Archive for September, 2013

Sep 27, 2013

Communal’s Birthday

Come celebrate with us on Communal’s birthday! Thank you to all of our supporters for supporting local, sustainable food at Communal Restaurant.

Sep 24, 2013

Recipe: Pan Sauteed Summer Squash with Basil Pesto

  

August and September are two of the best months for summer squash and basil in Utah County. Have you ever tried the two together? This sautéed squash and pesto dish is full of flavor. Enjoy as a quick side-dish for an upcoming meal.

Basil Pesto

Ingredients
6 cups fresh basil, leaves picked off stems
1/3 cup pinenuts, slightly toasted
8 cloves garlic
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 cups olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Place basil, pinenuts, garlic and oil in blender. Blend for 1 min using the tamper if necessary.
Add cheese and salt and pepper while the blender is running until everything is well combined.

Summer Squash

Ingredients
An assortment of your favorite summer squash (zucchini, yellow crookneck, patty-pan etc.)

Directions
Slice squash thinly with a mandolin.
Heat pan with a little oil.
Sauté squash until soft, add desired amount of basil pesto until warmed and well combined.
Transfer to a serving dish, top with cheese and serve immediately.

Sep 16, 2013

Share our Strength: Help End Childhood Hunger in America

Did you know that 1 in 5 kids in America struggles with hunger? September is the month dedicated to ending this needless affliction.

Change comes about when communities pull together to make a significant difference. Heirloom Restaurant Group is dedicated to helping solve this problem and with your help we can raise awareness and the resources necessary to make a change. In the words of Margaret Mead:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Join us any day from September 23rd through September 28th to enjoy a special menu item at Heirloom Restaurants: Pizzeria Seven Twelve and Communal. All proceeds from these menu items will go to No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending hunger. Learn more about the Share our Strength campaign here. 

One of our favorite parts of this campaign is that the proceeds not only help alleviate childhood hunger but also help assist parents in providing nutritious, affordable and home-cooked meals for their family. It’s not just about food but real food that will sustain our environment and raise a healthy generation. Join us in this worthy cause to stand up for American children in need.

Sep 12, 2013

Take a Break this Weekend and Enjoy a Hearty Summer Brunch

On a rainy dreary day things seems to slow down a little. It’s easy to peer out the window, be captivated by the drizzling rain and daydream. After a long hot summer, it’s nice to have the cool wet weather. From seeing all the local fruit stands and farmers markets this time of year it’s easy to daydream about food. What to make for dinner with that fresh garden squash or the perfect dessert for those recently harvested raspberries. It can be overwhelming at times trying to enjoy and use the summer’s full bounty before it’s too cold outside and leaves us anxiously awaiting the spring of next year.

Weekend forecasts are showing thunderstorms through Saturday. It’s a great time to pull out the canner and mason jars and preserve the harvest to enjoy local peaches and pickled cucumbers in the coming months. Between batches, come treat yourself to some local flair prepared by our chefs especially for you. A house favorite is this Sautéed House Smoked Salmon Hash. Only the best salmon with potatoes, onions, green pepper, greens and fresh summer corn compliment each other for a wonderful and filling dish. Enjoy fresh juice and a side of house- made local sausage to round off the perfect meal. Join us for the Communal brunch, served every Saturday from 9-2. See the full menu here.

What local produce have you been enjoying this month? Tell us about your favorite recipes to inspire others to preserve the harvest this weekend.

Sep 10, 2013

Join us at Taste of the Valley this Saturday

Come enjoy the tastes of Utah Valley’s best chefs at the 21st annual Taste of the Valley. This Saturday, some of Utah’s best local restaurants along with Communal, Pizzeria Seven Twelve and Mountain West Burrito, will be featuring different samplers for guests to enjoy. Please your taste buds and have fun with family and friends at this wonderful event. We’ll see you there!

Sep 09, 2013

Recipe: Roasted Local Sweet Corn with Chimichurri

Fresh ears of corn are nearing the end of their season. Pick some up at a local farm stand or at the Communal Farmers Market and enjoy this delicious recipe. It’s quick, full of flavor and sure to be a crowd pleaser at an upcoming barbecue.

Sep 06, 2013

See You Next Wednesday at the Communal Farmers Market

Beautiful heirloom tomatoes, juicy peaches and crisp greens can all be found at the Communal Farmers Market. Come see what Harward Farms, Lott Family Farms, La Nay Ferme and other local farms are offering. While you’re shopping around you can also enjoy a fresh slice of pizza from Jeano’s Pizza Food Truck.

Details for the Market:

  • Every Wednesday from August through October
  • Located on the side-walk surrounding Communal
  • From 5pm-8pm