Recipe for Success
After spending a day in Park City’s winter wonderland, head inside and tap into your inner chef or oenophile with local classes that inspire creativity in both the kitchen and the wine cellar. Tasting is not only encouraged, but required.
Photography: Courtesy of Park City Cooking School
Roll with It
Lespri Prime Steak Sushi Bar (1765 Sidewinder Dr, 435.645.9696, lespriprime.com) shares the art of sushi rolling under the tutelage of Josh Talley, former head chef of local sushi joints Happy Sumo and Mikado. Students learn where to buy the freshest fish and how to make wasabi while enjoying sake pairings with samplings of their own sushi creations. Budding chefs are even given their own sushi knife to take home.
No Place Like Home (1685 Bonanza Dr, 435.649.9700), a local purveyor of home goods, is known for its demonstration-style cooking classes. Led by local instructor Susan Odell (foodell.com), a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in London, each five-course meal revolves around a theme. Students watch Odell prepare everything from Spanish tapas to French country dinners.
Park City Cooking School (6042 Fox Pointe Circle, 435.640.1997, parkcitycookingschool.com) offers a myriad of classes customized to the interests of students. Chef Jaxon Stallard, a Park City local and a certified culinary professional, teaches aspiring cooks in intimate environments. Highly skilled in a variety of ethnic cuisines, including Indian, Thai, Moroccan, and South American, Stallard also offers decadent pastry-making classes.
Fox School of Wine (Silver Baron Lodge, 2880 Deer Valley Dr E, 435.655.9463, foxschoolofwine.com) takes the mystery out of wine tasting by cultivating a playful, lively atmosphere. Headmistress Kirsten Fox recruits local sommeliers, certified wine professionals, and guest winemakers to discuss and pour five sample wines, all of which are available at state liquor stores and cost $30 or less.