Archive for February, 2013

Feb 27, 2013

Pleasant Creek Ranch

Beyond being better for the environment and better in quality, sourcing local ingredients is an Heirloom Restaurant Group passion because we get to know the people behind the product and get to see their ideals in practice. A perfect example is the beef that we procure from Trent Jorgensen and his family’s Pleasant Creek Ranch in Utah’s own Sanpete County.

Photo by Pleasant Creek Ranch

For four generations, the Jorgensen family has been dedicated to their vision of humanely raising cattle of exceptional quality. Pleasant Creek Ranch looks to the Japanese model of pampering cattle with premium feed and minimal stress. Along with studious attention to the pedigrees of all selected stock, Pleasant Creek strives to raise beef of the highest quality in terms of marbling, tenderness, and flavor. They raise great beef by meticulous design, not by chance.

To that end, all of Pleasant Creek’s Angus and Wagyu beef are started on lush pasture before they are weaned and moved to the onsite feedlot. There, the cattle are guaranteed shade, shelter, and a natural setting in which to enjoy a free-choice mixture of high-quality grains. This process has been designed to provide Pleasant Creek Ranch’s cattle with a stress-free environment in which to thrive.

The cattle of Pleasant Creek Ranch are free of artificial hormones and steroids. They are humanely processed at a local USDA facility where Trent and his family can assure adherence to their demanding standards.

It is this care and concern for every step of the life cycle that makes the beef from Pleasant Creek Ranch not only some of the finest in Utah, but among the best in the nation. Heirloom Restaurant Group is proud to serve Pleasant Creek Ranch beef in all of of its restaurants and to count Trent Jorgensen and his family as friends.

Photo by Pleasant Creek Ranch

Feb 20, 2013

Heirloom & Pizzeria 712 Win at 2013 Salt Lake Magazine Dining Awards

Last night at the Natural History Museum of Utah, we sat amidst a crowd of friends as Salt Lake Magazine announced its 2013 Dining Awards. Winners are determined by an awards panel, this year including Mary Brown Malouf, Jim Santangelo, and Chantelle Bourdeaux, as well as Scott Beck of Visit Salt Lake and Jason Mathis, director of the Downtown Alliance.

With Colton, Joseph, Casey, Ryan, and Stephen in attendance, we were hugely honored to take home two awards. Heirloom Restaurant Group won the Green Fork Environmental Award and Pizzeria Seven Twelve happily accepted Best Central Utah Restaurant.

To all of our ardent supporters, enthusiastic employees, and tirelessly passionate farmers, ranchers, and producers — thank you! Check out the other winners at

Feb 13, 2013

Show Some Love with an Heirloom Gift Card

Happy bellies lead to happy hearts! A gift card to Communal, Pizzeria 712, or Mountain West Burrito is the perfect way to tell that friend, family member, or sweetheart that you’re thinking about them. Give the gift of Heirloom for Valentine’s Day!

Feb 01, 2013

Recipe: Communal’s Game Day Wings

Whether you’re rooting for the Ravens or the 49ers this Superbowl Sunday, you need to feed that team spirit! Just in case you need some ideas, here’s a recipe from the Communal kitchen. These wings aren’t on the menu, but we eat them frequently at staff meal. Enjoy!

Communal’s Game Day Wings

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp dry mustard
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp salt
20 chicken wings

Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl, combine vinegar and soy sauce. Add wings and toss to coat. In a separate bowl, combine spices and salt. Add to wings and toss to coat. Place wings on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper; spread apart as much as possible. Cook in oven for 10-15 minutes or until done.

Feb 01, 2013

Mountain West Burrito’s One Year Anniversary

One year ago, Mountain West Burrito joined the Heirloom Restaurant Group family. We couldn’t be happier with our rotund, foil-wrapped bundle of joy. Thanks to the incredible support of our local community and the dedication of our staff, we have opened two locations… and will soon open a third!

To celebrate, we’ll be offering specials and giveaways at both locations for the entire month of February. Follow us on Facebook (, Twitter (@mtnwestburrito), or Instagram (@mtnwestburrito) to receive updates and to find out where the third location will open its doors.