2013 Corporate Cuisine Awards

By Utah Business editors | Photography by Eric Delphenich

July 9, 2013

“I think one of the reasons we are successful is because we keep evolving and we’re always trying to perfect our service and our cuisine,” Sabbah says. “That’s what the secret to our longevity is. I’m hoping we continue this for the next 20 years, or even longer.”

Best Business Casual

Lamb’s Grill

169 S. Main Street

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Get a taste of Salt Lake: Francis Liong, owner of Lamb’s Grill, says his restaurant is the oldest in Utah—it’s been around for 94 years. Liong took it over about two years ago and since then has modernized and improved the menu, he says, which has continued to make Lamb’s Grill a good place to make a business deal.

“Historically, Lamb’s Grill is the place where deals are being made between businesses,” Liong says. “I’ve heard that many years ago, downtown [Salt Lake City] was planned on a napkin here. I don’t know if that’s true, but that’s what I’ve heard.”

Best Business Lunch

New Yorker

60 W. Market Street

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Eat your greens: New Yorker is renowned for its seafood and steaks. But at lunchtime, the most popular entrées are actually the salads, says Chef Will Pliler. You could go with a Cobb or a Caesar—but Pliler recommends the steak salad or the seafood chopped salad, which has jumbo shrimp, Maine lobster, radicchio, provolone and cherry peppers.

Best Company Party Venue

Pierpont Place

163 Pierpont Ave.

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Plan a party to remember: Janice Boes, owner of Pierpont Place, says a lot of people don’t realize that her venue is a blank slate that is transformed into a new, fresh and fun environment for every company party. One of her company’s goals is to engage, impress and stimulate party guests while still meeting the needs of what the company wants to accomplish at the party.

“Our core vision is to create a one-of-a-kind event and design for each and every client,” she says. “We bring in everything to fulfill basic business needs, but we add a twist to the environment. It gives a company versatility they haven’t had access to before, especially for companies trying to reach outside the box with new and exciting experiences.”

Best Business Meeting Venue

The Grand America Hotel

555 S. Main Street

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

When only the best will do: Since it opened in 2001, The Grand America Hotel has become the go-to destination for high-end business meetings and events in Utah. Cariann Layton, director of catering and convention services, says The Grand’s success is due largely to the service its staff provides. “We just want the best of the best for everybody,” she says. “We care very much for our guests; we care very much about their experience.”

The Grand America is Utah’s only AAA 5-Diamond hotel, and it boasts more than 70,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel hosts an average of 70 groups a month, ranging from small, short board meetings to week-long conferences.

Best Hotel Restaurant


202 S. Main Street

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

A tried-and-true favorite: Executive Chef Nathan Powers has created an unmatched menu of prime meats, fresh seafood and hearty game that Utahns and tourists alike have come to adore. Powers embraces American fare, but enjoys teasing diners by adding an unexpected twist to their favorite dishes. As one voter says, “I go because of the classic yet creative menu.”

Best Coffee Break

Coffee Garden

878 E. 900 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84105


254 S. Main Street

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

A refreshing mid-day pick-me-up: Try the iced coffee, which is cold brewed rather than chilled from hot coffee. Cold brewing produces coffee that is less bitter and “doesn’t taste like leftovers from the last pot,” says co-owner Allan Hebertson.

Best Cocktails


326 S. West Temple

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Dispel a Utah stereotype: Gracie’s, which calls itself Salt Lake City’s “only gastropub,” is renowned for its cocktails, particularly its variety of mojito flavors including blackberry, mango, blueberry and raspberry. Gracie’s also offers a wide variety of beers and an extensive wine list—a lineup that is sure to pleasantly surprise out-of-town guests.

One voter praised Gracie’s for having plenty of seating (the bar has two floors and two outdoor patios) and for being “upscale enough for just about any clientele.”



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