We’ve hit the peak of summer in Utah and the list of fun, tantalizing—and most importantly, food-related—activities seems endless. We’ve also reached stifling temperatures, which put a damper on any appetite for patio dining and even barbecuing at home. This is the best time to head to the mountains, where glorious summer sunshine isn’t so scorching, where the hills are still a lush tapestry of greens and you can smell the sun-kissed grasses and wildflowers—instead of your own skin melting. Utah’s all-season resorts and on-mountain restaurants are putting on some great summer dining events. Here’s a focus on the Deer Valley area and the good eats to be had through the end of summer.
Deer Valley Grocery & Cafe
This excellent café has a lot to offer for summertime dining. On the deck overlooking the pond, enjoy barbecues on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Live music some nights. FOOD: Niman Ranch all-natural beef burgers, house-made bratwurst and veggie burgers. Imported beers, fine wines and seasonal cocktails. www.deervalley.com
Goldener Hirsch Inn and Restaurant: “Appy Hour” at this quaint Bavarian hotel means delicious “après-bike” or “après-hike” appetizers on the patio Wednesdays through Sundays, 3:30-5 p.m. FOOD: Bavarian pretzel with mustard and pickles, $4; grilled burger or bratwurst with fries and a local draft beer, $10, or try the fresh daily market salad. www.goldenerhirschinn.com, www.facebook.com/goldenerhirschinn
This Saturday, July 19 from 4-6 p.m. Montage is launching its new “Artisan” dining series in the Vista Lounge. Each event will feature preeminent “farmers, foragers and purveyors.” This coming weekend, the guests will be Wasatch Brewery and Millcreek Roasters. FOOD: Passed hors d’oeuvres will complement a selection of award-winning beers and coffee. Live music by Jarrett Burns. Check with Montage for which producers will be featured next! 435.604.1300, http://www.montagehotels.com/deervalley/
“Hops on The Hill” is a great way to spend a Tuesday evening. On the Flagstaff Deck overlooking the slopes, the event features a different local brewery each week, serving up complementary bites to match and live music on the adjacent lawn. Must be 21 yrs. FOOD: Menus change each week, but count on beer samples, food and souvenir glass. Upcoming featured breweries + bands include Epic Brewing Company With Red Desert Ramblers on July 22; Uinta Brewing With Mister Sister on Jul 29 and Bohemian Brewery & Grill with Marmalade Hill on Aug 19. Full tasting tickets: $35 in advance plus tax, $40 at door. Reservations: 435-645-6455, http://www.steinlodge.com/
“Summer Sundays at St. Regis” not only has a nice ring to it, it’s got a nice view, nice bites, the whole package. On the gorgeous Mountain Terrace and the Grand Lawn, enjoy a ride in the funicular and the view overlooking the Park City valley. FOOD: Grilled specialties, farm-fresh sides, seasonal summer salads, decadent dessert display. Live music. Sundays, 3-6pm through August 31st. Reservations required for the Terrace. Call 435.940.5760. Grand Lawn Seating is available without reservation on a first-come, first served basis. $45 per person (Kids 12 and under, $25). www.stregisdeervalley.com