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2014 Corporate Cuisine Awards

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2014 Corporate Cuisine Awards

Peri Kinder, Sarah Ryther Francom, Rachel Madison & Heather Stewart

July 3, 2014

Best Hotel Restaurant
202 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

One of Bambara’s most unique attributes can be found in the kitchen in the form of Chef Nathan Powers. The classically trained chef has an approach to cooking that is “just brilliant,” says Guy Wheelwright, general manager. “His focus is traditional French cuisine with a new American twist. He uses menu ingredients that are recognizable but prepared in a unique way. He keeps the integrity of the ingredients by keeping it simple.”

Bambara’s menu changes seasonally, but Wheelwright says currently, most guests favor the flat iron steak cobb salad for lunch and the seared Maine scallops for dinner. The restaurant’s crispy Utah trout tacos and shrimp and pork belly confit tacos are a personal favorite of Wheelwright’s.

Best Ethnic
1515 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
912 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Creating the right dining experience complete with authenticity is what owner Ali Sabbah strives for at Mazza. The restaurant serves around 60 different Middle Eastern-inspired dishes, the most popular of which is shawarma, thin slices of beef and lamb marinated and seasoned with a blend of spices that are then broiled and shaved into a pita with tahini, fresh vegetables and turnip pickles.

“I think the fact that we really strive for consistency and try our best to create the right dining experience is what attracts people,” Sabbah says. “We try to create each of our dishes in a very authentic way with our own flavors added.”

Best Business Catering
Culinary Crafts
357 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
1400 W. 400 North, Orem, UT 84057

Culinary Crafts is known for sourcing local seasonal foods, which is just one of many reasons why the company is popular. It is also the only caterer left in Utah that has a full in-house bakery producing all of its own breads, desserts, gelato and candies. “We make over 18 different varieties of bread, and when it is coming out of the ovens every morning, it is a smell I just can’t resist,” says Mary Crafts-Homer, president and CEO.

Add the fresh-baked items to Culinary Crafts’ most popular dish, mesquite-grilled Rocky Mountain red trout with house-made sweet tomato jam, and it’s easy to see why the company remains a mainstay in the community.

Best Cocktails
155 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

With its classic, speakeasy ambiance, Bar-X is the perfect spot for after-business drinks—especially since its cocktails are made with only the best ingredients. “We use only fresh juice for anything that calls for fruit,” says Co-owner Richard Noel. “If it’s not in season, we just don’t offer it.”

Best Steak
Ruth’s Chris Salt Lake
275 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

At Ruth’s Chris, steak takes center stage. No fancy sauces or overpowering seasonings—a Ruth’s Chris steak is served with only a generous pat of butter, salt and pepper, and a sprig of parsley.

“Our signature is that we cook the steak in an 1800-degree broiler that sears the outside and seals in the juices. We serve it to you on a 500-degree platter, and it goes out within 90 seconds of being removed from the broiler,” says Mark Robbins, owner of Ruth’s Chris Salt Lake.

Best Business Lunch
New Yorker
60 W. Market Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Look no further than New Yorker for a quick, tasty and impressive lunch. Favorite items on the menu include the filet mignon, prime steak, Atlantic sole and seafood stew, which is Chef Will Pliler’s favorite selection. “It is a light flavorful broth with fresh Maine lobster, shrimp, mussels, calamari and pancetta,” he says. Another seasonal choice Pliler recommends is the filetto di ricca, which is a 6 ounce filet mignon topped with fresh foie gras and freshly harvested porcini mushrooms.

Beyond its good eats, the 35-year-old restaurant is housed in the original Hotel Utah and includes some of the original furnishings and stained glass skylights, making it a historic downtown icon.

Best Company Party Venue
Pierpont Place
163 Pierpont Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Pierpont Place has been the venue of choice for more than 1,000 events. While each event has had its own flair, owner Janice Boes says one of her favorite experiences was hosting the Sundance Film Festival’s Salt Lake Premiere Gala. “This annual event is a special event for our team. We host guests from around the world, Hollywood and local community all coming together to celebrate film. It turned out fabulous,” she says.

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