By Lauren Jade Hill
Tucked amid the Wasatch mountain range between Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Utah Olympic Park, Park City is renowned for its winter-sports. But the city is also celebrated for its sparkling arts and culture, having been the setting for Sundance Film Festival since 1981, as well as becoming increasingly known for its burgeoning dining scene and collection of world-class restaurants. To rub shoulders with the key players of the film industry over the festival period, follow our guide to the most talked about restaurants in town.
Main Street lies at the heart of Park City, so many of the town’s restaurants sit within its vicinity. Riverhorse on Main is one of the most established restaurants here, and considered one of the stand-out eateries across the United States, having been awarded by Forbes Travel Guide over 16 successive years, with the resounding approval of restaurant critics. Diners come here to try the restaurant’s eclectic American plates utilizing seasonal ingredients; try the macadamia nut crusted Alaskan halibut, with one of the eatery’s fine wines.
Tupelo Park City is one of Main Street’s most recent additions, and also one of the most highly regarded. In this stylish, light-filled space, New American cuisine with global influence incorporates sustainably sourced ingredients from artisanal producers. Choose between wholesome plates such as Berkshire pork chop, Niman Ranch sirloin, and Ahi tuna steak. And, during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Tupelo will be offering a special festival menu.
Southwestern fare is the name of the game at upscale Chimayo Restaurant where the bare-brick and Mexican tiled walls, and wrought iron detail, create an atmospheric backdrop for convivial dining. Chimayo’s offering of ceviche, enchiladas and fajitas encompass ingredients such as fresh Utah trout, Gulf shrimp and Kobe steak.
Craft Cocktails and American small plates incorporating locally and seasonally sourced ingredients are on the menu at Handle, a lively restaurant – which is located just off Main Street – with a rustic chic aesthetic. Here, diners can expect simple and well-executed plates like venison chop with chestnut and cranberries, and grilled oysters with lemon.
Also nearby is the restaurant that’s named after the distinguished northern Italian brandy, Grappa, an eatery that exudes the feel of an Italian farmhouse, from the terrazzo tiles and wooden beams to the hearty Italian fare that’s cooked up in the kitchen.
J&G Grill is then situated within the ski-in, ski-out mountain retreat, St. Regis Deer Valley. Here, diners can sample dishes developed by the Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, which reflect the chef’s international influence while also showcasing the region’s produce. Chef de Cuisine Rachel Wiener then incorporates her own passion for slow food and farm-to-table cooking into the restaurant’s menu. This exemplary fare is complemented by a selection of carefully curated wines and specialty cocktails.
Montage Deer Valley excels for its culinary offering, too; Apex combines its panoramic mountain setting with elegant décor, and a menu of fine continental cuisine. Fresh, local ingredients are brought together in refined plates like Hudson Valley foie gras torchon with duck prosciutto, an almond financier, pear purée, a blood orange coffee gastrique, and pumpernickel crumble. Begin the meal with Crown Jewel or Golden Reserve caviar blinis.
To secure a reservation at any one of the city’s top restaurants in this ever evolving dining scene, gain VIP access to Sundance Film Festival, and be a part of the event’s most exclusive after-parties, get in touch with Millionaire’s Concierge.
The 2017 edition of Sundance Film Festival takes place from the 19th to 29th January.