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Taste of Luxury, Outstanding Restaurants, Easter Brunch and Tea

Deer Valley Resort Launches Taste of Luxury Series. Hell’s Backbone & 2022 James Beard Awards. Easter Brunch and Bunny Tea at Laurel.


Deer Valley Resort Launches Taste of Luxury Series

In April, Deer Valley Resort is launching the first events of their new Taste of Luxury Series. Here is the lowdown from Deer Valley: “The first in Deer Valley Resort and DAOU Family Estates’ premier Taste of Luxury Series, the world-class resort and vineyard are partnering with Forever Gourmet and KJUS to host 3-Star MICHELIN Chef Roberto Cerea for a weekend full of food and wine events including a meet-and-greet reception, personalized cooking class, exclusive eight-course dinner, and Sunday brunch taking place April 8, 9, and 10, 2022. The Taste of Luxury Series will continue later this year with two additional weekends that will feature events with world-renowned culinary figures and luxury brands.”

“It is an honor to collaborate with DAOU Family Estates to welcome Chef Cerea to Deer Valley this spring,” said Deer Valley Resort Vice President of Food and Beverage Jacob Musyt. “We are thrilled to provide our guests with a memorable weekend and rare access to a 3-Star MICHELIN chef with four distinct culinary events. We look forward to creating many unforgettable experiences together as we introduce our new Taste of Luxury Series at Deer Valley.”

These once-in-a-lifetime events are expected to sell out, so reservations are highly encouraged as soon as possible. Reservations for any of the Taste of Luxury events with Chef Cerea are available at The Taste of Luxury Series Restaurant – Park City, UT on OpenTable.

Hell’s Backbone & 2022 James Beard Awards

Some great and well-earned news from our friends at Hell’s Backbone Grill! For the first time ever, a Utah restaurant was selected as a semifinalist by the James Beard Awards in the “Outstanding Restaurant” category. Here are some details from the restaurant. 

“Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm announced today its 2022 semifinalist nomination for Outstanding Restaurant from the James Beard Foundation. This is the fifth time chef/owners Jen Castle and Blake Spalding have been recognized by the James Beard Awards, and theirs is the first Utah restaurant to be nominated in this particular – and highly prestigious – national category. The Outstanding Restaurant category includes only 20 semifinalists from across the country, honoring ‘a restaurant that demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, hospitality, and operations while contributing positively to its broader community’.”

Chef and Co-Owner Jen Castle said, “This national recognition by a group of peers feels very significant. Through 22 seasons, weathering a pandemic, after many long, quiet hours of honest and earnest work, we’re thrilled to be honored for our vision and our commitment to teach and empower the next generation about rural food sourcing, high-desert farming methods, good food prepared with love, and the importance of meeting your neighbors. Standing by our convictions has contributed to our longevity. It’s also exceptionally meaningful to be recognized in a field traditionally dominated by men.”

Congratulations for Blake and Jen and to all of the talented, wonderful Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm team! 

Easter Brunch @ Laurel

Laurel Brasserie & Bar in The Grand America Hotel will be the place to be on Easter Sunday for an opulent Easter Brunch, along with an Easter Bunny Tea in the Lobby Lounge. Easter Brunch at Laurel on Sunday, April 17, 2022 will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last seating) and reservations and prepayment are required. The cost for Easter Brunch is $75/adults; $35.70/children 5-12 years; complimentary for kids 4 and under. 

Easter Bunny Tea in the Lobby Lounge will be held from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (last seating) on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 15-17. The cost is $45/adults; $25/children 12 years and under. Reservations and prepayment are required. 



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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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