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Pray for Snow Party, Utah Author a Winner of NYC Big Book Award, and New Milkshake Bar @ Aqua Terra

Woodward Park City’s Pray for Snow Party, Utah Author Wins NYC Big Book Award, and Aqua Terra opens a Milkshake Bar.


Party of the Year & New Brews

The party of the winter might just be the Pray for Snow Party at Woodward Park City, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 3rd, sponsored by Squatters and Wasatch Breweries

According to the organizers, “It’s going to be a night full of our beer (of course), food trucks, games, prizes, a silent auction, and live music from Pixie and the Partygrass Boys. Each entry ticket comes with two beer tickets, and additional beer will be available for purchase at the party. This is an all-ages party with an activity area for the kiddos so bring along the whole fam.”

In addition, the breweries have released two new beers for the fall. From Squatters comes the next brew in the 147 West IPA series, Broadway Red IPA. “This red IPA is just in time for fall, both in color and in taste. It’s easy-drinking and gently hoppy with notes of caramel and dark fruit. Curl up under a red-leafed tree and sip Broadway Red IPA for the ultimate autumn experience,” said the brewers. 

“Top of Main: Black Lager is Wasatch’s new beer that is just as luxurious as it sounds. Black Lager is undeniably smooth with a soft mouth feel, toasty malt flavors, and a light floral aroma. This beer was brewed with the slower fall days in mind, for sitting by the fireside or watching your football team (hopefully) win.” 

Utah Author a Winner of NYC Big Book Award

As you may recall, bon vivant Valter Nassi, an iconic figure in the SLC restaurant scene, passed away in 2022. At the time he was owner of Valter’s Osteria. At the NYC Big Book Award Utah author Elaine Bapis was the Winner in the Coffee-table Book as well as the Regional Cookbook category for her book: Valter of Salt Lake City: The Magic of the Table

According to Elaine’s PR team, Valter of Salt Lake City is “a visually stunning coffee-table book and inspiring collection of over 100 photographs that capture the essence of Valter’s culinary journey. The book chronicles Valter’s 50+ years of travels through the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside and on to the United States. stopping along the way in parts of Europe and all the way to Kenya.”

“Valter’s photographs transport readers to the heart of Tuscany, where he developed his repertoire of traditional dishes. The stunning images capture the beauty of the region’s food, culture, and people. But Valter’s is more than just a beautiful coffee table book. It is also a cookbook, featuring over 50 recipes that Valter has collected over the years. The recipes are accompanied by Valter’s own stories and insights, which give readers a deeper understanding of the dishes and the people who make them. Valter’s is a must-have for anyone who loves food, travel, or Italy. It is a book that will change the way you see food, cooking, and life.”

New Milkshake Bar @ Aqua Terra 

Aqua Terra Steak + Sushi has introduced Mak-n-Jax’s Milkshake Bar, which will benefit the Salt Lake Education Foundation

According to the Ascend Hospitality Group, Aqua Terra – through AHG Cares – launched the “Mak-n-Jax’s Milkshake Bar as a community-focused initiative, in which $1 from each milkshake sold will be donated to a featured nonprofit partner. The team at Aqua Terra selected the Salt Lake Education Foundation (SLEF) as the inaugural beneficiary. Naming the Milkshake Bar for her children—Makena & Jaxon—AHG CEO and President, Elaina Morris, has a personal and professional commitment to connecting with the communities where AHG restaurants reside.”

“When we land AHG in a new market and city, we land a philosophy—we’re not just a restaurant, we are grounded in service to the communities in which we operate,” said Morris. “We’re launching this AHG Cares initiative to do just that. Our lane is education and is important to us as a company—we believe the future of our people is the future of our company. We believe we are fully aligned with SLEF and share its desire to do our part to help strengthen the educational opportunities of students in the area.”

“The Salt Lake Education Foundation supports every student in the Salt Lake City School District, helping ensure they achieve their goals in and out of the classroom; and relies on the community’s support to help students.”

“We appreciate the partnership with businesses, like Aqua Terra Steak + Sushi, who bring positive change for our students and strengthen our community,” said Salt Lake Education Foundation Director James Yapias. “We are grateful for their support as we work to equip all students with the skills and tools they need to succeed both inside and outside the classroom.”

The Mak-n-Jax’s Milkshake Bar invites guests of all ages to give back to their community, one milkshake at a time. Keeping it simple, the Classic Milkshake features a base of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry sorbet, or all three, topped with whipped cream. The Mixed Milkshake features that same base with the selection of three toppings, from chocolate chips and Oreo cookies to toasted macadamia crunch or coconut.

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