with Maxine Turner, Cuisine Unlimited
Wedding planning can be complicated, especially if your dream is to have a destination wedding. Yet looking through the eyes of couples planning weddings, Park City is as practical as it is romantic, the perfect canvas on which to create lifetime memories. There are many gorgeous venues for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, celebrations and parties. Experienced and sophisticated providers offer world class capabilities for every level of service and attention to detail. From small and simple ceremonies and parties to grand scale productions for hundreds, it’s available here, making planning a destination wedding easy. Starting with access: Park City is virtually in the middle of the country with frequent, easy, direct flights from both coasts into Salt Lake City International Airport. It’s a 35 minute transfer up to Park City, so you and your guests can spend less time and money traveling, and more time celebrating.
Wedding planning can be complicated, especially if your dream is to have a destination wedding. Yet looking through the eyes of couples planning weddings, Park City is as practical as it is romantic, the perfect canvas on which to create lifetime memories.
There are many gorgeous venues for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, celebrations and parties. Experienced and sophisticated providers offer world class capabilities for every level of service and attention to detail. From small and simple ceremonies and parties to grand scale productions for hundreds, it’s available here, making planning a destination wedding easy.
Starting with access: Park City is virtually in the middle of the country with frequent, easy, direct flights from both coasts into Salt Lake City International Airport. It’s a 35 minute transfer up to Park City, so you and your guests can spend less time and money traveling, and more time celebrating.
Maxine Turner of Cuisine Unlimited has considerable experience catering and producing events and weddings. She started Cuisine Unlimited in 1985 as a small deli and has since steadily built a thriving business as a full-service event provider in Utah and throughout the world. She enjoys working in Park City and describes a destination wedding she’s working on as a case in point:
The family from New York selected Blue Sky Ranch for the wedding in August. The 90 guest event is completely glatt kosher, which can add several degrees of complication to any event. Cuisine Unlimited has long been a reliable source of kosher catering, and recently they have expanded their service to be the only caterer in Utah with the capacity to do completely glatt kosher meals and service, so they are uniquely up for the challenge.
The term glatt kosher means that food and beverages conform to the strictest Jewish dietary regulations, or kashrut. Kashrut requires that meat and dairy may not cooked or served together, so in designing menus and planning for the service, plans must be meticulous. The kitchen must be entirely meat or dairy, and to change it from one to the other the services of a mashgiach are required. A mashgiach is a supervisor, often a rabbi, who oversees kosher kitchens to ensure they are properly cleaned and sanitized and that food is stored and prepared in compliance with kashrut.
For the August wedding, the family has chosen a dairy menu. Cuisine Unlimited has an agreement with Chabad of Utah for use of their kitchens. They are converting an otherwise meat kitchen into a dairy facility so they are bringing in a mashgiach from Los Angeles. He will oversee the kitchen changeover the Thursday prior to the Sunday wedding. Later that day, the wedding cake will be baked. Thursday evening and Friday they will begin preparing the dinner. In observance of Shabbat the kitchen will be closed Friday evening and Saturday, then on Sunday they will complete the meal preparation and transport it to Blue Sky Ranch for the wedding and reception. All of the transportation, cookware and service ware must be inspected and cleaned in compliance with kashrut, so the mashgiach will be very busy. The rental company providing plates, flatware and glassware has agreed to provide brand new china service and any other necessary items. After the wedding, the mashgiach will supervise to transform the kitchen from dairy back to meat. Turner explains all this as a means to illustrate the extent of the resources available here, “Utah is really growing up,” she said. Cuisine Unlimited
The wedding ceremony and reception are of course the focus of a destination wedding experience, yet other elements can be critical. Where everyone is staying is important and Park City Lodging has options to make planning easy for friends and families. Offering the comforts of home, condos provide opportunities for everyone to be in the same place yet have their own space and privacy. Park Station is a great example – it offers Hotel rooms, 1, 2, 3, and 5 bedroom condominiums, sleeping 2-12 people. There is an outdoor heated pool, and indoor and outdoor common area hot tubs, perfect for gathering and relaxing. Park Station is walking distance to Main Street’s dining, nightlife, shopping and entertainment. And it’s on the free area shuttle route, providing easy and convenient access to virtually everywhere you’d want to go.
Park City Lodging’s homes can be perfect for accommodating bridal parties, hosting intimate rehearsal dinners or day after wedding brunches and reception after-parties.
Fairway Springs 4151 This premier 4 bedroom property, located in Canyons Village, is as comfortable as it is beautiful. The private en suite bathrooms, the variety of bedding, gourmet kitchen and open floor plan make it perfect for a bridal party or family.
Red Pine Residence Spacious, warm and luxurious, this 6 bedroom premier home is perfect for entertaining. It sleeps up to 13 people as features numerous places for people to gather including the gorgeous chef’s kitchen, open to the living and dining room.
