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.
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.
The mountains surrounding Park City can spark intense feelings of awe and strong desires to explore. Shaun Raskin, owner of Inspired Summit Adventures, is very familiar with these powerful reactions; she’s experienced them herself and she’s embraced and shared them with others through her unique outfitting and guide service. Park City Lodging sits down with Shaun to find out more.
Park City Lodging – Some basics – how long have you owned and operated Inspired Summit Adventures? How would you describe the process you went through in deciding to start and grow the business?
Shaun Raskin – I have owned and operated Inspired Summit for five years. I am a pretty free-spirited person, so I guess I started the company with a dream and a vision to provide something more personal than what I saw other outfitters providing. I had a few incredible clients who gave me the nudge and confidence that what I was offering was truly a product that others would gravitate towards. So with their encouragement and my own stubborn determination I started Inspired Summit. The desire to see how big we could take it and my passion for coming up with creative programs has allowed us to grow at an exponential rate each season.
PCL – The commercial ski experience here in Park City has changed recently, with Vail and its Epic passes and Deer Valley and its Ikon passes, etc. Likely you’ve seen changes in your business, as well – What kinds of changes have you experienced?
SR – For us, it’s been fun. We see more people looking to get into the backcountry for the first time. We also get the clients who have passes and want to learn some backcountry skills and avalanche awareness so they feel more comfortable to step out of the resort boundaries via the access gates and into the backcountry. So for us we are able to cater to those looking to not just be guided, but who want to learn and up their skill set, which is truly what Inspired Summit is about – facilitating people in reaching their personal goals.
PCL – The name of your company and the descriptions of your adventures makes it clear that there is “something more” involved in your guiding. How would you explain that difference?
SR – We are a high touch experience. All of our trips are privately booked and are completely customized to fit our clients’ desires, objectives and skill sets. We work with the industry’s best guides who excel at not just the hard skills, but also can read and relate tou our clients, allowing our participants to feel connected to their activity, surroundings, and ultimately a deeper connection to themselves.
PCL – Who is your typical client? What type of person would you encourage to try one of your adventures? What kinds of concerns do first-time adventurers express and how do you address those?
SR – Our clients vary. I think because we offer such a wide range of activities and because of the customization it allows first timers, families, advanced recreationalists and people training for a bigger goal, to all find our services appropriate. I encourage anyone who has ever wanted to explore nature, feel what being in nature offers, or anyone looking to get more out of their time in the backcountry to try one of our trips. Be it summer or winter, we are getting our clients out in the backcountry and helping them achieve their goals and go further.
PCL – Do you have stories of clients who try different kinds of adventures with you, for example, they did lift access ski touring, then did a hut trip, then came back in the summer to do some backpacking?
SR – We definitely have the four season clients. No particular story comes to mind, just a collection of really incredible people who choose to use us for their adventuring and allow us to share our expertise with them and in return we get to be part of their memories of exceptional days spent exceeding their own expectations. These clients feel more like family.
PCL – What’s your personal favorite adventure, one that you love to guide, and why?
SR – That’s a hard one. I am a skier first and foremost. I love guiding our sled-accessed backcountry ski tours. It’s really where we get to get away from it all. We spend the day deep in the Uinta mountains with no one around. Endless fresh powder to ski, ancient forests and jagged peaks. It definitely is an inspiring setting to say the least. That is probably why I also love our backpacking/ camping adventures so much too, it’s an opportunity to let clients immerse themselves in the backcountry setting and really gain perspective and connect to nature and themselves.
PCL – What are your plans for sustaining and growing your business in the future?
SR – We are constantly working on implementing the industry’s best practices, whether for safety, administrative practices, hiring, or client care. This is something we actively invest in. We take courses and we are involved in industry workshops. The idea is to get those good habits started in the beginning, set a solid foundation even if it means slowing growth. That way we can ensure that every step of the way is intentional and truly creating the experiences and value that we set out to create from the beginning.
PCL – What is your approach to climate change?
SR – Climate change is a reality that our industry is actively discussing, facing. We will have to remain flexible and imaginative in our response to changes, but we also want to be proactive as stewards of the environment. There is always more we can do, but we try to work with mindful companies such as Patagonia and Goal Zero to minimize our impacts on the land and wildlife that inspire a sense of self and place. We have goals to join different environmental nonprofits in 2020. The trick is picking the ones that are doing the most good and figuring out what that looks like within the scope of a small business.
PCL – Finally, what do you do for fun, or for your own vacations?
SR – We do some mountains – winter and spring we definitely go to huts or interesting areas and ski. Late spring and fall we surf – well… Weston surfs and I just try. But now with our little one some of that is changing and we are looking at doing family vacations that are a little mellower – same activities, just kid friendly.
