Park City Culture and Nightlife

City Hall May Sack the Use of Plastic Bags in Park City

imagesMike Holm would be one of the Park City businesspeople most impacted should City Hall institute a ban on plastic bags.  The owner of The Market at Park City said in an interview this week a ban would add expenses to his operations, annoy some customers and not accomplish much for the environment. He is unsure whether he would support or oppose such a ban but said he would back the decision the local government makes.

The Market at Park City is almost certainly one of the top users of plastic bags in Park City, and his comments come as City Hall and the not-for-profit Recycle Utah continue to consider ideas. A law has not been proposed, but it seems that one could be crafted in the coming months. Holm said the grocery store uses both paper and plastic bags. Plastic bags are far more popular with customers, he said, describing them as easier to handle when they are full of groceries and less bulky than paper bags.

In a month during the ski season, The Market at Park City might distribute 80,000 bags to customers. Of those, fewer than 1,000 might be made of paper, he said. The grocery store pays one-half of one cent for a plastic bag while it costs five to seven cents for each paper bag, according to Holm. The Market at Park City, meanwhile, provides a five-cent credit per bag if someone brings their own bags to use.

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Decision Expected Next Month on Park City Casino

imagesWyandotte nation Chief Billy Friend tells KWCH News he expects a federal ruling next month that would force the U.S. government to accept or reject the tribe’s application to open a casino in Park City.

The tribe has been fighting since 2006 to develop a casino, but the decision-making agency, the U.S. Department of the Interior, has taken no action.

The state of Kansas has opposed the casino, which wouldn’t be far from the recently opened state-owned Kansas Star Casino.

The Best Town in America: Park City, Utah

park-city-utah-best-towns_fe“Know how I can tell that’s a local?” asks Dana Williams, the 58-year-old mayor of Park City, Utah, nodding toward a fit thirty-something guy in a flat-brimmed baseball hat. “The bandaged wrist.”

Park City feels like a Colorado ski town dropped into Utah’s 12,000-foot Wasatch Range, with one significant difference. Unlike Telluride or Aspen, it has a major city, Salt Lake, and an international airport 30 minutes away. Local love for Park City can feel a little over the top—it got two-thirds as many votes in our contest (5,179) as it has residents. To see if that affection was justified, I parachuted in for a 72-hour, Chamber of Commerce–led recon tour. What I found was a town that breeds the active lifestyle.

In winter, Parkites can access three world-class ski areas from town: Deer Valley, Park City, and the Canyons. Then there’s climbing, hiking, and camping in 500,000 acres of wilderness in the nearby Uinta Mountains, 370-plus miles of trails, a blue-ribbon trout stream (the Provo River), and an Olympic training center built for the 2002 Salt Lake Games. More than 100 Olympians still live here. There are also lax(er) liquor laws than elsewhere in the Beehive State—and Utah’s first distillery since Prohibition, High West.

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Food Writers Conference in Park City

Food writers, bloggers and cookbook authors from around the country will travel to Park City next month to learn about Utah’s distinctive food culture and to hone their skills as part of the 2013 Association of Food Journalists annual conference.

The three-day event takes place Sept. 18-20 at The Treasure Mountain Inn and surrounding Park City restaurants and venues.

Headlining the conference is social media expert and award-winning cookbook author Monica Bhide, who was chosen by the Chicago Tribune as a top food writer to watch. Bhide is the author of three cookbooks and has been published in national and international publications including The New York Times, Food & Wine and Bon Appétit. She will share her insights on food writing in today’s world of social media.

Attendees also will take part in several discussions from how to hone their photography skills to writing a cookbook in the digital age.

They also will get a taste of Utah’s distinctive food culture by attending a Dutch Oven cooking demonstration, learning about food storage and getting a better understanding of Utah’s nutrition supplement industry.

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Serious Fun — And Business — at the Park Silly Sunday Market

indexAt the Park Silly Sunday Market, it’s not all fun and games.  Yes, there are goofy hats and feather puppets and a bandstand where shoppers can shake their booties. But the market, which celebrated its 100th festival Sunday, is also a place for serious entrepreneurs to test new products and launch new ventures.

“It incubates businesses,” said Kim Kuehn, who founded the Park Silly Market in 2007.  Among them: Red Bicycle Breadworks, started by Brent Whitford and Brad Hart. Hart set up a stand at the first market and then solicited products from area farms. He asked Whitford, then working at Chez Betty restaurtant, to provide bread.

