Chamber News and Updates
Welcome Dan Sharp, Visitor Information Center Manager
New Visitor Information Center Manager Dan Sharp hails from the East Coast, but immediately fell in love with Park City when he drove through on his way to the Pacific Northwest. Dan holds a BS degree in Hotel Management from Niagara University, but switched to Financial Services and worked in the industry for 20 years, mostly with Wachovia Securities. The Visitor Information Center Manager oversees the VIC specialists who staff the Kimball Junction Visitor Center and the front desk of the museum on Main St, as well as coordinates the promotion of Chamber/Bureau member businesses at the visitor centers. You can find Dan either kayaking or mountain biking in his free time or out walking a borrowed dog. Contact Dan if you have any questions about the Visitor Information Centers or would like to discuss exposure opportunities for your business.
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Marketing Council Seat Open
The Park City Chamber/Bureau is seeking one new Marketing Council member who will serve a three-year term beginning October 1, 2018 and ending on September 30, 2021. The open position is in the “Other Tourism” category. As you may know, the Marketing Council provides oversight and guidance for the advertising and marketing programs produced by the Chamber/Bureau.
Applications for the Marketing Council are due by August 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Joey Mason at 435.658.9625 or by email at email@example.com. We look forward to your participation.
Annual Meeting Recap
The Chamber’s Annual Meeting was held on July 23rd this year with banner attendance. On the agenda was highlighting several of the projects the staff has been working on throughout the year as well as recognizing outgoing Chairperson of the Board, Sarah Werbelow from Chateaux Realty. The new Chairperson of the board, Jeff Ward from Silver Star Café was welcomed and introduced, and Tom Kelly was honored with the Myles Rademan Spirit of Hospitality award. The 2018/2019 Annual Report and the 2018/2019 Marketing Plan was distributed at the meeting. Both reports have been mailed to all Chamber/Bureau member businesses. The entire staff and board are looking forward to a successful upcoming year for members and partners. Please click HERE to view the Annual Report and Marketing Plan on our website.
Chamber Upcoming Events
Never miss out on an opportunity to network with fellow Chamber members or chat with Chamber staff to find out what resources are available for your business to grow. From Member Showcases to After Hours Mixers, there are lots of opportunities to participate!
August 21, 2018 | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Park City Chamber/Bureau
1850 Sidewinder Dr Ste 320 | Park City, UT 84060
All Chamber/Bureau members are invited to register for our monthly Member Showcase. Attendance is limited to 8 businesses each month, so sign up early! The Member Showcase gives you an opportunity to present your business to the individual departments at the Park City Chamber/Bureau, which will then Show More
August 28, 2018 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Park City Chamber/Bureau
1850 Sidewinder Dr Ste 320 | Park City, UT 84060
Making the most of your membership starts with understanding your member benefits. Stop by our Open Office Hours with any membership-related question – be it how to access the Member Portal and update your listing or how to get more involved in our member events and other aspects of membership. We’r Show More
August 29, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Park City Board of Realtors Board Room
1889 Prospector Ave | Park City, UT 84098
The Park City Chamber/Bureau is excited to begin offering monthly Professional Education Seminars for all current Chamber/Bureau members.Please join us for our fitst one, an important and informative session on Cybersecurity for Businesses with Executech, a Park City Chamber/Bureau member and Utah I Show More
For a full list of member activities, click HERE.
Community News and Updates
2018 Park City’s Best honors Chamber Members
The 2018 Park City’s Best awards, presented by the Park Record were announced July 23rd. This is the 6th year the Park Record has run the online voting competition to crown the best of the best in Park City from hotels to burgers and policemen to banks. In the 30 categories, Chamber Members placed over 200 times in the first through third rankings. Congratulations to all those that are Park City’s Best! For a full list and digital program, click HERE.
