There are restaurants that know how to host a great meal for customers and there are restaurants that can throw an orchestrated dinner party for anywhere between 20 and hundreds of attendees. But it’s a rare spot that understands how to do both well year after year.
Riverhorse on Main is one such place that Park City residents and visitors can turn to on any occasion for a meticulously crafted meal delivered via attentive service of the staff.
Any night of the week, diners can experience the eclectic American cuisine of Riverhorse—highlighted by local and seasonal ingredients—in the stunning dining room above Main Street.
Start with the Riverhorse Tower with silky wagyu beef cubes coated with a melted shallot herb butter, expertly smoked salmon on a crispy potato pancake and a tangy, local goat cheese crisp with quince jam.
Seasonal salads such as a roasted heirloom tomato rendition with balsamic basil vinaigrette or the poached pear and burrata studded with figs, stuffed dates and local honey both delighted on opposite ends of the savory and sweet spectrum.
An entrée of plump, mouthwatering Georges Banks scallops were interspersed with crispy risotto cakes and countered by a fresh summer tomato relish. Paired one of several wine selections suggested by our server, the dish reflected the thoughtfulness and elegance of what Riverhorse offers in food and service daily.
Finally, a seasonal dessert of warm apple cake with julienned strips of apple, warm spice cake and cool vanilla ice cream signaled the arrival of fall just as a cool breeze rolled in off the patio one evening.
This summer, over the course of four days, thousands of food and wine lovers descended on Park City for the annual Food & Wine Classic. Many bottles of fine wines from around the world were drunk and bites of every imaginable culinary background enjoyed.
During the four-day event, Riverhorse rose above—at two events in particular—to really deliver the kind of experience expected at the Food & Wine Classic.
As always, Riverhorse was a host restaurant for the Stroll event, where participants wind their way up and down Main Street sampling bites and sips. A particularly packed event this year, Riverhorse offered substantial bites on their buffet as guests cycled through the venue over several hours and perfectly matched their food with the fine wines being poured from across the country.
Another afternoon, the Red & Red lunch paired six exquisite red meat-based plates with six red wines from around the world.
James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour
The service and attention to detail at Riverhorse are again likely the reasons that the James Beard Foundation’s “Celebrity Chef Tour” returns to Riverhorse each year. On September 24, six award-winning chefs – among them a “Top Chef” fan favorite – will serve an unforgettable multi-course meal.
Top Chef’s’ Tiffany Derry; La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club executive chef Bernard Guillas; Shabu co-owner and executive chef Robert Valaika; Deer Valley Resort director of food and beverage Jodie Rogers; Eva and Eva’s Bakery owner Charlie Perry; and Riverhorse’s own co-owner and executive chef Seth Adams will all participate in this fundraising event.
Similar to an evening at the historic James Beard House in New York City, guests will have the opportunity to interact with the chefs while enjoying the atmosphere at Riverhorse.
“This is going to be a night you and your taste buds won’t want to miss,” Adams, of Riverhorse, said. “Each of these chefs is a rock star, and it’s going to be a blast having them in the kitchen – and for a good cause, too.”
The event starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $225. Proceeds will go toward the James Beard Foundation, which supports educational initiatives, culinary awards and an annual national food conference. Tickets can be purchased by calling Riverhorse on Main at 435-649-3536 or going online at https://www.jamesbeard.org/events/park-city-ut-2.