Chop Shop is Park City’s first modern-day butcher shop

San Diablo Churro founder pivots during the pandemic with DIY kits.

(Photo courtesy of San Diablo Churros)

Park City has its first modern-day butcher shop with the recent opening of Chop Shop.

Located at 1177 Center Drive — in the Newpark Town Center near Kimball Junction — it sells cuts of beef, pork, lamb and poultry raised on farms and ranches in nearby Kamas, Coalville and Midway.

In addition to the fresh-meat counter, the 1,700-square-foot store offers Utah-made cheeses, cured meats and other grab-and-go items. Wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches also are available for limited dine-in seating or curbside pickup.

John Courtney is the head butcher and co-founder along with Chuck Heath and Dan Ibach.

Since completing culinary school, Courtney has worked his way up the industry ladder, with stints in several Las Vegas restaurants, including Carson Kitchen, Yardbird, Hattie B’s, Lardo and Pok Pok.

Chop Shop is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

San Diablo sells DIY churro kits

Utahn Scott Porter founded San Diablo Artisan Churros in 2016, making and selling these deep-fried treats at catered parties and events along the Wasatch Front.

When COVID-19 ended large gatherings, Porter, who graduated in international business, marketing and entrepreneurship from Brigham Young University, pivoted to take-and-bake kits. Sold online, these kits brought “churro happiness” to people across the country.

Now Porter has taken the business a step further, coming up with what he calls the “first consumer product for making fillable churros at home.”

The extruder — or churrera — has nine nozzles, including one that hollows out the dough strip for filling, he said in a news release.

Fans can get the churro maker in the company’s new Theme-Park Therapy kit. The DIY box costs $48.99 and includes the extruder, nozzles, recipes, frozen dough, a limited-edition pineapple filling and cinnamon sugar for dusting. Extra fillings are $5.99 each.

The company offers free shipping for orders over $65.

Porter still sells the take-and-bake kits that helped him survive the pandemic. They start at $23.99 and include premade mini-churros ready to reheat in the oven or air fryer. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available.

Customers can fill the churros with their favorite flavor, including dulce de leche, Nutella, sweet cream, homemade lemon curd and raspberry.

Feast on ‘reel’ food

The Flatirons Food Film Festival — a smaller, culinary version of Utah’s famed Sundance Film Festival — normally takes place in Boulder, Colo., each year.

But the 2021 version is virtual, which means no matter where you live, you can feast on “reel food.”

The festival takes place Jan. 28 through Feb. 5 and includes 10 feature-length films as well as several shorts on a variety of culinary topics from chocolate, coffee and pasta to Native American foods, food science and solutions to food waste.

Discussions with directors and writers follow each screening. There’s also a virtual lounge and a trivia night for food geeks.

Watch the film live or tune in at your convenience (within 72 hours).

One of the featured films is “First Cow.” It follows a skilled cook, living with a group of fur trappers in Oregon, and a Chinese immigrant, seeking his fortune, who collaborate on a successful business.

Another timely offering is “Gather,” about the growing movement among Indigenous Americans to reclaim their spiritual and cultural identities through ancestral foods.

For a complete lineup or to buy single tickets, multifilm passes or whole festival packs, visit flatironsfoodfilmfest.org.

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