U.S. Travel Association Meets in Park City
Park City was honored to host the U.S. Travel Association’s Annual Summer Board Meeting July 25-29, 2018. Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association’s President and CEO and Vicki Varela, Managing Director for the Utah Office of Tourism, helped welcome the attendees during the opening reception at The Umbrella Bar in Canyons Village. U.S. Travel is a national non-profit organization representing and advocating for all components of the travel industry. Their Board, comprised of 150 prominent members, represent State Offices of Tourism, hotel companies, DMO’s, cruise lines, transportation companies, major attractions, key travel booking sites, travel research companies, exhibition companies, travel related associations, and airports. The Board meets each summer to prioritize high-impact issues that matter most to their collective membership. They identify the travel industry’s biggest opportunities and challenges and help develop the messages and actions necessary to create positive growth. The Meeting was held at Grand Summit Hotel with lodging both at Grand Summit and The Westgate. The attendees bring their families with them to enjoy all the various offerings in their meeting destination as well as to renew old friendships. Chamber/Bureau member All Seasons Adventures created a diverse agenda of activities for attendees to select from. There was fly fishing, guided hikes, horseback rides, a GPS Adventure Race around Park City, white water rafting and more. One evening the group took over the Utah Olympic Park for a pre-dinner reception in the Alf Engen Ski and 2002 Olympic Museums and dinner in the Summer Pavillion. The post-dinner reception at the Legacy Center included entertainment by the Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Show. To learn more about the collective strength of U.S. Travel Association’s over 1,200 member organizations and the growing $1 trillion U.S. travel industry, log on to www.ustravel.org You will find information about industry programs and initiatives including Travel PAC, Meetings Mean Business Coalition and Project: Time Off.
PCCAPS Looking for a Few Good Mentors
The PCCAPS Center for Advanced Professional Studies is looking for new “Project Sponsor” volunteers. Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies, PCCAPS, is part of the nationally recognized CAPS programs. CAPS offers innovative high school programs connecting students to businesses and mentors. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture. Challenging real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school credit. PCCAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs. If you want to sponsor or mentor a student and or program, click HERE for more information.
Ski Utah Gold Pass Available to Chamber Members
The only fully transferable ski passes brought to you by Ski Utah lets you enjoy the Greatest Snow on Earth everywhere, all the time. Whether used as an employee incentive, for entertaining clients or selfishly, for yourself, this is THE ticket to winter fun and beyond. Not only do you have transferable access to 14 Utah Ski Resorts, but as a bonus, the Gold Pass grants summer lift access and VIP covered parking at Park City Mountain and priority parking at Snowbird. These passes are limited. For more information and reservation request, click HERE.
Upcoming Community Events
Park City plays host to year-round activities for both locals and visitors alike. Weekly events hosted around town include:
An open-air market located at the bottom of Main Street Sunday’s through September 23rd 10am-5pm. (No market on August 5, 12 or 19th). Stop by the Farmer’s Market located at the Main Street Post Office parking lot to pick up locally grown fresh veggies, fruits and other gourmet local foods.
The Park City Farmer’s Market is a seasonal market held at Park City Resort Silver King Parking Lot in Park City, Utah. The market is held every Wednesday from 12-5pm, starts June 13, 2018 year and finishes October 25, 2018. The market offers a large assortment of fresh local goods from Utah Farmers and vendors, and strives to offer only the freshest and organic products.
Taste the delectable flavors of summer with Hops on the Hill, where you’ll experience favorites from local breweries and some of Chef Zane’s best bites on the deck as live music plays on the nearby lawn. This 7 week series, held every Tuesday starting at 6:00 PM, is a true crowd-pleaser and sells out quickly.
