Open Mon - Sat 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM Lunch Served Mon-Sat 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M Dinner Served Mon-Sat 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Closed on Sunday
Welcome! Dear Honored Guests! It is with great pleasure, that I would like to announce the Grand Re-Opening of the Riverwalk Grill and Steakhouse!!
Here at the newly reopened Riverwalk Grill, we are proud to present the newest member of our team, Taste of America awarded, Chef Imi Kun. As an executive Chef, he was awarded Best Fine Dining in Southern Utah, has numerous awards and honors, and a local TV show presenting his ﬁne techniques and his success! Along with ‘The Orchids’ restaurant here in St. George, Chef Imi has now given ‘The Riverwalk Grill’ a new face and a new look! Chef Imi has mastered the art of creating exquisite European and American food with Italian, German, French and Hungarian inﬂuences which is featured here in the gourmet rosemary breads and appetizers, specialties such as entrees of pasta, lamb, veal, duck and ﬁlet mignon, and extraordinary desserts.
To perfectly accent your dining experience we also have a wide array of imported wines to dazzle your taste buds. And to complete your dining experience, enjoy some of our delicious and wonderfully aromatic deserts and dessert wines.
The Riverwalk Grill provides a sophisticated and classy retreat for anyone looking for remarkable food and a spectacular view that accents the relaxed Southwest style! Chef Imi, is committed to making your next dining experience an unforgettable event, and personally welcomes you to our elegant retreat!
For reservations call: (435) 773-4111 We are not a private club. All are welcome! Truly,
Chef Imi Kun The Riverwalk Grill and Steakhouse AAC.CCO. Executive Chef, Chaine Des Rotisseurs; Maitre de Table Restaurateur Taste of America Award Winner- Grand Master of Taste 2008 4210 S. Bluegrass Way Saint George, UT 84790 Restaurant: 435-773-4111 Fax: 435-216-7708 email@example.com ________________________________________________
Riverwalk Grill gets Best of 50+ Housing Awards
The National Association of Home Builders and the 50+ Housing Council awarded the Riverwalk Grill with the 2013 Gold Achievement Award for the Best 50+ Dining or Cafe Experience among all active adult communities in America.
The award was presented last week at the Best of 50+ Housing Awards ceremony at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. The Riverwalk Grill won this award in competition with scores of other active adult communities from across the country.
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DESERET NEWS ARTICLE - Nov 17, 2013 Chef Imi Kun: For this master chef, Southern Utah is the best recipe. - by Lee Benson
Summary: Imi Kun spent the first half of his
life in communist Hungary. Now, he proudly calls southern Utah home
sweet home. By Lee Benson, Deseret News
Published: Sunday, Nov. 17 2013 10:20 p.m. MST - Lee Benson Chef Imi Kun, trained for 15 years in Hungary, is something of an urban legend in St. George, where he is master chef at the Riverwalk Grill at SunRiver.
ST. GEORGE — Imi Kun just may qualify as the best cheerleader southern Utah ever had.
That’s a mouthful. But consider this: how many people do you know who were born and raised in communist Hungary at the height of the Cold War, could hold their own and then some with the finest chefs in Europe, could live anywhere in the world of their choosing, didn’t even lay eyes on the red rocks of southern Utah until they were in their mid-30s — and took one look and never looked back?
That, in a nutshell, is the story of the man everyone around here calls Chef Imi, a relative newcomer who has become something of a legend in his own time.
And not just because of the food he serves; it's because of his unabashed fondness for where he lives.
“There is everything here,” he said during a recent break from the kitchen at the Riverwalk Grill at SunRiver, where he is the resident master chef. “The climate, the people, the nature, the lifestyle. Within two hours you can ski, you can go to Las Vegas, you can get lost in the wilderness. Where else can you do that? And a lot of people say if you’re not Mormon you can’t make it here, but I’m telling you that’s a big lie. That doesn’t matter at all. I would never want to live anywhere else.”
And that’s just a warm-up for what he thinks of the United States of America.
“We have to be very, very proud of our country and about our freedom,” Chef Imi, a naturalized U.S. citizen, continued. “I think anyone who was on the other side can appreciate it even more. The American dream is true. Here, it’s up to you. If you work hard for it, you can get what you want. It’s not necessary to be a friend to a powerful leader or whatever. And the peace that’s here! You don’t have to worry about the kids going to school, what’s going to happen. For long years I don’t even worry about where my house key is.”
You get the drift. If the restaurant thing ever gets old, Imi could easily find work with the Chamber of Commerce.
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I met Imi Kun quite by chance while I was on the way to do a story about someone else: in this case, a golf addict by the name of Marty Grossman who has played the SunRiver golf course more than 2,400 times.
The night before my interview with Grossman, I was introduced to Imi at SunRiver’s Riverwalk Grill.
Or, rather, I was introduced to his Hungarian goulash.
I have never tasted better goulash.
I complimented the chef and, as I learned, compliments are nothing new for Imi. He’s been getting them for decades.
He first came to the area in 1993 as part of a group of Hungarians sponsored by their government who were taking a grand tour to see what they could learn about America.
This was just after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and the democratic world was beckoning. Like all Hungarians to that point in time, Imi, born in 1957, knew nothing other than communism. The state required teenagers to choose a profession in middle school, so at 14 he chose the culinary arts.
It turned out he was very talented, so for the next 15 years, for two and three years at a time, he was trained in every aspect of the profession: as a server, a bartender, a cook, a restaurateur and a chef. Say what you want about the stifling nonfreedom of communism, but it produced some fine specialists.
Imi was one of those. He became a master of masters. He represented Hungary in the world culinary championships in Luxembourg. With state approval he lived and worked in Italy, Germany and France to absorb the finest aspects of those cuisines.
Then he took that trip to America.
It included a visit to St. George, where the folk dancing troupe that was part of the touring group was booked for a performance.
The visiting Hungarians were hosted by local residents. Imi ended up staying with Kent and Vera Christensen and their family.
The Christensens — who remain great friends with him to this day — showed off the area. When Imi saw Zion National Park he was mesmerized.
Long story short, a year later he emigrated from Hungary to southern Utah. For four years he ran a restaurant in Escalante, the Ponderosa, that catered to the many Europeans visiting the national parks. From there he worked as food and beverage manager at Zion National Park and Death Valley before opening his own restaurant, the Cosmopolitan, in Leeds, just outside St. George. The restaurant seated 70 and was packed nightly, but the historic building it was housed in was falling apart, bringing about another restaurant in St. George, the Orchids, before Imi took over supervision of the Riverwalk Grill two years ago.
Added to Imi’s many career awards is the 2013 honor from the National Association of Homebuilders designating Riverwalk as the best 50-plus dining experience among all active adult communities in America.
The plaque hangs in the lobby next to numerous other plaques praising Chef Imi — an unexpected treasure in a place that’s full of them.