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Boes says she enjoys her role of celebrating success in the community. “As a local company, we are very involved in supporting other local business and organizations, which builds community and strengthens our economy,” she says. “Our mission is to deliver the best product and best service for the best price, assuring that most can access our services if they choose.”
Best Business Casual
The Copper Onion
111 E. Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
From day one, The Copper Onion prioritized using locally and regionally sourced ingredients in the kitchen. Chef Ryan Lowder changes the menu regularly to use freshly grown and seasonal produce. He sources local beef from Utah County-based Pleasant Creek Ranch and finds fresh produce from Salt Lake’s Old Man Frank, and supports several other locally owned farmers and food manufacturers. Lowder also searches for new ingredients to create unique plates you won’t find anywhere else. As one voter says, “[The Copper Onion] has an upscale look, down to earth roots and is chef operated!”
Best Place to Impress
6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Nestled among 40 acres of private land that includes three waterfalls, a natural outdoor theater and a pond, Log Haven is a place where all of your senses can feast. Built in the 1920s, the historic restaurant serves fine-dining options like seared wild salmon served with a cucumber broth, purple potatoes, purslane, pickled onions and horseradish crème—which happens to be owner Margo Provost’s top pick. Or, you might opt for grilled bison steak served with caramelized Brussels sprouts, house-made candied pancetta, cipolin onions and fingerling yams.
“I have always felt that breaking bread together can be the key to connecting personally with business clients,” says Provost. “The right setting oils the gears of negotiation, and a satisfying meal sends the message that the relationship is valued.”
Best Business Meeting Venue
The Grand America Hotel
505 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Sumptuous and elegant, The Grand America Hotel is the perfect setting for important meetings and events. The hotel can host the smallest, intimate groups to events with more than 2,000 attendees.
Susanne Maitzen, executive director of hospitality communications, says she enjoys the immense variety of meetings that take place at The Grand America, but among her favorite are “those that transform elegant meeting space used for a general session during the day into an entirely different atmosphere in the evening with use of decor, themes and technical elements. It allows groups to host a multi-day event all on property and still get the exposure to the evening entertainment they might have been considering at an off-site venue.”
Best Kept Secret
Del Mar al Lago
310 Bugatti Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Del Mar al Lago is a well-kept secret—perhaps because it’s located in an industrial area of South Salt Lake, or possibly due to its traditional, but exotic (to locals) Peruvian cuisine. The star of Del Mar al Lago’s menu is undoubtedly the ceviche: fresh, raw fish that is cured in a citrus-based marinade. The flavors are varied from cilantro and chili to yellow curry and chipotle. The best option is to try a platter with all three of the restaurant’s signature ceviches.
Chef Frederick Perez brings a unique flair to the restaurant, along with a full menu of traditional Peruvian dishes like Peruvian kebabs, seafood paella, and shrimp or seafood stew. Del Mar al Lago will not be a hidden gem for long—so grab a table while you can.