Restaurant Association Executive Director Ginger Ries said she couldn't be more proud.

"We created this event as a shoulder-season event and crafted it to help restaurants garner more revenue and retain more employees during that time," Ries told The Park Record. "It's exciting now, because the energy surrounding the event from locals and visitors, alike, makes this the kickoff for the summer season."

While many of the restaurants have sold out of seats, there are some that are still available. Reservations can be made by visiting http://www.parkcityrestaurants.com/savor-the-summit and clicking on the various restaurant links.

There are 27 participating restaurants this year and a handful of new additions, Ries said.

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"Provisions will partner with The Brass Tag Deer Valley and will do a spirit garden that will serve as an anchor on the top of Main Street," she said. "They will offer a lower ticket price, $50, for food, which will be small-plate offerings, and will serve a variety of local craft drinks from Alpine Distilling and Wasatch Brewery."

Another new Main Street restaurant, Firewood, will join this year's event.

"Chef John Murcko from Firewood has participated in Savor the Summit before when he was with Talisker on Main," Ries said. "So we're excited for him to be involved again this year."

Ries also noted the new owners of the Eating Establishment — Ty and Duncan Burrell, Jeff Barnard and Richard Noel — will be part of the event.

In addition to The Brass Tag Deer Valley, there will be other off-Main restaurants who will serve Savor the Summit guests.

"Cuisine Unlimited will participate and be positioned between Fletcher's and the Riverhorse on Main, and St. Regis Deer Valley will also have space close to the Main Street and Heber Avenue intersections," Ries said. "Cuisine Unlimited will actually build a kitchen in the Galleria parking lot at Swede Alley and shuttle the food to the table."

Ries remembered what Savor the Summit was like in 2007.

"The first year we did not use any part of lower Main Street," she said "We set up the table and ended at Heber Avenue, and we only had 11 participating restaurants."

Ries also remembers how hard it was to convince those restaurants to hop on board.

"It's a ton of work for the restaurants to move their infrastructures out into the street, and it took a lot of effort to get the owners to agree to it," she said.

Inclement weather made matters worse.

"It rained those first two years and that made this all super challenging as well," Ries said with a laugh. "But the restaurants saw the energy and potential of the event."

Today, Savor the Summit is bursting at the seams.

"We have, unfortunately, literally ran out of space to accommodate all the restaurants that want to be involved," Ries said. "We need the street to be longer, because we have extended the event all the way down to include lower Main.

"If I could make the street longer, I certainly would."

In addition to the gourmet dinners and appetizers that will be served, Savor the Summit will offer a night of entertainment.

"This year, we're happy to announce that High West Distillery will sponsor a spirit garden at the intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue," Ries said. "Mountain Town
Music has programmed three bands that will start at 5 p.m."

The lineup will be DJ Dymes at 5 p.m., Tony Holiday & The Velvetones at 7:15 p.m. and Changing Lanes Experience at 7:45 p.m.

In addition to music and libations, Freshies Lobster food truck will be set up in the spirit garden.

"This way, if you can't get a reservation at the restaurant you want on the main table, you can get some good food at Freshies," Ries said.

After a decade of offering residents and visitors a unique dining experience, Savor the Summit has piqued the interest in other communities around the country.

"I get phone calls from places like Steamboat, Colorado; Trukee, California; and Telluride, Colorado, who ask how this works," Ries said. "So, we help them to see what will work with their communities.

"We are lucky to have an amazing community here in Park City and great group of restaurants to make Savor the Summit a tradition. We're proud of the fact that we have created an event that truly benefits and showcases our members in a fun and amazing way, because all the proceeds go back to the restaurants."

The Park City Area Restaurant Association's 10th annual Savor the Summit will be Saturday, June 17. Reservations can be made by visiting http://www.parkcityrestaurants.com/savor-the-summit.