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Where to Celebrate Great Food and Wine this Winter

Private Holiday Dining at Caffe Molise. New Winter Menu at Nelson Cottage. Copper Common Relaunches.


Private Holiday Dining at Caffe Molise

The good folks at Caffe Molise want to remind you for private holiday dining to “book early to avoid disappointment” by emailing info@caffemolise.com or calling 801-364-8833 for information and pricing.

Caffe Molise’s private dining rooms can accommodate events and private parties from an intimate gathering of 10 to a celebration of over 200. It’s an excellent option for hosting your festive holiday party. 

New Winter Menu @ Nelson Cottage

Executive Chef Michael Showers at Park City’s Nelson Cottage by High West recently shared his new winter menu with me. It’s stunning. Highlights include Curried Egg Salad with Osetra Caviar; Duck & Ginger Meatball with Whiskey Shoyu Caramel; Agnolotti with Kabocha & Chive Fondant with Charred Allium Dashi; Warm Gem Lettuces and Pickled Shiitake with Wild Bluefin and Ginger Green Goddess; Late Season Wild Mushrooms and Black Truffle Mac & Cheese; Warm Celery Root with Littleneck Clams & Salsa Macha, Niman Ranch Prime New York Strip with Charred Onions and American Prairie Bourbon Bordelais, and more. 

Copper Common Relaunches

Spearheaded by Ryan Lowder and Zakary Pelaccio, who together run Plowshare Partners, Copper Common has relaunched with new decor, an all-natural wine list, and a reimagined menu. Interior designer Traci Alleman has created an intimate and inviting dining room with leather banquettes, a giant marble bar, antique mirrors and soothing lighting.

The folks at Copper Common said, “For the great pleasure of gourmands and laypeople alike, the Copper Common team curated a  flavorful menu, built for light bites, indulgent dining and the oft-needed late night cravings. The wine list features an unprecedented selection of natural and organic wines from Italy, France, Spain and Chile. With consultants Chef Robb Finn and Phil Whalen from New York at the helm, the new seasonal menu features a spectrum of dishes including, classic shrimp dijonnaise, steamed clams with ‘nduja, crab bagna cauda, tortilla espanola with bottarga and aioli,  and a notably savory burger. Diners are encouraged to mix and match bold flavors and classic dishes such as oysters, a martini and fried potatoes or perhaps a Tempranillo and a burger seasoned with Copper Common’s proprietary peppery au poivre sauce.”

Copper Common Owner Ryan Lowder says, “Dining out has the power to transport a guest and the atmosphere of the restaurant, the flavors of the food, and wine all play a part in that experience. At Copper Common we are celebrating great food, and wine and honoring the farmers and artisans responsible for creating the goods we serve. We are thrilled to reopen with a renewed attention to detail and turn our guests on to the magic of these flavorful offerings.”

Copper Common will operate Wednesdays through Sundays, from 5 PM to 1 AM. 21+ only.



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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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