Fairway Village 2919 Located on the Park Meadows Golf Course, this deluxe 4 bedroom townhome offers spacious comfort and a dining table seating 10, great for a day after wedding brunch.
King Road Estate Location, and views! This large and beautiful home has 5 bedrooms and features expansive views and easy access to Main Street. It’s the perfect oasis for a busy family or bridal party, a place to enjoy each other, the area, and the happy occasion.
High Peak on Park Ave Befitting a very special event, this premier property has 3 bedrooms, stylish open floor plan, high-end chef’s kitchen and a rooftop hot tub.
Chances are that guests will want to explore and experience the area while they’re here, in addition to wedding-related events. Park City Lodging has experienced guest services staff to help with advice and booking other important elements like transportation, restaurants, spa services, activities, even hair and makeup.
Everything is here to realize dreams of a perfect wedding in the mountains and create lasting memories.
Restaurateur Bill White pursues his passion for food to its organic roots
From Northern Michigan, Bill White began his career in the food industry at the age of 12, making fries. As a young adult he moved to Steamboat to ski, then decided to pursue a culinary career and went to Culinary Institute of America in New York. He taught for CIA after graduating, and in Glion, Switzerland. He worked around Europe until deciding to come home to pursue a finance degree from Cornell. After completing his degree he moved to Park City and worked at the legendary Olive Barrel Food Company. With the help of an investor, he started Grappa in ’92 and so began Bill White Restaurant Group which now also includes Park City mainstays and perpetual award-winning restaurants Chimayo, Wahso, Windy Ridge Cafe, Windy Ridge Bakery, Ghidotti’s, Sushi Blue and Billy Blanco’s. With the restaurants thriving and now as the largest independent restaurant group in a four state area, and one of the largest year round employers in Park City, Bill White is pursuing a passion for healing the earth with Bill White Farms.
From Northern Michigan, Bill White began his career in the food industry at the age of 12, making fries. As a young adult he moved to Steamboat to ski, then decided to pursue a culinary career and went to Culinary Institute of America in New York. He taught for CIA after graduating, and in Glion, Switzerland. He worked around Europe until deciding to come home to pursue a finance degree from Cornell. After completing his degree he moved to Park City and worked at the legendary Olive Barrel Food Company. With the help of an investor, he started Grappa in ’92 and so began Bill White Restaurant Group which now also includes Park City mainstays and perpetual award-winning restaurants Chimayo, Wahso, Windy Ridge Cafe, Windy Ridge Bakery, Ghidotti’s, Sushi Blue and Billy Blanco’s.
With the restaurants thriving and now as the largest independent restaurant group in a four state area, and one of the largest year round employers in Park City, Bill White is pursuing a passion for healing the earth with Bill White Farms.
Bill White Farms is located primarily in the Snyderville Basin area, along highway 224 between Kimball Junction and downtown Park City. White had lived in the neighborhood of the Hixson farm and became intrigued as he drove by it each day. Built in 1936, it was Fletcher Farms dairy, owned by Jim Rasmussen. Virtually all of what is now known as the Snyderville Basin was a dairy. In 1950 it was purchased by the Hixson family, who owned it until White bought it in 2013.
Through his own research and aligning and working with others engaged in environmental sustainability and clean healthy food production, White has established a position as a revolutionary leader. Earthganics is his trademarked descriptor for “Organic” standards and practices that are higher than the USDA’s. Deploying Earthganics, Bill White Farms, a 501c3, has fields, greenhouses, beehives and a fish farm. All products of Bill White Farms, such as vegetables, herbs, fruit, eggs, meat, fish and honey, are used in one of three ways; charity events held at the Farms; donated to the Christian Center of Park City; what’s left after those two uses gets used at the Bill White restaurants and the seasonal Farm Stand. Strikingly absent from the promotions of his restaurants is the fact that 100% of the profits from the restaurants goes back into the foundation that supports the Farms. “It’s not about the marketing value,” said White, “it’s what’s in your heart.”
It would be difficult to overstate his enthusiasm for this holistic approach, and it’s evident throughout the businesses. Food waste from the restaurants is composted; the compost is used to make healthy chicken feed and grow worms. The chickens lay nutritious and flavorful eggs, and the worms create fertile soil. The soil grows the produce and grain for the fish and animals, creating natural, organic and flavorful food. They’re using microbes and fungi to help keep the soil toxin-free, and practices such as cover cropping to naturally repel insects and disease.
Deeply committed to the Park City community, he understands the existential threat of climate change and is taking it head on. He sees Park City as a petri dish and he’s directing efforts to communicate a message of hope. There are many methods and strategies that work with nature to combat the detrimental effects of climate change and he actively shares and promotes sustainable practices through avenues such as podcasts http://parkcitysustainability.com/, agricultural education programs and cooking classes for Park City’s Christian Center food pantry.
