Cast & Cut Opens @ Deer Valley
New this ski season, Cast & Cut restaurant opens on Thusday, December 15th at Deer Valley Resort – a quintessential mountain seafood and steakhouse experience. The folks at Deer Valley say of Cast & Cut, “The latest evolution of Deer Valley dining includes à la carte dishes, fresh seafood towers featuring an enticing selection of oysters from around the U.S., mussels, lobster, crab legs and caviar, along with dry-aged cuts, locally caught trout and the best locally sourced ingredients and accompaniments. Cast & Cut will be open Thursday through Sunday, from 5:30 to 10 p.m.”
Guests can also ring in 2023 at Cast & Cut with a New Year’s Eve Party in the Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley Resort. “In partnership with DAOU Family Estates and Moet Hennessey, the NYE Dinner and Dancing Package ($495) consists of a four-course dinner at Cast & Cut on the main level, followed by the NYE Party on the second level of Snow Park Lodge including live entertainment by the Spazmatics, drink tickets, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, and light culinary fare. Party Only Packages ($350) and DAOU Lounge and Dancing Packages ($425) are also available. The resort will also offer on-site childcare by reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase tickets, visit deervalley.com/things-to-do/activities/nye-party-cast-and-cut.”
Giant Gingerbread Houses
Two of Utah’s ritziest hotels have giant gingerbread houses on display for the holidays. At The Grand America, Executive Pastry Chef Xavier Baudinet and his team created a gingerbread house with some historic inspiration. “I’m following White House History on Instagram,” says Chef Baudinet, “and I saw a blueprint from 1889… The White House was supposed to be bigger, with wings…It looks like a palace. Almost like a castle. So, the gingerbread house is going to be The White House as it was meant to be in 1889.” Baudinet and his team spent more than 950 hours baking and assembling The Grand America’s gingerbread house, comprised of roughly 2,000 eggs, 1,600 pounds of flour, and 500 pounds of sugar, among other ingredients. It will be on display until early January 2023, alongside the 2022 Window Stroll, “Celebrate the World,” which is also on display and free to the public throughout the holiday season.
And, at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley, Executive Pastry Chef Ray Walker and his talented team of pastry artists have brought to life the timeless 2-story from the 1990 Christmas classic, Home Alone. The nostalgic display will stand next to the 32-foot-tall Christmas tree as part of the Lodge’s festive holiday décor in the Mountain Lodge. According to the folks at Stein’s, “The Home Alone gingerbread house includes 30 pounds of gingerbread, 40 pounds of chocolate, and 30 pounds of icing. The construction of the display began earlier this month by a skilled team of gingerbread specialists – and 90s film fans — led by Chef Walker and Chef Zane Holmquist, VP of Food & Beverage Operations and Corporate Chef.”
“Guests who grew up loving Home Alone are now sharing the holiday tradition with their children, and we’re excited to be part of all the laughs and childhood memories the film’s family home brings,” said Chef Walker. “We hope that sharing our favorite laugh-out-loud scenes and sentimental details will bring smiles – and a memorable quote or two – to everyone who stops by for a visit.”
Holidays @ The Hyatt
The new Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City is featuring a holiday village for the holiday season with a number of special events. The hotel will feature a massive 18-foot tree on the scenic rooftop Sundance Terrace, a custom-built Santa House, holiday vignettes, and photo-ops with Santa Claus every Saturday and Sunday in December leading up to Christmas from 11am-4pm (December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18). Holiday carolers will sing joyous classics at both the sixth-floor rooftop Sundance Terrace and in the lobby space Saturdays & Sundays in December, prior to Christmas, from Noon – 2:00 pm.
The Salt Republic restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve serving signature dishes from the a la carte menu. On Christmas Day, from 10am-4pm, the restaurant will be offering a sumptuous buffet. From hot smoked salmon and chilled oysters to omelets made-to-order, decadent cinnamon swirl French toast, Kurobuta glazed ham, smoked salt Ribeye steak from the rotisserie, dessert and more. Priced at $65 per adult, $35 children 12 and under. At Mar|Muntanya on Christmas Eve, enjoy a hearty Roast Beast Feast with all the fixings, priced at $75. Spanish-inspired small plates, tapas and beverages will also be available.
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Originally 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.