Business briefs, Aug. 20-23
St. Regis’ J&G Grill introduces new chef
St. Regis Deer Valley has named Rachel Wiener as the executive sous and chef de cuisine at its J&G Grill. According to a press release, Wiener’s culinary style is influenced by having grown up in a family with both Hungarian and Indian heritage. At the J&G Grill, Wiener will be tasked with overseeing the restaurant’s menu, wine dinners and the St. Regis Bar. She previously served as the restaurant’s sous chef. “Rachel’s dedication to quality and creative approach in the kitchen made her a natural fit for The St. Regis Deer Valley,” said Edward Shapard, general manager of the hotel, in the release. “We are delighted to be able share her talent with our guests.”
Summer stays hot for western resort towns
Occupancy rates have continued to boom for the resort towns whose performances are tracked by DestiMetrics, a firm that monitors data for 19 Western mountain destinations, including Park City. According to a press release, occupancy for the summer was up 7.4 percent as of the end of July — nearing winter levels — with revenues up 14.3 percent. “As we track occupancy figures that are likely to set another record in the summer of 2016, we’ll look for that gap between summer and winter occupancy to get even closer,” said Ralf Garrison, director of DestiMetrics, in the release.
Consumer Index rises in July along Wasatch Front
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index rose 0.1 percent from June to July. According to a press release, the index has grown 1.0 percent over the last year, below the Federal Reserve’s national inflation target of 2 percent. Rising medical prices caused much of the growth in July, though transportation costs also contributed heavily. Recreation prices, as well as the cost of food away from home, declined.
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Vail Resorts has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding stock of Peak Resorts. Through the acquisition, Vail Resorts will add 17 U.S. ski areas to its network of resorts.