Valerie Phillips: 'Savor the Summit' is fun dining

Published: Tuesday, June 5 2012 4:33 p.m. MDT

During Savor the Summit, Park City's Main Street is lined with one long "Grande Table" to seat more than 1,500 people. Diners can look up information on the Savor website for menus and available spots.

Valerie Phillips

Park City restaurants are taking dinner outdoors on Saturday, June 23. Dining tables will run the length of Main Street, merging into one long "Grande Table" to serve nearly 1,500 people.

In the city's annual Savor the Summit, 26 restaurants will serve fixed-price meals with a backdrop of mountains and live music.

I attended this event last year, and it was pretty amazing. Main Street was closed to traffic, and the tables were set out in the middle of the street. Each restaurant had its own area of tables, decorated to show off each restaurant's theme. Most of the restaurants specify that dinner will be served around 6:30-ish. I arrived at 5, so that I could walk and down Main to glimpse the beautiful tablescapes, shop a little, and listen to the music before heading to dinner.

Live music gets going on the Main Stage at around 4 p.m., headlined this year by Brooklyn-based funk band The Pimps of Joytime.

Savor the Summit takes al fresco dining to a new level, and is a fun way to celebrate summer. The event is presented by the Park City Area Restaurant Association and other sponsors.

Although this is the event's fifth year in a row, Savor the Summit was first started back in 1984, said Julie Wilson, Deer Valley's food and beverage director who has been at Deer Valley since 1981. Then, one year the event was rained out, and the idea was dropped until a few years ago. Now, every restaurant has to have a rain backup plan. For instance, the 50 guests dining at Deer Valley's Royal Street Café tables would head to the Deer Valley Resort and eat in the restaurant.

Reservations are made directly with the restaurant of choice. Each restaurant offers its own menu and price, which can range from $40 to $150. For instance, 350 Main's chef Michael LeClerc is serving Tomato Fennel Bisque, Oyster and Halibut Gratin, Grilled Shiitake Mushroon with Herb Risotto, Parmesan Chicken Poele with Mashed Potatoes Robuchon, and a Chocolate Chipotle Tart, for $95, or $150 with wine pairings. Cisero's Ristorante is offering a choice of appetizers (heirloom tomato bruschetta, eggplant stuffed with housemade Italian sausage, or dill-marinated cucumber with shrimp and Glenview Farms chevre); a choice of salads or soup (beets with Glenview Farms chevre, strawberry and spinach, or watermelon gazpacho), an entrée choice of choice of Salt-Baked Trout, Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola Butter, Chicken Breast and Wild Mushroom Marsala tossed with house-made fettucine, or Butternut Squash Ravioli; and dessert of goat cheese cannoli. Cisero's price is $60 per person, or $90 with a cocktail and wine.

Many restaurants are already sold out. Restaurants or caterers that still have space, as of press time, are:

350 Main, 435-649-3140

501 on Main, 435-645-0700

Bangkok Thai of Main, 435-649-8424

Buona Vita, 435-649-1336

Butcher's Chop House, 435-647-0040

Café Terigo, 435-635-9555

Cisero's Ristorante, 435-649-5044

Cuisine Unlimited 801-268-2332

Flanagan's, 435-649-8600

Shabu, 435-645-7253

Talisker on Main, 435-658-5479

The Farm, 435-615-8080

The Bridge Café & Grill, 435-858-5451

Wahso Asian Grill, 435-615-0333

ZOOM, 435-649-9108

The website, Savorthesummit.com, offers menus and updates on which restaurants still have available space.

Valerie Phillips is the former Deseret News food editor. She blogs at www.chewandchat.blogspot.com.

Email: vphillips@desnews.com

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