Mountain Berry Salad and EVO Conference

Last weekend I was able to go to the EVO Conference held in Park City, Utah.  I lucked out and won a ticket from Today’s Mamma.  Let me first say if I had the  money I would totally be living in Park City.  I love it there.  I am a total mountain girl.  I love the smells you find in the mountain.  Our family usually takes a vacation to Park City every year.  So, now you know how much I love Park City.

Now the main location of conference was The Canyons resort.  I haven’t been to The Canyons area before, but was totally impressed.  The Grand Summit Hotel is where we were located within the resort.  It was beautiful and all the food I had there was fabulous!  This foodie was very happy.  My highlight of the whole conference was the food class.  We got to go the Alpine House located within the resort.  The session started off by being served a delicious 5 course lunch.  We had a shrimp and scallop corn dog with honey mustard sauce followed by a lobster coconut and summer pea bisque.  Both were fabulous.  I really loved the flavor of the bisque.  The coconut milk was a nice change from the usual cream used in most bisque soup.

Next, we had a yummy chanterelle mushroom and mountain berry salad. I have never had chanterelle mushrooms before, but let me say they are divine.  The salad was also topped with a nice wedge of Beehive white cheddar cheese.  Again, so yummy.  For our main course we had two choices a marinated salmon with a vegetarian soba noodle sushi and pea tendril salad or a lamb shepherds pie.  I went for the lamb.  It was also divine.  It was so tender.  LOVE IT!  Lastly, we had a bunch of mini desserts to devour.  Apparently, I was too slow and getting dessert.  I was able to sample 1 1/2 of the tiny sweet morsels.  This was probably good for my waste line.  What I was able to have was fabulous.  I also enjoyed a refreshing watermelon punch with my meal.

The Lamb Shepherds Pie

Watermelon Punch

The Desserts!

After lunch, we got to break up into groups and learn how to make a couple of the dishes we ate with the chefs from the Alpine House.  I was in the group that learned how to make the salmon, sushi, pea tendril salad along with the chanterelle mushroom and mountain berry salad.  The salad is the one dish I thought I could share with you and easily Realmomkitchenize the recipe for all of you.

The Chef for the cooking class.

The marnated king salmon with vegetarian soba noodle sushi and pea tendril salad

After the cooking lesson we moved on to photography where I learned some fun tips from Helen Dujardin from Tartlette .  Our food session was then finished off with a panel discussion.  We heard from Helen Jane (Helen Jane), Jane Maynard (This Week For Dinner), and Stephanie Robinette (AllRecipes). This food class rocked!

I also got to spend some time with two of my favorite foodie friends too – Tina from Mommy’s Kitchen and Jamie from Jamie Cooks It Up. I wish we were able to hang out more often in real life.

So the recipe today is the Real Mom Kitchen version of the chanterelle mushroom and mountain berry salad.

This is the version I had at the Alpine House.

Mountain Berry Salad

  • 1 cups button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, lightly roasted and chopped
  • 3 cups baby lettuce mix or baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterrey jack or white cheddar cheese


  • 1 Tbsp shallot or onion, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. To prepare dressing, place all ingredients in blender or food processor except olive oil. Turn on blender or food processor and drizzle in olive.
  2. Saute mushrooms in canola oil until lightly browned and season with salt and pepper.  Allow to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl toss cooled mushrooms and remaing salad ingredients, except pistachios.
  4. Add dressing and toss to coat, being careful not to over dress the salad.
  5. Serve on chilled plates topped with the pistachios.

7 comments on “Mountain Berry Salad and EVO Conference

  • This post has everything a woman needs – food, friends and a getaway! I’m a writer for the Daily Universe newspaper at Brigham Young University, and I’m hoping to get the scoop on the EVO Conference and how it works for an article I’m writing.
    You’re the first person I’ve contacted because your blog title gave it away that you’re a foodie, and I love cooking blogs as much as I love writing. Please email me if you have time to chat about the conference ( My article is due Wednesday.

    Keep blogging! I’m a new fan!

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  • Great post. I just loved the food and the people at this conference! GNO was fun, too! 🙂

  • Wasn’t that food workshop awesome? I loved the lunch too and the mushrooms were one of my fave parts… and the watermelon punch, and the main course, and… LOL! Seriously though, they treated us so well. I loved every second. Glad you did too.

    So happy you were able to come. Hope we’ll see you back next year for evo’11!

  • Looks tasty! Sounds like you had a great time!

  • Wow – great pictures! The berryful salad sounds wonderful!

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