Are you Ready for a Food Festival? Celebrate at Firewood


are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodWhether you live near Main Street, Park City, Utah or you are in town to ski and celebrate, I can promise the food, service and company will be fantastic at Firewood. We chose to go there to celebrate my very first art sale at Artworks Park City. Carl, Heather and I were ready to enjoy our evening but were unprepared for the great lengths the team would go to accomodate us. I have several food challenges which were no problem at Firewood. We dined on incredible food and even tasted new things that quickly became favorites.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewood

Chef John Murcko lovingly designed and built the restaurant literally. He handmade the wood tables and the big door at the back of the main dining room! Many repurposed materials were used and we loved the exposed brick walls of the historic building at 306 Main Street. If you can get a reservation, sit at the chef’s table called Chef’s Library and Murcko will serve you his mouthwatering menu through the window and talk to you all night.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewood

You can see the hardwood-fueled open flame of the Infierno 154, the fourteen foot long Grillworks with four modular grilling stations, a central fire station, as well as a 48-inch rotisserie, where your food is being created through floor-to-ceiling glass windows which were salvaged from a Midwestern schoolhouse which provide an unobstructed view of the kitchen.

Murcko uses locally sourced ingredients and the menu rotates with the seasons. Over the last thirty years, Chef Murcko has opened more than 25 restaurants in Park City as well as in Sun Valley and he is thrilled to be sharing his favorite style of cooking with his family, long time friends and new friends like you at Firewood.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodHe carefully selects different woods like cedar, cherry or maple to enhance the flavor of the dishes. Murcko said, “Open flame cooking is a passion of mine and I have enjoyed sharing this unique dining style with my family around the holidays for many years. I know Firewood guests will love the rich flavors, nuanced variety in the entrees and the truly multi-sensory culinary experience.  It’s an honor to have a restaurant on Main Street and I love serving my family and friends in the best mountain town in the world.” He is passionate about food, family and great dining.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodDo not worry if you do not eat meat as Murcko has a vegan main which was developed by the team in a Chopped-style competition. The chefs were given ingredients and the staff voted on their favorite which is a cauliflower and avocado cake with wild mushrooms, spaghetti squash, cashews and chimichurri. Before or after dinner, make sure to visit downstairs at The Nickel Bar for cocktails.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodAre you wondering what did we eat? Honestly, with our server Victoria’s suggestions, we tried almost everything on the menu. First of all, we loved the Crumb bread from Logan and the Pallazzo della Torre wine that Greg recommended. Not only do they use cherry wood for the salmon and branzino, they smoke the sugar cubes for the drinks! Carl recommends you definitely try a Manhantan. I prefer Prosecco and Greg brought me one made from Moscato grapes. My new favorite is the Viatto.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewood

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodTo begin our festival of food, we had Beef Tartare, Baked Gnocchi with Pesto, Pork Belly and Juniper spiced Elk Loin. Heather said, “I ate two things I would not have tried and they are both really good and maybe my new favorites. The steak tartar with horseradish panna cotta and the pork belly with tarragon.” Carl’s favorite was the Elk Loin and I loved the gnocchi.

For salads we shared the Orange salad with fennel seed and champagne vinaigrette and the coal roasted beet salad with figs.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewood

For dinner, Heather said, “The cherry wood smoked brisket is a symphony for my mouth, complex and goes together marvelously.” It comes with goat cheese smashed potatoes and was my personal favorite. I also liked the Branzino which Carl and Heather recommend with the Orange Salad. Carl chose the Lamb Chop with duck confit, pork belly and pickled onions. We were so happy with our dinner choices and to celebrate together in this wonderful space. I loved watching the chefs at work through the glass windows and we were thrilled to be invited to visit Chef Murcko.

For dessert, I loved the chocolate soufflé torte. It was so great that I knew I would have to come back again the same week and have it again which I did. Heather and Carl loved the Olive Oil Cake. When we came back later in the week for dessert only, Carl had the amazing and unique homemade gelato flavors including Pistachio, Honey chamomile and Hazelnut Orange Blossom. We also learned about Benjamin’s trip to Nepal and Victoria’s competitions in the X Games. The entire team is well traveled in places, activities and knowledge of food. 

When Heather declared, “I wish I had more room in my stomach.” Carl said, “I wish I had another stomach!” Everything was made to the highest standards of quality and taste. There are seasonal changes to the menu but whatever they have when you arrive, I am certain that the food will be outstanding, the service will be remarkable and you will have an amazing dining experience! 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.7 million views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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