We are excited to help promote Chamber/Bureau member United Way with their "Realities of Diversity" speaker series. KUER, RadioWest, and United Way of Salt Lake present “The Realities of Diversity,” a three-part speaker series that takes a deeper look at race and diversity in America. Join us for these important conversations as we illuminate truths that allow us to better understand these complex issues that affect all of us! Speakers include award-winning author and journalist Jelani Cobb on August 29; social justice comedian and writer Negin Farsad on September 12; and NPR host of Latino USA and journalist Maria Hinojosa, October 17. All three events will be held at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah RadioWest’s Doug Fabrizio will interview each speaker about their work related to race and diversity, followed by a 30 minute audience Q&A. Interviews will air on RadioWest at a later date.
For all speaker bios, dates and information, click HERE.
For a complete list of activities and events happening in Park City, check out our Community Events Calendar
Mindful Cuisine Cooks up Classes for Aspiring Chefs
Mindful Cuisine offers fun, educational cooking classes for all levels of cooking. We call it a “cooking and dining experience.” Public classes are offered regularly and are a great way to meet new people while preparing and enjoying a seasonal menu. Groups can book private event for a special occasion (e.g., birthday, reunion, bridal shower, book club, corporate event, etc.) or just for fun. Groups are able to create their own menus from seasonal selections or choose one of our private event classes, and they can book their events directly on our website. Individuals, couples, families, and kids all enjoy our classes. Everyone participates in cooking and then sits down together to enjoy the meal.
What inspired you to start a cooking kitchen in Park City?
My family had been visiting Park City since 1999. In 2016, we decided to leave our home in Laguna Beach, CA and make Park City our full-time home. I had been teaching cooking classes at a culinary school in Laguna Beach, as well as privately. I also ran a pop-up, supper club-style restaurant called the Basement Table. I loved this work and knew I wanted to continue when we moved to Park City. Visitors to Park City seem to want active participation, so I thought hands-on cooking classes and the opportunity to meet new people around a dinning table would be a perfect fit.
How do you come up with the different menus and classes to teach?
I start with what is local and in season. My cooking runs toward Mediterranean - Italian, French and Middle Eastern. I like to make traditional dishes with local ingredients. I love to cook with lots of herbs, vegetables and fruits, and they are the source of my creativity in cooking. I am a gardener and enjoy growing my own produce. Growing in Park City is quite a challenge compared to California, but with a plot at the Summit County Community Garden, a greenhouse, and a deer-fenced area of raised beds, I am making progress.
What are some of your favorite classes to teach?
I like teaching people to be mindful, that is, present when cooking - whatever the class. Cooking is full of many sensory experiences: textures, temperatures, smells, colors and, obviously, tastes. Often people get caught up in so accurately following a recipe or, on a day-to-day basis, just getting a meal on the table, that the joy of these sensory experiences goes unnoticed. I love getting people in touch with the sensory aspect of cooking. Cooking is a uniquely human task and a way we care for each other. I love when people learn to find joy and be present in the process.
What is the most frequently asked question you get about your business and what is the answer?
The most frequent question is “What is your favorite thing to cook?” My answer: something new! I love to explore different cuisines, try an unfamiliar ingredient or just go shopping in my pantry and create a new dish. I also really enjoy baking, especially bread and pastries. My grandfather was a pastry chef. While I was growing up, my mom taught me to bake while she tried to recreate her memory of his pastries. It has been fun to learn techniques to bake successfully at Park City’s high altitude.
What do you feel the Chamber has done for you to help promote your business?
When visitors are planning a trip to Park City, many use the Visit Park City website. I post most public classes on that website, and people find Mindful Cuisine when they look for “things to do in Park City.” My first customers, and the majority of my ongoing bookings, came from the Chamber website. The Chamber has also been a great way to meet people in the community through the Expos, Business Showcase and after-hours events at various businesses.
Welcome New Chamber Members
We'd like to extend a warm "Welcome" to our new members who joined the Chamber/Bureau in July! We are so happy these businesses decided to become part of our organization and the Chamber/Bureau community. Please take a moment to visit these businesses in person to say "Hello" or click on their website link below:
Here’s a shout out to those members who renewed with the Chamber in July. Thanks for your continued support!