Archive for May, 2014

May 26, 2014

Gardening Season


Do you have a garden? It is so satisfying to work outside week after week tending plants, and then to harvest tomatoes and carrots from your own backyard and bring them to your kitchen table. Even a small garden of fresh herbs makes all the difference in cooking amazing, simple meals. We planted some lettuce and arugula in a flowerbed behind Communal, which we plan to use for family meals with our staff.

We love Alice Waters (perhaps you recognize her name from seeing it on the wall at Pizzeria 712) and her guidelines for good cooking, which relate primarily to gathering good ingredients:

Eat locally & sustainably

Eat seasonally

Shop at farmers’ markets

Plant a garden

Conserve, compost & recycle

Cook simply

Cook together

Eat together

Remember food is precious

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Here are some links and local resources related to these topics:

The USU Extension put together this list of recommended vegetable varieties for growing in northern Utah.

Seed Savers is an amazing resource for heirloom variety seeds.

A guide for what produce is in season in May and some recipes using these ingredients.

The Provo Farmer’s Market opens for the season on Saturday June 7.

Tips for organic container gardening, what tomatoes grow best in containers, and other heirloom varieties for a container garden.

An illustrated guide for what to put in your compost.

Follow us on Pinterest where we have gathered more resources on similar subjects, recipes from the Heirloom kitchens and more.

May 23, 2014

Spring Cleaning at Pizzeria 712

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A few weeks ago you may have noticed our scaffolding outside. The exterior cleaning has since been finished and last Saturday our team spent the day deep-cleaning the patio. We planted flowers and herbs from Sun River Gardens and did some more power-washing to prepare for the season. Our outdoor patio is officially reopened for the summer and we are looking forward to evenings of twinkling lights, summer menu additions, and good company.

Reserve your table online here or contact us at 801-623-6712.

May 19, 2014

Cinco de Mayo at MWB

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Our grand opening of MWB South of Campus was an outdoor movie party and we continued the tradition of outdoor celebrations for Cinco de Mayo. Chefs Ryker and Joseph made delicious street tacos for a slight variation on our normal menu. The Fellows, a local Provo band, played at the party and we hope to have them back this summer for another outdoor concert. They played songs from their new Crystal EP and we put one of their posters up on our local band wall in the Provo Store! Check out more of their music here. Thanks to everyone who came out, and to our friends who wore their sombreros—it was a great night!

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May 16, 2014


Our good friend Bowman Brown was recently recognized in this review of Forage in Salt Lake City. He is rocking it and we are inspired by Forage and the way that they celebrate their connection to the land around them. Their fixed tasting menu allows Brown to highlight their foraged, local ingredients in the best possible ways as the seasons change and with it the ingredients that are available. Take a look at their beautiful website and read Ryan Sutton’s thoughtful review.

May 15, 2014


One of the Heirloom Non-Negotiables, the values that guide our company, is a “passion for learning.” We have a group of books about business, restaurants, hospitality, and other topics that we read and reread as well as a running list of favorite TED talks, quotes, interviews, and articles. In March, some of our office team attended TEDxBYU, which is organized each year by the Ballard Center at BYU. The Ballard Center recently posted videos of the talks from the event, and we wanted to share one of our favorites here.

Blake, our Culture guru,  says this talk by Kevin Starr, Director of the Mulago Foundation, was his favorite of the evening:  “The part of his talk that I focused in on is summed up by one line: ‘Be accountable to impact. The impact that you or your work has.’ ” The theme for the TEDxBYU event was “At the Intersection” and each of the speakers addressed the connections between people, knowledge, purpose, and creativity—powerful forces when combined in a community. View other videos, talks, and photos from the event at TEDxBYU.

May 02, 2014

MWB Cinco de Mayo Party

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Monday May 5 from 7-9pm we are holding a Cinco de Mayo party at Mountain West Burrito South of Campus! Chefs Joseph and Ryker will be making street tacos and our Heirloom photographer Alyssa Vincent will be taking photos for our photobooth. We’ve also invited a local band in Provo, The Fellows, who will be performing during the party.

Our grand opening of SOC was an outdoor movie party so we are looking forward to continuing the tradition of outdoor celebrations over there. We hope you can make it!