For more motivation to push your own boundaries go to Inspired Summit Adventures.
For more information about exclusive deals for Park City Lodging guests go to Inspired Adventure Package.
Remember and honor our country’s leaders, and have fun doing it with these seven ideas
This Presidents Day in Park City you can have M.A.G.A in your life – More Alpine Games and Activities. Remember and honor our country’s leaders, and have fun doing it with these seven ideas:
President Dwight David Eisenhower – “Ike” – served as the 34th president from 1953 to 1961. He was a five-star general and enjoyed skeet shooting, so much so that he installed a skeet shooting range at Camp David to practice his marksmanship. While we don’t know if he ever tried the sport of biathlon himself, we’re pretty certain he would enjoy the 2019 BMW Biathlon World Cup at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, and so would you. Held February 14 – 17, this exciting international event features over 180 athletes from 28 nations. Arguably the most popular winter sport in Europe, biathlon combines cross country skiing and shooting skills. Spectator crowds are typically animated, sometimes costumed, sometimes raucous. Soldier Hollow, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Nordic venue, is rising to the occasion, hosting the Legacy Winter Fest – Free admission (and hot chocolate!) to enjoy activities such as tubing, live ice sculpting, a mechanical bull and a petting zoo, food trucks, beer garden, vendor and sponsor village and live music. Come on out and party like Ike!
Gerald R. Ford is the only person to have served as both vice president and president without being elected to either office. Known for his athleticism, having been a standout center, linebacker and long snapper for the University of Michigan, he was also an avid skier, spending a lot of time with his family in Vail, Colorado. We know he really would have appreciated the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour. Designed for expert to advanced skiers, the tour “is not designed for the timid”. Two professional guides go with every tour and groups are limited to 12 or fewer people, so you can be confident and safe as you experience Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird and the backcountry terrain between these resorts. This tour covers an average of 25 miles, requires good physical condition and the ability to ski variable conditions.
Presidents have to eat, and everyone has their favorite foods. Park City offers a wide variety of options where you can “eat like a president”. While we can’t point you in the direction of restaurants serving Martin Van Buren’s favorite boar’s head, or James Garfield’s beloved squirrel soup, William McKinley just might be able to find his special hot lobster salad at Deer Valley’s Seafood Buffet. William Howard Taft reportedly favored steak, and more steak – he’d be a happy camper at Grub Steak. Bill Clinton and Harry Truman could split and share variations of their fave chicken enchiladas and fried chicken at Chimayo. George W. Bush also had a fondness for Mexican food, specifically huevos rancheros – if that sounds good to you, too, head on over to Squatters. Known for “carousing”, our seventh president, Andrew Jackson a.k.a. Old Hickory, would enjoy the spirits and the food at High West Distillery. Somebody get that man a drink!
Some presidents are very artistic – drawing, writing poetry, painting. President Jimmy Carter, a painter, established the Carter Center at Emory University, which regularly hosts auctions to benefit the foundation advancing human rights. One of Mr. Carter’s paintings brought in $250,000. We’re certain he would enjoy the film Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy showing at Park City Film Series. Creating community through film, Park City Film Series is “art house cinema”, screening thought-provoking and engaging films that you might not find at your local Cineplex. Leaning into the Wind profiles artist Andy Goldsworthy’s distinctive life and medium.
Theodore Roosevelt was well known for his appreciation for animals, and his vast collection of pets including lizards, ponies, dogs, rabbits, an owl and a one-legged rooster. Surely he’d be fascinated with the Nature’s Ninjas exhibit at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter. The exhibit includes live animal shows with some of nature’s most misunderstood animals including geckos, porcupines and others known for their wild defensive adaptations. The exhibit runs from February 1 – April 28, 2019.
Speaking of animals, it’s a well-known fact that Ronald Reagan really loved horses and enjoyed spending time on his ranch in California. Those who knew him well disclosed that he always rode English until he (or his campaign manager…) decided that his image needed to be more “rugged cowboy”, so he switched to western. Regardless, his famous quote, “I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse” leads us to believe he’d really love Park City Horse Experience. Park City Horse Experience guides you through partnering with a horse to explore self-awareness and gain new perspectives on life.
Presidents don’t really shop, since they have other people to do their shopping for them. Did you know the White House operates like a luxury hotel in this regard? They get the bills sent to them at the end of each month for their food and incidental expenses, like clothing. But if they did shop like the rest of us, chances are they’d really love Tanger Outlets at Park City. While winter isn’t nearly over, the shops at Tanger Outlets will be clearing the racks for spring and summer merchandise, so you can take advantage of fantastic sales.
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?
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