Archive for the ‘On the Farm’ Category

Jul 02, 2014

Communal’s July Farm-to-Table Dinner

Farm to Table Dinners

Join us for Communal’s Farm-to-Table dinner on Monday July 14. We are featuring Zoe’s Garden in Layton, UT.

Since early spring of this year, Zoe’s Garden has been a wonderful source of produce. They also offer a year-round CSA program through their farm with pick-up locations throughout the Salt Lake Valley. In the last few months we have run several daily rotating vegetable bisque soups made from Zoe’s produce and other ingredients from Zoe’s have been part of many small shares on our dinner menu. We are excited about this farm-to-table menu which Chef Newman crafted with produce as his beginning inspiration.

We will be reserving seating from 6-9pm for that evening. Please contact us at 801-373-8000 or to reserve your place.

$38/guest for a four-course fixed menu:

First course
Chicken liver pâté with sweet cherry compote, sorrel, crispy toast

Second Course
Kohlrabi salad with sour apple, pea shoots, and caraway vinaigrette

Third Course
Grilled flank steak with creamy mustard greens, confit fingerling potatoes, crispy garlic chips

Dessert Course
Buttermilk panna cotta with strawberry, honey, edible flowers

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.