Archive for the ‘Local Events & Local Features’ Category

Nov 28, 2015

Feature on The Utah Foodie Podcast

Incase you haven’t heard of The Utah Foodie podcast, you should have them on your radar now. Weekly episodes feature restaurants, dining tips, new food brands, and movements in the local food scene. Recorded for the internet, segments make their way onto 90.9FM KRCL, a local public radio station, as mini-features throughout the week. The Utah Foodie recorded a story on Communal, and the finished podcast is now live. Check it out on their website as well as the other great stories they feature!


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Sep 16, 2015

Communal Farm to Table Event at Communal Restaurant

For those of you who missed our farm to table event earlier this month, don’t worry, we are hosting another! This upcoming event will be at Communal Restaurant on September 28, featuring a set menu based on local produce. Reservations can be made by calling Communal and for any available time between 5-9pm. Dinner is $42/person.







Cliffard Farm Deviled Egg

Sugar Sweet Corn Veloute
Red pepper, onion, cilantro

Christiansen Farm Pork
Farro, stonefruit, kale, sherry reduction

Peaches & Cream
Rolled oat crumble


Sugar Sweet Corn: corn
La Nay Farms: cilantro, kale, peppers
Snuck Farms: kale
Allred Orchards: peaches & apples
Anson Mills: farro
Caputos: oils, vinegars, salts
Cliffard Farms: eggs, honey


Photo by Christine Armbruster Photography

Sep 02, 2015

Local Dinner Event with Sun River Gardens

Thank you to all who came out to Sun River Gardens for such a beautiful farm to table dinner! It was such a lovely event full of new friends, delicious food, and the most picturesque place to host it all. For those of you who missed it, enjoy the photos below and perhaps we will see you next time!ChristineArmbrusterPhotography_02 copy







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Food and Event Photography by Christine Armbruster Photography

Aug 27, 2015

Farm to Table Event at Sun River Gardens

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“Hello Friends!

Come join us for an elegant evening outdoors under glowing lights surrounded by a canopy of trees and flowers as we invite you to experience a menu inspired by an end of summer harvest! Our local chefs at Communal + Heirloom Restaurant Group are experts in bringing the freshest ingredients to the table in creative and unique ways. We are thrilled that we are able to host this event and be able to bring the community together through local food, local farmers and local chefs. This menu was created by artists and it will delight your tastebuds.

See you there!
Scott + Tanya Engh


Dinner is $60/person. Space is limited. To reserve a space please call Sun River Gardens at 801-229-1975 or sign-up in person. The Reservation Fee is due upon RSVPing. Dinner includes a 4-course meal, beverages + gratuity. Each guest will also leave with a handmade garden gift. Please contact if you have further questions!
Also Note: Event will take place rain or shine. No rain-checks available. This is an outside event, please dress accordingly. If there is rain in the forecast for that evening, the event will be moved indoors. Sun Dollars cannot be redeemed towards this event. Due to the preparation and popularity of this event, cancellations 3 days prior to the event are non-refundable. (August 29th, 2015)”


(Taken from the Sun River Garden’s website)

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Aug 24, 2015

Dale Allred’s Heirloom Tomatoes

If there is anybody who can grow the most delicious tomatoes, it is Dale Allred. Delivering over 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes weekly to Heirloom Restaurant Group, it is incredible to be able to taste the difference between each variety and see how different a simple tomato can be. They are so good, that we have a hard time using any other tomatoes when they aren’t in season, so we don’t even try. Currently on the Pizzeria 712 and Communal menus, we are offering two very different and very delicious tomato salads, both for a very limited time only while these tomatoes are in season.

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Left (Communal): Dave Allred’s heirloom tomatoes with Sugar Sweet Farms watermelon, served with fresh burrata and basil puree.

Right (Pizzeria 712): Dave Allred’s heirloom tomatoes with fresh handpulled mozzarella, balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, and finished with basil from La Nay Ferme.


Photographs by Christine Armbruster Photography


Jul 13, 2015

Remodeling at Communal by Handcraft Concrete Design



We recently got a new sink over at Communal, thanks to Brian Thompson of Handcraft Concrete Design. It’s a locally made beautiful handmade bathroom sink made from concrete, Come in to Communal and check it out, as well as his recent work on his Instagram. His home designs range from sinks to tables, so if you are looking to remodel or some beautiful pieces for your home, he would be a great option for beautiful and unique concrete pieces.


Photos by Christine Armbruster Photography

Nov 24, 2014

Small Business Saturday – #ShopSmall


Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday—this year it falls on November 29. Support your neighborhood and local, small businesses by shopping small! American Express has teamed up with small businesses all over the country to spread the word. For Amex card holders, register in advance of Saturday to receive up to $30 back when you make purchases at participating businesses.

We love being a part of the vibrant business communities in each neighborhood where the Heirloom restaurants are located. Downtown Provo is sharing their downtown gift guide and other goings-on downtown on Saturday. See their Instagram account (@downtownprovo) for more information.

This infographic below from Shop Small shares more details on the impact that shopping locally can have on the economy in our communities.


Oct 29, 2014

Midtown 360

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Yesterday was a memorable day in Orem as we attended the re-groundbreaking for the Midtown 360 development. For nearly as long as we have been in our space at Midtown since opening Pizzeria 712 in 2007, the completion of the rest of the buildings had been halted due to a number of financial and legal complications. We are excited to see the energy and vision of the Ritchie Group and Evergreen Properties, who are taking over the development of Midtown. The name has been changed to Midtown 360—a reflection of this turn of events and a nod to the plans for a rooftop garden on the south building which will have beautiful panoramic views of Utah Valley. The final complex will house 550 apartments and 60,000 sq. feet of retail space. We are excited for the growth that will come to this area as a result.

Read more about the project in the Daily Herald and watch Joseph and Brian on the news!

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Sep 23, 2014

Fresh Wednesdays

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We thought we would share some photos from recent Fresh Wednesdays and also announce that tomorrow we will have the portable pizza oven from Pizzeria 712 on site! Colton will be making margherita pizza and utilizing produce from the market for another type (to be determined).

The weekly market will be ending earlier in the season than we originally publicized and tomorrow will be the last week of the market. We have loved putting this market on with Downtown Provo and encourage you to check out the other upcoming events that the Downtown Provo team is turning their attention towards—notably the 5-year anniversary Rooftop Concert and Downtown Shop & Meet on Friday October 3. See more details on their Facebook page.

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We hope you will join us for the final week of Fresh Wednesday and support the farmers who have been with us each week—they have made it a great season with their fragrant, fresh, and beautiful produce.


Aug 20, 2014

Fresh Wednesdays


Join us tonight for the first Fresh Wednesday of the season from 6-9pm. We are partnering with Downtown Provo to continue the tradition of holding a farmer’s market behind Communal, which we began last year. Each Wednesday night of the market, we will run a dinner special at Communal highlighting some of the ingredients available from the producers that evening.

Tonight’s special is an herb roasted chicken with sweet corn purée, swiss chard, and cherry tomatoes, featuring sweet corn and cherry tomatoes from Larry Beck and cherry tomatoes from La Nay Ferme. We are looking forward to the first market tonight and Wednesday nights to come and hope you will join us!