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Utah Cheese Awards and More Utah Foodie News

Tupelo will reopen this fall in the space on Park City’s Kearns Boulevard. 2021 Utah Cheese Awards. Park City Dine About starts October 1st.


Tupelo Returns to Park City!

For years, one of my very favorite Utah restaurants was Tupelo in Park City, the creation of Chef Matt Harris and his wife and business partner Maggie Alvarez. Unfortunately, the rent for the Tupelo building on Main Street was hiked sky high and Maggie and Matt were forced to close Tupelo, at least temporarily. 

Well, I have great news: The award-winning fine dining Tupelo will reopen this fall in the space on Park City’s Kearns Boulevard that was previously home to Adolph’s. 

“We’ve been waiting for the perfect time and opportunity to reestablish ourselves in Park City, and we are thrilled that time is now,” said Tupelo Partner Maggie Alvarez. “We are honored to once again be among Park City’s passionate local businesses, and we look forward to offering our renowned dining experience in our new, reimagined space.”

Stay tuned to Utah Bites for an opening date. In the meantime, I encourage you to visit Matt and Maggie’s outstanding Heber restaurant, Afterword

2021 Utah Cheese Awards

The annual Utah Cheese Awards is back for 2021 after taking a COVID hiatus in 2020. On Thursday, November 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., Bewilder Brewing will host the Utah Cheese Awards tasting reception and medal ceremony. 

According to organizer Steven Jerman, “ Ticket holders will be able to sample a carefully curated buffet of current Utah Cheese Awards winners, as well as meet and purchase items from some of the winning companies that will be exhibiting. The menu will include a variety of cheese categories, bread, sauces, and dried fruit. Craft beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.”

Says Jerman, “In its fifth year, the contest has expanded to judge cheeses and cheese plate foods from 7 neighboring states in addition to it’s solid group of Utah artisan cheesemakers. At 7:30 the awards will be announced and medals presented to the artisans in attendance.”

Tickets are $20 and include tax and service charge. Guests must be 21 or over. The past two receptions have sold out. Click here for additional information and to purchase tickets. 

Park City Dine About

The 9th Annual Dine About Park City takes place at numerous local restaurants from Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 17. 

During Dine About Park City, guests can enjoy meals at participating Park City Area Restaurant Association eateries at discounted prices. 15 member restaurants will offer 2-course lunches for just $10-$15 per person and 3-course dinners for $20-$40 per person. 

Here are the participating restaurants for the 2021 Dine About Park City. 

  • Billy Blanco’s 
  • Blind Dog Restaurant
  • Chimayo
  • Este Pizza Park City
  • Flanagan’s on Main
  • Ghidotti’s
  • Grappa
  • Handle
  • Purple Sage
  • Riverhorse on Main
  • Salt Box Eatery & Catering
  • Shabu
  • Silver Star Café
  • Sushi Blue
  • Versante Hearth & Bar
  • Windy Ridge Café 

For a list of member restaurants, their locations, cuisines, pricing and features, please visit www.parkcityrestaurants.com.



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Food writer Ted SchefflerOriginally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.

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