Archive for January, 2013

Jan 29, 2013

A Whirlwind Tour of NYC’s Best Eats

Anthony Bourdain makes a living out of choosing edible highlights across the globe, but there’s still nothing as good as vicariously living through your friends’ meals. Colton and Joseph just returned from a 72-hour trip stuffed with the best food they could find in New York City. Colton says:

Joseph & I set out to eat our way through a few days in NY.  It is not as easy at it seems and certainly not for the faint of heart.  8 full meals in under 72 hours.  Our itinerary:


  • Breakfast at Maialino
  • Lunch at Cafe 2
  • Dinner at Gramercy Tavern (dining room)


  • Breakfast on the terrace of our hotel
  • Lunch at Prune
  • Early dinner at Gramercy Tavern (tavern)
  • Late dinner at ABC Kitchen


  • Sleep in
  • Lunch at Shake Shack

With the weather hovering around 40 degrees it was a welcome respite from the bitter cold we have been experiencing here in Utah.  Getting to be on the receiving end of hospitality for a few days was a nice change as well.  It always helps to remind me of how important the work we are doing at Heirloom is.  We really do have the opportunity to make peoples days better, sometimes in small ways and at other times in big ways.

We also managed to squeeze in some quintessential NY experiences looking around MOMA, Shopping, Guggenheim Museum, walking by Central Park…

All in all, a great trip. Here are some photos:

Jan 15, 2013

Local Spotlight: Provo Bicycle Collective

Every year around this time, the grey cold starts to sink just a bit too deep into our bones and we start dreaming about Spring. Sadly, it’s still a few months away, so we settle for dreaming about what we’ll get to do when it warms up again–and that inevitably leads to bikes. We like bikes. HRG is home to several avid bikers (including Colton) and we’ve given away free chips & salsa at Mountain West Burrito for bike riders. For all you fellow two-wheeling fans, here’s a spotlight on one of our favorite local spots, the Provo Bicycle Collective:

If there’s something satisfying about shaking the greasy hand of a mechanic, I felt very satisfied indeed when I shook Scott Manning’s hand at the Provo Bicycle Collective. Scott, a gently jovial man, has been with the Collective since its formation in November of 2011. As a 501(C)(3) non-profit and sister to the Bicycle Collective in Salt Lake City, the Provo Bicycle Collective does a lot of great work for the Provo community and is poised to do a lot more as people continue to get on board with the mission: repair education, affordable bike restoration and sales to lower-income people.

The Collective is kind of how you might imagine it would be. To enter the headquarters, I walked past a pair of tattooed Collective-goers and their pit bull, through the garage door, past the converted bicycle/speaker/turntable contraption, into the converted auto shop and then, as described before, I shook the greased hand of the bearded Collective-Goer-in Chief, Scott. With the exception of two workbenches surrounding a single bike stand, the place is wall-to-wall with bikes of all sorts and sizes in various states of repair.

Yes. It’s awesome.

I’ll admit I’m a sucker for anything bike, but this—this is something even more fantastic altogether. Aside from the veritable cornucopia of frames, parts, tools and glorious proletarian vibe, the genuine spirit of the Collective just exudes goodness. Scott explains.

“A lot of people don’t get it at first. They try to drop their bike off and say ‘I’ll be back in an hour’. It’s the whole ‘teach a man to fish’ thing. We focus on low-income people and kids. We are trying to get them on bikes that actually run well.” This is typically the moment when they will promote local bike shops if visitors are looking for traditional service, Scott explained to me. They aren’t there to take business away from shops but rather to help people get educated.

If you’re still puzzled, don’t be. It’s simple. Scott and other volunteers open the shop a few days a week and for $5 an hour (payable to their plastic can of a cash register), they will show you how to fix your own bike. If you want to buy a bike, the volunteers spend time not used teaching to repair donated bikes to working order. These cost anywhere from $35-$140. “Most of our bikes are donated by LDS wards and Eagle Scout projects,” Scott tells me.

How can you not love this!?

As with any labor of love, Scott and the folks at the Collective drip with integrity and a genuine sense of mission. Take for example their self-imposed mandate to keep the streets safe for kids on Halloween. Annual Halloween Rides involve a mass of volunteers decking their bikes out with glow sticks to form a neon orb of costumed riders slowly crawling through Provo neighborhoods to slow traffic. The aforementioned converted bicycle/speaker/turntable contraption blares throughout.

Other events the Collective undertakes are Monday Night Bike Rides, repair education events, bicycle polo and Downtown Provo dance walks (again with the bicycle/speaker/turntable contraption).

Besides needing enough sales and donations to cover winter rent (you can buy bikes and donate in the shop to help with this need), the Collective has plans for the future. “I’d love to see more high school students through here,” Scott says. “They often don’t know the rules of the road and don’t know basic repair. They get a flat tube and think, ‘Oh, my bike is broken’ and throw it away.” This is the essence of what the Collective does: education.

So, comrades, get yourselves down to the Provo Bicycle Collective and see what’s up. Like them on Facebook and go see the shop. Besides finding truly great old Raleigh frames just asking to be restored, you’ll undoubtedly to get to shake a greasy hand or two.


Provo Bicycle Collective
49 North 1100 West #2
Provo, UT 84601

Jan 02, 2013

Cafeteria Company Opens New Location

Heirloom Cafeteria Company Vivint Cafe

Heirloom’s corporate dining division, Cafeteria Company, provides fresh, healthy dining options with everything from full-services employee cafes to daily office deliveries.

We’re excited to announce the opening of a new location at Vivint LDC in Lindon, UT. This is Heirloom’s third partnership with Vivint and we can’t wait to continue serving and growing with their company.

If your business is looking for a new twist on the employee cafeteria, contact us!

Jan 01, 2013

Happy New Year and A Look Back at 2012

2012 was a wonderful year for us. From hosting farm dinners to sourcing our beef from a local 4H auction, we did our best to support the local food community. We fed the talented bands at the Rooftop Concert Series, spent a weekend in a farm mob at Clifford Family Farms, and sent Stephen to Chez Panisse. Mountain West Burrito joined the family, then opened a second location. Pizzeria 712 hit a milestone and turned 5 years old. Our Cafeteria Co opened another corporate dining location, Communal hosted a series of spectacular wine dinners, and Heirloom Catering helped craft the most important memories of people’s lives.

Along the way, we shared meals with the family and friends that we love;  for us, that is what makes the year a success. Thank you to our employees for their dedication and passion and thank you to our guests for supporting us. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Heirloom Restaurant Group