“I made 16 loaves one day, brought them over on the trailer of my red bicycle, and the rest was kind of history,” said Whitford, who moved to Park City from Connecticut a decade ago. “Sixteen became 40, became 80, and 100 and more and more. We decided we might have something here. Being able to showcase what you’re doing to such a large audience in a matter of a few hours and being able to market yourself face to face and explain exactly what you’re doing is pretty exciting.”

The Park Silly Market, which started with about 40 vendors, now has more than 160 booths; about half are operated by Utah natives — a quarter from Park City itself. Last year, more than 132,000 people attended the market.

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Live It Up At The Sundance Film Festival

imagesEvery January, the best and brightest in filmmaking descend upon Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. Founded by Robert Redford in 1985, the festival is a nonstop celebration of independent movies, launching blockbuster hits such as Precious, Napoleon Dynamite and last year’s breakout film, Beasts of the Southern Wild.

This year’s Sundance Film Festival takes place from Jan. 17 to 27 and extends throughout Park City’s hotels, restaurants and breathtaking landscape. Home to the “Greatest Snow on Earth,” the Park City area offers world-class skiing in addition to trendy boutiques, high-end art galleries and nightlife.

For an unconventional hotel experience, try the celebrity-frequented Washington School House. Built as a school in 1889, Washington School House graduated to a new level of luxury with a complete interior renovation, featuring amenities such as a heated pool, complimentary breakfast, ski valets, and a 24-hour concierge.

Anyone visiting a state with 14 ski resorts has to make time to hit the slopes at least once during Sundance. A recent multimillion-dollar project at Canyons Resort introduced the heated-seat chairlift — the Orange Bubble Express, providing the ultimate in comfort for the ride up the mountain. If skiing isn’t your preference, head to Main Street for some pre-event shopping at Flight Boutique, for contemporary items by kensie and Elizabeth & James.  Afterward, wear your new threads to dance the night away at Downstairs, a nightclub opened by Danny Masterson of That 70’s Show.

A trip to the Sundance Film Festival is not complete without a meal at Sundance Resort’s Zoom, opened by Robert Redford in 1995. The sophisticated, American restaurant serves locally-sourced fare like slow roasted beets with Utah goat cheese and Koosharem Valley Utah trout.

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Walkable Communities Planned Near Park City

The town of Snyderville, located near the Park City ski resorts, hopes to include smart growth directives in its updated General Plan and Development Code. Snyderville Planning Commission Chair Colin DeFord said residents want communities that are walkable and serviceable by public transportation. “Planning is not a speedy process,” DeFord said. “But we need to create the tools for clustering so we can preserve as much open space as possible. We are not opposed to development. We’re just trying to do it smart.”

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Spotlight, Park City, New Frontier Films

After announcing its slate of in-competition and Next films yesterday, the Sundance Institute has released the lineup of films and art installations in the out-of-competition Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier categories.

More scheduled lineups, including the Premieres and Short Films categories, will be released early next week.

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Partying in Park City

The skiing is outstanding and the nightlife is better than you think. Yes, there is nightlife in Utah.  From après ski to after hours, Park City’s restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues offer visitors plenty of options for evening activities.

Attracted by the great skiing and relaxed mountain lifestyle, celebrated chefs from around the world call Park City home. Over 100 restaurants offer everything from casual pub fare and family dining to ethnic restaurants and elegant sophistication. Park City’s dining scene has gone from simmering to sizzling as local chefs and restaurants earn praise from culinary critics.

This former silver-mining town boasted 23 saloons during its heyday in the mid-1800’s–one for practically every interest group. That trend continues, and the only things “dry” around here are the snowflakes and the martinis. Night owls will want to check out the pubs, clubs and wine bars lining historic Main Street for action after dark. Dance the night away, share a Polygamy Porter or other local brew at area pubs, or sample organic and boutique wines from extensive lists at one of Park City’s intimate wine bars. Live bands are featured almost nightly

Performance art is another dynamic part of Park City’s cultural scene. The historic Egyptian Theatre on Main Street offers live theater and annual follies. Some past shows include: Little Shop of Horrors; White Christmas; Tommy; Patsy Cline; and Seussical the Musical.

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