Ritual Chocolate Expansion
Park City-based award-winning artisan chocolate makers – Ritual Chocolate – celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and will expand with a larger production facility in Charleston, Utah. The new Ritual digs will also include a private tasting room and a new Ritual cafe.
“We needed to find a larger building in order to keep growing the business and creating new products. We hope that this will truly become a hub for all things food, drink, and chocolate education as well as a convenient location for locals and passersby,” said Ritual co-owner and founder, Robbie Stout. “It is a bigger and brighter space that gives us room to grow. It’s our forever home.”
According to the Ritual team, “The new 12,000 square foot location is designed for providing a high-quality food and drink experience. As well as producing their ethically traded, small-batch chocolate, the new Ritual location offers a dedicated tasting and test kitchen. In addition, customers can attend classes, tastings and have events hosted in the future.”
The Ritual Chocolate Charleston location is located at 2175 West 3000 South and is open 7 days a week from 8am-5pm. The building is also home to local businesses, Pink Elephant Coffee Roasters and June Pies.
Ramen Out, Bao In @ Gateway
There’s an appealing new Asian eatery at the Gateway’s HallPass uber food hall. Graffiti Bao has replaced Raining Ramen at HallPass.
The eatery’s concept is from founder and renowned chef Marc Marrone – a fast-casual Chinese restaurant that features bold, Asian-inspired cuisine. The Graffiti Bao in Las Vegas has been a big hit with locals and tourist foodies, alike.
According to the Graffiti Bao folks, “Signature items include chili garlic noodles with hand-pulled spinach noodles, crispy chili garlic sauce, Chinese broccoli and choy sum; an assortment of bao buns, including the Royale—Marc’s twist on a classic cheeseburger featuring angus beef, cheese, pickles, onions and special sauce; appetizers such as hand-folded dumplings and spring rolls; soups including pho and ramen; and much more.”
Graffiti Bao is open at HallPass daily from 5:00 p.m.
Hearth and Hill + PCCAPS Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
Park City’s Hearth and Hill restaurant will celebrate its second birthday by giving back to the Park City community. The H&H folks say, “In collaboration with the Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS), a project-based learning program for high school juniors and seniors, Hearth and Hill will offer a specially prepared lunch from Wednesday, Dec. 2 – Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, from Noon – 4 p.m. to benefit local organizations.”
“Our mission has always included ‘enrich our community,’ so we felt it was only fitting to do just that as we celebrate Hearth and Hill’s 2nd anniversary,” said Proprietor Brooks Kirchheimer. “We are excited to partner with PCCAPS students and foster their interests and skills in the culinary arts, all while benefiting local organizations which provide so many crucial services to our community.”
Here’s how the PCCAPS collaboration will work. “Executive Chef Jordan Harvey and Pastry Chef Jessie Nakoneczny will host a kitchen collaboration with PCCAPS students for a friendly competition aimed at providing an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a culinary environment. Two high school juniors will be back-of-house Dec. 2 – Dec. 5, and a new winter sandwich will be offered at a discounted price, including $1 of the proceeds from each sandwich benefiting the Park City Christian Center. A team of three high school seniors will take the reigns Dec. 9 – 12 when guests will receive a 20% discount on all food during lunch service each day that week when they mention PCCAPS or use the “PCCAPS” code when ordering online for curbside pickup. The team that has the highest average sales per day for the week will receive a donation to the charity they choose – the Park City Education Foundation if the juniors win, and the Park City Christian Center if the seniors claim victory.
All of these activities will adhere to Hearth and Hill’s stringent social distancing, mask wearing and other health and safety protocols, as mandated by the Summit County Health Department. Additionally, $1 of every one of the featured winter sandwiches sold throughout the winter season will be donated to the Park City Education Foundation.”
Frankly, at a time when restaurants are struggling just to survive during the pandemic, it warms my heart to see that many are still putting lots of time, energy and dollars into charitable causes.
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