Savor the Summit is Park City’s largest dinner party
June 12, 2015
Savor the Summit is the largest dinner party in Park City.
The event, which will be held Saturday, June 20, features a mile-long table set up along the middle of Main Street, and diners who have reservations can sit at the table and enjoy unique dishes planned and prepared by 24 local restaurants.
"Sometimes these dishes come with wine and beer pairings, said Ginger Ries, executive director of the Park City Area Restaurant Association, the nonprofit organization that facilitates the event. "Each restaurant creates its own menu and pricing. So, the experience really depends on the individual diners’ tastes and price range."
Reservations are made through the restaurants and the list and availability is as follows:
This year marks the eighth Savor the Summit, Ries said.
"The idea and goal was to bring the local restaurants together and show the public what they have to offer," she said. "The first year we did this, we had six participating restaurants and probably served less than 1,000 people."
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The grand table only took up upper Main Street above Heber Avenue.
"It was still a huge hit, but every year since, we’ve had more and more restaurants participate," Ries said. "For the past five years, we have set up the table to go the full length of Main Street, from Wasatch Brew Pub, across Heber Avenue, to the Mustang, and have taken every nook and cranny of the street that we can squeeze onto."
Last year, Savor the Summit served more than 2,500 people.
"These are all who dined on the grand table alone and doesn’t include all the folks who dined on the different restaurants’ dining decks or dining rooms," Ries said. "It’s obviously a huge success and fun even to be a part of and we wish Main Street was longer."
In addition to the grand table, Savor the Summit offers a spirit garden that offers beer and wine and live music.
The spirit garden will open at 5 p.m., in front of the Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave.
The music will be presented by Tony Holiday & The Velvetones at 6 p.m. and Sin City Soul at 8 p.m.
"We’ve always had live acts programmed in that area to complement the garden," Ries said. "We also program an array of musical trios up and down Main Street to add atmosphere and ambiance to the dining on the street."
The Main Street groups this year will be the Tom Young Trio, the Pat Carnahan Trio, the Steve Stallings Trio, the Chris Petty Trio, the Jake Larson Trio, the Dave Terran Trio and Ryan Walsh.
"We work very closely with Mountain Town Music, who is a big supporter of our event," Ries said. "Brian Richards and his crew oversee all the music performances."
Also new in the spirit garden this year will be Jaffz, a fast-casual, gourmet-food concept based on the classic South African toasted jaffle pocket sandwich, Ries said.
The sandwich was inspired by the culinary expertise of Chef Meryl van der Merwe.
"She’s been at the Silly Market on a regular basis, so people may know her from there," Ries said. ‘So even if you don’t have a reservation for the tables or restaurants, you can go to the spirit garden and have a beer, a savory sandwich and hear some great music.
"This is a great kickoff to our summer season and we’re excited to have another event on the books," she said. "I would encourage people who want to participate in the event to make their reservations as soon as possible, because this does sell out."
The Park City Area Restaurant Association will host its eighth Savor the Summit on Saturday, June 20, at 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.savorthesummit.com.
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