A couple months before the pandemic caused the travel industry to grind to a screeching halt, Park City hosted The Traveling Bornsteins for a ski getaway. Our first lunch was at Hearth and Hill where we sampled several entrees. Our host, Dan Howard, the Director of Communication for Park City ordered one of his favorites, a Banana Dutch Baby. I took a healthier approach with a Refuel Salad while Ira feasted on Korean Fried Chicken. After starting The Traveling Bornsteins’ Chefs and Recipes series, I reached out to Brooks Kirchheimer. I wanted to learn more about his popular, award-winning restaurant and how they are coping with the ramifications of COVID-19.
Brooks Kirchheimer, what caused you to return to Park City in 2017 to pursue your goal of starting your dream restaurant?
- Donated $1,000 to the Park City Community Foundation.
- Contributed $750 to Hive Family Collective, a non-profit for new or expecting mothers in Park City.
- Donated over 40 meals to families in need in the Park City community.
- Participated in the EATS foundation fundraiser, assisting them in raising over $40,000.
- Distributed over 50 free grocery bags to our associates to assist them with food needs.
- Gave 25% off to our a la carte menu from day one of curbside to show love to our community when we could all use a little.
- Donated 9 $50 gift cards to a restaurant in SLC that is having a BLM fundraiser.
- Creating new signage throughout the restaurant
- Encourage social distancing
- Placing all tables at least 7-feet apart
- All staff wear masks and gloves at all times
- Asked guests to wear masks while walking through the restaurant
- Sanitize the restaurant constantly
- Installed hands free foot holds in the restroom to open the doors
- Using disposable menus for our guests
We spent a week training our entire staff before we opened.
In the next post, we will share Chef Jordan Harvey’s recipe for Korean Fried Chicken.
When Sandy isn’t trekking or writing in Colorado, she is traveling. She has visited more than 40 countries and lived as an international teacher in Bangalore, India. Sandy’s award-winning book, May This Be the Best Year of Your Life, is a resource for people contemplating an expat lifestyle and living outside their comfort zone.
Sandy shares her lifestyle and travel experiences with international and domestic online sites and print media. She has contributed stories to Hemispheres, Destinations Magazine, KUHL’s Born in the Mountain blog, Grand Magazine, Wandering Educators, Golden Living, AARP, Hadassah magazine, Localliz, One Travel, Miles Away, Canadian Jewish News, Getting On Travel, Far and Wide, Colorado Parent, Traveler Confidential, Family Circle- Momster, and others.