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Silverthorne’s Got Heart: Local restaurateurs provide food to the frontlines

Published April 8, 2020
Blue Moon and Summit Ford take food to St. Anthony Medical Center

It’s a tough time to be in the restaurant business. But for Silverthorne restaurant owners Tim Applegate and Ben Reil, that’s not holding them back from donating meals to frontline workers during this pandemic. 

As owners of Silverthorne’s Sauce on the Blue, Tim and his wife Deb have been hard at work behind the scenes to cook and deliver delicious Italian dinners for the Silverthorne Police Department each day.

“We’re not looking for anything from it,” said Tim. “We just recognize how fortunate we are to have such a wonderful police department here in our community. They are working hard right now to ensure our safety, so providing them a meal during their shift is the least we can do.”

Ben Reil and his wife Kim, owners of Blue Moon Bakery and Murphy’s Tavern, are also doing what they can to support the community. Since the day before St. Patrick’s Day when celebrations for the Irish Pub’s largest day of the year were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reils committed to helping the community the best way they knew how – through food!

Rather than letting Murphy’s corned beef and cabbage go to waste, the Reils started making phone calls, and, through a friend who works at Summit High School, identified families in the community who could use a meal. They assembled care packages with St. Patrick’s Day meals, plus produce and other surplus items, and delivered them to those in need. 

Additionally, the Reils have provided beef stew and pastries for St. Anthony Summit Medical Center staff, and will provide the deserving hospital workers with another meal on Wednesday, April 8 thanks to a partnership with Summit Ford. 

“It’s a hard time for all of us right now, but particularly for hospital workers, who are placing themselves in a vulnerable situation to care for others. It’s important that we support them,” said Ben.

While the Applegates and Reils will continue to contribute their expertise and resources to put delicious meals on the table for our neighbors who are hard at work on the frontlines, the community can also show their support to the local restaurants:

  • Sauce on the Blue is open and has its entire menu available for to-go orders. Place your order by phone and pay by card ahead of time for contactless pick-up. The Applegates, who are the only two employees working in the restaurant during this time, will then bring your food to your trunk or backseat. Consider throwing in a bottle of wine at 25% off regular prices.
  • Blue Moon Bakery is open and serving its full menu for takeout from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Customers can order and pay by phone, and staff will deliver orders curbside, upon request. The bakery is also allowing customers inside, limiting to five at a time, and has tape on the floor to help encourage social distancing.
  • Murphy’s Tavern has reopened and is offering takeout daily from noon to 8:00 p.m.

Do you know of another local business owner stepping up to help out in the community during this time? We would like to recognize them.  Please contact with information. Stay tuned for more inspiring Silverthorne’s Got Heart stories!