Presently he’s working with Park City, developing sustainable practices to manage and maintain City-owned property and open space. Along Hwy 224 entrance corridor they’ve begun cover cropping, and moving the cows each day. The cows trample the cover crop seeds into the soil, then fertilize it. This way the open space stays naturally stable, lush and green.
For more information about Bill White Farms go to Bill White Farms. There you can read about the farms and ranches, schedule a tour, listen to a podcast and find out more about their non-profit programs, including hosted dinners; benefit dinners for up to 30 people that other nonprofit organizations can use to thank their donors or fundraise, at no cost for the meal, space or labor.
Blowing out the 2018-2019 season with exciting events and Dynamite Deals
The snow is piled up, the days are getting longer, it’s time again for Spring Grüv, Park City Mountain’s 12th annual end-of-season celebration. Park City Mountain will host live music, some huge, free concerts in both Canyons Village and Park City Mountain Village, s’mores, avalanche dogs meet & greet and other fun entertainment every day March 23 – April 7.
The event kicks off on March 23rd with Pink Park City, family-friendly ski day and fundraiser for cancer research. In its second year, Park City Mountain will be covered in pink – pink parties, pink decorations, and hundreds of pink skiers. Pink Park City was started in 2018 and is supporting research for all types of cancer by raising money for Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah.
There are lots of ways to participate, and some fun incentives. Participants can sign up as an individual, or get together and enter as a team. There’s a costume contest, a Chippo contest presented by University of Utah (Chippo is a mash-up of golf and corn hole), and a Checkpoint Challenge – visit different locations to participate in deck parties, giveaways, and activities. There’s also an intriguing diamond drawing sponsored by Diamonds Direct. You don’t need to ski to participate; your registration fee covers all the fun activities at the base.
The day culminates with the Rally for Hope Parade, where participants ski as a group to the base for awards, prizes and a concert by Jamie Drake at Canyons Village. For more information and to register go to Pink Park City
A good plan for each day would be to hit the slopes in the morning and wrap up your day in the afternoon with Après Live Music – different artists every day at PayDay Deck and Umbrella Bar. On several days you can play Megamind PubQuiz Power Hour Trivia, meet amazing Avalanche dogs and enjoy free S’mores. There are Spring Concert Series and Spring Grüv shows featuring a wide variety of music, perfect for kicking back and/or kicking up your heels.
Spring Grüv and the 2018-2019 season wrap up on April 6 and 7 with the 23rd Annual Pond Skimming Contest on April 6. Pond skimming is one of those wild local traditions that have gained nearly legendary status. Contestants must dress in costume – the more “memorable” the better – as they attempt to cross a 100-foot pond on skis or a snowboard without sinking into the freezing water. The pond is at mid-mountain, just outside Red Pine Lodge so spectators and participants will need a lift or gondola ticket.
Dance it out on April 7, scheduled to be the last day of the season. Park City Mountain is going big; the afternoon is packed with music at both the Canyons Village and PayDay Pad stages.
To help you take advantage of the Spring Grüv revelry, Park City Lodging is offering Dynamite Deals: Incredible rates on lodging and terrific free inclusions:
Go to Park City Lodging to check out sensational spring rates. Enter code DYNAMITEDEALS when booking; availability is limited. *Valid for new reservations for stays March 23 – April 7, 2019 when booked after February 27, 2019. Package spend is based on nightly rate not including taxes or fees. Cannot be combined with any other special offers. Minimum stay and other conditions may apply. Direct bookings only.
Inspiration for Valentine’s Day
Park City offers lots of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day and express your love, for your sweetheart, your family, or just in general for this great mountain town and its terrific recreation and restaurants. As busy as our town can get there’s still time to plan ahead for a fun and romantic long weekend. Go online or call our reservations pros to find the perfect condo or home for you and your loved ones. All Seasons Grocery is a great next step – they can pre-stock your condo with grocery basics and your special favorites – how about chilled bubbly and chocolate-dipped strawberries ready when you arrive?
If you are bringing the kids, Guardian Angel is our trusted go-to for childcare – feel confident planning a special date night and Guardian Angel will take care of the little ones.
It’s no secret that there are lots of great restaurants in Park City. Following are few recommendations for a romantic evening:
Adolph’s For over 40 years Adolph’s has been a special occasion mainstay for area guests and locals. Featuring Swiss hospitality and menu specialties, try sharing the Bundnerfleish – beef dried in the crystal air high in the Alps, then sliced paper thin and served with prosciutto ham, pickles, tomatoes, bread and butter; and some Raclette, the specially imported Swiss cheese, melted to perfection.
