Sit down and enjoy Savor the Summit
June 19, 2012
Savor the Summit will celebrate its fifth year when patrons sit at the mile-long dining table in the middle of Main Street and enjoy the culinary creations of area restaurants.
The annual event, which is coming up on Saturday, June 23, was designed to kick off the summer and highlight the food of the season, said Ginger Ries, executive director of the Park City Area Restaurant Association.
"Since things in the early season aren’t so busy, the association felt that doing something like this would drive traffic to those restaurants that participated in the event," Ries said during an interview with The Park Record. "It does work, because we’ve had restaurant owners tell us that Savor the Summit is the best thing for them since the Winter Olympic Games in 2002."
Ries said there was a similar event in the 1980s called A Taste of Park City.
"I’m not sure of the specifics about that, or why it went away, but Savor the Summit is sort of a resurrection of that concept," she said.
There will be 3l restaurants represented at this year’s event. (See accompanying list titled "Savor the Summit Restaurants").
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"New restaurants participating this year are 501 Main, the Farm from Canyons and Flying Sumo," Ries said. "Each year more restaurants participate, and we try to open the event to all the restaurants in the area, including those like the Farm, who are not located on Main Street."
Another off-Main restaurant that is part of Savor the Summit is the Silver Star Café.
"I work very hard with those restaurants that are not on Main to find locations for them to cook their meals," Ries said. "For example, Silver Star will operate out of the Kimball Art Center."
Since the Farm is a Talisker-owned restaurant, it will team with its sister restaurant, Talisker on Main.
Savor the Summit is unique because it is billed as "the longest dinner party in town," because of the table that is set up in the middle of Main Street.
"The grand table has always been the cornerstone of the event and having everyone dine outside in the middle of the street is fun," Ries said. "It not only attracts people to Main Street, but they can see and smell the wonderful food that is prepared by the restaurant’s chefs and cooking teams."
There will also be a spirit garden that will serve drinks before the dinner, which starts at 6 p.m., Ries said.
"The spirit garden will be set up at the intersection of Heber Avenue and Main Street right by the Kimball Art Center," she explained. "It will offer and assorted mix of wine, beer and spirits."
In addition to the spirit garden, Savor the Summit will feature live music.
"Both the spirit garden and main stage will open at 4 o’clock," Ries said. "We have programmed a variety of different musical acts with Mountain Town Music, starting with roots-music act the Dan Weldon Duo, rocker Silver Spoon and the funky headliner Pimps of Joytown.
"If you have a dinner reservation, you can come up early and enjoy a cocktail and hear some great music, before sitting down to dine," she said. "If you don’t have a reservation, you can still come enjoy the festivities of the spirit garden."
Reservations can be made through the individual restaurants, and a list can be found at http://www.savorthesummit.com and all the restaurants are required to come up with a menu.
"Some also include wine or beer pairings that can be purchased in the reservations as well," Ries said. "Obviously there are different price ranges for the various restaurants.
Depending on your palate or budget, you can choose what you want to eat."
To accommodate the many restaurants and the patron who attend Savor the Summit, Ries said the table is divided into sections.
"The demand to participate in the event has grown and there are only so many spaces on the street for the table," Ries said. "Each year we review how we sectioned off the street, so we can make sure we get all who want to participate. So, this year we sold the table places in increments and restaurants could buy 50-foot or 100-foot sections, and that has worked well this year."
The Park City Area Restaurant Association began accepting submissions in January on a first-come-first-served basis.
"We try to get all the businesses to sign up before March 1," Ries said. "That makes it easier for me to make sure all those who want to participate can."
Last year, the event attracted nearly 2,000 people who dined at the grand table, she said.
"We anticipate more this year," Ries said. "Those numbers don’t include the folks who just happen to come up to see the event or get a drink in the spirit garden."
"This is a unique, one-of-a-kind dining experience," she said.
The Park City Area Restaurant Association will present the annual Savor the Summit event on Saturday, June 23. For more information and to make reservations, visit http://www.savorthesummit.com .