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Annual Red, White and Snow benefits the National Ability Center

Event runs from March 2-4

The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation, educational and equestrian programs since 1985

"Disability affects one in five people in the United States," National Ability Center CEO Gail Barille told The Park Record. "So everyone knows someone who has had to overcome some challenge that was a result of some event — an accident, military service, disease and other things."

Unfortunately, it takes a large sum of money to continue the nonprofit's programs.

"The annual budget we run on is more than $5 million," Barille said. "With our recent partnership with Splore, we are closer to $6 million."

The National Ability Center (NAC) and Splore — a nonprofit that offers adaptive adventures in Utah — recently joined forces to become one of the nation's most extensive providers of adaptive outdoor recreation and adventures.

To help meet the costs, the National Ability Center will host the annual Red, White and Snow fundraiser in various Park City venues Thursday through Saturday, March 2-4.

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The event, now in its 13th year, is a multi-day celebration of food and wine that features multiple activities including Uncorked — which are intimate wine tastings — a wine seminar, activities at the National Ability Center, the Wine on the Mountain slope side lunch tasting, winemaker dinners at local restaurants and private homes, a gala dinner/auction and an after party.

Although events are individually ticketed, the overall Red, White and Snow is the NAC's biggest fundraiser of the year and raises nearly 20 percent of its annual budget.

"Our programs have grown more than 96 percent in the past five years, and I can attribute that to four different factors," Barille said.

Those factors are:

  • The Ability Movement
    "More folks are aware, thanks to advertisements and connections to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, about the different abilities in all of us," Barille said.
  • The veteran population
    "We have seen an increase in how many veterans the NAC has specifically worked with," she said.
  • Family programming
    "We don't work with just individuals who have a disability," Barille said. "We work with whole families, and the inclusion works well with the education and recreation model."
  • Longer lives
    "Thanks to medical advances, people are living longer in different ways and they are still staying active," she said. "We work with the aging population."Likewise, Red, White and Snow has grown over the years.This year, a new element is the wine seminar that will be held on March 3 at St. Regis Deer Valley.The seminar will be hosted by Honorary Vintner David Johndrow of Johndrow Vineyards in Napa Valley. Johndrow will give a "crash course in demystifying wine, while having a great time," according to the class description."We have also added a different NAC experience on Friday where people can come and learn about the National Ability Center," Barille said. "People can try out some of our different ski equipment at Deer Valley."Another benefit of the Red, White and Snow is the opportunity to remind people about the NAC's mission.

    "When we do these incredible vintner dinners at local restaurants and local homes, we have National Ability Center participants speak about their experiences and tell the guests how their dollars are affecting their lives," Barille said.

    The dinners are created by a list of top executive chefs who were selected by the NAC.

    This year's honorary chef is Shawn Armstong, executive chef at Montage Deer Valley.

    "We select honorary chefs, like we do with the honorary vintners, not only because they are known for great foods and wines, but in how they have connected with us and supported our mission throughout the years," Barille said. "Shawn and Montage have certainly done that. They are such a wonderful team to work with. Shawn always makes sure our guests have the best experience."

    Armstrong is honored the NAC selected him.

    "There are certainly some great chefs that work in the community, so to be recognized for your efforts is a great feeling," Armstrong said. "It's not what we do this for, but when it happens, it's a rare treat and feather in the cap."

    Montage has been involved with Red, White and Snow since 2010, when it opened at Deer Valley. Armstrong joined the hotel staff in 2011.

    "This is one of our most important events we do locally in giving back to the community," he said.

    The biggest difference for Armstrong this year is that he'll sit at a table while his staff prepares the banquet for the gala on Saturday, March 4.

    "That's going to be thrilling and nerve wracking at the same time," he said. "I have a great team and have confidence in them that they will blow me and the guests and participants away with the menu."

    The menu this year features sautéed Dungeness crab cakes, kobocha squash veloute, chili maple glazed pork belly, brown butter Chantilly, candied pumpkin seeds, Wagyu beef tenderloin with foraged mushrooms, Campari tomato, mushroom puree, potato gratin and bordelaise jus.

    Desserts will be key lime tart, granola lollipops, assorted chocolate bars, blueberry macaroons, coconut macaroons, coffees and selected teas.

    Armstrong planned the menu with the NAC's National Events Manager Carin De Millo, and the Montage sales and banquet team.

    "One of the things I enjoy about food and beverage is being challenged of what we do to meet and surpass the expectations of our clients," Armstong said. "I love working at the luxury level because we do have the opportunity to not only work with a great team in a great environment and facility, but we can also serve great guests."

    The National Ability Center will host its 13th annual Red, White and Snow wine and food fundraiser from Tuesday through Saturday, March 2-4. For information, visit http://www.redwhiteandsnow.org. For information about the National Ability Center, visit http://www.discovernac.org.

Red White and Snow 2017 Chefs

  • Montage Deer Valley – Shawn Armstrong – 2017 Honorary Chef
  • 350 Main – Matthew Safranek
  • Bill White Farms – Bill White
  • Commander’s Palace (New Orleans) – Tory McPhail
  • Failla Wines Estate – Timothy Mosblech
  • Firewood – John Murcko
  • Golderner Hirsch – Ryan Burnham
  • Handle – Briar Handly
  • High West Distillery – Ashley Chapman
  • Kyoto Japanese Restaurant – Peggi Ince-Whiting
  • Cottonwood Market Street Grill – Jean Louis Montecot
  • Cottonwood Market Street Grill – Moroni Darger
  • Montage Laguna Beach – Studio – Craig Strong
  • Park City Elite Private Chefs – Dalton Campbell
  • Private Chef – David Berkowitz
  • Promontory, The Ranch Club – Joey Pesner
  • Rebekah’s Kitchen – Rebekah Abrams
  • Riverhorse on Main – Seth Adams
  • Shabu – Robert Valaika
  • Silver Lake Lodge at Deer Valley Resort – Clark Norris
  • St. Regis –  Rachel Wiener
  • Stein Eriksen Lodge, Glitretind Restaurant – Zane Holmquist
  • Talisker Club – Clement Gelas
  • The Blue Boar Inn – Eric May
  • The Farm Restaurant – Zeke Wray
  • Tupelo Park City – Matthew Harris
  • University of Utah – Peter Hodgson
  • Valter’s Osteria – Valter Nassi
  • Victory Ranch Club, Freestone Kitchen & Bar – Adam Price
  • Waldorf Astoria, Powder – Michael Robert Zachman

Red White and Snow 2017 Vintners

  • Johndrow Vineyards – 2017 Honorary Vintner
  • Amici Cellars
  • B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
  • Barlow Vineyards
  • Blackbird Vineyards
  • Continuum Estate
  • Failla Wines
  • Fisher Vineyards
  • Flanagan Vineyards
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards
  • Kelham Vineyards
  • Lail Vineyards
  • Lede Family Wines
  • Macauley Vineyard
  • Martinelli Winery & Vineyards
  • Nellcôte
  • Parallel Napa Valley
  • Phifer Pavitt Winery
  • Pott Wine
  • Pride Mountain Vineyards
  • Rocca Family Vineyards
  • Round Pond Estates
  • Snowbirds Vintners
  • Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery
  • Sekiya Brewery
  • Terra Valentine Winery
  • Titus Vineyard
  • Trifecta Cellars & Wine
  • Uproot Wines
  • Venge Vineyards
  • Veuve Clicquot
  • Williams Selyem Winery
  • Winery Sixteen 600