Grappa Perched at the top of Main Street, Grappa has the quintessential atmosphere you want for a romantic meal. Their award-winning wine list and rustic Italian cuisine is delicious and impressive. Start with a glass of wine from their extensive list and the Grapes and Gorgonzola salad. For the entrée enjoy the Osso Bucco – slow braised veal, creamy polenta, braised kale and pancetta.
Fireside Dining Situated in Deer Valley’s Empire Canyon Lodge, Fireside Dining features four sumptuous courses served from stone fireplaces, creating a warm and captivating ambience. Snuggle up on a horse-drawn sleigh rides (available by reservation), or consider an adventurous snowshoe trek before dinner.
The Mustang Elegant dining at the bottom of Main Street, The Mustang is perfect for a delightful and memorable evening. A special occasion recommendation: the Duck A L’Orange – tender duck marinated in mandarin orange and Chinese 5 spice, with Yukon gold potatoes stuffed with Okinawan sweet potatoes, poached pear, béarnaise and Grand Marnier demi-glace.
Seafood Buffet Located in Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge, Seafood Buffet serves a grand presentation of fresh seafood including a poke bar, chilled shellfish, hot seafood appetizers and entrées, as well as carvery features, vegetable specialties and prime rib along with a dreamy selection of housemade desserts. Fine wine, beer and cocktails are available.
Ghidotti’s In Kimball Junction, featuring stunning neoclassical Tuscan architecture with multiple fireplaces and sophisticated ambiance, the real delight is the chef’s fresh twist on classic dishes. Start off with the antipasti and lamb carpaccio and a selection from their extensive wine list. Fresh housemade pasta and decadent desserts like tiramisu and homemade gelato are certain to impress your date.
Perhaps you and your sweetheart would like to celebrate with a special lunch – there are plenty of appealing options:
Wine Dive Wine on tap and delicious small plates and wood fired pizzas to share, it’s perfect for a relaxed, intimate mid-day rendezvous. Go ahead and splurge with a pepperoni and date pizza, and truffle fries.
Maybe you’re going to ski or snowboard with your valentine – there are great on-mountain restaurants:
Lookout Cabin Near the mid-station of the Orange Bubble Express at Canyons Village, Lookout Cabin is elegant, fine dining at altitude. For a romantic lunch try the Oysters Benedict made with crispy panko, béarnaise and prosciutto. A sure way to mountain girl’s heart, the Southwestern Braised Utah Poutine made from hand cut fries, ancho chile beef gravy, Heber Valley jalapeno cheese curds, house pickled jalapeño and cilantro crème. There’s a full bar with hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list.
Royal Street Cafe On the slopes at Silver Lake Lodge, Deer Valley Resort’s quintessential on-mountain restaurant offers casual, contemporary and delicious meals and a full bar. For heart-warming comfort food try the RSC Elk Chili, or the unrivaled Deer Valley Turkey Chili. And of course save room for Ice Cream Sandwiches or Deer Valley Jumbo Cookies.
Treat yourself and your significant other to a show: Back by popular demand, founding member of The Supremes Mary Wilson is performing at Park City’s iconic Egyptian Theater.
You can make each other lasting and useful gifts at Soul Poles. Customize your own eco-friendly bamboo ski poles at their shop in Park City – you could even engrave your names!
Instead of going out, stay in and luxuriate with massages: Massage Express is Park City and Deer Valley’s premiere house call massage service. High end massage therapy “delivered to your door” provides for the ultimate in relaxation and contentment, and who doesn’t want that?
Encouraging Women to Celebrate Camaraderie by Having Fun On and Off the Mountain
Saturday, January 12, 2019 is a great day to go skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding or just get out and play in the snow – it’s the 6th annual International Women’s Snow Day! Presented by the K2 Alliance and SheJumps, International Women’s Snow Day encourages women to get together and celebrate camaraderie by having fun on and off the mountain, in (or near) the snow.
The conditions for skiing and snowboarding are amazing right now at our local resorts, Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort. There’s great coverage on limitless trails for cross country skiing; try out the groomed trails at White Pine Touring Nordic Center, or take your girlfriends and fur babies out on the dog friendly trails at Round Valley. Snowshoes, fat bikes, even sleighs and sledding are all great ways to play with the girls in the greatest snow on earth. Alta Ski Area has a full day planned including skiing (and a beginner lesson!) and an apres ski party with a raffle drawing for great prizes. Go to Alta IWSD 2019 for more information and to sign up.
If you’re just not feeling it for activities, International Women’s Snow Day is still a terrific reason to get the girls together for lunch or “Apres Ski”. Enjoy a refreshing beverage slopeside at Royal Street Café at Deer Valley or the Umbrella Bar at Park City Mountain Canyons Village. Or, stay in town at local favorites like Wine Dive or No Name.
Join the party – women from all around the world are invited, so grab a friend and get outside in the snow!
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