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Livin’ la Boa Vida with authentic Brazilian açaí

PARK CITY, Utah — One Park City family is living la Boa Vida and sharing it with the community. Allison and Jason Dittmer, along with their sons Jesse and Casey and Brazilian partner Ancelmo Sobrinho, created the Boa Vida food truck to bring authentic Brazilian açaí to Park City.

“Our açaí comes directly from Brazil, and it’s really good quality,” said Allison. “A lot of açaí [on the market] has a lot of water added to it, and it’s cut with other berries or fruits. We have pure açaí. We have a really great product.”

Boa Vida food truck at Copper Moose Farm Stand.Açaí has been a bit of a buzzword in the food world and for good reason. It has more than double the antioxidants of blueberries, and they’re nutrient-dense with fiber, calcium, and vitamin A. Açaí is also touted to have potential anti-cancer, brain function, and inflammation benefits.

“The part I like most about it is just engaging with the community and bringing something that’s healthy and positive and fun to the community that people seem to be receiving really well and are excited about,” Allison said.

These super-berries grow on palm trees in Central and South America, like Brazil, where Sobrinho is from. Sobrinho connected with Jason as his jiu-jitsu instructor at Gracie Barra. His ties to Brazil and experience with açaí led the team to create Boa Vida, bringing something new and healthy to Park City’s food scene.

The Dittmers long thought of a food truck project, and when a trailer became available, everything seemingly fell into place.

Both Jesse and Casey are involved in the business, and when they can’t work a shift, other high school friends fill in.

Boa Vida food truck at Copper Moose Farm Stand

“[Our kids] are very much involved in this business,” she said. “We’re all kind of learning together, and they are working in every aspect of the food truck alongside us and Ancalmo. The five of us are figuring it all out as we go.”

Boa Vida serves açaí bowls and smoothies. Bowls come with sliced banana, strawberry, and (gluten-free or gluten-full) granola; you can customize your bowl by adding nut butters, different fruits, and toppings. Or have your açaí the authentic Brazilian way with condensed milk and powdered milk.

“Our three values are be healthy, be kind, and share joy. That’s really what we’re trying to do. We’re not just serving you a bowl of something to eat; we’re trying to create an experience that people are excited to come back to.”

On Saturday, August 26, find Boa Vida at the National Ability Center’s Summit Challenge at 600 Gillmor Way Park City. Typically, on Wednesdays you can find Boa Vida at the Park City Farmers Market and on Saturdays at Copper Moose Farms.

 

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