Park City Wine Club will mark its two-year anniversary
August 15, 2014
The Park City Wine Club is celebrating its two-year anniversary and is hosting a barbecue for its members and guests on Thursday, Aug. 21, said Pamela Wood, certified sommelier and club president.
The event will be a traditional barbecue held at Rotary Park, beginning at 6 p.m.
"The dinner will include chicken, pulled pork, Texas beef brisket, all the sides and dessert," Wood told The Park Record. "I’m still working on what wines to serve.
"Obviously, zinfandel is the No. 1 wine to have with a barbecue, and we will have a nice white to go with the chicken," she said. "We may have a nice pinot noir or a shiraz, but I’m still searching out what kinds of sauces I want to use with the brisket, because it’s all about the pairing with the food."
The barbecue is open to Park City Wine Club members, who are allowed to bring a guest. Tickets are $50 for members and $60 for guests.
"I have to turn in a head count and I need to know how much wine I need to purchase," Wood explained. "Since there is wine involved, the event is a social-members organization event, per Utah law."
People can become members before the barbecue and save $10 on the barbecue tickets, Wood said.
"An annual membership is $30 per person, and 10 percent of that automatically goes to benefit Friends of Animals Utah," she said. "Those who are already club members can renew their memberships for $20."
In addition to the portion of the membership fees that will help Friends of Animals Utah, a portion of the dinner-ticket fee will help benefit Therapy Animals of Utah, a nonprofit organization that is "dedicated to bringing love, comfort, hope and healing to those in need through the miracle of the human-animal bond," according to its mission.
"I have a god-daughter going through childhood leukemia and she’s been in the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Primary Children’s Hospital," Wood said. "Every day, docents from Therapy Animals of Utah with their dogs come by. And watching the eyes of these beautiful bald children going through chemotherapy light up when the dogs come in their rooms is so touching.
"I realized that this is one of the thankless jobs that no one knows about and they are with a nonprofit, so that means they run only on donations," she said. "So, I called them up and, hopefully, we’ll have a couple of their volunteers and dogs at the barbecue."
Wood feels the barbecue is a good way to celebrate the Therapy Animals of Utah, FOA Utah, summer and the success of the wine club.
"The club is getting bigger and more successful, and it has gotten easier to do what we want to do," she said. "It’s still kind of difficult to get some of the restaurants on board with our concept, which is that we’re not hosting special events for us, but special events for the restaurants.
"We want to go to the restaurants and showcase their menus and pair wines for their wine lists with their dishes," Wood said. "We want to promote the restaurant, and it is getting easier because of our reputation."
Some of the restaurants the Park City Wine Club has showcased include Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Lespri, Butcher’s Chop House and Deer Valley Grocery Café.
Wood still reels when she thinks about how fast the club has grown.
"We have more than 300 members," she said. "I originally wanted to recruit 90 members in the first 90 days in 2012, but we got 110 in the first 50 days. Then I had 60 people show up for our first event, which was planned for 50. So that first-year plan went out the window."
That doesn’t mean the goal or idea of the Park City Wine Club has changed, Wood said. "It’s all about world culture through wine," she said. "It’s about socializing, the education, the culture — including the age of the wine, the area where it comes from, and the animals that produce the cheeses that wine is paired with. Wine is meant to be enjoyed, but there is a whole world-cultural component behind it, and that makes it kind of fun."
The Park City Wine Club will celebrate its two-year anniversary with a barbecue and wine pairing on Thursday, Aug. 21, at Rotary Park at 6 p.m. The cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-member guests. RSVPs will be accepted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting http://www.parkcitywineclub.com.