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January Foodie Events

Unique 3-Star Michelin Experience at Blue Sky. New Single Malt & Winter Dining from High West. Full Moon Dinner at Snowbird.


Unique 3-Star Michelin Experience @ Blue Sky

The Lodge at Blue Sky Auberge Resorts Collection in Wanship has unveiled a special event: Usu-Zan by Healdsburg, California’s SingleThread Farm-Restaurant-Inn, presented by Chase Sapphire, January 20-30, 2022. 

The singular wintertime hot pot dining experience, inspired by SingleThread Chef Kyle and Katina Connaughton and their many years living in Hokkaido, Japan, is a limited 10-day engagement that will run during the Sundance Film Festival. Usu-Zan is the name of the small, active volcano overlooking the remote village where the Connaughton’s lived and where they honed their education in farming, cooking, and warm hospitality.

The 7-course dinner’s main event will be a special donabe hot pot to be shared amongst guests at the table. Cooked in special handmade donabes from the Nagatani Family in Iga, Japan, this will be a choice of a Hokkaido King Crab Seafood Miso Hot Pot, an A-5 Wagyu Shabu-Shabu Hot Pot, a Roasted Duclair Duck Hot Pot, or a Shojin Style Vegetarian Hot Pot. Each reservation will include wine pairings, featuring Dom Pérignon Champagne along with some of the best producers from Sonoma, CA and around the world. Post dinner, guests will be led to a whiskey bar lounge for dessert bites and digestifs.

States Kyle, “To be able to recreate this experience at The Lodge at Blue Sky is incredible. Our winters in Hokkaido were some of the most formative in our lives. Katina and I would sit for hours fortifying the broth, sharing sake and talking. It was a way of cooking and a way of life that changed us forever. The experience of gathering around the table with friends and family while enjoying rich, soulful donabe hot pots inspired many of the ideas of what SingleThread would one day become. We had this amazing opportunity to create the Usu-Zan at SingleThread in early 2021 and are now excited to bring it to Park City for this limited engagement.”

Bookings are available through Tock. Only 25 tables are available per evening with seatings starting at 5:00pm. Dinner packages are $800/person or $900/person (depending on main course selection) and are inclusive of beverage pairings. Gratuity and tax are not included.

New Single Malt & Winter Dining from High West

High West Distillery recently unveiled their new High Country Single Malt Whiskey ($79.99), a limited release single malt whiskey blend ranging in age from 2-10 years old, a portion of which is uniquely finished in Oloroso sherry barrels. According to the distillers at High West, High Country Single Malt Whiskey has “cozy scents of baked apple, honey drizzled over fresh fig, and lavender graham cracker, and rich flavors of banana bread with vanilla glaze, warm granola with dried fruit, and lemon pound cake with crushed golden raspberries, the sipper is a signature spirit of the holiday season. The exclusive bottle features custom label artwork crafted by Ed Mell, an iconic artist of timeless Western landscapes.”

In addition, High West has launched the High West Supper Club for the winter at the High West Refectory in Wanship. Food lovers and whiskey enthusiasts are invited to gather every Wednesday night for live music and a chef’s set menu served family style with a recommended whiskey pairing, á la carte bar snacks, and original High West cocktails. Reservations can be made through Open Table.

And, guests are invited to enjoy carefully crafted winter prix fixe dinner menus Wednesdays through Sundays all season long at High West’s Nelson Cottage, where original takes on the season’s freshest ingredients will be specially prepared by Executive Chef Michael Showers and High West’s culinary team, with optional whiskey pairings available. Reservations can be made through OpenTable.

Full Moon Dinner @ Snowbird

On Monday, January 17th from 7 pm to 10 pm Snowbird Resort will host its monthly Full Moon Dinner Buffet. 

Does the moon appear bigger from 11,000 feet? Come see for yourself and enjoy a gourmet meal with live musical entertainment atop Hidden Peak. Each Snowbird Full Moon Dinner includes a roundtrip tram ride up to The Summit restaurant and features handcrafted appetizers, entree dishes, a carving station with roasted meats, a decadent dessert bar, and live entertainment. 

The price per person is $89/adults; $59/kids 7-12; $39/children 6 & under. The price includes an Aerial Tram ride. The Tram begins boarding at 6:30 pm and event reservations are required to board. Tax and gratuity not included.



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Food writer Ted SchefflerOriginally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.

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